Wednesday, November 25, 2009

And now for Santa

Yesterday, my friend Kelly and I were talking about how Bass Pro Shops has advertised having a Santa in their store, and maybe we should go. By that evening, we realized maybe we should go now before Thanksgiving, in case it's not as busy as it'll be after thanksgiving... and we did. And we were so glad. It was 7 pm last night (Santa's there from 5-8 pm daily), and there was no line!

Here's what the Santa set up looks like. He's the real deal, too. So sweet.

Meeting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

Here are Kelly's kids. Big kudos to that brave 3 year old who stood by Santa, even despite her fear.
The Jacksons meet Santa

As you can see, fear got the best of Chandler.
Meeting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

Meeting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

Then they told him their mile long list of toys... because, ya know, they don't really have any. ;)
Meeting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

And I think Santa knew the way to Chandler's heart, because he gave out candy. Chandler stood as far away as he could, and reeeaached for the candy.
He got just close enough to take the candy!

So I thought I'd sit with Chandler...you can see how well that worked. I think it's funny how Chandler and Santa have the same expressions.
Meeting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

They had a truly Santa's workshop thing going on, complete with a train set, which had Chance mesmerized.
Still in love with trains

I think the ad said, "Make Thanksgiving Day a Nascar Race Day." LOL
Meeting Santa at Bass Pro Shops

Then the kids wrote letters to Santa. This one was taken by Heath, of William.
photos by Heath

And sweet Elizabeth.
photos by Heath

And this was my favorite shot of the night.
the high contrast b/w

Thanks for joining us on the adventure, Jackson family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween

Considering it's mid-November (okay, nearly the end of November), I guess it's about time I blogged about Halloween. I was about to post about how the boys met Santa last night, then realized, "Ooops, Halloween came first."

One week before Halloween, we went to a party for Chuck's work called "Racktoberfest" and the kids were to come in costume. They had a blast.

Racktoberfest

racktoberfest

They did bungee racing. I love how Chance's harness is around his knees. LOL
Racktoberfest

Their masks didn't stay on long; it was hard for them to see in them.
Racktoberfest

Racktoberfest

Shooting an innocent bystander. Just look at Chance's face! I can almost hear the Vader theme song.
Racktoberfest

So when they went to get their faces painted, I asked if we could "paint" their masks on...
racktoberfest

She did a great job.
racktoberfest

racktoberfest

racktoberfest

racktoberfest

Yoda wasn't going to go for a green face, so he got a car on his arm instead.
racktoberfest

And, so I have to throw this in...The kids got to play lazer tag, and honestly, it looked so fun, I joined in. I guess my conversion to a boy-mom is officially complete! Those 5 year old boys didn't stand a chance...
racktoberfest

The next day, Nana and Big Daddy came to visit and we went to a pumpkin patch.
Nana and Big Daddy visit

pumpkin patch

pumpkin patch

I didn't get many pictures, but we did get pumpkins, which we painted the next day...
pumpkin painting time

pumpkin painting time

If you look closely, you'll see another appearance of Charlie's clone trooper mask...
pumpkin painting time

The next day, Chuck came down with the swine flu. Thankfully, it was mild. He had fever, aches, and diarrhea for about 36 hours. We kept him quarantined for another 48 hours after that, and he was well just in time to go to the Halloween party!

Also, the day before Halloween, Chance had his party at school. I haven't even edited those photos yet; I'm so behind! But all of the kids put on costumes, all the parents line the halls and give candy to the kids as they parade by. It is SO fun!

And as an aside, I must mention, I love how the Oak Hills Church PreK handles Halloween. Christians are faced with the dilemma of how involved they should be, if at all, on Halloween, given it's evil nature and roots. We've thought, discussed, studied and prayed because truly it's something that could influence our children. While I don't know that there's a definitive answer to this issue, (it's more of a conscience matter), we've used it as a time to teach the kids about the difference between a fun costume and trick-or-treating, and participating in anything that promotes fear. So, what I love about Oak Hills Prek is that they have this costume parade, but they ask that no one wear scary costumes. It's a hard thing to balance, and I think they've done it. Hopefully I'll get to those photos and get'em up sometime (probably on Christmas, ha!!).

Ok, so onto the big day. I managed, well Chuck managed... to find a Leia costume on craigslist the day of Halloween! I also bought the boys face paint and was going to paint their faces so they could ditch the masks. I wasn't sure I could do as well as the artist did the week before... But then the boys decided they didn't want their faces painted. Ahh, boys...

Anyhow, we meet up at our friend Sarah's house, as we have for the last 3 years. Our group keeps growing, and it's so much fun seeing 30 kids descend on a neighbor's front door, ha!!

The whole group, minus some parents who took the pictures. Thanks, Philip, for this one!
Halloween

And thanks, Sarah J, for this one!
Halloween

Han Solo and Princess Leia (or "Pwincess Weia" as Chance would say).
Halloween

Thank you, Jones' family, for another fun Halloween!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Random Happenings

Chandler has changed so much in the last few months. He's shown us he's very clever and curious. This morning he piled his bags of diapers and wipes into a laundry basket to make it a comfy bed for watching tv.

Last week he scared me...twice.
1. Charlie climbed on top of things to get onto the top of the big garbage can, and jump off. I told him that was dangerous, to not do it again. 20 minutes later, I busted him doing it again. What I didn't think of came next: Chandler figured out how to climb up the can, and jump off. It took him awhile to stand on his own, and I even called a nurse to figure out if he'd broken or strained something.

2. As I was gathering our stuff to leave, Chandler and his friend Cademon ventured into our shower. They love that shower, and I'd watched them play there often. Usually they, open the door, get in, close the door. Laugh at me through the glass. Open the door, get back out, and repeat. But this time Chandler came out of my bathroom with his hair covered in what I thought was water. I figured he'd turned on the shower head and scared himself. I ran to get Cademon out, but he was standing there, dry. With a little bit of shampoo in his hand. They'd worked together to open a shampoo bottle, which was now in Chandler's eyes!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Airshow 2009

Every year Chuck has been so excited about the Airshow. The military lets a bunch of their planes put on a show, and it's quite fun! Last year Chuck brought Charlie and Chance, but I stayed home as usual with the youngest babe. So this was the first year that I actually got to come, since Chandler's old enough! It was a fun milestone to go as a family.

This is the one major thing Chuck looks forward to photographing each year, and he's longed for a good telephoto lens since he first started. So this year, I surprised him with one! I gave it to him the night before, so he tested it out on the moon:

Trying out the new lens

Not bad, ehh?

So, Saturday he went alone so he could focus on taking pictures of the planes. It was bright and sunny which actually made it a bit difficult, but he did a great job. Here's the whole set if you'd like to look through them.

But here is my favorite shot:
2009 Randolph AFB Air Show

Anyhow, today (Sunday) we ventured out as a family. The weather was supposed to be rainy, but only isolated showers, so we figured it would be no big deal...you know what's coming right? The show was cut way short and we were stuck in the pouring down rain for quite awhile. Although, how often do you get to stand under a fighter jet for shelter?!

Airshow Day 2 by Angie

Airshow Day 2 by Angie
{Chuck and the boys are down front...look closely!}

Airshow Day 2 by Angie
{They LOVED the Lego exhibit and Lego tent where they could play.}

Airshow Day 2 by Angie
{Charlie really enjoyed the various guns. Not sure if that's a good thing, ha!}

Hanging out at the Air Show
{See what I mean?!}

Hanging out at the Air Show
{Chandler, however, was quite content to run around in an open field.}

Airshow Day 2 by Angie
{The boys did enjoy watching the planes. See that impending rain in the back?}

Hanging out at the Air Show
{They asked to all wear camo today, so cute!}

Hanging out at the Air Show
{then it started to rain...}

Airshow Day 2 by Angie
{It's a good thing our cameras are waterproof!! Thank you, Olympus!!}

Hanging out at the Air Show
One quick story. It had started drizzling and the boys kept prodding me to take them to see the Lego tent (again). Chuck said "but the F-18 is coming." I thought, yeah, yeah, but the boys are running out of patience, so off to the tent we went (sans Chuck, who was taking pictures). As we were walking, the F-18 took flight. I kept making the boys stop and turn around so I could watch. The sound and speed of that thing is incredible. There is nothing like witnessing it first hand. So, every time it flew by, doing rolls and just being incredibly fast and loud, I would stop and watch, and the boys were like, "Come ON Mom." Every single time, I think I said "Wow, did you see that? That was totally awesome!!!" They were pretty much rolling their eyes as I took forever to walk because I was so enraptured. It was like I was the little kid and they were the adults. But it was so fun.

2009 Randolph AFB Air Show
{The F-18 as it flew by}

2009 Randolph AFB Air Show
{A picture Chuck got of it the day before.}


Airshow Day 2 by Angie
{Soon the rain began pouring, and we took shelter under an F-15, giving the crowds a chance to leave...}

Hanging out at the Air Show
{So what do 2 photographers do when they're bored? Take each other's picture of course!}

Airshow Day 2 by Angie

Airshow Day 2 by Angie

If you want more info on the airshow, click here. It could be at Randolph or Lackland AFB, so each year you just have to search for "San Antonio Airshow".