December Fun!

We’ve had a lot of fun already this December in preparation for Christmas. We kicked things off with a party for Yaya. But that’s not pictured here. This is Jackson playing with the balloons that Yaya brought over for the kid’s sleepover. While the adults were partying at the Wamsteds house, the Wamsted and Casey cousins had a sleepover at our house. IMG_5167

Then it was time to get a Christmas tree


Walker has a Thomas ornament that apparently can get coupled up with even more trains. He’s pretty jazzed about it


Both kids also took part in the daycare’s holiday sing. Jackson’s class mainly just gets pushed around for the adoring crowd in a stroller.


Walker’s class dressed up and sang I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.


We went with the Chasteens to the Botanical Gardens to see the model trains and ride on the train. Walker took Mark under his wing and showed him around the same way I do with Michael.


Jackson’s Birthday Party (and stats)

First some bookkeeping. Jackson checked in at 23 lbs 12 oz and 30 3/8 inches at his one year checkup. So roughly a pound less and a inch shorter than Walker at the same age.

On to more exciting events, we had several friends and family over for Jackson’s birthday. It was a wild time with a lot of young uns running around a crowded house. Jackson started things off by checking out his new car. Walker is nice enough to push around occasionally.


As close as we get to a good family picture


Woah! Guys! These cupcakes are amazing.


Jackson also got his own chair just like big brother.


Auburn Trip 2014

A few weekends ago we went down to Auburn for our yearly fall trip with my parents. You can compare the first picture below with our last three years of Samford Hall photos.


Among the fun things Walker did while tailgating was hiding with Anna under the tables and then having a picnic.


Jackson was amused with just the tape we used to mark off the tailgating spot


We pretty much plan our entire weekend around making sure we get to see Aubie. It’s like meeting Santa Claus but better.


Trying to Crawl

Jackson is working on crawling. He can’t quite put it all together yet, but he’s kinda got an army crawl going and can get to something he desperately wants.

This next one is pretty long. It’s two days later and Jackson is following Walker around the room as much as possible. At this rate, it’s not going to be long until he gets the hang of it.

New Jackson Tricks

Jackson is starting to learn some tricks. Clapping was his first big feat. Of course, he’s confused it with the “all done” sign and now just claps when he is done with dinner. Since his hands are usually covered in food, this makes for a very messy end to dinner.

He’s also started to stand up a little if we give him support. For the previous couple of months we would hold him above the ground and he would lift his legs all the way up. Which is actually kind of impressive.


At the start of this video you can kind of see Jackson’s (and maybe all kids) fascination with being able to actually move large things like chairs. But really we wanted to show this video because this really illustrates what life is like around the house right now. Jackson happily cooing and bouncing up and down while Walker talks and acts out silly nonsense.

Bye Bye

So, we are pretty sure Jackson has a first word – “bye bye”.  He has said it repeatedly while waving several times now.  It is really adorable.  He also loves to clap these days, which I took a great video of that I will share with you all later (I need Jeremy’s help with that).  Also, sorry there is no picture with this post.  I will add one of those later as well.  Just wanted to document my baby’s first word!

On the move

Jackson is starting to move around more and looks like he might want to crawl (which would be a new thing in our house since Walker never did).  Right now he mainly scoots around on the floor, turns in circles, and pushes himself backwards.  It means he often ends up under furniture.  Luckily he (usually) seems to be ok with it. (Sorry some of these pics are blurry).