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!)


Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Boys of Fall! - 2011

Justin, Jackson and I recently took in my nephew's (Hayden) Football game. After the game Justin, Jackson, and my other nephew, Griffin, got a little "playing time" themselves.

Check out the play by play action!

Jackson can't want to be able to be a real football player. But he may need to figure out which way to run! :)

P.S. Jackson wears his Colts helmet EVERYWHERE! :)

Sweet video. One we will cherish when he is older!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Pumpkin has been bring on the candy!

Jackson is really into Halloween this year. We have a "countdown" until the Trick-or-Treat holiday...he can't wait to show his friends his costume...and he has even learned the "Trick-or-treat-smell my feet" song word for word... He is loving it. As every little kid should!

Jackson was even excited to carve his pumpkin this year. When I told him that Daddy could make his pumpkin look like Mickey Mouse...Jackson said, "Oh, Daddy I would be so 'cited'!" Justin looked at me and said, "I can?" After showing Justin the stencil I found and a little cheerleading from Jackson, "C'mon, Daddy - You can do it!"...we officially have a Mickey Mouse pumpkin.

Jackson couldn't be happier and Justin couldn't be prouder.

Check out the photos!

Jackson didn't like getting his hands dirty!

"Make sure it looks like Mickey, Daddy!"

Our Mickey Mouse Pumpkin!
A neighbor has already sent a message that the pumpkin looks great as she drove down the street. I CANNOT begin to tell you how proud that made Justin. :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin Patch 2011

Last week, Justin and I snuck a little time during the "work week" for our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch. This year, we tried out a different Pumpkin Patch than our usual trip to Stoney Creek. This one was close by - but a bit smaller. While Justin and I much prefer Stoney Creek - Jackson didn't even notice. :) Fun was had by all!

Check out this year's photos!

They even had Corn Hole!

Learning to climb a rope!

This is the only photo that I am "in" (See my shadow!) Always the photographer! :)

And then off to find our pumpkin!

The Annual "Hug my Pumpkin!" He hugs his favorite pumpkin each year. Adorable!

Found it!

...I'm ready, guys!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Jackson's New Tat!

Justin hooked Jackson up with a new "tattoo" for Halloween. ;)

Don't be blinded by the belly - the tattoo is just above it. ;)

Such a boy!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Good News to Report!

Jackson is enjoying swim lessons...FINALLY!!!

Now, its probably pre-mature to claim him the next Michael Phelps....but its a start! ;)

YouTube Video

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Location:HSE High School

Monday, October 10, 2011

What happened to our "Little Fish?"

What happened to our "Little Fish?"

Check out Jackson this summer (just a few months ago) swimming WITHOUT HIS VEST while spending time with his cousins in their pool....

YouTube Video

Now check out a photo of Jackson taking swimming lessons at HSE...just last week!

And...this photo was taken on a "good day". He never got in after this was taken. How is this the same little guy in the video above???

Thursday, October 6, 2011

No Paci at This House!

Those of you who know us well know that Jackson has been battling an addiction problem.

Yep. Our son was a Paci-holic. Jackson turned 3 in May, and Justin and I had been putting off breaking Jackson of this habit. We put it off for various reasons - but none more than it was just easier to let him keep his "addiction" going.

Well, we did it.

Acutally, Jackson did it.

The only other thing Jackson loves as much as he loves his Paci's - is Mickey Mouse. Justin and I starting talking Jackson about all the babies we saw while we were Walt Disney World and how they needed Paci's. Justin and I suggested to Jackson that we send Mickey Mouse all of his Paci's so Mickey could give them to all of those babies. Some worked. Jackson bought into the idea...and was even excited about it.

The night before the BIG DAY, I found an actual address for "letters to Mickey Mouse" and sat down with Jackson to "help" him write his letter to Mickey.

Check out this video as Jackson "reads" you his letter. Hilarious!

Jackson was so proud of his letter!

The next morning...we headed to the post office. Jackson even helped box up his Paci's. He even explained to the Post Master that she needed "to put this package on the truck and then take it to the airplane so Mickey can have them." You should have seen the lady's face when she realized we were mailing a package to Mickey Mouse. should have seen her face when I asked her to pose for a picture with Jackson! After all, this was a big day for our family.

Check out Jackson at the post office:

While this day was very emotional for Justin and I - after all this was the last "baby step" we had left - Jacskon never shed a tear. He has asked a few times for his Paci - but quickly remembers that Mickey has them and he sure doesn't want to let Mickey down.

Mickey has received the Paci's. In fact, "Mickey" has been so kind to send a "prize" to our house each day since our trip to the post office. I know, I know...It is total bribery...BUT IT IS WORKING! Each evening Jackson runs to the mailbox to see if "Mickey" has sent him a prize for being paci-free! Funny - how Mickey has the same wrapping paper as we do.... :)

Check out Jackson with his "Mickey" prizes!

What is it Dad?

Tackle Dummy who helps catch the ball, too!
AKA - A huge help for Mom and Dad

A Mickey Mouse Golf Head Cover

We are so proud of our BIG BOY. Jackson is taking what I thought was going to be a very tough parenting task...and made it so fun - like always.

P.S. I am secretly hoping that Mickey Mouse really does get Jackson's package...I hear he writes back! :)

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