2 Years Old

November 28th, 2011 . by Melissa

Jack turned 2 on Thanksgiving this year. It seems like it was just last week we were driving home from the hospital on Thanksgiving morning with our brand new, 2-day-old baby. I feel like we have come so far as parents and Jack has come even farther as a little man! I was thinking about all that he has accomplished in his 2 years so far, and it’s pretty impressive.

Some notables:

He can walk, and run!

He sleeps in a big boy bed (most of the time!)

He can pee and poo on the potty (when he wants to).

He can brush his own teeth.

He can chug a sippy cup of milk in under 30 seconds.

He can say over 100 words and uses 3 word sentences.

He has learned a few manners, and usually says his “pleases” and “thank yous.”

He helps put away his clean laundry.

He can almost ride his tricycle by himself.

He can count to three (sometimes four).

He can say the first three letters of the alphabet.

He says prayers.

He can sing the last half of “Ring around the the rosy.”

He has been on 19 flights.

He has been to 4 countries.

We are so proud of our little Jack Jack and all that he has done in his short little lifespan. I can’t wait to see what this next year brings for him!




Thanksgiving in Utah

November 28th, 2011 . by Melissa

We spent our Thanksgiving holiday this year with Jason’s family in Utah. After almost losing our camera bag with not only our video camera in it but also our still camera on the plane flying out to SLC (…thank you Delta for finding it! ), the rest of trip went fairly smooth. We visited with Jason’s family and extended family, hung out with some of our good friends, had a small birthday party for Jack, ate a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner, and went to the temple. Jack loved playing with “Nona” (actually named Kona) and swimming in Grandma’s giant bath tub. He also got to spend some “qt” with his favorite person ever, Aunt Dim (Kim). After almost dying on the plane ride back to Indy (seriously, we had s0da-sloshing-out-0f-your-cup turbulence) we were glad to be home. Unfortunately, our car battery was dead and we had to call road side assistance for a jump in the parking lot! We were all the more grateful when we finally made it home to our nice, warm beds!


Here are some photos!

Jack’s “Two, Two!” Birthday Party

November 28th, 2011 . by Melissa

Like Father, Like Son

November 6th, 2011 . by Melissa

Every night we carry out the same bedtime ritual in the Newman household. The three (and a half) of us gather in Jack’s room. First, we read Good Night, Moon. (Side note: Lately, my favorite part of each day is when we read Good Night, Moon to Jack and when we get to “And the quiet, old lady whispering…” Jack always chimes in for the “hush” part. It melts my heart.) Then, we read our scriptures and have a family prayer. After the prayer I always give Jason a kiss and then I give Jack a kiss. Finally, we tuck him into his bed. Well, a few nights ago we were going through our routine and Jason had just finished saying the prayer. I leaned over to him and gave him a quick peck on the lips. He looked back at me and said, “What? I want more!” So, I kissed him again, much more to his liking. Now, it was time to give Jack his goodnight kiss. So, I leaned forward and gave Jack a quick little peck. Then Jack looked up at me and said, “I want more!” Jason and I both laughed out loud at our son’s imitation of his father. It was definitely adorable!

Wait, where did October go?

November 2nd, 2011 . by Melissa

First, I celebrated my 26th birthday on the 6th!

And then sometime shortly after that, Jack begin climbing over his gates and out of his crib. So, we had to switch him to his toddler bed. We had 2 weeks of sleepless nights.

On the 14th we celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday! His actual birthday was on the 12th.


Jack and my Dad during our visit.



Around the 22nd, we went to the local corn maze with some friends.


On the 26th Joni took some family photos of us at Happy Hallow. Thanks, Joni!


A "blooper." Jack was being goofy.


And another blooper.

And lastly, my mom surprised us with a visit on Halloween. She was making her way back from Chicago! It was a nice but short visit!


And our little trick or treater, about to go out and beg for candy the first time.