Saturday, October 13, 2012


I've been on Craigslist tonight looking for one of these.

Yep, I've been looking at tents and camping stuff.  Me!  ME!!!!  What's up with that?  Who am I?  Honestly, for quite some time, I've been telling Dan I wanted to take the boys camping.  Then, last weekend, Josh and Amanda took Eli.  Each picture I saw made me more and more excited about taking our boys one day.  

Granted, we know nothing about camping.  N-O-T-H-I-N-G!  Our neighbors are quite outdoorsy so I'm pretty sure we could convince them to go with us.  Jonah would love that because Jaxon would be there to play.  I would love that because Ray knows a lot about camping.  He actually takes a couple of weeks of vacation each year and backpacks the Appalachian Trail.  He is serious about it.  (As a side note, I find it interesting that I'm blogging about Ray camping with us and I've never mentioned it to him!)

I guess this is one of those things that prove the old adage true about having kids makes you do crazy things!  CRAZY!

Our new morning routine

Mornings are hard at our house.  No one in our family likes the morning.  We all seem to be in a rush and somewhat on edge.  And, two of the four members of our family are extremely slow.  Those happen to be the two who actually have to get out of the door by a certain time.  So, most mornings find Jonah in tears because he is in trouble for being slow.  Then, Dan is frustrated because Jonah won't do what he is asked to do.  I'm shushing everyone in hopes of Micah not waking up.  Max is usually barking because of the drama.  By the time they rush out of the door, everyone is stressed!

God has really been working in my heart about the tone that sets for the day for all of us.  Our typically sweet boy starts his day on a negative note and the start of Dan's day is already bad.  So, lately, we have been doing something different and it has been great for us.  My alarm is set for 90 minutes earlier than usual.  I get up, turn the oven on, get something hot started for breakfast, fix Dan a Diet Dr. Pepper and me a cup of coffee creamer with a little coffee mixed in.  While I'm doing that, Dan starts his process of getting dressed for the day. 

We meet at the dining room table to do our Bible Study/Devotion/Prayer time together.  In the midst of that, I stick breakfast in the oven so the timer will go off around 6:50 a.m.  When the timer sounds, I take breakfast (muffins/casserole/biscuits) out of the oven then go wake Jonah and get him ready while Dan finishes getting ready.  We all meet at the table at about 7:10.  We eat breakfast together, do a devotion out of a kid's one year Bible and pray together.

Let me tell you, it has been sweet.  It has been good to have mornings of no rush/no tears/no frustration.  It has been nice to kiss my little boy goodbye and kiss Dan goodbye and all be in happy moods.  It has been great starting the day with my husband in God's word and praying together.  It has been sweet to hear Dan pray over our family BEFORE the day starts.  And, as an added bonus, it has been so sweet to hear Jonah pray over people each morning. 
One morning this week, our devotion was about how you can help your friends.  We talked with Jonah about school settings where you can't physically help a friend in the middle of class but if a friend is having a bad day, you can always pray for them in your mind and ask God to help them have a better day.  Well, the next morning as I was helping him get dressed, he said "Mommy, yesterday _____ got in trouble a lot.  He just would not listen to Mrs. Hoover.  So, I started praying in my mind that God would help him be respectful and have a good day."  He's getting it!  Then, on another day, he prayed for Sue because he heard me talking about something new she was having to learn at work. 

Poor Micah has missed all of the fun so far.  He normally gets up around 8:30 or so.  I'm sure it won't be long until he joins us for these times.  But, in news about him, Dan came out of his room Thursday night and said "Micah just said his first prayer!  Dear Ga, Nanu Daddy, Nanu Mommy, Nanu Nonah, Nanu Dax.  Amee"

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012

I did it!

It was *slightly* chilly this morning when Jonah left for school.  I asked if he wanted a jacket.  Dan didn't think he needed one but Jonah definitely wanted it.  So, I grabbed one, put it on him, zipped him up and sent them on their way.  When we picked him up, he was wearing the jacket.  He got in the car and said "I wore this jacket ALL DAY!"  I said "Why?  Were you cold?"  He said "No, actually I was hot."  We both questioned him about why he wore it all day.  He said "Well, when this day started, I had no idea if I could wear a jacket all day long but I did...I DID IT!  I'm so glad to know I can wear a jacket all day if I ever need to do it!"  

Good to know...good to know!

The week in review

Last Saturday, we got up, dressed the boys in colors that would coordinate with pumpkins and headed to the Pumpkin Patch in Eustis.  Our main reason for choosing this place was knowing about the ample seating (for me) and fact that you purchase your pumpkin, carve it there and then LEAVE the mess with them.  Oh, and they have fabulous kettle corn.  

The boys opened a package from my mom before we left so they were entertained with their new books for the entire drive there.  This place is only about 25 minutes from our house but just a couple of miles away from the patch, I realized we didn't have Micah's diaper bag.  So, we had to drive even further to find a CVS so I could buy diapers and wipes.  I was glad we had the new books to entertain them.  
After our stop at CVS, we pulled into the pumpkin patch and as we parked, the rain started to fall.  We checked the radar and realized it would be a short storm but it was raining hard.  We decided to wait it out and then Dan reminded me of how muddy it would be.  That was all I needed to hear to punt this plan and find another activity for the Day.  We have the whole month of October to hit up the pumpkin patch.

So, we drove to the mall in Sanford so they could play on the indoor playground.  When we got there, it wasn't raining at all.  And, the Touch A Truck event was in it's last hour.  So, we parked and let the boys see some trucks up close.  

After a little while out there, we headed inside to have lunch and then play.  Both of my boys L-O-V-E the mall playground.  Jonah is slowly becoming too big for it but we take advantage of it now while we can.  

I've also spent a great deal of time since my surgery playing Words With Friends.  I'm usually fairly good at this game.  But, as of this morning, the game below currently has me 388-243.  My mother-in-law is KILLING me.  Personally, I prefer to think she is just taking advantage of someone on pain meds.  ;-)

Tuesday night, we drove to Bob Carr in Orland to see Sesame Street Live.  My goal before surgery was to be well enough to go with my family to this event.  It was a magical night for little Micah.  I wish you all could have see his face.  He was captivated.  I loved every second of it.  

On Wednesday, a sweet friend in our church picked me up for lunch then took me to Publix.  It had been over 8 weeks since I had been in the grocery store.  I actually considered it to be a fun outing.  I was exhausted when we made it home three hours after leaving.  I came inside, crawled in my bed and slept for over 2 hours.  I got up just in time to be picked up for church.  It was SO good to be back there.  We had so many new people that I had never seen.  I counted 25 or 26 faces that I didn't know.  That's exciting!

Then, last night, our family joined almost 4000 other DeLand folks in downtown in hopes of breaking the previous world record for the most people doing the Twist at once.  Chubby Checker was on hand to help us.  It was a fun night and the record was certainly broken.  

It has been a fun and full week.  I feel like I'm finally beginning to feel like me again.  I've gotten to be outside and do a little more than I have in the past two months.  I still can't lift my kids or anything over a pound but I can be up and out some and that has been nice. 

And, as you probably know, I have MANY pictures from Sesame Street Live and from last night but those deserve posts of their own.  I'll get those up soon.  

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Visiting the goats

 Last week, we went to dinner the home of some of our church members.  They recently bought some goats so we had to go visit them.  The first time Micah saw them, he was petrified of them.  Now, two or three times later, he runs to see them.  Jonah, on the other hand, hangs out on the outside of the pen because he walked into a spider web last time he was there.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Micah's not so attractive new face

This is Micah's new face.  He usually snorts when he makes this face.  I'm not sure what look he is going for but it isn't so attractive.  (It is kind of funny though!)  

Monday, October 8, 2012

Cabinet Doors, Elmo, Beyblades and SERIOUS FUN!!!

***I took these pictures back in August but they never got posted***
***I've kept them in my draft folder so I could write about them.  But, I've never done it.***
***I have now decided to post them AS IS.***


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