Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Trip to the Splash Pad

Yesterday, my sister invited Jackson and I to go to a splash pad over by her house. So since I was off work yesterday, I picked up my mom and we headed over to my sister's house for lunch and to enjoy the splash pad. We had a great time and the kids had a lot of fun!! Here are some pictures from our day.

Jackson and I at the Splash Pad.

Jackson and Mason playing in the water.

Jackson had so much fun, he crawled and walked all around, just like the big kids.

My nephew Landon, playing in the sprinklers with the 2 little boys my sister watches.

Jackson wants to be big so bad. He just watched the bigger kids run around and wanted to run so bad. 

Once Jackson finally warmed up to getting the water in his face, he kinda liked it. ☺

My nephew Landon.

He had so much fun!

Landon and the 2 boys my sister watches, on the teeter totter.

Jackson walking around the jungle gym.

Jackson watching the bigger kids play on the jungle gym.

We had a great time at the splash pad. We will have to go back soon. ☺


Jackson's 40 Week Pictures!

Jackson is 40 weeks old now! I can't believe we are at 40 weeks already! 

He had his 9 month check-up on Saturday and weighed 22 lbs. 13 ozs. He measured 29 3/4 inches long. He is in the 90th percentile for both weight and height. Its safe to say he's a BIG boy! His pediatrician joked by saying the St. Louis Rams should be calling us any day now, Ha! His appointment went well. He is very healthy and doing great. The Dr. couldn't believe he was walking already! Thankfully he didn't have to get any shots this time around. He goes for his next check-up at 12 months.

He's walking really well now days. He can even hold things in his hands and walk around without falling and he can get back up after falling down without having to crawl over to something to pull himself up! He's so determined! 

He's not really doing anything new since last week. He's still mostly saying Mama, Dada and Baba, but he will also say Num Num now.

We tried getting him to sleep 8 hrs. through the night without a bottle the last 2 nights. (His pediatrician said he should be sleeping 8 hours now without a bottle) So far, so good. The first night I gave him an 8 oz. bottle at around 9:30 and he fell asleep with that. He slept til around 2 and I got up to try and just rock him back to sleep, but he was not having any part of that. He cried for about 15 minutes before I put him back in his crib to cry it out. He only cried for about 10 more minutes and slept the rest of the night until close to 10 the next morning!!! The next night, (last night) he fell asleep at around 9, while taking his bottle. He woke up at around 2 again and he let me rock him right back to sleep with no crying. ☺ Then he woke up at around 5 (8 hours after eating) so I went ahead and gave him a bottle and he went right back to sleep and was still asleep when I left for work this morning at 7:15. My mom said he actually ended up sleeping until 9:20 this morning.So I think he's doing really well and hope to cut that 2 a.m. wake-up, out of his routine soon.

He's still wearing mostly 18 month clothes now, although I bought him a few pairs of 2T pajamas from Target, so he'd have a little room to grow, and they are a little big, but not too bad. Here he is wearing a pair.
We are having so much fun with him and I just can't squeeze him and kiss him enough! He's probably going to get sick of all the hugs and kisses, but I don't care. ;-)

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Homes on Mackinac Island

I wanted to share some pictures I took of the beautiful homes on Mackinac Island. They didn't really fit in with any of my other posts, so I thought I'd do a separate post on just the homes. Most of these pictures are of private summer homes. But I also added in a few homes that have been turned into little inns or B&B's.

Many of them are Victorian Style and many of them are very big! The yards are kept immaculately and the flowers are just gorgeous. These are all just private homes (probably summer homes) on the island.

Then these homes have been turned into B&B's or hotels.

This is the Inn on Mackinac Island

There were smaller cottage style homes on the island as well and even some condo buildings, but even the condos were rather expensive.  There were a couple realty companies on Market Street that posted pictures and prices of some of the real estate on the island. Lets just say, these bigger homes are well over $1 million and even the smaller, one room (not one bedroom, but one room!) condo's were around $179,000. So real estate on the island is rather expensive, but beautiful nonetheless!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Happy Weekend!

With all our vacation posts, I've left out some really cute pictures of Jackson that I've taken this week and just wanted to share those with you all. So I thought I'd put a post together for you today, just sharing these pictures of Jackson that I've taken in the last week.

These first 2 were from Sunday, right before leaving for church. He was wearing some new overalls that I've had for a while, but he was still too little for. He looked so cute in them. ☺

Then Monday, after taking his weekly picture, I took a few more of him just playing in his room and in the living room. I really love this first one.

He's not too fond of playing in his exersaucer anymore, now that he's so mobile, but he does like playing under it. ☺ Silly baby.

He just loves playing with his toys and I love watching him.

 Then here are some of my favorite instagram pictures from the past 2 weeks. 

1. Jackson, the Monday after we got home from our trip. I was so happy to see him. Thankfully I was off that Monday and got to spend the whole day with him. ☺

2. Jackson playing with his new blocks.

3. Jackson looking at himself in the mirror on his exersaucer.

4. Some of Jackson's toys, all in a pile on the floor. This is how my floor looks most of the time these days.

5. A pretty picture of the sun that I took.

6. Max giving Hunter some love that I don't think Hunter really wanted. ;-)

7. and 8. Sometimes in the evenings, Jake will leave the front door open so Jackson can see outside while he waits for me to get home. These pictures were both right as I got home and saw my sweet boy waiting for me by the door. Coming home to that big smile, just makes my day!

9. Jackson in the car, holding on to the handle of his car seat, ha!

So those are just a few pictures from the past couple weeks, to catch you up. I hope you're all having a great weekend!!

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