There are so many moments with Jack that I love, but rocking him to sleep is one of my top five, easily. Most of his day is spent from one thing to the next, barely stopping for an occasional tickle or comforting hug. He's not just saying "up" anymore, but telling me about the cars and trucks outside, that he wants to color and eat a snack. Today, for the first time, when he hugged my sister he said, "squuuueeeeze burrger." (which is a saying my dad always said to us growing up when he gave us a hug.) It was so precious.
The moments of carrying him across the parking lot, rocking him to sleep, and his cry to hold him when he gets hurt are so quickly passing by. I know they aren't meant to last forever (praise Jesus!) and yet today they are so constant, so everyday life. I pray to treasure each moment just a little more, especially as the reality of it becoming the four of us draws nearer. These last two years with just me and Jack have been such a blessing and it makes me slightly envious of all those first-borns out there. Oh, I know they have other issues, but come on. It must have been great (too bad most can't remember it.) Today, Jack wanted a "group hug" with me and John and once again I was reminded how much his world will be rocked when Zoey comes along in February.
Here's a few snapshots from his birthday over the weekend.
Our two year old with a yummy chocolate donut.
Oh, and my sweet cousins (leslie and arica) stopped by with Leslie's little guy, Ender. Arica is fanning away his stinky diaper and I just love his little face. So good to see those guys!
Jackboy loves his cars.
Fall has stumbled up on. Love the changes.
Halloween Eve my sister and I carved pumpkins and watched The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I kind of may have wanted it to be affair, but...didn't happen. John gave Jack a bath instead. Didn't stop me.
After a couple battles with a so sleepy-still recovering two year old, we opted out of the Thomas costume or the Girrafe costume and settled for a Lumber Jack instead. Glad we did because he looked too cute.
Last year. 2010.
This year. 2011.
Jack, with his little pal Ellie.
I wrote a bit about our trip to Michigan, but hadn't posted the pictures. Here's a few from our adventures in John's homeland.
Jack and his cousin Caleb. Jack still talks about him. Why do cousins have to live so far away? (story of my life)
our getaway/flu trip to Mackinac Island. It was so beautiful. Cold, quiet and perfect to stay snuggled in a room. It reminded me so much of Bible school in England.
Our trip to the Pumpkin Patch that lasted about....45 minutes. Jack was a little over stimulated, or two. Same difference.
He literally pulled John's hand everywhere. I just laughed and took the pictures. John has kind of reached his limit.
He slowed down enough to see the chickens
and eat two whole donuts. Yum.
Later that day (while Jack napped. Sorry, kiddo.) We went to a beautiful apple orchard to pick apples (or eat, whichever) and breath in fresh fall air.
Where we dream of taking family pictures next year.
John, demonstrating to me how I should pose.
Our precious nephews and niece. Such a joy to get to see them.
John's sweet parents. We enjoyed a lot of laughter and time with family (and bowls of popcorn.)
Goodbye hugs all around.
This pictures cracks me up. That's all.
Evening singing with the VanTrapp---er, Dickerson fam. Such fun!
Jack, last year at the pumpkin patch.
This year he still loves tractors. John did get a new fleece, which is a plus.