Thursday, April 30, 2009

Monkey Business

Last night while I was cooking, the little monkey talked Jackson into being a little rascally. Check out what those two were up to while I was mixing up the mashed taters.

I heard a lot of scraping and looked up to find Jackson using the grill tool to scoop the dog food out of the bowls and into the water bowl. Oh dear. It was such a mess. No doubt it was the monkey's idea. Gotta love J's outfit, too.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Candy Holder or Sock?

This afternoon we were running some errands and Jackson decided to take along his sucker. While we were stopped at the red light I asked him if he was finished with it. When he didn't say anything, I turned around to check for myself.

This is what I saw...check out his right sock. He's made it into a make-shift candy holder. We've come a long way from the first sucker in the car...that one ended up smeared all over his face. This time he even remembered to put the wrapper back on before it went in his sock! Way to go, little guy!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Things I learned at the park

1. Jackson does not like lady bugs.
2. He loves wildflowers, though, and ran all around smelling many of them. I wish I would have had my camera for this. He'd run up to one, bend down and smell it, then stand up and say "good," and then move on.
3. We fed the ducks and started giving them some names. My names for them were random - Charlie, Walter, Suzie, etc. Jackson's names for two of the ducks - Memaw and Poppy. Pretty funny.
4. My favorite, though, was this: There are normally two big ducks and we call them Mama and Daddy Duck. They weren't there today, so I asked Jackson where he thought they were. He said that Mama Duck was in El Paso and that Daddy Duck was in "El Paso, too." He thinks that everyone goes to El Paso because I went there to see my friend, Stephanie, so I guess that was a pretty good guess about those ducks:) Aunt Steph, have you seen our ducks out in El Paso? If so, tell them Jackson's looking for them.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Silly Monkey

Most kids hate being on "leashes." Mine puts them on for fun!

He brought this monkey to me this afternoon and asked to wear it. He thinks that it's the coolest "pack pack" ever.

It's been almost an hour and the monkey is still on his back. Wonder if it'll come off for dinner?

Friday, April 24, 2009


A few weeks ago Jackson picked up on President Obama's name. He would hear the newscasters saying it on TV or us mention it whenever we were reading the newspaper.
He now says "Pres-i-dent Oh-bama" and is so proud of himself for knowing this big fact. He's taken it to a new level this week, though...

and has decided that not only is Noah the new Obama,
but so is Moses. Wonder when Obama turned into an old white man?! The best part is that Jackson actually knows that it's funny to say that these men in his book are Obama. I'll ask him if that's right and he'll get this goofy grin on his face and say "ye-ah" while nodding his head. Then he'll just start laughing really hard. The kid really does has a good sense of humor and keeps us laughing quite a bit:)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

When Mama doesn't feel like sweating....

we go hang out at the mall...where it's not 92 degrees! Jackson had a blast. We originally went to Collin Creek for two reasons:

1. I wanted to get him a shirt from Baby Gap
2. I thought he would have fun riding the little train.

Apparantly I haven't been shopping at that mall in a while b/c so many stores have changed. Went up the escalator (yes, I know, it says "no strollers allowed," but hey, the umbrella stroller is so manageable, so we went up anyway) to Gap and low and behold it was gone. In it's place is now a plus size store. Perfect...that helps me none! So, off we went to the play area.

Jackson had such a good time running around and sliding down all of the slides.

He loved driving the cars, too, as you can see by the huge grin on his face.

After all that we headed over to the train. Here he is about to take off for his big ride. Such a cute little engineer:)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Silly goose

Just being silly...

Jackson's wearing his boxers from last Christmas and a hat from our New Year's Eve party. Party on!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Happy Birthday, Madison!

We have had a really fun weekend celebrating Miss Madison's 1st birthday. It is so hard to believe that she's already 1 and Jackson is 2. Here are the dynamic duo before the party started.
Almost caught both of them smiling:)
I love her "hand on the hip" action.

Gigi and Boom and the two munchkins

Jackson playing "Happy Birthday" for Madison on the piano.

All the kids at the big par-tay. They were all so cute!

After all that fun playtime, Madison told us to bring on the cake! Jackson was a big help in blowing out the candle. I don't even think he gave her a chance:)

She loved her cake...especially the icing!

Then it was time for the rest of us to enjoy the big cake. It tasted even better than it looked!

She didn't want us having more fun than her, so she had to sample some of Gigi's cake.

After all that good food, we moved on to the fun stuff--presents! Here she is admiring her princess bear.

And taking a ride on her disney princess car. How fun!

Friday, April 17, 2009

We love the park!

Since yesterday was pretty much picture perfect we decided to spend the afternoon at the park. Jackson had so much fun teaching Madison how to feed the ducks.

Lesson number one: Chase all the ducks!

After you've tired them all out, they'll need to go relax in the water. That's when you get to feed them. Lesson number two: ducks LOVE bread

So do Jackson and Madison!

After all that work with the ducks a kid deserves to have fun in the park, so J showed M how to crawl thru the tunnel.

She mastered it like a pro!

Then a little slide action was in order. So fun:)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nice night for a walk

Last night was so perfect that we just had to take a walk after dinner. Jackson helped us get started by bringing out all four items - 2 leashes and 2 harnesses (our dogs will literally choke themselves if they are made to walk on leashes that only attach to their collars...go figure...that would be way too much like normal dogs!) He is so helpful and lives to take our dogs on walks.

We always begin with daddy walking Sadie and Jackson walking Tyson.

This is still the case as we walk down the sidewalk. So far, so good.

However, pretty much right when we hit the main drag, Jackson hands over the leash. Last night he announced "walk, hard!" which I'm pretty sure can be interpreted as "walking the dogs is hard!" I agree, Tyson can be a little unruly. What a great way to spend the evening, though. It was fun, guys.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter

Easter 2009. Such a nice day spent with our sweet families.

I mean, really, does it get any cuter than this? This was Jackson's first time to wear a tie. He was Jared's mini-me and we loved it!

The fam right after church. The service was so good and the kids both did great in the nursery.

After church, it was time to eat some yummy food. Look how excited Madison is to get to have "big people" food!

After lunch we had a big egg hunt in the front yard. Since it had been raining that morning, Jackson put on his rain boots! Any reason to wear those was pretty funny:)

Jackson found lots of eggs all in our yard. He was a little particular about which ones he would pick up, though, so if they didn't have candy in them, they didn't get to go in his basket.

That meant all of those real eggs that we dyed on Saturday just didn't make the cut. Oh well!
Hope y'all had a great Easter, too.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Busy Bee

Jackson has been such a busy little bee today. His first activity was to dye 12 easter eggs for the big hunt tomorrow. He was such a big help with this...although we did have to stay on our toes the entire time!

First he dropped the little dye tablets into the vinegar. He watched them until they stopped fizzing, because then it was time to add the water and get started.

Then he "helped" put the eggs into the different cups. I'm still amazed that eggs weren't just breaking all over the counter!

He told us that the green eggs were his favorite. I agree, they did look really good:)

After we colored the eggs, it was time to make the Bunny Cake! Jackson was a big help with putting on all the jelly beans. We can't wait to taste the cake tomorrow. Yum yum yum.

After all that work a little dude gets tired out and a good, long nap is in order. Two and a half hours later, Jackson woke up and was ready to get right back to work. Seriously, he was begging me to go help his daddy outside with the yard. He started out by raking the yard...

and then moved on to helping dad spread the mulch. He's been so interested in this mulch ever since their trip to Lowe's this morning to buy it. Wonder what else he's got planned for tonight? You can bet it will involve lots of activity! The kid only has two buttons: Full Speed and Asleep. We love it and we love him.
Happy Easter! Have a great day tomorrow.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Ladies Man

Today some friends came over to play and we had a really fun afternoon together. Jackson was the only boy, but he held his own quite well.

He started off by playing all the ladies a tune on the piano. He's gonna be a heartbreaker so soon!
After impressing all the girls, we tried to take one group pic. Here are Jackson, Madison, Sydney, Jane & Clare.

We ate lunch and then made cookies and let the kids decorate them with icing and sprinkles. Jackson and Clare had a big ol' time with the cookies.
Baking cookies is one of Jackson's favorite things to do these days!

I always try to get cute pictures of J and M. I thought this one was so sweet with his arms around her. Doesn't it just make you say "awww"?

Love his smile in this one, but Miss Maddie has had enough. She's got stairs to climb!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dentist Day

Jackson had his two year check-up at the dentist today and it went really well. The sweet dental hygenists showed him all of their tools and he even let them do a swift cleaning! I was shocked. He did draw the line when they tried to floss his teeth, though. I mean, really, what two year old let's anyone floss their teeth?

He left the office with a medal (for no longer using a paci) a monkey sticker that said "I got my teeth cleaned today!, " four other stickers and two little toys. That's a pretty good day.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Neighborhood Easter Festival

Our neighborhood had our annual Easter Festival this past weekend and we all had such a good time. There were so many neat things for Jackson to enjoy and I think he got to just about all of them.

Right before the big egg hunt. He's a little peeved that he can't run out there until the hunt officially starts. The boy likes to hunt for candy!

Look at all these eggs!

All of the grandparents came with us and got to help out with the J man.

Some of Jackson's friends brought their families, too. Here are all the boys--Hunter, Judah, Levi and Jackson.

After the hunt, Jackson got to enjoy a train ride with Memaw and Gigi.

Then he went over to check out the petting zoo. He got to see lots of cool animals--a baby pig, ducks, rabbits, goats and even a llama.

He also really liked petting this cow.

The baby chicks were such a big hit, too. Check 'em out, they were all different Easter colors.

After feeding all those animals, Cowboy Jack needed to take his pony for a ride. He did so good!

We finished off the afternoon just basking in the sun and eating an iced sugar cookie. Pretty great afternoon, if you ask me:)

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