Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

So.... each Christmas season seems to fly by. We try to hard to remember the reason for the season and also try to help Jackson understand what "giving" is all about. This year we tried to have Jackson help us with some donations as well as with understanding that we are so lucky to have gifts under the tree.

Our holiday season was full of love and happiness even with a few 3 almost 4 year old bumps along the way. Jackson is turning into a strong willed little boy who likes to "discuss" everything. He has characteristics of both Justin and I... not always the best ones. So we are learning and growing and seem to be really trying to figure out this parenting thing... and losing our minds a bit too. Back to Christmas.

Some of our traditions/ activities this year included:
Picking out the perfect Christmas Tree
Going on a luminary walk at the Overland Park Arboretum and visiting with Santa while there
Walking through the crazy Christmas light neighborhood near our house on Thanksgiving night
Foxy Brown- our Elf on the Shelf- he gets in lots of trouble but we loved having him for the first time this year.
A trip to the Plaza to see the lights, enjoy dinner and go on a carriage ride.
Jackson's Christmas Program at preschool
Baking cookies and bring them to our neighbors
For our Christmas holiday we enjoyed a great few days together. On Christmas Eve we went to Open Gym where Jackson was able to run, jump and play for a few hours. We attended church at 4pm along with Mimi and Poppy and then headed over to JJ and Gretchen's house for a great Christmas Eve Dinner. Jackson loves crazy times with his cousin's. We then headed home to put out "reindeer" food in the front lawn, set out milk, cookies and carrots for Santa and also read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year I also made some PJ's for Jackson.
Christmas morning Jackson actually slept in a bit until about 645am... then it was presents, making homemade Cinnamon rolls and staying in our PJ's until 4pm!! Mimi and Poppy were with us for the morning and Justin's Parents came for dinner and to stay the night to celebrate with us also. We spent the day relaxing and playing with our newest toys!

Some of Jackson's favorite gifts were:
Vroom Vroom Race Track
Glow in the Dark Watch
Fireman Boots

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Jackson has been taking a "Future Stars" class at a local gym. He loved it! They did 2 weeks of 3 different sports... the last sport was football. For some reason Justin and I really hope he takes to football- you know the safe sport! He is just so big and he is actually fairly fast. The first week of football was funny as Jackson was hesitant to "tackle." Today was much better and he really enjoyed tackling the dummy! He learned some basics like tucking the ball and running, passing and catching the ball.

Here are a few pictures of Jackson learning some basic skills! Fun times for sure.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Tree and Plaza Fun!

We love our tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree... well technically we go to a Christmas tree farm and pick out a pre-cut tree shipped in from up north... but still it is a fun experience and we get a real tree!

We also love our traditional trip to the Plaza to check out the lights, eat dinner and take a carriage ride! This year we rode the pumpkin carriage ride!

Boy News

We are excited to share we are expecting another boy. The sonogram showed a healthy baby boy and we are very grateful. We shared with Jackson by having him to open a box of BLUE cupcakes. I am now 20 weeks, growing a tummy and feeling the baby move a few times a day.

Friday, December 2, 2011


We hosted Thanksgiving at our home this year. Everyone was able to join except Justin's parents as his mom recent had hip replacement surgery. Alison, Josh, Max, Zoey, Ben and Em all stayed at our house. My parents and JJ's family also came over to join the fun!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Halloween 2011

Little late on the blogging....

We enjoyed lots of fun this Halloween. Jackson was a Football Player- a Nebraska Cornhusker! We were able to celebrate with friends a few different times as well as enjoy trick or treating in our neighborhood. Of course we also carved pumpkins.

We had our traditional Halloween gathering at our house with a few friends and then headed over to Night of the Living Farm at Deanna Rose. It is always a good time! Jackson, Logan, Chloe, Dalton and Finley all played together and then headed over to the spooky farm.
Jackson also had a fun Halloween Parade at preschool.

We also enjoyed trips to both my office and Justin's office. Below Jackson is with Brody and Mason!

We also announced our pregnancy this weekend! We are due April 26! Our lives are so full!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Family Visit

Everyone headed to our house to enjoy a weekend of family fun together! We also celebrated Summer's Baby with a shower in her honor. Busy Busy weekend for sure.

Saturday, October 1, 2011


We love going exploring or hiking at the Overland Park Arboretum. There are miles of paths and a few are "adventurous." We normally bundle up in the morning and spend over an hour searching for animals, checking out nature and of course climbing whatever we can.

Climbing through a creek area

Trail Closed???

Rock Climbing

So proud at the TOP!

It is a perfect weekend morning activity.

Events in September

We have been busy just enjoying some time as a family. Jackson is so funny with all his expressions... he will us the saying "don't be dramatic" and also ask "so you wan to fight about it?" He has quiet the little attitude personality.

In September we treated Mimi and Poppy to a Royals vs White Sox game. We have had so much fun this year going to baseball games. It is a great perk of my job that we get great tickets for FREE!
We also enjoyed Touch A Truck. This of course is a perfect event for Jackson who can spot a "worker man" truck a mile away. He enjoyed getting into all the different trucks and cars.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Mimi and Papa Freddie

We traveled to Jefferson City this weekend. We rarely head that way so it was a nice treat!
We spent time with Justin's parents. Jackson loves each sets of his grandparents very much. He wanted us to leave him there!! We went on a bike ride across the Missouri River, visited a nature center to go "exploring" and of course spent fun times with Mimi and Papa Freddie. Justin also was able to catch up with some of his good friends, Ashley and Dave.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Just some fun

As you can see... I have not been posting. But better late and all at once then never....
We have been having some fun lately... it is so easy to do with our amazing little guy.

A fun trip to the KC Zoo where we were able to ride the Sky Safari which is basically a ski lift over some animals... it was a fun time.

More Pictures of Family Vacation

Here are just a few more pictures of our family vacation.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Family Vacation 2011

This year we ventured to Branson, Missouri and stayed on Table Rock Lake at a wonderful resort that was perfect for our family. This was the perfect time for our family to get reconnected away from the craziness of our jobs. Unfortunately Justin and I both seem to have "intense" jobs. For us this means that we work a lot. Justin easily works 60 hours a week and I never go a weekend without working also. The great thing about all this work is that we are fortunate enough to enjoy a few luxury's like.... FAMILY VACATION.
We traveled to Table Rock Lake near Branson on Tuesday morning. It rained on our way there but as we arrived it stopped raining just in time for us to enjoy some time on the Lake. We stayed at Still Waters Resort. It was a great vacation rental. We had 2 bedrooms, 2 baths and a full kitchen.... we could have stayed there without leaving. I did pack a few snacks but didn't plan well for meals.
Back to vacation.... On Tuesday we rented a wave runner... Justin loved it and Jackson warmed up to in time. That evening we went out to eat and then found some Go Karts! This must have been one of Jackson's favorite things to do. He asked to go back on the Go Karts everyday.

Wednesday we went on a "Ride the Ducks" tour of Table Rock and also around Branson. Jackson even got to drive the boat! After wards it was more Go Karts and the back to the resort to do paddle boats, Kayaks, multiple jumps off the dock into the lake and then the pool. Our evening event was Dixie Stampede. We had front row seats and ate with out hands. There were lots of fun animals and we all enjoyed it... although it was cheesy.
Thursday was Silver Dollar City day! We spent about 5 hours going on rides. It was crowded... but not with little people so we got to ride the rides without a single line. We tried to do a few big kid rides and it freaked Jackson out. He hated the lazy river ride and Fire In the Hole- but loved the "adult swings." We were all so tired after SDC so we headed back to the resort for more pool time, dinner and pool time again.
This trip was such a great time and a great memory for our family. We will certainly go back and enjoy more time at the lake! this would also be a great place for a BIG family vacation.