I'm dreaming of a white Christmas (in Georgia)

Christmas Eve before heading out to candle light service.

Christmas morning! Who's excited?!? Luke IS!!

Luke was patient and waited all day to open presents once his cousins arrived. And boy did his patience pay off!

Miss Ella and her stack of unopened presents! One happy little girl.

Johnson, party of three!

Once Mike and Stephanie and the girls gathered up everything to hit the road, we went outside and discovered THIS! We had a white Christmas night. Beautiful. We heard that it had been 100 years since Athens had a white Christmas. Somehow snow in Georgia is so much more magical and special than snow in Chicago.

And this is what the backyard looked like the day after Christmas (my birthday)!

So, let's go play!!

Cutest little snowman made by the visiting Russian. Oh wait, that's Mike!

The entire family all together.

Luke, Anna and Makayla checking out the angel Christmas tree. Still in awe.

Eric and I celebrate our birthdays together each year. This year Luke's not sure how he feels about his parents turning another year older. :)


in awe

i love how luke loves the christmas tree. every morning we turn on the lights together and look at it for a few minutes before starting our day. one of my favorite times of the day.

(and yes, our tree is on a table this year but that's only because we didn't have anywhere else to put it in the condo!)

christmas at our condo

before leaving for Georgia, we asked Santa to come to our condo to visit Luke a few days early. well, he did visit and he even managed to get a play kitchen down our chimney! Luke loves it already!


Let the Christmas celebrations begin!

Since we're headed to Georgia for Christmas, we spent the day out in Schaumburg the weekend before Christmas celebrating with all of Eric's family.

Our happy boy in the morning.

Posing for a picture with Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Frank. We had a wonderful brunch at their home that morning. Luke enjoyed the egg casserole and cinnamon muffins!

Luke and his Uncle Ryan bonding over "The Quiet Cricket" during story time.

Couch time with Grandma Linda and Grandpa Tony.

And the last stop of the day...the Orozco household for some great homemade chili and a stair workout!


santa fail 2010

this went about how we thought it would. there's always next year, but we're not holding our breath.

and this was last year's picture for good measure.


getting ready for christmas

our small condo decorated with christmas decorations (and toys)!

luke puts the final touch on our christmas tree.


fire down the street

we had a pretty eventful morning as we heard at least 10 firetrucks head down the street. since luke decided to cut his morning nap short, we headed down the street to see what was going on. and we knew luke's gramps would be curious too so we took our camera. we talked to one of the men fighting the fire and found out that a fire started in the basement of a carpet store and it took 4+ hours for them to put out. we caught it toward the tail end, but it sure was a sight to behold.

and for those needing more details (gramps), read here.


can you walk walk walk like luke can?

just this past sunday eric and i turned to each other after watching luke walk around our living room and said "we officially have a walker." just wanted to share a fun video of luke walking all over our house today. he is on the move and lovin' every bit of it!


thanksgiving 2010

we had a great thanksgiving this year. we have so many blessings to be thankful for.

luke started out the day with a two hour nap (exactly what we were hoping for!) and then we headed out to schaumburg for our annual thanksgiving meals with eric's family. we had brunch at grandpa frank and grandma kathy's house and then went over to the orozco household to have our turkey dinner with grandma linda and grandpa tony. the food was delicious and the family time was so memorable. i'd say luke definitely enjoyed his first real thanksgiving meals this year!

gotta have the thanksgiving family shot.

and now the shot with luke and all his chicago cousins. it's so hard to believe he was collin's size last year. and now he's enjoying playing with alyssa's PSP. wow, so much changes in just a year! :)

playing a little basketball with his cousin christian who so thoughtfully let him borrow his #23 michael jordan jersey.

luke says "bring on the turkey!"

oh, and luke wanted to do a little turkey trot around the orozco house to work off some of the food. enjoy watching some of his first long distance steps!


jerkson family 2010 christmas card

that time of year is upon us. with thanksgiving just two days away (yikes!), the jerkson family is trying to get a leg up on designing our 2010 family christmas card. regrettably we didn't send one out last year since we had just sent out luke's baby announcements, so i am pretty excited to get one out this year.

this year we'll be ordering our cards from Shutterfly. we've used Shutterfly in the past for a couple of different projects (calendars and photobooks) and now i am super excited to start designing this year's card as Shutterfly offers a ton of beautiful holiday card options to choose from. i also love that some of the designs offer matching address labels!

we were looking for a very specific layout to accommodate the two pictures we wanted to include in our christmas card and Shutterfly had just the perfect card for us! plus, Shutterfly is running this great promotion where bloggers get 50 free holiday cards. can't beat that!

stay tuned as the jerkson family 2010 christmas card will be coming to a mailbox near you! but first, have a very happy thanksgiving!


first pair of shoes

since luke started to walk on his own, we decided it was probably a good time for him to get his very first official pair of shoes. we went to stride rite last weekend for the authentic experience.

getting measured. he clocked in at a size 6! i actually think he was born with a size 6 foot!

luke feeling the top of his shoe to see where his toes hit. :)

looking like a satisfied stride rite customer!

let's test these bad boys out! lookin' good luke!


black and blue

is it a coincidence that the same night luke discovers the art of climbing...

...that he also gets his first black and blue eye?
luke's lesson of the day...when your momma tells you to sit down in the bathtub, she is saying it for your own good.


bottom of the barrel

luke rarely empties out his entire toy bin in a single day. he typically is pretty satisfied with the toys that are out and he never looks for additional toys. well, this morning he was on a mission as he emptied out the entire toy basket before 9 am. it was one of those kinds of days!


luke gettin' comfy

in his big blue chair with the tv remote - one of his favorite toys these days. seriously - i think he takes after eric more and more every day. :)

luke is 13 months old! 11.6.10

here is our luke at 13 months old! getting bigger by the month!


luke and his buds in charlotte, nc

we headed down to charlotte, nc this past weekend to visit my dear friend, melissa, and her family. we had a wonderful time catching up, watching the 3 boys play together, and checking out charlotte. luke had a great time with his new playmates and all their fun toys. i thought i had a group picture of all of us, but can't seem to find it. so these pictures of the boys in action will have to do.

luke and william (born just two weeks apart) busy in their kitchen.

thomas (3.5) actually helping out in the kitchen making breakfast.

william and luke just playing with some cars. you know, doing man stuff.

*oh, and luke took his first independent steps while we were there! what a momentous event!


halloween 2010

well, this year's halloween wasn't too exciting. luke was sick and so we spent the entire halloween weekend relaxing and trying to nurse luke back to good health. poor guy.

nothing says comfort like resting with daddy and a couple of remote controls.

luke did finally get in his halloween costume - 2 days later for a picture with our monkey pumpkin.

yum, that monkey pumpkin ear sure is tasty!


2 parties, 1 day

luke has a couple of chicago friends who were born in October 2009 as well (jake and trip). i met the two moms at a prenatal exercise class through our gym and then we became fast friends after the three boys arrived as we shared in the early days of motherhood with questions about eating, sleeping, and scheduling. now, all the boys are officially 1. we had a great day celebrating with them.

luke dressed up in his monkey costume for trip's (a halloween baby) halloween themed b-day party. luke's not too sure about his costume as he's not a fan of hats or hoods these days.

luke playing at the train table - he loved it! (notice how he's out of his costume already).

luke finding his way around bubbles academy at jake's party.

enjoying pizza for the first time! he was the last one at the table. he loved the pizza so much! doesn't he look like such a big boy sitting in this chair?