Monday, January 28, 2013

A Day at the Park

Yesterday was a lovely day today in Austin...79 degrees and partly cloudy. After church we couldn't resist taking advantage and having some awesome family time at the playground!

We had a lot of fun playing and running and climbing. We are so blessed!

Fun on the slide! On a side note, I have a picture of her in almost the same pose, from when she was almost 2...

Caleb had some fun on the slide, too...until he turned over and started to slide down by himself...

Silly girl

I'm gonna get you!

Swinging time

Daddy and Caleb

Daddy and Olivia!

Mommy's turn!

Smiling boy.

Time to go!

We had so much fun. Hard to believe it's January around here!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Caleb at 9 months!

I can't believe our baby boy is 9 months old already! He's growing so fast. He's such a handsome boy...
Here he is, all dressed up for church. My little preppy boy. ;)

It's as if he's saying, "why can't I reach it? Get it!"

He's very good at standing now, if he has something to hold on to. He "cruises" (walking while holding on) very well! We keep finding him walking along the walls, holding on. He can get from one end of the room to the other in no time flat, even without crawling. I keep expecting him to let go and just walk on his own but...not yet!

We went for a walk the other day and decided that Caleb needed a hat...he looked so cute! I should have taken a picture of him in the stroller with the hat on, because it blew away the other day and now we need to find a new one...

Caleb's likes:
playing with Olivia
chasing toy cars across the floor
knocking down blocks...or anything else stacked up
Food! as long as there isn't meat in it - makes him gag.
looking at his board books - he can turn the pages by himself now

Caleb's dislikes:
doors that are shut
not eating when we're eating

We love you, Buddy Bear. You have brought us so much joy in the short 9 months you've been here. It's amazing to watch you grow so fast and to learn so much. You are teaching us patience all over again, in new ways. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Merry Christmas 2012!

I know this is a few weeks late, but what does everyone say? better late than never? :)

We hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas holiday. We sure did! It was our first Christmas in our new house and it was fun (and somewhat challenging) to decorate!

We have a tradition, of sorts, of opening a few gifts on Christmas Eve, so that it won't be so overwhelming Christmas morning. Here's Olivia picking out a gift or two to open:

And here's Caleb doing the took a bit of coaxing for him to realize he wasn't going to get in trouble for ripping the paper. I guess that's what a few weeks of "Caleb don't touch!" will do to a boy...

Christmas morning dawned early this year...Olivia crawled in our bed at 5:30! We had lots of fun opening gifts with the kids!
New football? Awesome!

New activity table - so he can STAND UP and play.

New socks - in her favorite colors, of course!

Can you say "chaos?" We had to be careful or Caleb would get lost in all the wrapping paper!

Levi's parents, Joe and Melba Jackson, came to visit for Christmas this year. Olivia always loves it when her grandparents come to our house - undivided attention and captive playmates!!

Later in the afternoon we went to the clubhouse of our community and played some pool! Olivia liked to help hold the stick. She did pretty well! Maybe we'll have to play more often!

Again, we hope you all had a lovely Christmas. we are blessed to have each of you in our lives. Stay tuned for our 2012 recap, coming soon! :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Recap

2012 was a good year for the Jackson family! We hope it was a wonderful time for you and your family as well. I thought I'd put together a recap in pictures...I originally wanted to do it month by month, but...turns out I don't know what month some of these were taken. :P Life got a little busy this year...

Easter! I was ready to pop with Caleb...turns out we had to evict him with an induction.

Caleb James Jackson. born April 24, at 6:07am.



In July, Levi completed a rookie triathalon! The kids and I were there to cheer him on.

In July, we celebrated our 11th anniversary!

Olivia at the dentist this summer...not a care in the world!

A beach trip in October to Port Aransas turned cold when we least expected it.

The MS Walk was a success this October! Thanks again to all who donated to the cause!

Happy Halloween from BatGirl

...and the Bear!

November school pictures

Riding Mr Lion

Merry Christmas from the Jacksons!