Friday, July 31, 2009

Big Swimmer!

While we were on vacation we took advantage of the pool in our little community. The water was really warm and Jack REALLY enjoyed swimming. So much so that he didn't want much help, other than his arm floaties! I'm anxious to see how swim lessons will go in the upcoming weeks now that my little 19 month old is a big swimmer!!

our big swimming boy in action!

A quick message for Daddy--Jack's new word is "cheese!"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Kiawah Island

For the 3rd leg of our trip, Garrett's parents took us on vacation! We went to the beautiful Kiawah Island, SC. There were several members of Garrett's family that were able to go so it was a really good time. Although Jackson is used to the beach--he was NOT used to the warm ocean water (it's extremely cold in CA), so our little boy was water-logged EVERY day! We had a fantastic time and are very thankful we were able to go on such a fun vacation!

a beach message for Daddy--we miss you so much Daddy!

Hitching a ride from Papa--Jack's Great-Grandpa

Playing Paddle Ball with Uncle Kevin

Venturing out into the waves--we really had to keep an eye on him--he has NO FEAR!

Flying a kite for the first time with Grandpa!

A group photo--Naples, Julians & Barrys

Jack with his Grandma and Grandpa Barry

the coolest shades---ever!

Biking with Mommy on the beach--so much fun...for Jack & Mommy :)

Me and my favorite boy!

Swinging with Mommy--WARNING: DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS! For one thing, after we did this, it was ALL he wanted to do. So, of course--we indulged. Later that evening we discovered Jack's wrists were black and blue!! Sorry pal--who knew swinging around would cause such horrible marks?!!

my handsome boy--strutting his stuff!

Going to dinner in Charleston

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ohio Style

For the second leg of our month long vacation we headed over to Daddy's hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Jackson had lots of fun playing on the piano with Grandpa and playing with Daddy's old toys with Grandma. In the pictures below, it looks like all we did was eat--we DID do a lot of that, but I promise-we also played and had a great time doing it up...Ohio style!

catch Mom!
"ooohhhhh!" after he throws anything

the highlight of my trip---my favorite ice cream in the world--Handel's Chocolate Pecan!!
Jackson's first experience with chicken wings---he devoured them! The funny thing about it was I emailed these pictures to Garrett and his response was, "I hope he sleeps okay, I've had a few rough nights in my day after eating chicken wings." Well, it turns out Daddy knows best--poor Jack was up ALL night with a bellyache! Sorry pal, mommy doesn't eat wings so she didn't know they would do that to you!

He's just blowing into the bottle--he doesn't have a mouthful of beer! But check out the guy in the background---do you think he approves???

Golden Dawn pizza--Garrett's Grandpa's Restaurant, an absolute MUST whenever we're in town!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Indiana Visit

Jackson and I decided to take a month long vacation while Daddy is gone to break up our time alone in California. We will be splitting our vacation between my family and Garrett's. Our first 2 weeks were in Indiana. Jackson had a great time visiting his Grammy and Papa and it was a FANTASTIC break from full time mommy duty for me!
Every boy needs to learn to drink from the hose...right?!

sunbathing in the nude!

riding the mower with Grammy--clearly I grew up in the sticks!
Me at 29 weeks!

mmmm--Jackson's first milkshake

my blue-eyed boy

One of my favorite pictures of us!

Playing in the garden

Trying on Grammy's glasses--mommy thought this was HYSTERICAL!

powdered donuts!!
Jack's new BFF