Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Just Jack - 6 Months!

So it's Jack's turn again! Trying to keep in mind that he will (possibly) look back and realize that his mother kept a daily track of everything his brothers did and she only updated about him every five months, sorry Jack!

My mom gave me my baby calendar last week. It is so fun to look at the things I was doing at what age and just to see a glimpse of my past like that! We didn't have a HUGE "video" camera in the 80's, but my mom did take lots of pictures, but there is something about seeing everyday life that is so fun. So... I was inspired to go out and buy a baby calendar for Jack. I'm sure, as a boy, he will be less than thrilled to flip through his old baby calendar as an adult, but I bet his wife would be entertained, so it's for her!

Last week Jack had his six month check up and shots. He weighed in at 18 lbs 2 oz and is 27 1/2" long. Can you believe it?! I have a baby that is deemed "normal" on percentile charts! Not adjusted or tiny... just right! Super fun, I must say. He is now sitting on his own, rolling both directions, rocking on all fours, scooting backwards, "talking," giggling, blowing bubbles eating solids and probably lots more things that I don't even realize!  He takes two to three naps a day and gets up once a night, sometimes twice. Oh... I almost forgot... he has two bottom teeth through too!!

The thing I really want to report though is how much of a joy Mr. Jack is!! We had a couple of rough months in the beginning... meaning just lots of fussiness and adjusting but I would now say that he is just so fun and happy most all of the time! He is the happiest in the morning or when he wakes up from his nap... so so so much fun to be the first in to get him out of his crib! He makes you feel like a celebrity when he lights up at the sight of you to "let him out!" He loves to wrestle and growl with his daddy and he is starting to be enthralled with his brothers! I can't get him to eat or do anything when they are around! He just needs to be in the action too! He's just at a great age right now and I would love to find that medicine all of us mom's are in search of so I can freeze him at this stage!

Jack in his sweater that Nana made him. So sweet...

So this is how we go to Marketplace... remember our picture of how we go to Walmart, well it looks a lot like this now too. They only have one of those large carts at Walmart due to a few breaking over the summer (I asked) and now we are squished... this makes for QUICK grocery trips!

Jack enjoying breakfast with his brothers.

Max giving Jack a ride in the umbrella stroller Nana bought for her house.

We finally had his right ear re-checked. We had to go all the way to Duluth to hear that he was just fine. Good to know, I guess.

My sweet boy!

Ugh... don't you just want to squeeze him!? Please don't... he's sleeping! P.S. He looks SO much like my brother's baby pictures here, crazy!

He loves this jumper!!! And those legs have gotten mounds chubbier somehow since this picture was taken!

Happy boy in the morning!

My happy camper in the Dells over Labor Day Weekend.

Matching brothers thanks to Aunt Kathy!! :)

My cool dude...

Doing some serious cross training for crawling!

I am such a sucker for sweet boys in jammies... all ready for bed!

So yeah, another picture of us at the grocery store... this time Jack decided to wait to have a bowel movement for about three days and then let it all go on the way to the store... changed him in the trunk of the vehicle and then realized I had NO extra clothes for him... so he wore one of the boys' sweatshirts, like a dress!

Jack visiting his sweet girlfriend, Elle. She was just a day old. He was so thrilled!

A picture of me at 2 1/2 months. Found it in my calendar. I see Jack in this picture a little!

My hunting men at our cabin!


I find him like this all the time now... ready to crawl! Last night was the first time he lifted a hand and knee up... crawling is so close now!

He loves playing with the boys' Elmo potty book! It's pretty cool... it has buttons that sounds like a toilet is flushing! You can understand the intrigue?!

Green beans! We started with avocado the other night and have had that again and green beans so far. And he has done awesome! Totally "gets it" already!

Like I said before... this kid loves to rough house with his dad... he really just LOVES his dad in general! He just about wiggles out of my arms when Caleb comes home at night!

Thursday, September 12, 2013


So this is a very short post about our trip to Colorado that we took... A MONTH AGO! Seriously... I cannot keep up with my blog! Sorry!

We had an awesome trip out west to visit with some of Caleb's family. The boys did amazing on the three hour car ride, then security/hustle bustle of the airport, then two hour plane ride and additional five hour car ride over the mountains...

Maybe it's a good thing that I am writing this a month later... only the good memories remain! Ha! We are simply crazy for traveling like we do with little ones, but it's oh-so worth it!

On a Harley in the airport!

Dad with ALL the boys!

Max, three years old and third time on the plane. 

Luke ready for take off!

We LANDED... at 9 pm into Denver... I considered it a huge success to make it this far into the trip and still be (happily) married. 

This little man decided that since he was OFF the plane, he was NOW going to smile.

These little boys sincerely love each other so much! I caught them like this over my shoulder on the way over the mountains!!

My sweet baby sleeping!

Caleb and Jack snoring away!

So once we made the trip over the mountains we headed to Grand Mesa to stay at a "camp" for a couple days for a Yoder Family Reunion. It was 10,000 feet and so gorgeous up there! The pictures below are from there!

Unfortunately, pictures never show elevation! It's way prettier than it looks!

Playing with cousins!

Somebody loves his toes!

Amber (Caleb's cousin) and I!

Yup... he just takes care of it where ever he is!

Max and Luke with Bryce... Caleb's cousin's little guy. The boys loved him!

At Ed and Anita's (Caleb's cousins) after the reunion. Watching a movie. So funny... the two little girls just got new bike helmets from their Auntie and didn't want to take them off!

Miss Aubrey and Jack... she loves him, and he loves her!

So after the weekend reunion we stayed at Ed and Anita's an extra day and got to go to Ouray. An awesome little mountain town. It was so fun! 
In Ouray...

We ate a cute little brew pub that had great seating up top with a great view!

Being a tourist is exhausting! 

Ed and Anita's little cuties!

We then headed back to Denver that night. They boys traveled back so well and we stopped in Frisco for dinner... it was one of those dinners that was just perfect. Our boys were so well behaved, and the much more welcomed surprise was Jack... he was so good all through dinner and we could ENJOY ourselves! 

And then reality hit when we arrived at our hotel around 11 pm, got settled in, showered, everyone to sleep... only to wake up about three hours later to head to the airport for our early flight. I felt so mean waking the boys up at 4 am to carry them out to the car and drag them through security. We survived and were all happy to see home once we finally got there! 

All of the work and sleeplessness was so worth the time spent with family. It was a great time and so happy we got to take our little ones to the MOUNTAINS! The Rocky Mountains have always had a special place in my heart... it's where I spent all of my vacations as a kid with my family so it was fun to relive the experience as a parent watching my children be in awe of the size of God's creation! 

My dad and I riding on a gondola in Montana about twenty years ago...