Saturday, February 21, 2009

"Here comes sa'more!"

We have lived in Vidalia since 2002 and have never attended a Mardi Gras parade. I must admit, I didn't realize there were any big issues with Mardi Gras until yesterday. I told someone we went to the parade and they informed me of all the pagan things surrounding Mardi Gras. So, let me preface this post by saying I have no clue what any of that is but I did have a great time with my family!

We got to the parade but had about 30 minutes to spare before it started. We heard someone yelling Jonah's name and realized Graci (from school) was across the street. So, we crossed Canal street and stood with them. She and Jonah had a lot of fun playing. Dan kept them (and us) entertained.

Like I said earlier, we have never been to a Mardi Gras parade. So, Jonah was not used to hearing people yell about beads. So, every time he heard something about the beads, he looked up in fear. We soon realized he thought we were talking about BEES!!! Poor guy!

I found myself taking SO MANY close up shots of my little guy and missing most of the parade. I tend to take pictures of his precious face and then stand there smiling like a fool because I am so grateful to be his mommy! Then, when I feel like my heart can't take any more, I get a picture like this next one.

The parade was almost over when out marched the band and ROTC from Wingfield High School in Jackson, MS. Some of you might not know that is my high school. It has changed a great deal since my days there but it was so odd to see them marching in the Natchez parade.

I didn't realize that Paige and Coleman were at the parade until I saw this picture. Jonah would have been thrilled to see his buddy Coleman there. I guess pictures are good for catching things you miss during an event!!

As you can see, Jonah got his fair share of beads. He was in the absolute best mood during this whole event. We left the parade and went to Sonny's Pizza for dinner and he hammed it up the entire time. I love days like this when everything seems to just perfect!!!
Oh, in case the title of this post doesn't make sense to you, let me explain. Every time Jonah saw another band or float, he would yell, "Here comes sa'more!" Please understand that happened every 2-3 minutes for almost an hour!!! Dan leaned over at one point and said "Please tell me that is what you are gonna title the blog post about this parade!"

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dan's stuff

Earlier in the week, I posted the lovely "trumpet picture" from Dan's senior portrait portfolio. Well, if you enjoyed that, then you will really like this post. Dan picked up four boxes of childhood memorablia from his mom's house Monday. There were things as old his pregnancy information from when he was in his mom's tummy to things from college. He had a blast looking though all of those boxes and I had even more fun laughing at him. I didn't pull my camera out until he was through a couple of the boxes so you will miss a few of the really great items but have no fear...I did capture some for your viewing pleasure.

The first thing that caught my eye and reinforced my use of the word "NERD" when referring to him is the newspaper article below. Look for my hubby on the far right of the first row. Yes, that is him wearing the shirt that is way too big with the striped tube socks. This picture was taken in 1981 when he attending "THE LIBRARY LOCK-IN!" Yes, you read that right! When his friends were all at campouts or playing Atari all night, Dan was living it up at the Library Lock-in!!!
I'm not sure how many of you faithful blog readers remember going somewhere and having the opportunity to make a leather belt or bracelet or barrette. I remember doing this at girl scout camp and GA camp. Well, Dan went on vacation with his family and did this. He was so proud of his creation and went to show is family when they discovered he had turned the last letter of his name the wrong way. He was then known as "Daz!!!"

I thought that was hilarious as I pictured this little boy with an excited face that soon turned to gloom when he realized his mistake. BUT, just today, his mom informed me that he wasn't a little boy when that happened. TRY TEENAGER!!!! Ahhh...if only I had been around to make fun of that with them. So, for the last week, he has been Daz to me!!

One of the better things we found in those boxes was a savings bond from Dan's great aunt. She paid $25 for that bond in February of 1974 when Dan was born. It matured 30 years later in 2004. He cashed it in today for $260!!! That was a nice little amount to help with school expenses.
Probably my most favorite thing found in those boxes is this letter. Dan wrote it to his family during his first year at Mississippi State. Apparently, he did not realize the he was not the only person in the world to ever use a computer. He made a super cool graphic design to show them but what I liked most was the way he described how he could type different fonts. (see the 2nd picture for a close up!) I'm laughing out loud all over again as I read this letter.

In the box was his very first driver's license. Hope, you can't see it but just about the word GOVERNOR is Ray Mabus. He has always been Stephen's governor so I thought he would appreciate that. :-)
I also found myself laughing at this "drama scrapbook." I love the bubble letters he used to draw the cover. He should have been an art major instead!! :-) (He is hating me right about now, by the way!!)
The boxes contained not one, but TWO of the following awards. He got those his senior year of high school. (not really, but that makes for an even funnier thought!!!)
The next picture is his final report card from Kindergarten. It is such a sweet, sweet note from his teacher. But, the last sentence is hysterical. AND, it still is true today. The boy is the slowest eater I have ever met!!!!!
There were two love notes written to his girlfriend, Amy. They are cute but what is even cuter is what his mom wrote on the second note. The first note from Dan says "Dear Amy. I love you, but your not the only girlfriend I have. I love Lisa and Cindy. Love, Dan" His mom wrote "written March '81 1st grade."
The second note says "Dear Amy, I love you! I'd even go to Jupiter for you. I just wanted you to know that I love you. Dan" His mom wrote "This letter written after a little thought on the first one!" HAHAHAHA

Dan stood proudly with the award he received on Class Day his senior year. He won the Spanish Award. This was a big deal to him because there was a girl from Spain in his class. Ha.

I have no comments about the sunglasses he loved. I will move on and allow you to have your own thoughts.
I leave you with a final picture of Dan with his car and first place trophy from the Pinewood Derby. I think he is still as proud today as he was then. Check out that smile!!

Sarah Catherine's birthday party

Last Wednesday afternoon was Sarah Catherine's 3rd birthday party. We picked Marlee Kate Lynch up and took her with us. She and Jonah had a blast playing together. He was very sad when we took her back home. He kept saying "Where Marlee go?"
The next picture shows what a gentleman Jonah is. I love the way he let the girls go ahead of him. Oh wait...never mind!!

That last picture was the birthday girl. She is the fourth or fifth kid in Jonah's class to turn 3. He is the very last. It is so interesting to see the developmental differences in all the kids in his class. The older kids get, that is harder to recognize in a class but at this age, it is pretty amazing.

The next picture was taken as he was sliding. I totally cut his head off but the smile on his face is so precious that I had to post it anyway. I love to see pure joy on his face. You can't fake that.
When John Walker arrived, he came with shovels. He was nice enough to share one with Jonah. We had to learn a very quick lesson about throwing gravel!!!

Marlee fell and hurt herself so I took her to find a drink in hopes of stopping the tears. While she was drinking her CapriSun, Jonah leaned over to hug her and tell her "It's okay!"
It is always difficult to get a picture of Hayden smiling because he doesn't want to stop long enough to look at the camera. I love this picture of him. He was having a blast and I tricked him into looking at the camera.
When Sarah Catherine started to blow out her candles, Jonah took off towards the cake. I think he questioned if he would get a piece of cake or not. The kid loves birthday cake and ice cream.
Because the party was at 3:00, Jonah's nap was cut short by a couple of hours. This was made obvious while he was waiting on his piece of cake. He was tired.
But, all was well when he received his cake and ice cream. He ate that like a champ!! He wanted some cheetos so I gave him a few. When I turned around, they were all gone. I thought the wind blew them away. I asked him where they were and he promptly showed me. (see 2 pictures down!)

As we were getting in the car, Jonah noticed the fire trucks. He is CAPTIVATED with ambulances and fire trucks. He was pointing and jumping and then his day was made when the fireman turned on the lights and blew the sirens for him. NOTHING could have thrilled him more!!! That was so kind of the fireman to do that for him.


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