Monday, October 27, 2008

Voting...Thinking About It Makes Me Want a Nap!

Ok, so in my last post, I eluded to my voting experience...so I will share, but be warned this is not for the faint of heart. =)

So last week, I went to early vote knowing that I would be unable to on November 4th. I picked Jackson up from "school" and we took off to a church near our house. When we walked in, I was in shock to find out the wait was over an hour and a half. (Apparently I thought this would be a quick thing...not sure what I was thinking!)I figured I would just stay in line until Jackson started to make his presence known and then we would politely excuse ourselves. Well, one hour went by and he was a total angel. I could practically see the halo forming as we waited. (Did I mention that I didn't have a diaper bag, no sippy cup, no toys, no diapers...nothing. I was alternating giving him my keys, my cell phone and a pamphlet from a politician that I met in the parking lot to keep him occupied. I know, I know, I was very unprepared) Everyone around us was commenting on how good he was being, and then I did something stupid...I jinxed it! I said and I quote "I have a feeling that as we walk in the voting room he will have had enough." AND HE DID! As I handed the voting lady my drivers license he started wailing. And then I did something else stupid...I got him out of his stroller. They hand me the voting card and I got to my little computer. I put the card in and this is when the poo really hits the fan. I was hit and scratched, screamed at, my hair was pulled out of my ponytail, and he blew his nose on me (...yes you read that right he blew his nasty nose on me). I looked like I went 3 rounds with a really burly man. I was so embarrassed, I could feel all the eyes just staring at me. I voted for the people who I knew and then I was out of there. As we left, Several people commented on how good he did while we were in line. I made some crack like "well, he threw a tantrum because he thought I was going to vote for the wrong person." I have never been so glad to run out of a building in my life.

The moral of this story- Don't vote with a 15 month old!!!...but be sure to vote!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween 2008

I know, I know, I am SO late posting about Halloween. I say "Better late that never." Right?


So, Halloween this year was WAY more fun with a 15 month old that it was last year with a 3 month old. The week before Halloween, we went to Zoo Boo. We had so much fun getting to look at some animals that they had out (spiders, snakes, etc.) and trick-or-treating at all the booths. I know that Jackson will have alot more fun next year when he is a little older. We were in the costume contest. No, we did not win. The kids that won had some very creative homemade costumes. I am already begining to think of ideas for next years costume...can you say competitive?

Halloween, we just went to the carnival at our church. The highlight of the night was the puppet show. Jackson LOVED it. They sang a song using dog puppets. Well, as soon as Jackson saw them, he immediately starting barking. So funny.

I posted a few of our favorite pictures from Halloween below. Enjoy!

*Waiting in line to be in the costume contest. We were #53 out of 54!
*Some guy at the costume contest talking to my dinosaur.


*If you look close, you can see how brave Jason and I were. We were holding tarantulas. (My favorite part of these pictures has got to be the look on the little girls face in my picture. She looks so scared...priceless!)

*Daddy and his dinosaur

Monday, October 13, 2008

15 Month Stats and More...

Well, Jackson is getting very close to 16 months, but I need to update and get his 15 month stats up.

Weight: 24.3 lbs (50th percentile)
Height: 31.5 inches (65th percentile)
Head Circumference: 47 cm (60th percentile)

He has learned so much. He is still not a very big talker (but neither is his daddy). He can say mama, dada, bye-bye, hi, ou-thide (outside), ah gone (all gone), onge (orange), and uh-oh. He can repeat pretty much anything you say, but these are the words we hear daily.

When you ask what a dog, cow, sheep and cat say, 90% of the time he will answer with the right sound (that is when he feels like cooperating and doing his "tricks'. Sometimes, he will just look at you like you are crazy.)

He knows that shoes go on your feet. He can point to his hair and ears. If you hand him a hairbrush, he will brush his hair and if he sees a toothbrush, he will open his mouth and say "Ahh." He loves to play outside, I think that he really could play outside all day long and not get bored. He can climb a whole flight of stairs on his own. He can run really fast. He LOVES to dance and sing. He loves to color and use sidewalk chalk. And, last but not least, he LOVES to be naked!!!

He does not like: Beans, eggs (they make him gag), wearing clothes, having his diaper changed, being helped (very independent), being picked up when he is outside, wearing anything that is on his head/face (hats, sunglasses...), sitting still or being in one spot for too long, and voting (more on this later).

Now for pictures of one of Jackson's FAVORITE things...going to the park down the street from our house:
*He loves to swing.
*Peek-a-boo, I see you!
*Going down the slide...
*and back up again.
*My 2 favorite guys
*I sure do love this kid!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

First Day of School

Well, Tuesday marked a BIG milestone for our family...Jackson is officially a school-boy! You heard me right, Jackson is in "school". He is going to Covenant United Methodist Church to their Mother's Day Out on Tuesdays and Fridays. We are so excited about what the program offers. Every time they come to "school", they go to music class (the teacher is amazing!), have circle time, do a craft, play outside or in the gym, story time, nap, free play and snack time. (that's a pretty full day for 5 hours!)

Tuesday, we got up and began to pack his bag for the day. Man, I'm not used to having to label everything. I made his lunch (grilled cheese, cut-up grapes, and yogurt melts) and got him dressed, and out the door we went!
I was making it ok that day, until we got in the car...I'm telling you, why is it when you are on the verge of tears are all the songs on the radio are sad and/or emotional ones? So as the radio played, I cried my eyes out! I realized that morning how big my little boy was getting. In one week, he has gone from his baby seat and staying with my mom all day to being in his big boy seat facing-forward and going to "school". (I think it was too much for this over-emotional mom to take in one week)
When I dropped him off, he went straight to his teacher and when I walked off, I looked back and he just waved and said in his sweet voice "bye, bye" (again with the waterworks) His teachers said that he was so sweet, and got along with all the kids in his class. His craft that he did was a BEAUTIFUL finger painted orange triangle (orange is the color of the month and triangle is the shape) which now hangs proudly on my refrigerator! He hardly ate any of his lunch, I'm sure there was too much excitement for him to take in that he forgot to eat. Nap time wasn't that wonderful, he couldn't quite understand why everyone was sleeping on mats on the floor. Oh well, with time he will get it. Come on, you can't master everything on your first day. =)
I can't wait to see what this year holds. I know that my sweet boy will learn so much and of course I will be blogging about all of it!

*His bag that was filled to the brim with everything that he would need.

*Getting ready for his big day!
*Headed to school. (No I am not taking this picture while driving, we are in the driveway. Don't call Child Protective Services on me!)

*Jackson's sweet teachers Mrs. Missy and Mrs. Melissa.