Saturday, January 5, 2008

Brown Bear, Brown Bear....AAAUUGHHH!!!

My child is obsessed with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? He carries it around the house, he holds it when he eats, he wants it when he gets out of his crib, he holds it when he goes down the slide, etc. We have read it to him in excess of 100 times today already. I love that he is so captivated by a book. Dan & I both loved to read as children and still love to read. So, we hope he has that same passion. If this book is any indication, we have a reader on our hands.

Oh, by the way, it looks like the beanbag is gaining in popularity. He has sat in it and played on it a lot over the last couple of days. YAY!

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Messy Boys!!

I was in the living room with Jonah tonight when I heard something hit the floor then heard Dan say "Oh no!" He was trying to pour Hot Tamales out of the big bag into a smaller zip lock bag. He slightly missed the opening and Hot Tamales went everywhere. Jonah headed straight to his daddy to help clean up. He loves to pick things up and put them where they go.

We finished getting all of the candy off the floor and while Dan swept, I took Jonah's clothes from the dryer to his room. As I was putting his clothes away, I hear Dan say "Uh-oh!" Apparently, Jonah walked to the pantry, got a sleeve of Ritz Crackers and poured them on the floor. He promptly sat down to eat them. I guess he figured if Dan could pour his candy on the floor then he could pour his crackers on the floor. I see lots of messes in my future!!!!

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Hey...I'm behind closed doors!

Isn't it true that you should be able to do what you want in your own house? I mean, as long as I don't do this when you are around, you really shouldn't care? Right?

So yeah, the truth is out...I like to play piano in my birthday suit!!!

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Week 1 Recipe- Cajun Chicken Pasta

I got 4 of the Southern Living Annual Recipes for Christmas this year. Several years ago, I decided to start buying one of these each year beginning with 1999. (That was the year we were married.) Well, when we started the adoption process, that idea kind of went away because we were saving every penny for the adoption. So, I was missing 4 of the books. My collection is now officially current thanks to Debbie, David and Linda.

I decided I would attempt to make a recipe out of one of these books each week of this year. (Check back next week to see if that actually happens!!!) I started with the 2007 book and got all the way to May before I found anything that intrigued me enough to try. And then, there it was, on page 103. Cajun Chicken Pasta!

I adapted it to fit our family because we do not like bell peppers of any color. So, I left those completely out of the recipe.

Our take on the finished project: LOVED IT! I will make it again because it was very easy and didn't require TONS of time. The bell peppers would have added color but it would have ruined it for us because we can't stand them. I love spicy food but Dan doesn't. He said this had just enough flavor to be good but not spicy to him. So, I will continue to follow the recipe when making it for Dan or other people. But, if anyone likes spicy food, you could easily add more Tony's to the recipe. YUMMY!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Waiting on my dad!

We got the mail on the way into the house when we got home tonight. My mom wanted to read the Sentinel but I took it from her. I looked at it for a minute but got bored with it so I ripped it to shreds.

She told me I should stop because daddy might want to read the paper. It was a little late for her to tell me that. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed the Mary Kay catalogue that came today from Aunt Emily. I was quite intrigued by that. My mom was somewhat bothered by my extreme interest in a makeup magazine.
It's okay. You don't have to worry. I put it down and went back to shredding the newspaper.
I decided to slide for a little while. I especially like to slide into my beanbag. I usually have a book in my hand when I slide. That is just in case I get to the bottom and want to just lay there for a while. If that happens, I might need something to read. So, I take a book with me. Smart thinking, huh?

Then I realized I could just leave the book at the bottom and that would free my hands for climbing up the slide. Even smarter thinking, huh?
My dad still wasn't home so we pulled out my bag of mega blocks from Josh and Manna. I wish they would have come to play with me today but it is their anniversary and apparently they would rather spend that with each other than with me!

Mommy went to let Max outside and came back and I was standing in this gift bag. She turned to grab the camera and I sat down. Then I toppled over. She sat me back up but I had a hard time staying upright.

We played in the bag for a while and daddy still wasn't home. So, we moved on to my toy box. I don't have any pictures of that to show you because the camera wasn't within reach.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Years Day

Jonah & I went to lunch at Sue's house today. She had the typical New Years meal so we were happy to share it with her. Dan stayed home to watch football because he thinks the entire day on January 1 should be spent in a recliner watching football. It is a day he looks forward to all year long. I had a little bit of a difficult time getting Jonah to leave because he wanted to play with his 'Giggle and Go Garage' that Hannah gave him. I finally just picked him up and headed out the door. He didn't realize Josh & Manna had a present for him at Sue's house.

He was very happy to see the HUGE bag of blocks they gave him. He gets a little (well, a LOT) frustrated when the blocks come apart after he puts them together. We are beginning to see a few OCD tendencies in him. I'm hoping that is something he grows out of. There are very specific things that have to be just right or he can not function. (ie. He will NOT eat if a sippy cup is on his high chair tray. It has to be on the table next to him.) Anyway, back to the blocks...
Josh even stepped away from football long enough to play with blocks. I think he liked the new blocks as much as Jonah did.
After the blocks were all out on the floor, Jonah checked the bag just to be sure there was nothing left behind.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Playing all alone

Nicki got up with Jonah this morning at 6:30. He always sleeps until at least 8:00 a.m. but this morning he was wide awake and wanted to play. So, she got up with him and played until he was ready for a nap at 8:30. When he got up at 10:00 a.m., I kept him entertained while she slept. Well, actually, he kept himself entertained. I took a couple of pictures of him playing in a box. He was so content to play by himself and even read to himself. Check out the video at the end of this post to see him read his book and enjoy the morning.

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Monday, December 31, 2007


Well, it seems very odd posting to a blog other than ALL ABOUT JONAH. For 17 months that has been an almost daily routine. But, all good things must come to an end. So, here we are on the eve of a new year with a brand new blog. Stay tuned...if 2008 is half as great as 2007 then we may need a new blog at the end of '08.

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Out with old and in with the new

It is a very sad day around our house. ALL ABOUT JONAH has reached 100% capacity and will not allow us to post anymore. (It is kind of ironic to me that we reached full capacity on the last day of the year. I could not have planned that if I tried.) Blogger doesn't allow you to purchase more space so we have to say goodbye to this blog. I'm not deleting it because I love to go back and read about the last 17 months of Jonah's life. So, I debated as to whether I would just end the blog with the end of 2007 or create a new blog. But, blogging has become such a part of my life and such a wonderful way for our friends and family to stay connected. So, we have created a new blog that is up and running and just waiting on a few posts from the Glenn family. So, click on the link below and check us out when you have a chance....

Happy 2008 to all of you!

Rob & Mel

We went to the mall for lunch on our way out of Memphis. I had chicken nuggets from Wendy's and rice from the Chinese place. I immediately took the nuggets out of their box and put them beside me in the stroller. I wasn't sure how long we were staying so I felt like I needed to store some for later. I also emptied the crumbs on my head. Mommy was not very happy about that
We went to the Stride Rite store so I could have my foot measured. I'm a size 6 wide in case you are wondering. Rob and I played with the beads on the walls in there.
I walked away to stare at another little boy and Rob kept playing. How nice of him to pretend those beads were fun just for me!
My dad found a really cool playground inside the mall. He and Rob took me there while mom and Melanie made a couple of stops. I did not want to leave that place.
We sat down by the carousel before leaving so I could get a picture with Rob and Melanie. They were here this time last year and we took pictures then too! This is our 2nd year to spend the weekend before New Years Day with them. It just so happened this year was a bowl game for State. So, we all headed to Memphis for the game. Mommy says Melanie enjoyed the game more than anyone. (I am pretty sure she was kidding!)

The Liberty Bowl Parade

We made it Memphis just in time to get to Beale Street and find our spot for the Liberty Bowl Parade. It was not extremely cold outside but my parents felt the need to bundle me up as if it were a blizzard. I had on a onesie, a regular outfit with an attached hood, an MSU sweatsuit, a thug MSU hat and then a coat on over that. Daddy dressed me in the front seat of the car while mommy helped Hannah get bundled up.

I sat in the front seat waiting on everyone else to get their coats zipped up. I took advantage of the free time to practice ringing my cowbell.
Here I am with my family in Memphis before heading to the parade. Hannah took this picture for us. Pretty good, huh?
Mommy took a picture of Hannah with me and Daddy in the parking lot and then again at the end of Beale Street.

We found our spot about 1/2 way down the parade route. I was not too excited about this whole parade idea because all we did was stand around for almost an hour. I did a great job of entertaining all of the intoxicated people around me. They all thought I was really cute. I hope that wasn't the alcohol speaking for them.

Would you believe that with all the layers of clothing I was wearing that my mom forgot my gloves. My hands were freezing so she gave me hers. Um...they were pink! Yeah, I was wearing pink gloves. How embarrassing!!! I took them off EVERY chance I got.
When the parade started, I got on my daddy's shoulders so I could see better. It sure was a better view from up there. Hannah stood on the base of a light pole so she could see.

One of the boys next to us gave me everything he caught. I got beads, a football and a moon pie. Sometimes being cute really pays off.

Here comes Bully with the cheerleaders and band behind him. The crowd went wild when they saw them coming. It kind of hurt my ears.
I had a great time at the parade but I was VERY happy to be back in the car. I was OUT in minutes.


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