29 December 2006

pictures & stories that missed the cut

thought i'd share some cute pictures that i never posted:this is jackson "checking his email" and wearing my glasses. he likes to do this. normally right before it's time to go to bed. we'll say, "jackson, it's time for bed." and he'll respond, "i'm checking my email. give me a break."this was the day annie got her tubes in her ears - she was a little upset after being "under". they must of inserted a little "wise" in her because the same day she started to have an interest in magazines. wise - used as a noun to describe someone who loves magazines. orginated with alston wise who i think subscribes to 20 + magazines. she was feeling much better later on so she had a friend - isa - over to play. they look about the same size - but isa is 7 months older than annie.
jackson was a little jealous because i was taking so many pictures of annie starting to crawl. so he was getting in front of the camera - but it let me take some cute pictures of jackson. jackson loves this sweater. he always wants to wear it and calls it the sweater with the cool buttons.

hot or not?

same person? yep. the one in the pool is a picture i took of jack when we went to san antonio. i think he looks pretty nice. now the other picture - i had to take it and he agreed. because he agreed i don' t think he realizes how bad he looked. he HAD to go to target that night to get something he needed. so he must have gotten ready in the matter of seconds. he actually went to target like this...and his mom's an image consultant.

19 December 2006

ranch day

what a fun time we had at the ranch. it was such a nice, quick little retreat to the triple c ranch with a group of friends - friends of mine, jackson and annie. the kiddos had fun feeding the fish, running around outside, riding the gator, feeding cows and the emu...opps the llama. good food and fun times. thanks aunt robin, uncle gary and colton!

18 December 2006

face painting

annie got a hold of jackson's markers and thankfully i caught her before she did any more damage. she gets into everything: pulls all the towels out of the downstairs bathroom, knocks alot of things over, gets into bags. she must be searching for something important.

17 December 2006

happy bday poppy

smile it's your birthday. i think jack caught poppy in between bites of his desert. poppy has a huge sweet tooth! so does this guy....

poppy had a bday party for his __ birthday. i know the number - but i don't know if poppy wants everyone to be aware of the number. kk cooked some delicious food - it was holden's favortie but unfortunately he didn't come. we found out that jackson is a HUGE fan of jane's turkey spread - but who isn't! jackson's a pro at appetizers. he needs no lead or any help.

15 December 2006

mama - one popular word

annie now loves to say "ma ma". she gets her mouth moving first before she makes the sound. so she's just mouthing the words, then it comes out. it's so cute. she gets excited after i get excited, which is a big deal because annie is somewhat serious. she likes to just look around and smile at people but never gets overly excited.

jackson also likes to say the word "mom" or "mommy" alot. it's usually proceeded by a question, wanting me to do something for him or come here. all of which could lead to exhaustion. one day i was just almost wishing he didn't know that word. right when i'm at the end of my rope when i say under my breath, "please don't say my name anymore" it comes out like this:
Jackson: "hey mommy"
Julie: "yes."
Jackson: "i love you"

he's the coolest.

10 December 2006

forget crawling...

annie wants to see what's going on from a higher perspective. annie's now standing. i thought annie was slow but now she decided to prove me wrong and pulls up on everything. you can spot this age by looking at their foreheads - 2 bruises on each side of her head from falling down. she now makes an even bigger mess by pulling everything out of her toy baskets, off of our bookcases, out from under the coffee table and on top of the coffee table. she's a little explorer.

check out annie's diaper - it's huge! if i buy size 4 annie and jackson can both fit into them. they might be a little big for annie but it saves me time trying to figure out the size. hopefully jackson will be out of diapers in january. he just likes to go sit on the potty and read magazines. he doesn't use it. it gets the most use when annie crawls in there and plays with it - that's a positive to jackson not being potty trained - the potty stays clean for annie to play with.

bearded strangers

both my kiddos liked santa clause this year.
jackson was super excited to see him and gave him a high five when he saw him.
annie was amazed at why someone would look like this - sometimes i'd love to hear what's going on in her mind. many times she appears to be in some deep thought.

08 December 2006


annie learned to crawl today. i picked her up from school and she just started doing it - not much rocking - which is the sign of crawling. i think she just wanted to get into the other toys in the living room instead of the ones i put right in front of her. she makes a mess of our living room. jackson never made a mess when he was this age he only played with the toys we gave him - never went to his toy basket and pulled out all of his toys. well, now i know what it's like to pick up toys every night thanks to annie. my easy days are over.

04 December 2006

isa sure looks like her daddy!

sara and i cried over how funny this picture was for a long time - plus it was really late - around midnight so we might have been a little delirious.

01 December 2006


this is too funny not to share. i LOVE to play jokes and "get people" in creative ways. today I was "got" by alston and after 30 minutes i'm still crying - it's so funny.

when jackson was about 6 months old i ran into a mary kay cosmetics lady at marshall's on west gray and she asked for my number and wanted to introduce me to the leadership of mary kay. well, about 6 months after that alston and i were talking about something - i think it was the fact that i had her number programed on my cell phone under the word "no". she'd call alot. we found out that the same lady had met alston at target around the same time she met me and calls alston all the time also.

so i get this email today:
Good Morning, Julie!

My name is Susan Vant, the Customer Services Manager here at Mary Kay Cosmetics. It is my understanding that Maggie Falconer has made quite a few attempts to contact you after your initial meeting at Marshall's on W. Gray St. Maggie has been one of our top recruiters in recent years, and I am curious as to why all her attempts to follow-up with you have been ignored. This demonstrates poor taste on your part, and frankly, bad manners. Could you please respond to this email and let us know what it is that has merited such rude behavior.

We are always working toward better customer interaction and we would appreciate your input. Please do not continue to disappoint us with your silence. Mary Kay is a leader in cosmetic sales and produces some of the most outstanding, top quality products on the market. We sincerely hope you will come around.

Thanks so much for your time!

i'm not in the best mood so i decide to give her my input...here's my response:
Here's my input, Susan!

Are you kidding me!

Please do not try to contact me again. If you do so, I will personally contact Mary Kay Cosmetics Headquarters. I will let them know of this ridiculous response. I can not see why this is considered professional in Customer Service at a well established company. I do believe that you are participating in poor taste and ill-representing Mary Kay.

This is, in the least, a preposterous email that you have sent.

You have permanently turned me away from EVER buying a Mary Kay product again, congratulations.

So, I called Alston to tell her about this email I got from "Susan". Well, when I called Alston she said, “I totally got you!” Alston played a great joke on me – now I have to get her back and I have to watch my back because I know I've played jokes on other friends.