Saturday, December 22, 2007

Feliz Navidad

I should so be packing right now. My laundry is going to be dry in a few minutes and then I have to get busy. The Jones family has had a great weekend so far. My parents came up for a quick visit yesterday so we could exchange gifts and just be together for about 24 hours. A couple of years ago Curt and I decided that since our families live 11 hours apart, it is just too much to try to see both during the holidays. So we do Thanksgiving with one and Christmas with the other, switching every year. The parents we won't see at Christmas come to us a few days before. It has worked very well.

The only crummy thing this year is that my mom, Jackson and I have all been under the weather and now my dad is coming down with it. Jackson had a 101 degree fever again last night, so he had to go to the doctor this morning. Bummer. The Mister has his first ear infection, complete with blisters on his ear drums. I felt so bad for him, I nearly cried. I felt like a terrible mother and I figured he'd probably had it for days and I didn't know. The doctor said the blisters could have only been there 12 hours at most. That helped me a little. I say this a lot, but Mommy guilt is a powerful thing.

Jackson got lots of fun clothes from Baby Gap (Mommy's favorite) and a play cell phone from his grandparents. His Aunt Melissa gave him a set of four rubber balls and of course they were the big hit of the day. My parents gave me some clothes and money toward a new couch. Yay! This one's on my wish list. It's three chaises put together.



I can just see me, my man, and my babies (all boys I bet) snuggled up on it together watching the new American Gladiators. (Y'all know the Moores were huge fans of that show back in the day.) Or maybe Ninja Warrior, which is Curt's favorite show. His other favorite show, oddly enough, is now Jon and Kate Plus 8. I guess he's well rounded.

Tonight we did our annual drive through Highland Park to see all the beautiful homes decked out with lights. You can ride through it in a horse drawn carriage. I desperately wanted to, but it was very cold and we had a sick boy, so it was not to be. Jackson kept saying, "Neigh! Neigh!" every time we saw one. That's my boy! He loves horses. His Nana just got one, so he's all set.

We will make the trek up to Missouri tomorrow after church. Curt has a new route mapped out for us this time. Get excited. If the Lord brings us to mind, we would love prayers for safe travel, good conversation, and a happy/healthy boy. We won't have Internet access at all next week, which will be painful, but I'm in need of a good detox.

Alright, my suitcase needs fillin'. Merry Christmas, bloggy peeps! May your hearts and homes be filled to overflowing with the joy of Christ.
Many blessings to you,
Amanda

43 comments:

Erin said...

Oh, I can't wait to see you guys! Have a safe trip, and don't get lost on Curt's new route. :)
Hope Jackson feels better soon and rides happy.

Lori, Landon and Logan said...

Cute couch! I'll let you know if I see it on sale for you! jk!
Merry Christmas!

kittyhox said...

Merriest of Christmases, Amanda!

I'm drooling over that three-chaise sofa.
Drool. Ing.
That looks like the most perfect of hanging-out-with-the-family sofa! It makes me want to go toss a bag of popped corn in the microwave and pick out a good DVD right this second. It must take up half a room, though!?

Safe travels!

fAiThFuL cHiCk said...

Oooh...love that couch! You guys have a merry and safe Christmas. God Bless you all!

Amanda said...

Lori...yes, girl! Amen! Kittyhox, that bad boy is 6 feet long. Out of control! It would definitely not fit in my house. But it beckons me.

jennyhope said...

hey Amanda! I am glad I am not the only one who starts to feel like a horrible mother! It is so hard to shake that esp when I second guess myself. Mine has had so many health issues that it is hard to make the call to take her in. I hope the little man gets to feeling better. Going to say some prayers for all of you! =)

connorcolesmom said...

I will be praying for a safe trip, fun times full of God's presence and love plus a healthy family.
I also LOVE that couch - red is may favorite color!!
That would look really good in my house :)
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Kim

Fran said...

Oh Amanda and family....
Merry Christmas to all of you as well! Praying for safe travels and a wonderful roadtrip to the family.

May God bless you mightily with His love and presence this Christmas season.

Love,
Fran

Mindy said...

Beautiful couch! Have the best Christmas of all!

DangitAnge said...

I LOVED American Gladiators too! I was the only one in my circle of friends that did and they thought I was NUTS! I even got to go see them live.....

Aaah, those were the days!

Kelly said...

Merry Christmas! (And we have all missed an ear infection once or twice, and you're right- tje mommy guilt is a powerful thing!!)

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Merry Christmas Amanda, Curt, Jackson...and the whole family!!

Praying you guys have a super week, safe travels, and that the sick bug flees!!

Ang baylis said...

Merry Christmas, Amanda!
You and your blog have blessed me more than you will ever know! I am praying for your sweet family and that everyone is feeling better! I am so happy you will have that gorgeous couch soon to snuggle up with all of you!
Thank you for your obedience and for sharing your life with all of us!
Much love to you and your family!
Merry Christmas!
Angie xoxo

The Preacher's Wife said...

You've no idea how I adore road trips - even with 4 kids. Lots of dvd movies (oh I hope you have a dvd player in the car), lots of cracker barrel, lots of popping open the cooler for a cold diet coke, lots of great tunes.

This is the first year we haven't headed to the mountains the day after Christmas and I haven't had time to remember how much it bums me out.

And that sofa? Divine Design. I would knock out a WALL to make that bad boy fit. Plus it matches the door. :)

Merry Christmas, Amanda. My goodness you are a doll and I'm so glad to 'know' you. Hope that boy feels better soon and that you have yourself quite an adventure on your new route that doesn't include getting lost or running out of gas. :)

Much love,

Lisa

Big Mama said...

Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family, Amanda. Hope the little man feels better and may God go with you on the roadtrip.

The couch? Fab.

Toknowhim said...

Merry Christmas to you too!! Hope that your little one gets better fast, and that the rest of you stay well too. Blessings sweet Amanda!!

PS. I loved American Gladiator.. I had a crush on a guy named Turbo.. So strange, but true :)

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I know that Mommy guilt well. Praying for an uneventful road trip and a little boy who feels well enough to enjoy the trip and his grandparents!

Have a very Merry Christmas.

stephanie

ps LOVE that couch.

Suzi said...

Poor Jackson! Have a safe trip and a wonderful Christmas!

Love the way the couch looks but I wonder since it's three seperate pieces if it will always spit and become annoying? Just a thought:)

Kelly @ Love Well said...

That couch is perfection. Sigh.

And I loved your "detox" comment. Sometimes, we do just need to unplug, don't we? It's good for our souls and our perspectives.

Have a merry, merry Christmas, Amanda.

Abby said...

Merry Christmas pretty girl!! :)

LOVE that couch.

Darlene R. said...

I love that sofa! We've had ours for um...let's see, how long have we been married?? Oh yeah, 12 years. We're waiting to get through the spillin' and uncontrollable hurlin' days! Almost there.

You're already on your way, or at your in-laws as I type this, but I hope that everything went well. I will pray that Jackson will be feeling better soon too, and that you will survive any computer withdraw that you might experience.

One more thing, we have been known to watch an episode or 10 of Ninja Warrior at our house. You can't understand a word they're saying...which drives me a little crazy!
Okay, I'm done now!

Them Chandlers said...

Praying for a safe trip for you guys!!

Love,
The Mother of A Little Boy Who Had An Ear Infection EVERY TIME He Got a Cold This Year

:)

Kathleen in TX said...

Feliz Navidad to you too!! The couch does look cozy! Hope you have a wonderful time with family over the holidays!

Darla said...

My boy had tons of ear infections, and the mommy guilt is hard..we just want to protect and fix them! Praying for you to have an awesome Christmas and for your little man to feel much better real soon! Love ya Princess!

Kelly said...

Amanda,
From my family to yours - we pray God's richest blessings on you and your family this season!
Much love to you!

Debbie said...

Merry Christmas!

Emmy : ) said...

Merry Christmas! I pray you all have a safe drive and that Jackson feels better... poor little guy... that hurts me to think about!
Love the sofa! So COZY! (I love anything cozy) I think I could stay there for days! Makes me smile thinking of all of you piled on watching American Gladiators!

God Bless! Emmy : )

Patty said...

The couch is beautiful! Loving the color. Be careful and I prayed over your requests. Have a merry, merry Christmas!!

Allison said...

There's a new American Gladiators??? Do you remember that Jill used to want to be one when we were little? I'll have to tell her about it. MErry Christmas. Oh, and I saw your pic of J in the santa suit too. Cute. Too bad we can't get them together for a pic!

Living Beyond said...

Merry Christmas Jacksons - you're always a bloggin blessin!!

Erin said...

Ninja Warrior - also a favorite of my husband's. And we're eagerly awaiting the New American Gladiators. That couch looks absolutely comfortable! Have a blessed Christmas!

Heather said...

Hope your day was great! Merry Christmas!

Cathy Davis said...

You won't have internet for a whole week??? I was really hoping for some Christmas pictures of Jackson :(. I sure hope he's feeling better. You're right - that mommy guilt is the worst! I look forward to hearing all of ya'll's adventures from Christmas when you return (and have time). I hope it was a great one for each of you.

Stephanie said...

not watching tlc for a long time, i found myself watching "flip this house" for about 3+ hours today (don't tell anyone, ok?). i saw the previews for jon & kate plus 8. i read up on it. i haven't seen it but they seem to be strong believers. fun! can't wait to see it soon!

Tina said...

Cozy couch....

Merry Christmas blog sister!

Amy T said...

Hope y'all had a very Merry Christmas! And don't feel bad. Every time my son had ear infections, I never knew it until his fever spiked and I took him in. He never even acted like his ears hurt! I'm sure they thought I was just oblivious, but I wasn't.

Leigh said...

I hope that you had a very merry Christmas!

The Barfuss Family said...

Hi Amanda! I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and some well deserved down time. :)

I have been lurking on your blog for a couple of months (true confession time! ha!) and have greatly enjoyed your thoughts and stories you have shared. They have been such an encouragement to me. Thanks!

I recently decided to venture into blogging world the correct way, so I thought I would leave my first comment!
Blessings!

jen said...

Merry Christmas sweet girl!! And yeah, that couch is yummy!

Jenn said...

I hope you and your family had a great Christmas.

I just have to know, where do you get that amazing couch??

Jabber Jaws said...

Just want to make sure you know about the amazing drops that completely numb the ear canal. I'm an adult who still gets ear infections and I never travel without them. Ask your doctor about a/b otic drops as you need a perscription. I'm not in the medical field so I don't know if their are issues when you should not use them.
Happy New Year.

Kim said...

Merry Christmas!! I second you on the whole Mommy guilt thing. Hope Jackson is doing much better. Love the couch you have picked out:)

I mostly wanted to post to tell you that I use to be completely convinced that my husband and I would have all boys. I knew there just was not a girl in our future. Then we had one. Floored me, but she has been a blessed surprise. Don't know if you even want a girl, but if you do don't give up hope just yet. Though boys are great!

Cathy Davis said...

Aren't you home yet??? :)