Jackson at 20 months

Jackson loves...

- Thomas the Train - the shows, the trains, the books, you name it.

- His puppy - he still sleeps with his puppy at night, and loves to take him around the house with him. He is also still a big fan of seeing puppies/dogs. He likes to imitate the noises they make. I got a beagle about 5 years ago, named Sadie. She lives with my parents now, and when Jackson goes to visit, he loves to see her. When Sadie gets excited she makes a snorting sound, which Jackson thinks is funny, and he likes to imitate.

- Visiting his grandparents, his aunts/uncles, and his cousins. He talks about them all of the time, and loves to pray for them at night before bed.

- Saying prayers - he loves to say prayers at night before bed...and prays for everyone and everything, including his blankets, cars, books, diapers, etc. It's hilarious and precious.

- Bathtime - it is so fun to play with bath toys, the bucket mommy/daddy uses to rinse out his hair, and the wash cloth. It's a super special bath when mom lets him play with the bubbles.

- Talking - Jackson is quite a jibber jabber these days. He is beginning to form sentences, and some of them are quite hilarious and random. The other day he told me "Hurry, Mommy!" Amy told me that he said to her the other day "Amy, Logan's crazy." Haha...so polite of him. He often tells daddy "Have fun!" when daddy is leaving to go somewhere.

- Eating - As you all know, our son loves him some food. There aren't many things he's tried that he doesn't like. He loves to eat, and loves to eat a lot! And, he's getting better and better at using his fork and spoon.

- Dancing - Jackson really enjoys listening to music, and especially dancing to it. He loves it when you watch him dance, and laugh at him. He'll keep doing it, just so you laugh. And when you laugh at him, it makes him laugh. So he keeps on dancing, and it is just too cute!

- Pictures - he always wants to look at the pictures on our cell phones, and scroll through them. He loves to look at photo albums of himself when he was a baby. He gets excited when he sees all of the people he loves in the pictures with him.

Reading - Jackson loves books. He'll pick one off the bookshelf, and plop in your lap to have you read it to him. Sometimes he lasts all the way through...but other times, he just wants to flip the pages, and get through it quickly so he can pull the next one off the shelf. :)

I can't believe it's just a few short months until Jackson turns 2. Why do babies have to grow up so fast?!


Weekend Getaway

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to my family for watching Jackson for us last weekend while Scott and I took off for 2 1/2 days. We left town on Friday afternoon, and headed out into the middle of nowhere on Possum Kingdom Lake. It was FABULOUS. Scott and I had a great time. We ate way too much good food, laughed until we cried, relaxed, relaxed, and relaxed. It was sooo so great! Here are a few pictures from our road trip & weekend away.
Miles and miles of rolling hills, and beautiful land!


Our hotel room. I was quite a fan of the fireplace. :) It was very cozy!

A view of the lake from our balcony. Our resort was right on the cliffs of the lake...and it was so beautiful!

These little guys were running around everywhere. Deer are so pretty!


Fire. Warmth. Joy.

Tonight, we made our first fire of the season. It was COLD today!! After I asked Scott if we could make a fire tonight, I got an even more wonderful idea....WE SHOULD MAKE SMORES!!! Oh yeah, that's right. We roasted marshmallows in our fireplace and made smores. Ha! When is the last time you enjoyed a good smore? Scott and I were trying to remember, and we couldn't. It had been toooo long! Those things are delicious. And the fun we had making them/almost burning our hands off was even better!
I highly recommend the following:
1. Make a fire - especially if you haven't already enjoyed one this year.
2. Be a kid again - roast marshmallows in your fireplace, and enjoy those smores!


Merry Christmas from The Echols!

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Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Marathon

I cannot believe I am actually typing these words...but I recently decided that I am running the Rock 'n Roll 1/2 Marathon on March 27, 2011. The best part about it, is that my sister is going to run the race with me! :) Running a 1/2 marathon has been a goal of mine for a long time. I've always had some reason for not running one. Well...no more excuses. Now is the time. I've been inspired by several friends who have run 1/2 marathons recently. So now that it's out and official, let the running begin. I'm going to start my official training the first week in January...but I'm running now about 4 days a week. The thing I'm most worried about is the time commitment for training. I just need to be super organized and disciplined with my time, and I'll be good to go! I will happily accept any and all prayers from now until March 27th. I can do this. I can run 13.1 miles.


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Thankful for a sleepless night

I'm pretty sure that between Jackson and I, we've gone through about 3 boxes of kleenex in the last month. Winter is fast approaching, and so begins the season for colds. Jackson has another cold right now, and he is so congested. I felt so bad for him last night...he couldn't sleep well because he couldn't breathe. About midnight, he woke up crying out for me, and was very restless in his bed. I usually leave him in his crib to work through it and get himself back to sleep. But last night, I felt like he needed some extra love. I got him up, and laid on the couch with him. He fell asleep on my chest, just like he used to do when he was a newborn. I was in heaven, and almost to the point of tears. What a precious time. Now that we have a toddler boy on our hands, it is very rare to get him to cuddle for long periods of time. I cherished every second of it, and was reluctant to put him back in his crib for the night. After about an hour and a half, I laid him back down. He went to sleep for about 30 minutes, woke up, and cried out for me again. We repeated the above for a second time.

I didn't get much sleep last night, but I don't mind. I loved every second of holding that sweet boy, and will cherish every opportunity I get.



We went to the Gaylord to see ICE w/ my family a few weekends ago. The theme was A Charlie Brown Christmas. I took quite a few pictures...but here are just a few. We had a great time!

My wonderful parents!


Scott and I cuddled up in front of Snoopy's house. It's coooold in there!


My mom coming down the ice slide

Dad's in the dog house again...hehe.

Our little Superman

He melts my heart. I think that is his super power. :)

Good friends

Amy sent me this sweet picture of all 3 kiddos at the park. Jackson just loves playing with Logan & Leah. Recently, he has been especially excited about Logan. Each morning when we get in the car, I ask him who we're going to see. He always answers with "LOGAN!" And when we get to Amy's house, he knocks on the door and calls out "Looooogan". It's pretty cute!

Climb, slide, play!

Our boy is full of energy, loves to play at the park, and on any place he can climb, slide, etc. Here are a few pics we took at the Willowbend Mall play place, and the park.


We have a Picasso on our hands, guys! I'm actually really embarassed about this, but I guess all kids do this at some point. Jackson decided to color a mural on the wall at his babysitter's house. Amy is precious, and patient, and super understanding. We are so thankful for her! She sent me this picture in a text, and thought it was funny. I'm just glad it came out of her wall. I felt horrible! Amy had a talk with him, and taught him that we only color on paper. Jackson went around saying "paper, paper, paper" for at least a week after it happened. Now, if you ask him "Jackson, what do we color on?" He will emphatically say...PAPER! And when he sees the wall while he is coloring on his paper, he will say "No, no, no, no." Haha.

The Poky Little Puppy

I am WAYY behind on blogging. I think I know what one of my 2011 New Year's Resolutions will be. :) I am going to play catch-up...so get ready for a lot of posts in a row. Let's start off with Halloween.

Scott and I went to Game 4 of the World Series w/ his parents, and had a great time (although the Rangers lost that game). While we were away, my parents took Jackson trick or treating. Jackson was not a fan, and was not too excited about wearing his costume either. My dad was only able to snap one quick photo before the meltdown. He sent me this picture on my phone while we were at the baseball game. I teared up a little bit, and felt like the worst mother ever to not take my son trick or treating on Halloween. I guess it's a good thing he wasn't that into it this year. I'll be sure not to miss next year's fun!

Our precious little puppy