Saturday, July 21, 2012

Brake Lights

If you are leaving Orlando, headed towards our house, there are a few spots on I-4 where you can almost guarantee traffic to be backed up.  In the (almost) three years we have lived here, I can count on one hand the times we haven't had to stop or slow way down.  Seeing brake lights in front of us is a regular occurrence.  But, even though it is something we see often, it is not something that we ever like to see.

We, like most of you, seem to always be in a hurry.  Even though we aren't always running late.  It seems we just have the "GO GO GO" mindset at all times.  So, when we round a curve and see those brake lights ahead, we tend to get frustrated.

Last November, Jonah rode with me to the airport to get Dan's mom.  We got off of the toll road onto I-4 and we we hit the Interstate, we saw brake lights everywhere.  It was just barely dark so the red lights were very prevalent.  As I groaned in frustration, from the back seat I hear Jonah say "Isn't this beautiful?  Look at all the pretty lights!"

What perspective!  What I saw as frustrating, my five year old saw as beautiful.  That was over 8 months ago but I think about it every single time I'm in that spot on I-4.  And, I'm always grateful that God uses my little boy to speak to my heart.  

Golf Camp

The first two days that Jonah was out for summer vacation, he had golf camp.  That wasn't the greatest planning on our part.  He was ready for a break and instead, we put him in a camp that started at 8:00 a.m. on his first day out of school.  Oops.  But, he had fun.  Fortunately, it only lasted an hour each day.  
He wore his shirt that Cliff and Beppa gave him several years ago.  They went to The Players Championship and brought this to Jonah when he was just a little guy.  Back then, I had a hard time imagining him ever being big enough to even fit into the shirt, much less wear it at a golf camp.  

Jimmy gave Jonah these clubs right before his third birthday.  I'm pretty impressed that he and Cliff managed to match the other ones gift.  This shirt and these clubs go well together.  ;-)

Dan went with him to the camp and was able to watch from a distance.  Fortunately, my camera has a great zoom on it.  He did have a couple of friends at the camp with him so that was fun.  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Our fireplace redo

One of the things I was most excited about when we bought this house was the mantle.  I've always wanted a mantle to decorate.  Except, with this one, that wasn't a possibility.  This fireplace was framed with tile and a very small mantle made of Sheetrock.  And, when I say very small, I mean like 6 inches. It wasn't even wide enough for a picture frame to sit on.  VERY SMALL!

So, since we've lived here, I've had big dreams of adding a mantle and dressing up the fireplace.  We finally did something about a few months ago.  I haven't actually decorated it yet because I haven't seen anything jump out at me.  And, honestly, I haven't really looked.  I'm kind of waiting for Fall to do a big display or maybe even Christmas.  So, until then, I've just stuck a few things I already had up there. But, you will see the MAJOR difference.  

We are so incredibly pleased with the work.  If you need any type of home renovation, we can hook you up with JMS Builders.  They found the perfect people for our job.  It was quick, neat and just what we wanted.  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The birthday wreath is out!

A family wedding in Gainesville

Back in April,  (yes, 3 months ago!!!) we went to Gainesville to attend the wedding of my cousin T.J.  When we were growing up, T.J. lived in Tampa and I lived in Mississippi but we were best buds.  He is several years younger than me but we always had a great relationship.  He is now all grown up with his Doctorate of Pharmacy and MBA.  He has an important job in Nashville so I never get to see him.  You would know he would move away right before I moved to Florida.  

We got to the chapel right in time for the wedding to begin.  Micah had been in the car for over 2 hours and was ready to get down to run and play.  You know, the perfect scenario for having to walk in and sit for a wedding.  Lets just say he didn't quite make it though the entire wedding without a nice tour of the outside grounds.  
And, just so you know, all of these pictures are mostly of my kiddos and Brandy's girls because I never got one picture of the bride and groom.  I always try to stand off with my camera at weddings because I know the photog is there to do a job and I don't want to be in the way.  That usually means I miss the shots that prove I was at a wedding.  

Jonah and Mia are BIG buddies.  She will be four in December but she holds her own with him.  They love each other so much.  Just looking at these pictures make me realize that I need to get together with them more often.  We are just two hours apart so I need to make that more of a priority. 

Pretty girl!  (and busy photog in the back!  HA!)
My mom, her sister and my grandmother.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A "sortuation"

Since I've had this blog since day one of Jonah's life, I have a nice documentation of most every funny thing he has ever said.  I try to put them on the blog rather than Facebook because I can easily reference the blog or look back at certain dates.  But, yesterday, I accidentally put this funny story on Facebook rather than the blog.  So, I just cut and pasted it here so I have it for the memory.  

That kid...



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