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.