A&J: It's Always an Adventure

A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. -- Ogden Nash

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jonah's Blessing

We blessed Jonah on January 6th, the first Sunday in 2009. Both the Presley and Hartmann families came together, and it was especially nice to have Colby home from college during his Christmas break, and he was able to participate. Jonah was a trooper and slept the whole time. Bob and Pam were starting their "Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives" vacation tour, so we were their first stop. It's great to have these kinds of family events to share and enjoy each other's company.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Christms Fun

This Christmas was so much fun! It was the first time that Gwen really enjoyed the festivities and became excited about the decorations. Since we now have tile throughout the house, and nice ornaments stayed in the boxes, and we had a great time letting Gwen help us decorate the tree with ornaments from the Dollar Tree. She was all over it! We started reading some Christmas bedtime stories before the holiday, so Baby Jesus became a big topic, along with Jesus' mommy and daddy. Of course Santa Claus could not be missed either.

I probably had the most emotional moment on the night that I took Gwen over to see Santa Claus at a friend's house. Because of my work schedule and other committments, I forgot to get a present to my friend for Gwen. All the kids began sitting on Santa's lap, and receiving their presents, and Gwen was so excited; "Santa, it's my turn?" My stomache turned and went from feeling foolish and embarrassed about not having a present for her, to heartache that this Santa might not put her on his lap and she'd have her feelings hurt. I was so upset, but Gwen just went up to him after everyone else was done, and asked him to hold her on his lap. She didn't even want a present, but just the action of being included. It was humbling, and reminded me that while the presents are nice, it really is the spirit of the season; love, humility, compassion and kindness.

Christmas Day was hectic but worth it. Gwen enjoyed a small Christmas here at home, and she helped open all of Jonah's things. We then went to Grandma and Pakah's house, where Gwen and Cole tore it up. We've never had such a quick Christmas gift exchange! Paper and bows were flying. We then drove to Orange County to see Grandma and Grandpa Hartmann, and have dinner with the extended Hartmann family, which we missed last year. Finally, we ended the night by opening gifts with Joe's immediate family at his mom and dad's house. Again, it was cool to see the toddlers personalities emerge during the gift opening. Gwen was more interested in Chase's presents than her own. We should probably get some Tonka trucks for her.

And Now We Are Four!

Jonah William joined us on November 3rd, just a few days after Halloween. I was determined to have him on Halloween (or the day after) since I was being inducted, but as babies do, he came in his own time. We spend two days walking around the hospital floor trying to get things started. I got to walk to the halls reading "Breaking Dawn", which made the time go by. Jonah finallly started making his appearance, but seemed to have been hung up. We opted to do a C-section before he went into stress, and everything went well. He arrived weighting 8.4 lbs and was 21-1/4 inches long. Yes, the second one is so much easier! He's been a mellow baby, and happy as long as he's swaddled and kept warm.