Well, I apologize for being so behind...I have begun working on a Kindergarten blog for my classroom in lieu of a weekly newsletter.
This has caused me to spend countless hours designing, adding cool features, and basically wasting too much time. Hahahaha
I will post it soon when I think it is ready to be revealed!
So, let me begin.
Jay loves musical instruments...like the drums and the guitar and the microphone. I am unsure if it is a true love for music or if it is the fact that the children have the WII Rock Band Game.
Hmmmm....so just make a note of it...he is wearing clothing in this picture that is not PJ's!
Friday night we headed to Ocala...the whole scraggly bunch of us! We spent Fri-Sunday evening with Mom and Dad in Ocala! We all had a wonderful time, and it got to a point where
It never fails, we have to remove Jay about 400 times from the computer chair.
And then of course he hustles over to the other chair!
Jay has found a new love of pool goggles. He wears them whenever he is out on the back porch! On this particular day he had his goggles and a fly swatter(another of his favorite toys at Grammy's house) They tell me they think it is clean. The key word "think". hahahahaha Well, Jay has not gotten sick from bug guts yet...so I think it is safe to say bug guts do not make children ill!
Truth be told...even if they did make you sick...how could you pass up footage like this?????
By the way....as I am writing this...it suddenly has just dawned on me. You know those people that send out Christmas Notes in the form of three page letters? I think I have just became one of those people. GASP...I have even been known to misspell words....GASP!!!
Okay, deep breath, it will be ok Jessica!
Alright, if this is how you actually view my blog, the christmas gift that keeps on giving, I am sorry and not sorry at the same time. Because, FRANKLY, it is a gift for my Mother in Law who doesn't get to see the children as often.
So for those of you still with me. "Merry Christmas"!
I get my ADD from my mom. That's attention deficit disorder for those of you not closely associated with school children!
Now, back to my in-laws house! Speaking of...Jane send me some of those cute pics from your camera so I can post some pics of you and Jay together! ADD again! Thanks mother!
Saturday it rained all all all all all all all day. The kids and I snuck out to see the movie UP! It is a Disney movie created by Pixar. Oh my gosh and goodness....I absolutely LOVED it and it is totally unexpected from the TV trailers. LOVE IT! Jay stayed home with daddy and Grammy and grampy in which I think he was napping a large portion of that. But I could be wrong, because I on the other hand was at the theater having a ball!
The following morning, Michael and I were up at 4:50 am. Yeah...that early and without reason such as a 19 month old waking and screaming with tooth pain. Jay was sleeping soundly while Micahel and I slipped out the back door and went out on the gulf of Mexico to fish. Things were pretty slow...and then out of no where a huge black fin has broken the surface and is heading straight for our boat! I yell to Michael, OH NO LOOK IT"S A HUGE SHARK!!!! But wait, it comes up right next to the boat and blows air out of his blowhole and I swear he smiled at us!!! It was a very dark, charcoal grey porpoise! DUH!!! We were fishing on Porpoise Point...now I get it! He swam past us at break neck speed, and then doubled back equally fast where he slowed just under us. He came up along side us and several times rolled to his side and eye balled us...almost smiling! We have been in the kayaks, in the ocean swimming, and on the boat: Not once has a porpoise ever come near us. They have always been frightful and kept their distance. I felt so connected and yet out of my element all at once. So beautiful was the creature who connected with us, if but only for a few minutes of time. The final pass, he was showing off, easily speeding through the water!
As usual, Michael catches a couple and I catch not much of anything...save for the black tip shark and two cat fish(one was a flying catfish whoopdie doo~that's sarcasm)
I look a mess here...but then again, I was up at 4:50 am! hahaha
These are redfish. You can tell by the black spot on the tail. Undersize for keeping. Shucks, they taste so good!
OH YEAH, and then there was that tree I caught with Mike's new Popping cork lure. Um, so we begin slowly trolling in to get the thing unstuck...it was after all a Cajun Thunder Popping Cork. I am seeing a nightmare being fashioned right before my eyes: We run aground on an oyster bed and gouge the heck out of the boat, a tree limb impales us from below and the "titanic" theme plays in my mind, we get stuck in the murky waters where who knows what lives! We are edged up so close: will a huge snake fall from the tree, will a spider sneak aboard and bite me later, or will something from below spring forth and get me? (I know I buy trouble...) Then we are just about there, everything is smooth Mike is handling it with precision and perfection....and then he drops his pliers, which were to cut it out of the tree, into the water! AAACCCKKK! He bends over we come even closer to the tree, I stretch as far as I can and grab it out of the tree all by myself. Oh, by the way...the pliers float thanks to a wonderful company that fashions the handles with buoyant material. Only the best for our boat! hahahahaha Disaster avoided, high heat of the day reached, nothing is biting...we are outta there!
When we arrived back in Ocala, we were met by everyone...Mom, Dad, Jake, Jayda, Jay, and Emmy. Everyone seemed happy to see us. The first words out of Mom's mouth was "Don't hate me." She kept repeating it over and over and over again. I saw Jay in her arms and he was safe and happy. Jacob and Jayda were right there. I was so confused...and then she said, We taught the kids how to mow the lawn with a riding lawn mower. I am all like, okay and....... Well I am unsure if it is against the law or anything like that, but Jake mows the lawn at our house no problem...just not on a riding lawn mower. So that was kind of exciting! hahahaha
I wasn't mad or worried. I was glad they learned a new skill. Now, I wonder if I have just sold out my in laws to the law. Here's to hoping it was not illegal! hahaha
Emmy deals with Jay so well. She occasionally barks but Jay likes her and she likes him. They give each other their space and Emmy knows when to steer clear of him when he is tottering around overhead.
Notice again he is in something other than Jammies....hahahaha!
We loved spending time together and left later Sunday evening after a delicious meal!
Once home, we went straight to bed, it had been a long weekend!
The next week is somewhat of a blur, hahaha!
Here you will find Jay playing with his toys for the very first time, thanks to Jacob.
Listen to him say Jacob's name! Cute.
I never tire of Jay playing Speed Racer around the house. Cracks me up!
Jay began feeding himself bananas this week. He actually eats so many of these. He loves bananas, almost too much! I said to Jay...Can I take a picture of you holding your banana? Mike says from the other room...Whoah, that's getting kinda dirty! hahahahaha Sick humor we know! hahaha
Then there was the evening Jacob made cookies for dessert. He is great in the kitchen!
It has only been a matter of time before Jay snuck away with a marker and found a book. I was warned of what had happened by a little boy saying over and over again, OH NO!
We have this up on EBAY...so if you know anyone who needs one...it is in excellent condition and is extremely clean, from a pet-free, smoke-free home!
Let us know!
Jayda spent some time with her friend from girl scouts and Jacob with his friend from school. Then it was the weekly farmers market/flea market. Friday brought a fun trip to the beach. We went to a beach in the Ponce Inlet area which is better known as "Mommom and Papa's Beach". This was Jay's very first trip to the beach. We arrived at 9 am and stayed until 11 am. He played in the surf, sand, and shower. He had a ball and so did the others. He was put in his car seat and before I could even get him latched in, he was asleep!
Loved the beach....and I don't have a single picture to prove it! I didn't think I would have time to deal with it. Bummer.
Saturday morning we took my mother to kayak blue springs. It was a pain getting into the water as they do not have a proper launch. But I wanted to do it so much! My mother was so excited to be included as she LOVES kayaking! Jay went along and sat between Mike's legs. He did wonderful, and then fell asleep. Michael sat in the shade and watched the day go by with the baby as Mother and I paddled up and back the river! Awesome time and I was so tired when it was all said and done. Poor Mike, he did all the work. Even had to fix a flat tire in the parking lot on the trailer....must have been from sitting in the garage since January.
Sunday we had a delicious Steak dinner at my parents and it was excellent! I loved not having to cook...but even better was spending time with my parents.
Monday we did a whole lot of nothing. I couldn't get the kids out of the house for anything! They kept complaining about how hot it was!!! I have to agree, there is nothing quite as hot as a Florida Summer!
Tuesday, we went over to the library as there was a fireman presentation going on. Jay loved the truck! Jacob and Jayda enjoyed it too under the guise of watching Jay enjoy it! They both checked out 4 books from the library. I wish I was a kid again...they have some awesome young adult stories! WOW! I loved helping them pick books. We head to the shelves and I pull out books and read the summary aloud to them. They love for me to do that. I can tell immediately if it is a book that will peak their interests...and sometimes they surprise me.
Right now, jay is feeding himself some pasta and the children have begged to play their video games! After they have both finished a book today, how can I say no!?!
Well, If you made it this far....
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!!!
Sorry about the long Christmas in June letter!