Monday, February 21, 2011

Baby James Baptism and the Best Show on Earth!

What a wonderful and busy weekend! It all started with the baptism of sweet baby James! We had a wondeful, intimate celebration that couldn't have been more perfect. James, as usual, was a little angel. Jackson, on the other hand, was all over the place! Thank goodness it was just a baptismal ceremony and not a full mass!! At one point, Austin saved the day by grabbing Jackson before he took a dive into the baptismal water! Thanks Austin!! Maura and Austin are going to be first time parents in just a few short weeks and are going to be great! This first picture is James after the baptism, so happy!!

The priest allowed all the children to touch the holy water. In hindsite, that began the downfall. All Jackson wanted to do was touch the water.

The big moment! James wasn't too excited about it, but quickly recovered.

Two peas in a pod!

The three cutest kids in the world!

The proud Godparents!

Family shot.

The happy family of 4!

The wonderful cookies that we got to enjoy after the event. I think Greg must have had 70% of them.

The next day we went with our good friends Angie and Andrew and their children, Payton and Aidan, to the circus! We had a great time and the kids absolutely loved it! Jackson's favorite part was of course, the train and the motorcycles.


My sweet boy!
Best friends!

Barnum and Bailey sure know what they are doing as they schedule the show from 11-1 with an intermission at noon. Therefore, the mom's were on a mission to get food for some hungry kids. Lemonade, popcorn, hotdogs and cotton candy wasn't cheap, but made some children very happy!

We love the circus!
As far as other things with Jackson, his latest cute phrase was after I sneezed he said "Bless you mommy." Loved it! He also can sing all the words to some songs including Twinkle, Twinkle. And, he started saying the alphabet. Unfortunately, he starts with QRSTUVWXYZ. Somehow we have skipped the beginning of the alphabet! That is all for now! Next weekend we have Jackson's 2 year photos, so pray this beautiful weather continues!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day and Sea World!

Happy Valentine's Day! We just got back from a wonderful trip to Orlando, Florida. We had an amazing time!! The main reason for the trip was to help Greg's long time friend, Andrew, renovate some property that he bought. While they renovated, we got to play! We spent the first day at Sea World. Jacksonloved it! He got to pet a dolphin and stingray and loved the Shamu Show. The house was filled with kids and Jackson had so much fun playing with all of them. Surprisingly, despite having 5 kids in the house, we all left unscathed. His best friend of the weekend was definately Sarah. She is the same age as Jackson and they were two peas in a pod. They have similar personalities and loved to be in eachother's faces the entire time. They would feed eachother, scream in eachother's faces, and run around the house after eachother. Unfortunately, I only got a few pictures from our trip because as soon as we got there, our camera died. Boo! We had a great visit and can't wait to see them all again next month for the River Run! As far as Valentine's Day, I spent a wonderful, relaxing day with my two favorite boys. Jackson and I made Daddy a heart shaped cookie cake to show him how much we love him. Jackson did such a good job putting on the sprinkles and was excellent at eating icing! Jackson was so excited when Daddy got home that he ran out after him and yelled "Happy Cake Day Daddy!" He couldn't quite get Valentine's out. It was so cute!!

Look at the cake I made you daddy! Unfortunately, Jackson could not contain his excitement and had to taste the icing.

OOOOOH! Candy!!!

Posing with his new Thomas movie.

Valentine frog from daddy! Jackson kept hopping around saying "Ribbit!"

One of only a couple pics that I got from our trip to Florida. This is as we entered SeaWorld!
Jackson loved to push Sarah around the park in the stroller.
Posing with the penguins. And camera died :( Next trip I will make sure my camera is fully charged.

This last picture is what happens when you let a 2 year old pick out his pajamas. He insisted on wearing his car shorts over his football pjs.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Family Trip to the Aquarium!

Unfortunately, this weekend wasn't as warm and sunny as last weekend, so we decided to take Jackson to the Georgia Acquarium. Jackon was very excited to see the fish and kept saying he wanted to see a blue and yellow fish. He also couldn't wait to see Nemo. Going to the aquarium! Jackson loves to walk along every concrete wall he comes to. He loves to practice his balance beam act! As far as a Jackson update, he continues to expand his vocabularly daily. Some of my new favorite phrases are "EEEW, yucky!", which I now here all to often when I try to get him to eat different foods. Also a favorite "Emma poop. EEEW. Stinky!" Poor Emma. He has also added shapes to his vocabularly. He now correctly identifies and names a circle, square, triangle, heart, and star. We are still working on our numbers. He is very good with 1, 2, 3, but then you never know which number is going to come next! He is also starting to pick up some of the alphabet. We leave for sunny Orlando on Thursday so hopefully next week will have some fun action shots!

Staring in awe at all the fish.

Jackson saying "Hi!" to the penguins. One of Jackson's favorite episodes of Diego is when they have to rescue the penguin named Pepito. He was very excited to see them and got to crawl in a tunnel and peak his head up right next them!

Oooooh! Look at the big whale shark!

There's a blue and yellow fish!

I just like Jackson's pose in this picture. There was a diver in the tank feeding the fish and everytime he would wave at Jackson, he would turn and run away. It was so funny!

Look at all these fish!!

Jackson is really into horsey rides, which you will see in the next photo, flying through the air, and walking with his feet on your feet. Again Daddy!!

Giddy Up Horsie! Notice the clown on Greg's left hand. There are three favorite toys right now...the clown, duck and Elmo. Whatever Jackson does, one of them is following. When Jackson gets his diaper changed, so does the duck, clown or Elmo. Same thing for brushing teeth, eating, and brushing teeth.
I am not sure how we got to this point. We started off with just 2 blankets and now we have accumulated to every blanket in the house. He must sleep with at least 10 blankets at night now!

Hugs for the duck!
Jackson insisted that the duck sit in the bumbo next to him while he watched some cartoons while mommy got ready. Too funny! Jackson is always making us laugh!!