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'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.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Learning to Swim

This blog is supposed to be about our New Orleans adventures, but we have been visiting Pensacola so much this summer, I feel like it has become our Everywhere this Summer Adventures!

This weekend we went to see my best friend Pam in Pensacola. I was so excited to see her since we haven't seen each other in almost a year! We try to talk every week, and we usually see each other a few times a year, but we kept missing each other this year, so we made a special trip to make sure we got to see them this time. They were staying out at the beach, so we went out and got to spend the WHOLE DAY with them! We went to the beach together, went to the pool, and ate dinner. Jonah got to play with McKenzie, and she was such a good playmate to him. She is going to be such a good big sister. My parents were good sports and tagged along to the beach with us so they could spend some extra time with Jonah.

So everyone in my family are a bunch of little fish, so I wasn't too worried about Jonah learning to swim, but something just clicked with him this weekend. He was so fearless in the pool and had so much fun swimming! He loved jumping off the side and probably did it 5 million times. The first day, you should have seen Ted and me just grinning at each other. We were so proud of him, and he was so proud of himself! I really think he is going to get it by the end of the summer. He had so much fun, and he keeps telling me, "I'm a fishie! I go swim with Nina in the pool! I blow bubbles!"

Next week my baby turns 2! I can't believe he is so big, but at the same time he has been acting like a 2 year old for so long, we are VERY aware that he is a big boy now. He is telling everyone, "I gonna have a Mickey Mouse Party!" He has birthday parties on the brain and knows his is coming up, but we have some special surpirses in store for his party day!