Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This & That

Here are a few things from December... We had fun decorating for Christmas on the day after Thanksgiving. It was pouring rain when we went to cut down the tree so that was interesting, but we do live in Oregon so rain is part of the deal.We got two trees for the house. We...or really mostly Don, endured the rain to cut down tree one. Tree two came from Home Depot this year. Brighton insisted on putting up most of the ornaments on. She did a great job decorating in her "ballerinatard." It's so fun having a four year old at Christmas time. Talk about Christmas spirit & enthusiasm!

We also blessed Jackson this month. It was a beautiful blessing and we had lots of family here to share Jack's special day. It was fun to have everyone here to dote on Jackson. My dad made best friends with Jack while he was here and we all decided that they are lookalikes. Jackson is the most pleasant, happy little guy and we feel so blessed to have him in our family.

We had a fun, mini Christmas with my parents. Brighton was thrilled with her new ballerina doll & cowgirl outfit. I was thrilled with my new yellow heels. They are to die for and even if I can't quite get into my jeans yet, at least my feet are back to normal. In case you didn't get to see them, I had ginormous Shrek feet & cankles during my pregnancy. So, so pretty.

Bri & Jack also got to see Santa at the ward Christmas party. Check out the Santa suit! I was dying over how cute he looked...Jackson, not Santa.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fall 2010

Fall has been a whirlwind this year. I have been putting off blogging because I feel like there is so much to write. So...I decided just to get some pictures up here, write a mini update and call it good for now. The pictures aren't all in order, but they are up so I'm happy.

Brighton is doing great. She loves pre-school and is a very helpful big sis. She is such a funny kid. The other day I walked in on her with her dress pulled up and her doll's faced smashed against her stomach.
Me: What are you doing?
Bri: Just feeding Jenny; she likes belly button milk more than chest milk.

Love it.

Jackson is so fun right now. He has started smiling lots and making happy baby noises and I just want to eat him up.

We had a month's worth of visitors when Jackson was parents,Don's parents, Steph, Quincy, Debbie, & their kiddos. It was crazy and fun.

Here are some pics from the past couple of months...

First day of pre-school

Bri & Ellie at the Library

Jackson joins the family!

Bri & her favorite dress-up pal, Sophie

Helping Grandma

Steph! It was so good to see her. We spend about an hour or two together a year, which is so not enough, and it was great to do some catching up in person instead of just on the phone!

My mom stayed for two weeks and is the most helpful person on the planet. I wasn't sure I'd survive when she left. The good news is, I did, but I still miss her! Come back!

Nina & Papa hanging with Jackson. It was great seeing them!

Hiking up the gorge with Q, Deb, Kodiak, Coop, & Maeve. We loved having these guys visit & think they should move to Oregon. xoxo

Bri was delighted to find out we had a Wii. She couldn't believe we'd been keeping it from her.

Pumpkin Patch with the cousins!

Getting ready for some trick-or-treating fun!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Baby Jackson

Well, I am FINALLY posting some baby pics. Newborn life is a whirlwind of exhaustion and joy. I honestly don't get much done besides taking care of little Jackson. So blogging hasn't been at the top of my list, but I do want this time recorded so it will just have to come in bits and pieces. Here is the first bit. Jackson Scott Farrell was born on September 22nd. He weighed 8lbs 5oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. I had a c-section this time around due to all the fun I had recovering from Brighton's delivery. There was a part of me that really just didn't want to have a c-section, but the recovery has been SO much easier and I feel like we made the right choice. He is six weeks old today, which is seriously crazy to me. Time is flying by! Having a newborn in the house has been a big adjustment for all of us. Bri has adjusted pretty well for the most part. She has been such a good little helper and is really sweet with him. She blesses him in every prayer she says and gives him lots of love. She is going to be a great big sister.

Jackson is such a precious little guy. He has his moments, but is generally pretty happy. His cry is the cutest and he makes the best little baby sounds. He loves to snuggle and is starting to smile, which is the greatest thing on earth. We are in love with this little guy and are so happy to have him in our family.

These pictures were taken by my friend Ally when he was 12 days old.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Yesterday we took Brighton and Ellie to Seaside. We all had such a great time. There was carousel riding, sand castle building, splashing in the ocean, beach song singing & dancing, salt water taffy eating, and lots of giggling. Fun, fun day!