Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Traditions

From 2011-12-08 Tree trimming
Here is Charles helping us get into the Christmas spirit! We trimmed the tree together. Then we took a candle light tour of the historic Fort Steilcoom. It was so fun, like we were guests of the Ghost of Christmas Past. The girls really enjoyed the dancing:
From 2011-12-11 Ft. Stilicum candle light tour
I really enjoyed hearing the musicians outside. They let us play the Jaw bone.
From 2011-12-11 Ft. Stilicum candle light tour
It was really quite magical. Next Charly helped us get into the Christmas Mood by Singing at the Seattle Center Winterfest. We had fun riding the ferry and listing to the schools perform. Charly did a wonderful job!
From 2011-12-14 Charly's concert
Every year the Seattle Center sets up a miniature train. Lizzy even got to be a guest conductor!
From 2011-12-14 Charly's concert
Lizzy go to be an Angel in the primary "Picture a Christmas" program. She was so excited!
From 2011-12-16 tward party
Unfortunately she was in the very back so we couldn't see her. Here we all are!
From 2011-12-16 tward party
Then we went to the Clear Creek Nursery to see some real reindeer and a camel! Not only that, but inside they make it snow! Lizzy loved it!
From 2011-12-18 Saturday Fun
And finally our last Christmas stop was Poulsbo! A quaint little Norwegian town. They had Father Christmas and  horse drawn carriage rides.
From 2011-12-18 Saturday Fun
We finished by taking in the lights at the Harborside park.

The Birth of Sean Jackson

It was a dark and stormy night.... OK, it was an overcast afternoon when Jessica got the call to come into the hospital. Her baby was already 9 days late and she was ready to hold him. She asked me to go as her coach and I was happy to oblige. Luckily Daniel was able to stay home with the kids. Here is the before shot:
From 2011-12-02 Sean Jackson's birth
Not bad huh? I never look that pregnant. I never really look pregnant, but enough about me... Anyway we were finally admitted to the Bremerton Naval Hospital around 2. I had dutifully packed my snacks and things since this hospital really doesn't have a cafeteria. They put us in a room and we waited for a while. Then a corp man came and hooked Jessica up to an IV and we waited. And waited. The Dr. came in and asked how she was doing and told her she had already had her trauma 10 lbs. baby today so Jessica could not have one as well. Then she said that she was going home for dinner and that she'd be back later. Here she is with Jessica:
From Sean's Birth
 Well all was well, going slowly actually, it was nearing 4 pm when the petosin was finally administered and then another few hours before Jessica was feeling any real contractions. We sent Rex to go get dinner and snacks for us and put in Harry Potter Deathly Hallows part 2 and settled in to wait for some more contractions. They were slow coming. Daniel came by with Charles so I could nurse him and I went down to the Subway to get a sandwich for later on.  Then around 7PM the contractions had picked up and Jessica was starting to really feel them so they started the epidural. The anesthesiologist was crazy. Making weired remarks about his wife and getting girls paralyzed. Very different.  Well, long story short, Sean Jackson came at 1:06 AM. on Dec. 2nd.  He Weighed in at 9 lbs 4.5 oz and 21 in. long. We were so glad to see him!
From Sean's Birth
From Sean's Birth
From Sean's Birth

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday Events

I have been a little lax in my blogging lately so I have a lot to make up for. First let me tell you about Thanksgiving! Traditionally thanksgiving is a nice slow day with dinner around 1PM and lots of family. We don't usually watch football unless my Uncle Harris is visiting, but Dad felt like watching the game and Lizzy sat with him. They were so animated! Lizzy dutifully repeating Papa's words. I took a video because it was so funny:
From 2011-11-24 Thanksgiving
The dinner was wonderful and the company most welcome. Quite an enjoyable day. The festivities continued with our early celebration of Caitlin's birthday. She of course wanted pumpkin pie instead of cake.
From 2011-11-26 Caitlin's Birthday
This was our fourth pumpkin pie event in November. Once is never enough! Sal dressed up for the occasion:
From 2011-11-26 Caitlin's Birthday
Isn't that something? This was his work attire. Pretty spiffy Sal! And finally we went to the Bremerton Stake's Creches and carols display. It was so nice. The kids loved the activity room where you could dress up as characters of the Nativity.

Giving Thanks

  This year we celebrated with my Sister and her family. It was great fun as always, even though we had some illness strike. Poor Emily woke...