Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jackson at 22 months

I am a little behind, again, on his post, but my goal is always to get to it before the next month starts (since that gives me a week), so I am still within my posting goal! So, our little guy is 22 months old now! What is crazy is that on Sunday it will be August 1st, which means his birthday is the next month! Whoa!

It's hard sometimes to think of new things from month to month. Some months seems to be explosions where he is doing lots of new things, and other times I feel like I am just repeating myself month to month. This is one of those months. I can't think of much new that he's doing, just kinda the same old thing. He still has quite a temper......but also has a goofy side...
...and a sweet side.
He loves to make us laugh...
...and cracks himself up in the process!
He's been really into wearing everybody's shoes lately, including his sister's dress up high heels.
In fact, he really wants to do anything his sister is doing, good or bad. He loves to be with her and play with her and do everything she does. He learns so much from her, and as a result, we often have conversations about being a good example these days! He is learning more words every day, and using more words every day. He has started saying "Mommmmmeeeeeeee" to get my attention (it literally takes him 5 seconds to get the whole word out), and has also been signing/saying "help" a lot more (instead of screaming...a skill we've been working on for quite a while). He still grunts for his primary mode of communication, but little by little we are seeing those grunts be replaced with words. I am excited to see how his personality blooms even more as he starts speaking in sentences.

The big news of this month is that he poo-ed in the potty a few days ago! It was pretty much a fluke that he did it, but we were still very excited. He has started telling me when he goes in his diaper, and on this particular day, he told me. When I checked, I could see that he was in the process of going. (Ok, this is kinda gross, and he's gonna be soooo embarrassed one day when he realizes this was on the internet...) So, I took his diaper off and set him up on the potty, and he finished his business in the potty! We were so excited, he got 3 MnMs! (And Kathryn decided she deserved one for being such a good teacher for him...) But, he has yet to go again in the potty, even though we sit him on it occasionally. He has started asking to sit on it more, so I take him as often as he asks (or as often as it's convenient for me...!). I am still not expecting him to be potty trained for a while, but we'll see...I may be pleasantly surprised!

That's about it for Jackson for this month. Check back in next month for his last post as a 1 year old!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Beach # 2-Photo Shoot

Here are the pictures from our token photo shoot. It's getting quite difficult with more little ones, so these are the best we could do! I think I got some good ones, though!

Randy, Lindsay, and Aubrey.Our family.

Big girl!

Silly boy!

Aubrey series.

The Sink boys and their families.

Quotable-parent edition

"No, you may not smell the glue. Why? Because it's just not good to smell glue."

sigh.... "Ok, just pee in the grass. Just remember not to do it unless you have permission..."

"You are not allowed to put your head or feet on each other unless you can see each other."

"Can you please get the meat off of her thighs?" (courtesy of Lindsay)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beach #1

We had a great time on vacation at Myrtle Beach this year. I didn't carry my camera around a whole lot, so I have a random assortment of pictures that doesn't really reflect accurately our time there. So I will be posting more pics when I get some pics from others who took more pictures. But for now, here are a few.

Cousins in matching jammies!Playing in the tent (really, waking Grandma up in the tent!). Kathryn decided to do a cool pose for this pic.
At the campground, there are lots of very tame squirrels. This one got a piece of shredded wheat that Kathryn threw to it and ran up the tree to eat it. (Shredded wheat was the snack of choice all week!)
There he is again, hiding behind a beach chair, eating something that one of the kids threw out to him. He actually ate straight out of my hand!
Throwing food to the squirrel.
Jackson is showing Kathryn where he is.
Our set up. Yes, we slept 5 adults and 3 kids in the trailer, and 2 adults in the tent!
Another view...
The kids spent a lot of time in the wagon. They'd ride in it to go down to the beach or the pool, or just to walk around the campground. They also spent a lot of time at our campsite just playing in it!
Kathryn was a big kid and rode her bike everywhere.
A movie star!!
Tired of waiting...
One afternoon we took the kids to Broadway at the Beach, where they had set up the old rides that used to be at the Pavilion. Johnny wanted the kids to be able to ride on the same rides he rode on as a kid. Kathryn wanted to do the big swings and the big boat (that goes way high up in the air, really fast), but we convinced her to stick with the smaller rides.
Jackson got in on the ride action too!
Riding in the boats.
Yes, Jackson stuck his hand over the side and into the water.
Yes, he was tickled with himself about that! And yes, the girl running the ride had to tell him, "Keep your hands inside the boat!" hehe!

More beach pics to come!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Lollipops

This post is lovingly dedicated to the Nolls.

Several weeks ago, we were able to spend a few hours at the park with our friends the Nolls, who were passing through town, and the Whiteds. As we were leaving, Noa and Martha gave Kathryn and Jackson a special treat: TootsiePops! We saved them for a few days, and then, on one special summer afternoon day, while playing outside in our makeshift pool and sandbox (see last picture), the kids were able to enjoy their special treat! Enjoy the many pictures I snapped!

"How did the candy get inside of the lollipop?"

Tasting each others' flavors...

"Ok, now here's a taste of mine..."
Sun beauty...

Enjoying his lollipop, but the playing must continue...

Our ghetto setup. We hadn't set up their actual kiddie pool yet, so I just flipped over the lid to the sandbox and filled it with water. It worked, but we're glad to have an actual pool to play in now too!