Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving and More...

It's only been two weeks since I updated and all of a sudden I have a ton of pictures to post!

I hope everyone reading this had a blessed Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful weekend celebrating with my family. My parents and Amy drove down to us allowing me to stay in town during my third trimester and saving me from what could have been a very uncomfortable car ride! I got to learn how to make my Grandma Mitzel's stuffing and also learned how to make a turkey! We made all of our favorites and now Troy, Jack and I will be eating turkey and everything else the rest of this week! :-) It was sure delicious though!

Along with eating, we did some Black Friday and Saturday shopping, played Farkle, ate some Chicago traditions - hot dogs and pizza, took Jack to the park and also took him swimming. My mom and sister also helped me get started on pulling out all of our newborn and 0-3 month clothes to prepare for our little guy coming in less than 8 weeks! My dad and Troy put the crib together as well so we are pretty much set for whenever he decides to arrive! We are getting so excited and antsy to meet him! All in all, a great weekend! So thankful for family!

Jack also had his first "sleepover" about two weeks ago. One of my best friends, Natalie, went into labor and so we had her little guy Wyatt overnight. Jack got so excited when he woke up and had his little friend over to play! They were pretty cute together and got along so well! The highlight for them was playing on the futon mattress. We pulled it down onto the ground for Wyatt to sleep on and the next day the two of them couldn't get enough of climbing on it and falling into the pillows and then rolling off and starting again...super fun and so cute!

Jack is almost running now...which is a little scary. He is absolutely fearless. He'll climb up to the slide at the park and slide down head first without any help at all and thinks it's the best thing ever! He also will completely dunk his head under water in the pool with Troy and is so proud of himself! He never stops...his energy is endless! Another favorite of his lately is pulling out all the pots and pans in the kitchen and drumming on them or using them as cymbals. Not as fun for Troy and I! :-) He turned 13 months on Thanksgiving...and it was just a perfect reminder of how incredibly THANKFUL we are to have him in our life. He is such an amazing kid and we just love him so much!

Enjoy the photos!

A super cute outfit and photo of him after church this past Sunday
Such a little man...just walking around like he owns our place...
Splashing in the pool with Daddy and Papa

At the park with Nana, Auntie Amy and Mommy...

Sliding down head first all by himself...and so proud!

Me and my little guy...

Auntie Amy and Jack!
Trying on the winter hat he wore last year :-)
Helping us take out the baby clothes...
Chillin' on the couch!
Goofing off with Nana
Watching football with Daddy and Papa
Papa, Nana and Jack
Auntie Amy and Jack
Anderson Family Photo
Daddy and Jack
Loves the toilet paper...nice Jack...
31 weeks and 2 days
Not feeling so good...Daddy made a bed on the floor for him and we let him watch Veggie Tales...
Playing with his pots and pans

Funny kid...
Jack and Wyatt playing on the futon bed

They also were both obsessed with the vacuum...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Our Trip to the Zoo!

Last Tuesday we took our first family trip to the zoo! Chicago has a great zoo called the Lincoln Park Zoo that is free! The biggest hits were the baby chicks, the horse, the goat and the zebra. He was pretty confused by the was pretty cute!

Jack is walking everywhere now! There really isn't a time during the day he chooses to crawl. It's so crazy to see our baby turn into a little person! He just walks around the house with his own agenda and is so independent. The best part is that he actually is becoming more snugly with this new found independence. He goes and does whatever he wants and then comes back to check in and get a hug...and then he's off again! We love it! He has never been one to cuddle so we are really enjoying every minute of it!

We didn't take a lot of pictures this week as we've all been sick with a bad cold...but here are a few that we did take!

Jack is fascinated by the baby chicks
Pointing to the cow...
He still loves goats!
The zoo is right north of downtown Chicago so it's got great views of the city Jack just walking around doing his thing...
Looking at the zebras
Another point where he didn't want to be in the stroller or be held...very independent...
Reading books on the couch with Mommy!
I had him sitting on the counter while I gave him a few Teddy Grahams and he decided to really relax and enjoy himself!
Reading his Elmo Trick or Treat book with Daddy...he loves the doorbell button...lucky us! :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Family Photos!

While we were home in MN to celebrate Jack's birthday we had some family photos taken to document Jack at one year! Our friend, Karen Feder, took the pictures and they turned out great! Here are some of our favorites!

All photos taken by Karen Feder Photography

Thanks again to Karen Feder Photography for the great photos!!