Saturday, August 9, 2008

A day with the Ramsey's


Last Saturday, Charles and Janice Ramsey came to Vidalia to spend the day with us.  Jonah loved the extra attention.  He was somewhat whiny that day but I think that was due to teeth.  I always hate when he is fussy around people who don't know him.  They don't get to experience the Jonah that we know on a daily basis.  But, even with the whining, he still had fun with his new audience. 

I don't remember what was going on in this next picture but it is obvious Jonah and Charles are in the midst of a deep conversation.  I love the way Jonah is looking up at him.  

They left around 6:30 p.m. and Jonah seemed very sad they were leaving.  He followed them out to the truck and then gave lots of hugs and kisses before they left.  








As they drove out of the driveway, he kept waving and saying "bye, friends!  bye, friends!"




It was a great day with our friends and I'm so glad they came to visit.  The Ramsey's were a huge part of my life as a teenager and college student and I'm glad that my little boy has the chance to be influenced by them also.  


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Jonah's ACTUAL birthday

The first thing Jonah did on the morning of his actual birthday is run straight to his easel.  I am so glad I saw him enjoy that at Jalyn's house because it is something I probably never would have bought for him.  He does love it.  

We had plans to take Jonah out for a special birthday breakfast.  I did not know Dan had asked Joshua to lead prayer time for this.  I thought that was a pretty big deal because Dan never misses the Sunday prayer time.  He really believes that is the catalyst for all God has been doing in our church.  So, I was quite impressed he was missing prayer time.  He said he wants Jonah to realize that he is a priority his life from an early age.  LOVE IT!

Anyway, we never set an alarm anymore because Jonah is a great alarm clock that doesn't require batteries.  Well, on his birthday he decided to sleep in!  Imagine that?  The one day we needed to be up and going he decides to take it easy.  So, that meant a leisurely breakfast out was not a possibility in order for us to make it to Sunday School by 9:15 a.m.

While I dressed Jonah, Dan went to McDonald's to pick up a Big Breakfast for us to share.  After Jonah was dressed, I pulled out the red plate.  We used it for the first time last year on Jonah's first birthday.  You can read about that here.  

We put candles on his biscuit and pancake and sang Happy Birthday to him.  He blew out both candles and then clapped when we finished singing to him.  






I bet you are wondering why I am showing you a picture of hash browns, huh?  Well, Dan is a huge fan of hash browns from McDonald's so these were sitting in front of his plate.  Jonah looked over and said "BIG chicken nugget!"  Ha...he thought it was chicken.  I guess he is used to seeing a piece of chicken on our table at almost all times.  


After we finished eating, we had to stop long enough to let him clean out his booster seat.  Max loves helping with that project.  
When we got to church, Jonah was happy to see Woy and Mammy.  My intent was take his picture with lots of people on his birthday but we got busy once we got to church and I didn't do so great with that.  
The Kunkle twins kept taking turns giving him hugs.  It was so sweet.  It is fun to watch their little personalities develop and to see friendships form.  
Dan ended up having to take care of a benevolence need for about an hour after church.  We waited on him for a while then decided to just head home.  As we walked up to the door, Jonah spotted a gift leaded against the door.  
He picked it up and said "A present....AND A CARD!!!"  He loves cards.  It is so funny to watch him open cards before gifts.  I wonder how long that will last.  We try so hard to instill an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude when it comes to gifts.  So, when he reads cards before tearing into a gift, we try to make a really big deal out of that.  

He was very pleased to find a Bob the Builder book (with a hammer!) from Pat & Karen Biglane.  I didn't know he even knew who Bob the Builder was but as soon as he saw it, he said "Bock de Beer!"   


After a short nap, we headed to Natalie's birthday party.  You have already seen the pictures and post from that.  See, I really am posting WAY out of order these days.  

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Wake up, Mommy





Those are a few pictures I took of Jonah while he was eating his dinner.  I think they are really cute but nothing compared to the video at the bottom of this post.  This video absolutely cracks me up every time I see it.  I can't help but laugh when watching it.  Let me set it up for you.  Last night, Jonah finished dinner but was still sitting at the table.  I kept closing my eyes and acting like I was asleep.  He would tell me to wake up then I would pop my eyes open.  His little giggles are precious and very contagious!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bye, Daddy!

As you know from a previous post, Dan left yesterday for his first Doctoral class at New Orleans Seminary. While I always hate for him to be gone, I figured it would be just like all of the other times he is gone. He isn't gone a whole lot but his job does require him to be out of town overnight on occasion. So, in Jonah's short 2 year life span, he has experienced about 30 nights at home with just mommy and not daddy.



Unfortunately, this time was VERY different than ALL the other times. I don't know what came over him. He woke up a minimum of 10 times over the course of the night. ALL 10 times he woke up screaming for his daddy!!!! Nothing I said or did could soothe him. He screamed "I want my daddy!" I echoed that sentiment!!!! Trust me, in that moment, I wanted him to be home WAY more than Jonah wanted him here.
So, I write all of this in the midst of these precious pictures that show just how much these two guys love each other. I'm glad Jonah has a daddy that is so intricately involved in his life that it upsets his whole world when when daddy is away. I'm also glad that his daddy is disciplined enough to pursue furthering his education although that means more work for him, long nights of studying and paper writing, being away from his family and working on his day off to make up for time out of the office. He isn't doing this to have letters behind his name, he is doing this to better understand his calling and in turn to be a more effective leader of God's church. I'm so proud of him for the sacrifices he makes for our family and for our church.


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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Mr. Creativity

I find it very odd that my child loves art. But, he does, so I encourage it. He got a really cool easel for his birthday from Dan's mom. Jalyn Walsworth had one just like it that he played with back in June. I knew he had to have one after that. Anything your child spends 3 hours playing with is a must-have!

The easel was put together while Dan's mom and grandmother were here after his party. It has been in the living room since then and gets played with every day. When we don't have all of his art supplies out, he plays with the magnetic letters that came with it. He can pick out all the letters in his name and put them in the right order on the board. Very impressive to his mommy and daddy. He can also spell his name for you. But, he has to be in the right mood to do it. He did it last night for the Chandlers. It was so funny to see him be so theatrical with such a simple spelling!!!



When I got home from work yesterday, I decided to pull out his art supplies and playdough and let him be creative for a couple of hours. I do this only at times that I can devote 100% of my attention to him because I'm afraid of what he might add to our walls!

After a little while of him getting marker all over his belly, I decided to pull the smock out. I didn't want to have to bathe him before church.





Since Dan was leaving for his first Seminar in the Doctoral Program, I decided to help Jonah make a sign to put in his hotel room. Jonah thought this was a grand idea.








I'm really glad that Dan is continuing his education but sad for the time he will miss with me and Jonah. I know this is the right time because Jonah is still young enough that he won't remember Dan being gone. I know he will realize it on a daily basis because he watches the door for his daddy to get home every day. So, I hope we can continue to do little things to let Dan know how much his family misses him and encourage him in this process.

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