Friday, July 22, 2011
We are still here. We have been crazy busy this week. I will be back in a day or two. The King of the Crazies had a little outpatient surgery today and it has been a day of taking care of him. Thank the good Lord my mom has the kids for the day. They got to spend the day swimming and sunning and eating with her and their Uncle Jason. It is a lot easier for me to have one charge at a time when someone needs all my attention. It is hard to deal with a 200 pound, 6'4" man on my own. He insisted upon going into Walgreens and renting his own movie right after we left from surgery. (I have a few stories about this too - wow. I was amused and slightly embarrassed.) Then we got home and I got ice cream and pain meds down him. He napped off and on and watched "Tron Legacy." And then he got up to go into the other room and he nearly passed out - fun times. Pray he is better soon. I have never seen someone so pale as he was earlier. He was hot and sweat was dripping from his forehead. On a funnier note, he made me video tape him after surgery when he was all hopped up and it was hilarious. :) I have to let him come out of it and see it first though - doubt I can share. I am not allowed to share much about him on here - his rules. :)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
|Jason and my mom|
|Always into something|
We had moved back from Italy and we were staying the summer with my maternal grandparents in Orlando. I still remember eating dinner on the way to meet him for the first time, wrapped toy in hand. My Mamaw (mom's mom) was eating sooo slow. (Turns out she eats even slower now and I also am a slow eater. Haha) I thought she'd never get done and we waited and waited. We were all so excited. Looking back, I think that is why she took longer than usual to eat her dinner at Morrison's Cafeteria. (Remember that place?) She kept talking and talking. He'd be her last grandchild, the previous being my sister about six years before.
Much like when my sister was born, I don't remember actually seeing him for the first time but I remember the love that I felt and that's all that matters. I gave him a small white toy, I think it was a cat, that attached to the crib and sang. He kept that thing for years and wore it out. Anyway, upon seeing him, I remember that I loved him immediately and I couldn't wait to hold him and make him my baby. I was a second mother, my sister the third mother, and I remember racing home from the bus stop to feed him an afternoon bottle after school.
Of course after he got big enough to be into everything (and he was into EVERYTHING) my sister and I got quite annoyed. Having a little person around was only cool when it met our needs and wants. But like all siblings we loved one another even when we were squabbling and couldn't be in the same room. :) You know, because we were in trouble, not him.
The few times my mom and dad went out and got a babysitter I was always the one to tell her what to do and when to do it. I am sure I was annoying. I even changed his diapers the whole time a sitter was there and they didn't seem to mind that at all. :) Jason prepared me to be a mom to my girls. I had babies and already knew how to take care of them because of him and I loved taking care of him. To this day Amy and I still look out for him and tend to "mother" him but we can't help it. We probably always will.
|Wearing Dad's Navy gear|
|Jason and me making the same face! 1992|
|In front of Old Faithful 1996 (the year I graduated)|
|Jason, me and Amy 1997|
|Jason, Paternal Grandpa and Dad|
I have so many memories of Jason taking things apart and rebuilding them. Or making a vacuum out of toys he had around the house. He was and is very smart and can do anything he sets his mind to.
|Me, Amy and Jason 2000|
|My wedding day|
|Passed out at Amy's wedding (too many pictures!)|
|"Act like you love one another!" July 2010|
Jason ranks right up there on the favorite person list with both my girls and I can't imagine my life, or their lives, without him in it. They have so much silly fun with him. He's just a big kid at heart.
|Sleeping Beauty following Jay-sing October 2010|
|Beach day! 2010|
|Waiting on Little Prince to be born in February 2011|
This next picture makes me laugh. When I handed Little Prince to Jason in the hospital, Amy and I both told him to sit down first, like he was a five year old. He did it with a smile on his face. :)
|Holding Little Prince for the first time February 2011|
He'd do anything for his friends and family and give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. And he'd never ask to be repaid for said shirt. That's just who he is.
|Jason at the kid table at a Sunday lunch - Spring 2011|
I am so glad to have you as my little brother and so glad my girls have you in their lives. I can't imagine life without "Jay-sing."
|Jason and me - today|
|And Jason with his two biggest fans - Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty|
Happy birthday, Jason! We love you and are so, so glad mom and dad had you 25 years ago!