Monday, November 28, 2011

Nora following in Mommys Footsteps (or atleast Shoes!)

Nora loves putting on my shoes and trying to walk around the house.  Here she is wearing some HEELS!  She did better in them than me.  I wore them to baptism and one of them fall off on the steps as I walked up the stage---oops!

Jackson's Sitting Up and Crawling

Jackson is now sitting up unsupported and crawling SLOWLY!  He is loving just sitting there looking like a big boy.  Watch out Nora he is going to be on the move soon.
Nora's new bike-she got it for her birthday! 

Big Boy Jackson sitting up all on his own.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nora's Birthday Party

We celebrated Jackson's Baptism and Nora's Birthday after church at my parents house.  Nora's birthday party theme was 'ELMO'.  My mom made a cake, because sleep deprived me FORGOT A CAKE!!!!  My mom made it yesterday and Nora said 'Elmo' right away so it was a great rendition of Elmo!!  I cannot believe Nora is going to be 2.  She is really starting to enjoy opening presents so it was fun to see her open all the presents for her birthday.
Cousin Love!

Nana Anne is excited!

wow-so fun!

Daddy and Nora opening gifts

Nora with Auntie Kate and Godmother Kirsten

Nora and her Elmo Cake - normal cake with marshmallow eyes, nilla wafer nose with orange frosting, and black licorice mouth---so creative!

Brittany with Reese

Jackson's Baptism

We had Jackson's baptism today at my parents church in Dawson.  We had Nora baptized here as well so it was nice to be able to do both kids.  Pastor Erik is such a great guy so I am glad he was able to baptize both our kids.  Jackson wore his grandpa Steve's baptismal gown-he barely fit!  In true Jackson fashion....he pooped while we were on stage!  My brother sang the same song, Come to Jesus by Chris Rice, as he sang for Nora's baptism--I love the song and the words to the song!!

Family photo - as good as we can get it now days!

how cute does Jackson look in this photo---he's saying 'what up?'

Smiley boy

God Parents, Pastor Erik, parents and Jackson

Godparents -Brandon and Courtney and Jackson

Godparents - Adam Gabriel and Kate Forslund

Grandma Arlene with Jackson

Grandma Nora with Jackson

Getting baptized

Nora trying to join the fun!

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Thanksgiving was at my parents house this year.  We had a busy busy weekend.
My parents- thankful for all 9 grandchildren.  Charlie, Lincoln, JT, Reese, Sullivan, Kate, Landrey, Nora and Jackson

Landrey and Nora- bathtime
Courtney, my aunt Char and Grandma Arlene

Cousin Erika with Jackson and Kate

Nora (almost 2 years), Landrey(2 years 2 months) and Laney(20 months) 

Papa Lee worked too hard so he and Jackson took a nap together--love this photo!

I watched all the little kids so my siblings and parents could go to 'Courageous' and Matt brought the big kids to a kids movie.  I would so recommend the movie Courageous, it is such a great movie about parenting and what is IMPORTANT in life.  The little kids and I watched a veggie tales movie and went to bed, no fussing! except for Jackson

Jackson and Charlie

Jenny, Reese, JT, and Me - We made christmas gifts for all the girls from Reese.  I love that I have a little buddy who wants to do arts and crafts with me.  Reese so loves all that kind of stuff.  JT joined in for a little bit but then left to play star wars with the boys!

dancing to music--JT's got the moves

Brandon with Nora and Kate.  Nora does NOT want Brandon to look at her, touch her, pick her up....don't know why, she isn't really too fond of 'men' except daddy.  Brandon held her at Thanksgiving dinner for nearly 10 minutes with her crying the ENTIRE time....he really loves her, and I don't get why she acts that way?!

Super warm outside so why not take a tractor drive

Sullivan on the swing

Playing Golf with my Grandma Nora

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jackson's Rolling

Jackson is on the move.  Wow, can't believe the time has come that he is rolling....everywhere! 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Kirsten's Baby Shower

My best friend from high school is having a baby GIRL!  I am so excited.  I hosted a baby shower for her.  My mom came to help out with the planning and the rearing of children. 
Centerpiece and party favors.  I have to toot my own horn for how cute they ended up looking. 

Kirsten's baby bump!

love that it looks like the pom pom is my hair decoration

Grandma cuddling with Jackson

Grandma playing with Jackson

Mommy to be and Daddy to be

Amy, me, and Kirsten

Everyone at the shower...amazing that we all fit in my house!!

The food table!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jackson's First Tooth (2 of them)

Can you see my 2 bottom teeth?

Make Your Own Baby Food

sweet potatoes, corn, and peas
Honestly....I would recommend making your own baby food.  Some may say "I don't have any time", "It takes too much work" but really it doesn't.  I loved making it for Nora and now am making it for Jackson.  All you have to do is cook the veggies/fruit and then puree it.  I got a small food processor and just make one veggie and blend away while another veggie is cooking.  I put them all into dollar store ice cube trays until they are frozen and then popped them into freezer bags in the freezer.  All I have to do now is pull out a few cubes at a time and heat them up in microwave.  Look how pretty the 'real food' looks.  When you buy baby food, it is so processed it doesn't have these VIBRANT colors.  So easy..honestly!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Olafson Christmas

Olafson Christmas time is here!  Headed to St. Cloud to have our annual get together with my mom's side of the family.  It is always so much fun to see everyone.  Matt and I were a bit worried with the whole Jackson situation since he isn't sleeping through the night, but he actually did better in a pack n play at the hotel than he has at our house!  Saturday night is the night where fun happens and Matt and I went to put the kids to bed at 9:30 or so and we BOTH fell asleep while waiting for them to fall asleep---sleep deprived?  I think so!  We had a blast hanging out with everyone.  My brother Brandon even put together a family feud game where the 5 siblings battled against the grandchildren.  It was such a fun time. 
Poor Nora, she is so not going to like these photos when she gets older, but the girl LOVES being nude!!
We had to rent a crib from the hotel since we now have 2 'babies' that sleep in cribs and we only have 1 pack n play!  Nora didn't mind TOO MUCH!
My cousin Kelly who is ready to have baby....any minute!!!

My cousin Tori with Jackson.....He loved her and she didn't mind that he spit up ALL over her!!

My grandma and Jenn, Brandon and Me

Brandon and Jackson

Daddy and Nora

Nora loved being in the pool.  Guess we need to go to our community pool more often!

Jenn and Jackson

Landrey....what do you mean--"I can't poop in the pool?"

Matt and Landrey

Reese got in on the baby pool action

The family Feud Crew

The Siblings playing Family Feud