Day 64 Work with Mommy Fun with Meagan while I went to a meeting Play time with the Ricks' kids Ice Cream at Sweet Spot
Day 65 Chuck E. Cheese with Mrs. Beth & Lennon Tennis with the family Playground with the family
Day 66 Sun Rail ride to Winter Park Lunch at The Coop Shopping and Ice Cream on Park Avenue
Day 67 Disney Water Park with The Schacter Family
Day 68 Meet the Teacher Day Jonah to Disney with The Shacters and Miss Hannah Micah shopping and dinner with Mom & Dad
Day 69 Disney Water Park with the family
Day 70 THE BIG FINALE to the greatest summer EVER!!! The Melting Pot on the night before school begins!
Well, this finishes it up! The 70th post of our fabulous summer. I can not imagine a better summer than we had this year. I already know our summer will look different next year. Jonah is signed up for WinShape Camp in Georgia next July. I will go 5 days without seeing his sweet face. I can hardly believe I'm doing this but I know it is best for him. I have a few friends who have sent their kids to WinShape and they all say it is the best thing they have ever done for them. So, after praying about it and asking a lot of questions, we went for it. That, with a few other things planned will make for a fun summer but different than this year. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be home with them and experience the things we did this summer. These days were some of the sweetest of my life!
It is after 10 on Wednesday night and I'm super tired but we are catching up on some DVR so I decided to do a quick blog post. This has been one of those weeks that I have had tons to do but a certain 3 year old had a fever Monday that hasn't let up until tonight. I canceled all of my plans and turned into nurse mom. I took him to the doctor but his ears and throat were fine. So, I guess it is just some kind of fever virus. Hopefully he can go to school tomorrow. I hate paying for a week of preschool and not using it. AND, Thursday is my day to work in Jonah's classroom. I really hate to miss that. Speaking of Jonah's classroom, we are having a GREAT year. And, by saying WE, I really mean we. Dan and I have both gotten to be in the classroom and have really connected with his teacher and the kids in his class. One afternoon I was there for something after school and Micah was with me. As you can see, Micah enjoys Jonah's classroom also.
This has been the year of play dates for us. We take any opportunity we can to bring a school friend home with us. Sometimes we go out for pizza. Sometimes we play video games. Sometimes we swim. Sometimes we do homework. (Doesn't that sound fun??) Regardless of what we do, it is always fun to have a friend (or, many times FRIENDS) with us.
Last Friday, Micah got to spend a Disney day at Animal Kingdom with his friend Miller and his mom and dad. It was a little surreal for me to send my 3 year old off to Disney for the day. That just makes him seem so big and being big is hard for me to accept. I just can't believe that tiny baby Miller is already 4. But, regardless of how old they are, I'm just so grateful for their friendship and love for the other one.
When we bought our patio furniture, I searched everywhere for a great deal. That stuff is crazy expensive. I finally found a Ty Pennington set on Clearance at Sears and happily bought it. What I didn't know is that the seating was a special size and can't be bought in stores. So, we have had terrible (ugly and dirty) cushions for all our time here. I've bought and returned more cushions than you could ever imagine. I finally gave up hope for ever replacing them. Then, I discovered someone who recovers them. So, I began the search for fabric. I had already bought a navy/white Chevron outdoor rug so I wanted something with navy and white. And, we have zero gravity chair out there that is green. So, I was thrilled to find this fabric on sale at JoAnn's last week. I can't wait to get the back porch finished using 15 yards of this pretty fabric!
Last year we started buying pieces of Thomas the Train track and trains. We have bought very few but the kids have loved what we bought. One day, our neighbors heard us talking about it and told us that we could borrow theirs. They brought over a huge bin of tracks and two boxes of Thomas trains. Seriously, thousands of dollars of trains for us to use as long as we want them. My kids have played with trains every waking hour since then. Seriously, how nice is that of them to share with us?
And, this last picture has no story but it was just a different perspective and I love it.
Today was a full day for me. I got to Jonah's school at 8:15 and left at 3:45. I was able to help several of Jonah's former teachers and also spend a great deal of time in Jonah's classroom. It was a fun day. Because tonight was Open House, I stayed late and helped 2 of the teachers in his pod. When it was time to leave, we took Noah home with us. His mom was planning to work until time for Open House to begin so he happily went home with us for video games and pizza.
We got Noah back to his mom's room but she was in Mrs. Myers' room for Emilia's Open House so we all sat in the workroom of that pod and Dan read a book to the boys until time for the 3rd grade classes to open.
Here is Jonah with his teacher, Mrs. Leonard. We ADORE this lady. She is such a phenomenal teacher. I know that because I've been in her classroom a lot this year already. I'm amazed by her. I come home every time telling Dan things she did that blew my mind that day. We feel so blessed to be in her class this year. (Yeah, we hit the teacher lottery again!!!)
While Dan and Jonah were working their way through the activities in his classroom, Micah and I took a walk over to the art room to check on clay club for Jonah. Unfortunately, it meets on the same day as Odyssey of the Mind and he doesn't want anything to interfere with that. He loved being part of his school's inaugural OotM group last year.
I snapped this picture of Jonah and Ava while walking around their classroom tonight. Ava was in Jonah's 3 year old class when we moved here. Other than 2nd grade, they have been together every year.
When I saw this picture tonight, it caused me to go back and look at other pictures of them together. There are so many of them (seriously, SO many!) but I picked three others so I could make a little collage of them.
We left Jonah's classroom and rotated through all of the special area classrooms.
After leaving art, we ran into Miller and his family. Today is Miller's 4th birthday. Micah will spend tomorrow with him celebrating in a BIG way!!!
When Micah joins Jonah at this school, Jonah will be in 5th grade and Micah will be in Kindergarten. (whoa!)
When I was growing up, my mom and grandmother were "rearrangers." It was not uncommon to go into either home and find all the rooms completely rearranged. This is a trait I did not inherit. When I find something that works, I kind of just leave it that way. But, due to a little cabin fever setting in today, I rearranged our living room while Jonah and Micah played in Micah's room. When the boys walked in the living room, Micah gasped and burst into tears. "YOU BROKE OUR HOUSE! YOU BROKE OUR HOUSE!"
I'm thinking he's gonna be the kid who doesn't do well with change.
I started off this school year as a really good blogger. But, life set in and things got busy. And, to be honest, I don't really have a lot of pictures. I need a good point and shoot camera suggestion from one of you blog readers. I need something I can put in my purse so it is always there. I use my phone 90 percent of the time now. Which reminds me, I need to do a phone dump post. Maybe that will be next. This past week has been an emotionally draining week for me. Yesterday was the 5 year anniversary of the date they loaded all of our things onto a big orange truck and we drove out of Vidalia. Each day when I got the Timehop post showing me what we were doing on each day leading up to that and who we were with, well, it just hit me. I miss those people. Those final days of dinners and parties and play dates for Jonah were some of the sweetest of our lives. Then, if that wasn't enough to make me sad, I was looking for something in a file box and ran across a file I hadn't looked at in years. It had about 10 cards and letters in in. I opened the first one and it was from Jennifer Russ, our beloved pediatrician there. Some of the words she said to me and the affirmations she gave were exactly what I needed in that moment. I sobbed. Then, there was one from Sue. And, if you don't know her, she isn't always so free with the words when she writes. But, on this one, she took up the whole card. I sobbed again. It just went downhill from there. In the mix of those cards was one for Jonah from "B and "Tawere" and I'll just say that it killed me too! On the flip side, just yesterday I ran across a "bonus incentive" program put into place by Jimmy at my old job and that letter made me laugh until my sides hurt. Actually, I'm laughing right now all over again. Seeing all of these old things with such memories has flooded my heart and mind with emotion. I have more to write but I just looked at the clock and I have to be at Jonah's school to volunteer in 40 minutes and I'm not dressed yet.
I was helping in Jonah's classroom one day when a kid was having a hard time following instructions and settling in to do his work. I got up from the table I was working at and walked over to sit with him just to get him back on task. I helped him with a few things and he did a great job. He is a super smart kid but just struggles with focus. As I was walking back to my table, he and Jonah were looking at me rather than their teacher. I said "y'all need to pay attention to Mrs. Leonard!" The little boy said "excuse me, Jonah's mom, could you come back? I have a question." I walked over and leaned down to him and as serious as he could be, he said "What's a Y'all?"
It's Friday night. I'm happy to be home and not out and about somewhere. It's been a hard week for me and I'm grateful for a break. We actually had plans to go down to Disney after we got Jonah from school but some things came up for me so I sent Dan and Micah and I stayed here to get Jonah from school. I felt bad for him missing the fun so while I was chatting with his teacher at the flagpole, he asked if some of his friends could come home with us. I was happy to have them entertain him for the afternoon.
I have been thinking of trading my van for a car but today reminded me why I like the van. I was able to bring 3 friends home with Jonah and still have room for Micah if he had been with us. In this stage of life, I want to be able to have Jonah and Micah's friends over without worrying about transporting them. It's fun having a house full of kids. Micah had his first playdate with a friend from school this week and he loved it. He has always been the little guy so he felt so big having a friend come home from school with him. The only problem is that he now wants a friend to come home every single day. I don't know (without counting them) how many weeks in to this school year that we are (3 maybe?) but it feels like it has been forever. Jonah's placement has been perfect. I've already volunteered a good bit. I was in the media center today and Ms. Ross said "Jonah seems to have really come out of his shell and seems to be full of confidence this year!" That was big affirmation to me. I've seen it too. I guess that when Mrs. Myers told us the 3rd grade was the magical leveling year, she was right. It seems that every thing we worried about really did level out when he hit 3rd grade. I'm excited about what that means for him.