Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jackson at 19 months

Our little boy is now closer to being 2 years old than he is to being one year old! Time flies! Here's a little update about our boy these days:

He still loves his paci(s), although he is being more confined to having them just in his bed. However, he will often sneak in his room and reach through his crib slats to get them out. He does the same with his blanket, too. He has long eyelashes and sweet lips!
He's got a great sense of humor, and loves to do things to make people laugh!
He's also very friendly, and will wave to people and smile at them often. He's friendly to birds, too!
He's picked up a few more words this month. Now his repetoire of spoken words includes: yes, no, hello, hi, siss (for sissy), teeth, shoes, whoa, wow, woof, cheese. His signs include: more, please, thank you, eat, bath, fish, baby, again, all done.

He had his checkup at the doctor, and now weighs 25lbs 5 oz (37th percentile), is 33.8 inches tall (81st percentile), and has a head circumference of 19.2 inches (73rd percentile). So, he is in keeping with his big sister's trend of being tall, skinny, and a big head!

He's really understanding a lot of what we tell him now. As a result, discipline has risen to a new level (in a good way!). It's neat to see God working in his heart already, especially when he's sad for something wrong he's done, or compassionate when Kathryn is sad or hurt. He loves to hug his big sister, and just about anybody else who he thinks might be able to use a hug as well! He still gives me the best zverbert (sp?) kisses, but is starting to give little kisses to other people as well.

He is finally sleeping a little later these days (thanks to the time change). He goes to bed anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30 (depending on our schedule for the evening!), and will sleep till 7:30ish. He takes one afternoon nap that lasts anywhere from 1-3 hours (I never know how long!). He loves to play outside in the dirt, gather sticks, pull the wagon on walks, ride in the stroller, run, and blow bubbles. What a fun kid!!!


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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Easter-Aunt Judy's 2

I'm finally getting around to posting the last pictures from our Easter at Aunt Judy's. Uncle Keith is "into" canaries (he's got about 30 in the basement that he raises!). Jackson enjoyed holding one!

A fun shot of Kathryn walking down to the barn to feed the chickens.
More creative-ish photos. (Nothing like some of my friends take, though!)

Kathryn feeding the chickens (and the goat).
Farmer Boy.
Relaxing on the way home.
Too tired to eat his snack on the way home!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Easter-Aunt Judy's

Even though we stayed with Chris for Easter weekend, on Sunday we all went to my Aunt Judy's house in Hagerstown, MD to gather with family. The kids enjoyed a big Easter egg hunt, a big feast, riding the 4 wheeler, playing with puppies, feeding the chickens, gathering eggs, seeing canaries, and lots of fun with cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends!
Grammy and Ali help Kathryn.

Everybody watching the kids. Pictured L-R are my mom, my sister Ali, Aunt Judy (mom's sister), my dad, my cousin Katie (striking a pose, as usual!), and my Aunt Sandy (mom's sister).
Kathryn spending quality time with her uncle and aunt (and a dog!).
Joey helped Jackson find eggs!

Nick on the hunt...!


We had fun this Easter visiting with our special friend, Chris, in Martinsburg, WV! We enjoyed spending time with him, having lots of space in his beautiful home, and celebrating our Risen Lord together with him and family!

France was gracious enough to allow us to do all of our kid Easter activities at his house, including dyeing Easter eggs!

It was difficult to get a good picture of the kids together this year. I bet you can't guess why...!

And here are our attempts at a family picture. Can you see how happy we all are?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


As mentioned before, Jackson is now into feeding himself. One of his favorite things to eat is yogurt. As you can see, he really gets into it! (Yes, I always give him a spoon, and he uses it for a while, until he decides his hands/fingers would be more fun!)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On any given day at our house... may find Jackson like this: