It has been a whirlwind of a few days and if my calendar proves to be true, the same will hold true for the next couple of weeks. We have had company from Louisiana since last Friday. They fly home tomorrow. In the midst of their visit, we have packed in as much fun as possible, including an all day trip to Sea World on Saturday. It was one of my favorite Sea World days ever. The weather was perfect. The crowds were low. The only bad part of the day was that Dan and Micah weren't with us.
Micah woke up that morning with 103.4 fever. I volunteered to stay home with him so Dan could go but Dan pushed me to go since our visitors are my former boss and his wife. It ended up being good for him because he spent the day catching up on work. He took Micah to the doctor at noon where he was diagnosed with a double ear infection. Poor thing felt terrible. He laid around a lot. I'm so ready to take Micah to Sea World. He would love it. Jimmy and Cathy bought Jonah a Season Pass while they were here so he can go anytime he wants for the next year. And, we were able to upgrade the tickets Jimmy and Cathy bought for the day to a FunCard for me and Dan. So, it only cost us $90 for our whole family to have passes for next 365 days.
And, speaking of dollars, we got our email from our accountant with our tax information and we are feeling very blessed and thankful. Dan's graduation date from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is December 14. Since school will still be in for Jonah, we pretty much have to fly! So, thanks to our taxes, graduation (4 airline tickets, paying hotel, food, and graduation fees) won't be such a drain to our wallet right at Christmas time. Someone suggested we leave the kids behind in order to save money, but these kids have sacrificed a lot (even if they don't realize it) for their dad to receive his Doctorate. I want them to be there to celebrate with him. Micah will be over 3 then so I hope it will be precious memories for them as they look back on their lives as kiddos.
Jonah is in the final stretch of 1st grade. He loves school. He especially loves to read. He hates to write. H.A.T.E.S. to write! He has had two incredible years. I just can't imagine school being any better than it is for him. He is ready for school to be done for the summer but only because of being ready for the lazy days of summer. (Me too!)
Micah loves his preschool too. He is there three days a week. When we pull up, he says "MY KOOL!" Then, he gets out and RUNS into his classroom. He never says goodbye. He is so happy there. And, he has learned so much. And, he learns about Jesus every single day. I can't say enough about Christian Education during preschool. Hearing your child quote Bible verses and sing songs about Jesus does something for your heart. You can never get these days back and planting the seeds of God's word and truths into their young hearts is HUGE. Jonah still sings songs he learned at age 1 while at Jefferson Street Preschool.
Micah's speech has improved and we can understand him but I'm more aware of his need for speech therapy. Having one child who could talk plainly at 14 months makes me keenly aware of the deficiency of Micah's speech. He barely enunciates. I'm going to check with his pediatrician about when to start that. In the last couple of weeks, he started saying "Joe-nah" rather than "Nanoo" like he said for over a year. And, Mickey Mouse is not longer "dee-da" but "Mee-mou." So, he is making strides but he just needs a little help.
My big consignment sale is next week. I have a TON of work to get done before this time next week but it is so worth it in the end. I'm hopeful to have great results so I can outfit my kiddos for the summer. They both need play clothes, swim suits and few church things. And, if we spend as much time outside as I hope to do, we will need lots of sunscreen!