Monday, March 26, 2012

Life right now

Dear Jonah Miles,
We decided to sit down and write about everything fun you are doing right now so we can look back in about 12 years and say, "Remember how sweet and cool Jonah was? What happened to that kid?"

Just kidding, we are holding out hope that we will actually enjoy your company when you are a teenager. You are a pretty amazing kid, so we will only be a little surprised if you turn out to be an amazing teenager, too.

When you were born, we prayed that you would: 1. Be Healthy 2. Love Jesus 3. Be Smart 4. If it wasn't too much trouble, that you would be cute, but it wasn't that big of a priority. Well, God clearly loves to bless us, because you are all those things (especially cute)!

We are constantly amazed by how infrequently you are sick, and by how tough you are when you are not feeling well! You are getting a molar and every now and then you can be whiny, but it's not nearly as bad as we would have expected. You are so easily distracted by anything fun or interesting that it's easy to keep your mind off it! You are such a good eater and we are so thankful you have not become too picky yet. We love food too much for that.

We are so excited to see that Jesus is already teaching you about loving Him. It is both super sweet and a little embarassing when you yell, "Yayy! Good Song!" after every hymn at church. You like to hold out your hand and tell us, "Pray?" before we eat. And even though it is March, one of your favorite books is The Animals' Christmas Eve because you love ANY animals and ANY baby, but especially "baby Je-je." You have such a kind and generous heart. The other day you took a book over to a little baby at the museum and said, "Here go, baby." We love seeing evidence of your sweet spirit.

We think maybe we should have prayed for you to be a little LESS smart, because you will be outsmarting us any day now. Every day we find ourselves saying, "WHERE did you learn that?" You are learning everyone's name, some shapes, and learning to count. You are starting to put sentences together and you know so many things. Some of my favorites lately are:

"Mommy, I wanna read book." Which I hear pretty much continuously all day every day. I'm pretty sure you have the books memorized by now and you just want parental participation.

"Darcy go in the bed!" While she obeys you about as well as she obeys me, I'm not sure bossing Darcy around is really going to work out for you.

"Daddy snore, yep." Glad you are already starting to tell our embarrassing secrets. Bring it on.

"It's trash. Throw away!" Always the environmentalist.

"Mommy a mess! Go clean up!" Funny? Yes. Evidence that you may have lost your mind? Also yes.

And finally, you are so stinking cute. For two normal looking people, we sure made one cute kid. We love your big smile, your little voice, and all your mannerisms. By the time you read this you may be going through that awkward stage, so just look at this picture and know there is hope.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The middle of nowhere

This weekend we took a quick trip to visit Ted's parents and grandmother in Alabama (or as we affectionately call it, The middle of nowhere.) Seriously, it never ceases to surprise us how far from everything else we are driving, but that is part of the appeal. They have several acres of land for Jonah to run around on like the maniac he is and a bin full of toys to dump out everywhere, so the kiddo thinks he is in heaven.

And I pretty much spent 2 days lounging on the porch swing and occasionally looking up to make sure Jonah hadn't wandered too far. So make that two of us thinking we're in heaven :) If the boy is happy and entertained, sign me up for the boondocks any time.

We also took a walk next door to visit some relatives who's cat just had kittens. Jonah's head was about to spin off from excitement and I lost track of how many times we told him to be gentle. Especially after he announced he needed to "hold Cat!" Oh my. I am happy to announce that all 4 kittens survived the encounter. Unfortunately we have no pictures since it took all of our hands to make sure we didn't accidentally love a kitten to death.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Ted said I need a post about Oreo since he is one of our daily adventures. Oreo is the rabbit that lives in our neighborhood, and he is black and white as you can probably imagine.

Jonah LOVES this guy. As soon as he gets out of the car he takes off down the street yelling "Rabbit!" and he knows how to walk the three blocks to get to his house. When we turn on the street he starts yelling "Where are you Rabbit?!" He even tries to pet Oreo, although I think he only accomplished that once when Oreo's back was turned and he was distracted with something.

I gave Jonah carrots at dinner yesterday even though the kid has never eaten a carrot and nothing we do can change that. Yesterday he picked one up, said "rabbit!" and popped it in his mouth. What?

1. How do you even know rabbits eat carrots? 2. Did you actually chew and swallow that?

At which point he ate all the carrots on his plate and mine. Congratulations Oreo for doing what no one else could.