20 months

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By the time you read this, Jack is now 20 and 1/2 months. This series of photos shows the many sides and personalities of Jack and some of the things we’ve been up to! Lets explore each photograph, shall we?

1. Jack is obsessed with drinking out of mama and dada’s glasses and cups. For the most part, he’s really good at it but if you turn your head away for a second there is a lovely little puddle on the floor next to him, and Jack then holding out the glass saying “more, more, more!”

2. Jack had his first visit to the zoo this month. He loved it! He really loved all the manholes, gates, rocks, and benches! The animals, even the giraffes and elephants did not seem to blow him away. What can you do!

3. Jack is crabby for 10 minutes after he wakes up from a nap sometimes. And he is still cute. That’s all.

4. I put his toy chest behind this loveseat for a couple weeks. We really had a lot of fun climbing over it and pretend falling onto the floor. We did this for hours. Try it!

5. One of my faves this month. When I want jack to look up, I say “look Jack, there’s a bird on my head!” It works every time.

6. Jack now can crawl back up these windy slides and flys down them. He’s mastering the playground and making some friends there too!

7. Grandma B gave Jack this hat. He will not wear it longer than a few seconds but soooo cute!

8. “That!” “This!” “Go that way!” “No, this way!” Yep, he’s pretty bossy. Pointing and telling me which way to go. Even from his car seat, trying to give directions! Amazing!

9. Jack loves his daddy but he might love watching his daddy mow the lawn even more. (Heart melting)

10. One day Jack took Cookie Monster everywhere with him. He liked sitting on this chair and hugging him. Just this one day. Funny kid.

11. Jacks favorite way to watch a cartoon? On my iPhone. Yo gabba gabba and Dora the explorer are new faves.

12. If I haven’t mentioned it before, Jack loves money! In a hotel room on our road trip he hides money around the room, like a squirrel hiding nuts!

13. At the wedding. Running free, loving life.

14. Jack has not been in a pool yet. It didn’t happen this day either. He splashed in some puddles though!

15. I just like this photo because it reminds me of the times of calm and contentment during our road trip.

16. At a campground in Wyoming at sunrise. Jack still so curious and exploring every corner, nook and cranny.

It was a great summer. Short. But overall pretty great. It’s so nice to be able to do more with jack. I hope to post more pics from the summer soon. I am having major problems with my laptop and am going to take it in to get looked at. Hang in there. We’ll be back! Xoxo.



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Hello everyone! We recently got back from our big road trip to Montana for Jack’s Aunt Camille’s wedding. We had so much fun and saw so many roadside attractions and little old western towns on the way. The Sturgis motorcycle rally was happening the same time we were driving through so we shared the road with many motorcycles. We went out of our way just a tad to see Devils tower in Wyoming (of Close Encounters of the Third Kind fame, remember the mashed potatoes?), Deadwood, SD (it was pouring, didn’t get any good photos, boo-hoo), and Virginia City, MT (a well-preserved old western town, touristy but still very cool). We found an incredible and free storybook children’s park in Rapid City, SD. We camped at a KOA in Sheridan, WY and stayed at a motel in Mitchell, SD. We wanted to drive through the Badlands but Jack got a heat rash as we left Montana and we needed to head home. Helena and the wedding were wonderful and Jack enjoyed getting to know his cousins.  I took over 2000 photos during our 10 day trip and so I decided to make a book of Jack’s first road trip. There’s just too many to post here! So what you see here is just a sampling of some of the highlights of the trip. I will be posting a 20 month Jack update this week too so come back to the blog later this week. Thanks! Enjoy your labor day weekend everyone!

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas all! These were taken at a mall in Helena, Montana during our recent vacation. Jack met Santa and his two amazing carnies. Santa was pretty nice though, smelled like whiskey and as you can see, he is very enthusiastic about his job. Tee hee…. Hope everyone’s holiday was wonderful. We had a great family party here last night and went to grandma B’s today. Wow. It was one year ago today, I went into labor. Our little Jack turns one tomorrow. We’re so lucky. And we’re so busy! Jack is having a party this weekend. Lots of pics to come….xoxo.

p.s. Jack (happy early 1st birthday sweetheart)

Thanksgiving morning, Montana.

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Hello everyone! We are back from Montana! We had a wonderful time with the Murphy clan and I DID take a lot of pictures! Unfortunately I am having a few problems with my laptop and its taking a little while uploading photos and what not. I should have a post up this weekend. For now, here is a little mini post. Jack had lovely bed head and looked so cute in his gobble gobble gobble shirt. I have another mini blog post for tomorrow too. Stay with us! Hope you all are enjoying the holiday season thus far. xoxo.

The end of summer…part two.

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Hello! Continuing on…We left Hertel Sunday morning and went to visit my brother near Chippewa Falls.  We stopped at a lake to cool off. That’s where the first three pictures were taken. The visit was great, we played a long game of cribbage and Jack was very entertaining to say the least. We then headed south, not exactly sure where we would spend our last night of vacation ( I prefer to plan, Eli likes to “see what happens”). We decided on Wisconsin Dells. Wow! What a place! I hadn’t been there since my childhood. It is now becoming a children’s Las Vegas! I was surprised how giddy I got. The inner child in me had to be restrained by my adult self- the largest waterpark in america is here; an upside down white house with a dinosaur breaking through called Top Secret, a sort of spy type museum/playground; the largest mini golf park I’ve ever seen; and a space museum that held a replica of sputnik and the russian Mir space station module. I can’t wait until Jack can see this! Anyway, we stayed at a cute little motel, ordered the worst chinese of our lives and had a nice time driving through the town and playing on the motels’ playground (pictured). The next day we went to a 50’s diner for breakfast.  As you can see Jack did not want his picture taken with Elvis (Grandma B will not like this). We then headed toward Madison, stopping at Dr. Evermore’s forevertron- a scrap metal art park. Absolutely phenomenal. Had a nice picnic in Madison on Lake Monona and headed home. Ahhh summer…. how I love thee….until we meet again…XOXO, Erika

The end of summer…part one.

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Hello everyone! August is just about over, or it may be by the time you read this. We went on one last road trip, stopping first at a park near our gas station stop that had all vintage playground equipment. Jack had to ride on the little car. Our destination was to visit our friend Becky in Hertel, WI. Or as most people say, “up north”. It was a nice relaxing time (as much as it could be, still had full blown motherly duties). Becky was a great host. She cooked us a Wisconsin style fish fry (with the fish she caught the night before) upon arrival. We took a pontoon ride, rocked in the hammock, met three generations of her family (all wonderful), and Eli even got an archery lesson. The weather was the best of the summer and the cool breeze never let up (although it got a little wicked at times). So beautiful up there. Different speed. Lovely. I love road trips. More about it tomorrow. XOXO, Erika

Hit the road, Jack

I often sit next to Jack in the car on our family outings and apparently take a lot of photographs! Here are some of my favorites lately. Oh, and you can see his first two teeth in a couple of these. Enjoy:)

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Bookworm gardens

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A few weeks ago we went to Bookworm gardens. A beautiful sculpture garden based on favorite childrens books. It was a really hot day, so we didnt stay too long but long enough to walk through and snap a few photos. This was the “Playhouse for Monster”.

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Peek a boo!

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Ooh…what’s in there?

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Wow…dinosaurs are so cool.

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Ring a ding ding…

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There’s a burger hanging from the tree!

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Little house on the prairie.

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it’s true.

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Pretty plant wall.

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Welcome to the Japanese Teahouse. This was such a wonderful place, I can’t wait to come back! Ba bye!