Thursday, April 27, 2006

Home Run!

Caleb had a t-ball game tonight and both times he was up to bat, he hit two home runs! Way to go Caleb! He was super proud of himself. He has been practicing everyday in the backyard with his baseball stuff he got for his birthday. The most important thing is that he is having fun.

Hopefully, I will get some pictures up next week. I am back to using my Nikon 65 since I broke the small digital camera, chocolate milk incident. I really like my Nikon camera, so I'm not complaining. It just means that pictures will take longer to come up since I have a hard time getting film developed in a timely manner at times. Oh well.

We've had a pretty normal week thus far. The boys and I worked on establishing a better routine during our days with school, outside time, and rest time. The days seemed to go much smoother. As much as I enjoy running errands in the morning, it's more important for school to be done in the morning since Caleb learns best at that time. Other than that, I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Pictures of Josiah







I took Josiah to get his picture made the Monday before Easter. Some of them turned out pretty cute. Here are a few of them.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Happy Birthday Caleb!


April 2000 (2 or 3 days old) -- Caleb's first year of life was filled with so many firsts for our family. He was our first baby and brought a tremendous amount of joy into our lives. He was a wonderful baby. He rarely cried, ate well, and would drift off to sleep in my arms without so much as a fuss. He would just close his eyes. He definitely preferred Mommy, but as he grew, he loved playing with Daddy.



1 year old -- At this point, Caleb really started enjoying spending time with Daddy. They would go to the airport together and watch airplanes take off and land. He became a climber, but had an amazing balance. He still loved snuggling with Mommy but would snuggle with Daddy some too. He also really started talking during this year.


2 years old -- This was such a fun age! Caleb was talking so well at this age, and he thought he was so big. He was completely potty trained not long after he turned two meaning he went without being told. He also got a big boy bed even though he ended up spending most of his nights snuggled between Mommy and Daddy. He also learned all of the letters and most of their sounds during this year.


3 years old -- My baby started looking more like a little boy this year. He still enjoyed airplanes quite a bit. He started learning how to read this year. Nana and Granddaddy along with Mommy and Daddy took him to the rodeo for the first time during this year. He got a hat and boots for the big event. After that, he could be seen walking down the hall at church wearing his cowboy boots and hat. He also moved into a new house only a couple of weeks before his fourth birthday.


4 years old -- What a year of growth! We started homeschooling Caleb Kindergarten this year. Also, Daddy and Caleb were now able to go flying without Mommy. They enjoyed spending time up in the sky flying in a Cessna 172. He still loved wearing cowboy boots and his hat, but he also decided he needed a suit. I have to admit he looked adorable! He also started playing t-ball during this year.


5 years old -- A lot happened during this year of Caleb's life. He became a big brother and moved halfway across the country to California. He started first grade at home and is still going strong. He played soccer for the first time and loved it. He asked Jesus into his heart and can't wait to see Jesus someday. He still loves baseball. He got to ride dirt bikes and horses for the first time this year. He became more independent this year and thinks he should make his own decisions.


Six years old -- I look forward to seeing what this year holds. He still wants to play baseball. He will start second grade. I pray he will grow to love Jesus even more this year and desire to be just like him. It's an exciting journey! Happy bithday Caleb!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

It's Been Fun!

This weekend has gone by so fast. We have enjoyed having Nana here with us, even if it was for a short time. On Friday, I had a few errands to run; so, Nana, Caleb, and Josiah came too. After lunch and a few errands, we took the boys to the park. Caleb was having a blast until he got a splinter in his hand. I didn't over react, but I knew it needed to come out. I did not fair too well trying to get it out. Since we were close to the church, I had to call Kerry and get him out of a meeting in order for him to help me with the splinter. Caleb was just fine after it came out. When Daddy got home, Nana, Josiah and I ran to the mall to finish up for Caleb's birthday. I also got a few treats from my Mom as well. It's nice to be taken care of! When we got back late, I had a cake to decorate and my Mom helped with the cupcakes for the t-ball game.

Saturday started out with Caleb's t-ball game. He played hard like always. After the game, he was so ready to go home and open presents. He could wait no longer. He got a lot of nice things. I think is favorite was the Roboraptor and his baseball stuff. Caleb played hard for most of the early afternoon. Since we had church that night, I knew he needed to rest. He wasn't much for it, but he needed some quiet time. After relaxing the rest of the afternoon, we went to church that evening.

Today has been busy as well. Nana treated Caleb to Chuck E. Cheese for games. We then went to McDonalds for a late lunch where Caleb slipped and hit his head on the table. There were tears, but he was feeling better soon. We then went to IKEA. This was my first trip to IKEA. I have to admit that it was pretty fun. Caleb even enjoyed checking out the children's section and the kitchen area. The rest of the day has been spent just enjoying being at home.

Through all of this, Josiah has been great! His personality is coming alive. It seems like overnight, he has started eating food, but only if he can do it himself. He will close his mouth up tight if someone tries to feed him. But if you put it in front of him, he will try it. Drinking from a cup is still a challenge, but he loves to try. We have one cup that he does well with (not spill proof) and I can't find another one like it. I think he will be walking in the next month, two at the latest. And he has really enjoyed Nana's visit. He can even say Nana. He now knows Dada, Bubba, Mama, Nana, and maybe Bailey (the dog). He puts a B with an A and it sounds different than Bubba. He loves to clap when we cheer for him. He has also started trying to wave. He's growing up fast!

Caleb turns six tomorrow. I will post some pictures tomorrow of him through his six years of life. It's hard to believe that at this time six years ago, I was in the hospital two hours away from delivering him. Where has the time gone?

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Nana's Here!

We just picked my Mom up at the airport a few hours ago! I am so excited that she is here! It has been a little over 2 months since I have seen her. I'm sure most people don't think that is a long time, but it is the longest I have gone without seeing my parents, even in college. Just wish my Dad could have come too, but he'll be here next month. Caleb was so excited to see Nana. He jumped in her arms as she came off the escalator in the airport. I was also glad to see that Josiah remembered Nana. I'm sure the webcam has helped. He was smiling and talking to her and did not fuss when she held him except to get down and crawl which he does with me too.

My Mom will be here until Monday. Caleb turns six on Monday so we plan on celebrating this weekend. He's getting very excited about opening presents which I think is the favorite part of birthdays when you're that age. I just need him to decide what type of cake he wants by tomorrow. One day he wants dirtbikes, the next day motorcycles, and the next a football. We'll see what his final decision is tomorrow.

Monday, April 17, 2006

A Perfect Mother's Day

After much consideration, I have finally decided what the best present my family could give me this year. I want a day without feeling responsible for everything that goes on at home. So, my ideal day would look a little like this. I would wake up somewhere around 9:00am with a hot breakfast waiting for me or just beginning. Then I would like to lay in bed and watch a movie or read a book while Kerry entertains the kids while knowing that Josiah will still need me quite a bit. Then I would like lunch picked up somewhere without having to think of getting it ready or mentioning going to get lunch. After lunch, when Josiah is down for a nap, I would like to spend some time scrapbooking. Then I would like my two oldest boys to prepare dinner for us. After dinner, I would want the dishes all cleaned or put in the dishwasher. Then I would go take a nice relaxing bath and take a book along with the knowledge that Josiah would want to take a bath too at some point. Or maybe Kerry could put the boys in the other bathroom while I'm enjoying mine. Then I would like to see Kerry help the boys get their toys picked up from the day. Before bedtime, I would enjoy relaxing on the couch watching tv or playing a game with the family. And then Kerry would help put Caleb to bed and I would snuggle with Josiah and we would drift off to a pleasant almost uninterrupted sleep. I can think of no better gift this year. I will even wait for the perfect day since Sundays are not the best days for our family. I will even agree to have the laundry done and house picked up before the day begins.

Do you know what the best part is? Kerry has agreed to giving me this gift. I am so looking forward to it. There's just something so relaxing knowing I'm not completely in charge of the house for a day. Now if I can only make myself relax on that day and not try to get other things done.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Easter Pictures


Caleb


Josiah


Caleb, Josiah, and Daddy



Caleb and Josiah


Caleb and Mommy


Josiah and Daddy

An Early Easter


Josiah's first Easter -- getting ready to look
in his Easter basket


Daddy, Caleb, Mommy, and Josiah
(the best of the family pictures)


Caleb with his Easter basket

Since Kerry has about 6 church services tomorrow, we decided that today would be a better day to celebrate Easter as a family. Friday night while Kerry was at Easter service number 3, the boys and I painted and dyed our Easter eggs. I have to admit that I look forward to dying Easter eggs each year. I've only missed a couple of years in my 29 years of life much to my sister's dismay. Today, we had a late breakfast at IHOP. It was packed! I could not believe how many people were there. Once we got home, we got ready, took pictures, let the boys look in their baskets, and had a quick Easter egg hunt. This is the third year in a row that an outside egg hunt didn't work out due to rainy weather or muddy yards. After the egg hunt, we headed to church (2:30pm service) to take a few pictures around the campus before the service actually began. The sun started to come out about this time as well. Since I ruined the digital camera, I was eager to see how the pictures turned out. So, I dragged Caleb and Josiah to Walmart and dropped the pictures off. We went to Wendy's and then our pictures were ready. Some of them turned out so good! I really like my old camera. I just wish I could see the pictures as I take them. The boys and I are now home and are looking forward to unwinding tomorrow after a long but fun day here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Don't Forget the Chocolate Milk

I have to admit that today has not been the greatest day of my life. It started with Josiah waking up a little too early for me which is really not early to most people. I was so exhausted, not sure why except that I didn't want to wake up this morning. So, the boys and I relaxed on the couch for about an hour before getting breakfast. Josiah went back to sleep about this time too. School went just fine, no problems.

Part of the way through school, I decided to get my purse to pay some bills. What I saw was not what I was expecting. I had forgotten to take out a Wendy's chocolate milk a few days ago. It had spoiled and exploded in my purse! It was definitely a big mess. The digital camera was in my purse and for a couple of hours I didn't know if it would survive. But I think it will. The purse is now clean and drying out.

Late this afternoon, Josiah was taking a nap. Then the doorbell rang. I glanced out the upstairs window to see who it could be. That's when I saw a teenage boy running as fast as he could on the opposite side of the street. I would have taken it in stride except that it occurred last night around 8:30pm (not cool). I unlocked the door and looked out the peek hole in the door and posted Caleb at the window upstairs since three junior high boys were standing across the street. They had the nerve to come again, but when I opened the door on them, they took off in a flash. With a sleeping baby, I definitely was not happy and yelled at them that I had a sleeping baby and not to come back. I called Kerry who told me he would talk to our neighbors about the pranksters. Fast forward another hour and another doorbell ring. I got my cell phone ( not sure why) and preceded to open the door (after checking through the peek hole again). On our door was a note attached written on graph paper and here is what it said:

"We are sorry
for Ding Dong
Ditching you,
we did not realize
you had a sleeping
baby and we felt bad.
Ding dong ditching is our
sport but when it involves
things like this the fun fades
away.

Sincerely,
The Ding Dong Ditchers"

I appreciate the apology, but I think they need a new sport, and Josiah woke up on the third doorbell ring. I was planning on going to the store tonight to finish up Easter purchases without Caleb, but Kerry called and had a last minute dinner scheduled. Caleb said he'd go and pick his things out, but I'd like him to have a couple of surprises. Maybe tomorrow.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Easter is Coming Soon

Today was a pretty busy day. After the boys and I had breakfast this morning, we gave Bailey, our golden retriever a bath. Fortunately, he loves baths and runs to the bathroom and jumps in the tub when we tell him it's time for a bath. He occassionally will do this when it is not time for a bath as well. We completed school and then took Bailey to the vet. This was his first check visit to the vet out here and my first time to be in charge of taking him. I'm sure we looked like a site -- a mom trying to control a 75 pound dog and the 5 year old son pushing his sleeping 8 month old brother in the stroller somewhat recklessly. But we did it. He is current on all his shots and all we have to do now is license him. I'll take care of that next week.

With Easter coming so soon, I decided I had to find the boys their baskets. Caleb has used the same basket since he was born, but I couldn't find just the right one for Josiah unless I went to Pottery Barn Kids. Since I was getting tired, I decided I might as well save myself all the hassle of going in multiple stores and just get the ones from Pottery Barn. Fortunately, they were on sale and I got the last two in the color I wanted. I then had the boys' names embroidered on the basket liners. These will be their Easter baskets until they go to college. I know Kerry thinks I'll get tired of them after a couple of years.

We have finally found a small group to attend which we attended tonight. It consists of 4 couples, with kids ranging from Josiah's age to high school. I really enjoy the age ranges. It makes for a pretty calm small group. Josiah and one other little girl who is two are the only ones that really seem to need attention. Once we get to the house, we never see Caleb he's having so much fun. So, our Friday nights are set from now on.

I still need to finish a few things before Easter gets here. We will be celebrating on Saturday due to Kerry's very busy schedule at church. He has a service on Thursday, 2 on Friday, 3 on Saturday, and 6 on Sunday. We will really try to spend time as a family on Kerry's day off this week and on Saturday before church. I guess I should go make sure Caleb's gear is ready for his baseball game tomorrow at 9am. Maybe I can sleep in on Sunday since we attend Saturday night services.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Great News!

I just found out a few days ago that Caleb and Josiah will have a new cousin sometime in December. My sister, RyAnn, just found out she is pregnant. Brock will be a little over two years old when the newest addition arrives. RyAnn has already been experiencing morning sickness (all day sickness), but said she felt a little better today. We're praying that she will stay healthy and not have to experience morning sickness, especially like she did with Brock. We're also praying for a healthy baby, boy or girl. I'm looking forward to being an aunt again. I'm just sad I won't be there to help out on a day to day basis. Even though Josiah is only 8 months old, talk of babies makes me want to have another one. God knows my heart and the right timing for everything. My trust is in Him.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Shopping: A Success

Today was the day I was dreading. I have put it off and put it off, but finally had to admit that it was time to take Caleb shopping for an Easter outfit and a few other things. As an almost 6 year old, Caleb knows exactly what he wants in terms of clothes and shoes. The last couple of shopping trips haven't been the easiest or fastest due to differing ideas of what looked good and him looking for just the right item. I know my mom is pleased to know that I am experiencing with Caleb what she experienced with me in terms of shopping and clothes. I remember times when shopping trips would last several days looking for just the right Christmas or Easter dress.

Before we even left the house, I told Caleb what we were looking for today. I also happened to mention that Josiah needed to get his picture made sometime soon. He did not like the idea that he would not be getting his made as well. I reminded him that Josiah didn't have baseball pictures taken, but if he wanted to be in the pictures with Josiah, then we would need to look for coordinating colors to match Josiah's Easter outfit. At first he decided against that, but I showed him Josiah's outfit and suggested colors ahead of time to look for. I also mentioned that if he had a good attitude about a church outfit, then he could pick out something as well. With some good compromising, Caleb came home with an Easter outfit, camo shorts with a coordinating t-shirt, tennis shoes and sandals. Some of this will be put aside for his birthday coming at the end of April. I also picked up Josiah an outfit while we were out which will probably go in his Easter basket. I really wanted to look for me something for Easter, but after three hours of shopping and no complaining we were all ready to come home. I guess that means if I want something for Easter, I will need to go out shopping again. We'll see if I get around to it.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Baseball Pictures


Caleb running hard to first base


You're out!


Caleb staying focused


Caleb gets ready to throw the ball.


Caleb batting -- notice the foot off
the ground

I'm losing count on how many baseball games we have had this season. A couple of Saturdays ago, a man came out to the game and took some pictures of the boys playing baseball. They were called the "action pictures" since we had already paid money for regular pictures. I tried to tell myself not to buy them all, but they were all so good and reasonably priced. Here are a few of them. I'm not sure how the quality will turn out since I scanned them, but they look really good in person. You can see how focused Caleb is when he is out there playing. And he loves it!