Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Imitating Mama

We couldn't understand why Jack was making a funny, exasperated noise every time he bent down to pick something up the last few weeks. It's the kind of low grunt you'd make if you were on your 20th sit up or something.

Then we noticed that Missy, given her abdominally-challenged 39-week pregnant state, seemed to be making little grunts every time she had to bend down to pick something up (like Jackson's lunch on the floor, or a baby einstein dvd case or even Jack himself). Hmmmm.

We finally put two and two together and realized that Jackson is just imitating Mom. I guess he now thinks that he is supposed to grunt when he picks stuff up! It's really cute.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

SD Trip (14 Month Pics)

I've been meaning to post these for about a month now! Here are the pictures from our trip to SoDak in October and a few others from when Grandma Cathie was out to visit in September.

2 notes to the Cooleys:

1: Sorry, but I didn't put any comments on the pics. I am lazy.
2: Dan, looks like my patience has paid off and Kodak is adopting the Flickr way of life. Take that.

On with the show. . .

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dumb Mom Moment

Jackson and I just got back from the park, where we were meeting our new playgroup for the first time. Jackson was playing on slide (climbing up from the bottom, of course) and since he was the only kid who could walk, the other moms and I were just standing by the slide, getting to know each other.

After today, I am faced with a new reality: Jackson is a boy. While we were chatting, Jackson managed to climb all the way to the top of the slide. Keep in mind that it's about 7 feet from the ground at the top, and I am 5'4" (with shoes). Upon realizing what was going on, I grabbed what I could reach of Jackson's sweatshirt, which resulted in him having a nervous breakdown because all he wanted to do was make it to the top. One of the other moms climbed up the other side, while also holding carrying her 11-month old daughter, and was able to meet him just as he reached the summit. At this point, he was just mad, and probably scared because of the way we were all reacting.

GREAT first impression.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bump update! 30 weeks

Lookin good!

An Exciting Day at the Zoo

We went to the zoo with Danielle and Henry today.  The picture below was taken about an hour into our trip and he napped until 5 minutes before we left the zoo.  (I didn't touch the hat, it just sort of worked it's way down.)  

Lesson learned:  Jackson is too young to care about zoo animals.  I think we'll wait a few months before buying the annual membership.

Jackson's Shelf

Jackson has been obsessed with the refrigerator lately, and unfortunately none of the child locks will work on our doors.  He started to take everything off of the bottom shelf and then leave the door open, so we moved everything up hoping that he would lose interest.  

Well. . . this morning I opened the door to see that he is now using that once empty shelf to store his treasures.  


1 blue Lego
1 blue Tupperware lid
1 empty Gatorade bottle
2 teething rings

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Gramma Cathie in town!

We are WAAAAY behind on posts, as some of you have pointed out in the comments section.  Gramma Cathie was actually in town during September.  Without further ado, some pics:

Where to next?  Spin the globe...annnnnd...Australia!
"How YOU doin?"

Sunday, November 2, 2008

2nd Annual T-Shirt Picture

Our loyal readers will recall that we took a picture of Jackson in an XL Notre Dame jersey shortly after he was born.  If (and this is a big 'if') we remember take a picture of him every year in this same t-shirt, it will make a very cool album for him to take to college and use to meet chicks.  ("My crazy parents could be your in-laws!" - girls will melt).

Year 1 picture:

Year 0 pick is here .

Friday, September 12, 2008

Guess I should have paid attention to Baby Einstein

So. . .Jackson gets to watch those Baby Einstein videos that teach sign language. I've just learned that I should have been paying better attention to them. He just looked at me and was moving his hands in a way that I know he's trying to sign something and I have no idea what he is talking about. Oh well- next time, Buddy.

Giants Game

We all went to a Giants Game a few weeks ago, thanks to Ashley, who did a great job of organizing everything.  Cas and I were a little worried about how Jackson would handle himself, but he actually made it to the 7th inning.  We thought that was pretty good.  The trick:  take about 15 relatives with you so that each person can entertain him and/or take him for a walk every 10 minutes or so.  No big deal.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Jackson likes to play peek-a-boo in our living room curtains.  Every now and then, it will get really quiet in there, so I'll look around the corner to make sure he's not doing anything illegal (by Mom standards, of course).  There he'll be, covered in curtains, waiting to be found.   Here are a few more 12 month pics of the kiddo.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Long overdue: Pictures from Jackson's birthday party

Here is a batch of pictures from Jackson's 1st birthday party. We just got back from a fun weekend in Lake Tahoe (yes, I have pictures). Jackson slept surprisingly well for being in a new place, so we were excited about that. He loved throwing rocks into the lake- here is a teaser. . .

Monday, August 25, 2008

Boys will be boys

I took this video of Jackson last night, while he was eating dinner.  I have never in my life shown him how to do this, and I don't think anyone else has either.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Birthday Video

Unfortunately, I didn't get much of Jackson actually eating the cake on video, but I do have plenty of pictures, so you'll see the end result.  I love his face at the beginning of this, right after the candle is lit.

Jackson's 1st Birthday

Here are the first of many birthday cake pictures from Jackson's party. Sorry this is taking me so long to put up here, but all of my free time lately has been dedicated to catching up on the Olympics. Hopefully I'll get a video posted later today!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

And now for my next dive. . .

These pictures are really blurry, partly because Jackson wouldn't stay still and because the lighting was really bad, but I had to post them.  It looks like he's about to do a swan dive.

I now have to regularly check the banisters to make sure they are all intact because Jackson thinks he can fit in between them.   We don't use that staircase very often since we always go out through the garage, so for him, it's unchartered territory.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jackson is so excited about his. . .


Or is that a sister?

We'll all find out together on or around January 10, 2009!

Monday, August 11, 2008

No Girls Allowed

Lately, Jackson finds it necessary to close the door to his bedroom and play by himself.  I usually let him go for about 5 minutes or so if I can hear toys, etc. making sounds.  After that, I'll open the door and he'll either leave it that way and continue playing or get up and close it again.  Should I consider that "me time"?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday, Jackson!

We love you very much!

We are having Jackson's party tomorrow, so we'll have pictures up tomorrow night. Get ready to see some serious cake action.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Look Mom, no hands!

This is a video from our visit in SD. I don't know what inspired Jackson to do this, but given our reaction/encouragement after, I am sure it won't be the last time he tries it.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hiking in Marin

We went for a hike in the Marin Headlands last weekend, which is now just a short drive from our apartment, over the Golden Gate Bridge.  The weather was actually pretty nice, given the usually chilly SF summers.   Here are a few pictures from the day:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Red is nice

In this photo, Jackson (if you can find him) shows us one of his early birthday presents. Thanks to Grandma Cathie and Papa Jim! This thing is so awesome, it even reclines. . .Cas' first reaction was "Where's mine?".

Although Jackson looks perfectly comfortable at the moment, I must admit that he has fallen out of the chair about 4 times. Practice makes perfect, I guess.

The big birthday is this Saturday (Aug. 9th) and I can't believe it. What a fast year.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thank you cousin Rodney!

A bunch of our relatives on the Biocini side recently took a trip to the island of Brac in Croatia.  All of my Mom's family originated from Brac and I'm 50% Croatian.  As it so happens, Missy is half Croatian as well.  I thought it would be fun to calculate what percentage Croatian Jackson is... (let me see...divide both sides by x...carry the two...add a decimal...round to the nearest decible).  Obviously, Jackson is 100% Croatian*

Check out the AWESOME hat cousin Rodney brought back for J Boogie! 

You steppin to this?
Chug! Chug!
Farts smell funny
*Please send complaints regarding with my arithmatic (and speling or gramar) skills to St. Nicholas School, Los Altos Hills, 5th grade department

Monday, July 28, 2008

South Dakota Trip- July 4th

Ok- I have time to do some posting now, but I promise not to do too many at once. I need to pace myself so that certain people (Hi Edie and Marta) can get their fill over time. Oh yeah, that's for you too, Jen.

Here are the pictures from are trip to SD over July 4th. Jackson and I were there for about two weeks (Cas, for a week), and I think I could have stayed another two weeks. It was so fun to have ALL of the kids there, with no one being in school and no one working, for the most part. Plus, it's hard to beat the summers at home.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Speaking Jackson's Language

Jackson's vocab is growing each day, both in spoken and in sign language. Here are some of his words/sounds:

dog= dog
dat= duck
dat= if not looking at a duck, anything else- haha
baff= bath
dad= dad
mama= mama

puts both hands in the air, above his head= "all done", in sign language
makes the shape of a circle with his hands= "ball", in sign language
hits tips of fingers together (sort of looks like he's clapping)= "more", in sign language

This all just started happing over the past few weeks and it's been so fun. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next. He also makes some serious eye contact when he blabs, so I know he's trying to talk to us.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Jackson gets his groove back

Can you believe it? Another post! I'm on fire.

Apparently Jackson has found his rhythm. He has this toy piano that plays different beats (Thanks, Granny Lin and Papa Bear), and no matter where he is, the second he gets one of the beats going, he finds something to stand up against and starts dancing.

He also did it this morning with our Sirius radio. We were listening to the very age appropriate Howard Stern and Jackson changed the channel to one playing music, pulled himself up on the dresser and started bouncing.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Pictures from SD visit. . .at the beginning of May (oops)

I completely forgot to post the pictures from my visit to South Dakota over Mother's Day weekend. Here they are.

In addition to walking, Jackson has really started to become more independent in the past week or so. I don't know if it's just coincidence, or if the fact that he has so much more room (read: is no longer corralled by boxes in our small living room) to move around is helping him stay out of trouble. Just the other day, he sat in his room and played with Legos for about 20 minutes. Of course, instead of taking advantage and doing some unpacking, I just watched him. I couldn't help myself.

Jackson Walking

Here is a short video of Jackson taking a few steps. It's not the greatest, but you get the idea. I got excited at the end because he moved faster and better than I thought he would and he almost got the camera!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Big Day

Well. . . Jackson took his first steps today. I would imagine it will only be a few days before he's walking all over the place, or at least trying to. Cas and I will try to catch it on video tonight!

We are also all moved into our new place, for the most part. We were able to get quite a few things put away today so I am feeling much more relaxed than I was two days ago.

Pictures to come!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Never too early

I couldn't have been happier to see Jackson pick up his first basketball.  He has a serious intimidation factor going on in this picture.  He's definitely posing.  All he needs is one of those Allen Iverson spandex sleeves and some baby Jordans. 

There's nothing I'm looking forward to more than helping Jackson make his first basket...just a couple more years.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jackson LOVES the water

We've been spending some time in Los Altos since it's been warming up 'round here. For those non-San Franciscans, the city doesn't actually get much warmer (remember that when you vacation here), but the surrounding areas have normal summer weather. Of course, when we head to Granny Lin and Papa Bear's house, we are now required to bring Jackson's hot tub gear. Here are a few pictures from our last visit. I'd say he got pretty relaxed.

Also, these are just some random pictures from a while ago. Jackson has since gotten his first real haircut, so he looks a little more put together now. The first few pics in this group were funny because Jackson was just looking up at the flowers and screaming/laughing. I don't know if the mirrors were throwing him off???

Monday, May 12, 2008

Jackson calls Daddy and some pictures from visiting Stella

Sorry, Edie- here are the pictures from the Stella trip.

Also, Jackson has been saying a few words here and there. His latest are: Daddy and Mama (of course), dog, Hiiiiiiiiiiiii (in a high pitched voice), and my mom claims she taught him how to say "here deer" (while standing on the deck, looking for deer) this week while I've been in South Dakota. I have yet to hear it, but I believe her. . . I think.

Here is a video of Jackson calling Cas at work. He'll pretty much do this with any phone- it's really sweet.

Music Man

I am finding that this is stage where instead of playing with all of his educational (or something) and what I would consider fun toys, Jackson prefers the simplicity of kitchen utensils and mixing bowls. I'm sure our neighbors LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A few sets of pictures

Yeah, yeah, yeah. . . I know. I just finished up with work, so I finally had some time to get the latest group of pictures uploaded. April was a fun month with both Cas and I having birthdays. Here is a set of pictures from our BBQ/Party down in Los Altos. We had such a good time!

I have a ton of videos to post as well, so I am going to try really hard to get them on here tomorrow.    If not, then Jackson and I are headed to South Dakota on Thursday, so I promise to post them when we get back.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

8 Month Pictures

I am testing out the Google Web Album features. . . let me know how you like it!

If you would prefer not to see these via slide show, here is the link to the album:

Jackson Paul- 8 Months Old

Jackson in jail

I just thought this was a funny one.  I am working on getting the 8 month pics uploaded now, so I'll try (Edie) to post (Edie) them (Edie) tomorrow (EDIE).