We made a quick weekend trip to the Tulsa aquarium a couple months ago. It had been awhile since we've been there and we were looking to get out of the house AND Jackson had been asking about the sharks so we thought "why not."
Here are a few pictures of our trip. Ethan could have cared less and he actually fell asleep for part of it.
Jackson, on the other hand, was all about it but scared of the shark tunnel until he saw there was no way they could get out.
Out in front of the aquarium is this alligator and jackson wanted nothing to do with his head. Afraid of a bite I guess?
Ethan has the (un)?? fortunate thrill of having a double crown. Yes, it's cute now when he's really little to have a mohawk like hairdo. But I don't think it'll be so cute when he gets older. We're gonna have to do a lot of trial and error to find a hairstyle that'll work for him. Either long or very short....my guess is very short but we'll see.
I have several pictures of him and his hair but this one was taken right after a bath, so it was fresh and clean and defintely SCARE HAIR!
It's tummy time and although Ethan can get from his back to his stomach fairly easily (even in his sleep which is scary,) he still hasn't mastered getting BACK to his back from his stomach. It'll come soon though....he's almost there!
So, we've just recently started Ethan on some veggies (in additon to his cereal.) So far, he's had most of the yellow vegetables but carrots are by FAR his favorite. He will literally leave his mouth open almost the entire time he's feeding with the exception of the split second that he closes it to swallow.
He looks like a little bird ready to be fed always.
Here he is in all his glory....carrots up the nose and all.
My boys are growing up right before my eyes! I really can't believe Ethan is 5 months old already. I can't believe that I'll blink my eyes again and I'll be planning his 1 year birthday. Unbelievable really.
So, here they are. Jackson is 4 and Ethan is 5 months.
This little fella is officially 5 months old. We went the other day for his 4 month old check-up and shots. We're lagging a month behind due to all the medical stuff and hospital stays back in June/July.
The important thing is that he is doing well. He's now 26 inches long and weighs 13 pounds, 4.5 ounces.
Here is what your doing at 5 months old:
--you have found your hands and are fascinated with them
--you can grasp a toy well but can't transfer it from one hand to the other yet
--you certainly have found your voice and you're now into shrieking
--you LOVE carrots
--we're still trying to get your digestive issues straightened out with the 1/2 bottle of formula supplement you get at daycare. Dr. seems to think you may have a milk allergy.
--you give the biggest grins and giggles
--you love to roll from back to stomach, then get mad when you can't get back onto your back
--you still wake up at least twice a night to feed. maybe one of these days you'll decide to sleep through
--you move your hands/feet a thousand miles a hour yet they get you nowhere...poor thing.
Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl. They didn't know each other but they knew the same people. Then, those mutal friends introduced them to each other and the rest is history.
One year later and they're married. Just like that!
So, my little sister up and got married this past weekend. I'm so very happy for them. They had started planning a bigger wedding but it got out of control and too big for their taste, so they ran away and got married in a little bungalow in Eureka Springs.
I say, Good for them!
Congrats kammy and jay. May your lives be blessed and may you have many happy memories througout the years to come.
This is from a fishing trip from a month or so ago. Although we've taken Jackson fishing now and then, this was the first time he seemed to really get into it. Maybe it was because it was the perfect location and the perfect fishing day. You know, where you throw our your line and wait maybe .2 seconds and then reel in a nice fish. That's when it's fun!
P.S. Ethan went on this trip too, but slept through most of it. Fishing will come later for him.
Flag football 4 year old style. Which really means a big game of "tag, you're it!" This is fun (and funny) to watch though. Jackson has wanted to play football since he knew what the game was. Unfortunately, his body style doesn't exactly lend itself to a great game of football. He is, however, incredibly fast and for 4 year olds, fast is what counts. Afterall, the goal of this game is to run around and get the flag off the other team's players
Here is is getting so big time instruction from the coach....."what play are we running again, coach? I forgot. I was too busy rolling around in the grass looking for grasshoppers"...or something along those lines.
Ahhh, yes. 4 year old flag football and all of the innocence that comes with it. Can't wait till he actually plays a game!
Yes, I realize it's been going on 2 years now since I've updated my blog at all.
Yes, I even realize that I left off with Mexico back in December 2007. Maybe that's because I secretly (or not so secretly maybe) wish we were still there?
So, wanna know what's been going on for so long?
Read on readers!
January- *My boss retired. We miss him so.
*A lot of every day work stuff and meetings...lots and lots of meetings
*went to a birthday party for my newphew Reid (on Richard's side.) Although I didn't get to make the party cause I was working wildfires but I hear they had a great time.
*I went to Boston, MA with Richard. I got to roam this cool city while Richard was off doing work stuff. This is just a small sampling of what I saw. Neat, neat city and I highly recommend you going if you've never been. This was actually the 2nd time I've been and I've seen new things both times.
The first picture is Paul Revere's gravesite. The second is his house (re-done of course) and the third is the CHEERS bar. A city steeped in history for sure.
*We closed on our new house. Here are a few pictures of the land and construction. I just realized I don't have a pictures of the finished house. I'll certainly have to get one. Another thing to stick on the "to do" list.
The first two are obviosuly during the bricking part of it all. The third one is of the pond on our land and the very last one is where our house sits now. We just recently had to cut down one of those huge oaks cause it died during construction. I could at least 100 rings. An old fella!
*I got a little scrapping time in at a scrappin' retreat sponsored by Memoryvilla and I LOVED it! What a view up on Mt. Petite Jean. I strongly suggest you guys check this one out. I certainly want to go back very soon.
*Attended Laynie's birthday party (1 years old now!) I don't have any pictures of her at 1, but here she is at 2 years old. isn't she just a doll?
*Another week long work meeting.
*Went to Kansas to visit Benson's and go to Christel's baby shower for little Mason.
*Jackson is completely potty trained and he gets a cupcake and a trophy for being the "pee and poop" champ. hey...you gotta do what you gotta do and that worked for him (and us.)
*More work stuff and yes, more meetings and fire details.
*had a long overdue yard sale
*Jackson turned 3 with a Razorback themed birthday party
*Took a quick trip to Dallas so Jackson could visit the Wiggles land. You know, those 4 dudes on the Disney channel that sing and act goofy. yes, them.
*Jackson had urology surgery
*Baby Mason Benson was born
*baby Jase Virden was born (the newest nephew on Richard's side)
*Jackson took swim lessons for the first time. Just to get used to it more or less.
*More wildfire work. LOTS of it!
*Spent 4th of July at the Naturals ballgame and watched an excellent fireworks show afterewards.
*I'm pregnant! See?
*Richard and I celebrate 5 years of marriage
*Jackson started 3 year old preschool. Doesn't he look excited? well, that excitement wore off pretty quickly...trust me.
*had my first prenatal appt. 7 weeks 1 day
*football season starts
*had a much needed spa day with my friend, Leah
*another prenatal appt.
*Took jackson to OKlahoma to see the Doodlebops. What? You don't know who they are either? Well, just another singing, dancing show on Disney channel.
*another prenatal appt.
*more work meetings
*Jackson and I go to the pumpkin patch with some friends. Wild things farm in Pocola, Ok. A
pretty neat place
*We start speech therapy with Jackson for a slight stuttering problem
* Leah and I go to NKOTB concert in Dallas. Remember them? Ahhh, the late 80's early 90's.
*halloween and haunted houses/hayrides...Love em! Jackson was the cowardly lion from Wizard of Oz this year. I'm thinking this may be the last year I can get away with cute. But isn't he, though?
*visit the Bensons in NW arkansas and meet Mr. Mason for the first time
*another prenatal appt.
*Begin Christmas shopping
*still football season but we do sneak in a couple Razorback basketball games
*we find out we're having another BOY, then we find out out boy could have potentially leathal kidney problems!
*leave for Disney world trip. It was fun but tiring. If I would have known I would be pregnant when i BOOKED the trip, we probably wouldn't have gone in Dec. WHEW...tiring.
My husband of 7 years, the father of our two boys and the love of my life! He's a funny guy who can certainly make me laugh, has a wealth of Razorback knowledge, and is very competitive. Hmmm, wonder where Jackson gets it from?
This is our 6 year old boy, Jackson. Aka..the great tormenter. He's a good boy most of the time...very competitive, inquisitive, and can be a bit lazy from time to time. He's a GREAT big brother and an all around good little boy. He makes us smile!
This is our 2 year old son, Ethan, who was diagnoised with a multicystic kidney while in the womb. He was given a 25% chance of developing cysts in both kidneys, which would have been lethal for him. It turns out, Ethan has a duplicate collecting system (2 ureters instead of one on his left side) PLUS an ureterocele inside his bladder. He's had 1 surgery and goes every once in awhile for tests and/or clinic appointments. He's been through a lot in his short life but we're just proud he's here with us!
A 4 year old mind....
August 12, 2009--So, yesterday Jackson and I were down getting the trash can at the driveway and Jackson stopped by the pond and said, "Shhh...Mom! I think there are sheep in the pond!" Of course, these were only frogs croaking but it DID actually sound a lot like sheep!
September 18, 2009--Did you know that Daddy has a voice like this? "RRRAAAHHH!" and mama has a voice like this? "RRRaaahhh!" and baby has a voice like this? "rrraaahhh!" (spoken in Goldielocks and the 3 bears fashion.)
November 14, 2009--Jackson: Mom, why do your breasts have milk in them? Me: Because that's they way God made them and it's the best food for Baby Ethan. Jackson: It sure would have been cool if God would have put apple juice in them instead!