Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Little League Dreams

Jackson loves sports. This, we know.

He loves them so much that he chooses ESPN over the Disney Channel many nights.

This week he has enjoyed watching the little league world series.

In fact, he pointed out that would like to play in the Little League World Series when he is a big kid. Well, we all have dreams right? Justin assured him we would give it our best shot! ;)

Check out some photos I snapped this week while "my boys" were glued to the Little League World Series.

Any chance ESPN could air these games a bit earlier...a bit too late for Jackson! ;)

P.S. Go Pennslyvania!!! Our favorite team!

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Our Brave Little Boy went to the Dentist!

...and he is very proud of himself! So are we! ;)

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Golfing with Daddy!

Its no secret that Jackson loves sports.

It is also not a secret that Justin loves golf.

So today - Justin and Jackson went golfing. (Of course Jackson has his own clubs!)

Justin took a little video while they were at the driving range. I loved getting it and seeing Jackson in Justin's world...he took it very seriously and was upset when it was time to go home.

I am certain it is only a matter of time before I lose Jackson to golf on the weekends too.

Just add golf to the long line of sports that Jackson is OBSESSED with...I secretly love it!

YouTube Video

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Indiana State Fair!

The Indiana State Fair! A Summer Favorite for our family!
Enjoy some photos from this year's outing.

We rode the "tractor-train"
Oink Oink! Jackson loved the pigs!

Who doesn't love fair food?

Tall enough to ride!
Love the water game!

Daddy trying to win Jacskon a Smurf!
Roller Coaster!

Love them so much!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dear Dad,

Dear Dad,

It is August 7th. A date that I used to never even notice. Now, it seems to be one I can’t forget. It comes once a year - as a reminder that you are no longer there for me to call each day. Not that I need a reminder.

I know you are with me each day as I navigate life - but it isn’t the same as watching you love Jackson and the other Grandkids - or listening to you and Mom tell me what was on Nancy Grace that night. So many things are not the same. In fact, its been a while since I’ve filled you in on what you missed.

Justin and I have finally settled into our home in Fishers. You would be happy to know that we planted roots near family - you always encouraged us to do so. Jackson loves “The Big House” and has made friends with the neighbors. Justin and I look forward to watching all the little ones grow up together and making memories with the other families. Just as you and Mom did all those years ago.

Justin is just as obsessed with the yard and landscaping as he always has been. There are times I go to get on him about spending too much time on his “show mow”, but stop when I hear you tell me, “leave that boy alone...” You always took his side - and Justin loved it!

Jackson is as rotten as ever - you would love it! I often wonder how he would probably be even more rotten if you were here to teach him all the rotten stuff “Papaw Mike” was known for (like Cave Man Named Dave). Jackson can’t pass up an Oreo - you would love it!...But you would be so confused as to why he turns his nose up to Ice Cream - Its almost Un-American.

Jackson loves his cousins and asks to see them if our schedule hasn’t allowed us to - I know you would be proud that he cherishes family. He thinks his Aunts and Uncle can’t do wrong and he boy does love his Mamaw Charsh!

A few months ago, our entire family - along with the Bixler’s loaded up and headed to Walt Disney World. Jackson lit up the minute we got off the plane. I know that Mom and I both had something tugging at our heart the whole week. We were missing you. You lived for trips to Disney World with your Grandkids - and here we were all together for Jackson’s first trip and you weren’t there. Justin kept reminding me that you were there - in spirit. I know he’s right and just tried to stay in the moment with Jackson. You should have seen him taking it all in...telling Mickey Mouse “I have to go home today Mickey, but I’ll be back to see you soon” on our last day. Justin and I both teared up on that one. I’m sure you would have too!

Jackson is getting so smart. Today, he asked me to sit at the table with him and help him write his name. I felt like he was 17 studying for the SATs. :) You would also love to see how OBSESSED Jackson is with sports. He played Tball and Soccer this summer - and I know you would have loved to come each game and cheer him on (or laugh at how Jackson always got a ‘stomach ache’ during warm ups - but was fine for batting practice). I have a feeling Jackson will be just like his Daddy - and will love any and every sport he can play. I am fairly certain I have a lot of “bleacher time” in my future. Wish you could be there sitting right next to me.

I’ve changed jobs - again. I know, I know, I know...but I love my job this time and love the challenge it brings each day. I know you would be proud. I just wish you were here for me to share this new challenge with and hear your encouraging words when the challenge is a bit tougher than I like.

I could go on and on - but please know that life is good. I don’t take it for granted. Justin and I love to share our life with family and friends. I’m thankful that you taught me life isn’t “great” unless you share it with those you love. I can only hope that Jackson learns that from us.

Please know that you are loved and talked about often - the only way I know to “keep you with me”.

All my love,


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Mommy's Home

Mommy's Home!

Check out who was waiting for me at the airport! I'm such a lucky Mommy!

P.S. Justin helped with the sign! ;)

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Working Mom...

I am away this week for work (more on that at another time)...and Justin knew this week would be hard for me. Justin is usually the one that travels for work - not me.

To help, Justin set up Skype on his iPad (for those of you who know Justin know he has NO techno skills-this was huge!) I loved skyping with Justin and Jackson tonight. I got to see Jackson's soccer class certificate and hear him tell me that it says he was a "really good boy!". It was also nice to get to "see" Justin and tell all about what I am learning while away. ;)

Yesterday when I unpacked my work bag- I found a card from both Jackson and Justin with Jackson's picture inside. It is currently sitting on the hotel nightstand!

I also had a surprise in my suitcase. Look who came along for the trip!

Jackson sleeps with Donald each night and Justin thought it might help the week go a little faster if Donald came along with me. ;).

And...tonight I received a picture of "The Mommy Countdown!". Love this!

I am counting down the days too! I can't wait to be home with Justin and Jackson.

Justin, thanks so much for making this trip easier with all of your sweet gestures- and a big thanks to Jackson for being such a sweet-yet rotten- little boy!

I love you both so much!

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