Thursday, May 20, 2010

Not at the top of my game today

Jonah came to me this morning and said "Mommy, what does SUCK mean?" My heart dropped a little because I knew he had heard the term "you suck" or "that sucks" somewhere. That meant his little 3 year old world is already being invaded with words, images and thoughts that we don't want his mind to absorb. I struggled with how to explain it to him and then started talking about how sometimes people say mean things or things that aren't appropriate, etc. He stared at me very intently and seemed to understand what I was saying. I then asked him where he heard that from. He looked at me and said, "I heard you say it just a minute ago when you said you hope the vacuum cleaner will suck up all the sand on the floor!"

Um, maybe I'm a little ahead of myself this morning!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Beach

One of the hardest things about being so sick the last 12 weeks was the time I missed with my little boy. There were days I barely touched him because I was so sick. He begged me to play games when I could hardly lift my head off the pillow. We played quite a few games of Mickey Mouse Go Fish with me horizontal. He told me so many times that he wished I wasn't sick anymore. I felt the same. So, this week as I have begun to feel better and be sick less, I have tried to take advantage of opportunities with him.

We have had friends in from Mississippi since last Thursday. They got up early Tuesday and headed to the Magic Kingdom. I knew when Jonah got home that we would probably end up in the pool for the afternoon. But, on the way to pick him up, I got the idea to offer the beach as an option. He jumped on that immediately!! So, we ran home to grab our beach stuff and headed out the door.


When we moved here, the Gmitro family passed a huge tub of beach toys on to Jonah. We had not had much of an opportunity to use them. He had plenty of time yesterday. I played with every toy in that bin and loved every minute of it.






As I was getting our things together for the beach, I talked to Reagan to discover they were on their way home but wanted to join us at the beach instead. I knew Jonah would be thrilled with that idea. He was having so much fun with just me but the fun meter jumped a notch when they arrived.


I love the next picture. Little Sara Madalin walked behind her daddy and spotted the sand on his feet. Nothing would do except getting it off. So sweet!

Reagan started digging a hole and Jonah joined right in. Sara Madalin was more concerned with getting inside the hole rather than helping them dig.














We had such a fun, sticky, sweaty, exhausting day. As you can see, my little guy was OUT for the ride home!!

Way back WHENsday

This time last year, we were THICK in the middle of getting ready for the first service in the newly renovated sanctuary at FBC, Vidalia. You can see the before and after pictures of that if you click HERE. So, in honor of that, this week's Way Back WHENsday is looking back at a couple of days concerning the renovation.

GROUNDBREAKING DAY
October, 2008


PREPARE THE WAY
April, 2009

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sunday

We left church Sunday afternoon and I couldn't help but notice it was perfect pool weather. Dan had meetings that started with lunch and went until after church that night. We knew he wouldn't be home at all so we needed something to entertain us for a while. Jonah went outside to take Max and stood at the pool just staring. He turned to me and said "Mommy, do you think it would be fun to swim with me?" What he didn't know is that our neighbors were on their way over to swim with us.

I told him I wanted to take a couple of pictures before we changed into swimsuits. When my mom was here, she and Jonah planted flowers and I wanted a picture of him with the flowers so she could see how they have grown.

We swam with Kelly and Jaxon for a while then the boys decided they needed a snack. Goldfish is the cure all snack that always seems to work for any kids.

It is so fun to see Jonah and Jaxon play together. They are about 6 months apart but have so much fun with each other. I'm so grateful we bought a house next to another little boy!!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

I remember being a college student and then a young married lady with no children around Mother's Day and Father's Day. I used to look at the "silly" gifts children would give their parents for those holidays and wonder how on earth I would pretend to like these insignificantI came up with a plan in my head of how I would make a big deal in front of the kid but then sneak it all into the trash!

Then, I had a child of my own. And, in May of 2007, he gave me a gift he made. (well, kind of made) I cried. I treasured it. I put it in a safe place. I took pictures of it just in case anything happened to it. And now, here I am 3 years later and I can hardly wait to see the gifts Jonah makes and gives to me around Mother's Day. Those have become some of my most treasured items. Not because of their monetary worth but because of the little hands that gave them to me.

gifts when I had a child of my own.




I was so excited to feel okay on Mother's Day. I had missed many weeks of church and was afraid that day would be another. I got up early enough to take Zofran in hopes of it kicking in so I could enjoy the day. Before leaving for church, we headed out to take some pictures. As you can see, Jonah was thrilled with the idea of photos outside.

So, we headed inside and decided to try pictures after church instead. We got a few but he was way to excited about our afternoon plans to sit still for long.



I'm thinking we should have told him AFTER pictures that we were heading to EPCOT for the rest of the day. The Flower Festival was coming to an end and we had not seen it yet so I wanted to go. I wasn't sure how long I could last but figured it would be fun no matter how long we were there.

The Flower Festival is something you really need to see if you ever have the chance. It is amazing what they do with flowers.




Since EPCOT isn't really know for being all about kiddos, they have a neat thing called KIDcot stations throughout the different countries. At your first stop, you get a blank mask. Each country has markers so you can add to your mask decor. It gives the kids a chance to stop and do something fun in each place. Also, there is a person who is native to the country you are visiting who writes your name in that language on the back of your mask and gives you a stamp for visiting that country.

















We didn't make it to four or five countries before I started going downhill pretty quickly. We knew Jonah would be sad to leave "while it is still daylight" so we told him he could swim when he got home. Not a tear was shed. He was super pumped to get home and get in the pool. As you can see, it didn't take long for him to relax!

It was a great day for our family that started with a wonderful worship service and ended with lots of relaxation and snuggles from the little boy who gifted me with the title "MOMMY!"

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