Thursday, February 28, 2008

Literary Wednesdays

On Saturday Jackson & I went to the "Family Fair for Kids" at the local recreation centre. It was sponsored by Communities with Heart to inform families of the programs offered in their local areas for young children. While we were there we visited the regional library booth, actually mommy was drawn to the books as she always is whenever we go anywhere. We discovered that a library program for 2 yrs and under was starting that same week, so we signed up!
We arrived at the library yesterday at 10:30am right at the start time as Mommy still hasn't quite mastered arriving with a little one at least 10-15min before schedule as she used to do B.J. (before Jackson). I was relieved to see that it hadn't started yet and others were just settling into place. We met some great new little friends and their mommies while we listened to stories about bears. Then there was a little singing and puppet play. As I sat there and listened to the very patient librarian try to keep the attention of 6 little ones under the age of 3, I thought to myself that we must be very loud and disruptive for the others in the library. But my worries were put to rest as the librarian told us that we would have time to look for books for our children & ourselves before they opened for regular business hours. Wow! Special treatment in one of my most favourite places. Jackson & I picked out a few titles to read for the week before we finished up for the morning and put them into our new library bag. And we can't wait to go back and see everyone again next week and pick out more books.
As you can see from the picture, Jackson and I have been enjoying our new reads during today's storytime. We picked out a great board book about animal jobs, a cute little fun one that caught Mama's eye called 'Urban Babies Wear Black' that we are sure Daddy and Aunty Sheri would love. We even had a new friend recommend a great book for babies Jackson's age that has a lot of big black & white illustrations that mesmerize the little literary lover. And yes Grandpa & Grandma P, those are two french storybooks in our collection. Can't start them too young...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Puppy Demo Company for Hire

I had to share this funny story with you that happened to our crazy dogs, Kali & Logan. We have two medium sized dogs that have their own side yard, note the chain link fence, and their own houses courtesy of Scott's parents who built them. And our dogs love to chase each other around their yard and especially like to play 'King of the Dog House' as Scott calls it. This consists of one of them standing on the dog house roofs while the other barks from the ground below. Once they have barked at each other for awhile or we tell then 'Enough!', they start their chase around the houses, over the houses and all over the yard. There is a lot of jumping and pouncing and frenzied activity to this game. But today the game got a little too out of hand as you can tell from the photos. We didn't witness exactly what happened but we suspect that a little too much bouncing was happening on the overhang of the bigger house and the result is what you see. But what you can't really see too well is that Logan (he's the chewer) decided that it was time to do a little renovations to his house plans or just the insulation in general. So if you look carefully you can see chunks of styrofoam strewn about the yard from his quick demo work. But I think the funniest thing (yes we can laugh about this now that the initial shock of what they actually did has sunk in) was when we first looked outside to find this mess, Logan was calmly sitting on top of the still intact house looking at us with such an innocent look, much like the one in the picture, as if nothing were out of the ordinary and their roof was not sitting in their water dish. Ah yes, someone's got to love them and that would be us. So that was our was yours?

Look at My Boos Boos

Today my baby received his first immunization shots. Little did my innocent child know where I was leading him to when we went for our little car ride this morning. I know for certain that I was more anxious about it than he was, mainly because he has no concept of what I was going to subject him to. And let me tell you that getting two shots in each thigh is something that you should not be ashamed of crying about. But being the little warrior that he was named for, he only had a single burst of crying when each needle went into his chubby little leg. Then it was over and he was happily nursing as if nothing even happened. I am so proud of my little trouper for his calm and collected demeanor. Sometimes I wonder who's child this really is...and then I thank God for the greatest gift He has given us...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Nap Times Treasured

When I first had Jackson, I was given the advice to sleep when the baby sleeps. Easier said than done. There are still a million and one things to get done during the day or night depending on your little sleeper. But I have also learned that they will still be there when you get up and look at the memory that you get to preserve when you take the time to nap.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

10 for Tuesday for 2 Months

Ten things about Jackson to mark his first two months.

-I make Daddy & Mommy very happy with my big toothless smiles.

-I get mesmerized by my fishy mobile as I fall asleep at night.

-BumGenius 3.0 are my diapers of choice.

-Mommy & I love to have storytime in my big rocking chair in the sunshine.

-I love to watch hockey at Uncle Spencer & Aunty Brenda’s with my family. Go Canucks Go!

-I let Daddy give me belly raspberries ‘cuz it makes him smile.

-I am a lover of any and all music. But Billy Talent Rocks!

-Car rides & stroller rides put me to sleep.

-Snuggling with someone warm & cuddly is my favourite pastime.

-I can do ‘baby pushups’ & roll from my belly to my back (see pictures in previous posting). They don’t call me Action Jackson for nothing.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Look what I can do...

During some active alert time with Jackson yesterday, I captured his attempt at rolling.

Watch out world! Action Jackson is on the move...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

I know that Valentine's Day is a little overrated and that it is mainly an over commercialized quasi-holiday, but it is the first of many with our new little man so I had to commemorate the day accordingly in his list of completed firsts. So Jackson & I pulled out the craft materials and made Dad a sweet little card to mark the occasion. Dad will surely love it especially since it's attached to his favourite chocolate.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Jackson & Daddy Playing Trucks

Just a few quick shots of the boys at the fire hall checking out the trucks. One day soon I am sure Jackson will be crawling all over these trucks and asking to turn on the lights and sirens. But not too soon...Mommy still likes the fact that he can still fit inside of Daddy's helmet.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

First Smiles

Another first has come and gone, but no regrets as this milestone passes as it brings me lots of happy toothless smiles from my baby boy. Just had to share these cute first photos taken at just 6 1/2 wks old on February 3.

My Happy Little Jackson

Friday, February 8, 2008

Cousins' Puppet Show

I just had to share some very cute pictures I snapped recently. During a visit with the little ones in the family, we were so greatly honoured with some homemade entertainment.
Little Travis and Sophie put on a puppet show with their hand crafted animals, complete with a narrative story courtesy of Miss Sophie. And as Uncle Scott said after the performance, it was just the way he liked 'em; short and full of laughter or in this case, lots of giggles and all of ten seconds for the entire show. But it sure was fun to watch them and what a terrific moment to catch of two cute little cousins playing.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Wanted: More Closet Space

Over the past few weeks I have been trying to organize Jackson's multitude of clothes. Through the generosity of family and friends he has clothes from size newborn to 3 years. Now Mommy just has to figure out where to put all of his new threads.
You see, we live in a home with limited closet space. When we first moved into this house I took over the spare room closet which is double doored and mirrored, I love it. But this spare room is now Jackson's room, so Mommy's clothes have to find a new place to reside. And the closet in our bedroom is very tiny and barely contains all of Scott's clothes. So now I have to get creative with storage and separating seasonal clothing and severely purging everybody's unused clothing.

You might ask, why change the closet situation; share Jackson's closet if it is so big, well that would be great if the boy's wardrobe wasn't almost as large as my own. So over the last week I have been slowly packing away all the maternity clothes, until the next 'bump' comes along, and trying to bring out some of my pre-Jackson clothes that are seasonally appropriate so I have something to wear besides jeans and nursing tops. But where to put them I do not know as I am still trying to stay on top of separating Jackson's clothes by size and age.
And just to let you know, never believe the size on the label of baby clothes, it's just like the conspiracy with women's size labels. Jackson is currently wearing size newborn to 6 months depending on who and where it was made. They like to start the size confusion off I said, a conspiracy.
In the meantime, I have some lovely Rubbermaid tubs that are great for holding all my clothes, just not so convenient for finding what I want to wear on a daily basis. Now I know what it feels like to live out of a suitcase minus the great vacation that normally comes with the experience. Wish me luck! I hope to find a solution before Jackson starts kindergarten.