Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Getting Ready

Tomorrow will mark the 35th week of this pregnancy. Since coming back from Texas, we have been in the process of getting ready for this new baby. We decided to make the guest bedroom Josiah's new room, so we have been in the process of painting the room, rearranging and getting new bedding. There is still nothing on the walls, but at least it's a place of his own. We're not changing anything in the nursery unless we end of having a little girl. Only then will we look into painting and new bedding. I went ahead and purchased a boy and a girl coming home outfit.

As of today, Josiah has a new car seat. I'm still trying to decide if I like it. It's a little big, but his head shouldn't flop when he sleeps, it reclines, and it was really easy to install. I also checked on how to adjust the straps and everything and it was very simple. So, overall I can't complain. He took his first ride in it tonight and seemed to really enjoy it. Hopefully, he will still feel the same way when he sees our new baby riding in his old one.

We took Kerry to the airport today. I just hope this baby doesn't decide to come early-- before he gets back. Neither of the boys were this early, but I will still feel better about it once Kerry gets back home. I still have about half of my list to complete before this baby is born and I continue adding things to the list. I would like to have it all done before Kerry gets back from his trip. Please keep us in your prayers that this baby will not come before Kerry returns.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Sickness and Blood

Thursday started out very normal. We woke up, had breakfast, and started school. I was pleased to see that we were finally getting back into a routine for at least a few more weeks. I was in an even better mood when Caleb worked hard on his individual work and finished in a timely manner. Josiah took just the right length of a nap so that we could go buy groceries without having to go too close 5:00pm when everyone else was there.

So, we're getting out at the grocery store and Caleb is very quiet. He asks if we can get a gray basket -- the ones with 2 seats. The last time we tried this, it was a complete disaster with Josiah. But I thought with the new baby coming, we could at least try again. Josiah thought it was pretty cool for the first 5 minutes and decided he didn't like it. I tried holding him, letting him walk, and even tried the normal seat which did not have a working seatbelt. The longer we were at the store the quieter Caleb got. He had his head down and was very still. I finally felt his forehead and he was very warm. We got home and he had 102 degree fever. Poor guy! I gave him medicine and he laid on the couch the rest of the night which he slept for most of.

During the time Caleb was sleeping on the couch, I was attempting to get the kitchen cleaned, swept and mopped. I was moving the kitchen chairs out of the way so I could sweep under the table. Josiah is our little climber and loves to stand in chairs. Most of the time, he is just fine. He's had a few slips but nothing major until this night. He was standing on one of the chairs and leaned too far against the back of the chair. The chair came crashing down with Josiah in it. Josiah's head hit the leg of the table and blood immediately came pouring out. Fortunately, it wasn't bad enough for stitches, but just bad enough for me to sit the rest of the evening holding him making sure he would wake up every once in awhile. He fell asleep pretty much right after it happened. Some of that was probably due to the fact that I was holding him pretty tight to keep pressure on the cut. After close to two hours of resting, he was ready to go full swing at 9:30 Thursday night. He was running around as happy as could be.

Caleb still felt bad yesterday and is about the same today as well. He still has a fever and is congested, probably just a cold going around. Since Caleb rarely gets sick, it's hard to see him like this. He was so scared in the middle of the night when he started wheezing. He kept saying he couldn't breathe and asking if he was going to be okay. Both Kerry and I reassured him that he would get better, just to breathe slowly.

On top of all of this, Josiah had his 18 month check up yesterday. He was right on target. He weighed 27 pounds and was 32 and 1/4 inches long. I think the doctor was glad to see him gain a little weight. At his last check up, his weight gain had really slowed down. He had two shots (one he didn't even cry during) and does not need to be seen again until he turns 2.

Kerry will be gone for most of the day today. I'm hoping we can stay pretty calm around here. Josiah seems to have the extra energy that Caleb does not have. I put the blow up air mattress in the loft so Caleb can relax and watch movies, Josiah can play, and I can get a few things done upstairs. Please say a little prayer for Caleb that he starts to feel better soon.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Family Day


Josiah was so excited when he found this rock. He thought he was so strong when he picked it up. He finally got tired of carrying it and found a place to put it down. I was showing him the pictures a couple of nights ago and he remembered the rock. Pretty cute!


Josiah and Caleb playing. Caleb enjoyed using his scooter while we were there, and it was portable enough to fit in the jogging stroller when he didn't want to use it.


Caleb found a place to rest. Josiah took time to explore almost everything which took a lot of time and Kerry and Caleb could be found sitting a lot on our hike/walk waiting for Josiah and I to catch up to them.

This past Saturday, we decided to get outdoors as a family. A typical Saturday might find us just hanging out at the house -- Kerry relaxing on the couch until time for church, the boys playing whatever, and me cleaning and doing laundry. Originally, we wanted to go find some snow up in the mountains for the boys to enjoy. When we found out on Friday night that it was mandatory to have chains in our car, Caleb decided on hiking. We took a picnic and went to Blue Jay Campground. I have to admit it was a little cold for me at the beginning. We all had coats and hats on trying to enjoy a picnic. But once we got walking, I felt much warmer. The boys had a blast being out in the open. Caleb loved having us all together and Josiah was so excited to be out running to his heart's content. On our way back home, we found a cute little candy shop which I will definitely remember. Fortunately, it is far enough away that I won't just hop in the car to go get a tasty treat whenever I feel like it. But if Kerry has any motorcycle rides that take him that way, I will remember to suggest he stop there before he comes home.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Sweet Nephew


1-13-07 Snuggling with Braxton


Caleb taking some time to talk to Braxton

It was wonderful to meet my newest nephew when we went to Texas. He was there at the airport waiting for us and I was able to take him in my arms the moment I saw him. It took us until our last day there to actually get pictures of the two of us together. I was able to snuggle with him quite a bit during our visit but wished I could have spent more time with him. I know the next time we visit, I will be considered a stranger to him. I guess we need to keep up with the webcam. Caleb had lots of fun bonding with his new cousin as well. He did very well splitting his time between Josiah, Brock and Braxton. Josiah surprised me as well. He did so well when I was holding Braxton and only once did he really want me to hold him when I was holding Braxton (it gives me hope with our new addition coming soon). And then he was content to just sit beside me watching Braxton. He kept saying baby over and over again. He constantly would find Braxton's pacifiers and bring them to RyAnn. He somehow knew that they were not his. We love you Braxton and look forward to watching you grow!

Friday, January 19, 2007

A Night at the Rodeo


Mommy and Josiah before the rodeo


Nana, Granddaddy, Josiah, and Caleb


Caleb checking out the goats


Three boys on the go makes for one impossible picture


Caleb focused on watching the rodeo


Snack time!


Brock sure did love the cotton candy.

Nana and Granddaddy were so gracious to treat us all to a night at the rodeo. It's become a tradition over the past several years. We took Caleb for the first time when he was three and he loved it. He was decked out for that one in boots and a hat. We went the following year even though Granddaddy got sick and wasn't able to use his ticket. Last year, Nana and Granddaddy were supposed to go with Brock, RyAnn and Nate but Brock got sick. Nana and Granddaddy got to go alone last year. This year everyone was well and the boys and I stayed a little longer so that we could make it to the rodeo.

We have yet to go to the rodeo on a pretty night and this year was no exception -- cold and rainy. The boys loved looking at all the animals. All of the boys did well sitting through the rodeo. I was most surprised by Josiah who loves to be down and running around. He sat for most of it focused on all of the animals. Josiah loved his boots and could be seen at the house in a shirt, diaper and boots. If he sees them, he wants to wear them. Caleb did not want boots this year, but when we got to the rodeo, he decided he needed a hat. So, he bought a new cowboy hat with his own Christmas money. It was a great ending to our visit to Texas. We left the following day to get back to California. It's hard to believe that the next time we make the trip, we will be a family of five.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Highlights From Our Trip


12-26-06 We celebrated Christmas with Nana, Granddaddy, Uncle Nate, Aunt RyAnn, Brock and Braxton the day after Christmas. There were toys everywhere! Brock was asleep when we arrived the night before and stayed home with his Daddy. It was so much fun to see him and how excited he was to see Caleb. We enjoyed visiting with each other throughout the day and getting a little shopping in after "Christmas."


12-31-06 We went and spent a few days with Granny in East Texas. We all had a great time just relaxing and celebrating Christmas with her. It got pretty chilly and rainy while we were there. The boys have already gotten spoiled to California weather. They couldn't understand why they couldn't just go out and play barefooted with no coats.


1-2-07 We had lunch with some of our old friend, the Cottons. Kerry knew Wayne and Jana before we got married and I met them pretty much right when Kerry and I started dating. I still remember sitting in a Wendy's with them after a Ranger game the Sunday before Kerry and I got married. And now they have precious Zoe. It was so much fun to get to know her a little bit.


1-4-07 Here are my other two kids that I would claim in a heartbeat that I left in Texas when we moved, Kylie and Ethan. I think Caleb would consider Ethan his best friend. They've known each other since Caleb was 11 months old and Ethan was just born. Kylie came along about 18 months later and it was a joy taking care of them. We had a very short but fun night visiting with them.


1-5-07 RyAnn, Brock, Braxton, Granddaddy, Caleb, Josiah, Kerry and I all went to the zoo. This was the best picture we could get with all three big kids and Granddaddy. It started out pretty cool at the zoo, but warmed up by the end of our visit.


1-8-07 Caleb, Brock and Josiah playing in Brock's backyard.


1-9-07 Nana, RyAnn, Brock, Braxton, Caleb, Josiah and I took a day trip to Waco. I wanted to get the boys big brother shirts from a little shop down there. We spent some time letting the boys run around a park and showed them the bear pit. We hadn't been since they built the new bear pit. The boys could have stood there watching the bears all day long. One of my memories of trips to Waco involved eating at a place called Cupp's Drive In. I just had to stop in and get myself a hamburger. It didn't taste the same eating it in the car, but I'm still glad we stopped.


1-11-07 Caleb snuggling with Braxton.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Not Recommended with a 17-Month Old

After I posted yesterday about our flight being cancelled, I got on the phone with the airlines. I double checked over the phone that our flight was cancelled and was directly transferred to a representative. When I explained about the cancellation, the lady informed me that the airlines had already booked us on another flight. The only problem I could see was that we had to fly into San Francisco and then take another flight to Orange County. I tried to look at it as an adventure and felt pretty sure that we would have time for Josiah to run around and grab something to eat before we boarded the next flight. Against the advice of my mom, I did not pack more snacks than I thought we needed for the first flight. Let the journey begin!

We arrived in plenty of time at DFW. We got all four of our bags checked, gave hugs and kisses to Nana and Granddaddy, and sailed through the security check. We even had no problems having our seats switched so Caleb and I would be sitting together. We took our time getting a snack -- McDonalds and a pretzel for me. We even had time for a potty break and a diaper change before getting on board. We had even managed to keep Josiah awake all day (3:50pm flight). We start boarding around 3:30pm. Josiah goes to sleep and we have not left yet. We sat for about 2 hours in the airplane due to waiting for the pilots and de-icing (sp?) the airplane before taking off. Josiah slept beautifully while we waited only to wake up when we took off. Josiah stayed awake the entire time. He was loud at times, wanting to walk around, etc. M&Ms and other snacks only helped so much. His toys and Caleb's toys were not of much interest to him. He was ready to get off the plane and so was I. Did I mention that Caleb was great this entire time?

Making our connecting flight was out of the question since it would have already taken off. We took our time getting off the plane not knowing if we would be spending the night in San Francisco or getting in really late that night. I was ready to let Josiah run around and get some dinner. But I wanted to double check on flights before doing that. We went to the counter for the flight that was leaving in just a few minutes to see what we needed to do. Somehow, we were already booked for that flight and they were waiting for us. Did I mention everyone else had already boarded? We only had M&Ms (which had lost their charm) and water left in our snacks and Josiah had not had a chance to run around. We made the flight but I'm sure it wasn't that pleasant for other passengers. All I can say is that we survived that flight. Caleb once again was wonderful like he always has been when traveling, even at Josiah's age. We made it home but our luggage was sent on to Alaska. I hope it makes it to our house before church tonight since our clothing is pretty limited at this time.

And then we didn't have anything to eat in the house so we ended up at the donut shop this morning and buying groceries after that. Josiah was definitely done. He wanted to be home running around and playing. We have now made it back home and Josiah is happy exploring the entire house. I think it's time for an early lunch.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

CANCELLED

Weather in the metroplex is not looking too good today. My parents mentioned when I woke up this morning that I should check my flight status since we were scheduled to fly back to California today. Before I even sat down for breakfast, I checked our flight status only to see that it was cancelled. This has never happened to me before, not that I travel all that much. Currently, I am holding on the phone with American waiting to talk to someone about when we can get a flight back. I don't mind too much being here a little longer, but everyone is ready to see Daddy and I have almost everything already strategically packed and weighed (a very important task when packing new Christmas toys).

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Exteme Makeover: Mackey Edition


THE BEFORE: FRONT VIEW


THE BEFORE: BACK VIEW


THE AFTER: FRONT VIEW


THE AFTER: BACK VIEW

We took the boys for haircuts today, including Kerry. Kerry's hair was quite long, but he was ready for a change. He got it cut pretty short which is pretty dramatic from what it was before. The pictures were taken by Caleb who thought it was a lot of fun capturing the change on camera. Caleb's hair turned out looking good as well. I was prepared for Josiah's not to turn out as well since he never likes to sit still, but he surprised me. He sat perfectly still the entire time! Way to go Josiah!

No Garage Door Needed


Granddad checking out the damage


A view from the street


The slope of the yard

Our plan was to have a pretty relaxing day: wake up leisurely, play with Brock, take the boys for haircuts and spend some time in Granbury with some friends of ours, the Hagans. Our morning started out with Caleb waking up at about 8:30am. Brock was already over here playing with Granddaddy. I fixed breakfast and we were all sitting down to eat when Granddaddy heard a noise in the garage. He went out to the garage to find that a ladder had fallen down and a few other things as well. We couldn't figure out what would have caused the things to fall down. He was explaining all of this when there was a knock at the door. A young girl was there explaining how she had run into the house. This is definitely the first time that this has ever happened here. I am so thankful that it was the garage instead of the kitchen where we were eating breakfast. The pictures were taken by Kerry who knew RyAnn and I would want to blog about the experience. Everyone is just fine.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Christmas Time Happenings

We've had a lot going on this past week and a half. Instead of boring you with all the details, I'll highlight what we've been doing.

*On Christmas Day, we flew to Texas and were met at the airport by my parents, RyAnn and my new nephew Braxton (what a great surprise!)

*We celebrated Christmas with my family on the 26th. It still felt like Christmas even though it was a day late.

*We traveled to East Texas to spend time with Kerry's mom. I was able to sleep late two mornings in a row and was pretty lazy the entire time we were there.

*On our way back to Arlington, we took some time to go see Caleb's cousins who he talked about from the moment we arrived in Texas. The boys got to help feed the horses and had plenty of space to run around outside.

*We visited with some of our long time friends, the Cottons, over lunch. I can't remember the last time we saw them in person so it was great catching up.

We've gotten to spend lots of time visiting with family and just relaxing. We still have some time left while we are here to see a few more friends and soak up all the family time we can get. I may not get to post pictures until I get back to California but will do that as soon as I return.