Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Jackson at 18 months

Last week our little man turned 18 months! He's officially a year and a half now! As always, he is still very very busy and into everything! In this first picture, he had climbed up on the kitchen chair to finish Kathryn's breakfast that she had left on the table. I think he looks like he's just tickled with himself! "Don't mind me, Mom, just catchin' a little snack."
He still loves his paci, and lovey and blanket, too. He reminds us of Linus as he walks around dragging his blanket after him!
He also loves his daddy! He loves to ride on his shoulders, wrestle with him, and snuggle with him!
He's really been into feeding himself. I know, he probably should have been doing that long ago, but when it's something messy, I try to do it myself as long as possible. One of his favorites right now is yogurt. He uses the spoon to start with, but as you can see, the hands always win out as being more efficient for him!
He also loves dirt! As you can see, he loves to sit in my planter and put the dirt all over himself and everything around him.

The other day, he fell asleep on the way home from church. He was so out of it that he didn't even wake up when we brought him inside, so I laid him down on the couch and snapped some pictures!
He's been into really cheesing for the camera lately. I can hardly get a picture of him without him squinting his eyes and giving a goofy grin. Here, he was saying "Cheese!"
Happy boy!
I think he looks like my brothers in this picture.
Another goofy grin...
At 18 months, Jackson is also:
-communicating a little more. His new signs include baby, bath, butterfly. He will try to imitate most signs I show him also. However, he rarely tries to say anything I say!
-still grunts all the time! He will try to tell us things by grunting.
-still loves to give hugs and cuddles, and is so sweet and snuggly when he actually stops moving for a few minutes.
-still kisses me with zverberts (sp?). But, they are only reserved for me. He rarely kisses anyone else.
-loves his sister, and is playing really well with her!
-loves his sister, and is fighting really well with her!
-still wears mostly 18 month size clothes.
-loves to run, jump, spin, and dance.
-says "Daddy" more clearly than any other word.
-eats pretty well, but it varies from day to day. His favorites still include bread, cheese, yogurt, cucumbers, raisins, grapes, bananas, chicken, pretzels, frozen veggies, or anything that Kathryn leaves behind that he thinks he's not supposed to have!
-takes one afternoon nap each day, from about 1:00-3:00 (although often it's shorter).
-goes to bed around 7:30 or 8:00, and has recently been sleeping till about 8:00 (since the time change...woohoo!!!).
-gets very excited to see his family and friends, but still cries when we drop him off in childcare at church (but only for a minute; then he's fine).
-will hold our hands when we ask him to.
-will sit in time out when he's being disciplined.
-will hug his sister (or others) to say he's sorry after being disciplined.
-can point to his head, hair, ears, eyes, nose, tongue, tummy, and piggies (toes) when asked.
-loves to take a bath and asks to take one every night before bed (by signing "bath").
-is still a screamer and has a very strong will that we are working on!
-has a great sense of humor, and will do silly things just to make people laugh!

We love you, Jackson! You are such a joy to us, and we pray that God will continue to shape you into a little man who loves Him and shines for Him!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Growing up!

Kathryn has been really interested lately in writing and drawing, and it's been so fun! She decided she wanted to draw a person the other day, so I drew one for her as an example (yes, that's the best I can do...), and she copied beside it. What do you think?
Proud of her work!
Then she decided it needed hair, so she added that.
The final product! I do think she's quite smart! :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

30 Reasons (ok, 31....)

In no particular order, here are 30 things I love about my man!

1. His love for the Lord.
2. His love for his family.
3. His love for sweet tea.
4. His strong arms.
5. How he wrestles with the kids.
6. He is good with directions.
7. His golf skills.
8. His coaching skills.
9. His commitment to integrity.
10. His love of food.
11. His knowledge of history.
12. He plans fun things for our family.
13. He is generous with others.
14. His faithfulness and loyalty to his friends.
15. His southern accent.
16. How hard he works to provide for our family.
17. How he leads our family.
18. His love for all things blue and orange (aka, UVA).
19. His stubbornness.
20. His ability to fix things around the house.
21. His punctuality.
22. How tightly he screws on lids to things.
23. His knowledge of kids songs.
24. His tenderness.
25. He's good with numbers.
26. He makes me laugh.
27. He laughs with me.
28. He laughs with the kids.
29. He is my husband.
30. He is the father of my children.
31. He's 30!!!!


I won't say who, but today is somebody's 30th birthday!!!!! Happy birthday to the most amazing man in the world!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I knew what she was doing...

...but she was entertained, so I let her continue. Yes, she was filling her bed with absolutely everything she could find in her room. Look at how proud of her creation she was!

Friday, March 05, 2010


Kathryn: Mama, Buddy smells like STINK!!!!

Jackson, while dutifully cleaning up a rather large puddle on the floor, with his lovey, while having some air time for his sore bottom: Uh-oh!

Kathryn, while reading Are You My Mother?: "...and you are my best mother!"