Saturday, May 1, 2010

Easter Happies

Before Jonah went to bed on the night before Easter, he got to open all of his mail with Easter happies. Several packages and cards came for him in the days before Easter but I was so sick that Dan just put them up until I could get out of bed to watch him open them.

Some of his special friends in Vidalia always send him dollar bills for his lunch money. It has become quite hysterical. Back at Halloween or Christmas, he got a card in the mail from Sue with ten one dollar bills. He immediately put it in his pocket and said "I'll give this money to Mrs. Nancy for lunch!" You may recall that we had a small issue with Jonah wanting to stay to eat lunch with his friends every day at school. Lunch is only $2 a day but by the time you pay for 5 days each week, that comes to an additional $50 per month. Financially, that just didn't make sense to us since we come straight home and he can eat lunch here.

Well, the day he did that, I immediately called Sue laughing to tell her what he said. She had already chastised me for "not letting that sweet baby eat lunch with his friends!" Apparently, she spread the word in Vidalia and now he gets random cards in the mail and cards on holidays with "lunch money." His teacher thinks it is so funny. He will walk in with a handful of $1 bills and she will say "Vidalia?" We always answer with YEP!
I love the look on his face in the last picture. Mammy and Uncle Clare sent an envelope full of goodies. One of the things was a plastic container holding a dozen pieces of egg candy. During shipping, the eggs came out so when he opened the package, he pulled out an empty carton. He thought Uncle Clare ate his eggs! Then, I showed him the eggs in the bottom of the envelope and all was well in his world again.

The package from my mom was too hard for him to open so he had to get a little help from Dan. He made sure to tell him that it was his package though.

Thank you so much to all of you who sent Easter greetings to our little boy. We love that you love him so much and remember him on special occasions. It means so much to him and to us.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The last of Christmas 2009

Last November, Denise asked me to give her ideas for Jonah's Christmas. Since they are a huge soccer family, I told her Jonah was starting soccer in the spring but didn't have any gear yet. She jumped right on that and sent us a big box full of soccer supplies for him. After the box arrived, we realized soccer did not start until April. We knew that if he opened that box in December that he would not understand why he could not play right then.
So, I asked Denise if I could put their gift in the closet and pull it out when it was time for soccer season. On the morning of his first soccer practice, I pulled the gift out and told him it was his Christmas gift from Pops and NeNe. He was somewhat confused about it being a "Christmas" gift. But, that didn't keep him from tearing into it.
Of everything in the box, he was most excited about the blue water thermos. He wanted to immediately put water in it and drink some. He would look at the next thing then go right back to the blue thermos.

This video of Dan and Jonah playing makes me laugh. Mainly because Max is quite the defender and Jonah is all of the sudden a soccer know it all.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Way back WHENsday

On this week in 2007, our little family got on an airplane headed to Orlando, FL for our first family vacation. Jonah was just nine months old. We didn't choose Disney for him. We chose Disney because it was a place we could enjoy and take him along. We didn't want to have a family vacation without him. My aunt lives in Tampa and offered to keep him some during our trip so Dan & I could have some grown-up time at the parks.

Still to this day, people will say "I can't believe you took a baby to Disney World" or "He won't remember any of that trip" or "I'd never waste that much money on a trip with a 9 month old!" I said it then and I'll say it now, he may not remember one moment of the trip, but I will never forget watching him experience it. There were moments on that trip that I literally felt my heart would bust out of my chest. These are a few pictures from our 7 days there.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vidalia Visitors

A few weeks ago, we had two very special visitors from Vidalia. Jimmy and Cathy Hibbs came to spend almost a week with us. Jimmy was my boss the entire 7 years we lived there. They attended our church and were in my Sunday School class for the last year. I saw them at least six out of every seven days each week. He had the longest time to get used to the thought of us leaving of anyone. Because of the nature of my job, I needed to let him in on the possibility of us moving. He new 3 months before anyone else. He was never happy about the decision. He was one of Dan's references and actually told a search committee member that "Dan would do a fairly good job now that he was sober and quit beating me and that I have almost repaid the $20,000 I embezzled from the company." My oh my! What a character he is! Even with all of that, we were SUPER excited to see them.

We did not tell Jonah who we were getting from the airport. He guessed everyone starting with Uncle Clare and Mammy...including God. (Who knew God flies into Orlando International Airport??) He stood at the glass and watched all the people walk by. He kept saying "I don't see any body!" Then, Jimmy and Cathy appeared. It was so sweet to see him run to Jimmy and hug him. (see video below)

We did lots of fun things with them. We had to make at least one stop at Red Lobster because that is Cathy's most favorite place to eat. After Red Lobster, we showed them the Daytona Speedway then we headed to the beach.

We drove along the beach for a really long time then decided to get back on the road and head to Ponce Inlet to see the lighthouse. There were hardly any people there. Jonah wanted to stay and play but we promised to take him back soon.

They went to both morning services with us Sunday at SBC then kept Jonah at home for church that night since we both had meetings after church. I think they were more than fine to spend some extra time with Jonah without us around!!

We got up Monday and headed to the Magic Kingdom for the day. Jimmy had never been and Cathy had not been since 1976. We had so much fun experiencing Disney through their eyes. It is always fun to go with someone who has never been or hasn't been in a long time. We enjoyed watching them and they enjoyed watching Jonah. It was a fun day all around. We didn't get home until almost 1 a.m. That is close to the time that Jimmy gets up on a typical work day.

It was so much fun to have them here. Jonah thinks they are his grandparents. Jimmy had a carseat in his car and picked Jonah up from school many times. It wasn't uncommon to be getting dressed on Sunday mornings and hear a knock at the door and find Jimmy standing there in hopes of getting Jonah for a little while before church. He always stopped by to take him for ice cream and took him even though we told him Jonah had not eaten supper yet. They love him and I know it has been tough on them since we moved away. But, thanks to SKYPE, this blog, cell phones and Southwest Airlines, those 14 hours don't seem quite so far away.


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