Friday, February 19, 2010

Valentine Cookies

Dan, his mom and his grandmother all wanted to see Avatar but I had zero interest so we took Margie up on her offer to make Valentine cookies with her family and Tracy & Mikenzie. I'm so glad we did. We had so much fun and made some incredible looking (and tasting) cookies.

I was afraid we might lose Jonah at the beginning. I saw him standing at the door staring out at the water and Buckshot, the dog. I felt sure he would rather be outside than with all of us girls making cookies. I was wrong. All I had to do was tell him he could make his on and he was in...100%!

Margie is so very sweet to our little boy...and us! She was one of the first emails we got from DeLand after Dan was voted in as pastor. She has loved and supported our family and made us part of hers. It is such a sweet thing to make a connection with families in the church. It makes you feel so much closer to home.
Boo Bear was with us for this adventure. We tried to include him in everything that weekend so he would have some fun things in his journal. We didn't want to be the family that let him down.

It was fun to spend the day with Mikenzie. She and Jonah have become big buddies. They have spent tons of time together of the last month. It is so different being around a girl but so much fun.

Margie came over and dusted Jonah and Mikenzie's faces with flour so they would look like real bakers. Jonah did not like that idea. He immediately started trying to get the flour off. Mikenzie was fine with it.

Frank came in and asked Jonah to make a cookie for him. After watching Jonah make the cookie, I told Frank he might need some antibiotics with it. Jonah wiped his nose a couple of times then kept on decorating. Obviously, Frank is a grandpa because he ate it with sheer delight.

We had such a fun time with Margie, Cathy and Jenifer! They have been so good to our family and we just adore all of them. My little boy thinks he is home there and I love it!

The Bounce House

Jonah's grandparents gave him a bounce house for his 3rd birthday. Soon after his party, we packed up everything we owned and moved 14 hours away. The bounce house hasn't been seen since. It is kind of bulky so ended up under a bed in one of the guest rooms. I was vacuuming in there last week and remembered it being there. I pulled it out and tiptoed into the living room with it so I could surprise Jonah. As soon as he heard the pump start, he ran over and got super excited.

He has spent HOURS in the this week. He has played with his hot wheels, his stuffed animals, jumped, bounced, flipped, read books, talked on the phone and just hung out. He is treating it like an extra room in our house. He grabbed his Poingo books and reader and spent over an hour reading. My mom gave him that system for Christmas and he loves it. It is like a Tag reader but the books are much bigger.

So, thanks to the grandparents for two gifts that resurfaced this week that have brought lots of joy to my little guy and peace to this mommy!

Jonah's date night

Two weeks ago, Dan sang with the Stetson choir at First Assembly on a Friday night. Dan's mom and grandmother were here and wanted to hear the music, so we made plans to go. Tracy offered to keep Jonah so he wouldn't have to sit there. I was so appreciative to her for offering to hang out with him for the night. He would not have enjoyed sitting there for almost 2 hours. She was also nice enough to give me copies of the pictures.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Helping People

I did some cooking this afternoon for different people. My neighbors are in the midst of moving so I made brownies for them. There is a couple in our church with a little boy who just turned a year old and she is pregnant. SICK and pregnant. I think back to those three months that I was so sick with Jonah and have such compassion and empathy for anyone with that kind of sickness. I can't imagine doing it with a 12 month old at home.

Anyway, I was cutting fruit up for them when Jonah walked in to ask what I was doing. I told him I was making food for sick people and busy people. We talked about helping people. We talked things that we can do to help our friends and family. Then, I left.

I got home right after Dan put him to bed so I went back to kiss him goodnight. He said "Mommy, did you help people feel better?" I told him that I hoped they felt better but all I did was take food to them. He said "Mommy, it is so nice of you to help people feel better. Do you remember when Daddy helped people die?"

HA! He remembered Dan leaving one day a couple of weeks ago because a church member was dying. I guess he thinks Dan helped them. Man, he is powerful...or a murderer!

Blue Spring State Park

I love living near so many State parks. I especially love that one of them is a manatee refuge during the cold winter months. When river temperatures fall below 68 degrees, the constant 72.5 degree waters of Blue Spring are a welcome warm water refuge for manatees. A record manatee count of 311 manatees was recorded early in January of this year.

Dan's mom and grandmother were here for a visit a couple of weeks ago. We watched the weather to pick a day that would drop below 70. We settled on Saturday since it would be the coolest day they were here. You'll notice a bear in most of the pictures. That bear is BOO. Boo is the special friend of Jonah's preschool class who spent the weekend with us. We had to take him on special adventures and take pictures then add those to the class scrapbook. You'll also notice "creepy picture guy" in the next one.

4 generations of Dan's family. Granny B, Gigi, Dan & Jonah.

Jonah was sitting on a bench and I told him to give me a serious look. This is what I got.
Then I asked for a mad look. I got this.
He couldn't stay like that long so her burst into giggles. So, I got this!

It wasn't quite cold enough to have as many manatee as we would have liked to have seen. The count that day was 52. We will definitely be going back on a colder day. I really want to see them when there are upwards of 300 in there!


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