Saturday, August 18, 2012

Brotherly love

I was just syncing my Iphone to Itunes when I saw this picture.  It reminded me to be grateful for the sweet relationship these boys share.  They love each other so much.  

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Jonah Stuff

Tomorrow is a big day for Jonah.  He gets to meet his 1st grade teacher.  He is only a little excited about this because he is "mostly sad" that it isn't his teacher from last year.  He doesn't quite get the new class/new teacher thing.  I'm sure once he gets there, it will make more sense to him.  

Before he ever gets to his school tomorrow, he has an appointment at in Orlando with a Pediatric Specialist.  Without going into any details, (mainly because we don't want to speculate on anything until we have concrete answers) Jonah left his 6 year well visit last week with referrals to two different pediatric specialists.  He will see one of them tomorrow and then a Pediatric Cardiologist in two weeks.

Once we have some answers, we will update you all.  But, until then, just pray with us that God will give his Doctors wisdom and help us know the best thing to do for him.  He's a special little guy! 

Meals and stuff

I've been quite inspired in the kitchen lately.  It all started with my friend Amanda and her amazing culinary skills.  I was so impressed with how effortless and easily she just whipped up these pretty amazing meals.  She is one of those "I can cook anything as I long as there is a recipe to follow" gals.  I am one of those "I've made it so many times that I don't need a recipe" gals.  That causes me to get in a cooking rut.  I cook the same things over and over and then I get bored with it.  

So, I came home from our MS/LA trip and sat down with my "Food" board on Pinterest.  I found a free printable on Pinterest also that was a meal planning/grocery shopping lifesaver for me.  I sat down last week and meal planned for the week, cut coupons then went grocery shopping.  

I've already made Cheesy Chicken Chili, Crockpot Lasgana and Roasted Chicken with fresh veggies.  You can find all of those recipes on my Pinterest under Pins I've tried.  It was my first time to ever roast a whole chicken.  And, also my first time to use fresh Rosemary.  It was really yummy and super easy.  

One of my biggest issues with cooking is never knowing when Dan will be home.  He has called me numerous times over the years to say he was walking to his car but then I wouldn't see him for over an hour later.  He often gets calls as he his walking out or someone catches him in the parking lot.  So, we are sitting at the table waiting and he never makes it.  Then I end up frustrated because he hasn't called (he can't really interrupt a hurting person to call and I know that) or that my seemingly wonderful meal is cold and yucky by the time he arrives.  

Now that we have two kids that need to eat around the same time each night, we've just had to make a decision that I will have dinner ready at the same time each night and if he can't make it home by then, we will fix a plate for him and we will go ahead and eat.  As much as we desire to actually eat together as a family, that just isn't realistic always.  So, we just adjust a little to do what works for us and allows him to still be available to church members that can't meet during the earlier parts of the day.  

School starts back for Jonah next week so I'm trying to plan ahead for breakfast, lunches, after school snacks and dinners.  Whew...I'm tired already!  :-)

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Tonight, as I was giving Jonah his bath, I took the time to talk to him about school.  Our conversation went something like this.

Me:  Jonah, I'm afraid you are going to have a hard time when school starts back.  You seem very unfocused and I have to tell you the same thing several times before you actually do what I ask of you.  

Jonah:  Mommy, does several always mean three or could it mean more?

Me:  Are you listening to me?  Not focusing is what got you in trouble over and over last year.  I feel like you aren't even trying to focus.  Do you understand?

Jonah:  Yes ma'am.  

Me:  I need you to understand that if your teacher tells us that you didn't focus at school and that caused you not to get your work done, then when you get home, there will be no TV, no Wii, no computer or no DS.  Okay?

Jonah:  No, that is not okay.  I do not like that idea.  

Me:  Then I suggest you focus.  

Jonah:  Is it a suggestion or a rule?  Because a rule I have to do but a suggestion is like an idea, right?

Me:  It is 9:12 p.m.  I'm spent.  We will have this discussion tomorrow.

Jonah:  I'll remind you so we can finish this discussion.  I need to know what will happen.  

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

2012 MS/LA Trip- Day Three

Day Three of our trip started Jonah and Eli playing, playing and then playing some more.  Those two had so much fun together.  I got dressed for lunch with my friend "Docka Russ" while everyone else got dressed for a trip to the farm.  
B, Dan, Amanda and the boys all loaded up and headed to Tim's (MeMaw) farm.  I was glad Amanda went because I knew she would take her camera.  Most of these pictures are from her but Dan did take a few with my small point and shoot.  

Jonah and Eli rode with Derek.  Dan and Micah rode with Tim.  I hear that Manna and B just hung out in the air conditioned suburban.  

Apparently the bumpy ride did Micah in.  He slept through most of his ride.  

Jonah has spent many hours on that farm with Tim, Belinda and Taylor.  To this day, every grain of rice he eats is "MeMaw rice."  I wouldn't trade those precious memories of his for anything in this world.  I'm glad he gets to have time on the farm when we go back to visit.  

I came home from my lunch with Jennifer to find everyone else in the pool.  I quickly put on my suit and joined them.  A little bit later, Diane and her girls came to join us.  We swam for a while then went inside for another wonderful meal.  (By the way, my friend Amanda totally inspires me in the kitchen!)

After a yummy (but quick) meal, we changed clothes and headed to church.  It was our first time to go back to First Baptist Church, Vidalia since we left.  There is an unwritten rule in church world about the length of time you wait before going back to your previous church.  Some people say it is one year and some people say it is one year from the time the person following you in your position has been there.  Both make sense to me.  Churches need time to move on.  They need to time to bond and connect with new leadership.  So, we haven't attended church since we left.  It was good to be back this time.  We were just one month shy of 3 years since we left.  

Poor Micah did not enjoy "our old church!"  He apparently cried the entire time he was in the nursery.  Then, as Sue was going to walk him over to me, he tripped and fell.  He hit his head pretty hard on the concrete.  Come to find out, I sent him to church wearing two left shoes of different sizes.  Somehow, when we packed, I packed his 6 and 6.5 Stride Rite Sandals.  We were running late so I grabbed his shoes to put on him in the car.  Dan put them on and didn't notice they were both for left feet.  Sue noticed after he fell!  Maybe that is why he cried the whole time.  He was probably just embarrassed.  

Micah was happy to see his old friend, Baylor.  They met on the last trip.  They are just a few weeks apart in age.  Baylor's daddy is the youth minister at FBCV.  

We got home and started gathering our things in order to head back to Mississippi the next morning.  Eli, Jonah and Micah played while we packed up a little.  

Eli decided he was D.O.N.E. with my incessant picture taking.  Jonah appears to be over it too!

Zoo-Zoo came by to say goodbye to all of us.  We didn't get to see much of her on this trip because her daddy was in the hospital.  I'm glad we got to see her for a few minutes that night.  


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