Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jackson's 2nd Birthday

We began Jackson's 2nd birthday with our family tradition of Krispy Kreme donuts. It's a good thing I know my son, however, because he refused to get out of bed for donuts and only came running after he heard there were also strawberries. lol :) This boy is fruit guy! He also enjoyed the strawberry/banana smoothies I made especially for him. We hadn't practiced at all, but he loved blowing out the candle on his donut. As a matter of fact, after numerous tries, I finally had to ask Tim to light it so I could get a picture because he literally blew it out and laughed hysterically the second  I lit the candle every time. As you can see from the pictures below I believe he enjoyed his birthday breakfast. :) 

Can't believe I got everyone to look at the camera at the same time! :)
Our first experiene with "cotton candy" donuts
Donuts are almost as good as strawberries :)
Jackson did not want to open his presents. Little dictator that he is he insisted Reagan and Kennedy open them for him while he supervised... The girls were of course only too happy to oblige.
All we gave him was cars (both Matchbox and Disney Cars) and I love the expressions I caught of him seeing the cars. He gets so excited everytime he sees/receives a new car and it is so darn cute and sweet! I really need to capture it on video tape because it's pretty funny too. :)

Grand-Dad had just returned from  his Alaska trip with Uncle Andrew and Aunt Jen but he came up to celebrate Jackson's birthday and help with some appointments. I have to give him the credit for all the following pictures because I forgot my camera at home when we met Uncle Dan, Aunt Dorothy, Heidi and Holden for our Chick-Fil-A family tradition for dinner Monday evening.
These two were so cute rolling the ball to each other
Three sweet girls with their ice cream
When we finished with the girls picture Holden wanted to know about the boys picture. I really did want one but Jackson refused to cooperate. That being the case I asked Dad to take a picture of Holden and the empty chair with Jackson's birthday ice cream next to Holden. How precious is that smile?
Heidi had to head to dance and Reagan to gymnastics after our birthday celebrations. I love these pictures that Grand-Dad caught of the two of them before they left. They sure do love each other!

The younger three stayed behind to enjoy some more fun at the playland.
A happy birthday boy enjoying the slide :) 
I can't believe Jackson can already be 2! He can be such a sweet heart but he can be one ornery little critter too. The world is pretty black and white from his perspective. He likes it or he doesn't, period. He is talking but he doesn't have a wide vocabulary yet. He spends a lot of time jabbering while he is playing but it's not neccessarily anything we undrestand. While he enjoys playing with his sisters he is quite content and just as happy to play on his own. I think he may end up being a bit of a loner like his father. He knows his body parts, some colors and can sing parts of his ABCs although I don't know that he recognizes any letters or numbers consistently yet. I don't know if it's the difference between boy vs girl or 1st vs 3rd child, but he doesn't seem as interested in learning those sorts of things - at least not as much as the girls. He does love all things car and train. He can't get enough of those activities/games! He does enjoy listening to books especially if they are about cars, trucks or trains. He cracks me up, however, with the science books in particular that I read with the girls because he insists on being a party of that activity and will say "Let me see! Let me see!" He then insists that you turn the book entirely towards him. He opens his eyes as wide as he can, gets as close to the pictures as he can and acts like whatever animal (most recently invertebrates) we're reading about are the most fascinating topic he's ever heard of. He totally cracks us up which is why I'm sure he continues this game, if you will. We do love you Mr. Jackson and look forward to seeing how you continue to grow and develop! There is never a dull a moment with you around and we wouldn't trade you for the world!


  1. Oh my goodness, those 2 pictures of Reagan and Heidi in dance/gymnastics outfits are too precious. I'm going to give Jackson a car soon so I can see that expression! Lol. Looks like he had a wonderful birthday.

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  3. All those pictures awesome but I absolutely LOVE the front & back pictures of Reagan & Heidi in their respective activity outfits. That is such a great snapshot of WHO they are!!!!