Friday, March 29, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

Val had the wonderful idea to have an Easter Egg hunt for our kids this year! She made the eggs, I cleaned the backyard, we all invited a friend and everyone brought yummy snacks to share.  There were 8 kiddos and 12 adults and we had a blast in our tiny Norfolk yard (free of dog droppings after 4 rounds of scooping this week!!!)

J Man and I did some rehearsing this afternoon since I knew he would have NO idea what an Easter egg hunt is. He does love to clean up, however, so I thought I could capitalize on the "clean up and put all the eggs in the basket." He finally grasped the concept of carrying the basket, so I hid some eggs around the house for him to find.  
Once he found a few of them, he thought it was time for an egg toss!  
 We walked around the block and went to practically everyone's front door...wrong holiday, buddy.  Gotta wait a few months for that one, but I'm glad you understand it for this coming year! 
Then we came back and he proceeded to act as the Easter Bunny (but not a very clever one), hiding all the eggs in one spot in the front flower garden.  

Everyone arrived and we attempted to get a group shot (like herding cats) before the festivities began. 
4 of 8 in one picture, not bad

 The best part of the afternoon was eating cheerios that fell into some dirt. 
 Lizzy Kay and Sofi
 I love this face
 Eli, counting his loot...and there was a lot in that basket. He had to empty and go back for round 2!

 Lael and Jordan

 We had a great day. Happy Easter, everyone! 
Although it is good fun to enjoy chocolate, egg hunts and the Peeps, the real reason we celebrate Easter is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord. 

Mark 16: 4-7

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Grandparent time

First of all, check out my new car. It's so fast, comfortable and was totally designed by a's got keyless entry, automatic tailgate opening and closing with one button and it doesn't scream 'mom car' (until you look inside, that is). 
 We have spent most of the past few weekends down in Va Beach for various events including the Shamrock Marathon Weekend.  Jackson can't get enough of his silly grandparents! They were so sweet to watch him last weekend when Jonathan and I had a Physical Therapy retreat at the Boars Head Inn in Charlottesville (tough life!). J had a nasty cough, fever and was just not a fun kid to be around, but they survived and we're grateful for all the noses wiped, songs sang, tantrums quieted and hugs given.  

singing songs on the steps
looks up to his granddad
I keep having many of those, "You know you're a mom when..." moments.

I find a sweet potato puffs container in my gym bag
Cheerios fall on the floor when I change out of my shirt in the evenings
There are snot stains on my left shoulder and both thighs
I get in the car and instead of NPR or my favorite pop station I hear Old McDonald
My BOB jogger has gotten WAY more miles than my road bike ever has
My Target bills have gone up (is that even possible?!)
Going to bed at 7:30 is not lame, it's awesome
You utter the phrase, "I'm doing this because I love you"
There are little white socks in my clean laundry
I cough when he is congested as if it will help clear his chest
I think I can't possibly love this kid anymore than I do now, and then it just keeps getting better
You realize you would do anything for this little guy
fun at the pirate park

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Sweet moments

I am all out of words this week (work is exhausting!), so here are some pictures of our recent weeks:

Jackson's first duet, with Lizzy Kay. 
 Bath time fun! J loves the flowing water
 playing outside with his dump truck
 who needs playground equipment when there is mulch?
Puzzles are fun and we learn so much, too!
 Hangin' with my peeps
Sweet post-nap face
 All things can be made into a scarf, his new obsession
 Eating ice cream with mom. It took him 20 minutes to try it and then he wanted to eat it all!
 Cute Sunday suit....although doesn't it look really '70s? 

Sunday, March 10, 2013


Every night, Jackson and I would try to read the Children's Bible before bed. This was complicated by the fact that he has a short attention span, only likes board books and the bookmark was too distracting (see image below).

Jonathan was part of a popular board game called Boy Crazy and has 500 of his own trading cards stored up in our attic.  Let us know if you want one...they are going quickly! 

Needless to say, we needed to find a time that was more suitable for reading the Word and sharing the important message with J-Man.  So, every morning we sit down for breakfast and read a story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. It has a great way of presenting the Gospel message through even the Old Testament stories.  We are so grateful for this time for him to learn and to read through this book again and again until he begins to learn the stories and understand the greater message behind them.  

Monday, March 4, 2013

Ball Pit, Boats and Books

Grandmom and Pop Pop came to visit the other weekend and brought a fun surprise for Jackson...300 balls to go in his ball pit!  Some of us in the household were more thrilled than others :)  No, we all actually LOVE the balls and love watching J play around, throwing, dumping, diving. Grandmom and Pop Pop stayed for dinner and bedtime, so Jackson had some variety thrown into his otherwise-very-structured bedtime routine. 

Goodnight Moon, one of my favorites

 We met Laura and Brooke at the Children's Museum on President's Day for some fun with bubbles, trains and boats. What a great museum! I highly recommend it if you haven't visited already.  And as you can tell, J got his second hair cut. We are in an every-two-months-routine but might have to bump it up a little as he gets pretty darn shaggy! 
 And finally, to borrow the idea from some other friends (who are more skilled photographers than I am)...what a great way to chronicle J's favorite books during this current season. We are so grateful for his love of reading and the fact that we live in walking distance of a library. What a way to discover some new favorites (Chica Chica ABC).