20 September 2010

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged…” Proverbs 17:6

Guest Blogger: Sandy "Grams" McNutt

On September 14, 2010 at the Miami International Airport Buz and I said goodbye to Noah as he left with his mommy and daddy to head home to St. Louis. After spending a week with us in south Florida my heart felt a little empty as I watched him go through the security line continually waving goodbye to us. We were happy Evie and Matt made it back safely and reunited with Noah, but sad to see him go!  Parting is such sweet sorrow…

…our adventure began on Tuesday, September 7 with Noah and me (grams) flying from St. Louis to Ft. Lauderdale. A great idea was shared with me from a fellow grandparent and good friend – her advice, take him into the airport store and allow him to pick out a toy and a treat. Advice, I may add that was wise. Noah chose a Nemo and Dora coloring and sticker book and peanut butter M & M’s.

Airport security allowed Evie to go to the gate to see us off; needless to say Evie was having a hard time saying goodbye, but Noah was all smiles and was happy to fly on an airplane, so no tears were shed (that is unless Evie shed some as she left us). Noah was an angel during the flight, other passengers took notice and even commented on how great he was. I was a proud grams!
noah would fit in an overhead compartment!
watching the big planes!
noah and grams boarding the plane

I had many plans for the week, Coconut Cove water park, Green Cay Wetlands, Sugar Sand Park, and of course, the beach, but unfortunately I was sick, so therefore we spent more time at home than I had originally planned, but still Pops and I managed to get in a few fun activities. Our week went as follows:

Wednesday, September 8 – Noah and Pops went to the Morikami Park and played on the playground
            Thursday, September 9 – Pops hooked the hose up to the waterslide and the fun commenced!
            Friday, September 10 – Noah, Pops, and Grams went to the ocean – waaaater!
'cool dude'

helping pops with a sand tunnel

Saturday, September 11 –Noah and Pops went grocery shopping and later Pops walked him to the   Fire Station where Noah got to sit in the fire truck (sadly we lost the photos of this event)
            Sunday, September 12- Church and Church dinner
            Monday, September 13 – back to the ocean

noah loved the waves
sand sculpture of polar bear - delray beach

We shared many sweet and funny moments with Noah. Here are some of the highlights! Every morning he greeted either his Pops or me with a cheerful “good mornin’!” One morning right after breakfast he looked at me and said, “What are we gonna do today, Grams?” He was sitting in my lap eating an apple one afternoon and we were chatting, I was telling him, “Grams loves Noah, Pops loves Noah, Mommy loves Noah, Daddy loves Noah”, I go on to name the rest of the family. Noah turns his head and looks at me with those big blue eyes and states, “Noah loves apples” cracked me up!  Another day Noah walks up to me and out of the blue says, “Grams, I need a hug!” Oh my goodness, that was a sweet, sweet hug – you don’t think he has me wrapped around his little finger do you? He is such a joy to watch while he is playing – what a great imagination God has given him.  “Choo Choo, all abroad”, says he when playing with his train. His pops is very impressed that at 2 he knows his colors. Of course, once pops found out he could name his colors he constantly asked him the color of the item he was playing with and Noah would always respond, “that sa red” or that sa blue or that sa green,” and on and on it would go. He would get it right most of the time, and when he didn’t we would say try again, and he would. Noah and I were coming out of Target one afternoon when he states, “I wuv unca ben and ant sa sa”. Of course, I could hardly wait to call and share this with them – ant sa sa said that made her day! His mommy does such a great job of keeping him informed about his family even when he doesn’t get to see us often.
ottoman turned into a boat "all aboard"
Noah loved playing with his farm!

Noah is getting great at stalling techniques as well. Whenever pops would need to leave, Noah would go into this routine, it goes something like this, “jipper, jipper, jipper, jipper, …and so, ummmm”, jipper, jipper, jipper, jipper, jipper, … and so, ummmm” and on and on it went!

Noah’s mommy has been teaching him to count in Spanish, so I continued working on that. We would count his toes and I would ask, “Noah, do you want to count in English or Spanish?” Spanish was always his choice. After counting, he would state  matter of fact, “I have ten toes.” We tried to teach him a couple of other Spanish words, and one day as I was taking him to meet pops for lunch at “chick-o-le”, he blurted out as we parked, “adios amigos!” He is full-up with personality!

During his stay the US Open was on, which I love, so needless to say, especially since I was sick we were watching quite a bit of tennis. Noah began to say, “I wanna watch tennis”, so on the first morning back with his mommy and daddy as he was lying in bed with them he states, “how about watch some tennis?” (maybe we had tennis on a little too much). 

There were so many funny little things he did while with us. He is fascinated with tunnels so every day we would get out his blocks and build him a tunnel to go over his train tracks. With same blocks he wanted pops to build him a high tower, which he would then knock over with glee.  He liked to play on our bed after his bath, get behind the pillows and pretend it was a car, and we had to put two car doors on either side (pillows), this was a must. We would then continue to play on the bed with many giggles and laughs, we would pretend we were sleeping and snoring – listening to a 2 year old pretend to snore is hysterical! But this was a ritual we did every night. One night while playing on the bed Noah had a pretend guitar, which he was playing. He asked his pops to sing, so his pops commenced to sing a John Denver song, ’Life on the Farm’ . Noah loved this and asked him to sing it over and over – so picture in your head a 2 year old playing a pretend guitar with a grown man singing to his tune! Such sweet memories!
Noah in his 'car'
dribin` the 'car'

…and then Tuesday, September 14 came and we packed up Noah’s things, put in him the car and headed to Miami International Airport. We arrive and as we are walking around waiting for Matt and Evie, Noah asks his pops over and over, “what we gonna do today pops?” pops answers over and over, “we’re gonna get on an airplane with mommy and daddy and fly home!”

We love you and miss you Noah!

Thanks to Pops and Grams for taking care of our Noah for the whole week we were gone...I was at peace knowing he was with you both.  And thanks to Grams for recording all of these moments! I love this post!

Prayer on a Plane

O dear God, You sing to me, You speak to me through your created beauty. I can do nothing but lift my hands to you in worship, in awe. You are good to me. Why do you love me so? I bow my head in worship. Why can I not stretch my hands higher to you? I'm so bound. Cleanse me. Your love for me is a symphony of graciousness. I fall to my knees O God. I hope in you. I want to yearn for you. Your music awakens my heart. Move me constantly God. The ebb and flows are stifling. I want to yearn for you Jesus. Only you. You stretched your arms for me on the cross, so now I stretch my arms to you in praise. Thank you for saving me from myself. I am incapable. "May I never lose the wonder of the cross." The chasm between me and you was gaping wide. You are my bridge to life. Help me believe Jesus. You satisfied the wrath I deserve. I stand in your death Christ. Your ocean of love. I'm no longer held by my own sin. "You command my destiny." I can never be pulled away from your grip. Hold tight Lord - I am so prone to wander. Holy Holy Holy are you God Almighty.

18 September 2010

Greek Festival 2010

Good times at the Greek Fest this year with our friends Todd, E and M Malone and R and G Malone! I waited in line for 45 minutes to get genuine gyros for lunch, but it was totally worth it!  The food was delicious, and the kids dancing to Greek music was golden! They were hilarious as they jumped around and laughed! These pictures crack me up.


"I almost two." Sometime in June I started teaching Noah to say this, knowing that all too soon I would have to teach him, to drop the "almost."  After some thinking and planning, Noah's second birthday bustled in with a bang! We had lots of friends and family over to help us with the celebration. The sad part of the day is that I didn't spend much time with the birthday boy at all; rather most of it preparing for the party. I must take note of this and change things accordingly in years to come. I couldn't have done it without the help of loved ones. Noah's Grams, Nana and Papa came in town to help celebrate, and before they had a chance to, I put them to work! Papa made all the ice cream and Grams, Nana and Daddy helped with all the other food and decorations!

Kids played, swam and smeared ice cream all over their faces, and the adults enjoyed some ice cream too, while we visited and laughed at our crazy children who were all on sugar highs!

When thinking about Noah's little life, this verse came to mind: "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well." Psalm 139:14. Oh, does my soul know this! With as many things as I struggle with in my spiritual life, this is not one of them.  I am so proud of Noah, and so thankful that God has made him into this special little person. He's speaking in sentences, he knows his colors, he's beginning to learn his shapes, he says, "yes mam," "no sir," "thank you" and "please," he gives the best hugs and kisses, he is generally obedient, and his imagination keeps our days filled with laughter. He is so "wonderfully made!" It amazes me that God knew he would be all of these things when he was yet in my womb. I am so thankful for this little person that gets to belong to me.

Here are some of the pictures from our fun birthday day...
Happy second birthday Noah. I can't wait to see what year three will bring us!
(pictures focused on the party decor, here.)