Sunday, December 24, 2006

Caleb's Christmas Story

Caleb wrote this story during school this week. I gave him instructions to write a story about Jesus' birth and I stepped out of the room for a few minutes (probably to throw in a load of laundry). When I went to check on his progress he informed me he was not finished but would show me when it was completed. I was so excited to see what he wrote! We corrected spelling errors which was not many at all and I asked him to write it again (which he wasn't too happy about) since it was so good. He can write a little better when he wants to, but he's only been using notebook paper for the past couple of months and that has been a transition with his writing. I just wanted to share it.


Merry Christmas from our family to yours! Kerry is on his last service at church as we speak. Things have gone pretty smoothly according to him except for the accident that occurred Saturday morning. Josiah and I made a quick run to Target that morning. When we returned, it was to find that Kerry had injured his toe. It is now black and blue and he's had to be on his feet all weekend. Hopefully, he'll get a chance to rest his toe over the next few days.

We celebrated Christmas as a family this morning. We leave for Texas tomorrow and we wanted the boys to enjoy playing with their gifts some before we hop on a plane. Caleb has over and over again said how much he enjoyed Christmas this year. It makes it all worth it when your 6 and 1/2 year old is thankful all day long. Josiah enjoyed the festivities as well. He was still a little tired from staying up late the night before, but he didn't complain too much. I am now trying to get the house all clean and finish packing so we can head to Texas! Can't wait to get there!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Let Me Be Like Brother

Oh, how I wish I could take a picture of my two boys tonight! I used to think Josiah wanted to be just like Caleb, but it's even more so now. Caleb put on his underwear tonight and attempted to give Josiah a pair only to have them fall off as he was walking around. So, I got out Josiah's training underwear and he was satisfied to be like brother. And then I had Caleb try on some new socks that we had bought at the store tonight. Caleb is very particular about how socks feel and once Caleb tried his on, Josiah had to try on his new socks. I now have two boys playing in white underwear and white socks. If Caleb was only younger, I'd take a picture, but I think 6 and 1/2 is a little too old for underwear pics. They sure do make an adorable sight and I just had to share.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

What Are We Up To?

Life is staying pretty calm around here, except for Kerry being pretty busy at church. Our church will have 13 Christmas services this year on campus between Friday and Sunday. We will also be having 5 services at the San Clemente campus. On top of that, the service will be broadcasted on Fox News several times between Christmas and New Years along with being broadcasted via the Armed Forces Network to aabout 800,000 service men and women in 177 countries.

Caleb has all of a sudden taken a growth spurt. I knew it was going to happen, I just didn't know when. All of his size 6 pants are way too short now and he is in size 7 slim. The regular size 7 is way too big on him in the waist and baggy all around. I love how cute he looks in the slim size. He still is enjoying his longer hair which is very thick. It's about time to have it shaped again. I would love to continue cutting his hair how it has always been, but Kerry says it's just hair and we need to let him decide (within reason). He is learning how to borrow when it comes to subtraction and I'm having to figure out the best way to explain it to him. He's been very patient with this new skill. We've also started learning about how a glossary works and his spelling words are getting to be a challenge. I was surprised at the words we're working on during Christmas time -- Bethlehem, ornaments, manger, shepherds -- they are all Christmas words. He picked out a Christmas present from Granny a couple of nights ago -- a pair of Heely's. If you're not familiar with them, they are the shoes with wheels on the heels. We let him try them on for a few minutes last night and he got frustrated that it wasn't easy. They will be wrapped up and put under the tree and then hopefully he will master them quickly.

Josiah is into everything. He has broken about 5 ornaments. Fortunately, the were my Walmart ones from my first tree when I was in college. There was nothing sentimental about them. He's starting to smile and laugh and scrunch up his nose and says no-no when he knows he shouldn't be doing something but can't seem to resist. I try not to laugh, but sometimes I can't help myself. He still climbs on everything and now knows how to move the kitchen chairs to get something he wants -- like my cell phone, digital camera, knives, breakables. He thinks Caleb is the coolest big brother. He likes to snuggle up and go to sleep next to Mommy with one pacifier in his mouth and holding another one. He thinks it's fun to try to go potty. He seems to love dogs and points them out anywhere. He thinks his belly button is a baby. We've been pointing to my stomach and trying to explain that mommy has a baby in her tummy. He walks around and pulls his shirt up saying baby. Oh well. He is also learning to say new words all the time even though they don't always sound like the specific word. He version of please involves making the "mmmm" sound and bending his knees and raising up. He's very consistent though. He likes to get my attention by saying "mom" so I will look at something he has done or is doing. He sometimes calls me "Mimi" which I assume is another version of Mommy which he can also say.

I've decided I need to get a better system of keeping the house clean before baby number 3 arrives. I guess I just need to put things back up where they go immediately, but sometimes I just get lazy or we come in at night and put something on the table. Josiah is just so good at finding those little things. I feel I'm constantly having to take something out of his hands that he has found around the house.

Christmas is getting close! I'm so ready to see my family. Seven more sleeps according to Caleb! I finally get to see my new nephew for the first time. And we get to see Brock which both of my boys are ready to see and play with. And we can't forget seeing the rest of our family and friends. It will be so much fun!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Almost Impossible!

Caleb ready for the picture and Josiah
trying to get up

Caleb being silly while Josiah put his fingers
in his mouth

I think we have a winner even though Josiah
isn't really smiling

Gone are the days where I had one perfect angel who has always sat well during pictures. I always had a hard time choosing between the pictures when Caleb was this age. Even now, his pictures turn out well except when he wants to be silly. Last year, pictures went well since Josiah couldn't crawl or walk yet. And here we are at Josiah's second Christmas. I didn't know if we would get a picture of the two boys that was half way decent. It has taken me 4 different attempts. Once in the morning yesterday, once after Josiah's nap yesterday, one right after dinner tonight and a break to webcam with Nana and Granddaddy before our last attempt. On top of this, I used my old camera for the second try which is not digital. I took it to Walmart for one hour (ordered a cd) and came out to the car with no cd. Come to find out, the cd machine was broken. According to them, my cd would be ready this morning. Not so, the machine was still broken. So, I got the digital camera out for the last two attempts. This has worn me out! Here is a small taste of what the last two days have looked like.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Short Visit

On Saturday, Josiah got to open one of his Christmas presents from Nana and Granddaddy a little early. He loves his motorcycle! We knew it would be too big to try to get home from Texas, so it was shipped to our house. We waited until Nana got here so she could see his face when he saw it. I thought he would be extremely enthusiastic and excited, but instead he was very serious. He loved it, but I think he thinks it's real. He loves sitting on it and pushing the buttons which are very loud. He hasn't quite figured out how to move it, but he sits on it all the time and pushes the buttons.

On Monday, we took the boys to Boomers before Nana flew back home. Caleb made it all the way to the top of the rock climbing wall! He was so proud of himself and managed to climb to the top three or four different times! Way to go! The one picture I got of both boys with Nana did not turn out well. I'm sure we'll get some good ones at Christmas.

Here are my two Dallas Cowboys. I was checking emails and the boys were playing in Caleb's room. The next thing I know, they come walking out in their football gear. Caleb insisted that it was a picture moment. After taking the picture, I have to agree he was right even if the picture shows the lovely mess in the background from playing all day.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Not So Relaxing

My Mom came out to visit this weekend, mainly to take care of the boys while I went with Kerry to a church related Christmas event. I was so looking forward to her visit. She was to arrive at about 10:30am on Saturday and leave Monday afternoon. I had visions of us shopping, doing some fun things with the boys and just hanging out. I was also thinking that this would be a good time for her to relax since she has been busy with a new grandbaby and had to make a trip to Arkansas last weekend when my Papa was put into the hospital. Inwardly, I was pretty proud of my healthy little family and how low maintenance we can be when it comes to health. The doctor even commented about how little they see Josiah except at regular check ups.

We picked my mom up at the airport on Saturday and then went straight to lunch. We planned to run a few errands that evening, but we were enjoying relaxing at the house and ended up just staying in. Josiah received an early Christmas present from Nana and Granddaddy and got to open it up Saturday after his nap. I'll post pictures sometime later. After my mom went to bed, I started to get the boys ready for bed and I noticed my back was starting to hurt. That was not a good indication of what was ahead and I had a pretty good idea of what was coming -- a kidney stone. I managed to get the boys to bed with ice on my back and then the fun really started. I was up all night due to back pain, switching from ice to heat, and just being miserable. On top of that, Josiah woke up a couple of times and needed comforting and some Tylenol. I thought surely I would pass the kidney stone by the morning, but that didn't happen.

My mom was wonderful! She took care of the boys pretty much all day Sunday. As the morning continued, my mom was beginning to think she would need to stay another day or two since Kerry was going to be out of town. And Kerry was wondering if he was going to need to cancel his plans. I guess you could say all ended well when I passed the kidney stone close to noon on Sunday. Since I've had a couple in the past, I noticed the difference right away. However, I was left feeling exhausted and not quite ready to bounce back. I somehow managed to make it through dinner and half of the play. I think the play was a little much since I was having a hard time finding a comfortable position and wanted to fall asleep.

Today, after a good night's rest, I am almost ready get back into the full swing of things. We took the boys to Boomer's which is one of Caleb's favorite places to go. He rode go carts, rock climbed, and rode a couple of smaller rides with Josiah. Caleb was ready for us all to go back to Texas with Nana. We had to let him know that it wouldn't be too much longer until we saw all of our family again. With December here, the countdown begins!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Week 25

Well, I'm in my 25th week of pregnancy. Part of me feels like it has gone by really fast and another part of me feels like I have been pregnant forever. I'm sure the forever part has to do with being pregnant with Josiah, nursing him and then finding out I was pregnant all the while still nursing Josiah up until a couple of months ago. I'm sure a little of it also has to do with not knowing what we are having since that seems to break up the pregnancy between the not knowing and then the knowing.

I'm starting to feel pretty big at this point. I will have Caleb take a picture of me sometime tomorrow or the next day. He's looking forward to the assignment. I never really felt this big with the boys. Maybe it's the new style of maternity clothes, how everything is so fitted. And it's not like I will get smaller during this pregnancy.

I had a wonderful dream last night though. I dreamed I had a 7 pound baby and labor didn't hurt because he/she was so small. I have to admit that both parts of the dream would be really nice, but I'm not expecting either. Caleb was 8 pounds, 12 ounces and Josiah was 9 pounds, 2 ounces. I am committing to no milkshakes when I get depressed about still being pregnant sometime in February. I have it here in writing so hopefully that will keep a few ounces off this baby. I guess I should toss away the cookies during that final month too (won't happen).

Everything else is going well pregnancy related. The baby is moving alot right before I go to bed which is a really special bonding time when everything is quiet. I'm not tired like I was in the first few weeks of pregnancy. I'm tired but the normal everyday tired of raising two boys. I guess I should start thinking about winding the boys down for bed in the next few minutes. Those home made chocolate chip cookies about 20 minutes ago didn't help the winding down process. But they were really good and the boys loved making them!

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Caleb (This is what happens to Caleb's hair when I leave
Kerry and Caleb alone)

Josiah climbing on a bench at church

Happy Thanksgiving! Today has been pretty good so far. Although I wish I could be spending it with all of our families, I am thankful that all of my boys are with me today and healthy. For lunch, we went to the church to celebrate Thanksgiving with the single's group. The boys loved having an open place to run around this afternoon. When we got in the car around 2:30p.m., Josiah still had not taken his nap. He was asleep before we got off the church property. Josiah and Daddy have enjoyed late afternoon naps while Caleb and I have iced a cake.

Tonight, which is not too long from now, we plan on having a small Thanksgiving meal with just our family. I've decided to break out the china for the occassion. I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to taste the turkey and Italian Cream Cake! I think I'm getting hungry. I better go finish with dinner preparations so we can eat when Kerry and Josiah wake up!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Perfect Christmas Ornament

My parents started a Christmas tradition when I was born which was to get a new ornament every year to put on the tree. Both RyAnn and I got to pick out our own ornaments each year. Most of the time, my Dad would take us to the Hallmark store and let us choose our ornaments. RyAnn always made her choice quickly. It always took me longer to decide, especially since until I got to college, I felt I needed a round ornament. But those are still very fond memories for me.

I wanted to carry this same tradition on for our children. Of course, the first year, I picked out the each boy's ornament and after that, I tried to look for things that they like to represent their interests. After Caleb's first Christmas ornament, he has chosen either an airplane or helicopter every year, until this year. Caleb is like me, it normally takes him awhile to choose the perfect ornament. I had him look online at Macy's, Dillard's, and Hallmark to give him an idea of what was available this year. I even took him inside a Hallmark store about a month ago and he said he wanted the airplane ornament. Today, we set out to the Hallmark store and came back with two motorcycle ornaments, one for Caleb and one for Josiah. I already knew Josiah needed a motorcycle since he loves Daddy's motorcyle. But I was surprised when Caleb changed his mind and went for the motorcycle. So, we have two of the same motorcycle ornament hanging on the same limb on the tree so that they can be together.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Meet Braxton

Just wanted to share a picture of my newest nephew, Braxton Lee. I think he's just beautiful! I can't wait to see him in person. I guess I'll have to settle for the webcam in the next week or so.

Where Is He Now?

Josiah has turned into a monkey over the past few days. I only thought that he was a climber about a month ago. Nothing in his past compares to what he is up to these days. I thought I'd list a few of the places I have found him recently.

*I found him sitting on a shoe rack inside Caleb's closet today.
*He can climb on top of the kitchen table in a flash.
*Multiple times I have found him standing in my sink (he uses the bathtub to climb up onto the sink).
*He loves to stand on the toilet and look at himself in the mirror.
*He climbs on his Fisher Price garage.
*Today, he has been standing ontop of the Huggies diaper box and jumping off into the bean bag chair.
*I watched as he stood on the arm of the chair in the loft and pull one of our school posters down that was supposedly out of his reach.
*Just now I had to get him down off the train table.
*He likes to move his small potty around and stand on it to reach things he otherwise could not reach.
*He also has started standing up in his high chair. I proceeded to put the buckles in place only to find that he is too big for the buckles. That was a little frustrating.
*I'm not even mentioning all the times he climbs on the computer chair or the ottomon (and lunges toward the couch).

Maybe my memory is fading since I can't seem to remember Caleb getting into as much as Josiah seems to get in to. I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that he has a big brother and brother has some pretty cool looking toys that he just has to get to. Now it's time to figure out which climbing will be considered acceptable and which will not. And I guess we'll start closing some doors for awhile when we're not using the rooms.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Nephew Has Arrived!

Braxton Lee Van Cleave
10 pounds, 7 and 1/2 ounces
21 and 1/2 inches long
My nephew just arrived not too long ago, sometime around 4:45pm Texas time. RyAnn and Nate named him Braxton Lee Van Cleave. He weighed 10 pounds, 7 and 1/2 ounces and was 21 and 1/2 inches long. I can hardly wait to see pictures of him. Hopefully, my mom will email me either tonight or sometime early tomorrow and then I can post a couple of pictures of him. Now it will be very hard to wait until Christmas.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

One Year Anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of my entry into the world of blogging. I took some time last night to look back at some of the entries. I really enjoyed remembering some of the things that the boys had said or did. I probably would have forgotten a lot of them by now had I not taken the time to share them. This next year will be filled with lots of stories as Caleb starts baseball again, Josiah continues to grow and become more vocal, and we welcome a new addition into our family.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Nephew Soon to Arrive

My sister just had a sonogram today to see how her baby was progressing. When the technician started measuring the baby, he was measuring at 9 pounds 14 ounces and at 42 weeks. I think we were all a little shocked, especially my sister. She isn't due until after Thanksgiving. I'm just thankful that they went ahead and peformed a sonogram to check on this precious little one. So, due to the measurements, they will be inducing RyAnn this Friday! I knowRyAnn and Nate as well as the extended family are very excited to meet this new little one. I am pretty disappointed that I won't be there to meet this precious baby soon after he is born. I'm tempted to pack the boys up and just drive the 22 plus hours to see them. I will try and refrain from doing just that and look forward to loving on this new baby at Christmas. Please pray for an easy labor and delivery and that Brock (who's now two) will transition well to being the big brother.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Not Much Happening

The boys hanging out in the bath.

I've been looking at my blog everyday for the last week trying to think of something to write about, but nothing out of the ordinary has happened in the last week. I'll do my best to think of a few things the boys are up to.

Caleb caught another lizard this past weekend. Now he has two lizards living in the cage. Pumpkin is still alive and well. The other one has part of her tail missing. She still is waiting for a name. Caleb is really enjoying Wednesday night Kidquest at church and works hard on his lessons and memory verses each week. Daddy is his favorite person right now. He wants to be everywhere Daddy is. He seems to know when Kerry is going to wake up each morning and spends time visiting with Daddy while he gets ready for the day. Josiah and I enjoy sleeping a little longer during this time. He will choose to have school on a Sunday instead of a Monday when he knows Daddy is off all day. It actually works pretty well for us when he chooses this change every once in awhile. He will now let you know that he is no longer six. He is now six and a half.

Josiah is a whirlwind of energy. Everytime we go downstairs, he requests to go in the backyard by saying, "Go out." And if I tell him he can go out later, he will get very upset. He loves going bye bye and will wave his hand when I tell him it's time for us to go. He knows a couple of signs and when he is finished with eating, he will do the sign. If I suggest he try to eat a little more (when I know he just wants to go outside) he will move his hand in a bigger motion to let me know. He loves any kind of ball. When he is outside, he almost always has a ball in his hand or a golf club to hit a ball. He loves reading books, especially when he sees a ball of any sort in a book. He has started initiating when he needs to go potty. He's no where near completely potty trained but at least he understands the concept and is at the beginning stages. He still really likes Daddy's motorcycle and enjoys sitting on it whenever he gets the chance. He is also started laying down while taking a bath. He thinks it is so much fun to just lay on his back and relax. He surpises me everyday.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Fall Festival

Josiah and Caleb before the Fall Festival

Caleb showing how brave and strong he is.

Caleb's favorite game at the Fall Festival

Josiah actually standing still and smiling for the camera.

Josiah riding on the pony.

The boys had a great time at the Fall Festival last night. Caleb really enjoyed the baseball and basketball games. He would have played those all night long. Josiah got to jump in one of the bounce houses, but all of the pictures came out blurry. At one point during the night, Kerry had Josiah and I was watching Caleb go through one of those bounce house obstacle courses. It was pretty big, so I lost sight of him for a little bit. The next thing I know he comes walking toward me in tears. He had fallen out of the bounce structure onto the cement. I felt so bad and I can't imagine something like that being able to happen. The next time he tried it, Kerry walked around the entire thing to make sure he was okay. He was fine after that. Josiah was so excited to see the ponies last night. He was even more excited when we let him ride one. Halfway through the ride, the pony decided to shake his hair and it scared Josiah. He finished the ride in tears. The good far out weighed the bad though in the boys eyes on this night.

October 30, 2006

Josiah not too sure of the pumpkin

Caleb and Daddy carving the big pumpkin

The night before last, we took time to carve our pumpkins. Caleb had been waiting all day for this event. He was very determined that he should create the designs of the pumpkins. With Daddy's help, the pumpkins turned out pretty well. I am surprised that both boys have no desire to stick their hands inside the pumpkins and get dirty cleaning them out. They have no problem getting dirty in the mud outside. So, Mommy had the fun task of cleaning the pumpkins out. Caleb was pleased with the final results and thought it was pretty cool when we lit candles inside (the first year to do that). He could hardly wait for the Fall Festival the following night.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

That Nesting Thing

I go through nesting phases when I become pregnant. With Caleb, I came home about a month and a half before he was born with paint and border after we had decided on just paint. Poor Kerry, he had to do all the painting himself. I helped a little with the border. Since I was working full time, I didn't have as much time to nest as I did with Josiah. I did do a lot of nesting while at school though. I had all of my lesson plans made and activities all ready, materials purchased, etc. before Caleb was born. I guess that would count too. Josiah's was much worse. I think I started nesting before I even knew I was pregnant. I tore down the wallpaper in the half bath and the kitchen (a major undertaking). We also painted the half bath, guest bedroom, kitchen, and family room. On top of that, I received an antique roll top desk from a family member that required some fixing up. Once again, Kerry got to do a lot of these jobs.

And now with pregnancy three, I'm starting to experience that nesting thing again. Saturday afternoon, I decided I wanted to redo Caleb's closet, not just rearrange clothes and toys. I took the book shelf and rod completely down. I took the boys to Lowe's to get a new rod and shelf. Kerry had the privilege of having to put up everything once he got home. I have to say I'm pleased with the results. Caleb can actually reach his own clothes now. If my wonderful husband only knew the ideas I have in my head, he would be really really tired just thinking about them. I would love to redo Josiah's closet, our closet, repaint almost the entire house, and I'm sure a few other things. I can handle painting with the windows all open. I will definitely need help with the closets though. I'm not good at finding the studs in the walls. I'll keep everyone posted on my nesting as this pregnancy continues.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Go, Go

Josiah coming back in after playing outside

Previously, I posted that we were in the process of getting Josiah comfortable around the potty with the goal of understanding how to use the potty before the baby is born. He can go pee-pee when he really wants to in the potty. He can also not go on the potty and run into another room a minute later and pee-pee on the floor. I don't make a big deal out of it since it is making him aware of his need to go to the bathroom. I just clean up the mess and tell him that pee-pee goes in the potty.

Tonight, I really wish I had had my camera upstairs. I was sitting at the computer. Josiah had just finished his bath and was enjoying running around the house naked. All of a sudden, I hear him say go, go. That is part of our routine when we practice going potty. We sing a song and talk about going pee-pee. I decided I better check on him. When I did, he was standing in the big potty (feet in the water) saying go, go and thinking he was pretty smart about the entire thing. I did my best not to laugh too much. I'm glad to see he initiated going potty himself (not sure if he actually went), so hopefully in a few more months, it will be an easy task. Just thought I'd share this funny little story with you.

Josiah also rediscovered the doggy door tonight. At one point a few months ago, he thought it was pretty cool that he could crawl through, but tonight I could see freedom in his eyes as he crawled through the doggy door. After he would crawl through, he'd get up and wave at us and then start playing. And he knows how to crawl back in. We will just have to make sure that the doggy door is closed during school since he likes to come downstairs at various times while Caleb and I are doing school.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More Pumpkin Fun

Josiah's pony ride

Mommy, Josiah, and Caleb (Caleb had his eyes
closed and the other picture similar to this, Josiah
had his fingers in his mouth)


I think Caleb was ready for a little more action
than ponies walking.

Today we went to Pumpkin City with Jessica, Kendra and Drew. Since we had all been to other pumpkin patches and Caleb had seen this one in the JC Penny's parking lot, we decided to try it out. Although I prefer a farm atmosphere, we still had fun. The hardest part was limiting the kids to a certain number of rides. It was like a small carnival. We agreed, mainly with Caleb, to the pony ride, petting zoo, and one ride. There were a few cute picture spots, but it is so hard these days to get Josiah to be still even for a few seconds. Both boys came home tired. Josiah fell asleep in the car and Caleb ended up taking a nap which rarely happens unless we've had a busy morning. The boys and I showed our Baylor spirit by wearing our Baylor shirts.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Josiah's First Haircut

The Before

The After

We took Josiah today for his very first haircut. I guess it was about time since his hair was pretty long and I thought I was ready too. It is really short! I wasn't as ready as I thought I was. I keep looking at the back of his head thinking that I should be seeing beautiful curls instead of a straight line. I do think he is pleased to have it out of his eyes. He did pretty well until the clippers made a mark on his ear. I don't blame him one bit for crying over that. All his well now and he is happy to be running around the house.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Golf Fun and More

Today, we went to the driving range as a family. Josiah and I watched Daddy and Caleb hit golf balls. Josiah did get in a little practice time as well after a quick nap. Being pregnant, I chose to refrain from hitting shag balls. Caleb loves playing golf and it's so much fun watching him practice.

Here are a few things about the boys:
*Josiah likes to walk backwards.
*Today, Caleb mentioned that he had seen a dragonfly in the baptist swimming pool (a.k.a. the baptismal pool at church). We had a good laugh over that one.
*Josiah likes to twirl, spinning around in a circle.
*We signed Caleb up for baseball again for the spring. He will actually be trying out this year to see what level he will be playing.
*Josiah wants to do anything Caleb does. If Caleb is loud, Josiah will be loud. If Caleb tries to throw food in the air and catch it in his mouth, Josiah has to try it. If Caleb wants to sit in a chair, Josiah wants to sit right next to him. If Caleb is doing school, Josiah wants his own paper and pencil (not crayon) for school. You get the idea.
*Caleb is doing very well in second grade.
*We are finally getting around to having Josiah's haircut this week.
*Caleb's second lizard named Pumpkin has been living for almost 2 weeks.
*Josiah is cutting his bottom molars.
*Caleb along with Bailey's help, killed a mouse trying to enter our backyard tonight. I was inside the house watching and screaming from the window and grossing out at the same time. Dinner wasn't too appealing after that. With Kerry at church, I was very thankful for a brave son and dog to take care of that mouse.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Baby Names and Such

I feel at a loss at what to do, but will adjust. By this time in our last two pregnancies, we already knew the sex of our babies, and we were using their names. Anytime we spoke of each, we would use their name. Everything was ready way before their arrivals. When they were born, they were so used to hearing their names, that they seemed to respond early on to their names. By the time we got to the car after each sonogram, their names were in stone -- Caleb Reece and Josiah Preston. They were actually both pretty set from the time we found out we were pregnant with each, Caleb's especially. Josiah could have been Jacob if Caleb could have chosen, but Daddy really wanted Josiah and I liked it as well.

And now we have nameless baby Mackey. Poor thing. We really haven't even finalized a boy name and a girl name. The boy name will definitely be Biblical and we're trying to decide if we should keep with the Biblical names if it's a girl. I have a feeling we'll continue with a Biblical name even if it is a girl. If we have a boy, the nursery he will never use will be ready, but if we have a girl, it's a completely different story. She will arrive to a cradle in our room which she will use much more than a crib in the nursery unless she turns out completely different than our boys and sleeps through the night. And then there is the question of what to take to the hospital. It will be March, so is that short sleeve or long? Do I buy a boy outfit and a girl outfit or a neutral outfit. Should I have a few pink gowns at home in case it's a girl until I can go shopping or do I go neutral? Questions, questions. I plan to finalize all of this come January. But any thoughts or suggestions would be welcome.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sonogram Visit

Yesterday was the day of our sonogram. I have no idea what I was actually expecting since I didn't want to find out what we were having. I think I thought Kerry would figure it out and that he wouldn't be able to keep a secret. And then I would know but it wouldn't be because I wanted to know. I don't know if that makes any since. Anyway, everything appeared to look good. My due date is still March 8th, but this baby is measuring to be due around March 3. This little one is around 12 ounces already and was moving quite a bit during the sonogram. Caleb told me in the car after the sonogram that Jesus told him what we were having. I will refrain from revealing what he told me since it changed as soon as we got home. I'm still glad that we didn't find out, because now all of the excitement of finding out will happen at this baby's birth.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Baby Hiccups

I forgot to blog about our baby's first hiccups which were actually the first movements I felt of this little one growing inside of me. It actually happened on Friday, September 29 while at our small group (2 weeks ago tomorrow). It was during one of the few times I was sitting still and not chasing Josiah. I felt three little hiccups. I never really noticed hiccups with the other two. This week I've also started feeling more movement which I love. I think it's one of the best parts of being pregnant -- getting to feel your baby move.

Everything else pregnancy wise appears to be going well. We go next week for a sonogram. Our plan is not to find out what we are having. However, Kerry asked me if he could look and if he could ask questions. I told him he was welcome to look and ask questions as long as I didn't find out. Hopefully, I will come out of the sonogram without a clue as to what we are having. And if my husband finds out, hopefully he can keep a secret for the next few months until I can find out when the baby's born.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Pumpkin Patch

The boys looking for their pumpkins

Mommy with her "three" (I'm starting to look

Caleb, Josiah and Nana

Caleb, Mommy, and Josiah

It was so hard this year to catch both boys looking at the camera at the same time. By the time Josiah was looking, Caleb was closing his eyes due to the light or making some silly face. I can't even imagine the chaos of trying this with three next year (the picture part), but I will try and hopefully succeed. I'm sure part of it has to do with my camera, it is slow taking pictures. I may start switching back and forth from my digital to my Nikon again. The Nikon takes pictures so much faster and with a fast moving 1 year old, it is needed. The digital is so nice to see pictures right away and to post on the blog. I'm thankful that I have both.

Weekend with Nana

Caleb and Nana getting ready to play laser tag

Josiah with Nana at Boomers

Caleb climbing

What a busy weekend! Nana flew out to visit us on Friday morning. I am not a morning person, but I used it as a good reason to go eat at Chick-fil-a for breakfast. We picked my mom up at the airport, ate breakfast, and then kept moving the entire weekend. Friday morning, we spent shopping. Nana got a very good start on Christmas presents for the boys at Toys R Us. Caleb is getting to that age that it's hard to shop for him at times. So, he pointed out things he really liked and when he wasn't looking, we put it in the basket. We enjoyed lunch at home and a little rest time before we went to my midwife appointment. Currently, I am about 18 weeks pregnant. Everything looked good. Friday evening, Nana decided that Caleb needed a new lizard to replace Mark. Unfortunately, lizards are very expensive and some are pretty time consuming. Mommy and Daddy said no to the low maintenance $60 lizard that would need another $50 worth of stuff to add to the $60 we spent just that week on Mark. Caleb was heartbroken.

Saturday found Kerry and Caleb at an antique car show and free breakfast while Nana, Josiah and I went to the mall to do some serious shopping. Nana was able to pick up more things for Christmas and a few treats for now. That evening, Nana and I took the boys to Boomers. Both of the boys had a blast. Josiah enjoyed being outside and Caleb loved riding go carts, playing laser tag with Nana, rock wall climbing, and miniature golf. We were all very tired by the time we got home.

Sunday found us squeezing in a little more fun. We took the boys to the Pumpkin Patch at Tanaka Farms. Going to the pumpkin patch is one of my favorite things to do each year. I know my children won't want to go forever so I'll enjoy it while I can. After finding the perfect pumpkins, we went to lunch and fit in just a little more shopping before we had church that night. The boys were getting pretty tired by the end of the night, but we still rented movies for the night and brought Mexican food home for dinner. Yum!

Now it's the end of Monday. Josiah and I woke up early and took Nana to the airport -- another excuse for Chick-fil-a breakfast. When we got home, Kerry and Caleb didn't even know we had been gone. I felt bad that Caleb didn't even get to say goodbye and that Josiah was sound asleep when we dropped Nana off at the airport. But we are very thankful for the short but sweet time we got to spend with Nana.

Friday, October 06, 2006

So Long, Mark

Mark, the blue-bellie lizard, made it through the night, amazingly. I really thought he might pull through since he was moving around. Unfortunately, Mark did not make it. He past away sometime after lunch while we were finishing school. Caleb handled it well and was ready to go catch another one. We still have plenty of crickets if Caleb finds a new lizard. Kerry and Caleb went out early this evening in search of a new lizard but were unable to catch one. They are determined to catch one over the weekend. We'll see.

On a happier note, my mom flies in tomorrow morning to stay with us for a few days. We are really looking forward to spending time with her. Caleb wishes she could stay longer. Mommy does too. We will remain thankful for the time she can spend with us. I'm not sure what our plans will look like, but I know we'll have fun.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It's a Western Fence Lizard

Josiah enjoys watching the crickets

The best picture of Mark

Caleb with Mark (notice the blue markings )

Let's just say that after tonight, I have never invested so much time in one small lizard. He does not know how good he has it. After Caleb went to Kidquest this afternoon, our entire family went to Petsmart including the lizard (we left our dog at home). I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into or I think I would have lovingly suggested we free this helpless little creature. As soon as we walked into Petsmart, an employee immediately greeted us, asked Caleb about his creature and calmly stated that the lizard was in distress. She went on to let us know that we had a Blue-belly lizard. And then she proceeded to let us know what kind of habitat this Blue-belly needed. We would need a bigger cage (Caleb had him in an old hermit crab cage), calci- sand, a heat lamp, a water bowl, and live food, meaning crickets. On top of that, we would need to mist him when we got home because he was looking so poorly. We asked if she thought he would make it and she didn't know except he didn't look so good. She also spoke to Caleb saying that the lizard, name changed to Mark, might not make it and would Caleb prefer to let him go and look into getting a different pet. Caleb said he would be okay if Mark died. We were told that if he didn't make it they had other lizards that we could purchase from them. The good news is that if he pulls through, the lady has known a couple of these that have lived a good life of 10 years. Can you see me with a lizard, buying crickets every week, for ten whole years?

Once we got home, Kerry set up the new habitat, misted Mark, and freed the crickets to hopefully be eaten. Mark is still alive but still not looking well. Upon further research, I found out that it is actually called a Western Fence Lizard and very common where we live. They are commonly referred to as the Blue-belly because the male lizards have blue markings on their chest/neck area. So, we have boy. I could find no info on the life expectancy. I'll let you know if Mark pulls through.

You Brought Home a What!?

Yesterday, the boys and I ran a few errands in the late afternoon when I got a call from Kerry. He asked how our day was going and what we were up to. He even went on to say what time he was planning on getting home since he was having some guys over to work on motorcycle stuff. Then he brings up the big news of the day, news I was not expecting to hear. My darling husband, devoted father of two boys caught a lizard/gecko inside his office. He put it in a cup and put a lid on it to bring home to Caleb. This is the man who knows how much I do not like bugs and creatures of that sort. Other people know my dislike of lizards. Mike, our neighbor when we lived in Fort Worth, had to come over when Kerry was out of town to catch a lizard inside our house. Another time, I refused to sleep in our house since a lizard was still running loose. And another time, my sister helped get a lizard back out the window when we lived in Arlington.

But Kerry's love for his little boy who has a passion for the above mentioned creatures prompted him to bring it home. I told Caleb in the car that Daddy had a surprise for him when we got home. He begged me to tell him, but I did not reveal the surprise. When we finally made it home, he was so surprised. You should have heard him when he told me what Daddy had brought him. I told him the lizard could not live in the house. I did find the old hermit crab cage with a big rock for the lizard. I finally told Caleb I would allow the lizard in the house, but he was never to open the cage inside the house. And at bedtime, the lizard had to be in his cage on the kitchen table or outside. He is thrilled beyond words and talks to his lizard constantly. The lizard has been named Blue Chin Lizard. I have told the boys that they need to go to the pet store to see about food and water. It is also a motivator for Caleb to listen the first time since I told him we would set it free if he could not listen. So far so good. We have no idea what kind it is, but Caleb is in love. I've tried several times to get a good picture, but they keep turning out blurry. I'll keep trying and one of these days introduce the newest family member.

Monday, October 02, 2006

I Can't Believe I Forgot

Sunday was Kerry's 36th birthday, and I can't believe I forgot to wish him happy birthday online. I did remember to celebrate his birthday in person which is much more important. We had a very pleasant family birthday on Sunday. We woke up on Sunday morning and at Daddy's request, we went to IHOP for breakfast. The boys really liked that idea. After breakfast, Daddy got to enjoy a leisurely ride on his motorcycle while Caleb helped decorate Daddy's birthday cake and wrap his gifts. Caleb knew just what we should get Daddy and he wanted Daddy to have a motorcycle cake. I wasn't up for making a detailed motorcycle, so Caleb like the idea of picking out a toy motorcycle from the store to put on top of the cake that he could later play with. Kerry also enjoyed a nice uninterrupted nap while the boys and I got ready for church. We then went to church that evening. Happy birthday Kerry! We love you!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Last week, I took the boys to get their pictures taken. Once again, I am reminded that you pay for what you get. We arrived at the studio about 10 minutes early to find that they were running late. They called us back 40 minutes late. Caleb was already not feeling well, but did not want to reschedule (we probably should have). In most of the pictures his eyes look pretty tired. To top all of that off, after pictures, they told us we would have to come back in thirty minutes to look at the proofs. I was not very happy, but we did end up finding Caleb's costume during that time frame which made him happy. Overall, the pictures turned out okay. Both boys need a haircut, but Caleb wants his to grow out and Daddy wants Josiah's to keep growing.