Saturday, February 27, 2010

One Day

One day our house will be spotless!

There won't be little hand prints on the sliding glass door. There won't be tee tee around the potty. There won't be toothpaste spit on the bathroom counter. There won't be little stuffed animals every where. There won't be a big bounce house in the middle of my living room. There won't be spaghetti sauce on my favorite table cloth. There won't be a mound of little boy laundry waiting to be be done even though I just did all of the little boy laundry two days ago. There won't be sounds of cartoons echoing through my house. There won't be a little boy learning to play soccer inside because it is raining outside. There won't be sticky spots on the floor from spilled juice. There won't be a little lamb called Lammy who participates in every conversation in our house. There won't be a dog hiding under the bed because of the incessant tormenting. There won't be endless requests to play games. There won't be screams as a daddy chases a little 3 year old through the house. There won't be made up games with made up rules by a little boy who always wins. There won't be tears at nap time. There won't be giggles when he sneaks in after nap time. There won't be requests for pop tarts before our eyes are even open each morning. There won't be sweet conversations about Jesus and Heaven before he goes to sleep at night. There won't be prayers thanking God "for all the people we had done meeting today!" There won't be snuggle sessions in "the big bed." There won't be requests to just "lay beside me for a little while." There won't be belly laughs over silly things.

One day, all those things will be gone. So, for today, I'm not cleaning a thing. I'm staying in my pajamas. I'm just enjoying being a mommy to this little boy with endless energy and contagious giggles.


Dan had a funeral at the church last Saturday so Jonah and I went so we could watch Upward Basketball and Cheerleading. Within 10 minutes of arriving, Jonah was hugged by 4 different girls.

We were happy to see Ava, Jonah's friend from school there. He was so sweet to share his chips with her. They sat and talked like little old people. Her grandmother is Jonah's teacher so we sat behind them and marveled at their extreme cuteness! :-)

We moved from spot to spot talking to friends. Jonah was super impressed with Dakota's game system. He wanted to play with him. Dakota is so sweet to Jonah and Jonah really loves him.

It is so fun to see ministries like this work. It is amazing to see the number of people involved in the number of people being reached by this ministry. HUNDREDS of people descend on our campus each week for Upward. LOVE IT!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Epcot with "the grandmothers"

While Dan's mom and grandmother were here, we made a trip to Epcot for Dan's birthday. We knew that rain was in the forecast but those adventurous grandmothers wanted to go anyway. WOW! When we got there, we headed straight to Test Track to get Fast Passes for later in the day. BUT, the wait was only 20 minutes so we decided to ride it then.

We knew we would have to do ride swap because Jonah just isn't tall enough. We have tried every time we have been at Disney to get on those 40 inch rides but he has hovered around that 38 inch mark. We walked up to the height board and would you believe his made it? I seriously almost cried! It was one of those mommy moments where I was so happy that he reached a milestone that he had been longing for but at the same time, I was a little sad that MY baby was tall enough to ride the roller coasters at Disney World! WOW! (Please ignore the "in pain" look on his face below. I wanted a picture of his standing there but as I tried to put him back under the measurement, I banged his head on the sign. OOPS!)

Yep, that's the super awesome daddy on his birthday with his big 40 inch boy! Such a great milestone to reach on Daddy's birthday.
I love Generation pictures. Especially when there are FOUR generations involved.

And, I couldn't let Jonah ride his first big boy ride without taking a picture. It is as if Disney World wanted to help me because our ride stopped in the middle and we sat there for 5-6 minutes before taking off. By the way, Dan's 82 year old grandmother totally rode Test Track!!! I was blown away. How awesome is she??

And, you can't go to Disney World in a group without taking a customary hat picture!!!

For Dan's birthday lunch, we ate at Teppan Edo's. It was SOOOO yummy! We love the entertainment factors of the Japanese restaurants.

As I said earlier, it rained A LOT while we were there. We were SOAKING wet. We all had jackets and ponchos but were still soaked. We could have spent a lot more time there that day but finally made the decision to call it a day. BUT, not before a few pictures in Japan.

On our way out, we decided to use our Fast Passes for Soarin' and ride it once more. It is such an awesome ride that you don't leave without using your fast passes! After we rode it, we hopped on the boat for "Living With the Land." Jonah spent lots of time with Granny B on this ride. He was very interested in what she had to say.

These last few pictures speak volumes about our day. We felt nasty and looked pretty nasty too! And, as you can tell, Jonah was DONE!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Dan's #36

NOTE: These pictures were taken after a full day at EPCOT in the pouring rain! To say we looked tired and worn out is a complete understatement!!

Jonah's Valentine Date

A few weeks before Valentine's Day, I got a text from Tracy asking if she could have Jonah for Valentine's Night so we could go on a date. We were ALL about that and immediately took her up on her idea. She then instructed me on exactly what Jonah should wear because he and Mikenzie would be going on a date of their own that night. All of these pictures are from her camera.


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