Monday, December 10, 2012

A quick fall recap

I haven't blogged in so long, but I am blaming a hurricane and baby #2. Shortly after we got back from Colorado, we were hit with hurricane Isaac. We had a little damage and lost power for about 5 days, but nothing too bad. The siding blew off our house but our awesome and knowledgable friends helped Ted put it back up. We were able to keep the kiddo busy with building forts, arts and crafts, and walking around the neighborhood when the rain occasionally let up.




In September, I participated in the Girl Power Triathlon! By this time I was already 7 weeks pregnant, but I had already signed up and been training for the Tri before all that started, so I really wanted to be able to complete it. I was feeling pretty good the morning of the race so I went down there and did my best! I think the adrenaline kept me feeling pretty good, but that was the last day of good times for the first trimester :) From that night on, I was sick and exhausted until very recently. Oh well, at least I had a good morning competing!

Going in!

Jonah waiting at the Finish Line

Coming across the finish line

That's my triathlon buddy Emily

This was my attempt to get a picture with Jonah on the #1 and baby 2 on the #2, but Ted wasn't quite understanding my vision. This is the best we got

In October we took a road trip to see some family. We stopped in Tallahassee to see Beth, Andy, Yvie, and new little Lyra. Then we headed to Georgia to see Heather, Jeff, and Ben. Next we headed to Atlanta to see Pam, Jason, Reagen, and McKenzie. Jonah has been talking about Kenzie ever since, he LOVES playing with her. We spent a day in downtown Atlanta and went to the World of Coke and the Aquarium. Jonah LOVED the aquarium, he just loves animals. His favorite was the dolphin show and he was so sad when it was over. He kept telling me, "It's about to be more, Mommy!" When I was telling him we had to leave the show. We were not super dilligent about pictures, but we did snap a couple of good ones.

Playing with Ben


Rough housing

Swinging at the park with Kenzie

For Halloween, we decided to dress up as Ghosts. Whenever I asked Jonah what he wanted to be for Halloween he would tell me something different, and usually something totally random (A jaguar! A puma! Kid watches way too much Diego.) Finally I told him he was going to be a ghost and started drumming that in his head. He has a Curious George book where George dresses up like a ghost, so he was okay with that. He wanted me to be a ghost too, so I gave in. We didn't go to any costume parties this year because Ted was out of town until Halloween day, so we just dressed up for trick or treating. Jonah liked trick or treating this year, but he only made it around the block and then was ready to go home and eat his candy!

When my mom saw Jonah in his ghost costume, she dug out a picture of me at about 3 years old dressed as a ghost. We looked so much the same, it was crazy! So I decided to do Jonah's face paint like mine had been done when I was 3.


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Such a sweet tooth

November passed in a blur of sickness and fatigue, but I was feeling better by Thanksgiving, thankfully. We stayed in New Orleans and had dinner with some friends for thanksgiving day, then were able to go spend time with my family in Pensacola for the weekend. Now we are having fun getting ready for the Christmas season! So far, Jonah has gotten some pieces of his nativity set and he will tell us about how baby Jesus had to sleep in the barn, and the angel came to tell everyone the baby was born. We let him help decorate the tree this year, and he was obsessed. It was stressful at first while I was putting up the lights and he didn't have anything to do but get in the way. But we were glad we let him help put on the ornaments with us. He looked like such a big boy, and his little face was so cute when he looked up at the tree. He has been really good about leaving the ornaments alone now that they are up, too.



We still have to go see the Christmas lights in the park and go see Santa. J says he will ask Santa for some new bubbles. And that's all he wants. I think Santa (me) will think that is the easiest request ever!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Colorado getaway

This weekend we took a quick trip to Vail! Ted had to go for a conference and it happened to be on my days off so we all went! This is our third trip to Colorado in a year because we all looove it.

If you ask Jonah what we did he will tell you, "I go hiking, and I throw rock in the water! I ride the sky car up the mountain!" The little chatterbox pretty much sums it up in a few sentences. We played outside a lot, and spent a lot of time playing Jonah's favorite game: throw rocks in the creek. Ted got to go hiking with us one day, and we hiked to the top of a waterfall (about 4 miles round trip!) Ted carried Jonah in the hiking backpack for most of it, he is a trooper!

The next few days were just me and Jonah because Ted was working. But I am thankful to have someone to play with! We went biking one day and rode the gondola to hike along the top of the mountain one day. We just loved escaping the heat to spend some time in the cool mountain outdoors!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Why living in New Orleans makes you hard

Being away from New Orleans makes us miss it. It also makes us realize how pampered everyone else in the world is. I think we may live in as close to a third world country as you can get in the U.S. Below are actual examples of how living in New Orleans has changed our perspective, inspired by our long weekend vacation in Vail.

1. When someone from New Orleans hears someone say "The satellite shows bad weather." it means flooded streets, torrential downpours, material damage to cars and homes, and power outages.

In Vail, it apparently means 60 degree weather and some sprinkling "rain".

2. When I heard someone in the grocery store say, "The busses are coming in." I assume this means the bus from the ghetto is about to bring a mass of people ( each dragging two grocery carts ) who just got their food stamps and will now ravage the shelves.

However, in Vail, it apparently refers to the busses of wealthy Japanese tourists with large amounts of cash arriving to get snacks.

3. Elevation is everything. Several people have asked me how I'm "managing" the elevation. I'll be honest, it takes some adjustment to function on less oxygen. But not as much adjustment as 100% humidity, 98 degrees, and the constant threat of flood from living below sea level. Cool weather, cute scarves, and good hair days? think I can handle some breathlessness.

4. In New Orleans, when someone is running toward you in a dark alley, you should probably run screaming in the other direction.

In Vail, they say "on your left!" so as not to run in to you while exercising.

5. In New Orleans, you would never leave your bike unlocked, and even if you lock it you have a 50% chance of it getting stolen anyway.

In Vail, I have seen plenty of unlocked bikes including one with a sign on it that said "For Sale $1200". Really? What alternate universe am I in where someone left out a bike with a sign on it saying how much you could sell it for? I'm sure no one locks their ski and snowboard equipment either.

So there you are. 5 reasons why living in New Orleans has made us crazy. It's nice to get away for a while and live like normal people, but the culture shock gets to you. Maybe tomorrow someone will cut me off in traffic and I can feel normal again.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Just kidding

Hmmm, not sure who wrote that last post about what a great two-year-old Jonah is. I can't remember those days right now. I must have written that before the "I no want to!" phase started.

This weekend we took Jonah and my mom and dad to go on a swamp tour for my mom's birthday. It was pretty cool. We saw a bunch of alligators and birds, and they even had a little alligator that you could hold. Oh my goodness, Jonah was all about that. He really liked riding on the boat and seeing the alligators. Most of them were pretty little, but we did see a huge one that was creeping me out. Who happened to come right up to the boat as Jonah was leaning over the side eating snacks. And Jonah didn't quite understand that he was about to be the snack. Add to that all the "jokes" the boat captain was making about the alligators eating toddlers and it was a little high anxiety for me.

J is doing pretty good with potty training. He stayed dry 3/4 days at school last week, and he usually stays dry with us as long as we remind him to go. We also converted his crib into a toddler bed! We thought we had to buy a converter kit for the crib, which was going to be about $70. We decided to just go ahead and buy him a toddler bed (since we could get it for pretty much the same price) but when we drove around we couldn't find a cute, nice one. (Aside: Ted says, "Is cute necessary?" Really, must you ask that question?) When we got home, Jonah said, "I want a big boy bed. They no have my big boy bed!" We felt so bad about talking it up that I started researching more about the "converter kit" and found out it is just a railing! So we quickly took the crib apart and ran up to wal-mart to grab a cheap railing. Thank goodness God didn't let us buy a big toddler bed that we didn't need! Jonah LOVES his new bed! When he walked in at first he was a little disturbed. He said, "Where's my sleep?" Haha, we told him, that's your new bed, that's where you sleep. And he jumped right in and has been playing in it ever since. He went right to sleep last night and slept all night long, and woke me up with his little hand on his door this morning. He did wake up a little early this morning, but I'm trying to tell him he doesn't have to wake us up, he can just play in his room...wishful thinking!

I have been writing down Jonah-isms lately to remember the funny things he says:

Me: Why are you hoarse?
J: No, I not a horse!

J: You're a fox, Mommy!
Me: And what are you?
J: I a fox, too.
Me: Well, if you're a fox, I'm a fox

Nina: Are you cranky?
J: No, I Jonah!

And the other day he randomly asked me, "Need go potty mommy? No pee pee in your pants!" Yes, thank you for the reminder, dear.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

When I was Two...

So far (for the past 2 weeks) having a 2 year old is pretty great. Jonah is no longer plagued by painful teething, he understands some cause and effect, and his mantra to himself is "There's no crying." Way better than being a one year old- so far :)

Jonah went to the pediatrician for his 2 year old appointment last week. He weighed 28 lbs 11 oz and was 34 1/2 inches (50th percentiles). He can run, climb, jump, and swim (with a little help). We got him a tricycle for his birthday, but he can't really work it by himself yet. He speaks in sentences most of the time and can answer simple questions a lot of the time. He knows so many words, and just picks up more and more every day. He is blowing us away, and cracking us up with everything he says. His two questions we have taught him by rote are "Q: Who made you? A: God" and "Q:How old are you? A: two" which he mixes up all the time. It is both funny and embarrasing when someone asks him how old he is and he screams, "GOD!" It sounds like he's saying "GOD! I can't believe people keep asking me this!"

Jonah is getting so fun to play with. He is doing a lot of pretend play. He will pretend to cook and then make us pretend eat whatever he is cooking. The other day he told me he was cooking Lemonade, but I didn't have the heart to tell him you don't really cook that. The boy is such a funny goofball, he will try to play tricks on us and he recognizes when his funny faces and things he says make us laugh and tell us, "I funny, Mommy!". He says something new and crazy every day so he is just so fun to be with.

Jonah is even doing pretty well with potty training! He only has accidents at home occasionally, but hasn't mastered it at school yet. We think he gets distracted by playing and forgets/decides not to go. I bought him some new Diego underwear (Diego is the current OBSESSION) and told him if he gets it wet we have to take it off, so I think that is helping!

Overall, we are having a ball. We definitely have our hands full, but they are full of good things.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On the night you were born





On the night you were born,

The moon smiled with such wonder

that the stars peeked in to see you

and the night wind whispered,

"Life will never be the same."




Because there had never been anyone like you...

ever in the world.


So enchanted with you were the wind and the rain

that they whispered the sound of your wonderful name.

(Truly, because it stormed that day!)


It sailed through the farmland

high on the breeze...


Over the ocean...
And through the trees...


Until everyone heard it
and everyone knew
of the one and only ever you.


Not once had there been such eyes,
such a nose,
such silly, wiggly, wonderful toes.


When the polar bears heard,
they danced until dawn.

From faraway places,
the geese flew home.

The moon stayed up until
morning the next day.
And none of the ladybugs flew away.


So whenever you doubt just how special you are



and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far,



listen for geese honking in the sky.
(They're singing a song to remember you by.)


Or notice the bears asleep at the zoo.
(It's because they've been dancing all night for you!)



Or drift off to sleep to the sound of the wind.
(Listen closely...it's whispering your name again!)


If the moon stays up until morning one day,
or a ladybug lands and decides to stay,
or a little bird sits at your window awhile,
it's because they're all hoping to see you smile...



For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
has the world ever known a you, my friend,
and it never will, not ever again...


Heaven blew every trumpet
and played every horn
on the wonderful, marvelous
night you were born

Happy Birthday to the sweetest, smartest, little goof-ball we could have imagined. I think you hung the moon every day.



*Poem from On the Day you Were Born by Debra Frasier

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Jonah's Mickey Mouse Birthday

This weekend we celebrated Jonah's 2nd birthday with a Mickey Mouse Party! We did most everything ourselves, and it turned out to be a lot of work, but it was so fun. I didn't even mind doing it because I love Mickey Mouse, too, and I loved getting everything together for his party. He had a great time playing with his friends. I wish I had a picture of his little face when he came downstairs from his nap and saw everything set up. His eyes got so big, and he said, "Look! Balloons! Look!"

Here are the details from Jonah's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party:

I ordered a package off Etsy for $5 and printed out the banner, signs, cupcake toppers, and food tabs. It was a lot of cutting and pasting, but I got to make it look just how I wanted it to.


We made Jonah's cupcakes and I got the cupcake stand from Party City. I knew the red frosting was going to drive the moms crazy, but it looked too perfect so I had to do it. I ordered the cake from Rouses and just got a Mickey Mouse cupcake topper and candles. Jonah loved it and it made it easier on me to order the cake. They didn't make it exactly how I wanted it, but it looked ok.



I don't know how people planned parties before Pinterest. I got this idea to stake balloons along the sidewalk with golf tees:

I put a sign outside that said, "Let's Mouskercise!" with some balls and Jonah's outside toys. I also put out this beanbag game for the grown up boys to play (since a lot of Jonah's "Big" friends came to celebrate with him, too) We had to Disney-fy the corn hole game by putting Mickey ears on the Dickinson Red Devils:


This was our favorite, and our labor of Love. I went to Sears and got a big refrigerator box to make a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse! We painted it, and painted the magic words, "Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse!" above the door. I put some crayons to color on the walls and a couple little toys inside. The kids LOVED it. We will probably be keeping this around for a while.

One of Jonah's Mickey Mouse DVDs has an episode called, "Pluto's Bubble Bath" so I made a sign with that title and put it with a bunch of bubble stuff. Jonah LOVES bubbles, so he spent most of the beginning of his party playing with bubbles!


Here is the Party Table! We put pictures from our Disney World trip of Jonah meeting Mickey and Pluto (his two favorites) amongst the Mickey themed food:


I made Hot Diggity Dogs (pigs in a blanket) and Clubhouse Kabobs (fruit and marshmallow kabobs)


I also made finger sandwiches with my cute Mickey Mouse sandwich cutter that we got in Disney world, and I made these Mouseketeer rice krispy treats with the sandwich cutter, too. I thought these were so cute, and looked just liked little mouse hat ears


Here is the birthday boy blowing out his candles!


Opening presents with a two year old is so weird, am I right? You have no idea what they are going to do. Jonah, of course, was so excited to have some new toys, but he didn't quite get the opening presents concept. He just wanted to play with whatever toy he just opened and forget about the rest of them. Oh well, I got to open some presents so that was fun! ;) Really, I am ok with the fact that he isn't too in to presents and was just happy to play with his friends. That is the kind of kid I'm trying to raise, so it works for me.


And in closing, here are some pics of Jonah playing with his BFF.




Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us. We cannot believe it has been two years! We are so thankful to everyone who has supported us, brought us meals, shared meals with us, been a sounding board for our trials; and we are so thankful to everyone who has loved Jonah, played with him, taught him, and watched him grow. We are so lucky to have you all.