Monday, December 14, 2009

Story Hour Christmas

Santa came to Story Hour today! While most of the other kiddos clambered to get in his lap...not Jack. He made a quick exit to the table to eat his cookie. I did convince him to pose with me, Andrew and Santa, but he never would talk to Santa. We had a great party at Story Hour and Jack participated in the songs. Mrs. Donna read a precious story called, Bear Stays up for Christmas. What a great day!

St. Jude Half Marathon

A couple of weekends ago we all headed to Memphis for Fred to run the St. Jude Half Marathon. Before we got to Fred and Renee's we went to the Cook Convention Center for the runner's expo. After the expo we rode the trolley around Memphis. The boys loved it!! Below you can see pictures of Fred in the middle of the race and at the finish line. We didn't make it into the arena in time to see him cross the finish line since there were so many people, but we eventually caught up with him.

Since Fred was a St. Jude Hero this year he qualified for several "perks". One of those perks was extra post race food at the Double Tree Hotel directly across from Auto Zone Park (the finish line). It was so cold and the wind was blowing so hard so the boys and I headed to the hotel to warm up. Their eyes lit up when we walked in and there were elevators. We immediately had to ride it up to the top. The man that got on the elevator with us asked what floor we were on and I told him we were just taking a joy ride. He looked at us, smiled and pressed the button for floor ten. You have never seen two boys more excited to ride the elevator. Once their Pawpaw got to the hotel they were ready to ride it again. You can't really see the picture, but they are riding the elevator with Pawpaw. Good times!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Andrew smiling

Andrew started smiling yesterday at my mom (a.k.a. Mimi). I decided to catch it on video...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ode to a Lighter

To our lighter,
My husband and I would like to personally thank you for the nine and a half years you have been with our family.  We can't remember exactly when or where we purchased you, but you  have been the only lighter in our house since we married.  Towels, sheets, clothes and hair (Fred's, of course) have come and gone, but not you.  In an age where quantity is highly valued over quality you pursued excellence.  While I knew the end was near I just didn't think it would happen this morning.  While attempting to rid the house of the smell of pancakes and syrup (some of my least favorite smells) I tried to light a two-wick candle.  You barely lit the first wick, but you just couldn't get the second wick.  I tried and I tried, but you just couldn't put forth a spark.  So today, Mr. Lighter we will put you to rest.  You made it through nine and a half years, three moves, three children and countless grill start ups.  Thank you for your loyalty.  You will be missed at the Shackelford house!

Thanksgiving Update

We started our Thanksgiving in Memphis this year.  Fred ran a 4 mile Turkey Trot to kick off the holiday.  He did really well.  After two days in Memphis this is what happens to Jack...
After leaving Memphis we headed to Jackson to be with my family.  We had a great time there as well.  Thanks to Mimi, Tee and Mun, Fred and I were able to get out and do some Christmas shopping by ourselves!  What fun!!
Once we got home we TRIED to get a Christmas card picture in the boys matching pajamas that Mimi made.  As you can see from the takes below, all picture taking from this point forward is going to be left up to the professional...Liz!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Love this picture…

My family is blessed to have 2 amazing photographers. Most of you are familiar with my sister, Elizabeth’s, mad camera skills. But you may not know that my brother, Dan, is also a great photographer. Here’s a great shot Dan captured of Andrew and me while we were in Memphis last weekend for their going away party:

Father and Son

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We're back!!

We hit the pavement early Tuesday morning for the first time since the end of May. Clayton was awake when we got back so he took our picture to capture the moment...good times!

Andrew goes to church

Sunday we took Andrew to church for the first time. He stayed with me throughout Sunday School and the service. As you can see from the above pictures it is not easy getting pictures of three boys, especially when daddy is gone, we are running late and the camera battery is dying. We made it though and at this point that is all that matters!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Two funnies

Having a new baby in the house has been such an adventure! As I said in and earlier post Clayton and Jack could not be better brothers! We have been so blessed. In an attempt to get Andrew on a schedule I put him on a blanket in the living room to let him lay on his back. Clayton was at school and Fred was at work, so it was just me, Jack and Andrew. I stepped out of the room for just a second and this is what happenned:

Jack: Mom (said in two syllables), he's biting me!
Me: Jack, don't stick your finger in his mouth and he won't bite you!!
Jack: No not my finger, my sock...
Me: (running into the living room) Well, why is your foot in his mouth?!!?

Oh me, Jack is a funny boy! All was well, except for the fact that Andrew apparently got a taste of sock and foot. No harm, no foul!!

Later that day we went to Melody's house. When I walked in the door Bennett, who has not seen me since I had Andrew, looked at me and said with a gasp, "Mrs. Jennifer!! You're not fat anymore!!" I doubled over in laughter only to look over at Melody who sheepishly said, "I was hoping you didn't hear that." Too funny!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Update from the Shackelford household

All has been going really well around here. Clayton and Jack could not have made this transition any better. Clayton really misses him when he's at school and Jack really wants to be a helper here at home. As per the pictures above you can see that Clayton LOVES to hold him. He wants to hold him before he goes to school and as soon as he comes in from school. While Andrew was in the swing I overheard Jack tell him to wait right there he was coming back with a book. He came running back in the room and sat down with him and "read" the book and showed him the pictures.

A few days ago Andrew smiled and mom was with Jack.
Mom: Look Jack, he smiled at you.
Jack: I fink he's smilin' because he knows I'm his bruder.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Andrew's Home!

After a few short days at the hospital we left Wednesday morning around 10:30. We drove the two miles home and were greeted by one of the most excited boys you have ever seen!
Jack was waiting at the screen door when we pulled up in the carport. He shouted, "Mommy, You home!! Do you have baby Andrew wiff you?!?"
Clayton had his fall party that afternoon so he arrived home a little later. He came running through the house and said, "Where is he?? I want to hold him!!" After he washed his hands and changed his shirt he got right to it!
After a few hours of all of us being home together we had a birthday party for Andrew (thanks Beth for the idea!). The boys and Janice made a cake and they also decorated a pumpkin for the celebration.
Clayton is on Fall Break so he and Jack loaded up and headed to Jackson for a few days. They will go to Memphis Saturday and be back Sunday. Fred and I are really enjoying this time together to get to know Andrew. The above picture was taken today. It's a little fuzzy, but you still can get the general idea of how precious he is!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Andrew Thomason Shackelford!!!!

What a day!!! Jennifer and I got up this morning at about 4, headed to the hospital, and after a fairly uneventful day (we had a couple of minor blood pressure issues early on). Andrew entered the world at 2:52 this afternoon. He's quite the sweet boy. His eyes have been wide open just about all afternoon as though he's just taking everything in. Jennifer's doing great and feeling terrific. Andrew seems to be doing fantastic as well. Thanks to all our friends, family, and church family for your prayers over us today. It really could not have gone better. Here are a few

Getting settled in...

Welcome Andrew!

Jack is super excited to see his baby brother for the first time!

Clayton is too!

Seeing brother for the first time...

Our first family picture!

I'm sure there will be many more to follow. Thanks again for you prayers. We love you all!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Brotherly Love

I must start this blog post by telling you that our boys love each other and for the most part really get along. If they have a trouble spot during the day it is in the morning. Almost every morning they argue over two things: who gets to sit in which chair for breakfast and who gets to turn the tv off. This morning was no different...
They started off arguing over chairs and then they continued with the arguing when I asked them to turn off the tv. (Please note that I usually alternate which chair they sit in and who gets to turn off the tv, but this morning I forgot.) Clayton reached the tv first to turn it off and he got to sit in the coveted chair at breakfast. Apparently Jack had reached his limit so he said the "meanest" thing he could come up with for Clayton. He said (in his ugliest tone), "Clayton you are a stinker and poop poop in your pants!!" All I could do was laugh--on the inside, of course!!

Tomorrow is a big day around the Shackelford household. Fred and I will be heading to Henry County Medical Center at 4:30 a.m. to start the process of welcoming Andrew Shackelford into this world. It doesn't seem real. In some ways it feels like I've been pregnant forever, but in other ways I feel like it has just flown by! Many, many emotions are flooding my soul right now as I think about moving this family from four to five. We, as a family, covet your prayers tomorrow, and in the days to come, as we welcome Andrew into this family.

For now I'll leave you with a picture of two of the sweetest boys a mother could ask for:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Big Brother Party

Our good friends, the Minors and the Harrods, hosted a fabolous party Friday night in honor of Clayton and Jack. It was called a Big Brother BBQ. We invited several friends and our families and celebrated late into the night. If Christy and Beth ever quit their day jobs they would be great party planners!! Every detail was thought through and carried out! My boys (and me and Fred) could not have possibly been more excited!

Christy and Beth had games planned: tasting baby food and guessing what it was, changing a baby diaper and scratch off cards! Clayton and Jack were surprisingly good at changing the diaper...a little rough, but good!

Everyone brought presents for the boys and they were thrilled! It was like Christmas morning!! Melody made both of the boys big brother t-shirts.
Beth and Christy used all the kiddos fingerprints to make this precious picture. I could not have been more surprised!! Priceless!!
We even had delicious cake, not to mention quite the spread of Clifty Farms ribs and BBQ, beans, casseroles and on and on...
As you can see from all the pictures Clayton did not stop smiling all night! Saturday morning when he woke up he asked my mother in-law the sweetest thing. He said, "Was that a dream last night? Because it was so awesome!!" I couldn't agree more!!

A visit from Central Asia

Because of a Big Brother BBQ held this weekend (photos coming soon) my in-laws came to visit. Luckily for us they had agreed to keep Zeke and Kaiyah for the weekend already!! Last week the boys all went to Memphis when Dan and Tami flew in, but Dr. Evans did not want me traveling so I did not get to go. Reluctantly, I sent them without me. Since Kaiyah was born overseas the boys and I had not gotten to meet her. It was such a joy having them here and seeing all four of them interact.