Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Funnies

Hooray for Friday!

I don't know about you, but I am extra excited for this weekend!

Why, you ask?

Because Jackson is being baptized!!

I absolutely love my Catholic faith and am so excited to raise my child in His beautiful church--I'm also excited to see so many of our friends and family members on Sunday (Jax gets to meet his Great-Grandpa Julius)! In honor of Jax's baptism, this weeks Funnies have a Catholic theme (yes, we do have a pretty good sense of humor).

My Aunt Nancy sent me this and I literally laughed out loud!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Jackson's Newborn Pictures

I just realized that I still haven't shared Jax's newborn pictures!

We had the photos taken by the fabulous Andrea Rodger when Jack was just 17 days old and couldn't be happier with the way they turned out. Andrea did an amazing job of capturing the beauty and innocence of new life and had such a unique vision for our pictures. If you're on the fence about having newborn photos taken, just do it! Jack won't be a baby forever but we'll always have these beautiful pictures to look back at.

Without further ado, I present to you our little Anne Geddes baby.
That's an Annie look..
16-day-old Brandon & 17-day-old Jackson

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday

Welcome to another exciting edition of WIWW!

Today's outfit is called "The Cool Mom" (which describes me to a T, right?)!

Last Saturday, my guys and I spent the day running errands and shopping, so I wanted to wear something that was comfortable and fun--this outfit covered all the bases!

Outfit info:
1.) I picked up the Stone's tee at Goodwill in 2011 and have gotten lots of good wear out of it--I love how versatile it is and how it can be easily paired with jeans, yoga pants, or a skirt & blazer! 
2.) The charm bracelet was a Christmas gift from my mom--it adds a fun pop of color to my pale, white arms (ha).
3.) Have I mentioned that I live next to a Gordmans (yes, I am going to bring this up every post because I'm so stinking excited about it)? That's where I picked up these Amethyst jeans--they fit really, really well and I love the darker wash.

All together, this "cool mom" ensemble cost me maybe $30 (I love a good deal!)--gotta love thrifting and bargain shopping! Next week, I will be sharing the outfit that I'm wearing to Jack's baptism so be sure to stop back for all the deets.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Annie: Then and Now

Disclaimer: The following post may contain images disturbing to some readers. If images of awkward adolescents makes you uncomfortable, causes nightmares and/or a loss of appetite, please leave this page now. Annie One Can Cook will not claim responsibility for direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages resulting from reading this post.

You've been warned. 

It's weird for me to think that I'm old enough to be a mom--I feel like I should only be an 8th grader, still living at home with my parents! But alas, I'm now an adult and have several important stay-at-home mamma responsibilities such as keeping house, paying bills, and keeping an adorable little tyke fed and happy--it just doesn't feel real sometimes!

Anyway, while I was making my blogging rounds the other day, I stumbled upon a "then and now" post from Alexis at We Like to Learn as We Go and thought it would be fun to do (especially since the "then" is as old I currently feel).

Let's do it!

Then: 2004 - Age 14
Now: 2014 - Age 24 (next month.. I'm still 23)

Please note the braces, hair, & Bush/Cheney shirt.
Crushing On
Then: Drake Bell
Now:  This hot soldier I met who is a computer whiz, amazing cook, and makes beautiful babies.
My taste got better with age.
Then: Moody, grumpy, paranoid.. pretty much your typical teen.
Now: Laid back, happy, and grateful!
Family vacation to Washington D.C. & Williamsburg, VA - Summer 2004
Then: Rats nest (I would occasionally brush it and that was the extent of my hair routine).
Now: Short, staticky mess.. but at least I make an effort now, right?
My Aunt Nancy & Me at the infamous chicken coop B&B - Fall 2004
Then: Lots of jackets (I hated my arms), jeans (I hated my legs), shoes (I hated my feet), and loose fitting blouses/dresses (to hide my hips, thighs, and butt).
Now:  Yoga pants, t-shirts, blazers, and dresses (whenever I can!).
"Favorite Era Day" at school - Fall 2004
Then: Drake & Josh, Friends, & whatever was on MTV at the time.
Now: The news (& news magazine shows like Dateline and 20/20), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Family Tree, Shark Tank, Duck Dynasty, & Breaking Bad.
Apparently not going to class.. - Fall 2004
Then: Sheryl Crow & Top 40
Now: 90s Alternative & Grunge
My photogenic family - Christmas 2004
Then: Teen Romcoms & Romeo & Juliet (9th grade English)
Now: My current read is One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (which I will be doing a review on soon).
8th grade dance - Spring 2004
Then: Hanging out with friends, shopping, talking on the phone, & dancing in my room.
Now: Blogging, reading, going for walks, & traveling.
8th Grade Cotillion - Spring 2004
Then: Move to Hollywood, become a famous actress/singer, marry Drake Bell, and introduce my best friend, Jen, to Ricky Ullman (which I actually referenced in my MOH speech at her wedding).
Now: Being the best wife and mother I can possibly be and raising my children to be good, contributing members of society.. and going to New York City. 
Better than being a famous actress--being mommy to this little guy and wife to handsome Brandon!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Jackson's 2 Month Update!

Baby Jackson turned 2 months on Saturday (and we celebrated by going to Costco and by driving down to Castle Rock to shop/have dinner)!

It's so surreal that my baby is 2 months old already--part of me is sad because he's growing up so quickly, but the other part of me feels like he should be older than he is (SO much has happened since he was born: Christmas, Brandon's interview/job offer, apartment hunting, moving, Brandon starting his job, exploring the city, etc.). Even though he hasn't been around for long, it's hard to remember life before Jackson and I thank God everyday for giving us such a healthy, happy, and sweet little boy!
I had planned to do the same pose, background, outfit, etc., for all of his monthly updates but he's hard to take pictures of (he doesn't like being set down for too long), so we're just going to take what we can get and not be too picky!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shirt was made by our uber talented friend, Jana.
Weight: 9 1/2 pounds (taken on the bathroom scale).

Length: I'm not even going to try measuring him (it will only end in tears for both baby and mom)--his 2 month well check is tomorrow so we'll find out then! 

Nicknames: Jax, Jack, Kiddo, Bubby (& variations like Bubba, Bubbas, Bub, etc.), Jacksie, Baby, Buddy, Tink, Cheekies

Wearing: He outgrew his Newborn clothes :/ we're in 0-3 month now, with some 3-6 month--he also graduated to size 1 diapers.

Sleep: He will take little catnaps during the day in his swing but in order for him to take a good, long nap, he has to be laying with someone (which I will be talking to his pediatrician about tomorrow--I vowed to never be a co-sleeping parent and now I am). He also won't sleep alone at night but as long as he's sleeping on me, he will sleep 10+ hours a night (but I don't sleep because I'm so paranoid about having baby in bed.. he sleeps on top of the sheets in the crook of my arm).

Jax likes: Eating, sitting on dad, cuddling/sleeping with mom, the ceiling fan, sticking out his tongue, kicking his legs, playing on his mat, going for walks in the Ergo, being held, jabbering, being talked to, bath time, his changing table, looking at lights, lullabies, & being walked around/bounced.

Jax dislikes: His car seat, the car, being hungry, his stroller, being set down for too long, dirty diapers, solo napping, & being read to (which I hope passes quickly).

Mom & Dad's Favorite Things: When he cackles, how alert and curious he is, all of that hair, when he smiles, his animated facial expressions, how he lays his hands under his head when he sleeps on his stomach (usually on dad), his sweet demeanor, & the cute noises he makes.

1st dip in the pool
~I think that Jackson might be going through a period of "Purple crying" (more info here--I had to watch a video on it before I left the hospital so I was semi prepared for it) where he'll be smiling and playing one minute and then screaming and crying uncontrollably the next. It's been emotionally exhausting for all three of us (I have a tendency of crying when Jax cries uncontrollably--poor Brandon, I know) but he's a baby and that's what babies do. I'm going to talk to his new pediatrician about it on Tuesday to make sure that's what it is and not something else. 

My handsome boy :)
I think a picture like the one above deserves a humorous story: Last week, Jack and I stayed a few days at my parents house (they only live about an hour away now so I see lots to trips to see them in our future!). Jax slept peacefully the entire trip there but screamed and screamed the last 45 minutes of the trip home. Between Jackson crying and rush hour traffic, I felt sad and emotionally defeated--when we finally arrived home, I sat down and nursed him for about a half hour, thinking the entire time about everything I needed to do that afternoon. After he finished eating, he was calm so I turned on the TV and put him in his swing. I wasn't really paying attention to what I had turned on but it was some Jennifer Lopez movie (with the guy who played Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ")--Jackson loved it and quietly watched it for 45 minutes! It was amazing--I got all of the dishes done, cleaned, and did a load of laundry! I'm not sure if I should be concerned by my 2-month-olds fascination of J. Lo, but I'll go with it for now.

Whatever floats your boat, kid..

Jax and his Papa Tony (my dad)
~Jax is exclusively fed breast milk and I feel very blessed to be able to do so--he is a champ when it comes to eating and can go from breast to bottle to pacifier with no problem.

~New this month: smiling (that top picture makes me heart melt and the bottom one makes me smile--he's always so happy after his nap)!

Brandon Jr.
~This boy loves his baths! He always makes the cutest faces and lays there so contently--I can't wait until he's old enough to start swim lessons. And I don't know if you can tell or not, but he has a noticeable "outie" belly button that I think is an umbilical hernia; we've done our research and it's pretty common in babies who were premature (Jax was a week and a half early and only weighed 5 lbs. 13 oz.) and shouldn't cause them any pain. One more thing to talk to the pediatrician about tomorrow (I have a loooooooong list of things)!


Next weekend is another busy/exciting weekend for Jackson and our family--Jax is being baptized! I'm so excited for this milestone in our lives and I can't wait to celebrate with so many people we love. More on that next Monday!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Funnies

Happy Friday, all!

I hope you all had a wonderful week--Jackson and I have been visiting my parents since Wednesday and are headed home today (we miss Brandon & Bits)!

Have a great weekend; we'll see you back here on Monday for Jax's 2 month update!
This is my parents cat.

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