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Happy birthday E! (A day late)

We love you E!  Can’t wait to celebrate you this weekend!

happy belated birthday dad

a couple of sundays ago we (belatedly) celebrated my dad’s birthday at a unc game.  it was jackson’s first college basketball game.  the tarheels won.  we love you dad.

Tree Farm 2017

I think sometimes I don’t live up to my own expectations for what traditions “should” look like in our family or that we don’t have enough but I think I may be wrong about that.  We do have more traditions than I probably even realize.  One of the Christmas traditions is getting our tree at the farm across the street from our neighborhood.  Its a sweet place and I love how excited Jackson and Maggie are to visit.  We went last night and it was just beautiful.





Fire pit with s’mores!



PS When did Jackson get so tall?!

Jackson is 8!

This month, Jackson turned 8!

8. years.old.  Halfway to driving!

That feels like a big number.  I think I say that every year with my first born.  We celebrated your birthday with cousins, friends, bowling and arcade time.  It was a blast.


Once again, you have majorly impressed us with your adaptability.  After an amazingly long and exciting summer, you started a second grade at a new school in September, and you were so brave about it.  You played soccer again this spring and fall, and you always have so much fun playing.  You started basketball for the first time and once again, we are impressed by how excited you are to try to new things.  You are doing well in school.  You say Math is your favorite but you really seem most excited about learning about history and ancient civilizations.  You are getting more into art, sometimes you’ll draw (tonight you drew the millenium falcon) and you colored with Maggie.  You still love to be outside with our neighbors, playing your nintendo switch (which you earned through summer reading).  I love when we get to have alone time.  Jackson, you are kind, silly, forgiving, serving, and shy.   You wake up early on the weekends and take care of your sister so your parents can sleep in a little.  You like to wake up at 6:30 on school mornings so that you can have “slow mornings”.  You are very sweet to enthusiastically compliment your mom’s cooking.  You really are so fun.  Today I had an idea for another spot for the Christmas tree and you insisted that we put it in the same corner because of “traditions”!  You love decorating the house with me for holidays.  You’re enthusiastic and you care about people.  You’re the best brother, ever.  Ever.

You like:

Going to Daddy’s office

Cooking with Me  (I really need to more often)

Hanging out with your cousins

Playing in the cul-de-sac with neighbors

Video games


Blaze Pizza (half sauce, half cheese, double the mushrooms)

Sleeping with your fan on (no matter how cold it is)

Doughnuts (and all things sugar)

Hugging your family

Chicken pot pie

Helping others

School breaks

Reading together at bedtime

Going on walks together

Building forts

You don’t like: 

(this list is much shorter)


Big groups of people you don’t know


Buddy, you are one loved guy.  Can’t wait to see everything this year has in store for you.  We are beyond grateful to be your parents.








Maggie at 3

In October, our Maggie turned three.


Maggie Grace-

I want to try and capture a picture of what you are like right now. This will be tough.  You and Jackson are so awesome and interesting, I know its impossible to try and remember everything about you but I’m going to try!

You are so much fun.  A few months ago you discovered Sofia the first and have been in princess mode ever since.  You like to wear princes dresses as much as you can, and I let you wear them almost anywhere.  You continue to LOVE all things baby.  You are so sweet and gentle with actual babies.  You’ve grown up a lot in the last couple of months.  In September you stopped using diapers and in October you stopped using pacis (this is a big deal)!  You had the idea to put all of your pacis in a gift bag to send to a baby who needs them.  You are such a big girl and you love reminding us of that and doing things “all by yourself”.  You love playing outside with your friends and school has been really fun this year (you go on Tuesday and Thursday mornings).  You talk a lot and we love it; it is so fun.  It seems like everyday you are surprising me with something you are saying.  You’re theatrical.  You take a while to fall asleep at night; you talk and sing and play in your crib for a while.  You are very expressive. You like to paint pictures for specific people, especially Daddy.  You are brave and confident and (mostly) independent.  I think you and me are pretty similar which is super fun but a little tricky sometimes!  You still take naps and you like puzzles.

We love you so much Maggie Grace!  You are a precious blessing!

You love….

having your hair french braided (specifically in one elsa braid)

watching shows and movies (doc mcstuffins, sofia, frozen, tangled)

playing outside with our friends (without shoes and in a princess dress)

to sing (you can be very particular about which songs – princess songs)

painting your nails

snacks (almost anything and especially Ms. Christine’s snacks)

your brother

worship at church

your dad

your mom

your grandparents and cousins

parties! (you talked about your birthday party for months, insisting on having it at our house)

dressing up (obviously)

opening the van door by yourself

purple and pink


blaze pineapple pizza

You are not a fan of…

porkchop licking you

porkchop taking your food

potty breaks

having your teeth brushed

Daddy traveling for work

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Maggie is here!

Jackson at 3

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