Thursday, October 15, 2009

Jonah and Soccer!

I just realized I haven't posted any pics of Jonah playing soccer! He loves it, although he spends most of his time on the field pretending to be Indiana Jones "whipping" people, or just running along with the mass of kids. We'll see how it all develops...

Jonah and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

I've had lots of times as a mom in which my heart has just broken for my kiddos...mostly they have revolved around physical pain: shots at the doctor, falling and scraping knees, etc. However, I have noticed that as Jonah has gotten older and more mature emotionally, it's the emotional boo-boos that kill me! I'll explain...

Jonah's kindergarten love-saga has continued. He has remained crazy about a little girl in his class, who also lives in our neighborhood. Her dad used to be a police officer and just so happened to be our realtor when we moved into our current home. However, about 2 weeks ago, he came home and said he had another girlfriend (as an addition, not a replacement to the other one). Mind you, this makes 3 girlfriends within a month or so time period. He was so funny talking about her...apparently she knocked his socks off on picture day in her pretty pink dress. She's not in his class, but rides his bus. He was determined to marry her as well as the other girlfriend. (Rush had a little talk with him about marrying 2 people.)

Anyway, these little girls are all he has talked about recently. It's been cute listening to him, but I never really thought about what might happen if the kids had a little falling out. Well, it happened today. Jonah got off the bus, and just had that look...I knew something wasn't right and he was upset, which was weird because he had a field trip to the Children's Museum today. We started walking home and I asked him what was wrong. He just started crying and I could barely understand what had happened. Finally, he told me that his pink dress girlfriend (who's dad is also a police officer....seriously, it's like the police kid love triangle) sat next to another little boy on the bus and said she only wanted one boyfriend...which was not Jonah. was horrible. His little heart was broken in half and there was nothing I could do to fix it. What a horrendous feeling for a mom! I know it's really not that big of a deal in the scheme of things, and it's just little puppy love, but to Jonah, it was real, and horrible, and painful.

He's bounced back gradually over the course of the evening, and even came home with a little love note from the remaining girlfriend. Let's just hope that one works out...I can't handle the heartbreak!

Camping Adventure!

Over Columbus Day weekend, we decided to take the kids camping for the first time. Rush grew up camping a ton, and I've gone a few times (although it's been a LONG time) but we've never gone together as a family. We knew they were calling for it to be pretty chilly with a chance of rain, but we decided to take our chances and head to the mountains.

First of all, I had no idea how much STUFF you had to pack to take kids camping for 3 nights. Holy cow....I felt like we took everything but the kitchen sink. Amazingly, we (and all our stuff) fit in the vehicle.

We arrived to the campsite, finally got set up before it was too dark, and had a great dinner of hot dogs on the campfire. The first night was pretty warm, so there were bugs everywhere. Jonah would prefer to run into oncoming traffic as opposed to be around large bugs, so that made for an interesting eating experience. Later that night, Reagan decided she didn't like sleeping in a tent for the first time, so she decided to scream and flail about in the tent all....night....long.

After a LONG first night, we got up, had a great breakfast, and headed to Natural Chimneys. It wasn't as impressive as I expected, but still pretty cool. The drive itself was gorgeous....winding roads through some old small towns and farmland. The leaves definitely weren't at their peak yet, but just the hint of color was still beautiful.

We came back and listened to Virginia Tech smack Boston College on the computer (the campsite had free cool is that?!?!). That evening and most of the next day, we just hung out at the campsite, and had a great time.

We definitely had other ups and downs including our lantern falling out of the car and smashing at the beginning of the trip, our shelter's stake getting stuck in the ground, the car battery dying, our stove-top popcorn having a hole in the bottom and catching on fire thanks to the oil on the propane stove....ahhh, memories. :)

We also went apple picking on our way home....

Regardless, we had a great time overall and will definitely go again. Now if I can only finish unpacking....