Saturday, December 29, 2012

Apparently Micah found the camera on my phone one day

In seach of a good Christmas Picture

One day last week, I decided to do a Christmas Morning dress rehearsal. Not for the gifts, but for the pictures! I didn't want the boys to have to wait to open gifts so we could get a good picture. So, we dressed them in their pajamas in hopes of a good picture.

The oldest child and the dog were extremely cooperative.  The youngest...well, not so much!  He wanted to "PWAY!"  (That means play!)

We calmed him down enough to get a few with no tears.  We may or may not have used a sucker to accomplish that. 

The good times didn't last long.  It headed south quickly.  We gave in and decided to just wait until Christmas morning.  (Which, didn't happen because we walked into Micah's room and he had thrown up in bed and his pajamas were put in the washer instead of being worn for Christmas morning!)

Friday, December 28, 2012

A short visit with the Hargon Family

 A few weeks ago, I friends, the Hargon's came to visit.  They had a full week at Disney but over one night just to see us and spend the night.  The plan was for us to meet them at the parks later in the week but our kids got sick and the weather was not great.  So, we didn't get to see them again.  It's okay though because I'm pretty sure we will see them again down here soon.  They fell in love with Disney.  (yay!)

Marlie and Jonah were best buddies when we lived in Vidalia.  She is from December to July older than him.  (And much taller!)  They started preschool together at Jefferson Street.  You can read all about that HERE.  They did most everything together when we lived there.  Both kids were so sad when we moved.  It is hard to take your child away from his friends!

 They came in on a Sunday evening so we got a few hours to visit with them.  The kids had a blast playing together.  The parents enjoyed our time together too!  (Until Diane went to bed early!)  hee hee

 They were heading to Epcot early the next morning and Jonah was heading to school.  He was already in bed when he realized he didn't tell them goodnight.  So, he went into the room they were sleeping in offered to read a bedtime story to them. 

 This next progression of pictures make me laugh.  I guess they didn't know which picture to smile in. 

 We love, love, love this family!  We have such fun memories with them.  They make us laugh.  They are those kinds of friends that God blessed us with at a previous church that will be lifelong friends. 

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A letter from Phibby

We woke up on Christmas morning with a wide-eyed Jonah standing at our bed proclaiming "Phibby left me a letter!!!!"  We told him to go get it and read it to us.  In case you don't know, Phibby is our Elf on the Shelf.  This was the last morning we look for him and when Jonah found him, there was a note there too.  This is him reading it for the first time.  Sorry for the low quality.  We were still in bed so all I had was the camera on my phone.  

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

38...I think

I can never remember how old I am.  And, off the top of my head, I can't remember how old I was when either of my kids were born.  I do know I was 24 when I got married.  Well, at least I think I was.  I could be wrong about that too.  So, when someone asked me last night about my age, I had to think about it.  I'm pretty sure it is 38 though.  (I totally just used a calculator to check!)

I remember my mom turning 30...and 40.  I remember going to her parties.  Her 30th party was in Baskin, LA.  Her 40th party was in Jackson, MS.  My brother and I planned that one.  I remember her being mortified because we planned this elaborate party down and then called people and told them what to bring.  We provided zero.  She used that to teach us the concept of providing the food and entertainment at parties you host.  I'm not sure she ever really got over the embarassment of seeing all of her friends walk in with every single item of food and drink we served.  

It is currently 9:13 a.m.  I should be in Sunday School.  Instead, I'm sitting in Dan's recliner while a sick Jonah is asleep in his room.  I thought he was faking sick when I woke him.  He immediately told me he needed to stay home from church.  Last week, Micah was sick and we had to stay home.  Usually, I send Jonah on with Dan on those days.  But, Dan had meetings and could not get him home.  And, Jonah was snotty and congested so I kept him home too.  I think he thought that was kind of fun.  So, I thought he was faking.  I told him he could stay home but he had to stay in bed ALL DAY LONG.  He said "Okay!"  That is SO not him.  So, I covered him up and went back to my room to finish getting ready.  I just knew he would walk in and be miraculously healed.  

But, he didn't.  So, Dan took a turn.  He went it and reminded him that we were going to do Sea World today.  He suddenly began to feel good enough to get up and get dressed.  I noticed he was pale when he walked in our room.  Dan gave him medicine and then sent him to eat breakfast.  He only ate a little bit then needed to throw up.  He never threw up but sat at the potty crying.  We started to get him dressed and he was lifeless.  Dan asked him again about how he felt.  He said "I changed my mind about Sea World.  I just want to go to bed."  

So, he did!  And he went right to sleep.  That NEVER happens with him.  He fights sleep during the day with everything he has.  He is still sleeping now.  I'm thinking I will take him to the doctor when the after hours clinic opens at noon.  If he has the flu or strep, I want to catch it on the front end.  I don't want him to be sick for Christmas.  

So, here I am on my birthday, at home with a sick little boy.   I was a little discouraged about that for a while.  I really didn't want to miss church again.  I love my church.  I love Christmas!  I love celebrating the birth of Christ with other believers.  But, mommy duty trumps everything else.  And, I remember many birthdays where my only wish was to have a baby of my own.  And, on this birthday, I have two of those.  One, who is at the church nursery having a great time, I'm sure.  And, the other is all snuggled up in his bed sleeping away the yuckies.  

The truth is, most days I can't tell you how old I am.  But, my life has been filled with so many good days that have turned into wonderful years.  I could not have ever dreamed up the wonderful life I have.  And, whether my day is spent in church, at Sea World or at the Doctor's office, chances are, I'm still gonna feel pretty blessed for this life God has given me.  2012 has been a tough year medically for our family.  (We met our $4,000 Family Deductible by mid- March!)  Even with all of those struggles, we are very aware of mothers who never woke up from surgery, babies who didn't get to come home from the hospital, daddies who didn't survive car accidents, kids who got terrible diagnosis and families who will never look the same.  So, even with the yuckies of 2012, we have much to be thankful for.  And, days like birthdays are the perfect time to reflect on that!


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