Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sticks and Frogs and Mud! Oh My!


I remember the day very distinctly...I was 14 weeks pregnant and a good friend of mine had arranged for me to get a free ultrasound to find out the sex of the baby I was carrying. My mom was with me because I didn't tell Marc I was having it done. I didn't tell him because I knew how bad he wanted a boy and I knew if I found out it was a girl this would give me a few weeks to butter him up about how wonderful a baby girl would be before we had the official ultrasound done. Horrible? Yes, but he wanted a boy that bad and I had a gut feeling it was going to be a girl.
All Marc had talked about since the day we found out we were pregnant was how he hoped it was a boy and with tears in his eyes he would talk about watching his son kill his first deer. Now I knew if it was a girl she would be a lot like me and it would be hard for Marc to live out this dream if he was sitting in a deer stand with a tiny princess wearing pink camo and a tiara. So with much anticipation I laid down on the table the tech placed the thing-a-ma-jiggy on my belly and there it was! There was no doubt that God was going to give my husband the son he had been dreaming about. Ah, the excitement! My mind flashed forward to tiny cowboy boots, fishing trips, t-ball games, camo and maybe a future football star. I had no idea that a having a boy would mean that the next eighteen years would be filled with MUD









or FROGS







or an obbession with finding the sharpest stick in the yard to carry around. I won't post pics in fear that someone from the Department of Human Services may see it and take my child from me.
Even though no one told me that this is what having a boy would entail I couldn't be happier! I am loving every minute of it. Except for the frog part. I loathe frogs. I don't care that help control the mosquito population, they are disgusting! I feel the same way about a frog that I do about snakes, roaches and brussel sprouts! Sends chills down my spine just thinking about them! Of course now that my husband has the son he always wanted all he can talk about is how he hopes the next baby is a GIRL!
I need some help from the four of you that read this blog! LOL! I am trying to decide on a picture for Walker's dedication at church. I wasn't there for dedication last year because we had just come home from the hospital from having Walker the day before, so I'm not sure if I should use a current picture or a baby(by baby I mean a month old) picture. Any help would be appreciated! Just leave a comment telling me which one you like. They will be numbered from left to right (1) (2) or (3) or if I should use a baby pic. Thanks!!!! Oh, the last pic(3) shows his entire face, it just cropped it on here. It's same pic used in my header.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Jesus, Bird and a Nosebleed

Life at the Rushing residence has been pretty quiet. I am in full party planning mode! Walker's first birthday is coming up and I am trying to make sure everything is in order. Is it horrible for me to say I am dreading his birthday? I just know that after May he won't be a baby anymore and that hurts my heart! :( He is talking up a storm now. He talks in baby language constantly! As much as I look forward to him being able to tell me what he wants or needs, I am going to miss the gibber jabber he runs around saying. His new favorite word is bird but it sounds more like "burr". He points to the sky and says, "burr, burr". This morning he was pointing to the sky and saying, "burr" when Marc asked him where Jesus lived and he looked up and said, "Dee-Zus"(Jesus)! I got all weepy eyed!

Tonight we were watching Idol and I'm not sure if Walker was jealous of all the attention we were giving Danny, Chris and Adam or if he just wanted Lil' Rounds to stop singing but out of the blue he just slams his face against the floor. He started crying so we all jump up, Mimi grabbed him and I see blood gushing out of his nose. OK so it wasn't gushing it was trickling but at the time I thought he was going to need a blood transfusion. If you could have only seen the hysteria that ensued after the nosebleed started! I snatched him up and almost started CPR, I was yelling for an ice pack(like Walker was really going to let me hold him down and apply an iceberg to his nose for 10 minutes!) I almost called the ambulance! I tend to be a lil' dramatic but for this performance i deserved an Oscar! Thank goodness we were at Marc's parents so his mom was able to assure me that he would be fine and that no immediate medical attention was needed. Mimi took Walker outside which ceased the crying and gave Marc and I a chance to regain our composure. I didn't calm down until I had googled his injury and read the protocol and treatment for such an injury. I knew this would happen because his one year pics are going to be taken this weekend and it just wouldn't be our style to have pics taken without some kind of injury to the face! I'm sure his nose will be normal tomorrow but right now I am picturing him waking up with a black eye and looking like Pinocchio's second cousin! It's proabably a good thing that Walker can't talk in sentences right now because after sustaining such a "serious" injury I would go out and buy whatever would make him feel better at this very moment be it some bubbles or a sports car! Here is a pic for Nana of Walker and his injury.

Monday, April 13, 2009

It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Can I say that I love Easter? I think it's my new favorite holiday! First and foremost for what it represents! I know with out a shadow of a doubt that God is my personal Lord and savior and to know that he endured unimaginable pain and suffering so that I can spend eternity in HEAVEN with him is so heartwrenchingly(is that a word? I don't think it is) wonderful! I also love Easter for many other reasons not as important as the first but I will list them anyway! The minimal decorating, getting together with my precious family, a basket filled with inexpensive gifts(way cheaper than Christmas), my little boy's fat legs sticking out of the bottom of a beautiful monogrammed jon-jon, spring and Cadbury eggs. Easter had never been one of my favorite holidays until this year. I always recognized it's importance but I didn't have the relationship with God that I have now and that has made all the difference.
Easter began with a trail of bunny prints and an Easter basket then it was off to church for a great church service, then a lunch at Mawmaw and Pawpaw's, grandparents galore at our house to watch Walker "hunt" eggs and ended with a delicious dinner at Mimi and Papaws. It was a perfect day, downpour and all. Here are few pics from our day.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Home In The Woods

This weekend we went to stay at my parents home in Itta Bena. Walker LOVES it there! Not just because my parents spoil him rotten but because he has his own petting zoo! My parents live on a few acres and on these few acres they have three goats, three dogs, chickens, pigeons and whatever wildlife that wanders up from the lake(this weekend it was a snapping turtle!). There is a line from Steel Magnolias, when Shelby is describing Jackson's family, "Their simply outdoorsy that's all" reminds me of my family as does the line that came directly before that one, "Jackson comes from a good ole southern family. You either shoot it, stuff it or marry it!". My brother and Marc went turkey hunting and killed a turkey(see previous sentence). Walker also got to try my mom's brown rice for the first time and he thought it was as good as the chicken pot pie! Her brown rice is divine! I can smell it right now and always know I'm home when I smell it in the oven! Saturday night I got to visit with a few girls I graduated from high school with. It was so great to see them again! It's crazy some of these girls I have known since I was 4 years old and saw them almost every day for nearly 12 years but as soon as we graduated we didn't lay eyes on one another again for nearly a decade! I enjoyed catching up and reminiscing about the good old days! I had forgotten about so many things that happened back in the day! LOL! We stayed up until midnight talking and it has taken me until today to recover!