Saturday, January 2, 2010

Disney on Ice

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Disney on Ice

Mimi took us to Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Disney
Jackson had a blast, until Intermission came and he decided he had been there long enough and wanted to leave.
Jackson LOVES cotton candy...... can you tell? (the cotton candy came with a crown with Mickey ears)
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Pet-A-Palooza 2009

On Halloween, we went to Hoover's Pet-A-Palooza 2009 at Veteran's Park and my parent's dachshund, Molly, participated in the Weenie Run. Although it was all wet from the torential downpours the night before and it kept sprinkling that day, it was still a lot of fun. With it being on Halloween, pets came out in all sorts of costumes. There was a pet/owner look-a-like contest and the winner was a little red headed girl with pigtails and freckles that looked just like her Brittany Spaniel that had red ears and red spots. Iwas the person that started the Weenie Run with Molly and held her at the starting line while my dad and Jackson stood at the finish line, calling her name. There were TONS of people surrounding the area they ran in, so it was very distracting to many of the dogs. Molly was in Heat 4- it seemed like all the dogs in the heat either did really well or really bad. I made sure we got the spot on the end, thinking that it would be less distracting not being between two dogs..... boy was I wrong! I was distracted because there was a camera from a news crew in my face as I was saying in my little voice I use to talk to Molly "go sweety, go sweet girl, go to Daddy..." (luckily I wasn't on the news), and Molly was terrified of the gazillion people all around screaming at the dogs. So...... Molly's heat just sort of stood there once they were released. It was sad, you could tell she was scared. The winner, though, was Baxter, the dachshund of a girl who works with my mom. He did great!
Now, I've known Jackson inherited his liking of dogs from me, but he also inherited his fearlessness of dogs from me..... which could be dangerous. Look or size of dogs doesn't deter Jackson one bit, if he sees a dog, he's going to go right up to it and pet it. Some people were amazed at how good Jackson was with dogs, and he is great- he knows he has to be extremely gentle with small dogs and that he has to approach dogs slowly. What Jackson doesn't understand is that not all dogs want to be approached, especially by kids. My dad, being typical protective Papa, was very concerned about Jackson's fearlessness and couldn't stand Jackson going up to strange dogs one bit.
----Jackson is going to kill me for this potty picture but he looked so cute!------
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Halloweeen at CCS

Halloween at Covenant Classical School- Jackson wanted to be Superman and as you can see, he was not the only superhero at school that day. It seems all the boys wanted to be superheroes and all the girls wanted to be princesses. The girl dressed as Ariel from Little Mermaid posing with Jackson in the top left corner is Mrs. Amy- She's Jackson's favorite teacher ever (mine too), and the one who potty trained him.
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The Cutest Ring Bearer EVER!

Jackson's uncle, Chris, and Leanne finally tied the knot! On October 10, 2009, they got married at Trinity United Methodist Church, where Jackson's Mommy and Daddy got married. The ceremony was beautiful and Jackson was the best Ring Bearer EVER! There are some great pictures from the wedding that the photographer took, but I don't have copies yet and will post those once I get them. There is an adorable picture of Jackson kissing the Flower Girl on the cheek and another of him kissing Leanne on the cheek- my little Romeo!
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It's been a long time..... again

I know, it's been a long time since I've posted..... again. Just bear with me. Things may come out of order (very out of order), but I'm going to try to get what I can on the blog.......

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Are they all this literal???

OK, I know I haven't posted in a long time.... I'm busy and tired, so bare with me. I will hopefully catch up one day. For now, I need to discuss Jackson's tendency to be very literal when he answers questions and when talking:

First Example: Jackson and I are on the way to daycare one morning and he tells me that his tooth hurts. Well, his 2 year molars have been trying to break through for quite some time now, so I was wondering if it was his molars or if it was other teeth, which can be indicative of an ear infection and he had been pulling on one of his ears. So, I did what most people could do and asked which teeth. He didn't seem to understand my question, so I re-worded the question to "do your teeth hurt in the front or in the back?" Seemed simple enough to me. Jackson answers back with a somewhat condescending tone in his voice "no, in my mouth." I had no idea what to say- I was a bit stunned- after coming to terms with the fact that my son had just given me the absolute most literal answer possible to my question, I couldn't stop laughing.... partly because I felt a little dumb in that my 2 year old had sort of outsmarted me.

Second Example: A week or so after the incident above, Jackson and I were on the say to daycare (again), when he told me he didn't feel good. Before responding, I stopped to think about what to say because I didn't want to be outsmarted like before. I couldn't think of any way he could outsmart me with what I needed to ask, so I said "where do you not feel good?" He says "I don't feel good in the car." I'm stunned. Outsmarted again. How did I not see that coming? But this isn't funny to him, he's being so serious and has no clue why I suddenly bust out laughing after I sit in shock for a few seconds.

Now, another thing Jackson is doing- he's catching on to things that we didn't expect him to and he uses them against us!!! We have Charter Digital Cable and use the On Demand option to bring up cartoons Jackson enjoys like Diego, Spongebob, Babar, etc. We typically use this option when we need to do something around the house or something and need for Jackson to sit and watch TV or when he's not content with anything else. So now when he wants to watch something in particular and it's not an appropriate time to watch TV, we tell him that particular show isn't on right now. In this ever so positive tone, he raises his eyebrows and shakes his head "yes" and says "yes it is". You can tell him it's not as much as you want but he knows that at any time of the day or night, certain shows can come on TV at the push of a button.... and he knows which TVs in the house have the option!!!! He also remembers the same thing about CDs and even remembers what the CDs look like and which ones have the songs he likes:
OK, he was bored with the radio show I listen to in the mornings, Ace and TJ, so I decided to go through the few CDs I had in my county car to see if he liked any of them. One of them was Limp Bizkit and the first song has a voice that is adjusted using some sort of machine. I told him it was a monster song. After the monster song, some verbally-inappropriate songs came on so I quickly took that CD out and then switched other CDs in and out of my player quickly according to what he liked. A few days later, he asked to hear the monster song. I played it and he remembered some of the words the "monster" said and when the guitart part came in, he started making noises like the guitar. When "monster" was done, he said he wanted stars. I had no clue what he meant by stars..... Twinkle twinkle little star??? I told him I didn't know what he was talking about and he kept repeating it. I pulled out all of the CDs and finally pulled out a CD that, low and behold, actually had something on it that looked like shiny little stars. I have NO CLUE how he remembered that. Then when I put it in, he said he wanted mommy song. What is mommy song???? Each song I went to, he'd shake his head no. Song #12 he shook his head yes and smiled and I realized that it was a song that I typically sing along to when it comes on. HOW IN THE WORLD?????????