Read Read Read

Jake LOVES to read and be read to. He frequently chooses it over playing with toys. Here are just a few pictures of him enjoying books in the past few months.

He was reading in the car on the way to Fort Worth
for Spring Break. He LOVES this animal book.

Early one Saturday morning.

We've been reading Goodnight Moon every night since he was about 9 months old. I found the Goodnight Moon ABC book and he loves it just as much.

Look, Mama! Red balloon!

There's that animal book again.

Reading in the rocker at Christmas.

A little Christmas Eve Santa story reading.

The Second Birthday

Last Saturday was both Jake's birthday and his party. The theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. If you want to see a few more pictures than these, you can look at my Facebook album of them.

The Invitation

Waking up to his birthday sign on the wall.

Homemade garland, thanks to my Cricut...
and my mom for gluing it all together.

The living room wall.

Waiting for his friends to arrive

Playing during the party

Just like in the story, all of the food had holes in it.

The whole table set-up

Another view of the table

Candle face

He actually ate his cake, unlike last year.

Hooray! I'm two!

Happy Second Birthday Jake!

50's Kid

A couple of weeks ago we had a Sunday School fellowship that was 50's theme. There is a 50's diner set-up in the children's area at church, so it was perfect for the occasion. Here's Jake all dressed up. And yes, his hair is slicked.

22, 23, and 24 Months Old!

YES! We're finally finished with the Snoopy Shenanigans! (If you want to see all 24 months of pictures in a row, you can look at my facebook album of them.)

22 Months

23 Months


And then, what I've planned for a long time...
the old t-shirt switcheroo!

Happy 2nd Birthday Jake!
(Party pics to come...)

Those Times It Snowed

Alright people... massive blog posts coming up. We ran out of internet in January/February, then my computer died for like a month. That's why I've been absent. So here is the first of five posts.

We had two major snows here this winter. The first started just a week after we came back from Christmas break. I laid down for a nap after church on Sunday and woke up to find this:

Whoa. That fell fast.

Soon I got this message on my phone. Woo-hoo!

Later that night it looked like this.

The next day we got up to some good deep snow.
Time to bundle up!

Layer one: thermal shirt and pants with normal socks

Layer two: Fleece jacket, pants, and socks

Layer three: shoes, hat, and mittens

Add a coat and it's time to play!

It's fun and funny out here!

I'm covered in snow!

Isn't this fun, mama?

It's so funny!

The next day we were off again, so we went
back out when it was a little melted.

Ooooooo... snowball!

Some pretty wicked icicles mixed in with our icicle lights

Then a few weeks later, it happened again, just more of it!

Jake! Snow Day!
It snowed ALL DAY, so we kept
ourselves occupied in many ways...

Jake set up a construction site on the toilet.

He shook his shakers to Jack's Big Music Show.

I decided to make this yummy soup to stay warm.

Warning: If you move the soup into a new bigger pot, and go to clean out the former smaller pot, don't turn your back. Because the new bigger pot may still not be big enough.

The snow mid-afternoon

We read some weather-appropriate literature...

...rearranged some furniture... out a LOT of toys and watched Sesame Street...

...and tried on everyone's shoes.

The next day when the snow stopped,
we bundled up to go outside again.

Happy Snow Day!

Funny thing is that he refused to move from this spot.

This gives you an idea of how deep it was... about 6 inches.

I tried to take him in since he was just standing there, but he thought it was fun getting on and off of the porch. And that was the total playing in Snow The Second.
It was cold and we weren't doing anything, so I took him in.

He really wanted to go back outside.

Meanwhile, Jack just kept himself warm in front of the heater.