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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mimi. Bampa. Uncle Larry. Nan. Cheryl.

 We left last Friday afternoon to drive from Dumfries, VA to Evanston, IL.  Jackson did AWESOME!  He stayed awake while I drove us to Crystal City to pick up Josh from work (we left our house around 11:15), but then promptly fell asleep as soon as we hit the highway!  He ended up sleeping for almost two hours, but he woke up after the first 45 minutes asking sleepily, "Mimi?  Bampa?  Uncle Larry?  Nan?  Cheryl?"  It was so cute (especially because he went back to sleep!).  Cheryl is my grandma's caretaker, and Jackson just has formed quite a bond with her!  Once Jackson woke up from his nap, we read through the bag of library books I had checked out, played with toys, and Jackson got to watch some movies on his iPod.  We stopped for dinner in Ohio, and then hopped back in the car for the second leg of the trip.  Since it stays light for so much longer, Jackson didn't fall asleep until 9:30!  He really did ok until the last half hour or so.  Once he closed his eyes, he was OUT!  Phew!  We got to my mom and dad's house just before 11 CST.  We made great time :)
 Saturday morning, however, Jackson woke up at 5!  Yikes!  But, Mimi got up early with us to hang out :)  Brandi is borrowing the infant tub my mom bought, so my dad got it out of the attic.  Jackson seemed to think it was a good recliner :)  
 We all went to Big Herm's for lunch before the guys headed off to golf.  Jackson was really doing well until he was eating his ice cream treat.  I think it was a combination of actually getting a little brain freeze and sneezing while he was eating, but Jackson just burst into tears and got so upset!  We went home, and he proceeded to take a three hour nap :)  Ahhh...  We ordered Lou's for dinner and then Larry, Josh, and I took a lovely walk to a neighborhood ice cream store!  Confession time: I have worn my workout clothes only to walk to get ice cream :)  It is about a three-mile walk!
 Jackson got a trike right before we left VA!  He has been asking for one for a few weeks: "Jaxie bike!"  We have new neighbors and their girls ride their bikes around and around our cul-de-sac, and he likes to stand at the window and watch them.  He also started asking for a red bike!  Luckily I was hunting for a red Radio Flyer trike :)  I found a great deal on Craigslist.  Jackson face was priceless when we showed him Jaxie's bike!!!  It is the fold-n-go variety, so I was able to fit the trike in the car!  Jackson is LOVING showing Mimi and Bampa his pedaling skills :)
 Jackson's Uncle Brad and Aunt Karol visited Mom and Dad a couple weeks ago, and brought this adorable book for Jackson!  Charlie the Ranch Dog by Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman!!!) is super cute :)
 Jaxie and Unlelearry :)
 We haven't all been together since Christmas, so we had a few family photo ops :)

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