Sunday (not so fun day) & Meet the Family!

Today wasn’t as pleasant as the relaxing day we all enjoyed around here yesterday. Becca was up again until wee hours of the morning, fighting the never ending war with her arch nemesis, Queen Endo. And Jax, well he woke up on the wrong side of the crib thanks to the little, white volcanoes erupting in his mouth. If you were to stick your finger in this little boy’s mouth, you would think a miniature version of The Hawaiian Islands were forming. [molars] Poor guy!

Anyway, I tried to let Becca relax as much as she could again by being Mr. Mom. As nice as that may seem, she had plenty of JJD work to keep her from resting. That girl is seriously AMAZING! And it makes me happy to see her so happy, doing what she loves.
As I mentioned yesterday, my family is coming down at the end of the week for some vacation time and to visit with us. We have a lot planned to show them the best of what Texas has to offer, but we are also looking forward to catching up! We saw my mom most recently when she was down here in February for Jax’s first birthday, but we haven’t seen the rest of the clan since we were in Illinois in August. And they all haven’t been to Texas since our wedding!

So tonight, I’d like to give you a brief introduction [or reintroduction for you loyal followers] to my family. I’m sure there will be more than a few pictures posted next week while they are here, so now y’all will at least know who is who!

[Dad, well, stepdad to me, Dad to the other kids, Grandpa John] Banker, loyal Chicago sports fan {Cubs not Sox}, and former Trekkie.

[Mom, Grandma G.]-nursing home administrator, sentimental, loves to shop, doesn’t care much for warm weather [lol]

[Aunt Sam] {12} tween, attitude-driven, attached to cell phone at all times, far too young to be wearing makeup, plays volleyball & runs track

[Uncle Max] {9} bruiser, laid-back, the next Karate Kid,
Wii/Nintendo DS Expert, plays football & baseball

[Aunt Raegan] {6, going on 16} the true ruler of the Gooding house, Lego lover [just like me], extraordinary tea party hostess, plays T-ball
And that is my family! A little bit crazy, a lotta bit goofy, and a ton of fun. We can’t wait to have them with us for a week! Lots of pictures to come.


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    First, you are such a good Daddy and husband! ;-)

    And I’m going to agree with you, Becca is awesome and was working on an insanely awesome blog design this weekend! ;-)

    Your family is just so gorgeous! I love the face Jax is making in the family photo.

    I almost stopped reading when you said your stepdad was a Cubs fan (Just kidding! Well, kinda. Go Cards!)

    Awesome family and I hope you guys have fun this coming weekend!

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    I love the pictures! And I hope Jax’s teeth come through soon! As a mama whose little boy is also teething, I feel your pain!

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    Enjoy the company of your family. Always nice to entertain one’s family. Thanx for the introduction to your family :)

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    This was so fun!! Have fun with the fam! I’ll be praying + I’ll call soon!

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    Poor Jaxman! He looks miserable! Sure hope they are in by the end of the week!
    Yes… I will agree with you! You definitely have an amazing wife! we are all proud of her as well!

    Not too bad on the introductions, Son! :>) Just wanted to add:
    Your Dad also comes from a farming family (thus all of the John Deere for Jax!)
    Your Ma is also a Nurse, who really doesn’t mind the warm weather…as long as she has well working air-conditioning, and I think that you mentioned LOVES to shop! Hehehe!
    Samantha Jo is also a very good cheerleader…(at 12 years old – she thinks this is what life is about). Oh… and wait til ya’ll hear her sing!
    Max…along with his bruiser side is also the most soft-hearted kid you could ever meet! And takes after his older brother by playing piano!
    Finally Raegan – who has been Flower Girl in more weddings than most people attend in their lifetime, is starting tap and HipHop Dance lessons in the fall.
    You are right…it has been WAY too long! Friday cannot get here quick enough for all of us!!! Cannot wait to get there!!!!

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    aww poor becca! That is the pits! Praying for you all !
    And wow what a cute introduction of the fam! :)

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    Love the additions from your mom! Too funny! And this has more to do with your first post than this one, but “WAY TO GO!” on getting up with Jax and letting Becca sleep! That’s a sign of a great Dad. My hubby does the same thing for me on weekends and I LOVE getting to sleep in and catch up on missed sleep from the week.

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