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the princess and the fall

I was wondering to myself how I would start this post as so many pictures will be of my sweet angel. Not that I don’t take pictures of Connor, but he just doesn’t shove his face in front of the camera like Jessie does…and the fact he rarely holds still long enough for me to get him has a lot to do with it too.

We finally started the first day of school last week. Oh what a JOY! A joy for the kids and for me. Last year I cried all the way home, cried in my empty quiet house, and spent the entire 2 1/2  hours on the phone with my friend who reassured me that it would get better. This year, I was so disappointed my kids didn’t start school with the rest of the district. What is all that about anyway? So finally the day came and we all rushed out the door so excited to find what the day would hold for us.

With school, the rest of fall has begun for the Robertson household. The weather is just right for playing at the park with our friends…the first time in a long time we can come home from an activity that doesn’t require immediate dirt-mixed-with-sweat-or-chlorine removal.

 Even though it isn’t “officially” fall…although the weather and changing trees tell otherwise, we have started our fall sports and activities outside of school. We now are involved in soccer. We have started the AWANAS program through our church, which I have decided to volunteer in helping all those wound up children learn more about Jesus. Jessie is starting ballet and Connor is ready to begin taekwondo. A jammed packed fall, but this keeps us busy as we wait for Daddy to come home.

Speaking of daddy’s…this is for you, Drew. Jessie dressed up in clothes from my closet and said you would be so surprised to see that she is all grown up when you come home.

“…and when I grow up and get married, I am going to kiss like grown ups. Like this.” <cue smoochy face sounds>

Then after her 20th change, she said she didn’t want to grow up anymore. She just wants to see her daddy.

We think about you every day sweetheart! We love and miss you. We are so proud of you. We pray that God keeps you all safe every morning and night in our prayers. We believe in you and can’t wait for you to come back home.


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Eckert’s Farm

We have a pick-your-own farm near us that we go to about three times a year. We LOVE this place. It is so nice to get out in the fresh air, take the wagon rides to and through the orchards, and pick fresh fruit. I look forward to it every year and so do the kids.

This was our first trip out this year and we picked blackberries and peaches. MMmmmm! I had plans for this fruit. I learned how to make jam.

This trip was also special because it is the last family outing we will make before Drew deploys to Kyrgistan for six months. God gave us the perfect day with sunshine, storms, smiles, giggles, team work, holding hands, and good quality time together.

I loved it.

Off to pick PEACHES!


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beginning a catch up

I took a break. I needed  it. I wanted to spend time with my family before my husband left for his deployment. I am so glad I did. I feel refreshed. rejuvinated. recharged. Well, you get the point. But! We have been so busy with “stuff” for the summer. I wanted to share some our favorite things we did before I get into a regular routine again.

July has been jam-packed with family events.  I had my birthday, we visited my good friend and stayed at her house for three days, and then we went to a wedding, which the kids were part of. It was beautiful. The bride, the groom, the reception, and the bonus was that Drew came back from training that same day. LOVED THAT!

If you remember, I photographed a couple for their engagement a few months ago, Chris and Brittany. Jessie was their flower girl.

Connor was their ring bearer.

Brittany was beautiful.

Chris thought so too

I don’t think they could  have found another soul on the planet that would match eachother. They are perfect.

So, it’s official! Mr. and Mrs. Jackson for about two weeks now!

Congratulations Brittany and Chris! We love you both and wish you a world of happiness.

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Tortoise Love

Our neighbors found a tortoise in the street and decided to rescue it to later release it out in the country. The kids loved this turtle…so much they kept asking if they could keep it.

Connor has a love for every animal (species) he comes across. Instant attachment.

This is Robbie. He found the turtle and shared it with my kids. He also has a pet leopard gecko, tarantula, and an American Bulldog. He also goes frog hunting with the kids. Such a passion!

I let the kids use Crayola fingerpaints to paint the tortoise’s shell. They loved it! The turtle didn’t care that four little kids were hovering over it. It was really funny watching them try to paint while it slowly walked through the yard.

It was hours of enjoyment. I wonder if we could meet a tortoise everyday.?

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1/2 birthday

Drew and I decided to give Jess and Connor half birthday parties due to so much chaos around Christmas time. Their friends were always gone, family is usually busy, Christmas presents are overwhelming, and we just felt they would be missing out on the whole “birthday” experience.

This year we had a carnival birthday party. As much as I stressed out preparing for the BIG day, the kids had an absolute blast! They are still talking about their party. We are so grateful to EVERYONE who came. It was so important to Jessie and Connor…and me.

Drew built this ticket booth for the party. It turned out FANTASTIC! Thank you honey!

That’s me. Thinking Iwas going to be able to capture every moment on my camera. WRONG! So, I have to say thank you to Rick, who is always a life saver. Some of these pictures are his (like the one of me) and, Dad, I am so thankful!

Drew and I made chalkboard signs for each of the games.

Drew’s cousin, Chris, volunteered to do face painting. The kids loved it! You did such a great job. Thank You!

They all loved the potatoe sack race…me too.

alligator ring toss.

My friend, Dawn, let us borrow her maize and basketball shoot. The kids had to race through the maize tunnel and once they were through, they would shoot the balls into the basket ball shoot. It was fun…a little competition.

I borrowed this giant parachute from our church. It was the one thing the kids wanted at their party the most. I am so grateful to Ron for letting us borrow it. Thank you!

Sadly, this year we did not get to enjoy the wonderful cakes made by Aunt Marge (who delivered her new baby girl the day before the party). But, I did find this colorful tiered cake online and searched for a bakery who could make it. Thank you, Catherine. It was delicious and perfect.

After the kids opened their presents, Drew and I had them give all their friends their party bags and treats. We had tubs of cotton candy, rainbow swirly lollipops, punch balloons, and jumping beans. Jessie and Connor couldn’t wait to hand them out.

Happy 1/2 birthday Jessie!

Happy 1/2 birthday Connor!

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Dinosaur Fossils

I came across the coolest Web blog a couple of weeks ago that has the most FANTASTIC crafty ideas for kids. I actually gasped when I scrolled through all the ingenius ideas before my eyes. Check out her blog: That Artist Woman.

Making dinosaur fossils was our first project. The kids love to go on scavenger hunts outside and I thought this was a great way to peak their imaginations. So, I picked a Saturday and invited Logan, their best friend from across the street, to come help us out.

I have to warn you, this project takes all day until it is completed, so luckily I had other activities planned out to keep them entertained until the fossils were finished.

We started off by making the salt dough. SUPER FUN!

such a great moosher

Drew and I even got into the fun!

Then it was time to cut out our circles in the dough. You could probably make these any shape you want, but we followed the instructions from That Artist Woman. You have to roll the dough out, keeping it about an inch thick. We used a coffee mug to cut our circle size.

Then they pressed leaves, flowers, and plastic dinosaur toys into the dought to make the fossile shapes.

Then it was time to bake them. My advice…let them burn if you want. You aren’t going to eat them and if they are not hard enough after baking, they will get soggy when you paint them and add the modge podge. So, after twe hours of bake time, the kids finally painted them.

after the paint dried, we coated them with modge podge. Then let that dry.

After it is dry, the kids can hide them, toss them, or whatever they want. It was a great way to keep them busy and they play with them almost every day. Check out That Artist Woman’s blog for more fun and crafty activities. We will be doing more soon!

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Memorial Day Weekend

I am happy to announce the pool was up and running in time for Memorial Day weekend. Thank goodness!

We had perfect weather for swimming and I would say out of the 72 hour weekend, 15 of them were spent in the pool. That’s what I love about warm weather. It is so much easier to entertain the kids when outside activities are involved.

The pain of opening the pool is so worth the look on the kids faces and the giggles that ring out with the splashes of water. Jessie is so much braver this year; jumping in off the deck and going under water. Connor is still a little cautious about his head going under and Logan is already swimming better without his ring. It’s going to be a great summer and I am so glad we have this pain in the butt pool.

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