Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Tiger Scout

Jackson had his last Cub Scout pack meeting of the year, and it was an exciting one because he earned his Tiger rank! 


He and his dad have had a great year together with Scouts, from camping trips and hikes to the Pinewood Derby, and all of the fun den meetings in between!



He's a bit more decorated than he was on that first day, but my favorite part is that huge, confident grin!

Way to go, Tiger!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Benjamin is 20 Months!

Another month has flown by and Benjamin is now 20 months!

Last month's word of the month was "yes" and this month he added every toddler's favorite "no!"  He uses it quite frequently, and suddenly he has an opinion about everything! From the book we read next to which shoes to wear, he is making his desires known! Another new addition is "MINE!" and he uses this one frequently with his brothers. He's also added lots of other new words, and is more frequently putting two words together.

He now has a full mouthful of teeth, having gotten his lower left canine this month. Poor kid won't get much of a break in the teething department though because I think his two year molars are starting to make their way up. He's using all those teeth to eat lots of things, but his favorites are any kind of fruit, cheese, and anything he can dip, especially queso!

Benjamin is a great sleeper! He usually goes to sleep without a fuss, sleeps late on the weekends (thank you sweet boy!) and takes about a two hour nap in the afternoons. He is in constant motion and mischief when he is awake so we are incredibly grateful for the break! He always wakes up in a great mood. In the mornings, he wants breakfast immediately. As soon as I lift him out of his crib, he starts saying "breakfast? breakfast?" Once I set him down, he runs straight to his high chair. This weekend we were going to get donuts for breakfast on our way out of town, so he didn't get breakfast right away and he completely flipped out. He followed me around the house as I did the last minute things, clinging to my leg and wailing "breakfast!" 

My favorite development this month is that he can now say "I love you mama" and gives me sweet kisses. He's even started giving closed mouth, lips puckered, smacking kisses now instead of the earlier open mouthed baby kisses.

Happy 20 months sweet guy!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Last Day and Crazy Hair

Jackson had his last day of 1st grade and is officially a rising second grader!

When I was filling in the details of his sign to hold for his last day pictures, I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He initially said he wanted to be President of the United States, but changed his mind back to Principal.


First grade has been such a great year for Jackson. He had an AMAZING teacher in Mrs. Shafer and learned so much. He is growing more independent and just seems older these days.

Best pals on their last day of 1st grade! They've come a long way since their preschool days!

I knew Jackson was growing, but I didn't realize just how much until I saw these side-by-side pictures. Holy moly he looks so much older! I may have teared up just a bit. Where did my little boy go?

Quick, here's something fun to cheer you up! Crazy hair day at Andrew's school! He rocked his green spiky hair!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jumping with Dad

Our town got a trampoline park a few months ago and the boys have been begging to go. I saw a great deal on Groupon that was good for a weekday jumping session, and Justin thought it would be a fun one-on-one activity for him to do with each of the big boys. So I bought two!

Andrew got to go first! For him, the outing was a complete surprise. Daddy left work early, picked Andrew up as he was waking up from nap and they took off for their secret adventure. Jumping World is in the same shopping center as Target, so that's where Andrew thought he was going and was maybe a tad disappointed after all that anticipation! When he found out they were going to Jumping World instead, he was a bit more excited, but honestly, just a bit because he had never been there before.

Justin reports that Andrew started out a little tentative but quickly warmed up and they had a blast!




When they came home that afternoon, glowing from the excitement of their adventure, Andrew quickly made it known where they had been and Jackson was devastated that he had been left out. So Jackson's outing was not a surprise since Daddy had to tell him exactly when they were planning to go, how many days away that was, and precisely how it would happen to appease the slighted Jackson. So just a few days later, his much anticipated daddy date arrived and it was everything he planned that it would be!

Jackson had already been to Jumping World for a birthday party, so he was not at all hesitant. Daddy may have played a bit too hard keeping up with him and has been nursing a pulled muscle since then. Gotta stretch first, babe!




Of course they are already asking when they can go back!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pizza by the Pool

This time of year, just making it to Friday each week feels like a reason for celebration! So last Friday afternoon we picked up the kids after work, grabbed some pizzas and headed to the neighborhood pool!

For once, we could have gotten by with just one pizza because the boys only ate one slice each (usually unheard of) so they could get into the pool quicker for their first swim of the summer!





Ben wasn't sure what to think of the water. He wanted to love it, but the pool is still pretty chilly.


He's all smiles here, but he was alternating between delighted giggles and fussing at his dad.

I think he will settle on loving it once it's warmer!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Grade Finales

Jackson's days as a first grader are drawing to a close. First grade has been an amazing year and I'm so sad to see it go. 

Last week I took advantage of one last opportunity to have lunch with this fabulous first grader. Surprising him with my presence and a favorite lunch earns me 30 minutes of his affection and adoration. Also known as: priceless


Just a couple of days later was Field Day. Justin was able to be there and filled me in on all the fun.









It was a busy day because later that afternoon his class celebrated the summer birthdays! Justin tagged me in for this one to celebrate with the almost 7 year old.

Jackson's teacher is brilliant! Parties are celebrated outside on the playground, just before recess. So all the cake crumbs get wiped on the ground and then the kids get to run off all the sugar!


When it was time for me to go back to work, I leaned down to give him a hug and he threw his arms and legs around me monkey style so, of course, I scooped him up and gave him a giant hug. Even right there in that moment, I knew to stop and savor it. I'm certain the days of him unabashedly jumping into my arms for a big hug in front of all of his friends are numbered. I'll hold on as long as he lets me!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Take Me Out to the [Aggie] Ballgame

Last week we headed out to the ol' ballgame with my department at work. The boys were in rare form this evening, excited by the game itself, and showing off for all my work friends. We were playing the Arkansas Razorbacks, and Jackson got warmed up pre-game, smack talking with one of my colleagues who went to Arkansas. He had some well-timed jabs about eating tasty pork chops and bacon that made his mama pretty proud. =)

And see this cute kid? He's letting his daddy carry him into the game in order to reserve his energy for running us ragged during the actual game.

We found our lawn seats and settled in to watch a good game.



The terms "settled" and "watching the game" could only be applied to about the first 5 minutes we were there. Thankfully we had a little help chasing this busy boy around. Thanks, Erin (even if you are a Razorback)!

Ben wasn't the only busy one, but the older two were at least less likely to wander into strangers' personal space and mooch for their popcorn (for the record, we had our own popcorn!).


And yes, hugs that turn into wrestling matches can happen even at baseball games.


The highlight of the game was when the Aggies actually scored a few runs and we got to use our bubbles!

We only made it to the 5th inning thanks to it being a school night and already past the boys' bedtimes, and on account of mom and dad being exhausted from all of the chasing, cajoling and regulating.



As we walked to the car, we discussed how old the kids would be when we can actually watch a game. Ha! The days are long but the years are short, right?