Monday, December 24, 2007

Another Post!

We go from one post every two weeks to two posts in one day. I found the opportunity to get some pictures and videos up and I thought I would take the chance.

Unfortunately, I am unable to get the video of him taking a couple steps up on the blog yet, but I will get one up soon.

Here is a short clip of Jack clicking his tongue

Here is a great video of Jack laughing. Sorry if it is a little dark.

We also had the opportunity to go out and look at Christmas lights with the Hanks family and along the way, we ran into Santa! Here is Jack meeting Santa for the first time and getting a present from him.

Merry Christmas!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas! I know that we are looking forward to spending time with our families. We are so blessed to have both of our families living in the same area. Tonight (Christmas Eve), we go to church with Matt's family and then over to their house to open up gifts. I think the Grandmas and Grandpas are just a little excited to be having Jack come over to open up gifts. Of course the only thing that he will care about is all the wrapping paper! Rip, rip, rip!! Then, on Christmas day, we will open up our gifts to each other and head over to the Hanks house to open gifts and have a Christmas fondu party! The difficult part this year will be with our position as caretaker. Every day at 10 a.m., somebody has to go through and do OK checks. They have a little sign to put outside their door to let us know they are OK and if they don't have it out, we have to call or go in and check on them. We do these checks on weekends and holidays. So, after we open up our gifts, we will have to get these checks done before we go over to the Hanks. That won't be any fun, but we'll just do it as quickly as possible.

Jack is doing great. He is starting to take steps! He just started in the last week and we only have one little video clip of it and we don't have it on the computer, yet. I promise we will have it on here before too long. His great grandma taught him how to clap last week and he loves it. He loves to clap when he is happy.

Sorry I don't have any pics or videos on this post, but I will make up for it later. Thank you to all those that sent Christmas cards! It was nice to get caught up on what is happening in your lives. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year!!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy

Sorry that it has been so long since we posted, but we have been extremely busy! It has been a little bit of everything. The caretaking has been crazy lately with all of the cleaning and shoveling. We have already had a couple of snow storms in Minnesota that has required a fair amount of shoveling. Of course, with the time of year, we have been doing a lot of things to get ready for Christmas. Shannon has helped decorate the church and attended a cookie exchange for the ladies at the church. Of course, it is also for the men as their wives get to bring a lot of cookies home! YUM! We have also been planning for our adult Sunday School's Christmas party which happened last night. We had a great time! There were 11 of us at the event and we had great food, played some fun games and just had some great Christian fellowship.

Jack has been extremely active lately. We think he is on the verge of walking. He is walking along furniture and venturing out with only one hand on the table. He sometimes lets go and stands there for a while. The other day he let go and tried to take a step toward me, but he reached out and missed my leg and fell down. He's not very far away!
Here is a picture of Jack helping us with the Christmas decorations. He sure loved the lights!

I am also including a video of Jack playing some Peek-a-boo with the whole Hanks family. It was cute how he kept lifting the napkin over his face over and over again.