Friday, December 08, 2006

Video of Jackson's first birthday

Here is a quick video of Jackson's first birthday. Enjoy.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Happy Birthday Jackson

Hi Everyone, today is Jackson's 1st birthday!!!!! I cannot believe he is 1. This year has gone by so incredibly fast for us, John and I just cannot believe what an incredible year we have had with Jackson, so much has happened. I found myself watching the clock today, waiting for 1:30pm to come, the time Jackson arrived into the world. Its crazy how vividly you remember things so clearly from such a long time ago. We had Jackson's party this past Saturday and he had an amazing time and so much fun!!!!!! We hope you enjoy the pictures. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKSON!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, today I am offically 1. Mom says I am no longer a baby but that I am a big boy. I sure had a great party, mom and dad did a great job. Enjoy my pictures.

First mom let me eat pizza, cheezies, and ice tea. She said it was my day and I could eat whatever I wanted and be in any mood I wanted. I chose to be in a happy mood, and boy those cheezies are sooooo yummy!!!!!!

After pizza was opening my gifts.... I had such a great time. Mom helped me rip open the presents. I loved them all.
Here I am again, Mom told me I had to stop playing and get ready for me cake.
What a great cake you can see part of the yellow trip is missing, I had to taste it, you know, to make sure it was ok for mom and dad to serve to the guests.

Mom got this cake from Safeway, she said she will make cakes herself when I am a bit older.

I am so glad this is a chocolate cake!!!!! As you can see Dad forgot to put a bib on me.

I even decided to pretend that the icing was shampoo, it was great rubbing that icing in my hair

I also pretended that I was fingerpainting with all the icing

Pizza $45 dollars.... Cake..... $20... Seeing Jackson all covered in icing..... Priceless
This is my good buddy Josiah, he is having a good time at the party.

Mom and dad sure had a fun time. Dad.... is that pizza in your mouth?

Here I am with sticky icing hair, I wonder if mom will give me more cake :)
Here we are having some cake and pizza, mom put of lots of streamers and balloons, it was great, dad helped as well. I really appreciate their help!!!!!
Here is a picture of all my gifts...... dad.... i mean I really wanted an XBOX 360.... just kidding, I had a power nap and then woke up and I wasn't very happy when mom and dad took this picture, but I really love all my gifts they are fantastic, I love playing with everything.

Victoria, give me back my cookie.
Sometimes I like to sleep like this.... I find it very relaxing.

Friday, November 10, 2006

2 Weeks Left

Well the countdown is officially on as I have 2 weeks left of my maternity leave. I would just like to say what an incredible year it has been for us. To spend time with Jackson throughout this year has been AMAZING, words really cannot explain. We have been busy this week transitioning Jackson into daycare, and it has gone exceptionally well!!!! I am so proud of Jackson and how well he is doing with this new change in his life. The daycare that he is at is very good, John and I were very pleased with what we had seen.As parents we just have peace of mind of where we are leaving him, the staff at the daycare are great. What a great place this will be for him to grow socially and learn so much, he will have tons of fun. I had the opportunity to spend the week with Jackson at daycare and slowly remove myself from him, once again he is doing well. Soon he will be there full days. He loves all the toys, the stroller rides, and of course his 3 new girlfriends, but shhhhhh don't tell Victoria or Lauren in California.... both these girl think they have arranged marriages with him but we like to keep our options open. I hope all of you are doing well, as I look out the window I smile... the snowflakes are falling and it is very peaceful and I am getting excited for this weekend as I will breakout the Christmas decorations. I love decorating for Christmas. Enjoy the pics, we'll have more up soon of Jackson's birthday party.

Hi everyone, I'm having so much fun with my toybox, see that stereo behind me..... I love to push all the buttons on it and I also love grabbing the XBOX and controllers, mommy says we'll have to move it soon, but I keep telling her its ok if a few things fall on the floor every once in awhile.
November 3rd was John's b-day, we had a party and this delicious ice cream blizzard cake!!!!! We had a great time.
I cannot wait only 1 month and I will have my party, cake, pizza, good friends and PRESENTS!!!!!!!!! I cannot wait!!!
Happy Birthday DADDY, I loved that cake, it was so good, thanks for sharing it with me!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!!!! Jackson sure had a good time trick or treating. Although we had tons of snow, that didn't stop us. It actually was a nice evening and Jackson said he would share his candy with us. I cannot wait until next year to dress Jackson him. We sure think he is the cutest lion ever.

Well this picture was taken when we first got our costumes. Lauren is a bumble bee and I am a lion, mom got a really good deal on my costume. It is very warm. I love it.
Look at all my candy!!!!! I even got bath toys from daddy's friend Nigel. I think it is a great gift. I think I'll give these chips I got to mommy.
Look at all my loot!!!! What a variety I got, chocolate bars, suckers, fruit, goldfish!!!!! Yum Yum, I love Halloween. I really love my nose, mom used brown washable marker on it. It came right off at the end of the night, thank goodness!!!!
Look at this huge pumpkin dad bought, I love it. Mom says I can help carve the pumpkin next year.
Dad mad this scary pumpkin, he sure did a good carving job!!!!!
Here is the pumpkin again. The kids that came to our house sure loved it.
Here is my friend Victoria, she was a lamb. We are very good friends. She is trying to steal my cup, I better get it back.
Oh mom, please let me help carve this pumpkin. I just want to get my hands in there.... I promise I won't make a mess :)

The Month of October

Hi Everyone, well we kept very busy for the month of October. Jackson and I were in Minot, North Dakota, helping my sister out who had her second baby, a boy. I was there to help her out because she had a c-section. We had a lot of fun and Jackson and his cousin Lauren became great buds over the past 3 weeks. We will post more pics of halloween

Here is Lauren and I with Grandpa Herman. He came down with Grandma, they are taking the train to D.C. to see Aunt Darla.
Here we are at the train station, Grandma Herman thinks I should come along in this suitcase but I don't think I will.
Mom, for Christmas I would like all the items on page 212, 214, 215, 230, and yes please throw in the XBOX 360!!!
We kept telling Riker it was going to be ok, but he just wouldn't listen to us.
Lauren and I have become good buds, I cannot wait until we're older and we get to run off the dock at the cottage and jump into the lake!!!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Building the Guest Cottage

Last weekend my cousin Kris and I went out to the lake to help dad build the sub-floor for the new guest cottage. The Friday before we left I had some time so I mowed my lawn. It was a bit cold out but I was only in a fleece. Definitely fall weather.
Kris and I left the city by about 6 pm. About 30 min out of town we were in a full blizzard. It was snowing so hard you couldn't see very far out the windshield. Not the kind of weather you want to build a guest cottage in and I think we were both starting to wonder what we'd signed up for. We got to the cottage by about 9pm and there was a few inches of snow everywhere. This was winter. As we got to our doc the slanted transition piece was so slippery that you needed to use a rope to walk up it. Before we went to bed mom and dad told us how miserable the weather's been the last few days. Not very encouraging stuff. The next morning at least the sun was up but there was snow everywhere and all our lumber was covered in ice and snow.
But for both the Saturday and Sunday that we worked the weather turned out great. The mornings were a bit cold but it just kept getting warmer as the day went on. As you'll see in the pictures below the snow keeps getting less and less and by the end of the day sunday we were in t-shirts. Not bad at all.

We started at about 9 am on Saturday morning. Mom and dad had already put in the centre beam and the josts that the bathroom rests on.
First we put up the main posts that the front of the cottage rests on. Then set the front beam across the three posts. Then we hung all the joists between the centre beam and the front beam.Once we had set all the joists in the right place we nailed the it all together
We laid beaver board between all the josts. The beaver board keeps the insulation from falling through.
Once all the beaver board was in place we laid all the insulation.
After the insulation comes the vapour barrier.
We then screwed down the plywood floor and started the second level. We built the back wall then laid down joists for the upper level.
It's smaller then the lower level because the bathroom is going to be on the main level in the space you see here.
Again we put in the beaver board and the insulation...
while Dad worked on the stairs.
We put down vapour barier again and then screwed down the plywood for the upper level floor.
With Dad's stiars finished and the top floor in place we were done!
The place looks great and I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's done. The view of the lake is fantastic. Next up is the walls and the roof. Dad hopes to get them started next spring, bringing all the material over the ice (all the material fror this job was hauled in by boat by dad and me and then carried a few pieces at a time up the 60 foot hill).
It was great to have Kris there to help and thanks to Mom who fed us like royalty (homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch (with 6 types of cheese) and roast pork and homemade pie for super!!!). It was a good weekend.