fall and football

i think fall will be here in full force this weekend.  tomorrow’s high is in the 50’s, and it’s predicted to get down to the 30’s at night.  perfect football weather.

this weekend we’ll be tailgating with the parents, who are rushing to get here right now – not to begin celebrating the big game this weekend, not to beat the traffic, and not even to see and hang out with us – their children – but to see lil baby.  can’t blame them though.

jonah will be making his first tailgate appearance this weekend.  i think he’s ready.

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we’ve been having a lot of fun in the wilsie household lately.  it’s true, our life revolves predominantly around a routine.  and those time are precious:  getting ready in the morning (sometimes frantically), getting off of work and picking jonah up from the babysitter, picking up the house/making dinner/general family chill out time until jonah’s bedtime at 9, getting ready for the next day and doing it all over again.  

but then there are also the random fun things we’ve been able to do:  two trips to the pool, lunches out after church, youthlings over for dinner or movie nights, a long road trip down to florida.

life has taken on a different pace but it’s not the devastating blow that i was anticipating.  we actually have fun together!

sure i still have a pasty white body because leisurely laying out and basking in the sun just didn’t fit into the itinerary this summer.  it’s typically frowned upon for newborns to have golden tans.

but i got to discover that our town has a community pool (i never knew!) and see jonah’s face the first time i carried him out into the ocean.  he was so chill!

and when we took the youth group to king’s dominion this year i got so excited about when we’d be able to take jonah on his first roller coaster
and hey, who wouldn’t be greatful to the person who’s single-handedly gotten me back to less than my pre-pregnancy weight?  woot woot nursing!
plus he’s just SO. DARN. CUTE that i can’t get over it!  so let’s see, what else can i pretend to talk about when really you’re only reading this post to see pictures of jonah…
maybe the fact that he now reaches for things and puts them in his mouth.  and tonight, when we were out at a company picnic for ross’s work, we met another little baby who looked a lot like jonah from a distance – very close in size, similar facial expressions, etc.  – the kid was EIGHT MONTHS OLD. whaaat?  jonah’s not even 5 months – it was a huge wakeup call that our child is very large.  i guess that was his 90th percentile in action.
and there is just something completely and utterly magical about the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  its like crack to a drug addict – all the troubles of the world just melt away and he is completely mesmerized.  this came in incredibly handy for the few times he decided that 10 hours nonstop in a car was in fact, NOT high on his list of fun.  magic, i tell you.
so that’s what’s going on in our lives right now.  a little bit of work, a lot of routine, some drooling and biting, looots of giggling, and some fun family adventures thrown in too.  my new goal in life is to find a used bike trailer so we can hook jonah onto one of our bikes and take a few trips down the huckleberry or new river trail before it gets too cold.
AND:  a sneak peek at the cousins! we’re working on more pictures that we took at the beach* last weekend. (anna: almost 3, jonah 20 weeks, luke 15 weeks)
* – not to be confused with vacation.  ross’s grandfather passed away and we made the long trip down to florida for the funeral and to be with family.

the morning routine

the usual morning routine: creep in to stare at sleeping baby.  flip baby carefully onto back.  wait for the smile. heart melts.

berries and babies

didn’t think we’d be able to fit it in this summer, but on the last day of their season ross and i took jonah on his first blueberry picking adventure.  the farm is out in craig county and the drive down rt. 42 is beautiful.  jonah was a super trooper, and when he got hungry, i just hunkered down in an empty aisle and fed him in the shade of the bushes.  between the two of us, we gleaned the better part of a gallon of blueberries (not as many as last year) from the picked over bushes. then we got to pick them all over again because ross set the bucket on the hood of my car and they slid off.

having blueberries for my cereal this morning made it all worthwhile.

back from belize

two weeks ago, ross took some youth group kids, along with about a dozen others from our church, on a mission trip to belize.  i pouted the whole time about not being able to go, but with jonah being so small, and belize being a foreign country, it was the right decision to stay behind.  jonah and i road-tripped to my parents’ for most of the week and had a fun and relaxing time with the fam.

meanwhile in belize, ross was braving the wet season – meaning rain every day and a million percent humidity, replacing tin roofs, bathing in deet bug spray, getting schooled in soccer by the local kids, and having some incredible prayer and worship times.  apparently it was a great time, with lots of relationships built.  both of the emails ross was able to send during the week contained phrases such as “next time when we’re here together” or “wish you were here to experience this…next time you will!”  so i’m thinking i’ll get the chance sooner or later to see what it was all about for myself.  i’m really looking forward to the day when we can do mission trips as a family – the experience of ross and i serving alongside jonah as he learns what it means to share his faith – can’t. wait.

and now for some pics from my week in PG – which i’m starting to realize after looking back at these, means:  pictures of jonah.

and for all the pictures from ross’s trip to belize, check out those here.

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mini mountain vacation

a few weeks ago, the tomko fam came together for a little mini family vacation.  for almost every year of my life, family vacation has been:  the 28th week of the year, in kill devil hills, milepost 7.5, at the golden strand condos with the grandparents and cousins.  but this year i’ll be just getting back to work from maternity leave and won’t be able to make it to the beach.  so some sort of family togetherness time was called for, and a long weekend in the mountains was just what we needed.

and it just so happens that we live in the mountains!  it was so nice to go on “vacation” and only have to drive about 40 minutes.  our cabin was in beautiful giles county on walker creek.

friday night we just hung out, had homemade tacos for dinner, and played some ping pong, kinect, and mexican train dominoes


on saturday, we packed up a picnic lunch and headed to the cascades for a hike (jonah’s first!!)

even though the trail is in shade, jonah and i got pretty hot since i was wearing him.  but he was such a trooper, and we were all rewarded once we got to the top and got to cool off at the falls.

with her trusty walking pole, a cool bandana, and an olympic-like attitude, even momma tomko made it to the top!

i don’t have any pictures of it, but we ate dinner at the Palisades on saturday night – an amazing old hardware store turned restaurant in the middle of nowhere.  yet without our reservations, we would’ve never gotten a table.  the food is fabulous and i know it was the perfect reward for hiking 4 miles.

on sunday morning after breakfast, ross, dad, and i took a walk down the road our cabin was on.  then we had a little praise and worship jam session and a family devotion back at the house before settling back into some more dominoes.

jonah sure got loved on by everyone.  aside from feeding him, i barely got to hold the kid all weekend!

the long weekend was over way too soon, so hopefully we can have a repeat really soon.