January was a quiet month of events, the usual post holiday lull. It was nice though as I got in a few shoots with Coop and his big ol’ blue eyes. Jack also picked up the camera again and got some nice shots, but their are even better ones coming in the February recap. We’ve been able to start giving both boys a bath at the same time which is fun but it requires a lot of attention from one if not both of us when we’re doing it as Jack still gets a little too aggressive with Coop, which he claims is him just loving Cooper.
As you can imagine December had a lot of Christmas oriented activities. We went to the Descanso Enchanted Gardens again which Jack loved even more this year, we celebrated cousin Brody turning 1, we visited SB and Altadena for Taylor and Butcher Christmas celebrations, and we hosted a New Year dinner at our house that turned out to be a blazing time. We especially enjoyed doing Christmas morning at our house and getting to do the Santa routine with Jack and watching the boys open some gifts from Sarah and me.
Jack’s preschool held a fundraising event called the Trike-A-Thon. The kids had practiced in the week leading up to it while also making posters and hats to go along with their event. Jack even said he needed to get good sleep for the event and sadly for Sarah and me that just meant his usual sleep antics and routine.
One cute aspect was that before each class took their turn riding they would go out to the bike yard and cheer on another class along with all the parents and our phones/cameras. The classroom that went before Jack’s was a wild bunch of older kids that had elements of Mad Max in their attire and various bikes/scooters. What was funny that after that raucous group, out came Class 7, Jack’s class, and they were orderly and slow. Luckily Jack got some courage after the first lap and broke the pack and started riding fast and ultimately probably did the most laps, but who’s counting, obviously not this competitive dad.
After the event the kids got to indulge in a well deserved popsicle. I’m not sure why but I caught Jack in one shot looking upset after opening his, must have been the color i’m guessing. All in all it was a fun little 30 minute activity to be a part of and it’s always humorous seeing school mode Jack who’s way more timid and reserved.
In December we went for a little adventure to Underwood Farms with Uncle Nick and Aunt Bryce but also with Cousin Bret, Sara, and little Brody. I’d heard this was one of those stereotypical young kid outing spots so I wasn’t overly excited at first but by the end of the day it was clear that we all had a blast. There was a tractor ride that took us to the farm where we got to pick any food that was in season, there were all sorts of sweet animals to see and feed, good food, play areas, and of course great company. Jack was the perfect age for here but even the little guys had a blast.
November was full of fun, family, and friends. As we saw in past posts we had been to Disneyland and Jack had been very active photographing Can Jam in Santa Barbara. The other highlights were an early Thanksgiving dinner with the Willoughby side of the fam. My cousin and his family recently moved to Portland to work on his beard growth and develop an affinity for coffee and overcast weather. Keegan was particularly smitten with Cooper and it’s clear next year she’ll have all the kids wrapped around her fingers.
We had our actual Thanksgiving up with the Ross clan where we got the super exciting news that Aaron and Courtney are going to have their first kid, sadly the only moment we caught of that reveal was a quick hip shot I took when they surprised us, but you can see the joy in Courtney’s face. After Thanksgiving we headed back to SB to get to spend more quality time with Uncle Ben, Aunt Megan, and Uncle Ned, oh and those grandparents the boys like too.
The month ended with us doing our annual Christmas tree purchase with the Ungers, a special time we’ve done for at least 5 years now but the first time we didn’t get to buy it at classy OSH. I should also point out that Jack started getting Highlights magazines which has really been awesome, he loves the surprise of when they arrive but he really loves all the activities and stories in each one. I don’t think I could have been prepared for how much we all enjoy that subscription.
October was a fun month for sure. Jack had a bubble day at school, Sarah turned 34, plenty of Halloween activities, and a trip to Cambria to highlight a few. We’ll have to do a dedicated Cambria post again because we got a lot of good memories from that trip.
I told you so, we’re back. September included some cute brotherly love, Jack’s good friend Ezra hanging, Jack starting the full pre-school year, some old friends moving back west to Santa Barbara, and a killer Taylor sibling weekend in SB while the parents were away.