Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I've decided that I'm officially old because I wish for rain on a regular basis. I remember my parents doing the same thing.  When we first moved here, I would see it was raining at Disney and I would feel terrible for vacationers.  Now I'm like "buy a poncho and run" because my yard is dry!  See...I've turned old.  Florida is about to hit the rainy season where we get these great afternoon shower each day.  I love them.  I love sitting on the back porch and watching the rain.  The kids love it to.  When it is raining, the ask to take toys out there so they play and watch the rain.  All of that to say, it looks like rain in DeLand today and the clouds are making me sleepy.  So, I'm blogging rather than napping in the 30 minute lull before going to get the kiddos from school.

We are finally in the home stretch of 3rd grade and 3 year old Kindergarten.  Two weeks from tomorrow is Jonah's last day.  Micah can go until then also.  But, considering today is his first time in a week to go, chances are great that he will have more days home with mommy than at school.  I told him last night that he had to go back to school today to spend some time with his friends because he wouldn't see them again.  He said "'I'll be okay with that.  Besides, we know exactly where Grayson lives.  We can just stop by his house another time.  I'll stay home with you!"  Dude is ready for the chill life.

Jonah is finishing his last two weeks with parties, award celebrations, movies, and a few last minute tests worked in there.  If he does well in these last days, he will finish third grade still with all A's.  He came very close to his first B ever in the 3rd nine weeks.  He's a smart little guy who would do so much better if he would learn to Capitalize words and use touch strategy.  But, I've harped on that all year long so the results are up to him.

School gets out on Wednesday afternoon and we fly out to New Orleans before 8:00 on the next day.  Dan is preaching that Sunday at our former church, FBC, Vidalia.  We are so excited about being back with those people and getting to worship with them.  We haven't been back on a Sunday since we moved.  It is hard to believe that June will be 13 years since our moving truck arrived in that town that is so dear to us.

Since we have to fly in to New Orleans, we are taking a couple of days there before heading to Vidalia.  It was so cold and yucky when we were there for Dan's graduation that we missed so much that the kids wanted to see and do.  So, we will hit the double decker bus and let Jonah get off at any stop he desires this time.  Or, maybe we will just find our seat at Cafe Dumonde and settle in for some yumminess.  Our kids were covered in powdered sugar the last time we were there.  They loved it.  

School ending just signifies the beginning of craziness for us.  The summer is jam packed.  Jonah is doing TWO sleepover camps.  Dan will be at the first with him.  We are doing a family beach trip in August to celebrate Dan's mom retiring.  We have lots of other exciting things planned but we just need school to finish before that happens.  

Speaking of school, I'm off to pick up two sweet little boys!



Monday, May 11, 2015

Plans change

Friday is our 16th anniversary.  We've had plans to go away.  The sitter was secured and excited about  the time with our kids.  They don't have grandkids yet so they treat our boys like they are theirs.  Then on Saturday, they have plans so Ms. Louise, our resident hero was to get the boys and keep them until we got back Saturday night.  

But, this morning, Doug, a member of our church, breathed his last breath on this earth and woke up with Jesus.  While he was with the family, Dan text me to say "It looks like Doug's service will be Friday!"  I knew that meant our trip wouldn't happen.  I told him it was fine and I would talk to him later.  

When I picked Jonah up from school, I said "I have bad news, Jonah.  Mr. Doug died this morning."  Jonah said "Oh, man.  I wanted him to get better.  I guess he isn't a cancer survivor!"  We talked a little more about Doug and then Jonah said "Is Daddy preaching his funeral?"  I told him he was.  Jonah asked when and I told him it was Friday.  He said "Oh, so on his day off?"  I said "Yep, and on our anniversary trip.  But, this is part of our life.  Right?"  Jonah said "Well, I'm sad you will miss your trip and that daddy doesn't have a day off but I'm really glad Daddy will be there to help his family.  That is what he is best at.  Well, besides being a daddy!"  

I'm glad that Jonah knows that about his daddy at 8 years old.  His daddy is really good at helping people and he is really good at being a daddy.  Sometimes dates don't work out and plans change.  It happens in all jobs.  But, we get the benefit of walking through the hard days of life with people.  And, we really do celebrate our marriage throughout the year.  I consider that a gift!

Friday, May 8, 2015

The latest

We are all home on a Friday night.  That is a rare occurrence these days.  Our weekends have been busy since the calendar rolled over to 2015.  We were just talking the other day about how we have not been to Disney as a family once time this year.  And, none of us have been on a Saturday or Sunday.  So, we have been super excited about this weekend.  The calendar was completely empty.  Then, I got sick.  I've been in bed most of the day today while Dan has assumed the role of chief housekeeper and cook.  (Have I mentioned before that God gave me a really good man??)

He let the boys swim while he grilled chicken for dinner.  Now they are all piled up in the living room watching Star Wars.  Age 4 was the year Jonah became obsessed with Star Wars and now Micah is getting there.  It is fun to watch them have their daddy/son things.  Star Wars has never been my thing so I'm happy to let it be theirs.  Earlier today, Dan took Micah to play his first 9 holes of golf.  This little guy had so much fun.  I think he enjoyed the "being with daddy" part more than the actual golf part.


We are down to our final 4 weeks of school.  I am so excited about the summer.  But, I'm a little overwhelmed.  I've never been this "scheduled" for summer 4 weeks out.  Jonah gets out of school on June 3rd and we leave for the airport the next morning at 5:00 a.m.  Dan is preaching the Celebration Service at FBC Vidalia on June 7.  We are so excited to go back to celebrate with that body of believers who mean so much to our family.  Thinking about that trip made me go back and read THIS blog post.  We haven't been to a Sunday service there since we left almost 6 years ago.  We so love those people and can hardly wait to worship with them again.

After we get back from that trip, we are home for a few days then Jonah and Dan leave for a week for CentriKid.  This will be Jonah's first sleepover camp.  I'm glad Dan will be there to experience it with him.  That be a fun week for both of them.  Micah will be a little devastated when he sees those suit cases.  So, I will be thinking up some fun things for him.

I had plans to write about several things tonight but my meds have kicked in and I'm going to sleep instead.  

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Mid-February through March iPhone Dump

There was a time that I had a diaper bag camera.  It was a small point and shoot that I kept in Jonah's diaper bag so I would always have a camera with me.  When Micah came along, I did the same thing.  But, when the diaper bags went away, so did the little camera.  My phone quickly became the thing that I use most for photos.  Which, sometimes is so frustrating because I have a super nice Nikon that hardly gets used.  Although, if that were my primary camera, I would miss most all of these photos.  I enjoy posting these iPhone photo dumps because they area fairly accurate portrait of our life.

I snapped this photo one morning before school.  Jonah could not put his book down to leave for school.  He doesn't always take the initiative to read but once he starts, he just can't stop.  
That scarf.  Oh, that scarf.  Remember when he got that and fell in love with it?  Yes, it lasted for quite some time.  That boy took that scarf every where we went.  He wore it all the time.  Even during board games.  
The Upward season kept us SO busy but Jonah loved every second of it.  He could hardly wait to get to his practices and his games each week.  Micah enjoyed being with his friends during those times.  
The next two photos were from one of the team award ceremonies.  As you can see, Jonah loved being the center of attention.  Except, not at all.  



Micah's best little buddy at school is Grayson.  He hung out with us one night while the big kids were at Fit Club.  You can see that he and Micah have fun together.  



On that particular day, he had gotten to play with Miller, Colton and Grayson.  It made a really good day for him.
This day...oh, this day!  The kids were up and dressed for church.  (Minus Micah's shirt being tucked in!)  I tried to get a good photo of the two of them but Micah would not smile and would not cooperate.  Take a look at the progression...



Then he threw up.  Yep.  Dude wouldn't cooperate because he was sick.  I felt terrible.  But, not as bad as this guy.  



Both of my boys love their bikes and scooters. 
I picked Jonah up from school one day and took him downtown to one of the candy shops.  He enjoyed a big chocolate covered strawberry and a Smores on a Stick.  I love our downtown area.  

I'm already dreading next year when Micah doesn't have the flexibility of school that he has now.  I love the days he is home with me.  I enjoy the mornings that he crawls into my bed and say "You want to lay beside me to watch a little TV?"

Timehop reminded me of one of my favorite pictures of these little boys.  Micah wore those same pajamas that Jonah is wearing this year when the weather was chilly.  

Dan had surgery back in February.  He had a Hernia that needed to be repaired.  He actually has two but only one can be fixed.  It was a little more of a recovery than either of us anticipated.  

When the doctor finally came out to tell me he was OK, I had to giggle a little bit when he brought photos of Dan's innards!  It is as if he knew me and my love of photos.  

Friends at school have become one of Jonah's favorite parts of life.  He loves to stay after and play with them.  Anytime I am there after school, he heads outside with a football and large crew of kiddos who all have mothers who work at his school.  He desperately wants me to get a job there so he can be there every afternoon.  
While Dan was recovering from surgery, it was very common to find at least one kiddo in bed with him playing a game, watching a movie or just being silly.  
Ahhh...this made me laugh.  A lot!
It isn't very common to show up any where in Florida and find someone wearing a Mississippi State sweatshirt.  I walked into our DiscipleNow on Friday night and found this sweet girl!

As Jonah's third grade year draws to a close, I can't even begin to express how sad we are to see this chapter of his life come to a close.  We can not tell you how incredible his teacher his been.  So, you can imagine his excitement when she came to one of his Upward games to see he and Carlos play each other.  
And, just like every week, Jonah was so embarrassed as he was called forward to receive his award for that week.  He loves the award and is always so  proud of it but he doesn't like the attention.  

Can I just pause for a moment to thank the Lord for this man?  Robert Edgcomb has been a great gift to my little guy.  Jonah learned so much from him during the Basketball season but even more in Children's Church when his rotation comes around.  
Do you write in your Bible?  I love looking back to see the things God has spoken to me during my times with Him.  
I helped Jonah's classroom with their writing window display.  Props to my neighbor for the vinyl lettering she did for us.  
Another visit with daddy.  
Oh, this boy and his eyes.  We got Dan out of the house at 5 days Post-op to go to Jonah's appointment with him.  Jonah's vision is deteriorating at a rapid rate.  Most kids see an eye doctor once per year if there is an issue.  Jonah is seeing his in 4 month intervals with prescription changes each time.  That held true with this visit also.  
I snapped this photo of myself one afternoon.  I was taking a nap and I heard a kiddo sneak into my room then felt him crawl up onto my bed.  In the sweetest gesture of kindness, little Micah brought his favorite blanket (Elmo Mommock) and gently laid it on top of me.  Then he quietly patted me and kissed me.  I never opened my eyes.  I knew he was trying to do the very thing that brings him happiness and comfort.  This came in the midst of a terribly rough couple of weeks.  God used it to bless my heart in a mighty way.  
Sometimes the little guy isn't so excited about waking up in the morning to take his brother to school.  
If ever a kid loved a show, this one loves Finding Nemo: The Musical at Animal Kingdom.  This is his favorite show and he quotes it All.  The.  Time!!!  One of the nursery workers told me "Well, I've never seen the actual Nemo show but I see it played out every single week!"  Yep, yep she does.  





Mommy/Micah days at Disney are some of my favorite.  He is still young enough that the magic of Disney impresses him every single time.  
Living away from all of our family is so hard at times but when family happens to be here to visit, we treasure it.  The boys LOVE having their cousins here.  


They left early Saturday morning for Disney and we headed to another Upward Game.  


I don't remember what was so upsetting to him but it was obviously traumatic.  It's hard being 4, ya know?


We played outside one afternoon with our neighbor, Jaxon.  His mom was out of town so we sent her a text.  

MORE COUSIN TIME!
Miller stayed with us the day his mom had her wisdom teeth out.  He was impressed with Micah's Del Sol shirt that changes colors when you step into the sun.  


Y'all, parenting an Introvert has been quite a challenge for us.  Micah's speech evaluation was painful for him. He did not want to answer her questions. He sobbed.  He begged us to leave.  It was rough.  
His consolation prize was going to Ms. Louise's house for a little while.  As usual, she had his tray of snacks waiting for him.  She knows his love of fruit and as you can see, she had it full.  Before you think this was a special treat because of his terrible morning at the speech evaluation, but this is typical for every time she knows he is coming.  Can you see why he loves her?
Jonah and Addison went to the Lego Robotics afternoon at the library.  I took them and Jessica picked up Grayson and Micah and met us there. 




This...
Hilarious!




It's almost pool time!  These guys are learning how to help Dan take care of it.  


Jonah did a little reading at the salon while Micah got his haircut.  This book was a gift to Micah from Holder and Miller for his birthday.  BOTH boys have loved it.  
If you know me well, then you know I'm not so gifted with telling time on an Analog clock.  I think I missed those explanations in elementary school.  And, in the age of digital clocks and phones with digital clocks, I haven't really felt the need to master that.  But, I regretted that decision when I was volunteering in Jonah's class and his teacher put me at a back table with some of the ESE kids who didn't get it.  Ummm...
That night, we ate a New Orleans style restaurant and fell in love with it.  We've craved New Orleans style food for the entire time we have lived here so we were pretty happy to discover this place.  
Dan went with Jonah's class on their Sea World field trip so I took Micah to Disney for the day.  


And, this happened.  Again, parenting an introvert has been an adjustment for us.  




Dan left early one morning to go to a surgery in Daytona so I was on morning duty alone.  Micah dressed himself.  Yep, with his shorts OVER his pajama pants.  
One of Jonah's teachers made dinner for our family when Dan had surgery.  (Seriously, how kind is that???)  When he was leaving for the school to volunteer that morning, I put her bag with dishes by the door so Dan wouldn't forget it.  Then, after they left, I walked into the kitchen to find this.  Dude stepped over the bag to go out the door.  HA!  For all of his good qualities, attention to detail early in the morning isn't one of them.  :-)

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