Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ready for some pictures?

Wow!  It's been a busy few weeks for the Carters.  Prepare yourself for a rather picture-heavy post.  Enjoy!

Several weeks ago we went to the monthly open house for the Greater Midwest Lego Train Club.  We would never have known about it except for a story on the local news.  Obviously, with Jackson's obsession with all things train related, I knew we had to go.  It was incredible!  You would never find it unless you knew it was there.  It's in an old warehouse in a rather out-of-the-way part of town.  After a long walk down a hallway that I didn't think would ever end, we arrived to a room full of parents and kids and lots of Legos.  It was worth the walk and the crowds!  Jackson just loved it!  As you look through these pictures, remember that EVERYTHING you see is made out of Legos.  I think they said they've used almost a million Legos to make it all.  If you have a Lego or train lover in your life, you have to check this out!

Part of the Thomas the Train scene

The scenes were built up with Legos and had these little "windows" right at kid height.  There was another little scene inside each little window. 

What a great day!  We will definitely go back.  They have an open house on the second Saturday of every month.  Check it out!

The weekend before Easter we all made the trek down to Iowa for....drum roll please....the Shrine circus!!  I LOVED the circus growing up.  I loved all the animals, the acrobats, the motorcycles, the cotton candy and the fun toys that would light up.  Getting to experience the whole thing through Jackson's eyes was even more amazing.  Thank you to Grandma and Grandpa Blair for such a wonderful day!

Outside the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, IA

Jackson got his very own light toy!

...and it was perfect for tickling!

Happy little boy (and Mom)!!

Here are some adorable bath pictures!  He was in rare form that night.

Trying to tickle Daddy

We spent Easter Sunday at the Carter's house.  It's always so much fun to get together with family.  Gramma Carter even planned an Easter egg hunt for the kids!  I was surprised at how quickly Jackson picked it up.  He was running around with Zac and Zoe trying to find all the eggs.  They all had a great time!

Trying to find every last egg

Oh my goodness!  A new truck!

Has there ever been a cuter picture taken?  I don't think so.  The two Carter goofballs!

After Jackson's naptime, he opened his Easter basket at home.  Cars, books, a movie and trains -- it doesn't get any better for a 21 month old little boy.

Check out my new car!

Looking at all the Thomas stuff that he can put on his birthday list

So, as you can see, it's been a pretty busy month around here.  We're all doing well and looking forward to spring (if it ever arrives) and summer.  Jackson can't wait until he can spend more time outside.  He really is an outdoors kid.  I remember my parents telling me that when I was a child, they used to have to hide my coat because I wanted to go outside ALL THE TIME.  Well, Jackson is getting to be the same way.  It's a good thing though and we will enjoy lots of park time this summer! 

Jackson is talking more and more.  I think the last time we counted he is up to about 35 words and he seems to be adding a new one everyday.  This morning his new word was "whale."  He's even starting to put them together in sentences which is really exciting to me!  So, we're chugging right along and quickly approaching his second birthday.  Scary!!  It's so much fun though!  Everyday he does or says something new and amazing and we're loving every minute of it!

Until next time, take care!