Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My four month old

Elle is four months old!! She is sweet as pie and growing wonderfully. She is sleeping through the night 12 hours with 3 naps during the day. Life is good when there is order ;) Elle's favorite pasttime is watching Clare. If only Clare would give her a little more attention, but life is busy for a two year old!

At Elles well check she was in the 95% for height and 75% for weight. It was crazy because we compared her size to Clare's at this age and she is 1/4 of an oz different in weight and 1/4 of an inch different in size. It is going to be fun to see if she continues to follow her big sisters growth chart!

Here is a sweet video of the girls playing and of Elle's great laugh!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Family Weekend of Fun

We had an extremely unexpected super fun family weekend. LD decided to take Friday off of work and already had Monday off, which gave us FOUR days as a family, which is extremely unusual, especially with having no set plans. The weather decided to cooperate with LD's long weekend and we got some 70 degree weather for four days in February! YAY!!

Friday we spent some time some time walking to the park to play and then LD and Clare had a big daddy/daughter date planned to go to ImaginOn library to see "If You Take A Mouse To School." During dinner Friday night LD asked Clare if she would like to dress up for their big date and her response was "Oh, just like trick or treat and I can be a butterfly." It was so cute and she was very bummed she was not going to be wearing her butterfly costume. She loved the play and they didn't get home til 9:15, so it was a big night for her.

Saturday we decided last minute to meet some great friends and their little daughter at the NC Zoo. It was a big day for us from the 2 hour drive to the zoo, to working around Elle's feeding schedule and pushing around the big double stroller. We didn't really have a plan and just figured we would leave if the girls started melting down. They both did so great. It was by far one of the most fun days we have had as a family. I was so proud of both of them! We were at the zoo from 1030am til 430pm, so Clare totally missed her nap and was hanging with us like a trooper. As soon as we hit the car she slept from 430 til we pulled into our driveway, and then went to bed an hour later.

Sunday and Monday were much more low key, full of my spring cleaning list (thanks to LD for pitching in to get it done), playing with friends at the park, eating out, going to church and just playing as a family. I'm so thankful for weekends like this when we get to celebrate the family we were blessed with!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The month of February

Pics by Christine at Dimples and Curls

I feel like there is a lot going on and just have not blogged much lately, so here is all that has been happening in the Jackson world!!
-We are HEALTHY!! (whoo hoo, knock on wood!)
I had to take Clare to an ear, nose and throat doctor this week because she has had SO many ear infections (5 since Dec. 1st) and had some fluid on her ear. Of course when we went her ear was perfectly beautiful, but sadly the doctor said if she gets another ear infection in the next few weeks we may have to have her adnoids removed. Please pray we don't have to go that route and that God will keep her little ears healthy. I have become extremely paranoid and every time she touches her ear or has a bad nap I'm sure its another one coming.

- We had a great Valentines Day!
It is fun to have little girls and celebrate Valentines Day. LD and I have always celebrated with eating out or a card, but nothing huge. Clare and I made some heart shaped brownies, heart shaped Jell-o and she got a few packages in the mail (our next highlight). LD brought us home dinner too, which was a treat to me. And our great friend Christine at Dimples and Curls Photography took some awesome pics of the girls! We have our official 3 month photo shoot to get pics of them together the beginning of March, but these came out so cute, and Clare LOVED the cookie pop she got to eat while pics were being taken.

-We have gotten a LOT of fun mail!
In 3 short days we received a Valentines package from my Aunt Tina, a Valentines box from my mom, and Christmas presents from LD's sisters family. They all came on different days and when Clare would get up from her nap we spent all afternoon opening and playing with the fun things she got. On day 4 she woke up and said "I need a present!" and I realized she had been very spoiled!! Also every new book and stuffed animal she has gotten has taken up residency in her bed and there is not much room left for her, but she will not part with any of it!

-Clare is now very obsessed with public Restrooms...not so fun!
Clare is now leaving home in her big girl undies and has been GREAT at it. The problem is that she is very curious about public restrooms, and I hate to tell her to hold it and have an accident, and she always does really go. So poor LD had to take her by himself into the men's restroom at Best Buy, and I've had to make many stops along the way. She also likes to show off her cute little panties, which has lead us to many discussions about privacy. There is no modesty with a 2 year old!

We have a very exciting week coming up as my mom and LD's mom are both coming to stay for 1 week! I am flying to San Antonio to meet my sister and speak at a Spring Arbor University event, which I am so stinkin excited about. Knowing that daddy and both grandma's are with the girls will give me such peace of mind to really have a good time with my sis!! So I'm sure I'll have lots to post about their adventures very soon!