I have been horrible at blogging lately. J’s party was nearly two weeks ago and I haven’t even posted about it! We have been moving and things are finally starting to calm down, so ill be catching up soon, but in the meantime here is a 20 second video to promote good self-esteem in toddlers ;)
king of the awkward forced smile
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The cutest, messy-haired, one-eyed Love Bandit
This little guy. He is rocking my world these days. I say it with each passing stage, that this one is my favorite. I loved the sleepy newborn, with all of the grunts and stretching. I was enamored with the curious infant, giggling and grasping, which led to the love of an equally curious toddler. Right now, here is what I am loving:
Tiny valentine’s. J has his first valentine’s day party ever at school tomorrow, and he was instructed to bring valentine’s for his class. Melissa posted these tiny, adorable valentine’s from Minted on her blog last week, and I knew we had to get them for the party.
Independent Play. Jackson has always been amazing at keeping himself occupied, but at this age, it just seems so much more fun to listen to his imagination grow. He will make up stories as he goes along, create train noises, and talk about what he is “cooting” (cooking).
A kid who makes funny faces. He also looks at the camera and says “CHEEEEESE!!!!” which results in some of the most precious and adorable photos.
Puppy love. No explanation necessary.
Bath time. While baths have seemed like such a chore, we are in a really great place with bath time right now. Jackson loves to pretend like he’s “fwimmin’” (thank you, swim lessons, for all of the heart attacks and near-drownings). The funniest bath time experience these days, though, is his obsession with not turning the faucet off. He stands up, turns it on, but isn’t that strong so it’s freezing cold. He doesn’t mind one bit - he likes to stick his little hand underneath, and shiver uncontrollably and scream “COOOOOLLLDDD!!!”
Did I mention that he also likes to shove his feet under the faucet?
The fun can only last for a few minutes before I have to pull a shivering boy reluctantly from the water, because, you know, I don’t want him getting hypothermia and all.
We are closing in on 22 months here in a few days, and I can’t even fathom that this boy has been here for the better part of two years. At the same time, I can’t imagine that I ever existed without him.
The hubby & I are trying to catch a flight to San Francisco for the weekend, and while I am ecstatic at the prospect of exploring my favorite city with my man, who, by the way, has NEVER been, I am also sad to leave this handsome face behind with Grandma & Grandpa. I know he will have the most fun time, and that he will barely even realize that we are away, but that doesn’t mean I will miss him any less. Have a lovely weekend, and if you want to follow our adventures on the west coast this weekend, you can find me on instagram at christylately
PS - I got a fancy new camera, doesn’t it take lovely photos?!
Happy Monday from my choo choo loving boy!
You might remember that I uploaded a photo of a sweet 30 year old bear named Goo a few days ago. He was a gift to tiny newborn baby Zac, and because his parents are AWESOME, they saved him and now he belongs to Jackson. I say all the time just how awesome it is to watch J’s personality grow and develop, and one of the ways it is best expressed is through his play and love of his toys. Goo is no exception. In fact, he draws out all of the playful, compassionate, ADORABLE things I love about my son. You see, Jack and Goo, they are two peas in a lovely pod of all that is innocent and pure in this world. Each morning, when we walk down the stairs Jackson immediately says “GEEEOOOOHHHHH!!! HEAHHH AHHHH YOUUUUU???!!!??!” (Goo, where are you!?)
When he spots him, he runs to give him the biggest hugs and even a few kisses, and makes sure to always tell him how he feels about him: “GEEOOO! I MITHED YOU!!!!” or “I WUB YOU GOO!!!”
They like to play peek-a-boo together:
Maybe even watch a little TV:
Theydefinitelylove to ride bikes together:
And sometimes, we just like to ride ON Goo
And after awhile, after a great deal of playtime, Jackson will run to hide from Goo and he will take a brief nap on the floor until its time to play and snuggle some more.
These two cuties might just be the most adorable sight I have ever laid eyes on. Maybe I am
completely a little bit biased because they belong to me & my best girl, but either way, I think we can all agree that they are pretty darn cute. 15 years of friendship (holy eff. 15 years, Becca, FIFTEEN. YEARS. We are older than we think girlfran…) all began at freshman basketball tryouts when the stars aligned, and the clouds opened up and I met my match when a tall, dark haired girl with some serious eyebrows (sorry girl, they were..it’s ok…i had some serious bangs, remember!?) asked if anyone had deodorant she could use. I’m not shy, so I offered mine up, and the rest is history. 15 years of lovely, hilarious, FUN history. We were smart enough to have babes within 5 months of each other, so now we get to add more layers to our friendship, and watch the love blossom between these two cuties.
j was CRAZY on the slides. All flinging himself down as fast as he could. Mama almost had a coronary, and I am prrreeetttttty sure he made Peyton afraid of them. Whatever, kid.
Thank god she needed deodorant 15 years ago :).
Cutest boy I know!
Sometimes my greatest joy comes from watching him play. I can almost see the gears in his head turning as he attempts to figure out how things work. And if you could hear the laughter and babble that comes out of his tiny self, I just know you would melt too. And can I just add, that last one of his concentration face….TOO much for me!