Upcoming Vacation

Brad and I are getting very excited about our upcoming vacation to Chicago this weekend.  We are leaving on Thursday and coming home on Sunday.  And no, Jaxson is not coming with us.  We are going with our good friends, Jason and Brandy.  On Friday we are going to the Cubs vs Astros game at Wrigley Field, which I am very excited about because I’ve never been to Wrigley and also because the Cubs are playing really well right now.  Then on Saturday, we are going to the Iowa game at Soldier Field. Of course the boys are very excited about that one.  They have been counting down the days since the day after the Iowa bowl game last year.  It will be a very fun and busy weekend I’m sure.  Brandy and I are hoping that we do ok away from our babies for that long.  At least we know that they will be in the best hands with their grandmas.

Jaxson likes his new booster seat

“Mom, who made this mess?”

Play Date

Last night we had a play date with our neighbors, Mike, Brandy, and Jack.  We went down to their house and ordered pizza.  I took along one of those Jello no-bake oreo desserts, which the boys just gobbled up.  Jack and Jaxson had fun playing together.  Jaxson especially enjoyed chasing their cats around and watching their dog.  It makes Brad and me contemplate about getting a pet for Jaxson because we know that he would just love it.  But at this point, we are still thinking about that idea.  Jack liked to follow Jaxson around wherever he went.  Jack isn’t walking yet, but would like to be, so he thought Jaxson was pretty cool.  I don’t think Jack thought Jaxson was pretty cool when he hit him in the head with a block though.  I suppose that’s what happens when you get two boys playing together and I’m sure that it will get a lot worse as they get bigger.  We headed home when the boys started getting tired and the next thunderstorm started.  Jaxson loves to watch the lightening, so he got quite a show last night.  We got home just as it started raining AGAIN. 

1 Year Photos

1 Year Check-Up

Jaxson got to go see Dr. Williams today for his 1 year check-up.  Once again he was very impressed with our little man.  Jaxson weighed in at 23.1 lbs, which is in the 75th percentile, and was 31 inches tall, which is in the 90th percentile.  He must be taking after Uncle Brandon on his height.  He also has several teeth coming in all at once.  There’s only been a couple times when I could tell that his teeth were bothering him, but other than that, he’s been just fine.  He did get three shots today, which hasn’t been all that fun.  He took a good nap when we got home and then played with Anya when he woke up. Our friends Brandy and Anya dropped by to give him a birthday present and so Anya could sing “Happy Birthday” to him.  But after they left Jaxson was not a very happy camper.  He wouldn’t let me put him down.  Every time I tried to set him down he would cry and cling to my arm.  We did manage to go for a walk, which he always enjoys being in the stroller.  Then when Daddy got home from work we went to the mall to get Jaxson an outfit for pictures tomorrow.  I hope he’s in a better mood tomorrow so that we can get some good pictures.

Other Weekend News & Events

Brad and Jaxson attended the neighborhood BBQ on Saturday evening. They had a lot of fun chatting with the neighbors and I guess Jaxson had fun throwing their landscaping rocks around.  We are going to get together with the couple (Mike & Brandy) that have a son named Jack, who is the same age as Jaxson, on Thursday for some pizza and so the boys can play.  Brad learned at the neighborhood party that we have a famous neighbor.  Shawn Johnson, who is the #1 gymnast in the USA right now and possibly the world, lives just a few houses down from us.  Mike and Brandy say that she is a very sweet girl.  I think the world championships are in a month and she is picked to win, so cheer her on.  On Sunday, Brad and Jaxson got to spend some quality father-son time together for Jaxson’s birthday.  They went to Scheel’s and picked out a Sesame Street helmet so now Bubbie can ride in the bike trailer with daddy on bike rides.  Grandma and Grandpa C also stopped and played on their way back from Springfield, MO.  They had something interesting and horrible happen to them on their mini-vacation.  They went to MO to spend time with Kris’ brother, Joe, and his wife, Marilyn.  While they were there, Kris’ new Toyota Camry got shot at.  One of the windows is gone, there is a tear in the fabric on the roof of the car and there is a gunshot hole in the driver’s side door.  Luckily no one was in the car at the time.  Joe and Marilyn live in a very nice neighborhood and it’s scary to think of something like that happening.  So they had to drive all the way back to Gowrie with no window.  Then when they got home, they had a foot of water in the basement.  Not a good weekend for the Cathcarts.

Bubbie opening one more birthday present
Jaxson looks real excited on his birthday


3 days old
365 days old
I think the red stuff is from a birthday cupcake that he had at supper.
We are so blessed!  We love you Bubbie!

Iowa State Fair

We ventured out to the Iowa State Fair this afternoon.  It was a lot of fun except it was so stinkin’ packed with people.  I think everyone else had the same idea about going on the day when the weather is perfect.  Jaxson had a lot of fun seeing all of the different animals and watching all of the people.  He also enjoyed the famous fair food.  Let’s see. . . we tried a plain ol’ turkey sandwich, turkey nuggets, pizza, a tenderloin, and for dessert we had strawberry shortcake and a deep fat fried snickers, which to my surprise was very good.  We spent four hours at the fair and I feel like we didn’t get to see all that much.  Maybe we could have seen more if we weren’t eating most of the time.  Oh well!  So it’s back to work for me tomorrow.  I think the boys are going to hang out and play and then in the afternoon they got invited to a BBQ at a neighbor’s house.  These neighbor’s live down the street a little ways and have a son named Jack, who is eight days older than Jaxson.  They also have a dog named Hawkeye, if that tells you anything.  I’m sure that Brad and Jaxson will fit right in and have fun.

“More strawberry shortcake please”
butter Harry Potter

Trying out Halloween costumes.  This monkey suit didn’t make the cut for the finals.

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