Sunday, March 30, 2008

Getting Ready for his Arrival!

OK....15 days and counting...tick, tock, tick, tock! We are frantically trying to get everything done prior to Jaxson getting here! (or should I say Jessica is frantically GETTING everything done!).

Jess has been in High Gear this week wrapping up loose ends and getting things put together. I try and provide some support, but most of her questions are answered with a resounding "Hmm....I don't know."

I am as close to worthless as you can get with this baby stuff...however, I am working to get better...HANG ON FOR THE RIDE! Cody is about to get a lesson in BABY 101!


Jessica seeing things from Jaxson's point of view

Brand New Changing Table
(I'm told this is where I will get to experience what "bad" really smells like!)

Rainforrest Mobile Connected to Crib

Travel System (combo stroller and car seat)

Saturday, March 29, 2008

NASA Baby Shower

Our friends and co-workers at NASA had a baby shower for us this past week. There was a big turnout and everyone gave us SO much great stuff. They are really working to spoil our little guy rotten! HAHA!

Below are some pictures of the the way, he should be here in about 2 weeks!

NASA Shower

Delicious Cake

For ages 0-100...hmm....???

I couldn't get over those tiny shoes!

This thing is called an "Exercise Yard." I think...It Looks pretty cool...wish they made one my size.

Puppy Bottom

Soft, Cuddly Lamb!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Baby Showers

The past couple weeks have been full of baby showers. The pictures below are some from 3 different events that have taken place in Rusk, Cushing, and Houston.

Jessica and I have received lots of neat things from friends and families. We are definitely blessed to have such great people to share the excitement of Jaxson's birth! Thanks Everyone! You guys are great!

Rusk Shower

Jessica opening up more goodies!

Jessica and Jaxson's new teddy bear.

Elaine, Jessica, and Shelia

Cushing Shower

Cody and Jessica holding a quilt Cody's grandmother, Edith Corley, had pieced years ago. Mama Shelia had it quilted by some local Cushing ladies.

Jessica with a funny bib.

Nikki Downs made us a personalized scrap book that was absolutely amazing.

Shelia, Jessica, and Elaine

Houston Shower

Jessica with a really neat card
Opening little baby presents


Sorry, ate all the cake.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

STATE CHAMPS: Laneville Yellowjackets!

#15 Laneville defeated #1 ranked Goodrich Saturday night 56-50 to capture the Class 1A-Division II State Championship!

The score was tied 10 different times throughout the contest. At one point, Laneville stretched their lead to 10, but #1 ranked Goodrich quickly cut the lead to 4 points in the 4th quarter.

This is Laneville's 3rd State Championship. The Yellowjackets won back-to-back titles in '92-'93.

Congratulations to Coach Brian Nichols and the Laneville Yellowjackets on a Great Season....they accomplished their team goal/motto for the year....WTLO (Win The Last One).

Class 1A - Div. II State Champs

Laneville preparing for a Team Picture after the victory (Coach Brian Nichols can be seen to the right passing his son, Kaden, to his daughter, Krystine)

Presentation of State Trophy to the Yellowjackets

Laneville Defeats Rule, 61-39

Laneville won their first game on Friday night with an impressive win over #4 ranked Rule.

Laneville did not have their best game of the season on Friday, but their complete dominance over Rule in the paint (12 blocked shots) helped Laneville cruise to a much-needed victory.

Coach Brian Nichols, who brought Laneville to Austin last season only to lose to Nazareth in the championship game, continually reiterates to his players this year's motto....WTLO (Win the Last One)....

#15 Laneville plays #1 Goodrich for the State Title on Saturday @ 7 PM.

Coach Brian Nichols
Photo by Mark Matson, for American-Statesman

Friday, March 07, 2008

Laneville Yellowjackets to State...again!

As most of you probably well know, one of my very best friends, Brian Nichols, is the head basketball coach / elementary principal at Laneville ISD in East Texas.

The basketball tradition in the small town is strong. Brian has been coaching at Laneville for several years now. He took his team to the State Tournament in Austin last year, but lost to Nazareth in the championship game.

Well, as you can see below, Brian and his boys have done it again! They won the regional tournament this past weekend and are making another trip to the Big Show in Austin. They play their first game in the State Tournament tonight versus Rule ISD. If they win, they will play again on Saturday for the State Title. (Jessica and I are driving to Austin today to watch!)

Below are pics from their victory at the regional tournament.

Mr. Ronnie Tidwell, Laneville ISD Superintendant, & Brian Nichols, head coach

Brian cutting down the net after the VICTORY!

Brian and his team....ready to head to Austin!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Family Pics from December 2007

We went to Nacogdoches after Christmas to have some professional family photos made. In all honesty, I don't think we have every had any "family" pictures taken before. So, we dressed in our white shirts and ventured to town not knowing what to expect....surprisingly, we ended up having a lot of fun (with lots of laughs!)!
As you can see, the below photos are of my side of the family...maybe we can get Jessica's family together soon to do the same.
The Fam.


Jessica and Cody

Mama Shelia and Papa Joe

Kisses to Mom

Mom and Dad