One Sunday Jaxson wanted to play camping and Brett set up this tent and then promised Jaxson that the following Friday they would "camp out", what a dad! So they had a mini camping trip in our spare bedroom in November. Jaxson loves playing with his buddy Kylen Brett introduced Jaxson to a football PS3 game in Nov. Jaxson loves playing the game with his dad and as soon as Brett gets home from work he begs Brett to play the football game.
This year we were with Brett's family for Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy food.
Jayden and Jaxson doing a little Thanksgiving cooking
Kylen, Jayden,Jaxson, Kaysia and Kemery The kid table Thanksgiving weekend we always go up and get our Christmas tree. There was a little bit of snow and it wasn't that cold so it was a perfect day to get a tree. Eric and Elizabeth brought this sled and Jaxson and Brianna loved it. Brett pulled them around to find our tree and then they started sledding in it by themselves. They were so fun to watch. A couple of times they went down the hill super fast and then hit into a tree stub and just laughed and laughed wish I could have recorded them.
We enjoyed Holiday Days. I thought this swing ride was awesome. Jaxson loves to swing.We had lots of fun times with Brianna and Abbie. Love these girls!
I better hurry and post Oct before it's time to post November.
Gingerbread Cookies: Every October my mom invites all the grandkids over to decorate gingerbread cookies. We had lots of yummy cookies to eat in our home thanks to Jaxson and grandma.
DINOSAURS: We were able to go to the newly opened Dinosaur quarry and the museum in Oct. Brianna and Abbie were great friends to invite us to come along with their family.
CORN MAZE: Brett and Jaxson joined his family to go have some fun at the corn maze. Such a fun Fall activity. I was sad I was out of town when they went but there is next year. Jaxson told me all about it and sounded like he had the very best time.
COOK FOR LOVE: In October I was able to go to a PKU Cook For Love workshop in SLC. Now this workshop wasn't just any kind of workshop at least not to me. It was a dream come true right up there with meeting Oprah.=) Going to it I felt the excitement of my birthday, Christmas and my anniversary all wrapped into one. It was a BIG deal to me.
My PKU Super Hero--Brenda!
Her name is Brenda I feel that she is an earthly ANGEL! She has 2 children one with PKU. She lives in NY and co fonded a PKU food website that has changed my world. It has allowed me to cook delicious breads, main dishes, side dishes and desserts for my family. Brenda has given me back the hope that we can all sit down at the dinner table and eat the same things and not just anything but absolutely delicious food. I now have lots of yummy food options for Jaxson and for us not to mention the peace of mind that she has brought into my life.
I felt honored and knew it was a sweet blessing from God that I who adore her and her fabulous recipes was able to spend hours with her and talk to her and gain knowledge. It was for sure a highlight in my year. She only commits to 2 or 3 a year she told us and the fact that Utah was the one she did say yes to I'd say God was smiling down on me for sure
I could go on and on about this girl, Stephanie. She is one of the most amazing people I have had the chance to meet through PKU. No question in my mind I was meant to meet her. I'm thankful for her friendship and all the support, help and love she gives me and my family. She is really one of the great ones and I'm blessed to call her my friend.
Halloween Party with all (well almost all) of Jaxson's cousins. We invited everyone over and had a total of 15 kids in our home for a Halloween party. We played Halloween games and had a Halloween witches brew float. It was fun to spend time and put a party together for my nieces and nephews.
The night before Halloween we carved pumpkins at our home. We all pitched in and cleaned the guts and goo out of our 6 pumpkins. Jaxson really enjoyed cleaning out the goo.
Jaxson loved how the pumpkins smelt. He keep putting his head inside it and taking deep breaths and talking about how good the pumpkins smelt. It was so funny.
Hard at work on the pumpkins
Jaxson wanted a silly pumpkin this year on his pumpkin.
He picked that on his own about a week before we carved them. Our pumpkins all finished
This year for Halloween Jaxson chose to be a baseball catcher. Uncle Dave let us borrow one of his catcher bags with all the gear. We borrowed it a week prior to Halloween Jaxson would have me get all the equipment on all day long he loved it. All the equipment on was really hard for him to walk a lot in so come Halloween we decided that he would just wear the mask and of coarse the black things under the eyes cause Uncle Dave had told him that is what catchers wear so it was a must. It felt like I was getting to see a little look into our future. I'm sure I'll see this look on Jaxson again in the future when he's old enough to play ball.
Halloween was a full day. We started at 2pm and ended around 9:30. We went to family and luckily were able to see everyone but Jayden in their costume. We then went to our ward Train or Treat at the Mott's and rode the train and played with the ward kids for about an hour. Then we went to my parents house and ate dinner. After dinner we went trick or treating around our neighborhood block. Then up to Brett's cousin Brooke's Halloween party. It was a full night but lots of fun!
Payton, RyLee and Jaxson
Jaxson, Brianna and Abbie
Jaxson, Kemery, Kylen and Kaysia
Carston, Halle and Jaxson
We took Jaxson Trick or Treating just as I grew up doing Treak or Treating around the same neighborhood--special special. He loved riding in the the wagon from house to house. Our neighborhood was so awesome they all had thought of him and picked up something they could give Jax for Halloween. Some had gotten a special treat just for him and some had picked candy to hand out that was healthy for Jaxson to eat all without calling and asking me they just had watched what Jaxson had eaten in the past and knew what would work. So thoughtful I had to fight back the tears. LOVE where we live and all the thoughtful neighbors that we have it made my Halloween this year and I know it was a perfect night for Jaxson.
For Labor Day Weekend my parents did a dinner at their house on Sunday and then that night we had all the kids over for a dance party. Brett got me a new Just Dance game it's a summer version with lots of great dance songs. We were super into it and even had to move the couches so we could get our groove on. On Monday we went to Remember the Mane. I thought I had more pictures of our day but I can't find them. We had lunch, the kids played on the playground and then we walked down to the water. Well it didn't take long till everyone was in the water. It was so warm it was perfect.
Labor Day picnic One night while watching Brett shave Jaxson wanted to try it out too.
Jaxson's favorite toy by far in September. We had to go to the dollar store one day and Jaxson spotted these things now most people would see this as knight attire not my son he instantly thought he had found a catcher equipment just his size. Got to love my little baseball nut! He wears it daily and talks and shows me how he is a catcher. In September Jaxson starting singing I Hope They Call Me On a Mission, he sounded so cute. So I dug out Brett's missionary tags since I did singing time at church 3 times after that and would let the kids wear Brett's old missionary tags. One Sunday Jaxson didn't want to take them off and I had to get a picture of him and Brett both wearing Elder Erickson tags.
CIRCUS We went to the circus out in Salt Lake with Nikki, Joey and Jayden. We bought our tickets in Aug and I could hardy wait for the 24th of Sept to take Jaxson and watch him and see his reaction to the circus. It was so entertaining from start to finish. We all loved it and have talked and talked about it since we have gotten home. Jaxson says he's favorite part was the 12 tigers
I got asked by my drill coach, Robin if I would dance in the homecoming game and since I have a very special place in my heart for Robin of coarse I said yes. She wanted the former U'ettes to dance with alumni U'ettes. I missed the first 2 hour practice so I had to learn the dance the night before in 20 minutes. It was a lot of fun dancing and preforming again. There were U'ettes from the 70's, 80's, 90's and 2000's. My family showed up and cheered me on and my sweet husband even had a poster made for Jaxson to hold to cheer me on.