Saturday, February 19, 2011

The cuteness is more than I can take sometimes!

First swim of 2011

Yesterday, Dan and Jonah spent some time getting the pool ready for the 2011 swim season. Jonah loves to help Dan "with the chemicals and stuff!" They went to the pool store together then came home and got right to work. And, just as usual, Jonah got bored with all the work after just a little while so he grabbed his Spiderman fishing pole that Papaw & NeNe gave him for his 3rd birthday and started casting.

I stood at the kitchen sink washing bottles while watching Jonah "fish." I walked around the counter to tell Dan to watch him closely but realized that Dan was watching him and didn't need me to tell him that. About the time I got back to the sink, I heard a splash and heard Dan say "OH NO!" I looked up to see Dan (fully clothed) jump into the pool. Yep...Jonah fell in!

He ended the swim season last year swimming like a fish. We taught him over and over to always, always, always swim to the side if he ever falls in or gets scared while in the water. What we neglected to tell him was that if he falls in fully clothed and holding something that he should let go of what he is holding and not worry about his clothes or shoes. Poor guy couldn't save himself because he refused to let go of his fishing pole or the sucker he had.

Even though it was never really a crisis, it was still quite scary. Jonah was wearing a cap and Dan said all he could see was that hat bobbing up and down. It also made us realize just how quickly things can go wrong even when you are right there and watching his every move.

Jonah could not quit crying after Dan rescued him. He kept apologizing for getting his clothes wet and talking about how cold the water was. Then he would say "I'm sorry Daddy! I was scared!" I'm hoping a little dose of healthy fear will be good for him where the pool is concerned.

Dan (obviously) didn't take anything out of his pockets so his wallet and contents were all soaked along with his Iphone. Oh well! That little boy is way more important than any of those things!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Then and Now

Jonah less than a month old in August of 2006

Micah, same outfit but over 3 months old! (check out the rolls on those legs!)

An official "baby-wearin' Mama!"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Consignment Sale

I. AM. EXHAUSTED! See all of this stuff in my car? Go ahead, look at the next two pictures.

Yeah, that has consumed me for the last few weeks. Today begins the big JBF Consignment Sale down in Maitland! This will be my third time to volunteer and consign at this sale and I'm hopeful for great results. I love the idea of consignment sales because you can sell your things in one location at a price that you set and you can also buy things for much lower than retail.

Now that I'm home with my boys, I've had to learn to be more frugal. One of the ways I do this is by consigning their clothes, toys, bedding, etc and purchasing the next sizes at the same sale. Last August, I made just at $500 on the things I took and only spent about $150 on the things I bought. But, that $150 included three big items, a jogging stroller, a Peg Perego high chair and a Moses Basket and Stand. This time, I'm selling that basket and stand because Micah has outgrown it. So, after it sells, I basically used it for free all this time. Love it!

This is the greatest way I know to buy the next season of clothes for the boys without breaking the budget. In order to put clothes in this sale, they have to be free of rips, tears, holes or stains. So, quality isn't a concern. That is actually the job that I do each year. I am an inspector for 6 hours today. I will check every piece of clothing (well, me and about 15 other people who do the same thing) for quality before the people are allowed to place it on the floor to be sold.

I choose to volunteer because it raises my commission from 65% to 70% and I get the $10 consignor fee waived. So, it is worth me working the six hour shift that one time. AND, because I work today and see much of what comes through the doors, I know exactly what I want when the doors open to shop at 7:00 p.m. tonight. And, the best part is that only about 25-30 people get to shop tonight. So, we basically have the run of things before any of it is picked over.

Can't wait to see all the good deals I come home with tonight. If you are in the area, you should definitely check the schedule out and come over if you can. Maitland Convention Center! It moved from the church it was at last year because it outgrew it. Can't wait to see how big it will be this year!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The blog

This bib cracks me up! When Jonah was born and I started blogging, I was one of two bloggers that I knew. The other blogger was my friend Karin. She introduced me to blogging and I pattern my style of "mommy-blogging" after her. Well, since that time 4.5 years ago, blogging has definitely taken off and now they even make bibs that reference blogging. Love it!

Way back WHENsday Video

***OOPS...this is from February, 2009---not 2008!***

While looking for pictures for the Way Back
WHENsday post for today, I came across this video from February of 2008 that I just had to share. I hardly remember those days with Jonah because he seems so grown up now. So glad I have so many memories on video to remind me just how little he was! Love this!

Way back WHENsday

February, 2009

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Life with a boy!

We were at Chickfila last night and Jonah burped rather loudly! I looked at him and said "What do you say??" (You know, thinking he would say EXCUSE ME!) Instead, he proudly exclaimed "At least you didn't have to pat my back like you do Micah!"


Smiling through the tears

Monday, February 14, 2011


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