We completely missed Christmas with Richard's dad's side of the family since we were on vacation, but we did make it to Gayle's house for Christmas a little after the actual holiday. Family time is always fun!
Christmas morning we woke up around 7am and by that time Mom and Dad had made it to the house. Jackson was SO EXCITED on Christmas Eve night, he forgot to leave out some goodies for Santa. So, what did Santa do? He ended up getting in to the fridge himself and got a piece of pumpkin pie and left a note for Jackson/Ethan that he hoped they didn't mind, but he got hungry for some pumpkin pie!
While in Fort Luderdale, we were able to take a date night (Leah, Wadie, and Laynie) kept the boys for us. We ended up going on an air boat ride out to the everglades. And yes, we DID see an alligator (even though it was pouring rain for awhile.)
This little man just had his first beach experience in Fort Lauderdale in December 2010. I can't say he LOVED it, but he did sort of warm up to the whole thing after a little while. Maybe that will change with a little age under his belt. I hope so!
We usually take a winter break somwhere, except for last year. Ethan was a little man, so we decided to stay at home. Then, in 2010, we made our way to Fort Lauderdale with Leah, Wadie and Miss Laynie. We had an absolute blast and it was beautiful!
So, back around the first part of December, I decided to take the boys to Branson and do a little pre-christmas vacation. We did some shopping, went to Bass Pro and even made a trip to the Dixie Stampede to see their Christmas show. This was the first time we had ever been to the Dixie show, and we LOVED it. May even go back again next year.
It ended up being myself, the boys, and my sister and her husband. Maybe next year we can convince Richard to come along as well.
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!