Saturday, May 31, 2008
Today we went to Pepper Place Market, which is a farmer's market downtown. It's the first time I'd been this year, but Mom was staying with us and we wanted to get some fresh fruits and veggies. So after Jackson had breakfast, we loaded him up and headed downtown. If you haven't been, it's a great little place to go. They block off an area in the street and local vendors have all sorts of things for sale. There's fruits, veggies, breads, jams and jellies, honey, grits, plants, soaps, jewelry, and the list goes on. I love that everything we buy there is from local people.
This is a shot of bread from Continental Bread - yum! We got fresh whole wheat bread, a cranberry-orange scone (breakfast for us!), and some feta-olive bread (which is soon to be part of my lunch :-)).
Jackson just checked everything out.
This is when I was eating my scone - do you think Jackson wanted it too???
Jackson is such a laid back little guy. He cracks us up because when he sits in his high chair or in the stroller, he just kicks up his legs. Even one of the ladies from the Carver Farm booth commented on it - said he "didn't have a care in the world."
And here's a little sampling of all the yummy things we brought home. I can't wait to have a fried green tomato for lunch! And tonight we're skewering and grilling some zucchini and squash. Maybe I'll take some more pics and share - don't get too jealous though ;-) Hope everyone's having a great weekend.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
He will pull up on one of the chairs, then "walk" from chair to chair.
It's much more fun to crawl under the chairs on the way outta the fort
After eating a yummy meal, Baby J sits in his high chair and plays with the toys that came with the high chair. It's an awesome high chair that he got from my Uncle Rod and Aunt Susie :-) Thanks again!!!
A new fun game it to stare out the window
Playing with a toy...I obviously interrupted chewing on the string time...
Ok, now to the food part: Here's a typical Jackson supper these days - a couple of veggies and some banana. So far he's eaten everything put in front of him, but I know one of these days that'll change.
So the first thing that I do to make his food his to cook it. For the sweet potatoes, I put them in the oven and cook them. Squash and carrots get steamed. Green beans and peas I buy frozen and cook in the pan. After whatever I have cooked is done, it goes in the blender :
So here are some peas - very easy...just add a touch of water (more if it's potatoes, none if it's squash or other watery foods), and puree.
Here's a pic of squash outta the blender and ready to eat. In another month or so Jackson will be able to eat more thing mashed instead of pureed, but we aren't there yet.
Once everything gets done in the blender, I pour it into an ice cube tray and then freeze it, making individual portions for later. Very easy and very convenient!
Once frozen, the cubes go into a freezer bag. I've read the cubes should be used within a month. I think they would last longer, but I haven't made big enough batches to know for sure. So those are the basics of baby food making. I promise it's easy and really doesn't take that much time. Last night I made several batches for Jackson, and he's set for a couple of weeks or so now. I know it's not for everyone, but if you think you may even want to try it, I really encourage you to do so:-)
Ok, so now to the garden. It has really taken off since we got everything planted. I'm impatiently waiting for my veggies to come on up for me (and for Wes and Jackson) to eat!!! Everything looks great except for some of the peppers...not sure what's wrong w/ them...
okra - haven't done it before, so we'll see how it goes
the peppers...why do I have brown spots on them (anyone???)
one of the 3 types of tomaters I've got
My whole garden, slowly but surely growing. I'm so glad that we just went ahead and dedicated a big area to this. Like I said before - I can't wait for my veggies to get here!!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Just thought we'd share with everyone 100 short seconds out of a day of our life:-) Jackson is nonstop these days, and I have a feeling it's only going to get worse! At the same time, we love that he's so active - at least it tires him out, lol. So, here's a quick peek into life these days...gotta keep one eye on him and one eye on everything else...(btw, the pants slow him down)
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Jackson isn't scared of the vacuum cleaner, in fact, he likes it.
Sunday we had a friend from work's baby shower at the house (a good excuse to clean, right). Here's a few pics:
All the yummy food
The cute cake
Mama to be and J
Almost the whole gang - a group had already left by the time we took this. Wes went to the lake to fish for a while when everyone was over. Not sure why - 20 women and 6 kids who wouldn't want to be there, lol. Hope everyone has a great week!
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Yes, that is Jackson working his way up the stairs!! I can't believe it our baby's now crawling up the steps. It's so cute to watch as he slowly (but not really cautiously) makes his way up them. Maybe I'll be able to get some video of it later this week, but for now, here he goes...
He pulls himself up with his arms
With Daddy patiently waiting behind to make sure J doesn't slip
Playing after bathtime
Getting sleepy - can't you tell ;-)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This is the scene walking into Jackson's room after his nap yesterday. He is now pulling up and standing up in his crib. We have now lowered his bed as low as it goes :-D
Busted! Note the little white are to the right of him on his crib...now see it closer
The little one has been gnawing on his bed the past couple of days and has made 4 "bite areas" around his crib!!! We're going to have to cover it with plastic if we can find some that fits his crib.
Determination - his eyes were set on a pair of my shoes across the room. He can crawl pretty quick now when there's something he wants to get.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Standing up on one of his toys
Our first day at the beach, Thursday - slightly windy (can you tell?)
We got Jackson in the pool for the first time. It took about 10 minutes for him to decide he liked the water, but after those 10 min, he loved it! I think part of what took him a little while to warm up to it was the fact that there were at least 10 other people in the pool - and some of them were screaming, splashing kids. I think it was kinda scary to him. He did so good though!
Loving it now :-D
We had a "beach party" at the meeting, but unfortunately that was the day that it rained. So the party got moved inside. Jackson still wore his cute beach outfit that one of the girls from work gave him. It's authentic Hawaiian ware - too cute!
Sunday afternoon we were able to spend some time at the beach after the meeting because we decided to stay an extra day. Lots of fun for everyone.
He wore the hat for a little while, but then kept pulling it off his head. His little swim trunks were so cute (but a little big which means they'll be perfect for our next beach trip in June).
We brought a pool but kept it dry so J could have a sandfree zone (for the most part). He could stay in it for short periods of time but he wanted to crawl out of it for the most part.
Emma's such a big girl now sitting in the chair
We weren't sure how he would react to his feet being in the sand, but he really liked it. He sat on the end of my beach chair and kept wiggling his toes in it.
In the pool again
Our sweet baby boy!!!
Emma checking it out
Tammy and Jim's daughter Madison holding Jackson. She's a strong little girl!
Samford Nurse Anesthesia Class of 2005 members
Loving the beach...we can't wait to take him back!!!