Welcome to our journey!

If you are new to our blog, you may want to start with Beginnings - Part 1 and Part 2 to catch you up to speed on Jackson's arrival on December 11th, 2010 (yup, 12/11/10).

Sunday, November 27, 2011


 One year ago, I had a little baby sitting in my belly...well more like wiggling all around in my belly and giving me heartburn on an hourly basis.  But it was magical...and I'm not going to lie...I miss that feeling many days.  Its amazing what has happened in a year and the many things I have to be thankful for.

Jackson of course, topping that list off.  He is a happy and healthy baby who's smile makes my heart melt.  He's at that stage where when you reach to pick him up, he raises his arms to meet you.  And when you get him up in the morning or get him from day care, he shows his affection for you with a big grin on his face that just says, "I'm so thankful you're here!  I missed you!"

Getting a laugh out of him is a little bit easier.  He's very interested in sounds and words, so its been added to our bath time ritual which makes getting him dry and dressed a tad bit easier.  So on any given night around 6:15, you'll hear me rattling off "Ba, ba, ba, ba, ba, ba...Ball!!!" Or "Ya, ya, ya, ya, ya, ya....Yippee!!!" (one of his favorites).

Tonight we're going to test out our new bath seat in the bath tub.  While Jackson is not sitting up on his own yet, it is just getting too hard to bath him in the sink anymore.  And I'm sure his Daddy would agree that it reeks havoc on the kitchen (and we'll be able to move his bath things from the top of our "pantry").


Thanksgiving gave us a few days away from the daily work and stress...time to really relax and spend time with each other and our families.  We continue to be blessed by the love and support that we're continuously surrounded by.  And while we don't get to see some of our family often enough, a couple of days of food, laughter, and love will charge our batteries till we see them again to celebrate a certain someone's birthday (and his year old cousin).  (And hopefully Jackson's Uncle Josh and Aunt Lacey felt our presence far away in China...we're all anxious for their return in June.)

First Turkey Dinner with my side of the family.

Adam reading his favorite childhood story to Jackson

Cousin Evan is so good with Jackson.  He brings his toys over to Jackson, is gentle, and shares his sippy cup too!

Thanksgiving passing gives me the excuse to set up the Christmas tree and get in the holiday spirit.  Another moment to spend with our family, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy the lights on the tree.  

 Happy Holiday Season to you!

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I keep thinking that I'm going to find more time to update my blog, more time to clean my house, more time to grade papers, more time to do laundry...more time.  The problem is... finding balance is really hard.  When a spend more time with Jackson, I feel guilty about neglecting work obligations and when I work on my work obligations, I feel guilty about neglecting Jackson.  The best parts of my days are the moments I get with Jackson but it makes my work life rather stressful when I don't get things done as in my pre-baby ways. 

Ok...vent over...


I love Halloween...and while our days of major Halloween parties are limited, we had to dress Jackson up in a costume and participate in the spirit of Halloween...  Even though he won't remember and can't eat the candy yet. 

Are we having fun yet?
We visited about 6 houses with Jackson's cousin Evan before tapping out for the evening.  Why did I think it would be a good idea to trick-or-treat around bath/bed time?  Memories...

And for your amusement...Jackson's latest trick!

And on 11/11/11...Jackson turned 11 months old...and this may be my new favorite pic!

Lots of exciting things happening in the next month and a half!  More to come!!!  Off to take advantage of naptime and get some things done!  Happy Sunday!