Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas

We are about to get pretty busy, but the good kind of busy- lots of family, love, and celebration. We are full of the CHRISTmas spirit, and so excited to watch Jonah tear through that wrapping paper on Christmas morning, eyes full of wonder. Since I wont be blogging any more until after the holidays, I wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. (I'm pretty sure I just made a record use of the word Christmas in one paragraph).

Before I sign off for the next week, I wanted to share this with you, Jonah's 1st and 2nd Christmases:
Enjoy your time with your families!
And remember to spread a little love and cheer. Christmas is about God and giving.
Don't let the scrooges get you down :)



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Bless the people.

I decided a LONG time ago that i was going to spend my birthday this year blessing others... through random acts of kindness, planned donations, and surprise visits to a few friends and family members. Matt took Thursday off work to be with me on my birthday and help me on my quest for 'bless the people day' as we had started calling it :) It was seriously one of the best days of my life and I am so excited to share these stories with all of you. But first, if you have a minute please go read this amazing post written by Robyn, who is who gave me this idea in the first place. Her story is truly inspiring.

We set out in the morning, and right off the bat noticed that there were construction workers at the end of our street working on the power lines- so we decided to bring them coffee (which made me smile, since that was one of Robyn's acts too).
They were so excited, it was really sweet. They asked me why I had brought them coffee, and when I told them about my birthday mission of sorts, they were grinning ear to ear. They wished me a happy birthday, and said thank you way more times than necessary.  I bounced back to our car all giddy and was even more excited than I had been, which was almost impossible- cause I had woken up EXTREMELY excited- like a little kid on Christmas. I knew that today was going to be awesome. Spreading joy is the greatest feeling.
 Next we went to the store to get some crossword books and puzzles and take them to the local nursing home. The first place we went to wouldn't accept them, and they were actually a little rude. I was kind of bummed but then the activities director at second place we went was so excited that it definitely made up for it. That was no doubt the place we were meant to take them, and God made sure of that. It was really cool to see everything unfold in that way.
After that we went to Matt's parent's neighborhood and hung ornaments on the doors of all the older people. One lady came to her door and invited me inside for a minute. She was so excited to have someone to talk with for a little bit and she thanked me for being so kind and making her day. But she was the one making mine.

Our next stop was to see my cousin Amanda at work and bring her a coffee. surprise! here we are hugging:

We had been gathering a lot of  donations for the children's home the last couple months, so we dropped those off  too. The coordinator asked me why we had chose to donate and I about cried while I explained to her how I had such a huge heart for children and adoption. She gave me a huge hug and made my heart swell. We talked for quite a bit, and while I'm not going to share our whole conversation, let me just say that it was a huge moment in my life, and I'll never forget it. God bless you Jodi, you are an amazing person.
From there we went to visit all the guys at Matt's old shop, and we brought them hot chocolates. It was good to see them, and they were excited to see Jonah since they hadn't in a long time. Jonah was a trooper all day.
We gave change to the salvation army bell ringers and brought some diapers and wipes to the women's pregnancy center.
and left a surprise for our mail lady:

and I came home to the sweetest surprise party EVER.
screaming  happy people bursting out of every closet in my house, balloons all over the place (I'm still finding hidden ones), cakes made from scratch by all my boys. i am so blessed.



We should be kind every day. to everyone. Especially to those who are not kind to us. We should love even the seemingly least deserving. Because in reality, everyone is equally deserving.
God says to love, help who you are able, and he will bless you.

Birthday Photo Booth

If you missed the first post of Jonah's 2nd birthday, you can catch up here.
you can see photo's from Jonah's first birthday here.

Jonah's 2nd Birthday Party

Last weekend we celebrated Jonah's birthday. His second birthday. Craziness I tell you! 
His actually birthday isn't until Tuesday, but it's always better to plan ahead when you have a birthday so close to the holiday's. I know  from experience- being a Dec. 13th baby myself. 

It was a Sesame street themed party, of course. He was so excited. That boy loves him some Elmo, Cookie, and 'Burd'. I made fruit and veggie trays, which turned out awesome- and some cupcakes that didn't turn out so awesome, but whatev. Nobody cares about perfection as long as Oreo's are involved- right?
My big boy :)  He was so sweet all day. Playing with his friends, thanking everyone for his presents, giggling. It's was so much fun- bittersweet, but that's parenting I guess. You're excited to see them learn and grow, but you still want to keep them tiny forever.

He also had a rockin photobooth at his party- but I'm going to dedicate another post to that- lots of pictures.

also, you can see photo's from Jonah's first birthday here.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

what I didn't know then.

Dear Husband,

Three years ago today I didn't know how to cook your favorite dinners. I didn't know how annoying your snoring would be. I didn't know my love for you would quadruple after the birth of our beautiful baby boy. I didn't know that this time would fly by so quickly... I just couldn't wait to get to the end of that aisle. 
 I'm so blessed to be married to my best friend, the person who is all the best parts of me. I love you, snoring and all :) forever and ever. If all this amazingness is only the first 3 years, I CAN'T WAIT for what's next. 
To the moon and back. 
love, kym

Monday, December 3, 2012

November


My Mom's visit

My mom came to see us the second week of November. She had lots of fun spoiling Jonah, of course.
 He was in love with the Melissa & Doug animal magnets she brought him.
My mom and I went to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 with my Aunt Cyndi and Amanda (which was SO good, btw) and ate at the Olive Garden (YUM) while Matt took Jonah to the Chillicothe Parade. Apparently, when the horses went by, Jonah called them puppies. I was laughing so hard when Matt told me that. Sweet boy.
We also went to the park
 oh, and my mom missed her flight home. YEAH. And by missed I don't mean the plane left, they just wouldn't let her on it. No joke. Don't even fly Allegiant. It was a hot mess. She was upset, I was upset. And even though my step Dad never actually acts like he is upset, I can assure you that he was since he had to pay for another ticket to get her home. Oops. Jonah didn't care since he got to eat cheese sticks for dinner (which I paid $9 for at the airport, good lord) and he got to see his Nana for one more night. Crisis aside, it was a good visit. Next time we know- 1. Read the fine print and get to the airport in time to board, because departure time is irrelevant. 2. Ignore rude security ladies. Otherwise you may just want to go all kung fu crazy on them. Not that that happened to me or anything.