Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jack in September

Jack is going to be three in less than a month. Almost-three has been a ton of fun. Jack says such sweet and goofy things. We want to remember it all. Here are some of the things he was doing and saying in the month of September...

When I ask a question and his answer is "No" he says, "Uh, no thank you" in a sweet, sing song, little boy voice that melts my heart.

Right now Jack has an obsession with trying to lasso things. He calls any rope his "yeehaw rope" and swings it proudly in an attempt to catch something.

At the beginning of September, Jack experienced his first gash in head. Thankfully he didn't have to get stitches. I did have to sign a waiver at the Y saying he ran into the gate on his own accord and it wasn't their fault. 

A few funny phrases Jack has adopted:
When we say something is "very big" Jack will tell us it is "a lot of big."
He also says "last-erday" instead if yesterday.

We finally got a bike with training wheels and a scooter, he loves both. A couple of weeks after having his new toys he said, "I'm so glad to have my new scooter. If it got lost, I would cry." I'm pretty sure we will have him out on the mountain bike trails in a couple of years.

Jack has invented his own new sport for in the house: He hits the soccer ball with his tee ball bat and then runs the bases – i.e. he runs around the kitchen island 3x.

 He also likes to do yoga at bedtime, for him this is always a one-legged downward dog.

Currently, Jack's favorite YouTube video is the Human Powered Helicopter. He asks to watch it all the time. Future mechanical engineer?

We have learned that Jack is too analytical for Dr. Seuss. Bedtime stories include a lot of questions including, "What's a Tuttle Tuttle tree? Why is she riding on a red rhinoceros? What's a zizzer zazzer zuzz?"

Jack has a fascination with marching bands. He loves to stomp around while playing a drum.

He is also enamored with sailors and pirates since our visit to the LST Floating Museum and our trip to the beach.

Jack loves the beach. I think he would spend every day of his life at the beach if he could. He called our beach house on vacation the "Pirates House on the beach."

His favorite church songs are "Lord's Army" and the "Days of Creation." One day in the car, he told me the words to a song, which I sang back to him (since I already knew the song). He proceeded to tell me, "you're doing great!"

Jack learned his first memory verse this month: "Children obey your parents. Ephesians 6:1."

I'm not sure where this came from, but one day Jack randomly told Daniel, "You need to buy a motorcycle with two seats. I will buckle on my helmet and ride behind you."

When we were snorkeling on vacation, Daniel dove under water with his feet above the surface. I asked Jack, "Where's daddy?" and Jack said, "He went down the rabbit hole." We have an Alice in Wonderland book that shows Alice's feet going down the rabbit hole. We love how he makes connections like that.

Jack has a fascination with our neighborhood and seeing our neighbors. One day he headed up driveway our driveway on this bike and said, "I want to go see my naaybor."

If I need to do something like cook dinner, I will tell Jack, "come get me if you need something." Now at random times he will say, "mommy, I need something!" But he never tells me what the something is without some prompting. This is funny but also frustrating. He thinks it is hilarious.

Funny conversation between Jack and one of our friend's older kids:
Jack to Andrew: I don't like carrots, they smell yucky.
Andrew: What do the smell like?
Jack: Carrots.

Me: Are you a big boy?
Jack: No.
Me: Are you a baby?
Jack: No. I'm Jack!

See Jack get his first bike. 

See Jack practice balancing on his bike (no training wheels and no pedals).

See Jack start the four wheeler. 

See Jack practice using a toy front loader.

See Jack pedal a bike for the first time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Camping at Harrison Bay State Park

There is nothing like having a kid to change your style of how you do something, like camping. Sadly, the last time we went managed a camping trip was over a year ago when Jack was 18 months old. 

Since then we just haven't had the time we would like to devote to these trips that we would like, so I am very thankful it worked out that our small group from church was able to get together for a quick overnight trip to Harrison Bay State Park.

Truth be told, we almost backed out at the last minute (or least I was ready to throw in the towel). Our day started with a quick trip to Atlanta (that we hadn't planned on), and ended with traffic that made us late to the campsite. Arriving after dark is never a great thing, but it is more doable if you are car camping.

I'm glad we made the effort to meet up with our friends, even if we were late. It had been a rough week and I was grateful to spend some time in the cool, fresh air, and time around a campfire with friends really made my day better.

Also, at almost-three-years old, Jack would have been incredibly disappointed to miss this trip, so that was another good reason to go.

Jack is in a phase where he insists he is a big kid and wants to do big kid things. Our small group has big kids (ages 7-11) and little kids (under age 5) and Jack loves to follow the big kids around. I'm not sure that they always love it, but they typically humor him.

About 4 years ago, when Daniel and I were living in a camper, we invited our friends, the Reynolds, to come visit us at the camper to make S'mores. Evidently that memory has stuck with the Reynolds' kids, because to this day, if we are having S'mores, they always seem to talk about "S'mores with the Moores." Now there is an even bigger group of kids that has this memory!

Having 9 kids at a campsite can be a bit worrisome – it's dark, there's a fire, bugs, etc. – but the kids all did really great. They played together for the most part and no one got hurt (at least not seriously, I think one of the kids crashed his bike at one point, but nothing major).

Overall it was a great evening. The kids all slept well and we woke up to enjoy another campfire, with hot cocoa. I look forward to our next camping trip as a group. Hopefully one of these days Daniel and I can get our stuff together to take Jack on a backpacking trip!

Monday, October 13, 2014

2014 Vacation: Time with Family

While snorkeling with dolphins might have been my favorite vacation experience, the best part of the week was hanging out with my family. 

In my entire life my family has never really been on a vacation, though we have traveled quite a bit together. When I was growing up, we always drove to Canada in the summers to visit our extended family. 

As a grown up we have gone on a few family reunion trips – this meant meeting at a cabin or hotel somewhere between Searcy, Arkansas and North Bay, Ontario. But my parents and siblings and I have never taken a trip with just the 5 of us (now 10 with spouses and kids). 

Anyways, it was nice to relax on the beach, to try to catch a glimpse of the dolphins in the gulf, to walk down to the pier and to visit and cook together. 

I love watching Jack with his cousins. He misses them since they moved to Florida and asks about them almost every day, so it was nice to have a fall weekend to meet up. We won't be together again until Christmas, so I soaked in the moments while I could.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from our trip:
"Keep your hands, feet and forks to yourself." – Angela to kids.

"No wonder dad was always like, 'be quiet!' when we were kids." – Mark about the kids running around pellmell.
"We're going to the ocean." – Jack as he and Levi calmly walk down the steps to the sand dune, by themselves.

"Where's the pirate?" – Jack when the captain of our boat got in the water to snorkel.

"I don't think I can fix it." – Izzy about a dead dragonfly.

"Grandpa is in big trouble." – Levi, I think Levi was actually getting in trouble about something and telling on his grandpa.

"The ocean tastes like salt and pepper." – Jack

"What's da-jing?" – Angela and Mark about word "DJ-ing" during a game of charades.

Jack and Izzy's words for hush puppies:
Hush Brownies (Izzy)
Hush Buddies (Jack)

"Wow look at these huge foot prints... Oh they must be dads." – Mom when we were walking to the pier.

"I thought they were buoys." – Mark about the cannon ball jellyfish.

"Go Cinnamon Roles!" - Izzy trying to say Seminoles.

Quote and photo (below) from my sister's Instagram: "Cousins chillaxing in their raft. Sometimes they play guns or swords, sometimes they fight and sometimes they share; and sometimes they just sit together quietly. I suppose that's how it will always be."

The last night of our trip at dinner, Izzy asked everyone what their favorite beach memory was. When I told her mine was drinking my coffee and watching the dolphins in the morning, she told me, "No, that's not your favorite memory!" 

Here are Everyone's Best Memories:
Izzy - "Being buried in the sand like a mermaid by Uncle Mark."

Angela and Robert - "Walking down to the pier."

Levi - didn't give an answer, but this little guy loved digging and swimming. 

Mark - "Booggie boarding with izzy."

Cheree - "Drinking coffee on the porch and watching the dolphins every morning."

Jack - "Being a giraffe."

Daniel - "Resting."

Mom - "The beach."

Dad said "arriving safely," but I wanted to include "sitting on the beach at night, watching the Milky Way and telling us where all of the constellations were."

We had such a wonderful trip and it was a special treat to spend part of our vacation with my family.

2014 Florida Vacation Recap: Trip Overview // Restaurant Reviews  
Biking St. Joseph's Peninsula // Snorkeling with Dolphins // Time with Family
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