Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Pictures







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.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

What's Going On

I thought I'd post an update on what has been going on with our boys.

Caleb is under the weather as of today. I think he caught Kerry's cold. He sounded horrible last night as I kept him nearby and heard his breathing. I also kept feeling his forehead to make sure his fever wasn't returning. This morning he felt so bad. I know it's just a cold and it will pass, but I wish there was more I could do for him. He has chosen to continue school the past two days, because he realized laying in bed or on the couch was just too boring. I always loved those days, but not him. I would love to have one of those days right now without having to be sick.

Josiah makes me laugh at some of the things he does. One of the things that makes me laugh is he has started twirling. How many 13 month olds twirl? And he thinks it's so much fun. He turns and turns, falls down, and turns some more. He still is a little climber. Sometimes he will climb quietly and then say, "Mama" with this huge grin on his face. What a character. He is growing up. He does not like to cuddle much anymore which is so hard for me to grasp. Caleb still loves to cuddle. The past three times I have put him to bed at night or nap, he just wants to lay down with me there but not touching him. I know I should be thankful with the new baby coming shortly, but I don't want him to feel that I don't want to snuggle with him anymore. He has started sleeping better at night the past couple of nights. I put a mattress next to our bed and he's only needed me to put his pacifier back in a couple of times. He doesn't even need me to snuggle him back to sleep. This is the complete opposite of Caleb. I will not complain but be thankful that this will make the transition with the new baby easier.

Kerry and I are still alive and well. I'm about 16 weeks pregnant which is so hard to believe except for the fact that nothing fits. I'm at the stage where my shirts don't fit (except baggy t-shirts) and the maternity shirts look too big. Oh well. I haven't felt the baby move, but can hardly wait until that happens. That's when I seem to realize that I have something for real growing inside of me. If we were still in Texas with the same doctor, I would be going in for a sonogram this week. The office I'm at now doesn't perform them until 20 weeks. Although it shouldn't matter since we've decided not to find out what we're having. But it's still exciting to watch the baby on the screen and to see if he/she looks healthy. I think that's all the news for now.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Weaning

Before Josiah was born, I knew I was going to breastfeed him for at least a year and longer if he wanted to. I did not even have a planned cut off time. I thought maybe if he hadn't weaned by age two I might start cutting back on how much he was nursing. I was thinking he was probably our last little one and really wanted to enjoy this stage of life. When Josiah was about 9 monhts old, he started throwing his head back and to the side letting me know he was ready to be fed. He also found bathtime nursing a fun experience. During this phase, I was positive I would be nursing for quite a long time. I had no problem with that. When we found out we were expecting our third, I started thinking about the big picture. Josiah was still nursing several times a night and during the day as well. I started researching nursing while pregnant and what it was like to nurse two at the same time -- all the while thinking that Josiah was showing no signs or slowing down. I learned that my milk would start to change during pregnancy. Some babies would be fine with the change and others would choose to wean.

My plan was to start night weaning gradually after we got back from our trip to Texas. I had no exact plan in my head how I want it to go. So, around the time I was going to start night weaning, Josiah stopped nursing at night. The first night, I thought it was a one time deal, but then it became consistent. That was my only plan and to nurse him during the day when he wanted. Last week, he lost interest in nursing altogether and has completely weaned himself. If we didn't have a third one coming along in March, the end would have been bittersweet. I'm thankful that I allowed him to wean in his own time and have no regrets. He's growing up so fast!

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Motorcycle


Kerry on one of his rides


Caleb looking pretty cool


Josiah hanging out


Caleb and Kerry taking a ride around the block

If you would have asked me back in college if my future husband would fly airplanes, ride motorcycles, and grow facial hair, I would have said definitely no. For some reason, God had other plans and brought Kerry and I together. We just happen to be complete opposites, but we love each other very much. I have come to accept the fact that he loves flying (I actually enjoy it if there is a destination involved). I tolerate the fact that he just bought a motorcycle (the third since we've been married). However, I have to admit, I do not tolerate the facial hair well. I have no problems with anyone else growing facial hair, but I prefer to kiss my husband's clean shaven face. It's a preference.

Anyway, this post was supposed to be about the motorcycle. Yes, Kerry got a motorcycle at the end of July. He rides it almost everyday to work which does save on the gas bill. Before he bought it, I told him I was not comfortable letting the boys ride on it. I let Kerry and Caleb know that I was comfortable with them going around our neighborhood (not even out of our subdivision) and that was it. I said I might be comfortable for more than that when Caleb turned twelve, but no freeways. I have visions of Caleb flying off the back of the motorcyle. They agreed to respect my wishes, but I know they would prefer to be roaming the streets on Saturday mornings. All three boys love the motorcycle. Caleb loves to start it for Kerry before he goes to work. Josiah likes to sit on it, and Kerry can spend a lot of time working on it. Maybe it's a boy thing. It's been a great bonding experience for all three as they can be seen out in the garage together working on the bike. Here are a few pictures of the guys enjoying the bike.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Potty Time

When Josiah turned a year old, I decided it was time to bring the potty chair out. I brought it out about the same time with Caleb. Josiah has had a lot of fun just exploring it -- opening and closing the lid, sitting on it, standing on it, and carrying it around. After our trip to Texas, Josiah figured out how to take his diaper off and can frequently be seen running around the house naked. I'm okay with this. This happened with Caleb as well and he was completely potty trained by a little after 2 (excluding sleeping times). That meant that I didn't have to remind him to go to the bathroom, he knew when he had to go and went. For the past few weeks, whenever Josiah would take his diaper off, I would sit him on the potty and sing a little song and praise him for sitting on it. He thought he was such a big boy. There have also been a few accidents on the floor. No big deal. I can clean them up easily enough and he's learning where his pee-pee comes from. Tonight, after bathtime, I sat him on the potty, and simply asked if he could go pee-pee. He looked down and actually went pee-pee. I was so excited! I could tell he was excited too. Daddy and brother praised him as well. It's been my goal to at least get him to understand the concept of going to the bathroom before the baby is born. So, it looks like we have a good start and at only 13 and 1/2 months! Caleb still holds the record in the household at 13 months. Maybe he'll be easier to potty train than Caleb, and Caleb was super easy. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Summer Pictures


Josiah playing in Bailey's water bowl


Caleb at church


Josiah at church


Caleb and Josiah


Josiah pushing Caleb, a fun pastime

I finally got pictures developed from the beginning of the summer. They were taken in June and possibly early July. I'm amazed at how much Josiah has changed in just that short time. And Caleb's hair has gotten so long. Caleb wants his hair to grow out once again (no haircut since May) and Daddy wants Josiah's hair to keep growing. I'm ready to take both boys to get their haircut. I suppose I'll just keep waiting.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

It's Been a Year

It's hard to believe that come tomorrow, September 7th, we will have been in California for one year. Part of our time here has flown by but other times have felt so long making me very homesick. Last year, my sister RyAnn and my nephew Brock flew out with the boys and I. It was extremely overwhelming to walk into my house, one I had never seen before, filled with boxes waiting to be unpacked. I remember Kerry picked us up at the airport (we hadn't seen him in 3 weeks), took us to get a bite to eat, and dropped us off at the house. He had some meeting to go to that night. I guarantee I would have broken down in tears had my sister not been there. However, when I put my sister on the airplane the following week, I was trying to hide the tears as I walked out of the airport. It was then that I asked myself if I had really agreed to this move. It was too much to take in at that time.

Things got better after that. I actually got the house all organized and slowly started getting into a daily routine. I've been very blessed to have family and friends come and visit, and the boys and I have also gotten to go back to Texas and visit on several different occassions. We've had quite an eventful year, at least the boys have. Caleb accepted Christ in October of last year and was baptized this past summer. He tried soccer for the first time and found that he prefers baseball. Even though he's played t-ball elsewhere, he played Little League for the first time. Caleb completed first grade and lost his first tooth.

Josiah will only know his Texas house through pictures. Josiah experienced almost all of his firsts here in this house. He learned to sit up, crawl, and walk all while here. He's talking constantly and has a mind of his own. He celebrated his first Christmas, first Easter, and first birthday here and many more first. I'm sure there will be many more milestones that he experiences this year as well.

Kerry has loved being here from before we arrived. He enjoys his job and the atmosphere in general out here. He says home is wherever the boys and I are. Honestly, California is growing on me, but there are several things I miss in Texas, the most important being family. I know I took for granted stopping by their house on the spur of the moment. Now, I cherish all the times we have together. I also miss Blue Bell ice cream. Maybe one of these days we'll see Blue Bell on the shelves out here. And Eckrich sausage -- it sounds so good on the grill along with fresh sweet yellow corn (haven't found any here). I miss the smell of rain and watching it rain outside. I also miss watching the bluebonnets come out every spring. And I miss Baylor football games along with the foot long corn dogs. This will be the first year since third grade that I will not be at at least one Baylor home football game. I guess I will have to make a point to start watching the games on tv and dress up in our Baylor gear.

I've mentioned some of the things I miss, I guess it would only be fair to list some of the things I like about California. I have to admit I can't complain about the weather. I can take the boys outside any time of year. It rarely rains so I don't have to worry about waiting for the yard to dry up. A light jacket during a winter afternoon is sometimes all you need. And to give me a taste of cooler weather, I can sit outside during an evening service at church wearing a coat and snuggled under a warm heater. We aslo live close to the ocean which can be a lot of fun. I have been very fortunate to meet friendly people everywhere. Just last week, I met a lady in line at the pharmacy with her little boy and we ended up meeting a few days later to let the boys play. The church has been very welcoming and I love the laid back atmosphere.

I'm sure this year will be just as exciting, especially with baby number three coming in March. God has definitely stretched me this year when it comes to trusting in Him. He has reminded me that He will never let me down, that He will meet all my needs. I just have to keep remembering that and not worry about everything. God is in control.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

The Crocodile Hunter

Late last night, we heard the news via television that Steve Irwin, a.k.a. The Crocodile Hunter, died yesterday. Kerry and Caleb were watching the news when Caleb came upstairs to tell me. Steve Irwin and his family have become familiar names in our household. Caleb loves watching animal planet and Steve's videos. I normally don't get so caught up in a well known family, but Caleb thinks they are so cool. It broke my heart to watch Caleb tonight as he was holding back his emotions. Once Daddy told him it was okay to be sad, he started crying. Bless his heart! Our prayers go out to Terry, Bindy, and Bob and the rest of their family.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Granny's Visit


Granny, Caleb, Josiah, and Kerry


Granny and Kerry

When the boys and I flew back from Texas, Granny accompanied us (it's been a couple of weeks). This was Granny's first to California since we've been out here. We had a wonderful time visiting and just relaxing. We took Granny to the beach and to a couple of Caleb's favorite restaraunts (okay one was one of my favorites too). Kerry went out of town for one night while she was here, so it was nice having her company while he was gone. We also took Granny on a tour of the church and showed her where Kerry works. We were so glad she was able to come for a visit. Caleb wanted to know after Granny left why we couldn't just buy Granny a house right next to ours and she could live nearby. It's a nice thought -- maybe one of these days. Here are a few pictures from her visit.