Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Go Utes!

I wanted to try to get a nice smiling picture to post of Jack in his cute Utah attire...

...but I couldn't catch him.
Good luck tonight Utes!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This and That

Jack is very busy these days playing with everything he shouldn't. We are looking forward to Christmas and the new boost of toys he wil be getting to hopefully divert his attention away from the hair dryer which he drags around the house like other kids might carry a favorite blanket. Seriously?

So far he has done really well with the Christmas tree and only tried to throw my ornaments in the garbage can a few times. He's also been a hit at all the family Christmas parties as he's quite silly and charming once he warms to the crowd.

He loves to read stories these days. I think I read "Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb" about 15 times in a row last week. Because he is loving books I took him to the library, but he got a little over excited tossing books, using his loud voice, and banging on the computer keyboard and the librarian got mad at us so we had to leave. We'll have to work on our library etiquette and try again.

He's even made it to a couple of his dad's basketball games this year. As long as he's got plenty of space to roam about during the game he does okay and will even watch and cheer for a while. The Titans are having a great year so far and we hope they keep it up.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Let it snow...'s cold outside. It sure makes me grateful for a house and a furnace, and good snow clothes for when we do want to go out.

Jack recently discovered one of the highlights of the holiday season is playing with Grandpa's train.

It's amazing how one little vacation can throw your whole schedule off. I've been confused as to what day it is all week. I think we're finally back in the swing of things though.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


This week we have had the wonderful opportunity to go to Disneyland. This place really is magical and we have had a fabulous time.

Highlight 1: We had breakfast and dinner one day with lots of fun characters. Jack wasn't too sure what to think about them, but he would usually offer up a high five.

The Opposite of a Highlight: The first night Jack refused to go to sleep in the port-a-crib so I let him snuggle with me. That was great until around 2:30AM when he fell out and landed on the floor! He didn't get hurt but he was very upset at the harsh awakening and took quite a while to calm him down.

Highlight: After eating dinner with some friends at Goofy's Kitchen we discovered this old Autopia car outside in the lobby. Jack thought he was in heaven pretending to steer that car. He laughed and played, and then screamed when I tried to take him out because his little buddy Jace was complaining that Jack stunk and needed a diaper change. Poor Jace.

Now what ride do you think was Jack's favorite? It's a Small World? Winnie the Pooh? Nope. He liked those, but his favorite was...

The Haunted Mansion, of course. He danced to the band in the grave yard and clapped with glee when he saw himself and a ghost riding in the car together. Go figure.

Hightlight: Aunt Gwen came down and played with us all day Friday. It was great for Hardy and I to be able to go on some rides together while Jack and Aunt Gwen walked around. Thanks Gwen!

Jack was a real trooper the whole time. He did great on the flight there, and by the second day he got the hang of taking naps in his stroller.

He thought the parade was pretty cool.

His other favorite part of Disneyland was Pirates Island (formerly Tom Sawyer's Island). You would think the caves would be dark and spooky, but not to Jack. He walked so fast his little legs could hardly keep up and he giggled with the pure thrill of an adventure as we entered into the caves.

Jack's cousins Seth and Paige and Uncle Matt came down on Saturday to hang out with us so Jack loved having his cousins to play with.

He even got to meet Santa in the hotel lobby.

So much fun. We can't wait to do it again in a few years.