Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Amanda: You know, with just your forearms.
Jackson: No mama! Daddy doesn't have four arms, he has two!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
One of the things I love about Jackson is his dedication. He works to finish a job.
Not only does he love to be helpful and is thrilled to participate in yard work, house cleaning, etc. But he also knows how to commit to a theme.
When his school called for it to be Cowboy Day the boy wants to be 100% authentic. He wanted to wear jeans and really deck out in the western wear. But I had to convince him that the 105 degree temperatures just don't agree with the theme de jour. So he settled for shorts and a neck tie.
But what really warms my heart is that at the end of the day when I came to collect him from school my boy is not only sweaty, tuckered out and romping around in the gym in his cowboy boots, but he still has on his 10-gallon white cowboy hat.
Dedicated to the end.
If there is one shared gene that Eric and are sure to have passed on, it is Theme-Commitment.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Mama God makes people. Not you and Daddy.
You don’t put all those parts together in there to make someone. God makes someone.
So who made God and Jesus?
Uh … well ... let’s call your godfather.
Yeah, ‘cause he’s like God.
Well, no … but this is why I hired him.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I've thought about how to put it all into words and sometimes it is too daunting to even approach. I relive some of it every day.
The sadness, the procedures, the beginning of beginnings. But it is too draining to locate and pluck out just the right words.
So I realized the best way to sum up the last year would be through the retelling of a conversation I had with Jackson on a car ride back from Fort Smith.
We had just visited Eric's parents for Memorial Day weekend. On the way back, it became apparent to us that Jackson had been listening to some of our grown-up conversations because the conversation started like this:
Mama, you're not pregnant. You have to have a baby in there to be pregnant.
But I am pregnant.
No, you just ate a lot.
No, there is a baby in there.
Yes. But what if I told you there was a another baby? That we are trying again with another baby?
A new baby?!!
A new baby in there?!!
Can I touch it?
Mama, I gave your baby a kiss.
You are such a sweet boy.
Mama, I hope this works out better. You better get lots of sleep and eat all your vegetables because that baby is hungry.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Do you think you are going to have a little sister or a little brother?
A little brother.
Well, you're right! It's a boy.
When can I see the baby?
Would you like to see the pictures?
Yes. ... How come you can see his penis?
Because the picture shows everything and that's how we find out if it is a boy or girl.
Where are his clothes?
He doesn't have any.
He is naked in there?!
Doesn't he get cold?
Friday, July 15, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I know. That's because people sometimes like to call you Jackson or Jack or JT or Jax.
So which one do you prefer? Jackson, Jack, JT, Jay, Jack-Jack, Jax?
Um .... I want to be called J-Man.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
He disappeared only to return wearing his bicycle helmet.
Ready for kitchen duty: