Friday, October 29, 2010

The boy is employed--

Given our current financial situation, I told Colton it was time he went out and got a job so he could start being the man of the house and bring in some money!! LOL No not really, but he does have a job now. I had done a photo shoot with my friend who is a professional photographer and she got some really good shots at the park. Well a modeling/talent agent contacted me and said that she was interested in representing Colton. So we took him to Jacksonville on Wednesday for her to meet him. He was his usual crazy self--running around the studio and whatnot, but he did engage with her and was not shy in the least. She has a little boy who is Colton's age so he understands the age. I just have to get a better head shot done of him so she can send it out when clients request talent his age and also so she can list him on her website. She really liked his look and commented that she told him that she really liked his hair cut (which according to my sister, who knows agents and Vivian does acting as well, means DO NOT CHANGE HIS HAIR!!) and she really liked his look. She commented on how pretty his eyes are!! So if Steve can't find a job, at least Colton may be able to bring a little something so that we can start a college fund or a savings account for him.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Follow Me Chickadee

The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom, Stash Mama and The Adventures of Goober Grape and Monkey Man have teamed up to cohost Follow Me, Chickadee Fridays!

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5? Friday

1. Who is the better cook, you or your spouse? That depends. Neither one of us are really great cooks. Steve THINKS he can cook and I know that I have minimal skills.

2. How often do you talk to your mom? Oh about 5-10 times day LOL. I see her when I drop Colton off and then I randomly talk to her throughout the day, I see her at lunch and then when I pick Colton up.

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe? I always stick tothe recipe, unless it calls for beef, then I substitute chicken!!

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe? Yes it is.

5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?) I don't dress up anymore. This year will be the same--Colton is going as a monkey and I am just going as his mom!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

How we spent our weekend---

Jumping in ball pits

Climbing up REALLY tall air ladders

Still climbing
Sliding down air slide

Sliding down other air slides

Going on hay rides

Getting pumpkins painted on our face

Longingly looking outside while dressed for church

Giving up but still looking dapper

Donning a tuxedo

Donning a cowboy hat and riding a fake pony

Checking out the ladies checking out the "Wrangler butt"

Winning trophies
Winning more trophies
Being crowned King and qualifying for the Nationals (which we will not be attending)

Rearranging the trophies to our liking

Climbing trees

Posing in said tree--looking like a hayseed
All in all we had a great weekend. Colton really enjoyed the Fall Festival. There were ball pits and bounce houses, free food and face painting and a hayride. He was pretty exhausted by the end of the day, as were Grammy and I. He went right to sleep at bedtime and I settled in to watch a very exciting night of football. About 10:30, I heard him fussing and then it turned into crying and saying "my momma." I let him fuss for a couple minutes but when it turned to crying, I went to see what was wrong because it is unusual for him to wake up at night. I patted his back and he was a little restless, rolling around in his bed. I left and he started crying again at 11:00. Same thing, I went in and patted his back and he quieted down. At 2:00, he was crying again. I loaded up the syringe with Advil thinking maybe he had a little headache or was sore from all his playing that day (he took a header going over one wall once and landed awkwardly a couple times). The second I walked in, he would stop crying. I gave him the Advil and covered him back up and went back to bed. I didn't hear from him again until 7:15 and he was his usual happy self.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Don't get Flu shot with other vaccines---

Dr. Sears is a VERY relaible source. Colton nor I have ever gotten a flu shot, but I know plenty of kids who have and will this coming season.

100th Post!!!!

This is my 100th post and really thought it would have come before now, but I guess I am really not that exciting that I have that much to write about!! LOL

We have busy weekend scheduled. Tomorrow there is a Fall Festival with face painting and a train for the kids to ride in. We went last year and Colton was by far the youngest riding the train. He sat up there like a big boy though. This year he is much more mobile and hopefully will still sit there. I am will probably get his face done too, again assuming he will sit there.

There is also the annual Humane Society Pet Show. They have a variety of classes to enter--everything from shortest tail, longest ears, cutest, ugliest, best trick to best costume. I used to dress my dogs and up take them each year. Poor Taylor has worn Halloween costumes every year for 10 years now. She has been everything from a bumblebee, complete with wings and antennae, to an Alabama cheerleader with pom-poms and a personalized jersey. Madison has had to endure dressing up as well. Her best is her princess outfit, complete with a princess hat and four little pink shoes!! Since Colton, my focus has of course shifted to him, which I am sure the dogs are VERY happy about. I don't think we will taking the dogs this year. We will just go and watch.

Also is the monthly horse show. Again I think we will just go watch this one too. The shows have become SO SMALL here in Live that it really is a waste of time and money to go. I went to the one in August so that Kim could get a shot of Colton exactly one year later from the last show when he rode leadline. She got some good shots, so now I can skip a few. It is not like either horse needs the practice. I have been showing Joker for 20 years!!!

Alabama plays Ole Miss this weekend and they BETTER redeem themselves from last weekend's embarrassment. Yes South Carolina is a good team, but we just didn't show up to play. Jones broke his hand and Ingram and Richardson hardly got any yardage at all. I have a feeling Saban had some harsh words for his boys after that game.

On Sunday, is Colton's contest. I can't wait to see him in his little tux. I know he will look so handsome. I was telling Kim that they didn't have any sort of photographer there last time and we all know that parents LOVE to have pictures of their kids, so she is going to come and set up in an empty store front to take pictures. I said "well you know you will at least get my money!!" I hope she does well since I suggested it. Steve asked me last night, "You aren't going to keep putting Colton in pageants are you?" I told him no that it was just something fun to do until he can get into more organized activities. I would say by the time he is three, we will be done. I would love to get him into modeling and have been contacting agencies. Problem is we live in such a small out-of-the-way town that there certainly is no work around here. I found a couple out of Jax, but only one handles kids his age. There are several in Orlando as well, which is only 2 hours away. But again, most don't handle kids his age. Those are all in LA and NY. We will see if anything comes out if it--probably not. The kid needs to start making some money and earning his keep!!

My dad got back from NY on Tuesday after being gone pretty much since June (he came home in July for a week I think). My mom of course keeps Colton everyday. Colton sees my dad and says "PAPA". He still doesn't say Grammy--kinda hurt her feelings I think LOL!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Horse show and photo shoot

My little cowboy. This was before he had to put on his helmet, which for him is his bike helmet. Cali, the horse he is riding, is completely blind but she is great with him.
All smiles.
Kim took so many great shots at his photo shoot. It was hard to find just a couple of my favorites.

Crazy slide hair!!

This is the one that we chose for his head shot.

I also REALLY liked this one so it was a tough decision which one to go with.

Today is my birthday--

Not that I am particularly celebrating my birthdays anymore. Yes it is nice to actually have a birthday, considering the alternative, but growing older is not something that I look forward to. As I grow older, so does everyone else around me--family and friends, and yes, even pets. I know that sounds depressing and I don't mean for it to, butit is just one day less that we get to spend with our loved ones. Colton is growing up in the blink of an eye. He is looking more and more like a little boy instead of a "baby". His mannerisms are maturing as well. Yes, we are well into our "terrible twos" a couple months early, but he hasn't been too bad lately. I heard that with boys, the threes are worse than the twos. I certainly hope not!!!

It would have been nice to have today off--it being a holiday and all. I guess Columbus Day doesn't quite make the cut for a State holiday. We get several others off so I guess it equals out.

Colton has another "contest", aka pageant, this weekend. He got a haircut on Saturday. I got him a little tux off Ebay at a GREAT price and then his "outfit of choice" will be his western wear (20X shirt, Wranglers, boots and his cowboy hat) and he can use his stuffed horse, Bud, to ride. We met with Kim, our photographer, yesterday to finalized his headshot. It was SO HARD to just pick one shot, but I trust her "professional eye" to pick the best one. I know it is all for me and Colton could care less about it, but it is something fun to do right now and when gets older, he can go play soccer or baseball or football and we will leave "contests" behind us.

Friday, October 8, 2010

5 question Friday

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Questions for Friday, October 8th:
1. What do you listen to while driving? I have Siruus Radio (which I LOVE) so I listen to a variety of different music. If I have Colton will me (which I almost always do except when I drop him off at Grammy's and head to work) then I have 5 or 6 Kids songs CDs that we listen too.

2. What is your least favorite thing about Fall? My least favorite thing about Fall is the end of daylight savings time. I hate that it is dark at 5:30 and we can't go outside to play or go to the barn after dinner.

3. What does your dream house look like, inside and out? My "dream house" would be a HUGE Victorian style house on the outside, surrounded by big Southern magnolia trees. It would be on about 100 acres with a long dirt driveway. Close to town, but obvioulsly not in a subdivision. Kinda like where I live now location wise (2 miles from Wal-Mart and 5 miles fron "downtown". Inside it would be "homey" with hardwood floors throughout, except carpet in the bedrooms. Tall vaulted ceilings and a big staircase with a banister that Colton could try and slide down.

4. Would you ever own a minivan? I don't see any reason for me to have a minivan with only one kid. I do have a SUV, does that count?

5. Do you wash new clothes before wearing them? Not usually my own, unless it is underwear. I wash all of Colton clothes before he wears them.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Almost a week away from my boy---

I had to go to Athens, GA last Monday for a workshop so that meant 4 days away from Colton. I could have stayed over on Thursday night, but I wanted to drive home so I could be there when he woke up on Friday morning. He stayed with Grammy and they did all right together. She said he would say "Momma?" and look out the door, but never really cried or got upset. Steve would go by in the mornings to say "hey" and I know he ate a couple meals with them. I know you must be asking "well if Steve was home, why wasn't he watching Colton?" He was out on a couple interviews and in the 21 months that Colton has been around, he has only changed one diaper and that was a couple weeks ago. He has never given him a bath or put him to bed. I just figured it would be less stressful for Colton if he stayed with Grammy. Mom brought him home on Thursday night and put him to bed there so Friday morning when he woke up I went in and got him. He was so happy!!! He just kept saying "my momma" over and over.

He seems to be doing better lately. He has been playing with the triplets quite regularly and they seem to get along. Sometimes he plays a little rough with them, but I think that is just being a boy as opposed to being a little girl. We went to Addison's 2nd birthday party and he played very well with the kids there. He jumped in the bounce house and played on the slide. He even waited his turn. We may have turned a small corner in that aspect.

He definitely has his terrible two moments a little early. He is getting to where if he doesn't want to do something and you try and make him walk, he will lay on the floor and go limp. I just pick him up and then he gets mad and tries to pinch. Yesterday he got a hold of spray starch and sprayed it all over the cabinet. I went in there and said in a loud stern voice "Bad boy. We do not do that" and he broke down in huge tears and went and sat in his timeout spot. He is starting to get the concept when he does bad things--he just doesn't care yet!!

I thought he swallowed a marble on Friday. He got into the vase that has marbles and when I went to get him, he started running away. I caught him and asked him if he swallowed a marble and he said "yeah". He wasn't choking on it or anything. I called the pediatrician and they said to take him to the ER to get x-rays. I decided not to do that though. He wasn't "plugged up" so I think he just agreed with me.

I need to add his 21 month picture. I just don't have a good one right now. Next week he will be 22 months so I guess I should get one done before then!!


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