Saturday, November 1, 2008

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

With 2 weeks until Election Day

Jackson wants to remind you to vote!

Now let's think about this, which would you rather have encouraging you to vote?


Or anyone of these adorable pictures:

I also thought this would be the perfect way to tie in some pictures from our trip to Washington D.C. An all around patriotic blog post, you know!

What do you do when your toddler falls asleep and you are in Washington D.C?

Why you pose for cheesy pictures with the Capitol building and the Washington Monument in the background with your sleeping toddler in the picture, of course!

When we were in D.C., we stayed with Jeff's brother, Jerry, and his wife, Julie. On Sunday, we went to the Washington Monument and went all the way to the top which was a lot of fun and we also went to the World War II Memorial, which was a really neat memorial.

Flags at the Washington Monument:

Family picture at the World War II Memorial:

Julie and Jerry at the World War II Memorial:

On Monday, we rode the metro to D.C. from Arlington (many thanks for the borrowed stroller go to Andrew, Courtney and Benjamin), and while in D.C., we got a great tour of the Capitol building through Senator Lugar's office. We even got to sit in the gallery at the Senate and hear some debates on the floor. I got to listen to Jeff's favorite Senator, Tom Coburn, speak, and he was really jealous because he was sitting with Jackson during that time (children under 6 are not allowed in the gallery). We also saw Nancy Pelosi right after the first bailout bill failed to pass in the House. A pretty exciting day, really, but we didn't take too many pictures.

Jackson at the Capitol building:

The view of the Capitol building from behind, near the Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court:

We had a great time in D.C., and we're glad we got to visit with Jerry and Julie! We also got to see some of Jeff's friends, too, which was nice. We'll have to go back soon!

Finally, Jackson really would like to endorse a candidate in the 2008 Presidential election. All the newspapers are doing it, so he wanted to as well. If you know Jeff and me, you know we enjoy politics, and we hope Jackson will feel the same way as he gets older. He's going to go vote with me on November 4th and will be wearing his stylish voting t-shirt that was pictured on the blog today. Since we want Jackson to be involved in politics, I decided that he should pick his own candidate to endorse, and not be swayed by my opinions or Jeff's opinions. Since he really doesn't get it yet and can't tell me who he'd choose, I had to use special powers of reasoning to figure it out. So here you go, Jackson's endorsement for President of the United States, and how I arrived at the candidate he's endorsing.

As some of you may have seen in the past, Jackson has some super cool aviator sunglasses he likes to wear, and we call him "Maverick" when he wears them.

The nickname Maverick comes from the movie Top Gun:

This picture is sort of similar to this one:

Who happens to be this guy, who is running for President:

And all of that leads to this:

He is clearly the cutest Weepublican ever, but all Jackson and I care about is that you get out and vote on November 4th!

And maybe one day soon I'll get around to posting all of our beach vacation pictures! :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

School Picture Day

Today at Jackson's Mother's Morning Out program, they had picture day, and that is what he wore! Isn't it the cutest outfit ever? He's so stylin'!

Our Fishing Trip

Or should it be titled, Jeff's Fishing Trip?

I know, I know, I promised pictures of the beach and Washington like 2 weeks ago. Well, they're coming, I swear. But I figured I better get on the fishing trip pictures before I got even more behind.

We went to Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, KY with our friends Doug and Sunny. Doug and Jeff were really into the fishing and even caught some fish that they ate (ew!). On Saturday, we all got to go on a boat, but much to my dismay there was not a lot of boating, but a lot of fishing. Bo-ring! Jackson had a good time though.

The view from the lakehouse.

The dock, Jeff fishing off it, and Doug fishing off the shore.

Jackson letting me know Daddy was home from fishing.

Jeff and Doug walking up the evil, awful hill to our lakehouse.

On Friday, when we were waiting for Jeff and Doug to get home from fishing, Jackson took some pictures on the dock.

The view:

The lovely Sunny:

On Saturday, we met Doug and Jeff at the marina. When we got there, Doug showed off the baaaasssssss he caught.

And, finally, Jackson, on the boat.

We had a lot of fun, and had great weather! Maybe we'll do it again sometime, but if we do, Sunny and I are going to do a little more coordinating. We can't trust the boys to do it! ;)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jackson!

Today Jackson turned 2 years old! The time has certainly flown by, but we love our sweet little boy, even if he isn't so little anymore. I have a lot more pictures to post from his birthday, our beach vacation and our trip to Washington, but it's late tonight so you only get these two pictures.

The cutie pie birthday boy:

Blowing out his candles; he did it all on his own! So cute!

We ate at Cheeseburger in Paradise with my parents and Jeff's parents. Jackson had a blast with all of his favorite people, and we're so glad both sets of grandparents could join us. More pictures to come tomorrow!

Happy 2nd birthday, J-baby! We love you so much. You are the sweetest little boy we know and we can't imagine life without you!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A daily dose of Jackson's cuteness

Today when we were playing outside, I decided to take some pictures of Jackson because he looked so cute! It was a beautiful day outside, a bit cool, so we got to break out some of the fall clothes, which I enjoyed. Jackson, well, he liked the hat. Otherwise he couldn't have cared less.

Onto the cuteness.

I LOVE this picture. He looks so handsome and adorable. I love his eyes. So blue!

Showing me his hat. He was a fan, thankfully!

Playing a little peek-a-boo with his hat. Where's Jackson?

I think I see him...

Oh there he is! He had a blast doing this and thought he was SO funny. It was and it was pretty much the cutest thing ever.

A flower for mommy, and a smile as I showed him how to blow on the dandelion.

Demonstrating his new skill.

We had a lot of fun outside today, and Jackson confirmed, yet again, that he is a HAM for the camera. It just makes me more excited for family pictures. We scheduled some for November at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus with Samantha Uphold of Samantha Uphold Photography. I seriously cannot wait - she's incredibly talented, and I think our pictures will be gorgeous!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Jackson's First Day of "School"

Jackson had his first day of school today, and by school we mean Mother's Morning Out. The church that his grandparents go to has a preschool and then they also offer a morning out program. So we signed Jackson up, and today was his first day! Now for some pictures of this momentous occasion.

Eating his breakfast - it's the most important meal of the day, of course!

Smiling for his first day of school.

Looking a little mischievous.

Bye, Mom. I'm ready for school now.

Showing me his baa-paa (thank you DORA!).

Headed to the car for his first day of school.

I think he had a good time, and he had a good report as far as behavior goes. I think the real test will be next week at drop off, but I think he'll do just fine!