Saturday, March 7, 2009

My favorite garbage man

I did a post a while back on Jonah emptying trash cans. This is still a job he does on a fairly regular basis. We are trying to teach him a work ethic at an early age. Fortunately, he thinks this is fun. Well, a couple of weeks ago, he was emptying trash on Wednesday night after church when he discovered a picture of Sue in the trash. Before anyone gets too worked up about me trashing a picture of Sue, it was a joke Christmas card I made just to mes with her. She was under the impression I sent it out to people when in reality, it was just to play with her. So, since it has been sitting on my dresser since mid-December, I thought it was time to get rid of it. Jonah did not agree.

He took it out of the trash, looked at it then said he was gonna put it in Max's crate?!?!?! I guess he wanted Max to have some company while he was alone every day. I finally convinced him Sue wouldn't want to spend an extended amount of time in a dog's crate so he put it back in the trash.

I followed him from room to room as he placed garbage cans of trash in the big bag. He was so proud of himself for helping. I hope that enthusiasm sticks around when it comes to chores.

I recognize this post is really just a bunch of pictures of trash being emptied but I find joy in photographing the little things of life. Sure, I can pose him and have him smile and look precious for a picture but sometimes I like documenting the most simple parts of our life. Besides, have you ever seen a cuter garbage man??

Pictuure Gallery at church

We have been working on a new portrait wall for our nursery at church. We started this several years ago and made poster size prints of about 8 kids. The idea was to rotate new pictures a couple of times a year. Well, those were great intentions but nothing ever came of it. The same pictures were still up 3 years later. So, last week, Cheryl took pictures during preschool Sunday School then I edited them and had them printed. A couple of the kids refused to smile so I checked my hard drive to see what I had. When all was said and done, we ended up with 20 pictures ranging from 5x7 up to 16x20. As kids come to Sunday School, we will add them into the mix. We left a big opening on the right side of the wall and then there are obvious holes all around to fill in. But, I think it looks great and it such a bright and welcoming look in our nursery foyer.

I'm posting this video of Jonah that was taken the night we framed all of the pictures and hung them on the wall. He loved seeing the pictures of all of his friends. He wanted to put the picture of Madison and Makayla in his room at home.

Julia's birthday party

Today was a perfect day to be outside. We just so happened to have an outside birthday party to attend. Today was Julia's 2nd birthday party and our little 2 year old boy had a ton of fun! He cried when we left because he wanted to "pway" some more. Poor guy!! But, until the moment we said we had to go, he played his little heart out.

Isn't she the most precious little girl? We have grown to love her so much since she has started riding to school with us everyday. Jonah loves playing with her...and protecting her. He thinks it is his job to take care of her.

Testing out the tripod

Thursday, March 5, 2009

A conversation with Jonah

I had the following conversation with Jonah on the way home from church last night.

Jonah: I have fun with my Uncle Marty.

Me: You did? What did you do?

Jonah: Aunt Debra not come. She sick. She make me sick!

Me: Aunt Debra makes you sick? (hee hee)

Jonah: No, her not make me sick cause her not come

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Way back WHENsday

I went back March of 2007 to find pictures for Way Back WHENsday. Jonah was 8-9 months old in all of these. How I miss this little baby but oh how I love the little boy who replaced him!

Who stole my moon?

We normally get to church on Wednesday night about 45 minutes before it starts so Jonah can see his daddy. We pulled in the parking lot tonight and he said "Take my picture!" So, I did!

I'm glad he has learned to smile on command but I am not a fan of the fake smile. He knows I hate it because he does it then says "You like that smile, mommy?"
When he got out of the car, he immediately asked "Where my moon?" The kid LOVES the moon. So, I helped him spot it then he pointed it out to every one that would pay him the slightest bit of attention.

It was only a half moon. Roy told him someone stole the other half. Now he wants to know who took the other half of his moon. THANKS, ROY!!!!

What a memory!

I took this video of Jonah seeing Dan at church tonight. His memory amazes us. You'll see what I mean when you watch the end of the video. We had no idea what he was talking about and then remembered after church tonight when someone gave him a duck.

Birthday Party

We have been considering having Jonah's 3rd birthday in the middle of May rather than in the blazing heat of the end of July. We want to do an outside dirt party but it is just too hot to do that so late in the summer. So, we have been tossing ideas around and talking about this over that last couple of weeks.

I was putting Jonah's shoes on a minute ago and I said "Jonah, what kind of birthday party do you want to have this year? The first year was a monkey party and the second year was a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party."

He looked at me and without skipping a beat said "Let's have a hairbrush party and wear our pants with hairbrushes in it!"

So, all you blog friends, I need your help! Where can I get an invitation that has a pair of pants with a hairbrush in them? :-)

P.S. I think I'll just decide the party theme and leave the birthday boy out of all discussions!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Family Fun

Last Saturday was the first day in a long time that we had absolutely NOTHING on our schedule. When I woke up, I knew I wanted to do something fun and different with Jonah. So, I looked through some of his things that have been put away and found his Melissa & Doug musical instrument set. He got it for his birthday last July but we kept it out in hopes of him learning about the instruments and taking care of them.

So, we opened the box and took each instrument out, showed him how to use it and taught him the official name. He had a BLAST. We sat in the floor and played with these instruments for HOURS. My hope is that he inherited musical talent and ability from his father. If he got my musical genes then he doesn't have much of a chance.

Poor Max had a TERRIBLE experience while Jonah learned to played his new instruments. The noise, m...I mean music was about more than he could handle. Fortunately, Dan stepped in to save the day to give him some much needed attention and love.
I made pancakes for breakfast that morning. I made Jonah's in the shape of airplanes. He was super impressed with that. (I kinda was too!!!)


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