Wednesday, May 6, 2009

He's Here!

Buchanan Thomas Jackson
Born: April 28, 2009 at 5:50 pm
Weight: 8 lbs. 15 oz.
Length: 20.5 in.

We are pleased to announce that Canon has finally arrived! I went in Tuesday morning for a scheduled induction. I was already having regular contractions when I got there, but they were not getting the job done. The pitocin was started around 11:00 am, moments later things really got rockin'. At 1:15 pm, they broke my water. About an hour later, I got my epidural. Let's just say that it was only partially effective. :) Quite a strange experience. By 5:00 pm, I was complete and was pushing by 5:20. Thirty exhausting minutes later, Canon made his entrance into the world. It was a beautiful moment.
Our first week has been wonderful and full and sleep deprived! Canon is a very healthy boy! Tuesday, he was up to 9 lbs. 3 oz. Cody is doing well, all things considered. He is trying to be very helpful and for the most part is very understanding of my new responsibilities and his lack of "mommy time."
So without further adieu, here is our new addition!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008


So I have some news...and I know this is an extremely impersonal way of getting it out, but the chances of seeing you all together anytime soon is slim, and I would hate for you to hear it from someone other than me, so here goes! Chris and I are expecting our second child! No it was not on the cruise :) We are very excited! I should be due around the end of April. Things are going great and I feel wonderful...just tired! So I'm sure we will talk more about it when I see you all, but I just wanted to get the word out!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


June 21st - 26th, 2008
Our cruise to Bermuda!

Our ship left from Norfolk, which was so convenient. We were able to get dropped off right at the ship and walk right to the boarding area. We were through security and on the ship within 30 minutes. I highly recommend cruising from this terminal.

Here are some pictures of us leaving port.

I celebrated my birthday on the cruise. One of the nights, our waiters sang "Happy Birthday" to myself and one of our table-mates, who was also celebrating a birthday. It was really yummy!

Here we are getting off the ship in Bermuda. It was so simple to get off and on the ship throughout the two days we were there. It was like having your hotel right there.

Our first stop was the capital city of Hamilton. It was a bustling city. We did a little shopping here. One of the things that surprised us the most was the business attire of the men. They would wear short sleeve dress shirts, ties, shorts and...KNEE SOCKS! It was so funny looking!

I loved this little alley. There were shops all along the way up. The whole island is rocky and hilly. It really surprised us.
A beautiful church in Hamilton.

A scenic spot!

A pretty little park in Hamilton.

One of my favorite things was how people with houses on the top of these rock cliffs would carve stairs out of the rocks to get down to the water.

After touring Hamilton, we went on a snorkeling trip. We snorkeled around this little island and the coastline. We saw some amazing fish and the most vibrant purple coral. The trip also included a scenic hour long trip around the island. One of the crew told us all about the island. We got to see sea turtles and the world's smallest drawbridge. It was so much fun!

On the last day in Bermuda, we struck out on our own and headed for this lighthouse. We climbed to the very top. You could see the entire island from the top. Unfortunately, the window were foggy because it was so hot, so none of the pictures turned out. But it was beautiful!

After the lighthouse, we cooled off with a trip to Horseshoe Bay. It was gorgeous! The sand here is pink due to a type of coral in the water. When the coral dies, it breaks into pieces and washes up on this beach. The water here is also the third saltiest in the world. The pictures below are if you walk a little farther north of the main beach. Over there, these rock jut straight out of the beach. Were we able to climb to the top of a couple of them and get some amazing pictures.

One of the last nights on the ship. This was our first real vacation with just the two of us. We had such a great time and can't wait to go back again. Maybe next time you all can come with us! There was so much more to see and do there!

Monday, May 12, 2008


May was a great month for the Jackson family. Here are some of the highlights:
Chris graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College with his undergraduate degree! I could not be more proud of him. He really worked hard to make it happen. It was so good to see it all come together for him. After the ceremony we celebrated with a family lunch at Olive Garden. It was a great day! Thank you to Mrs. Jenn, Erin and "Baby" Anna for letting Cody come play at their house during the ceremony. I know he had a lot more fun there! It wouldn't be a Jackson family event with out the Maggiores present! We are so blessed to have friends like them!
He looks smarter already!

Chris' dad, mom and granny.Mmmmm, Lunch!

That same weekend, Chris and I chaperoned the ASBC's Bible Drill Team on their reward trip to Great Wolf Lodge. I got up there early to set up the rooms and got a chance to get a couple hours in the water park with Cody and Chris. We had an amazing time and were so impressed with the park. We can't wait to go back.

Cody (above) waiting for this (below) to happen


The spring after Cody was born, Chris and I struck out on one of our first "baby-free" evenings. We went to oceanfront expecting a quiet moonlit stroll on the beach and instead found "Monsters on the Beach"! It was so much fun and we decided that night that when Cody was old enough, we would take him to see them. So this year, Cody made his first trip to the monster truck show and was totally enthralled. He didn't move off Chris' lap the entire 2 hours, his eyes were glued to the beach. He wouldn't even look at me if I asked him a question. The months that have followed have been filled with truck noises and sending toy trucks over "ramps". I could probably count 100 times that he has asked me if it's time to go see the monster trucks again. We can't wait for next year!


We got pictures done today. This is my favorite!