Sunday, December 18, 2011

Jackson's favorite Christmas song!

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Alvin and the Chipmunks are courtesy of Mama Penny (they used to be Justin's)!

Jackson sure makes the holidays fun!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

So Big, So Proud!

For a while now Jackson has been able to write the letter J and tell us he was "writing" his name.

We always play along and smile even though there are never any other letters after the J.

Tonight, as Jackson was was "writing his name" I watched him actually write the rest of the letters!

They may not be in the right order- but the letters are there! I was one proud Momma and called Justin to come look! Jackson then asked us, "you guys so proud, Mom?". Yes, we are!

This one is a keeper!

JAC on the lower level, NOSK on the top row. (perhaps we will work on the order next.)

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Take a ride on the Holiday Express...

Who knew one little elf could be so fun! ;)

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Our Elf is Photogenic!

Our Elf, Smurf, is photogenic...or at least he thinks so.

In fact, he thinks he takes such a good photograph that he changed all our family photos to photos of himself! Silly little Elf! :)

P.S. This is soooo much fun!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Darn Elf...

Darn Elf...he helped himself to our Marshmallows... :)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Elf, "Smurf," has Arrived!

Santa delivered a special delivery to our house while we were out of town this past weekend. Our very own, Elf on the Shelf.

Jackson had so much "finding" him tonight and we read the book as a family. Of course, the book made me tear up. I can't wait to share this tradition with Justin and Jackson each year. Our elf was officially named "Smurf". Welcome to our family, Smurf!

Jackson made sure to tell Smurf what he wanted him to tell Santa tonight when he returns to the North Pole. His list was as follows:

"Tell Santa I want a Volleyball, The Hippo Game, and a Drum....and tell him I am a very good boy."

Can't wait to "find" Smurf and what he's been up to....Hmmmm (This Mommy needs to get creative...)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Our Thanksgiving Weekend ... In photos!

I have finally gained my energy back from my Black Friday shopping trip (Never, ever, will I shop at midnight - NEVER). So, I finally took the time to download our photos from such a fun weekend. As always, we spent time with both of our families. We spent time with the Bixler's at Justin's parents home (Jackson loved decorating Pop's Christmas tree)...and as always, my family spent the weekend downtown Indianapolis for the lighting of the Circle of Lights. Our weekend was full of family, love, and laughter - all the things we are thankful for.

Enjoy some photos from our weekend.


Annual Thanksgiving Photo! :)
On our way to the 49th Circle of Lights
Meeting Santa before the tree-lighting

Madeline asked for an i-phone

Jackson asked for a Volleyball, of course!
The COUSINS with Santa!
My two favorite boys!
Ready for the Tree-lighting!
Singing Christmas Carol's - love that he knows the words this year.
Mama Charshy (Jackson's new nickname for my Mom) and Jackson!
The Bixler Family at the Tree Lighting...

According to my Mom, my family has been coming to the tree-lighting for 35 years (According to Mom, we missed a year when Michelle was in high school.) I truly love this tradition. :)

Played with his COUSINS until Midnight...I was still going on no sleep from Black Friday!
You should never stay at a hotel without your best Budy! Jackson sure does love Livy!

Swimming with Cousins!
I found this photo on The It is my new favorite. Love! It was taken in 1963.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Is it too early for Christmas Trees?

Just a quick photo of the latest addition to our collection of Christmas trees. A sports tree for Jackson!

I know its a little early for Christmas trees- but the holidays are so fun with Jackson!

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Location:Its starting to look a lot like Christmas...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Let the Holidays Begin...

Many stores are playing Christmas carols, I've already purchased Jackson's Christmas PJ's, and Justin and I both are constantly reminding Jackson that "Santa is watching." The holidays have already begun....

So this past weekend, we celebrated with the arrival of "The Big Guy" at Hamilton Town Center. There was a band, the Pacemates, Boomer, snacks, and Jackson's Favorite...SANTA CLAUS!

Check out a few photos we snapped from a very fun night!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Jackson the Genius!

Just reading the newspaper... :)

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Cake Walk Pro!

Last week, Aunt Shel and Uncle Tom took Jackson to the Lantern Road Elementary School Carnival! I loved school carnivals when I was young and knew Jackson would too.

Turns out he is a pro at the Cake Walk, loved the bounce house...AND apparently loved the photo-booth! Loved the photo-strips he brought home. The have been tucked away for keeping!

A big thanks to Olivia and Madeline who help make Jackson's night so fun!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Should we be concerned?

Should we be concerned?!?
Hmmm... ;)

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Is he a senior in high school?

Looking back at Halloween photos once more tonight.
I realized I forgot to share my very favorite.

I feel like I will have a photo with this very same pose 13-14 years from now! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat 2011

Halloween may be my new favorite holiday!

This year we let Jackson choose what he wanted to dress up as for Halloween. I was ready to hear "Buzz Light-Year, or Batman - like most 3 year little boys. But I wasn't surprised when he chose...a football player. I immediately pulled out his Colts jersey - but he corrected me and explained he wanted to be a "Royal Football Player".

We have spent many Friday nights at the high school (right next to our neighborhood) cheering on the Hamilton Southeastern Royals. Jackson is convinced that he will play on that football field some day. He has even committed to cut back on the cookies and eat a vegetable or two so be can be a better football player (though I'm not convinced about cutting back on the cookies).

So, when Jackson told me he only wanted to be a "Rolio" (he struggles with the word Royal) football player. I went to work. Thank goodness for where I got most of his uniform (turns out they don't make football pants in 3T).

Jackson has had so much fun celebrating in his costume the past few days. We have enjoyed watching Jackson taking part in all the fun. It tugged at my heart a bit tonight to see that Jackson really wanted to run door to door with his friends rather than hold my hand as we walked down the street. But either way, we felt lucky be with him - as always. :)

Enjoy some photos!

Walking into Pre-School today. Why do I feel like this is
"walking to the field for the big game?"

#26 - Because he will graduate from high school in 2026 :)

His Tackle Position
This tough Football player has a special place in his heart for Ms. Judy!

Daddy made it home in time to Trick or Treat!

Jackson and his buddy, Ryne!

Friends - Jackson, Ryne, Morgan
"The Gang" in front of our house!

Jackson's First Stop was the Hilgendorf's :)

Door to Door with his friends!

Helping Miss Mo! :)


Trick or Treating with Cousins!

Maddie as Dorothy. Fletcher (The Boyd family's new Dog) as To-To

Madeline and Olivia


Jackson with Griffin (Alien) and Hayden (Scary Clown - Jackson refused to stand next to him. SCARY!)