Saturday, December 25, 2010


Me: Jonah, you have three presents under the tree that need to be opened.

Jonah: Who are they from?

Me: From me and Daddy.

Jonah: Mommy, that is so sweet. That was very nice of you to get me a present!

Christmas, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Daddy's favorite

On our way to the Christmas Eve service tonight, we were telling Jonah what all would happen during the service so he would know what to expect. I told him there would be a time that all the children would sit on the steps while Dan read them a book about Christmas. He asked if he could go with Dan up there on the steps. Dan said "Of course you can!" I piped up and said "Yes, you are daddy's favorite little boy so you certainly get to go." Jonah asked "Daddy, will you tell all of those children that I am your favorite?" Dan told him "No, that wouldn't be very nice to say." Jonah quickly said "Well, I think you should say to all of them that Jonah is my favorite kid and all of you kids is not my favorite!"

My 36th Birthday

"Hiccup...good boy!"

I was folding clothes on the couch and smiling from ear to ear as I watched Jonah interact with Micah. I reached over and grabbed my camera from the end table and was so grateful to catch the exchange on video. Be sure to watch it at the end of this post! So sweet!

How time flies

Jonah's first time in the Bumbo seat
Jonah's last time in the Bumbo seat

A picture from my phone

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Bumbo

Dan's mom sent Micah a Bumbo seat for Christmas. We didn't open the other presents she sent but I knew that was coming so I let Jonah open it for Micah so we could put it to use. This was his first time to sit in it. You might wonder what he was looking at to his right.

Yep, still looking. Whatever that was totally intrigued him and captivated his attention. What was that?
Yep, it was his big brother Jonah! I love seeing Micah follow Jonah with his eyes and be so interested in what he is saying or doing.


Our MOPS Christmas meeting was a couple of weeks ago and just so happened to be on one of the coldest Florida days in recent history. It also happened to be the first time I planned to take Micah out for anything official. Even though they offer childcare for our little ones, I took him to the meeting with me. Until he has his shots, I'm steering clear of the nursery. He didn't mind because as soon as we walked in the door, Margie got him.

Our meeting was absolutely wonderful! Rachelle Barnard (mother of 10 with #11 on the way) spoke and was totally inspiring, challenging, convicting, etc. There were not many dry eyes in the room. I left very challenged to be a better wife and mother who honors God in all I do.
Micah was super content to be passed from person to person. He landed in Krystal's arms for a while. She has a little guy who is one year older than Micah. His name is Jonah so he has inherited lots of our Jonah's things.
One of our MOPS moms knits the baby hats and cocoons that have become so popular for newborn photos. She had some with her in hopes of a newborn being at the meeting so she could try them on for sizing purposes. I gladly agreed to let Micah be her model. Dan walked in right as we got him all snuggled in this precious red/white cocoon and hat.

He preached a funeral that morning so he was very dressed up. I was obviously very not dressed up! I was going for warm over snazzy. It was COLD out there.
The next night was our MOPS Cookie Exchange at Margie's house. My contribution were some awesome peanut clusters that I totally did not make. I attempted toffee early that morning but it was an EPIC fail. When I talked to Margie later in the day, she told me not to try anything else because she had made 12+ dozen cookies for extras. So, she provided my with my 4 dozen. Yay Margie!

I have REALLY enjoyed MOPS this year. I've met some super sweet ladies and been both challenged and encouraged in my role as a mommy. If you aren't familiar with MOPS, you can click HERE to read about it. Stetson is in a rebuilding phase of MOPS but I'm so proud of the leadership and group of women who are involved. It has been a really good year and I've been sad to miss the two meetings I could not attend. I was in LA for one of them and had a doctor visit the day before Micah was born for the other.

Could they possibly look any LESS thrilled???

"Are these Santa's pajamas?"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Micah's first trip to Disney

Our Disney passes expire on December 29 and we aren't planning on renewing them so we wanted one last fun day with the mouse! The weather was just perfect so we decided to take Micah along too. Jonah put on his mouse ears and told Micah all about Disney World and how much fun he was about to have.

We headed out the door feeling a little sad about our last trip there for a while. We haven't told Jonah that the frequent trips are coming to an end. So, he was still all smiles. I took these few photos as we waited for Micah's first ride on the Monorail.

Had I not annoyed my husband, I would have stopped for every iconic photo op since it was Micah's first trip to the Magic Kingdom. But, I restrained myself and took only a few.
Dan and Jonah went straight to the Buzz Lightyear ride to get Fast Passes while I changed and fed Micah. We all met up in Toon Town so we could see Mickey and Minnie. I HAD to have that picture on this trip. The wait for that is usually around and hour. We were in and out in less than 15 minutes.

Since that wait was so short, we checked the time for the Princess lines. Jonah has always wanted to see them but the wait was always too long. It was listed at 14 minutes so we headed right over there. We ended up waiting less than 5 minutes. My outgoing little guy turned into a shy little boy as soon as he saw the pretty princesses. He made Micah go first.

He had a long conversation with Belle. He asked where the Beast was and told her he had a movie about her at his house. She asked his name and when he told her it was Jonah, she said "I've read a story in the Bible about a boy named Jonah." Then they proceeded to tell each other the whole story. It was super cute.

I don't know how much longer he will care about princesses so I was glad to capture these photos while he isn't too ashamed to like them.

Micah stayed awake a good part of the day but finally crashed as we waited to ride Pirates. He slept through his first ride at Disney.

The lady who took our picture for us was quite the photographer. She kept telling us poses to do and things to look at. This actually turned out very cute even though we were totally goobed out during the process!
We are all squinting because the sun was right in our eyes. That doesn't make for the best pictures.

We stayed only a few hours but had a great time. As we pushed Micah in his stroller, Dan said "we are THOSE people we always talked about who take newborns to Disney!" While I would never plan a trip to Disney with a newborn, living close enough to go for a few hours was perfect. He got fresh air. No one knew us so they didn't feel obligated to look at him and touch his hands. We all got exercise and the benefit of being together as a family.

We stopped at Red Brick Pizza in Altamonte for a late lunch and I undressed Micah and let him veg on the bench beside me. I may have had him a little too warm because he was sweating when I took him out of his carrier. So, when I fed him and left him in his onesie, he was so content.

Jonah, on the other hand, must have been STARVING! HE ate an entire 10 inch pizza and a cup of gelato. I still haven't mastered making sure both kids are well fed at all times.
It was a great, great day full of sweet memories! We hope to make one trip back to Disney to see the lights at Hollywood Studios before our passes officially expire. If the weather is warm enough, Micah will get to make that trip too. If not, one of us will take Jonah and the other will stay with Micah.


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