Saturday, February 2, 2013

Jonah's Ray Charles Project

Hey, this is Dan... This is a video that we just uploaded of a project that Jonah did for Black History Month. Since he's learning to play the piano, we decided to do a project on Ray Charles. He just started piano lessons with the WONDERFUL Ginny Wright. Ginny is the organist at our church and does a fabulous job teaching piano. Hope you enjoy our boy playing the piano (seeing AND blind...). 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Changes...big changes!

Monday morning brought some changes to our house.  This wild haired little boy started preschool.  Yep, he is now enrolled in a three day per week Montessori program preschool.  His day started by me waking him around 6:30 a.m.  That is approximately 3 hours before his normal wake time.  His hair didn't even have time to process this.  

He ate breakfast with us and even got to participate in family devotion.  He normally misses that because he is snoozing.  He didn't have much to add except for the occasional "more blueberries, please and MILK!!"
 Jonah saw me with the camera when he walked in and did his signature pose.  This is what he does now when he sees the camera.  Normally, I fight it.  That day, I went with it.  It is who he is these days.  You'll see more of this, I'm quite sure.  You know, considering how he does it 18-19 times A DAY!!!!
 Both boys finished their breakfast while Dan read the devotion.  We kind of switch up who does that each morning.  If Jonah is eating slow, he just listens as one of his reads.  He really likes to do the reading though.  We all talk about what we need prayer for on that day then we pray and head out the door. 

 That morning was a little different because we had some extra time due to not knowing what the morning would be like.  So, after breakfast, the boys got to play a little.  (after taming Micah's hair!)


 We still had time to go outside to take a few pictures.  Micah could not focus for worrying about what was inside his lunchbox and backpack. 





 He wanted Dan to come open his lunch box and show him everything in it.  Then, he wanted to stop and eat it.  He opened it no less than 15 times before he got to school that morning. 




 Doesn't he look big?  Like, much bigger than a 2 year old?  Seriously, he is only 28 months old but looks like such a big kid!!

"Nonah, you got a lunch box too?"
I didn't take any more pictures once we left the house.  I knew the transition was going to be tough for him.  I knew that we needed to do a quick "drop and go" so the camera would only be a nusiance.  

We dropped him right at 8 and were anxious to get him at 11:30.  He had a great day.  He only cried for less than a minute they said.  Then, at one point in the day, she said he looked at her in the middle of a nature walk and said "Where my mommy?"

He will be there for 3 days each week.  On one of those days, I'll be working at my new job!  Several months ago, Dan and I started praying that God would open a door for Micah to attend this particular school.  It is fairly costly so I needed a part-time job to pay for it so it wouldn't wreck our budget.  But, it is hard to find a part-time job that allows me to still pick up Jonah from school and not miss any weekend or night time with my kids.  But, God totally provided even more than I asked for with a great 4-6 hour per week position at a church.

The church is 12 miles from Micah's school.  I'll be there one day per week for 4-6 hours.  It allows me to use my giftedness and also provide the money needed to pay for Micah's school.  I went yesterday for a few hours of training then officially start on Monday.

I'm seriously blown away by the timing of this.  I looked back at my prayer journal from October of last year and Micah attending this school and me finding a part-time job were listed almost every day.  It is so evident that God orchestrated the exact details and I'm so very grateful!

We can already see a difference in Micah after just one week.  We thought we might just be dreaming that but after just an hour in the nursery Wednesday night, Donna said "Wow, big changes in Micah already.  He is even advocating for himself!"  I'm excited for him.  This school is incredible and it has the added bonus of teaching him about Jesus.  I love that he is learning educationally and more about Jesus.  Such a perfect combination for this age! 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MeMaw and B come to Florida!

The best part of moving away from friends is having those friends come visit.  Tim and Belinda are some of our favorite people in Vidalia.  They were our next door neighbor.  They kept our dog when we were out of town.  We ate many meals at their house.  We went to their house the night we found out we were pregnant with Jonah.  You can read that post here.  We have so many wonderful memories that involve their family.  So, we were ALL excited to have them here.  

And, just as a reminder, they are known to us as MeMaw and B.  Tim, yes the man, is MeMaw.  When Jonah was just a toddler, he walked up to Tim one Wednesday night in the sanctuary and in a whole group of people, he said "Hi MeMaw!"  We all laughed.  And, it stuck.  From the point forward, Tim was MeMaw.  He was convinced I perpetuated it, but I didn't.  It was all Jonah.  Pretty soon, he was MeMaw to lots of people.  That is all anyone calls him when Jonah is around.  He has embraced it.  I love that he loves Jonah enough to just go with it.  Although, Micah now calls him Maw-Maw so I'm not sure he is gonna go with that.  HA.  And, B is just short for Belinda.  Her niece and nephew call her that and Jonah just picked up on it.  

Anyway, back to their visit.  They came in on Friday night and after dinner, we pulled the games out.  It was so much fun to play games with them and the kids.  Micah played for a little bit then we entertained him with the iPad.  He went back and forth between games and the iPad. 










When we got up Saturday morning,we had some serious fun and giggles.  The boys jumped in the bounce house for a while.  B joined them in there.  They thought that was awesome!  The giggles certainly continued!









They moved from the bounce house to sword fights.  (And tons of other fun things in between!)


After lunch, the boys went to an afternoon with friends while we headed to Disney's Wide World of Sports with Tim and Belinda so we could see Taylor and The Louisiana Tech Cheerleaders compete in the National Finals.  It was so fun (and incredibly nerve-racking) to see the competition.  We got to Disney early enough to do the Monorail tour of the different resorts. 


We were happy to have MeMaw and B at church with us Sunday morning.  Dan had a meeting after church but the rest of us went to Daytona to have lunch at Five Guys then to show them Daytona Speedway and the Atlantic Ocean. 
















 During lunch, they asked Jonah if he would like to go with them to see Taylor compete that night.  He could hardly contain his excitement.  We got home in just enough time for them to change clothes and head out.  He was so, so, so excited about spending time with just them.  He was sure to tell me that I was not invited. 


Micah quickly discovered that he wasn't going.  He was not thrilled with this plan. 






They got back late Sunday night but that was okay because Jonah didn't have school the next day.  While I was making the world's best blueberry muffins, I looked up to see these two dressed alike.  That Jonah ADORES MeMaw.  I had to laugh because I remembered the time he and Dan dressed alike



When I said something to Jonah about getting dressed because they were about to head to the airport, he went to his room but rather than getting dressed, he got in bed because he was sad.  :-(  Micah joined him...not because he was sad, just because he wants to be like his brother. 


After convincing Jonah to get dressed so we could go to lunch before they went back to the airport, we went in the backyard to play for a few minutes. 














The boys all played hide and seek.  Check out Tim's hiding spot.  HA!







We introduced them to Chipotle before they went home.  I dreaded saying goodbye because I knew Jonah was going to have a hard, hard time.  We spent a week talking to him before they arrived about saying goodbye.  We told him that it is hard for people to leave when he cries like that.  We talked about it the whole time they were here.  So, we took a picture, said goodbyes and walked to our cars.

He said "Later, Gator!"  He crawled into our car and NEVER. SHED. A. TEAR!  I was SO proud.  SO, SO proud!  He just loves his special people so much.  It kills him to say goodbye because he knows he won't see friends again soon.  But, he is getting better so that is hopeful.   And, since I'm bragging on him, I won't mention that he had a total meltdown and bedtime and said such sad things over the next week about how much he loved and missed them.  Oh well, at least the meltdown didn't happen while they were here.  We LOVED having them here.  It just made us miss them all the more!

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