Three years sure does look good on him <3
I cannot believe that you are 3 years old already! Every year I talk about just how quickly time passes and how big you are getting, and how my brain can’t seem to keep up. I have gotten better at being present in the moment now, knowing just how quickly this all goes.
This year has been so wonderful for our family. We have cherished every moment with you. We loved taking you to Disneyland and watching you hang with Mickey and all your other clubhouse guys. We were concerned about how you might handle becoming a big brother, but, of course, you have exceeded every hope we had for the transition, and have welcomed your baby brother into our family seamlessly. You are the BEST big brother ever. You love your baby so much, and you constantly hold him and tell us “he is soooo cute. what a sweet baby!” You are protective of him already, and tell everyone that he is your “bro bro.”
This year, your love for tractors, construction equipment, and firetrucks flourished. You have an incredibly active imagination, and a very sharp mind. We can’t get anything past you. There are not big enough words in this world to describe just how wonderful you are and how full you have made our lives. We are so lucky to have you, and we love you so much! Happy three years baby boy!
Mama & Daddy
Jacksonisms | Toy Story Edition
Scene: Eating lunch at the kitchen table after having watched Toy Story this morning.
Jackson: MOMMY! There’s a snake in my pants!
Me: [holds back laughter] Honey, I think that Woody says ‘There’s a snake in my boots!’
Jackson: OH! Hey Mommy, there’s a snake in my booty!!!
Me: ….boots honey. In your BOOTS. [fails to hold back laughter]
Jacksonisms | Magic Edition
Scene: Zac & I were talking about an acquaintance who just generally has a hard time spelling. The usual are instead of our, and the like.
Zac: “Hey Jackson, can you spell?”
Jack: “No daddy, I don’t know any magic.”
Scene: Jackson wants milk. I pour the milk into his cup and am ready to give it to him, but he is just a bit too whiny for me to give in.
Christy: “Jackson, what’s the magic word?”
Jack: “Chicken Feet!!!”
They’re obviously way cooler + better looking than me. 👱❤️👶
My little chef helped make his own pizza the other day. He was quite proud oh himself and while eating it exclaimed “this is the yummiest pizza i ever had!!!” :)
At only two years old, Jackson knows how to be a mama manipulator. This morning I was getting a little frustrated because he was dragging his feet about getting ready and we were starting to run a little late. I told him to sit on the stairs so I could put his shoes on. He reached out and grabbed my neck for a hug and then this:
Jackson: I love you SO much Mommy!!!
Me: Awww, I love you too baby!
Jackson: That makes you so happy mom!
Me: It does make me very happy that you love me!
Jackson: Yes, it makes you not be angry at me anymore when I say this!
…He’s right. I mean I wasnt angry with him, but just getting (apparantly visibly) flustered about having to go back to work today (worst ever. E-V-E-R.) and missing them and trying to get both of them ready and out the door. Anyhow, he knows exactly what buttons to push haha!
This kid blows my mind again and again with his smarts. He will turn three on April 17th, and he knows every shape possible (I’m talking hexagon, rhombus, and crescent, ya’ll). I take zero credit for his knowledge of shapes - it was all an iPad app called “toddler shapes.” And some Mickey Mouse, too. I recently painted one entire wall of our basement with Chalkboard Paint for Jackson to have fun with. I took advantage of his sleepover with Grandma & Grandpa to paint the wall, and the next day surprised him and let him get to work (he requested that I write his name and draw a road, being very clear that it had to have a turn in it, of course). I asked him what he was drawing, and he said “a circle.” very matter-of-fact….AND THEN HE DID. Now, I knew that he could recognize shapes and colors and even numbers and some letters, but I was shocked when he started drawing circle after circle. The next evening we were hanging down in the basement again, and he was drawing more circles, but then switched to the number one. Now, I know it’s just a line, but still, I am so proud of my two year old kid for being able to recognize and draw a freaking line. And a circle. I’m calling it now - the kid is going to be a genius. (they actually just moved him up a grade a school a couple of months early, because he was “developmentally ready”) Seriously though, I think as long as we can cultivate his interests and keep him challenged enough, he is going to be a little smarty pants!
Happy Valentine’s Day from my little cherubs!
While I am dying to share the photos I took of the boys in some cute V-Day gear, I am going to try to hold off until actual Valentine’s Day…if I can resist ;). In the meantime, I wanted to share Jackson’s Classroom Valentine’s for his party at school tomorrow. On the top are his valentines for this year, and the bottom photo are last year’s valentines.
I ordered both from Minted, and first saw them last valentine’s day on Melissa’s blog. They are about 2 in x 3 in and are the most adorable, high quality valentine’s ever in the world. Also, I have to give a big shout out to my friend Ali Caudill for the beautiful (as always!) photos that are used on BOTH cards. Seriously, if you are in the DC Metro area and looking for a photographer, she is your girl.
*Note that I have not been compensated or urged to post these rave reviews in any way by Minted or Ali. I just love the tiny valentine’s so much, and I love Ali and her beautiful self even more.