Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Busy and Blessed!

 The school year is in full swing and going great! Jackson is learning so much already in first grade and loves his teachers! He has moved up a level in reading and is even doing some multiplication! We have Math night this week so I am excited to see all the fun math games they play at school. We are very busy with extracurriculars! Right now Jackson is playing baseball, flag football, lacrosse, learning to play the piano, and chess. Jackson is definitely my wants to do everything kid. Anytime you ask him if he wants to try something, it is always a yes. He really loves football right now. Keeps asking me when he gets to play tackle. Mommy is hoping that will never happen, so we are still going to keep him in Lacrosse since those sports play at the same time when they get older. I am hoping he will choose Lacrosse instead of football, but we shall see! He is having so much fun playing football and has caught the only pass so far this season! Here he is at QB with the hand off. Jackson's competitive side has really started to come out now. (I wonder where he gets that from :)) Before when the boys woke up, the first thing that would go on was cartoons. Now when Jackson wakes up, he puts on ESPN or finds a football game. For some reason he loves Georgia Tech right now. Instate tuition! Yay!!
 Jackson is playing Lacrosse with some fifth graders now. He has no fear. He will run right up to them and try to get the ball out of their stick. Last game he ran so hard into a  fifth grader that they both flew to the ground and the older boy's stick smacked Jackson in the face. It looked painful!

 We are also still doing baseball. The nice thing about fall baseball is that there are only 5 games and never on the weekends, so you really can easily manage it and another sport. Jackson is alternating between short stop and first base. He is actually really good at short stop and the last game he almost had the first double play. The ball was hit to him. He fielded it, tagged the runner, and threw it to first. First baseman caught it but was just a second too slow. It was exciting though!!
 We have gone to 2 Walker football games this years so far. Both kids love going! They run all around with their friends up a giant hill. The last game Jackson decided he wanted to play football with the fifth graders. He was getting very frustrated because he couldn't get the ball. It didn't end well, so next football game we told him he could bring his own football to play with his friends.
 Sweet, sweaty friends.
 Beckett had a birthday party at Champion Kids for his friend Gracie. He told me that Gracie is his girlfriend and he "woves" Gracie. :)
 Crazy kid!
 Jackson "helping" Beckett jump into the foam pit.
 Jackson and Mary. Jackson told Daddy that he had a secret. The secret was that he was going to marry Mary. Apparently the feeling is mutual because Mary told her parents that she was going to marry Jackson because he is a really nice boy. :)
 Beckett and the older ladies! He loves the older girls!!! He really likes a 12 year old named Hannah. We saw her at the football game and he asked me if we could find her so he could sit by her because he super likes her.
 We squeezed in 1 last pool party before the weather starts to cool down. It never ceases to amaze me that we have this huge pool and all the kids want to do is go into the hot tub!
 This was too funny! I walked in and it was a quiet as could be. They were all mezmerized by this movie "The Descendants". It's a Disney movie about all the Disney princesses kids. They loved it. They were trying to sing they songs and dancing. It was too funny!
 Toothless wonder! Jackson has now lost both top teeth! He still doesn't have his bottom tooth in so his mouth is wide open! The last time we went to the dentist, Jackson asked to see his x-rays so he could make sure there was a tooth there that was going to come in. There is!!!
 Rock climbing! Jackson went to a birthday party at the new rock climbing facility in Kennesaw. He, of course,  loved it and now all he wants to do is go back.

This was sweet. Jackson really doesn't take baths anymore. He usually takes a shower. The other night he decided to take a bath with Beckett. They were playing army men. It was really sweet to see Jackson playing with his brother. I feel like Jackson is growing up so fast and likes to do older boy things now. It was nice to see a glimpse of my little boy again!! Sniff. Sniff.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Legoland Florida!

 We surprised the kids with an awesome weekend trip to Legoland Florida. They just opened up a Lego themed hotel in March and we found great flight deals, so we decided to go for it! We kept it a surprise which was so fun! We had a 7 am flight, which meant we were up at 4:30. I woke Jackson up telling him it was time to go to school. He groaned and rolled out of bed. When he got to the stairs, I had his new R2D2 packed suitcase awaiting. He looked and it very perplexed. I then told him that we weren't going to school today, but flying to Legoland instead. He was SO EXCITED, but quickly recalled that he had a spelling test that day. I had to reassure him that it was going to be fine and he would make it up. :) We left at 5 am thinking we would have plenty of time to eat breakfast at the airport and catch our flight. Little did we know that the line to get through TSA was going to be the longest we have ever been in! As I was carrying Beckett and telling Jackson to run ahead to the gate, they paged our name. We barely made it! Phew!!!
 Ready for takeoff! I was pouring down sweat. I had to run up the escalator holding Beckett which must have been 100 stairs and then sprint all the way down to the end where our gate was. I really needed some breakfast at that point! Luckily, I packed lots of snacks to tide us over!
 Landing in Orlando! We didn't check the boys bags and they did great carrying them around the airport.
 Beckett wanted me to take a pic of him hanging out :)
 We rented a car and headed out for the 1 hour drive to Legoland. We arrived around 10:30 which was right when the park opened. Our rooms were not ready, but I had packed our bathing suits so we could head right for the water park. As we were checking in, the kids started playing with legos.
 The Legoland Hotel is really a genius hotel. They had this pirate ship playground right next to the bar :) Each night they had a show to entertain the kids, while the parents can enjoy an adult beverage. The also have the Lego Club where the kids could go in and watch a movie. It was awesome!
Made entirely out of legos!
 After we were checked in, we headed to the park. We had a 2 day hopper pass and our second surprise for the kids was that the Fosters were going to be joining us that night. We had planned on going to Legoland the following day. However, as we were walking through the park, there were no lines for any of the rides! We were worried that, since the following day was Saturday, we were not going to be so lucky, so we hit all the rides. It's hard to see from this pic, but those are Lego otters. They even had Lego squirrels up in the trees.
 First ride! Beckett could go on all the rides except 3 of them. This was 1 of them. Jackson decided to be brave and go on in with Mommy.
 This has got to go down as the all time best ride photo ever!! Despite the look of shear terror on his face, he decided to ride it again with Daddy!
 While Jackson and Daddy rode the roller coaster, Beckett and I decided to play a game. Go figure! We win the largest prize!! So much fun to carry that around all day! Oh, and we didn't stop there. When it was all said and done, we went home with 3 Giant Stuffed Prizes!
 Time for Beckett and Jackson to ride a ride together!
 The kids have seen the commercials for Legoland and the thing they were most excited about was getting their driver's licenses. We immediately headed to the Ford Driving School.
 They had a smaller version for Beckett's age. It was so cute with a Lego gas station and hot dog stand etc. Beckett loved going around and around!
 Jackson's was a little more in depth with a training video prior to the course. Beckett and I decided to cool off a little bit while we waited.
 Here he goes! They had stop lights and a round about. They had to follow all the rules in order to get their license.
 He passed!
 Lego dinosaur! After Legoland, we headed to the water park. We obviously don't have any pictures from there, but it was a lot of fun! There were big slides, wave pool, lazy river, and a water filled jungle gym. Nice way to cool off!
 We closed out the park and headed to our room around 5. There were 3 themed room choices. Adventure, Pirate, and Kingdom. We chose Kingdom. As soon as we go in, there was a treasure hunt! The kids had to find the 3 number combination to the treasure chest.
 Beckett decided to check out his sleeping quarters while Jackson did the hunting. This was another awesome feature to the Legoland hotel. The kids had their own bunkbeds that were separate from the parents! They had their own tv and everything There was even a trundle underneath the bunk for a third child. Genius!!
 Jackson had to solve this puzzle to get the third and final number.
 He did it! Inside were Legos for the kids, snacks, and drinks. I was also impressed with the product choice the hotel made. Everything was Honest Kids brand from the juice to the shampoo.
 Best elevator ever! As soon as the door closed, the music started and the disco ball lit up. Super fun!
 Surprise! We had planned on them seeing eachother at breakfast, but we ended up reaching the elevator at the same time. All I heard was Jackson say, "Jack,what are you doing here?" They were so excited!!
 Day 2 in Legoland with our buddies!
 Sweet boys.
 Emmett and WildStyle!
 The boys were so excited to get to ride the roller coasters together.
 Here they are before one of the big rides the Dragon!
 Off with their heads!
 Beckett and Henry had to get in on the action as well.
 This was another genius move by Legoland. Around all the water rides are these little pods. For $5 you can step in and get dried off.
 Pizza time!
 Beckett loved the Statue of Liberty. This was in Miniland. They had Washington DC, St. Augustine, Las Vegas, etc all made of Legos. It is really quite impressive.
 Jousting anyone? Jackson was very disappointed that he didn't get to actually try to hit the target.
 Such a fun trip! We must have gone at the best time because even Saturday, we didn't wait more than 5 minutes for anything. The kids had so much fun and it has probably been our best trip to date. Initially I thought this was going to be a 1 time trip, but now I can definitely see us going again.
 Goodbye Legoland! Thanks for the awesome memories!
I did have to post a pic of the King in his castle :)