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See Jack {late May-early June 20123}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.

See Jack call for Sophie. He initially called her Fo Fo, then Fo, then Fophie. He now says something fairly close to sounding like Sophie. {late May}

See Jack observe two tractors across the street from our house bale hay. {late May}


See Jack delay his bedtime with playtime.
{late May}


See Jack's excitement at a rainstorm that was blowing into our covered porch. 
His joy is contagious. This is one of my favorite videos.
{early June}


See Jack practice his language skills,"Uh-oh, where? Tractor?"
{early June}


See Jack have a little fun with the garden hose while Daddy washes his car.
{early June}

I also wanted to wish my dad a Happy 65th Birthday today!!!

Things That Make Me Nostalgic

This past weekend Jack and I joined my brother, my sister and my sisters two kids on a road trip to visit our hometown. There is something about going home that makes me nostalgic. We reminisced about the past, visited old haunts and remembered the good times. 


Here are a few things that reminded me of days gone by:
1. Driving across the Mighty Mississippi and being greeted by the "Welcome to Arkansas" sign. I know that when we see the pyramid, and cross that great river, we are in the final stretch of getting home.


2. Breakfast at Bobby's(now Maddie's Cafe). Unfortunately Bobby's (it will always be Bobby's to me) had a 40-minute wait. With kids in tow we decided to head over to Main Street Cafe instead. I started going to Bobby's in college. It has been my benchmark of what a country breakfast should be. I have had so many intimate conversations in the booths there. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Main Street Cafe is a good back up plan, th…

See Jack {trip to Searcy, July 2013}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.

See Jack and his cousin Izzy have fun on the trampoline.

See Jack pound away on the piano. It was pretty crazy (and loud!) when his cousin's joined in on the fun.

See Jack practice running into the water at the lake.

See Jack and Levi having fun throwing sand and splashing in the water at the lake. They both think it is hilarious to throw things.

See Jack watch while cousin Levi practices "swimming."

Thursday Things (Random, July 2013)

1. I'm thankful we never went the route of fully baby proofing our house. For the time being, we are essentially staying in a different place every week and Jack has been fairly good with knowing what he isn't supposed to touch and/or listening when we tell him "No." I have been saying "no" a lot these last couple of weeks, but he hasn't hurt himself or caused damage to any of our temporary homes.



2. I'm pretty sure that if we could snap our fingers and go ahead and move, we would settle on Signal Mountain without any hesitation. Too bad we have a house to sell and some other details to sort out before we can make that kind of decision. Easy access to hiking trails and the small-town, Mayberry-type feel while being a mere 15 minutes from downtown Chattanooga is really appealing to us. Not to mention the fact that we already have friends there!


3. Though if Daniel had the same job opportunities in Huntsville as he does in Chatt, I wouldn't mind sna…

See Jack {late May 2013}

This is an ongoing series of videos that I am sharing so that our extended family can keep up with how Jack is growing and changing in these early years.

See Jack practice with a fork. He is using utensils really well these days. {late May}
See Jack play with his little chairs and table. He is starting to push the boundaries with standing on things he shouldn't – like his chair. {late May}
See Jack get introduced to his new-to-him powerwheels. He wasn't so sure about it. {late May}


See Jack learn how to ride on his powerwheels. {late May}

Hike to Rainbow Lake I

We are staying at a cottage on Signal Mountain and enjoying the benefit of being close to our friends, the Reynolds (who we have known since our Charlotte days). Signal Mountain also has the added benefit of having easy access to Prentice Cooper State Forest. Our cottage is actually located a very short distance from the Rainbow Lake trail and parking lot.



Yesterday I had plans to run to the bottom of the mountain to grab groceries for the week. On a whim, I googled the Rainbow Lake trail to see if I could find a description of the trail (we don't have our backpack carrier with us, but I did have our BOB stroller). I came across this video on YouTube that gave me confidence that I could get down to the lake with the stroller.



So instead of grocery shopping, Jack and I ventured down the Rainbow Lake trail to see what we could see. At first the trail wanders next to the golf course before heading down to the lake. It follows a small bluff before zigzagging down to the water. 


There wer…

Jack is 20 Months

Is it really only 4 short months until our little baby turns two? Oh my.


We are definitely in the early stages of the "terrible twos." Jack currently has two ways of expressing frustration in the form of a tantrum: 1) He lays down (very carefully so he doesn't bump his head) and starts crying; and 2) He claps his hands or smacks his leg and makes an angry face. We are encouraging him to communicate with the words he has instead of just being upset.


His tantrums often have to do with sharing issues. Since he is our first child, he is essentially an only child and has no concept of sharing. We are working at helping him learn how to share, but it will be a process since he has limited interaction with other kids. From talking to other moms, it is nice to know that this is normal for his age.


Jack's vocabulary continues to grow and he is saying things more clearly. It is so sweet how he pronounces words. We are going to miss how he says "no" in his little baby vo…