Saturday, May 7, 2011

A special day together

I'm a baby hog! I openly and freely admit that. I'm totally smitten with the newborn and infant stages. I adore the sweetness and newness of those little lives. Because of that obsession, (and Dan's opposite feelings about newborns) it seems that we tend to gravitate to the same child around feeding time/bedtime/special outings/etc. While Dan loves his little Micah, he prefers time with Jonah. He loves the interaction that comes from a child that can talk back to you. It isn't because it's Jonah. He was the same way when Jonah was a baby. He asked me (what seemed like 10,000 times) "When is he going to be old enough to talk/play/wrestle?" Now that he finally is, Dan has a blast with Jonah. He says he feels "functional" with Micah. He can totally take care of him but doesn't always 'connect' with him. So, he gravitates to Jonah.

Because of this, when Dan is home, Jonah is right under him. They work together, play together, laugh together and do everything together. Jonah always requests him for the bedtime routine. Part of this is due to him being with me during the day and not Dan.

All week, I've been thinking of what we could do fun as a family yesterday. I decided a day at Disney would be fun but Dan came home from work Thursday feeling rotten. So, I chunked our plans. Then, I rethought it and decided to take just Jonah. Dan felt well enough to keep Micah home (since he sleeps a good part of the day) so I surprised Jonah at school by picking him up 1.5 hours early. When he walked over to me, I whispered in his ear "I'm here early to take you to Disney World for the day!" He was thrilled. He jumped up and down out of excitement.

My camera is still at the Canon repair place so all the pictures I have from the day come from my phone.

The forecast predicted rain so we stopped at Target to get ponchos. That was one of the reasons I wanted to go yesterday. When it begins to rain at all, most tourist head for their hotels. The locals know a couple of things. First, it doesn't usually rain long. Second, when it rains, the park empties and you can ride most everything with no wait.

As soon as we pulled into the parking lot of Target, Jonah said "Can we get pizza here from Pizza Hut?" He knows the deli sells PH Pizza so he quickly decided he wanted that for lunch. We stopped for a quick (and much cheaper than eating at Disney) lunch the set off to find our ponchos. We didn't need them though, because it never rained.
We always let Jonah choose if he wants to ride the Monorail over to the Magic Kingdom or the Ferry. Yesterday, he chose the Ferry. He spent the entire ride over singing "Skinamarinkydinkadink" to me. I happened to catch him in the midst of the motions. The older couple next to us could not stop grinning as he sang to me. (I couldn't either!)
We walked in the gates of the MK and Jonah immediately grabbed a map to scope out what he wanted to do first. The kid loves his maps. He SO takes after Dan's mom's side of the family where maps are concerned.
Jonah discovered the misters and fell in love. He thought those things were great. He could have played there all day!



We rode, rode, rode and then rode some more. If he wanted to ride it, we did. We didn't stop for any parades or characters. It was all about the rides.



We stopped for a potty break and Jonah spotted a strange looking contraption on the wall. He said "WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT THING?"
It was a pay phone! A PAY PHONE! My sweet 4 year old did not know what it was. It is hard to believe that something that was such a part of OUR life is a relic to him. Wow!

We rode the train from Frontierland back to the front gate and looked out to see a practically empty entrance. I've never seen that before. It was nice being there on such a low crowd day.

We rode the Monorail back to the TTC and Jonah took advantage of the emptiness to rest a little. This was his first ever trip to Disney that he didn't ride in the stroller. He could have gone without it but we always push it because it is so easy to keep up with him and for us to manipulate the crowds with him in the stroller. But, with the expected rain, I wanted to be able to dash in and out of places without worrying about the stroller.
I was so proud of how he kept up with me and never complained about being tired. It was just more proof of how much he has grown. He doesn't even resemble the baby boy that I used to hold so tightly. He's such a big boy who makes life so much fun. Especially on days like yesterday!

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My alarm clock

This is how I wake up every morning. That sweet face and smile makes me rush in there instead of trying to find a snooze button!


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Earning his keep

Jonah asked me to teach him to vacuum. I thought that would be an easy job. Not so much. Try explaining straight lines to a 4 year old. Seriously, try it! This is the most stressful vacuuming I've ever been part of.








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Friday, May 6, 2011

Caught in Spidey's web




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Opposite facial expressions

I took this picture of Micah and said "Look how big he is smiling" to Jonah.


He said "Take my picture with me not smiling." So, I did. Something about the serious look from him just doesn't scream Jonah to me!



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Thursday, May 5, 2011

KINDERGARTEN!!!!

Well, we got Jonah registered for Kindergarten at the Public School closest to our house and we made it through with no tears....from me! That says a lot since I've been an emotional wreck about this. He, on the other hand, is thrilled!

Jonah starting Kindergarten has been the point of great stress for us. He has a late July birthday and we just weren't sure if we should hold him back or let him start. We've struggled. We've prayed. We've sought advice. We've blogged about it. We've Facebooked about it. We've stressed about it. We want to do the right thing but were just not sure what the right thing is.

But, a couple of months ago, I got a call from the director of his preschool telling me to PLEASE not hold him back. She said he is ready. She said there was no doubt in her mind or the minds of his teachers. Her only concern is how slow he is at meal time. She told me he would come home STARVING the first few weeks because he will not get to finish lunch since he is so slow. There was once another little boy who had that same problem. Read THIS POST and you'll see another Glenn who had to learn to eat faster. (While you are at it, feel free to giggle along with me about the stuff on that post! I just laughed all over again!!!)

So, we talked to his teachers a little bit more. We consulted some educators who know Jonah well. We talked to each other. We talked to God. We decided to go ahead with Kindergarten next year. Are we sure it is the right decision? Nope! But, we can always repeat if we need to. We don't worry about him academically. We worry about him socially. I'm in the process of enrolling him in a half day summer camp for a week and a couple of organized classes that will hopefully help him with confidence before the school year starts in August.

I am so thrilled with the school he will be attending. We met the nicest people while we were there. Jonah was upset because he didn't get to go to class. We assured him he can go to class next week when we go back for preview day. Hopefully he will still be excited.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Vidalia

Back in September of 2009, I wrote a post on this blog called "I love..."

Stop what you are doing and read it. You can click HERE.

That little town that I love, Vidalia, is in serious danger. On May 20, the Mighty Mississippi is supposed to crest at 65 feet. That is dangerous, dangerous territory. People we love are packing all of their belongings and moving them to other places. They are removing photos from their walls and taking them places that aren't supposed to flood. They are making plans to evacuate. They are planning for worst but hoping for the best.

People keep hearing about the MS river at Natchez being in danger. The "at Natchez" part means Vidalia. Natchez sits high on the bluff. Vidalia doesn't. Someone from here asked me today where Vidalia is in relation to Natchez. It is hard to explain but they really are like one place. But, to describe it in terms you DeLand folks would understand, think of it like this. Chili's is Vidalia. Wal-Mart is Natchez. The MS river is Woodland Blvd. Literally, all that separates those two places is the river. I used to live in Vidalia but work in Nachez. It took me only 6 minutes to get to work. They are that close. So, when you look at The Democrat or hear about Natchez on the news, know that my friends in Vidalia are scared, worried, hopeful and prayerful.

Unlike the tornadoes that recently hit the south, Vidalia has been blessed with foreknowledge of what is to come. They have time to prepare. They have time to make decisions. They have time to save the things they cherish most. But, they are scared. I'm scared for them. I'm praying that God will give wisdom to those making decisions. I'm praying that He will give peace to those who live there. I'm praying that He will let the waters of the Mighty Mississippi recede. Would you join us in praying too?

A serious talk

We just took Jonah to register for Kindergarten next year. Unfortunately, I hyped up going but neglected to tell him we were just going to fill out some paperwork. He was totally unimpressed. After a little while, he started whining and being disrespectful. This was while a 2nd grade teacher and the principal were talking to us about "how sweet Jonah is." At one point, while Dan was talking to them, I took Jonah's arm, pulled him very close to me and in a low voice with very wide eyes, I said "Jonah, if I have to tell you quit whining or quit interrupting one more time, you are taking a nap when you get home. Do you understand me?" His eyes got VERY wide and as matter of fact as he could be, he said "Mommy, I DO understand you but I think you forgot to wash your face today because there is sleep in your eye and it looks yucky!"

AAUGH...when he did he learn to voice his thoughts and when am I going to learn NOT to laugh?

Easter Cookies

The week before Easter, Jen picked Jonah and Mikenzie up from school, took them to lunch and then to Margie's house for an afternoon of cookie making. This has become a tradition of sorts for them. This is the third or fourth time they have done it. You would think Jonah's decorating ability would have improved with all the practice. It hasn't. He eats more icing than he puts on the cookies. But, he LOVES it! He mostly loves being with all those ladies who make him feel so special.

Micah and I stopped by for a visit and Micah enjoyed Colton's new swing. Colton is Margie's grandson who is only a few weeks away from making his debut into our world. Everyone can rest safely now that Micah has tested Micah's seats, swings and toys.








It won't be long until Micah is right in the midst of all the icing eating. I have a feeling Margie's "there is no such thing as a mess" theory might go out the window when this little guy gets his hand on those cookies.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

During church this morning

Jonah: Why does that man behind us keep talking when Daddy is talking?

Me: He is saying AMEN.

Jonah: Amen and Alady?

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