Saturday, June 11, 2011

Jackson is SEVEN today!

When I was trying to decide what to purchase for Jackson's birthday this year, I asked Sabrina if perhaps Jackson would like me to make him a book like I had made for Karis back in February for her fifth birthday. I wasn't sure, though, that I had enough pictures of Jackson to actually make into a book! He is a pretty active boy and doesn't stay in one place long enough for me to take a good picture. But I started looking back through my picture files and found so many nice pictures of him! I finished his book yesterday, and I am very pleased with it.
The picture of above is of Jackson, sitting at the kitchen table in his house in Austin last fall drawing some pictures for me.
Last summer, Sabrina came up to Michigan for a few days with Jackson and Karis. Jackson was the ring bearer at Dylan and Kelly's wedding. We found time to have a few beach days when we weren't busy with wedding stuff. We made a bunch of nice sand castles at the North Beach in Grand Haven one afternoon and put sea gull feathers on the tippy tops.
And, of course, we hiked out to the lighthouse at the end of the south pier. Jackson loves climbing the rocks that line the boardwalk by the camp ground.
There are NO beaches like this in Austin, Texas ... so it's a real special place to take our grandchildren when they are "home" for a little while.
This picture of Jackson in the waves was taken at the beach out in Muskegon on another afternoon (after Dylan's wedding). Jackson is a good swimmer and is actually quite fearless when in the water. We had so much fun in the waves that day!
We had such a beautiful summer last year. Perfect beach weather! Jackson was busy making roads for his cars and digging rivers out to the "sea" ...
We also visited Ada Park where Jackson worked this digger really well all by himself. Jackson is very mechanical and really did a good job moving dirt with this machine. He actually stayed right there for 20 solid minutes just digging in the sand ... so I have about 50 pictures of him doing it. I didn't realize I had taken so many, but I was amazed that he stayed in one place for so long and took the photo opportunity!
Here is Jackson swinging like a monkey on the monkey bars ... he is quite athletic and very physically active ... it's sometimes hard to keep up with him!
Doesn't Jackson looked so adorable in this tuxedo for Dylan's wedding? And this dance with Karis was just precious ... they look so serious! Jackson did a great job being the ring bearer. This was the first time he was ever in a wedding, and wouldn't you know it? They totally forgot to give him the ring to carry down the aisle! He was a bit perturbed about that! I don't blame him a bit.
These T-ball pictures have been stolen from Sabrina's blog ... isn't her camera so clear ... or perhaps it is just Sabrina's ability as a photographer. This is Jackson's second year playing T-ball. He was selected for the All-Star team this year! He has hit many home runs, he loves to slide into base, he fields the ball well, and has even played shortstop successfully.
What a great opportunity for Jackson to build his athletic skills and learn the game of baseball! We are proud of you, Jackson!
Here's hoping your SEVENTH birthday is full of happiness and fun. We are thinking of you, Jackson, and send you all of our love!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great Birthday Blog. Happy Birthday to a neat 7-yr. old.