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Today was a great day. Nothing really special happened. I’m not on vacation. I didn’t win the lottery. It was just an ordinary, average, great day. It was the kind of day we live for as people, as moms, as family.

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I would love to know what goes through the mind of a strong-willed 2-year old. Jonah is that, and more. He’s crazy, smart, crafty and TWO. Here’s what you need to know about him right now:

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In 16 years, either I will have two kids in college and I can pat myself on the back for a job well done, or I will have the best party $50,000 can buy. We just beat the deadline to lock in the current rates for the Florida pre-paid college plan, and I have now agreed to dish out over $200/month for the next 12 years to ensure that Zachary and Jonah will at least have their college tuitions paid for.

In these economic times, the thought of parting with another $200 a month doesn’t thrill me. The thought, however, of my boys having the opportunity to attend college and not worry about where the tuition is coming from does thrill me. Oh, and not having to pay the projected $141,000 (EACH) to send them tickles my fancy too. 🙂


This post was generously brought to you by Outer Banks rentals. The boys don’t go to college, I could buy a few rentals of my own!


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Remember when you were a kid? What did you love to do? I remember I loved singing, coloring, and playing outside. I bet these were things you enjoyed also.

As we get older, life gets messier, and we don’t have time for all of the things we loved. Having kids makes up for that sometimes. I now have the opportunity to live vicariously through two fabulous boys—I just need to slow down and remember that. Especially when there is no yelling, crying, fighting, or throwing of non-throwable ((is that a word?)) objects. In an extremely rare moment, I actually had both boys sitting at their table painting together. It truly was a thing of beauty.

Want to see what that actually looks like?

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Or should I say, no more Johnson Family videos on YouTube. While I still have favorites, and will look to YouTube for humor, political, or just random videos, I will no longer be using their services to post our family videos. This has been a long time coming, as I’ve toyed with this thought for several months now. First when I saw they had added the feature to show other ‘like’ videos within my embedded videos, then when I compared their crappy video quality to the video quality I’m getting from Apple’s MobileMe (or a different provider, should I decide not to stick with MoblieMe) Daily Motion.

UPDATE 2/5/09: While MobileMe offers great features and wonderful video quality, I am not going to subscribe. I just don’t use enough of the features and options to justify the $99. I did find a great alternative: Daily Motion. ((I’ve edited the remaining text within this post to reflect the change to Daily Motion.))

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‘Tis the season for shopping, baking, decorating, and Christmas programs. Of course, two boys = two programs. This year we were lucky and both programs were in the same week. Zachary’s program was nice, except he didn’t really participate too much—he just can’t stand still! He did do some mean air trombone though.

I will apologize in advance for the “Blair Witch Project” filming of Zachary’s program. I was wearing heels and standing in the back. The result is not as smooth as I would like. 😉 Click on the play button to start (if you dare).

Jonah’s program was great for several reasons. First, I brought my tripod. Second, it was nice and short. His is the youngest class so they went first, meaning the boys were in bed on time. Of course, the entertainment value of Jonah’s program lies in the fact that there’s really not much too it except a bunch of 2-year olds crying and looking cute. Jonah was pretty funny. He was okay until he saw us. Then he would point to us and start to cry. Then he’d try and shake is shaker. Then he’d point and cry. Vicious circle. 🙂

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Jonah has been home sick the past three days. Basing my instincts on the last few times he had a fever and a cold, I did not take him in to the doctor’s office. The last two times I did I was sent home with some Tylenol and a receipt for my $25 co-pay. This time I decided to be non-nervous mom—which backfired on me. Nana took him to see Ivonne (his aunt) yesterday afternoon and of course he has an ear infection.

How to explain the joys of trying to work while chasing down an almost 2-year old who is covered in snot, feverish, and not a happy camper. The biggest problem is that when the drugs kick in, he want to play. I need him to sleep. Good times are had by all.

I have, in the wake of all this, discovered a few things about my home the last three days.

  1. The only legos that won’t find their way back into the basket are the ones that blend in to the carpet. Stepping on those is always a nice surprise.
  2. Clean laundry, when tossed on the floor, looks just like dirty laundry.
  3. It’s not wise to use a gliding ottoman as tv furniture. Key word: g-l-i-d-e.
  4. You can only drop a remote on the floor so many times until it refuses to be held together by sheer will alone.
  5. No matter what room you are in, your cell phone, cup of coffee, and the broken remote will be in a different room.

The good news is the tree has remained relatively unscathed. Jonah does try to manhandle the “apples” (aka red glass balls), but he’s pretty much kept his mitts to himself. I really hope he sleeps through the night tonight. I’m functioning on three hours of sleep right now. In case there’s any confusion, this is not enough!

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We’ve had a busy month, which explains why I’m so behind at getting pictures uploaded and displayed. I’ve even lost more credits at dotphoto since I keep forgetting to go and order my pictures. I’d better head over there and do that before midnight! I just uploaded a gazillion pics to Flickr and am in the process of organizing them. Oy vey!

I do have the October slideshow ready, LOL!

(TIP: if you want to see a pic’s details, just click on it.)


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

I know my fans are dying for more. Okay, I know my kid’s fans are dying for more:


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Hang on for a busy December!

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