Sunday, October 31, 2010

HaPpY HaLlOwEeN!!!

Jackson last year was an elephant.
A very cute, costume so perfect for him, you'll never forget it, elephant.

So this year, we fretted and froed (word?) over the PERFECT outfit. Welp, lets just say, we kept going back to 'ol elly. Finally we decided that out of all the costumes online, this one was the best for this year:
(No, thats not Jack, just some model. I couldn't get him still long enough to get a pic from the front standing up)
Thats right. He rocked out as a ring tailed lemur. A VERY cute, serious about grabbing the candy and trying to walk into peoples houses lemur.

So was he channeling the lemur Sun night, you might wonder?
Like he channeled the seriousness of the elephant last year?

No. He did not. He was not leaping, nor plant eating, nor climbing in trees* lemur-esk. Sigh. But you know what? He was cute. And he liked the outfit (at the end of the night when it was coming off)!
*No child or tree was harmed in said tree climbing, bc he is after all, you know, only 19 months. He lacks the ability to shimmy up trees.
Now who do I talk to about the weather? Mother Nature apparently got my angry, "this is Halloween and for the love of all children's costumes, could you please throw some cool air this way and help a mother out" message a little late. Were getting the cold front tomorrow. Snap.

Hope everyone had a fantastic Holiday. Now its time to gear up for Thanksgiving!! Bring on the stretchy pants. Thank God leggings are back in now. Hollah!!!

**And yes, I, apparently have a thing for animal outfits.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Oh these are the days....

Before I go into what is quite possibly the most frustrating and comical experience I have encountered with Jackson so far, I want to share what we did this week:

We went to feed the ducks at the pond near our house. We took a little bike ride down and unloaded all our stale bread and cheerios. By the way the ducks LOVED the cheerios.

Okay so I don't know much about ducks but check this guy out below. We shall call him the bu-font ducky. See my neighbors say it is not a tumor (like I diagnosed) but instead, a sad case of bullying at the pond. The ducks peck at his head and cause his hair to be tufted out like this. Im not so sure I believe that, but they see him and say he isn't sick and he is just fine.
Your thoughts??
I just don't think thats normal. And why him if its bullying?
Really, I shouldn't worry about something like this, but alas it plagues me. It does.

We also took a trip up to my grandparents house in The Woodlands. They wanted to take us to The Childrens Museum that is fairly new there. We went and Jack had a great time! The only picture I got was of him in this fire engine. Where it got a little heated later on and I thought Granny was gonna straight up old school discipline some other kids for rude behavior.

The rest of the time he was driving shopping carts and throwing plastic veggies around, and driving toy trains on the train tracks. Thanks Granny and Paw Paw! We grew up always going to the museums with them so its nice that they can do this with their great grand kid!

Now for the mishap I will remember for the rest of my life, and so will Jackson bc Ill never let him forget it:
On Aug 27th I wrote on facebook that Jackson had learned and truly enjoys throwing things off the balcony onto the floor below.
Oh the foresight that post had! We started reprimanding him (slightly, and obviously not enough). Fast forward to Sep 9, I was doing my make up, and Jack comes in the bathroom and starts grabbing stuff off my counter. I managed to keep most away, and he got bored so he left. Then came back in looking for more to grab. He grabbed nail polish. I was doing my mascara at this point and well, I saw he had it, and thought "Gosh, I need to grab that, before he decides to take off with it" He was just hanging out in the bathroom so I continued on with my mascara, bc lets face it, you cant stop in the middle of mascara. Well when I finished, he was gone. I took off to find him, rounded the corner of my bedroom door, and hear a glass breaking down below and see him turn around and say "uh-oh momma". Um yah. He totally dropped the bottle of bluish/purple nail polish onto the WHITE tile floor below. Did I mention we were running late and trying to get out the door for MDO and I was heading to Austin for the day? Yeah. Then I said to him "Jackson that was a big no no, no sir, you are in BIG trouble" . To which he responded "Uh -oh momma" with more seriousness and octave. So when down to survey damage, it was all over the floor, the carpet and splashed up on the walls and baseboards. Oh yes. Wonderful. It took alot to get it all off and I still haven't painted over the walls and baseboards yet. People are shocked when I show them how high the polish splashed up the wall.
Boys. Lovely Boys.
At least he said uh-oh.
Since then, we did balcony boot camp, and he hasn't thrown anything off since. :)

Monday, September 6, 2010

First aTm game and Playin with Bryson!

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. -- Cindy Lew
This weekend was the first aTm game, WHOOP!

We were not sure if we were gonna be able to go or not bc Jackson was recovering from an ear infection and I didnt want to leave him with someone he didnt know, just so we could go to the game. But see, when you have a fabulous friend who says, "Hey, let me keep him for you" You find yourself thinking of the quote by Cindy Lew. Jennifer decided to watch Jackson for the afternoon and evening (LATE evening) so we could still go to the game. Good friend huh? I know, Im lucky. She has Bryson who is Jacksons BFF, they LOVE each other. So much so that Bryson and Jackson give each other lots of hugs and kisses! LOL. So she fed them pizza for dinner, watched Toy Story AND baked homemade cookies for those boogers. As if that wasnt enough, she bathed him, put him to bed ANDDDD when we got there to pick him up at 11 p.m. she had warmed up some pizza for us and poured us a glass of wine. I know right. Pick your jaws up. Im keeping her and no you cant have her, shes my friend. Yes Ill be selfish with this one! LOL. We were VERY grateful to her and her hubs Nick. The best part is the next morning both boys were looking for each other. Here is a link to her blog with the highlights on it. I stole these pics from her so sorry for the redundancy!


Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mothers Day Out!!!

Soo this is the week we have been waiting for, dreading, excited about, longing for, curious about and well...just ready to have happen. We started Mothers Day Out. I signed him up in the spring for this year and I have been really looking forward to it, but at the same time kinda sad about. One it means my little Jack attack is growing up, and two, Ill be by myself for two days without my buddy. Also, I was (a smidge bit) worried about how he would handle the transition. Well, turns out, my child was MADE for school!
We had Meet the Teacher on the 26th and the class was packed! 12 kiddos total for those two AMAZING and WONDERFUL teachers to shepherd! Mostly boys too..yoikes! I love love LOVE his teachers and was so excited to see that on Tuesdays they have music class with Mrs. Barb and on Thursdays he will do arts and crafts! Each month has a theme and certain colors they will be working on. (Good luck with that bc every color is 'blue" to Jack!)

His first day was Tuesday the 31st. Taylor took the day off so we could have a date day while Jack was in school, and also to make sure I was able to keep it all together emotionally. Here are a few pictures of Jack that morning on our way out the door....

Hey we are all going to school!!!!
Dad, lets go to school!!! mean Im going BY MYSELF???

Only if I can take my ball...

And into the school......
And in the classroom, where Mrs. Bridgette came in to snuggle her buddies Jackson and Carter and to make sure they were happy! (Mrs. Bridgette is our nursery director and she is the BEST!)
HE DID GREAT!!! He didnt cry or anything when we dropped him off and guess what?? I didnt either!! I think I was too excited about having my hubs all to myself that day! Tay and I had a great day, we caught a movie, ate lunch, and got some shopping for the wedding craze coming up. When we picked him up he zoomed past dad and ran straight into the arms of his momma. I might say THAT is the BEST part of him being gone. I love the Hello's! Here is his sheet from that first day:
The napping is the only issue we still have, he sleeps but only for an hour to an hour and 15 or so. That doesn't make for a fun evening on Tuesday and Thursdays but oh well! Early bedtime is fine by me!
Since being in school Jackson's vocabulary has really surged forward. He literally talks ALL the time now. We love it! In fact during bath time the other night with dad, he stood up in the tub (frowned upon in this house) looked at dad and said "My Dadda" and went in for a super sweet and wet hug. Dad melted on the spot!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Visit to Cami and Papa J's

This weekend we went to visit Cami and Papa J. I unfortunately don't have any pictures from this fabulous weekend bc I was too busy playing and having fun too! We had a yummy dinner of fish tacos Friday night and Saturday morning Cami and Papa J took us all to their tennis club pool. It had a GREAT kiddie pool. Problem: Jackson decided it was not only hilarious but also SO much fun to just dunk and dive in the water. The water that he could not swim in. Yes. It was fun for him, but I had about 18 panic attacks. This kid is DEFINITELY getting swimming lessons for next summer. He has NO fear and wants NOTHING to do with being put in a floaty or being held onto. This was all much to the amusement of his grandparents and cousin Madi. Mom and dad however were WORN out and needed a nap ASAP. Apparently Jack did too bc we hadn't even backed out of our parking spot at the pool and he was OUT. He had a blast and we cant wait to use that pool again when it warms up next summer.

We love visiting them, Jackson really enjoys throwing golf balls (and dog toys..whoops) into their lake from their back patio (which is gorgeous and sooo relaxing). They call it their outdoor living room, and it is! Jack also loves to chase after Sammy the toy poodle and throw the ball for him and Dixie. He also reeeallllyy wants to figure out a way to get that bird, Snappy T in his hands, but he has to grow a few more feet first so he can reach the cage!

The best part was Cami bought Jackson some fall clothes that were much needed AND appreciated! We love you guys!!!

This week Jackson has been really into throwing his toys over the baby gate onto the stairs...see.....
He drags one of his totes of toys over to the destination point and tosses each one in. Loves it.

In this one he is showing me all his toys. Very proud of this.
So to discourage this we, gulp, took it down completely. We are teaching him to not go up the stairs AT ALL without one of us. He got into pretty big trouble a couple of times, but hasnt done it in the months since! Whew!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Lordy, its been awhile :/

Weekend of August 14, 2010
We took a trip up to my moms, which I think we have maybe decided she should be called Glam-ma. Cute huh. Fits her I think. Anyhoots, we had a wonderful visit and enjoyed our time as always. I went with mom and Sonorah to Becca's wedding shower in Big Sandy, it was so sweet and I just get so excited when people get married. It is such an amazing time in your life. Anyways the fun part was my moms best friend Angie that I never see came down with her daughter Holly to visit with mom and us. Her son Cole, had just left for the Army. So she was needing some love :) The scary thing is, I used to babysit for Cole and Holly when Holly was Jacksons age. Talk about making me feel old. And scared bc if its gone by this fast for some other kiddo, how much faster is it going to go for us with Jack Jack. AGHHH. Im hyperventilating just thinking of it all.
I just love this face he is making. Too funny.
Pa was nice enough to let Jackson have a taste of some Mayhaw Jelly with his biscuits. Lets just say it was such a hit that the next morning, Jack (after eating a huge breakfast already) saw Pa having a biscuit on the couch and he climbed himself up there, snuggled up all sleuth like, and reached in for the biscuit and jelly when James was least expecting it. I think its safe to say the kid likes jelly on his biscuits.
We were in the kitchen and Jackson and Dixie came in and spent some time snuggling on the floor. It was so super cute. I love that these two truly are best friends already. Would it be weird to have her cloned? Dont answer that.

Anybody else's kids bite on the feet of their lovey? Weird.

We had such a good time this weekend that on Sunday while we were waiting for Becca to come by and visit he just couldnt stay up any longer and crashed on my shoulder. Poor buddy. Ignore my scary/crazy eyes. I look like freak huh? Yikes.
And last but not least, we will leave you with new tricks Jack has learned:
Balancing on the ball..I think he might be trying to kick a leg up too :)

And channeling the seals from the zoo. He's good huh?
You should see him leap through a flaming ring and swallow knives.

Kidding, so please don't call CPS.