Last year at this time, we'd been living off of the hospitality of friends and family since December 27 and were gearing up for our cross-country trek on January 3. To all the loved ones we left behind...we miss you! To see the first part of that experience, click here. To see the second part, click here. Last year at this time, I was sleeping at Aunt Anna and Uncle Brian's. So were Sam and Katherine. The mommies and daddies were doing whatever mommies and daddies do on New Year's Eve. Our last couple of days at their house included an amazing hike with Sam's family, a going away party for Daddy at his work, and dinner for some grownup friends while I got to be with Sam and Katherine's grandparents. ("Many more precious memories are coming to mind that I won't list here," says Mommy.) Happy New Year to all our loved ones, near and far! We are thankful for all of you and pray for God's blessings for you this year!
My mom and dad have been a little distracted lately. They've been working on lots of paperwork. We've been enjoying a lot of time at home together since Daddy's new job gives him time off of work at Christmastime. (It's a trade-off for no time off during "season," Mommy says.) With all the distraction, we really didn't post any pictures, so...here we go!
Yesterday, Mommy and Daddy and I went snowshoeing. Mommy got her snowshoes for Mother's Day and Daddy got his from Craig's List. Luckily, I still like to ride in the hiking backpack, so we all got to go together. We're really thankful to be able to drive a couple of hours or less to have some amazing outdoor adventures.
Mommy and Daddy and I are praying that God will send a baby to us so that I can have a baby brother or sister. Here's what Mommy has to say about it:
Hi! This post is from Jonathan's mom. You might remeber, back in November, that we posted a link to Jonathan's pictures on Smiles by Wire. It was a little cryptic because I wanted to keep some of the photos secret from Jeff until Christmas. It worked! Since we're done keeping secrets around here, I thought I'd post the link again and make it a little more accessible. So, if you want to see Jonathan's pictures from JC Penney, click here. Where it says, "customer name," put in my first and last name. You should be able to see all of the pictures we took that day.
I gave a lot of these shots to family members for Christmas. If you didn't get the pose you wanted or the size you wanted, you can order anything you want from this website...but only until February 14. Enjoy!
Today, Mommy got to see some special old friends, and I got to play with their kids. Ms. Gretchen (top) and Mommy met briefly when they were in first grade and then became good friends when they were in junior high. Ms. Gretchen and Ms. Sarah (left) became good friends in junior high at camp. Ms. Gretchen introduced Ms. Sarah and Mommy when they were in high school and they became good friends, too. Mommy says she's getting kind of old to have known friends for that long, but it's a really good thing.
Ms. Gretchen, James, Mary Beth, Ms. Sarah, Paul, me, baby Levi, and Mommy.
We're having picture issues again, so it may be awhile before I do another photo post. Thanks for being patient!
Graham's Daddy, Timmo, sent me some brochures about Nissans. He is a car guy like me, and he's even going to be designing trucks soon. Timmo is going to teach me all about important car things like electronic locking differentials. Thanks, Timmo!
Here's the bad news first: Mommy and I both came down with colds late yesterday, so we are feeling yucky. But, there are two pieces of good news! The first: Daddy worked from home today so that he could take care of us. Mommy and I both got some extra sleep this morning, and we plan to be feeling better soon. The second good news: Daddy got our pictures on the computer working again. So, soon we can catch up on blog posts and thanking all our wonderful family and friends for making our birthdays so special last week. Maybe we'll work on that tomorrow!
This morning, we had a playgroup for my birthday with my little buddies. Ella, Jared, Annelies, and Helia were there, along with the babies, Delia, Cora, and Peter. We can't load pictures on our computer these days, but lucky for me, Ella has already put some pictures of our morning on her blog. You can see them here. I loved having my buddies over and decorating car cupcakes-although I mostly ate mine before we decorated it. Thanks to Uncle Todd and Aunt Corinne for lending Mommy the cupcake pan. I got kind of overwhelmed with all the activity and sharing toward the end of our playgroup. (Mommy says that's part of being an only child.) But I'm so glad my buddies came over, and Mommy sure enjoyed the conversations with three of her very first friends here in our new town: Ms. Amy, Ms. Jen, and Ms. Jetta. We're both thankful for our wonderful friends.
Today is Mommy's birthday! Daddy and I got up early to cook breakfast for Mommy and give gifts to her. I like sharing birthday times with Mommy, but she didn't share her gifts with me, even though I asked nicely. I am being Mommy's praying mantis today. I like to pretend to be different animals sometimes.
We are having trouble getting new pictures onto the computer again, so here are some old ones. This is the birthday cake that Aunt Anna, Uncle Brian, and Sam brought to Mommy in the hospital two days after she had me.
Most mornings when I get up, I tell Mommy and Daddy that I've been telling a story to my hands. But, my hands are different animals every day. Sometimes they're crabs...or bears...or pigs...and today they were sharks. So, today, I was telling a story to my sharks. They had big teeth, too!
Yep, I'm a big boy now. I'm so big that I can look back at the day I was born. Mommy and Daddy told me about it over breakfast this morning. It was all very confusing.
I get to do lots of special things for my birthday today: eat oatmeal for breakfast, go to the doctor, go to the Thomas store to play, and go to Quiznos for dinner and have my favorite food: a grilled cheese sandwich.
I've already been to the doctor today, and I was weighed on the grownup scale and measured standing up for the very first time. I am 39" tall and weigh 38 lbs. (A note to Caleb's mommy: Mommy was wrong about me only gaining a pound this year. I actually gained five.) I have slowed down in my growth a lot and am no longer a chart-topper. I'm only in the 90th percentile for height and weight. Strangers still comment on how tall I am for my age, anyway. Mommy and the doctor talked a long time about boring things like potty training. I had a finger-prick test so the doctor could look at my blood, which I took like a champ, and I also had a hearing test with headphones. That was the neat part of the appointment. Oh, and it was also great to read one of my new books with Mommy, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
I don't have to go to the doctor again until I turn 4. If you want to see my doctor appointments from when I turned 1 and when I turned 2, click on the blue letters. Mommy is thankful for an uneventful checkup, because last year the doctor complained a lot, and the complaints led to my CT scan and getting glasses.
We did it! We had my 3rd birthday party. Having a family party was lots of fun. The first time the doorbell rang, I squealed, "Our friends are here!" and ran to get the door. It was Grandma, and she had decorated the cupcakes that Mommy had baked for me. I've been asking for train cupcakes for days! Every time the doorbell rang after that, I squealed, "More friends!!!" Then I'd answer the door and say, "We can have train cupcakes now." It was very hard to wait to eat those cupcakes. But I did wait!
While I waited, I ate snacks and opened lots of gifts. Nobody told me I'd get lots of gifts, and I sure loved opening them. Everyone was so kind. It was hard not to spend time playing with each toy and reading each book, but Mommy and Daddy said I had to wait until we opened them all, so I did. Then, when I was ready to play, it was finally time for cupcakes!!!
Everyone sang happy birthday to me, I blew out my candle, and I finally got to eat a cupcake. In fact, I got to eat two, which has never happened before in my life.
After all the cupcake eating, Daddy and I got our special gift out of its box. Daddy gave me Lightning McQueen and Doc racing slot cars that I get to play with only with him, not by myself. Unfortunately, Daddy forgot batteries. So, after Daddy went to the store and got batteries, I played with those slot cars for the rest of the day until my nap.
I haven't decided whether to sleep or not. Telling stories and singing is much more fun, and boy, do I have a lot to sing and talk about today. Thanks to my wonderful family for spending the morning with me, helping me eat my cupcakes, and giving me such wonderful gifts.
If you want to see all the pictures from today, click here. And if you can't get it to work, just comment here or email Mommy. She'll figure it out!
Today is my birthday party!
I am most excited about eating train cupcakes. I've been asking for them for days. It will be my first "family party." I can't wait!
With all the traditions that we enjoy this time of year, including my birthday party, we've been thinking of our friends in our old town a lot. They did so many wonderful things for us last year when we needed a lot of support. They came to my birthday party, they helped us get ready to move, they helped Mommy take care of me when she had to be away, they made wonderful scrapbook pages for us, they gave us a heartwarming going-away party, they let us stay with them after our house sold but before we left town, and best of all, they just spent time with us. To all of our faraway friends...we love you and miss you so very much. We have not forgotten you and all the kindness and love you showed to us.
Last year, Mommy and Daddy had planned to have a small, quiet celebration for my second birthday...until they found out we were moving. Then, they decided to have a little open house for all our buddies, big and little. We had a great time just playing! Also, they took me to the fire station so that I could walk around and look at all the trucks. It was amazing. Click here to see all the pictures of my birthday party or here to see the pictures of our visit to the fire station. Be patient...there are lots!
Now that I'm almost three, I get to start playing board games. My first one was Chutes and Ladders that Ava gave me for my 2nd birthday. Here I am spinning the spinner. I loved spinning so much that it was hard to remember that other people get to spin, too. Mommy and Daddy helped me to remember.
We had a great time playing my game and sliding down the chutes. I even won! Thanks for the game, Ava! (As you can see, I couldn't even stop spinning for this picture.
I did it again. I spontaneously figured out how to say another word the regular way. I've always said "tah-diddo" for as long as I've known how to talk. Now I say "tomato!" And since tomatoes are a big part of our lives here, that's a pretty big deal.
Hello Little Buddies,
If your mom and dad are thinking about getting a Nativity Set for you to learn about Jesus' birthday coming up, you might want to let them know about this. The Little People Nativity Set, Shepherd set, and Drummer Boy set are all on sale at www.fisherprice.com until December 10 (my birthday-how appropriate!) If they like to save money like we do, they might like the sale.
Congratulations to my big buddy, Zachariah, on becoming a big brother on Monday, December 3. His baby brother, Nathanael, was 10 lbs., 14 oz, 22 1/2" long. Congratulations to his mommy and daddy, Ms. Bethany and Mr. Todd, too. (And Mommy says "Way to Go!!!" to Ms. Bethany, who did all this without drugs. Do you know what that means?) Zachariah is very far away, and I miss seeing him! If you want to see us together, you can click here or here. Congratulations, big buddy!
Here's a find from Mommy's new favorite blog, Design Mom. (The link to the whole blog is over on the right.) This link will take you to LookyBook, which allows you and your parents to read kids' books online-the insides, too! What a great thing!
Mommy loves Design Mom because it is artistic but also relevant to moms...whatever that means. The Lady who writes it has five kids but shares beautiful and interesting things every day. Enjoy!
We're getting ready for Christmas! We're a little late this year since we were out of town on the Saturday after Thanksgiving-that's when we like to put up our tree.
As you can see, we went with a fake tree this year for the first time. Mommy and Daddy miss the smell of the real tree but not the hassle of bringing it home, putting the lights on, and keeping it watered. Here are Daddy and I "fluffing" our new tree. It's a good thing we don't have any big chairs in our living room, because the tree takes up a lot of space.
Here I am doing what I do best while Mommy and Daddy decorate the tree.
Mommy loves this time of year.
Here is Daddy putting up lights on the outside of our house. Notice that he's not wearing a jacket. It has been cool (but not too cool) and dry here-more so than normal. We're hoping for cold, rainy weather soon! Our house is decorated now, inside and out, and we'll take pictures of that soon. We love getting ready for Christmas!