Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Mister is Three!

Oh my goodness, my little boy is three years old today! I have mixed feelings saying goodbye to age two. In many ways it was a magical year. Jackson learned so much and it was incredible seeing his speech develop. On the other hand...wow...potty training and discipline have not been easy. I have asked God that age three would be easier when it comes to discipline. It doesn't hurt to ask, right? I'm looking forward to seeing what changes and growth this year will bring.

We celebrated the birthday boy with a small family party at my parents' house last night. I asked my dad to do a fish fry for us and he graciously obliged. His friend even happened to go fishing and drop a bunch of fresh fish off at the house the day before. The Lord provides! Besides the fish, we had homemade tartar sauce, corn on the cob, hush puppies, steak fries, and macaroni and cheese. It was a feast.

My parents have no idea how much they blessed us by hosting Jackson's birthday party and providing such a great meal. I toyed around with doing a friend party, but I was praising God yesterday at about 5 p.m. that I didn't do it. I was about to drop with exhaustion and had a bit of a sore throat. It was so nice just to show up and not really be a hostess. Next year we'll be back on, but this year being low-key was exactly what we all needed. Jackson had a blast being the center of attention, opening presents, eating cake, and even devouring his dinner! Thanks Mom and Dad!

This is the bubble sword Jackson got for Valentine's Day.

A couple from our Sunday school class brought us dinner on Saturday night. Look at this cake my friend Susan made us! She's every woman!

At his party, Jackson tore through his presents at record speed.

Our first decent pic as a family of 4. Our only other one is on my hospital bed and trust me, it isn't cute.

Jackson LOVES his new race car helmet and steering wheel. It speaks to him and tells him where to go.

He did laps around the house with that thing for about 30 minutes. It was hilarious.

Thank you, Mother, for embracing your Thomas the Train hat.

Dad was embracing his hazmat suit.

My girl is two weeks old today.

My Pappaw holding Annabeth.

Memaw with her first great-granddaughter.

This is an ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. I remember having a Smurf and a Rainbow Brite cake from there when I was little and I thought it would be fun to get one for Jackson. It was so good! It was vanilla cake with cookies and cream ice cream. Missy is coming over today to meet Annabeth and we are eating the leftovers. I'm trying to have self-control until then.

The Thomas plates really enhance my mom's table, don't they?

Getting serenaded.

Blowing out the candle.

I think he liked his cake.

Jackson right before he left for school this morning. When I saw what Curtis dressed him in this morning (a gray t-shirt), I said, "Babe, it's his birthday! He needs a better outfit!" I'm not sure men understand that concept. Then he changed him into this handsome shirt that was a gift from Nana. Thank you, Nana! I sent cupcakes from HEB for him to share with his classmates. If his teachers never speak to me again, I'll understand. All they had was frosting in Mardi Gras colors - purple, green, and yellow. Oops!


Unknown said...

Looks like the birthday boy had a great time. I love the family of four picture! When my daughter started preschool this year her teacher asked for a family picture. My son had been born in May, and I didn't have any pics of the 4 of us except the obligatory one in the hospital with me in a nightgown. I had to send in a picture of the 3 of us with his little head taped in. Her teacher thought it was hysterical! I made it a priority to take a pic of the 4 of us very soon to replace that one up on her classroom wall.

Jenna said...

Happy Birthday to Jackson!! He is so cute, and I just loved see all the pictures from his awesome par-tay. And what a BEAUTIFUL family of 4 ya'll are!!

Beth Herring said...

Amanda - Thanks for sharing Jackson' birthday with us. I feel like I was at the party! Your mom is a Nana much like me. I am so involved in my grandbabies/children's lives. I love them so much I just can't stand it!

You are so beautiful! You look great and your family is just adorable.

Happy Birthday sweet Jackson!

In Him,

Marla Taviano said...

Happy Birthday, Mister! You will LOVE being THREE! (your mother, on the other hand--well, it will be an adjustment)

You look sooooo good, Amanda!!

And Annabeth is so cute!!

Kelli said...

It looks like Jackson LOVED every minute of his birthday party!

I DO NOT believe that you just had a baby 2 weeks ago! You look AMAZING!

Annabeth is so beautiful and alert.... she looks just like her mama!!

JottinMama said...

How fun! I'm so glad yall enjoyed celebrating Jackson's big day! When my little man turns 3 I will be about 8 months prego - I dont think we will be having a friend party this year either...ha!

I love those Thomas the Train hats!!! Where did you get them? Too cute!

Kate :)

Unknown said...

It looks like you had LOADS of fun! The family picture is so cute! You are looking really good by the way...and in only two weeks! :)

I have to ask though...why was your dad embracing his hazmat suit?

Prayers and blessings,

Marc and Charity said...

Happy Birthday to Jackson! That cake looks awesome..I forgot about Baskin Robbins...yummmmm.

Love the hats too! :)

MITZI said...

I just loved Jackson's party! I have to say in the picture where you and Jackson are wearing the blue hats, Jackson looks just like you. He mostly looks like his daddy but that picture he's the spitting image of his momma.
the picture with two-week old Annabeth she looks just like Bibby. Precious family you have there miss amanda.

3girlsmom said...

Seriously. The pic of Pappaw and Annabeth? Be still my heart. You will treasure that one. He definitely loves that little girl!
And I can safely say that The Mister was pretty happy at being the center of attention. His face in the pics has PURE JOY all over it!
Congrats on making it through the Two's. Hang on to your shoes for the Three's. Whoa.

Anonymous said...

My kids are blessed to have a "bibby" like your kids. Ain't no mountain high enough!!!

Happy Birthday to Jackson!!

Rhonda said...

We always do family parties. We are blessed that everyone lives near by and it is SOOOOO much easier. When they get older we will do some friend stuff. Looks like a blast.

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

Awwww, Happy Birthday Jackson! Three rocks!

The Wootens said...

Three years old....

We did it back in July...ours was a low-key party, too! Noah's birthday is on 7/5, so he thought the fireworks were for him! Perfect!

Well, speaking as one three year old's mom to another's (yeah, I think I'm showing our age)...in the words of Mr. Chapman: "Saddle up your horses!...this is the Great Adventure!" :)

Erica said...

I'd say he had a mighty fine time! I am going to start rethinking the big birthday party thing. As long as the child feels celebrated, that is all that matters. Way to go!
P.S. Are there any nights free that I can bring dinner over for you?

Bobbie said...

Happy Birthday Big Guy!! It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since your Bibby introduced you to us. It looks like you had a great party, surrounded by those that love you! Have fun with all your new toys...

I'm so glad that y'all are living in Houston now and that your Mom could be so close to help you with Jackson's party! I know she was more than ecstatic to be able to do it for you.

Thanks for sharing! I was hoping to be able to send Jackson a birthday Howdy today. Love the pictures.

Gig'em & God Bless,

Yoli said...

Girl, you are already back into your skinny jeans! Wow, can't believe you just had a baby two weeks ago! What an adorable family of four!! Thanks for sharing! Luv ya!

Patty said...

Now that is what I call a party! My second son loved Thomas the Tank Engine when he was that age!

I can't believe he is three!

Happy Birthday Jackson!

Miss Annabeth is just as beautiful as her mom and Bibby!!

If you don't mind me saying, you look so pretty and I am lovin' your hair!

Rose said...

OMG!! Annabeth is beautiful!! she looks a lot lot Jackson and you, and you look wonderful for someone that just gave birth 2 wks ago!. . . Happy Birthday Jacks!

jeanie@mageditor.blogspot.com said...

I don't know if there is any truth to it. It seemed to be true for my now teenaged children. The pediatrician told me that the worst years were always the evens and the odds were a piece of cake. So the 2,4,6 and so on were heinous and the 3,5,7 were easy. Hope it holds true for Jackson.
Annabeth is a doll! I love the pics of your Mom (whom I have never met but adore) holding her.

Lindsee said...

Happy Birthday to your boy. It looks like y'all had a great, relaxing party with the family! So fun! And, just for the record, that family picture is so cute. You look so pretty! And, I think you and Jackson look so much alike. Especially your smiles!

Sister Lynn said...

Thank you for sharing jackson's birthday pics. He is getting cuter everyday! And ms annabeth - she's so alert! What a darling family you have.

Blessings on you all!

love, sister Lynn

Haley said...

What a fun night! Happy Birthday, Jackson!

NikkiPoppins said...

It looks like Jackson had the bestest birthday party ever!! I have been to many a Thomas party...the little boy I used to Nanny for had a Thomas party for his 2nd, 3rd and 4th bdays!! He is still into Thomas although Cars is next inline of favorites!! I have a few pics of me sporting the awesome Thomas hat!! Good times!!

I love all the pictures of your sweet family! Although I have to ask why your dad had a Hazmat suit on? Was he about to change a dirty diaper or something?! lol!

Happy Birthday Jackson!!

PS You look awesome btw!! And Annabeth is totally rockin' the headband!!

Kiki said...

Happy Birthday Jackson!

I think it's the moms who might not talk to you again, those brightly colored frosting stains!

If I ever have a girl, will you tell me where you get the bows?! They are so adorable.

Michelle said...

Jackson looked like he had a great time-so happy!
Your family of four picture is WONDERFUL!

Moose Mama said...

Happy Birthday to the little man! Yeah we had Bob the Builder hats for my daughter's birtday one year. You just can't have a party without the funny hats.

Thanks so much for sharing you family with us. What a treat!

Melana in Wyoming

AKat said...

Three years old! Everything looks so cute and fun. Jackson is your little mini-me in so many of these pictures!

bethany said...

Happy Birthday Jackson!
I love the picture of him on that big truck! Cole see's that and he will feel the need to have one!
Amanda...you look great for having a baby 2 weeks ago! Love the picture of the 4 of you.

twinkle said...

Just remember to love him through the three year old year!

Happy Birthday, big boy Jackson! You are so handsome in these pictures!

Kristin said...

Happy Birthday to Jackson!!! Looks like such a fun party!!

And you are wearing jeans! I think you're every women! You look fabulous!


Traci said...

Thanks so much for the pictures of the party!! Happy Birthday Jackson!! He is seriously the cutest thing ever!! His smile will melt a heart!!

I loved your family picture. So sweet! And girl...you are wearing blue jeans!! Get out!! I am so impressed!

Beth in NC said...

Looks like everyone had a great time! Happy birthday to your little mister!



Tara said...

Happy 3rd birthday Jackson! What a wonderful party it looks like you had!

And I love the family picture (as well as the one with your Mom in the hat and your Dad in his green suit!).

My mom always said that the odd years were better! Age 3 was one of her favorites:) So I pray that the same will be true for you!

Thank you for sharing the pictures of such a wonderful celebration with us!

Big Mama said...

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

By the way, you and your mom are totally rocking the Thomas hats. Well done.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a perfect birthday to me... Can't get much better than ice cream cake from BR...

Ps... You look amazing for two weeks PP...
Pps... I love your mom's chairs (dining room!)
Ppps... The thomas hats enhance everyone... (DOn't you love grandparents that play along...)

Mocha with Linda said...

Aww, happy birthday to Jackson! Such fun!

My boy turned 2 just 12 days after his sister was born and we had his two friends and their families over (and my in-laws were still here). By the time the party was over I had 102 fever and a post-baby infection. So you did good letting your folks handle the party!

He is absolutely precious. Such a sweet smile. And I hate to tell you but I thought 3 was a harder age than 2.

Anonymous said...

Awww...Chase's 3rd birthday was the Thomas the Tank! :D And, he is going to turn 18 this year! Guess it would be too much to have his 18th birthday theme as "Thomas the Tank"! :D

Alana said...

Oh my goodness...I never noticed how much you and your mom look alike! Annabeth is getting cutter and cutter by the day! Thank you for your comments. I am definently overwhelmed right now. Breastfeeding is an adventure in and of itself, but I am determined to keep going! I may have some questions in the near future!
I am so sad to hear about Kristi Walker. That breaks my heart. I did not know her, but I knew Chuck. I will keep them in my prayers.
Hope you are enjoying motherhood as much as I am!

Kara Akins said...

Happy Birthday Jackson!

The Schmidt Family said...

Happy Birthday Jackson! So hard to believe you're already 3! I hope you enjoyed every bit of your party!


YOU HAVE AN ADORABLE FAMILY! :) your mom looks like she had a blast.

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing the pictures of Jackson's party! Each one made me smile. What a wonderful celebration for the big brother!

Caleb, my middle child, is going to be four in May and all of your pictures made me realize his time of being three is drawing to an end. Thanks for the reminder to cherish every day...even the ones that come with difficult disciplining!

Andreea said...

Oh congratulations! And happy birthday, Jackson! I love all the details you posted. And the pictures are so great.

Darlene R. said...

Happy birthday to the Mister! We had a pretty big Thomas fan in our house at one time, too. He will be 7 in a couple of months and I don't think I am ready for 7.
He IS the baby!!
I cannot believe that Annabeth is 2weeks old already! (You look good, by the way!)
Thanks for sharing the party!

debra parker said...

Happy Birthday Jackson!!!

3 is a good year. It is the one I miss most often... at least, at this point.

melanie said...

looks like y'all had a relaxing, stress-free party, that's the way it should be! i love your family picture, y'all are so precious. i sat next to curt in sunday school and i was so excited to ask him how things were going, but then i had to leave early b/c laney started screaming in the middle of class, so i never got to ask him. anyway, i hope you are getting some rest and feeling better every day. it will be fun to catch up one of these days!

Cindy- My Life HIS Story said...

Happy Birthday to the Mister!! And hugs to the mom...I still think that birthdays are just as precious to the mom as they are to the child...trust me, my oldest will be 20 next week~still a precious day for me to remember!

A 3 year old! Such a fun age, especially in terms of language development. This is the age when their little brains begin shifting language that has for the most part sat on the right side of the brain over to the left side where it takes on more structure, thus the reason they OVER apply language rules they understand, like when they say "I understanded, Mommy," instead of understood.

I loved trading in the Terrible Two's for the Thunderin' Threes!!

Blessings on your family of four!

Beth said...

What a precious family! You don't look like you just gave birth. I had a c-section and didn't go anywhere the first month I think. I would have done it differently the second time around. My boy is 17. You survived two years old but the older my son got, the more I enjoyed him. We talk about EVERYTHING. Pick your battles. Keep the communication open even if you don't always agree with him. There is nothing like being a mom. God Bless you Amanda!

Oh and I just remembered, I saw your mama in Birmingham the weekend right after Jackson was born and when she put up the picture of him, the crowd went wild. I remember God working out her schedule so she could be with you.

Tabaitha said...

Happy Birthday Jackson!

Unknown said...

Such a precious little man! See you this evening about 6 or 6:30 with dinner! Hope you like Chicken!

barbara head said...

I love family parties until the time they start "real school". Age 6 is plenty of time to have friend parties. The pics are great!Just think next year a l year old party and a 4 year old party. Fantastic!

Debbie said...

Cute pictures, Amanda.
You look GREAT after just having a baby.

Mary H. said...

Happy Birthday to Jackson.

Thanks for sharing. That was precious. I love a fish fry!!
You have a beautiful family.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Amanda you look amazing! I cannot believe that sweet girl is TWO weeks old you look like you never gained a pound! My goodness, I still have baby weight to lose and my babies are 9 and 6. :) Thanks for sharing the great day.... Looks like such a great time.

Nesha said...

Jackson is Three!!! Every child is different but for me the 3's were the 'terrible' year for us. But, it sounds like Jackson has tested pretty well in the 2's.

Love family birthday parties! Even if they do have a friends one, we do a seperate family one for us. Can't believe you are already in jeans, go girl.

Love the Papaw picture! I am a Papaw's girl myself even to this day at 37 yrs. Such a sweet picture of them.

I just have to tell you that I cried the day that Thomas got packed up and put away in our house 1 1/2 yr ago. Thomas was a staple here for about 8 years with both boys and to have to pack - oh heartbreak with the realization that they are growing up.

katiegfromtennessee said...

Little Momma, he's three!? Wow, time flies doesn't it? The pics made me laugh and smile:):) Wow, the Lord does provide-giving ya'll fresh fish, just because He can-He's that good:) The Thomas hat was cracking me up on Spiritual Mom Beth, and the Hazmat suit on Precious Man Keith, just precious! Funny:) That heart cake looked super yummy-just tellin' ya. I am glad the Lord gave you a good evening with your fam. Yay-go Lord!


Anne N. said...

I am thinking the Hazmat suit is the he-man version of the Slanket. Cute party pics!

Lauren said...

Awwwwww, happy birthday Jackson!!! He's such a cutie, what a heartbreaker he's going to be!!!!!

Fran said...

Oh I tell ya....I want to squeeze that precious little boy!!! He IS just growing faster than a weed. ADORABLE Amanda.

I showed my mom these pix. She just loved seeing Bibby in her Thomas hat. We did that FOR YEARS!

Happy 3 Jackson! Its an AWESOME year!!!

Fran said...

Amanda...this is not a publishing comment, but go over to my blog and see the contest I'm doing. It involves the word vierification thingy on blogs and somehow your mom and LPM conferences have been entered into the mix. I promise. You'll laugh so very hard! :) We have so very funny siestas out there!


Dionna said...

It was probably good that his birthday came so soon after Annabeth's birth.....even though he was handling her birth into his life great, it still was good timing for him to get some of the focused-special attention! :)

Hey - just why IS your dad in a hazmat suit?

And that picture of your pappa with Annabeth is a treasure.

Mrs. McB said...

How adorable!!! It looks like you guys had a blast!!!!

TammyG said...

These are the most precious pictures! Looks like Jackson had a blast! Your kids are both too cute!

Kevin and Christie said...

girl...you look awesome! I can't even tell you had a little baby in your belly...crazy! I only wish I had that ability to "bounce back". Beautiful family as always!

Kristen said...

Happy Birthday to Jackson! Looks like it was a GREAT birthday party!

Emmy said...

Happy Birthday Jackson! I am so glad you were born!

jeni said...

Happy Birthday to Jackson! It looks like you guys had an awesome time. And I've gotta say that you look GREAT for just having had a baby!

Emily said...

How special. My son turned 3 just 2 weeks after my daughter was born too! You look awesome considering you JUST had a baby!

Cimbrey said...

So sweet! When he's eating the cake, he looks like his life has NEVER been better! Annabeth is so cute!

AbbyLane said...

your sons eyes kill me. they are just too perfect.

loving the hats. and i'm such a kid. i still play with bubbles every chance i get.

and the cake lady just inspired me. to eat some. not make one. ;)

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Um, HELLO! You look AMAZING!!! Can you please post a picture of you looking less than gorgeous to make us all feel better? I'm still carrying around baby weight, and my last baby is 7!!!

Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy. :)

connorcolesmom said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to sweet Jackson!
I can not believe he is 3 YO! Man that is crazy!
I love the pics and the family pic is adorable!
Annabeth is precious and getting so big
You look great - can not believe you just had a baby 2 weeks ago - that is just not right!
Much love

C:M:W said...

such great pics.... Jackson is so big and manly, I cant believe it!!!! Also Amanda, you look good girl!!!! What a hot mom you are!

Angela said...

What a beautiful party for your son. Just precious. Your daugther is just adorble.

Carly Winborne said...

okay, i just left a comment earlier. i kept reading. why am i not going to bed? it's 11:41. anyway...

i'm scrolling along, reading your hilarious posts about everything and then i see this one. sweet birthday party pics and then i see beth moore. (i started the esther study in january, my first one and LOVE IT!!!) so anyway, my thought was, "my goodness! beth moore was at her son's bday party! wow!" and then i made the connection of "jackson" and "amanda". duh!! i feel like such an idiot.

can i tell you how much i'm enjoying the fruits of your labor? that red book just cracks me up! and growing in my faith! it's the most fun i've had in a bible study ever. thank you for doing your part!

and now that i know the connection, i like you even more that you're REAL!