Wednesday, July 7, 2010

fourth of july

I am several days behind with posting, but caring for Jonah feels even harder away from home, and, honestly, I just haven't had that much time. These photos are from Sunday.

On Sunday, there was a military flyover along several beaches in South Carolina and you were supposed to wear red, white, and blue, and salute as the plane passed.

We may not have worn the right colors (I mean, hellooooo, bathing suits!), but our group had flags... very compliant, I thought.

We were stuck in the house feeding Jonah (shocker!), but we ran out as we saw the plane coming. Bib flapping in the wind, feeding tube all hangin' out, but daggonnit, we were determined he wasn't going to miss out.

Every year, the kids (count 'em - 13!) put on a little Fourth of July program that Matt's Aunt Melanie organizes. They are always so cute. It's supposed to be FOR the parents, but Jonah was super-clingy the first couple of days and was not happy to not be with Mommy.

This was pretty indicative of how things went with Jonah. I was struggling.

Our whole group.
Aunt Melanie and her troop of semi-compliant actors.

Already PJed up, ready for the fireworks.

This was about all we saw until it was time to get Baby J to bed. Maybe he can stay up through fireworks next year. We'll see.

It was a nice Fourth of July, but I honestly feel like we've only really been able to vacation these past two days. Before that, we were averaging about 16 minutes a day (yes, we counted) "vacationing". Needless to say, we were both frustrated, but we've settled into a better routine (and Jonah's willing to be without us for five seconds) these last couple days. I tell ya, I'm torn. As great as it is to be out of the house and have a change of view, it's tough to think about all the other kids playing in the pool and on the beach and knowing that, for now at least, Jonah has to be left out of all of that. It's bearable this year because he doesn't really get it, but I'm sad when I think about him realizing (probably by next year) that he's different and can't be in the sun, sand, and ocean like his twelve cousins.
I want so desperately for him to be able to do all those normal kid things. But he is LOVING his twenty to thirty minutes in the pool in the mornings, hanging out with his Granny and Grandaddy, and being around all these kids. I'm glad he's getting these experiences, and he really is being an angel. I couldn't ask for him to be any better. And best of all, he's sleeping until 8:15 every morning. Happy Vacation to ME!


Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

You are doing an AMAZING job and we're so glad you're here! I'm hoping you get a little more time for the "fun stuff" over the next couple of days. :)

Trace Car Driver said...

awww what a sweet post. love the kids program. and sounds like jonah is being a trooper! hope you get some more time to relax the next few days! happy vacation for sure with j sleeping til 8!! :)

lindsey said...

Thanks for the update . . I was missing my Jonah fix. He is just precious!! Glad you are increasing your vacation time to more then 16 minutes!!! Your sense of humor is awesome . . I literally LOL while reading your blog!!! Enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Stacy said...

I am new to BlogFrog and "met" you and your family on my first day. I am so glad to have found you. Reading your story has inspired me. I have an 8 yr. old son with some very minor "issues" yet last week I dared to cry and ask God why ? Then this week I found Jonah. After reading your blog I have been so encouraged. I know God is good and He will always carry his children through. I was thrilled to realize you are on vacation where I live ! Well, at least somewhere near ( I live in Myrtle Beach ) Be blessed and know God is working through you and your family to encourage others. Happy Vacation !

Mandi @ It'scome2this said...

My heart is sad when you think about Jonah wanting to join in w/ his cousins next year ... still praying for his miracle!

I'm so glad you had a nice time - thanks for sharing Jonah with us:)