Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tellus Museum

Daddy had the weekend off, so we headed to Tellus Museum. This museum is a boy's paradise with dinosaurs, airplanes, huge trucks, and lots of science. Jackson is really into 2 things right now....dinosaurs and space. Tellus has them both! Here are my boys posing in front of a dinosaur.

Hard to believe that there was ever a shark that big swimming around the ocean!

My little astrounaut. It's amazing how much he has grown in just a few short months....last time we came here, he wasn't tall enough to get his head all the way out.

Not a problem this time!

Looking for gems! The boys really loved doing this! They give them a little bag to put all their gems in.

Beckett mostly just got wet :)

Next stop....digging for dinosaur bones! They had little brushes to find the different fossils and got to keep 1 fossil each. Jackson chose a shark tooth.

My little scientist.....

Beckett had to get in on the action as well

My 2 Jedis! We are getting ready to celebrate these boy's birthdays! This year is going to be a little different. Since the house is always decorated for Christmas, I have been hesitant to have their party at our house. Now that we have so much room outside, we are going to pray that the weather stays decent and have a Star Wars themed party outside.  We are going to have a Jedi training center (aka jumpy obstacle course) and an Ewok village (aka petting zoo) in our front yard.  
They are ready to defeat the dark side!

My little turkey! Jackson's fine motor skills have gotten so much better this year that he is starting to enjoy doing some crafts. He still doesn't like to sit too long, but I can usually get him to finish 1 project. He loved making his turkey hat. After he finished it, he said, "I can't wait to be the teacher and show Mary and James how to make it"
These 2 turkeys can't wait to see their Noni, Granddaddy and Gigi. Although I am sad that we are missing Thanksgiving with my sisters, I am so excited to be hosting this year at our new home. We hope everyone has safe travels this week and a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Happy 38th Birthday Greg! It is hard to believe that we are celebrating his 8th birthday together. I can say one thing for sure, each year gets better and better. This year, I decided to surprise Greg with a dinner out with 20 of our closest friends. After dinner, we then headed to the Ritz Carlton for a child free night and morning. Unfortunately, Greg figured out something was up but it was still a wonderful night!

The next day, after lunch, we headed home to celebrate with the boys. Jackson was so excited to show daddy his cake and to give him his presents.

Helping daddy blow out his candles. I decided to get "trick" candles this year, and Jackson loved him! He thought it was so funny when they kept relighting.

Practice for his big day in just a couple of weeks!

"Helping" daddy open his presents..

Jackson has been asking for a few weeks now when he can go back to the zoo. Well, daddy had he day off and it wasn't too cold, so we headed to the zoo! Beckett has not been back in a long time so it was so fun to actually see him look and recognize the different animals.

My monkey on a gorilla

Of course, he also had to get on the momma gorilla.

Trying to get his brother on...not having it.

Beckett is constantly watching Jackson and mimicking him. It can be very cute or very bad depending on what Jackson is doing :)

Beckett loves animals! The zoo has a petting zoo part and Beckett was in heavan!

It was really cute to watch Jackson help Beckett put his brush on and then teach him how to pet the animals.

My 3 boys :)

We also decided to head to catch air last week. Beckett hasn't been here since he was little either and it was so proud to be able to do the things the big kids were doing.

I just love their facial expressions!

And here comes Beckett.....

My little dancing queen!

Our good friends, the Moffett's, are getting ready to gut and renovate their house. They invited us over for a champagne toast and to let the kids destroy the house before they start domolition. I was a little nervous about taking Beckett because I didn't want to confuse him, but he really didn't seem to get it.

So strong! It is not very often that you get the opportunity to take a sledge hammer to a wall!

He loved it!

Whatever this tool was, it made me really nervous! We quickly hid it!

Beckett getting in on the action with a baseball bat.

We also headed back to our old stomping grounds, Atlantic station. It is crazy to think that we used to live there!! Here are the boys riding the train.

They have music playing in boxes near each tree. Jackson kept calling them dancing trees and they would stop and dance around them.
We are gearing up for the next big celebration...Thanksgiving! We can't wait to see Noni, Granddady, and Gigi!!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! This is a long post, but there are so many fun things that we do to celebrate this holiday. Before I get into the Halloween fun, I was able to volunteer at Jackson's school as a center leader. Basically, the kids move between 3 different centers, so I was in charge of helping them with Halloween bingo. It was very cute and Jackson was super excited to have me there. After I volunteered, we were able to go to his music class for a preview of what they were doing. I was so impressed with how dynamic the teacher is and how much they are learning. They are actually learning howto ready music which I find so impressive. They practice reading the music and then playing the beats on different drums.

Here is Jackson on the tall drum. Not only do they read the music and play the beat, but they also sing and have little dance moves. It was so much fun to see this little sneak peak!!

We also had Jackson's fall festival at school. I had to volunteer for a short period of time so Jackson ran around with Nathaniel for the first half an hour. Then Jackson and I were off to check it out. We started off with the cake walk, which I always loved as a child.

Guess who won! Jackson was super excited to pick out his winning cake. He chose a green Frankenstein :)

Nailed it! Jackson would swing and hit the ball so hard that the little kid in charge kept jumping out of the way :)

Ring toss! Jackson loves playing games and we must have played each game 5 times!!

It was really sweet to see the older kids volunteering their time for the preschoolers. They were very patient with them.

More games!!


My poor sweet Beckett. You can see how flushed his face is with fever :( He got a really bad cold so wasn't exactly up for most of the festivites.

I was, however, able to get this sweet shot of my handsome boys.

Pumpkin carving time! We had so many pumpkins this year, that it took us several days to get them all carved, but we did it!

Pumpkin guts!

Finally, our first trick or treating time had arrived! Trunk or treat at the church with my astrounaut and little world. Beckett wasn't sure about wearing his costume at first, but he quickly warmed up to it. Thank goodnes because mommy worked hard to make it!

Jackson and Aidan posing before it was time to get some candy!

These kids are just watching the world go by....

First trick or treat! It did not take long for Beckett to figure out that putting on a costume meant you got candy!!
Jackson was a pro

After the candy, we went to enjoy the other festivities which included a petting zoo this year. Beckett loved to see the animals!

I didn't get a picture, but our reign for costume contest winning continues! Beckett won for cutest baby :)

We decided to let Jackson draw what he wanted to the big pumpkin to look like. He decided to draw a momma and a baby.

The finished product!  Good job Jackson on your art schools and daddy on your carving! Definately the best pumpkin this year!!

On Halloween day, we headed to Jackson's preschool for the annual Halloween parade. This is so cute! The preschoolers alll parade

On Halloween day, we headed to Jackson's preschool for the annual Halloween parade. This was super cute! The preschoolers all came into the gym and paraded around while the parents and lower school students watched and cheered. They felt like rock stars!

I really can't say enough positive things about our experience so far at Walker. We love it!

As Jackson was leaving, he lifted up his screen so he could see me. Poor Beckett felt so awful, he was actually laying on the foor in the gym.

Halloween night! We went back and forth about where to trick or treat this year and ended up eating pizza at our house and then heading back to the old neighborhood to trick or treat.

Beckett was not feeling well, so he was not about to wear his world costume. I took him to a couple of houses and then brought him home to sleep while the other kids continued. Here is Beckett at his first house. I think the girl is more excited than he is :)

The "Scary" house in the neighborhood!

I had to put this picture in of my poor sweet boy getting his first scare. He went up to the "Scary" house and there was a man in a gorilla costume sitting in a rocking chair. He didn't move so the kids really didn't pay any attention to him. As they grabbed the candy, he yelled "Give me some candy". Needless to say by Jacson's expression, he was quite frightened.

Daddy rescued him and took him back up so he could see that it wasn't a real gorilla man. He shook his hand and got some more candy and all was well again.

Best buddies. These two have been trick or treating together for the last 3 years. Such sweet memories!!

The loot! What a wonderful Halloween! I just love this time of year and all the wonderful family friendly events that occur. We are now gearing up for Thanksgiving and are so excited that Noni, Granddaddy, and Gigi are making the trip to celebrate!