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.