Thursday, October 29, 2009

37 weeks

Due to some issues with my placenta (which I won't go into detail about) and a stubborn baby who loves to act up during fetal monitoring, I have been able to have several ultrasounds over the last couple of months. Today was one of those visits where I got a surprise ultrasound to check on our little guy. From the looks of things he's got lots of hair, chubby cheeks, and the ultrasound tech asked if his Dad is tall (um, no... he's not)but maybe that means that the baby looks long..? Anyway, here's a cute little picture of our baby. 18 more days and we'll finally be able to hold him in our arms. (Thank heavens because there just isn't any more room for him to grow inside of me.)

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Fall is in full swing here in Virginia. It's beautiful everywhere you look and we finally got out and took a few pictures. I don't have any good pictures of the red and orange trees, but here are a few cute ones of the family.

In our front yard.

Across the street from our chapel.

Jackson and McKay doing the "Grandma Gifford Eye".

Jackson showing off how strong he is.

And here's me 9 months pregnant with twins.
(Ok fine, I'm only 8 months pregnant with one, but I could sure pass for the other...)

Last year we waited until a week before Halloween to go buy pumpkins and everywhere in Grundy was sold out. It was sad to miss out on carving. So, this year we bought our pumpkins nice and early and went over to our friends the Gilberg's house to carve. We had lots of fun.
Jackson with a pumpkin lid. I'm not sure why he held it to his ear...

Our finished masterpieces....oooh... ahhh!

It was funny how grossed out both kids were with reaching inside the gooey pumpkins. Here's a video.

We've got a busy busy busy week ahead. I'm looking forward to getting lots of fun Halloween pictures to post. I really love this time of year!

Also, just 22 more days until baby #3 will be here!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Coming soon...

-Fall pictures
-Pumpkin carving pictures
-Pregnant belly picture....we'll just have to see about that.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What's going on with the Whitneys...

Just a few random things that have been going on around here.

On the way to church on Sunday our car was flashing between 'ICE' and '33 degrees'. Brrr. I'm loving every second of the cool/cold weather!

Curious George visited the library this week. We read lots of books about him and other monkeys before he made his appearance. After every book Jackson would ask, "NOW is it time to wake him up?" (I think the librarian told Jackson that he was sleeping when we first got to the library.)

I love just-out-of-the-bath-kids. It's been a while since I took a picture like here ya go.

This is the last picture I took of the kids in their towels. It was shortly after moving to VA in 2007. Crazy how fast they grow!!

We made a chain tonight to help count down the days until some fun things that are coming up.

-Primary Program (there are videos of the kids doing their parts at the bottom of this post.)

-Library Halloween Party

-Emilie's (Sydney and Jackson's friend) birthday party

-Preschool Halloween Party

-Branch Trunk-or-Treating

-Grandma coming (in preparation for the new baby)


Jackson's primary part.

"I am a spirit child of Heavenly Father."

Sydney's primary part.

This next video is of Jackson singing I am a Child of God. He's known the words to the song for a long time, but is recently learning how to carry a tune. Of course when I took the video he sang the wrong tune a few times...but it's better than his usual monotone singing. Cute boy.

And lastly, tonight when I was helping Jackson put his pj's on he showed how he can be a "muscle guy". Maybe some day there will be some muscles to go with those nice ribs. Haha. (Sorry...I turned the camera and can't flip the video.)

Stick Figure Family at
Make your Stick Figure Family at

Friday, October 9, 2009

Funny boy.

Something Jackson often says is "I'm just tired and hungry!"

The other night at dinner he proved his point.

On another note, it's cooling off in Grundy and we're loving it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

September in Review

It's flying by.

Jackson barfed only a few minutes after we had put the kids to bed. When we went in there to help him, he was covered in it. He was really scared and in a crying/ trying to keep control voice said, "What is this?" Imagine his thoughts. Doesn't feel good, some kind of stuff is all over him, what's the deal?!

I don't know where he got it, but Jackson started saying, "You betcha!" When I say it back to him, he says, "No, YOU betcha!"

I was being lazy in the morning and hadn't put my teeth in yet. I didn't think anyone could tell... Sydney was listening to me and interrupted to say, "Dad, your voice doesn't sound so good. It's like: Tss Stss tssssstts. Maybe you forgot to put your teeth in today."

I asked the kids about their belly buttons. They pulled up their shirts and showed me. Then I asked if Mom had one, so they attacked her trying to see. While they were distracted, I pulled my pants up really high to cover mine. Then I asked if they thought I had one, so they came and pulled up my shirt -- but couldn't find a belly button. They decided maybe only some people have them.

The kids watched Go Diego Go, and on one part Diego had to choose the left or right path. The right had snakes on it. A few days later Sydney was singing a church song about "a child must choose which path to take..." and Jackson interrupted and said, "But is there snakies on the right path?"

Sydney said, "I bet you know why you have so many friends Dad. It's because you are Soooo strong!" (score 2 points to Sydney -- one for saying I'm popular, one for saying I'm soooo strong) :)

Jackson has reached the age where he too must stop sucking his finger (Syd did it at age 3). Luckily our kids just do it when they are holding their blankies with soft yarn "strings" hanging off. So Keresa talked to him about it for a few days, then when the day came, she put away his blankie. It was pretty easy for him - more so than for Sydney. With Syd, both she and Keresa cried. drama.

I laid on Jackson's bed while he was getting on his pajamas (jammies). I said, "This bed feels soft. You wanna trade tonight so I can sleep here and you go sleep by Mom in my bed?" He quickly said in a deep voice, "Ok Son, good night. Go to sleep Son so I don't have to spank you." Then came to give me a little kiss.

Keresa fed Jackson some flaming hot cheetohs. They made his eyes water. He told her, "Mom these kind of cheetohs make me so sad." (because the watery eyes)

Keresa is only 5 ish weeks away from delivering the new child. She will sure be glad to get that baby out. I'll be glad when she stops making me feel her belly all the time. I know Moms have this bond when the child inside hiccups and moves around, but I think it's kind of creepy. Like something out of Breaking Dawn... We will all be glad when we get the next child.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Grundy Homecoming Parade

Sydney and Jackson got to ride on the preschool float for the Grundy Homecoming Parade. It's really fun being in a small town for events like this. It seems like the whole town participates. It was nice and cool and the kids had a blast throwing candy to the crowd. Our float was out of candy after just a couple of minutes....and not because we didn't 10 huge bags! It's fun being able to participate in things like this here...these are the memories we won't forget.

It made my jaw drop when I saw "Class of 2024" on the side of the float. Doesn't that seem SO FAR AWAY?? (Jackson wasn't in the mood for a picture I guess.)

Sydney shook that pom pom with one hand and threw candy with the other. She was very serious about the whole thing.

The fire trucks were a little too loud for Jackson.