Monday, June 28, 2010

The zoo

I met up with my friend Sonnet and her cute kiddos at the zoo last week. This was Dekker's first time going, and both boys had a great time. They loved seeing the baby elephant, the giraffs, alligators, tigers and monkeys. All the animals really- but those were ones they mentioned when I asked what part they liked best. I'm glad we went in the morning though, cause you know when the tigers are getting in the water it must be getting toasty! By the time we did the train at the end we were all a little tired. Naomi did pretty well too, and even stayed content in the stroller for 75% of the time.


This is Josh's first year doing Tball. He can actually hit a pitched ball already, but he's too young for those teams. He swings hard at that tee though. And he has quite an arm! We're so proud.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

7 Months Old

Oh how I love this little girl! She likes rice cereal and tasting a few other things. She sleeps through most nights (but not when on vacation). She army crawls all over, loves to rock up on her knees (as seen in pics), and pull up to standing position when you hold her hands. My personal favorite new tricks though are bopping to a beat (but you have to catch her in the right mood, with the right rhythm), and KISSES!!!

Three kids in one shot?


Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

The boys really wanted to make sure that this was "Dad's BEST Father's Day EVER!". While Jake was gone to meetings at church in the morning we SURPRISED him (literally) and made his favorite "Mr. Ed" for breakfast (it's a Buena Vista thing- if you haven't had one- you're missing out). Then for dinner I made him THIS LAMB RECIPE. Yummy. With mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. Lava cakes have been tradition in the past, but this year I went a different rout and made my first ever DARK CHOCOLATE CHEESCAKE- which turned out very yummy, but very rich, so we have lots of leftovers. If you're in the area and craving chocolate- COME ON BY! The kids tried to be extra good for Dad all day and gave him pictures- my favorite is the one by Josh which I've included here. It's "Josh and Dad golfing". Happy Father's Day!!!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010


We started swim lessons this week. When we came home today Dekker was complaining about being cold and wet, so I told him to lay down on the warm sidewalk. I came back out 5 minutes later and found him asleep!

A LONG post for our LONG road trip...

Are you ready for a lot of pics?! Last week the kids and I drove up to Washington to see family. I wouldn't have been able to do it if my friend Becca (she went up to help out her newly delivered sister) hadn't have been with me for the drive. Did I mention she made cute magnetic road trip BINGO boards for the kids on the the way there? My mom made super cute travel packs with treats and games for the kids on the way home, as well as car seat toys for Naomi. We drove half the trip at night on the way up, and cute off three hours by driving to Zilla Saturday night before driving the rest of the way on Sunday. With nursing, hungry, potty, and gas breaks that trip can feel like FOREVER. But we made it- and it was worth it- and the posts below will show you why!

Fun at the Jackson Homestead

Gramma Chris and Papa Denny know how to show their grandkids a good time. They were able to ride the local steam train, go for rides on the lawnmower, explore the woods, roast "smooshmellows" at the fire pit, take baths in Gramma's giant tub, and so much more!

Long Beach

Only an hour and a half from my parents house- I have to get to the beach when I visit. We picked a day with perfect weather. The boys had a blast finding shells, chasing seagulls, writing their names in the sand, and dipping their feet in the water.

What can happen in a week?!

Jake was a little upset to learn that during the WEEK we were gone this little girl started sitting up by herself, scooting ALL over, pushing up to and lunging from her knees, drinking from a cup, and even bopping to a beat! Must of had something to do with the fresh ocean air.

Washington is BEAUTIFUL!

Say what you will about clouds and rain, it makes for a BEAUTIFUL summer in Washington. I've grown quite accustomed to the sun, but I still need my Northwest fix once in a while. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, the fresh air, being close to the ocean, pine trees, ferns, wildflowers, and all the GREEN. This field of mini daisies was incredible!

Great Grandma Blanche

One of the big reasons I decided to make the long treck to WA was because my grandma had been asking to meet Naomi. Well, her wish was granted on Friday when we drove to Bellevue to see her. My grandma is an amazing woman- and so I'm glad my daughter got to finally meet her.

Uncle Brian's, Seattle Aquarium, and beach park

We spent Friday night and Saturday with my brother in Seattle. The boys LOVE Uncle Brian AND his dog Payton. Brian scored major uncle points by renting Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, making us yummy dinner, Chocolate croissants for breakfast, taking us to the Seattle Aquarium and a really cool beach park right there in the city. I requested the Aquarium because it is so AMAZING (especially compared to the lame one here in Utah). I was so thrilled that the boys loved it as much as I did. Naomi fell asleep in her carrying pack after all the stimulation! And we had yummy fish and chips on the pier for lunch.

Leslee's baptism

We stayed till Saturday evening so I could surprise Leslee by attending her baptism. Leslee is my mom's cousin, but has always taken me as her adoptive daughter (she only has one son). She was even living in Hawaii the same time I was- so we go "way back". Anyway, she's been meeting with missionaries on and off for a long time now- so I was thrilled when it worked out that I could be there for her on her special day.