Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Catching Some Air





Caleb is having a blast on his dirt bike. I can only imagine how he'll be riding in a couple of years. I can't see him wanting to race but I also never thought my boys would be riding dirt bikes. Caleb is enjoying our trips to the swimming pool and is looking forward to our trip to Texas in a couple of weeks. He has completely outgrown Mommy picking out his clothes. He's always had an opinion on clothes but now it's more obvious. He prefers wearing t-shirts and jeans almost all the time. A couple of his t-shirts are now house only shirts (too worn for public in my opinion). When I told him we needed to get him a couple of new shirts and a pair of shorts, he said he didn't want anything. I'm glad he's content, but he is growing and I would like to at least go a few days without washing on our trip. When I suggested looking for motorcycle t-shirts, he was all for it. They're not what I would have chosen, but they're not bad.



Monday, June 25, 2007

Three and a Half Months





Levi is still as precious as ever! At his three month check up, he weighed 15 pounds, 9 ounces (90th percentile) and was 26 inches long (95th percentile). He has the sweetest smile which is hard to capture on my slow digital camera. I love his little voice too. He's becoming more active. I keep thinking anyday he will roll from his back to his tummy. A couple of days ago, I got out the exersaucer and let him sit in it for a few minutes. He seemed to enjoy it. I don't know how much he eats. I just nurse him when he's hungry. He sleeps very well snuggled next to me at night and only wakes up to eat and then goes right back to sleep. He has such a layed back personality. He only cries if he needs something and since I try to respond quickly, he doesn't cry much at all. He enjoys the symphony gym, but hasn't really developed an interst in toys. Occassionally, I will hand one to him and he'll hold it for a few seconds and then move on to his hands. He enjoys watching his brothers and the fans in our house. I am constantly amazed at how wonderfully blessed we are with our three boys.

**Tuesday morning -- Levi rolled over from his back to his tummy as I was getting breakfast ready. He has already repeated it a second time!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Patch Him Up!


I'm trying to get a picture of his eye. He thought I meant for him to close his eyes.


His eye is already purple and swollen today. I'm sure it will look worse over the next couple of days.

Oh, Josiah -- not again! He is going to do me in by the time he's eighteen or maybe five. Our week had gone so well. We went swimming, played at the park, took walks around the block, and just enjoyed ourselves. And then we get to last night. Kerry was at church and Josiah was having a sudden burst of energy. It was 8:30pm. Josiah was sitting in the red chair in the loft when he falls to the toy filled floor. His face hit the wooden block box as he came crashing down. Blood was everywhere -- the floor, all over Josiah and myself, the light switch, and the bathtub to name a few. Fortunately, the bleeding stopped once I applied pressure to the cut. Poor Caleb was trying to call Daddy and take care of Levi at the same time. We couldn't get Daddy on the phone so we called our friends (thanks Dan and Jessica) who were able to get in touch with Kerry. Once Kerry got home and looked at it, he gave us two options. The first we could take him for stitches and it would scar or he could put a butterfly on it and it would scar. I opted for no stitches. I love how Kerry phrased it last night, "Mom, I think this is the kid that we're just going to patch back together."

I know this will not be the last with Josiah. This morning he was doing forward rolls off the couch and laughing. He was trying to do headstands like his brother. He was climbing to the top of the swingset. He was running through the house chasing Caleb. But when he finally slows down, he's out in a flash. This afternoon, we were attempting to take baths before church. He climbed right in, snuggled up next to me, and fell asleep in the bathtub. Only Josiah. This is only the beginning.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Backyard Playtime

The boys love playing in the backyard. I still think Josiah would live outside if given the chance. A couple of weeks ago, we finally bought a pool for the summer. Last summer, we never got around to buying one. Our community has several pools for us to enjoy, and we used them frequently. This year with three boys I don't think I should attempt the pools without Kerry. We would probably be fine, but Josiah requires constant supervision and even at the Beach Club that is not too deep, he still needs to be within reaching distance. So, we will enjoy time at the pools when Daddy can go with us.


Josiah and Caleb stopping long enough for a picture.


Levi sporting one of his swimsuits. I didn't keep him out long, because I didn't want him to burn.


Josiah taking a break from swimming to ride his tricycle.


This is what happens when water is still in the pool, and Josiah isn't wearing a swimsuit. He gets in the pool anyway, shoes and all. It doesn't phase him.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Complete Look

After Caleb's first ride, Kerry took Caleb to the store to do a little shopping. They came home with all of the protective gear that he will need. His pants and shirt were given to him from a family in our small group which we are so thankful for. I never imagined my boys riding dirt bikes, but they do and love it. I guess once they are all big enough to ride, I'll either enjoy quiet days at home alone or get myself a four-wheeler. I haven't quite decided yet. However, I was a little tempted to try Caleb's bike out today. It looks about my size, not too big and not too small. I've got a few years to make up my mind.


Christmas in June

Christmas arrived a little early this year for Caleb and Josiah. Kerry has been talking about getting Caleb a dirt bike of his own for several months. After saving money and looking at various bikes, Kerry found just the right one. It's not brand new, but it's new to Caleb. I also didn't feel like Josiah should be left out of the gift receiving and insisted that he be surprised with something as well. This morning after breakfast, Kerry asked Caleb if he could go in the garage and get him a screwdriver. Of course, Josiah headed into the gargage as well with Caleb. I peeked around the corner to see Josiah already sitting on his new bicycle and Caleb still searching for the screwdriver, clueless that a dirt bike was in the garage. Then I hear Josiah saying over and over, "Bubby, a big bike, Bubby, a big bike." Finally, we hear, "Mom! Dad bought me a dirt bike!" Did you notice he said that Dad bought him a dirt bike? They were super excited! Of course, pictures were a must.

After taking pictures, we got ready and loaded the boys up so that Caleb could try out his new dirt bike. This bike is bigger than the one he borrowed on our trip in April, but we felt he would out grow the other one way too soon. Josiah practiced on his new bike for a few minutes and then wanted to watch Caleb. Josiah is still getting used to the brakes on the bicycle. Caleb loved his first time out on his dirt bike. It's going to take him awhile to get used to this bike, but he's up to the challenge. We love our boys and are thankful to God we were able to do this for them.

Josiah sitting on his new bike


Caleb as happy as can be over his new bike


The boys didn't want to leave Levi out of the fun.


Caleb trying out his new bike


Josiah posing for a picture

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

A Calm Week

I have had a very relaxing week other than the experience at the doctor's office. Caleb is finally starting to get his energy back today. Monday and Tuesday Caleb pretty much layed around the house barely eating and having little energy for much. Although I don't like seeing him sick, it gave us a good reason not to be out and about exposing people to his germs. Today, we've enjoyed playing in the backyard, reading books, cleaning windows (yes the boys thought this was fun), and just relaxing. I've also started our school schedule for the summer. My plan is to still engage Caleb in lessons but in a less structured setting. Our summer will include many outdoor activities -- swimming at the pool when Daddy is available, trips to the park, walks around the block, exploring nature and whatever else we come up with. Caleb's main instruction time will take place during Josiah's naptime. That's when we will focus on reading books that Caleb finds interesting, creative writing, and working on math facts. We will also focus alot on science and art this summer. I'm really excited about a change in pace and I know Caleb is too. Tomorrow we go and pick Daddy up from the airport. The boys are very excited that Daddy is coming home. Okay, I will admit that I'm glad he's coming home too.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Home Already

For those of you who know me well, you know I am not a morning person. I prefer to stay up late and sleep late. Today, we left the house at 6:30am to take Kerry to the airport. Yuck! Fortunately, we didn't have to look our best, so the boys and I basically rolled out of bed and got in the car. One of the perks I give myself when I'm out early is a trip to the Chick-fil-a drive thru for a chicken biscuit. The boys always enjoy the treat too.

I wish that had been all to my morning, but as soon as we got home at 7:45am, we had to get ready for Levi's doctor's appointment at 9:15am. Dr. Bob listened to his heart (the murmur is still there) and he had 2 shots. I was not impressed with the nurse we had this time. I'm used to having the same nurse each time that we've gotten to know over the past couple of years. We've never had this nurse before and she seemed a little calloused to giving shots. Maybe she was having a bad day, but it didn't make me feel any better about seeing my baby crying. On the way home, we stopped at the Farmer's Market which we always do when we're in that area. Levi's been a little fussy since we got home so I've given him some Tylenol. Hopefully, it will help him feel better.

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This past Saturday, Caleb layed around the house pretty much all day. I thought he was just exhausted from his busy week. Lets just say, that wasn't the case. I had the joy of cleaning walls, wood floors, and carpet all on Saturday night before I finally gave him a bowl. He must have caught a virus. He said he felt much better on Sunday, but then I started feeling bad. Fortunately, I didn't get it to the full extent that Caleb did. We're not quite back to feeling our best so we'll probably try to take it easy this week while Kerry's out of town. I'm just praying that Josiah and Levi do not get it.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

I've Been Tagged!

I was tagged by my friend Terri to do this meme. Here is how it works: You share four things that were new to you in the past four years. Four things you learned or experienced or explored for the first time in the past four years. New house, new school, new hobby, new spouse, new baby, whatever. Then you have to list four new things you want to try in the next four years.

Four things I have learned, experienced or explored for the first time in the past four years.

1. After several years of thinking we were going to have only one child, we became pregnant with Josiah. We were very excited to learn that we would have another little one to love. He is our blessing from God. And then, much to our surprise we found out that God was giving us a third child. What a joy Levi has been in his first three months of life.

2. I moved out of my beloved home state of Texas to California, a place I thought I would never live. I never imagined moving west for some reason. Whenever I thought about us potentially moving out of state, my mind always drifted to the east of Texas. I have no idea why but that's what I thought.

3. After moving to California, I learned that I'm not alone in this attachment parenting thing. For years I felt pretty much alone in this AP thing, but now I don't. It does help that our pediatrician is well known in the AP world and has written books about it. I now know a few real live people that parent the way we do.

4. I had the honor of taking care of my Pappy until he passed away in November of 2005. I learned so much during that time -- how to truly love through the good and the bad, how to give selflessly, and how one smile from Pappy could change someone's day even when there were no words. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Through this experience, I also learned that this is the kind of care I feel our parents deserve and want to give them if they ever need it.

Four things I want to try/do in the next four years.

1. I want to enjoy my husband and kids. I sit here and look at how much will happen in the next four years and how old each of my boys will be. I want to look back and see that I really took time to love on them, play with them, support them, teach them, encourage them, and train them in the way they should go. I also want to work on being a little more spontaneous with them -- like when Kerry suggests going to the beach or for a walk, I'll stop my cleaning (which will still be there) and savor the time spent together.

2. I want to have a closer relationship with God. Having young babies sometimes makes it hard to find a consistent time to spend with God for me. It was so much easier to find that special time with God when I was in high school and college. I would like to look back in four years and see that I've once again gotten in a groove in spending regular time with God.

3. I want to take a long road trip. I would love to take a camper, husband, kids, and dog and just go. I would love to to be gone a month or more and explore the United States. Honestly, one of my dreams is to homeschool on the road for an entire year. I can already see all the history and geography lessons.

4. Dare I say this last one? I want to add to our family, but I have no idea what this looks like. At this current time, I feel our little family is complete, but I also feel God has one more child for our family. I know Kerry is great with three like he was with two and one. This child could be another biological child. He/she could be from another country or through foster care. I just don't know, but I want to be open to God's leading on this. It might not even happen in the next four years.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Levi's Dedication


Nana, Mommy, Levi, and Granddaddy


Nana, Mommy, Levi, Josiah, Daddy, and Granddaddy


Levi and Granddaddy


Praying over Levi


The Family


Josiah loves all shoes

Levi was dedicated on Tuesday, June 5th, 2007. I have to admit I was a little concerned about not having Levi's dedication like we had the other two boys. This time, the dedication took place in our home. We invited our small group and other families in the church. We planned his dedication for the time my parents were going to be in town. One of the things that made it very special was that my Dad had the honor of dedicating Levi. Kerry did a wonderful job opening up the time and my Dad did a great job with the dedication, explaining about Levi's name, what Levi could become when he grows up, and praying over him. It turned out to be a very special time that we will treasure always.

Come and Gone


Nana, Josiah and Caleb at the Beach Club


Levi meeting Granddaddy for the first time


Granddaddy, Mommy, Josiah, Caleb, Levi, and Nana

My parents came into town this past Monday. It was so nice to have them here. It was also the first time they have been at our house here in California at the same time. I took Josiah and Levi to the airport with me to meet them. Caleb wanted to hang out with Daddy. Josiah was very excited to see Nana and Granddaddy (pronounced "Gingdaddy" by Josiah). He was a little disappointed that they had rented a car and they weren't riding with us. This was the first time my Dad had seen Levi, so it was a special moment. I dragged my parents shopping as soon as they landed to look for bedding, and early birthday present from them to go on our bed. I found exactly what I was looking for, but I felt really bad when I got us all lost going home since I took us down the wrong street. They were very understanding, and we did make it home finally.

Tuesday, my parents took Caleb and Josiah to Legoland while I finished getting everything ready for Levi's dedication that evening. I was able to run errands and clean the house with time to spare. Levi's dedication went well which I will share in a separate post.

Wednesday was a pleasant day. My Dad had a few meetings while they were in town, but we took time to go to the park and play a little baseball Wednesday morning. After we got home, the boys played in their new swimming pool in the backyard. After lunch, Josiah enjoyed a nice, long nap. After dinner, my parents and I went shopping along with Josiah and Levi. Caleb chose to hang out with Daddy at the house. We had a successful shopping trip.

Thursday, my Mom and I took the boys shopping, ate lunch out, and went to the Beach Club to swim. I learned while at the Beach Club that Josiah has no fear of the water. I will not be able to take the boys swimming without help this summer. I'm glad we bought the little pool for the backyard. At least they can enjoy that while Kerry is at work. Thursday night, Rockbridge Seminary held its graduation at our church. One of the reasons my parents came out to California was because of the graduation. The boys and I came up after the graduation to enjoy the desserts.

Today, Nana and Granddaddy took us to lunch before heading back to Texas. It's been a wonderful visit and we will miss them until we see them again.

Tonight, we had the WOW Awards at church. They boys had their first babysitter ever. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing, but the girl that stayed with them is someone Josiah adores. Her name is Katie and her brother played on the same baseball team that Caleb was on. Katie played with Josiah almost every game which helped me out so much. I think it would have been a complete success had Josiah not fallen and busted his lip. I was so proud that Katie did not hesitate to call me and let me know what happened and that Josiah was asking for me. He had stopped fussing by the time I got there (15 minutes later) but was very emotional in the car. It didn't help that I forgot to bring his drink and pacifier along. He was so tired and was crying because Katie was leaving and crying because he thought I was leaving again. He fell asleep soon after we got home. It's a little past 10:00pm and all the boys are sound asleep in my room. Kerry is still at the WOW Awards as we speak. I think I will soon be sound asleep like my three precious boys.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Angel's Game


Mom and her three boys at the Angel's baseball game


Caleb and Levi


Caleb (who wouldn't keep a normal face, Josiah, and Daddy

On Friday night, we had the opportunity to go the the Angel's baseball game. It was a great family outing! The boys had a wonderful time, especially Caleb. The Angels won the game. After the game, they had a fireworks show. Josiah was in tears when the fireworks started. I don't think it was the noise because once I finally got him to sit on my lap and close his eyes, he was fine. He kept his eyes closed through the remainder of the show. I wish I knew what he was thinking -- was he afraid they were going to fall down on him? It's hard when they can't express fully what they are thinking.