Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Love'n His Crocs

Josiah received a pair of Crocs for his birthday from Nana and Granddaddy. I knew he would probably like them since he seems to have a high interest in shoes, but I didn't know how much he would like these. I'm sure it is partly because he can put them on himself. He has always preferred to be able to do something himself. He skipped baby food and went straight to finger foods that he could pick up himself. He doesn't like to hold hands when walking since he can do it himself. He loves to brush his teeth with his pink toothbrush but doesn't want help. Back to the Crocs -- Josiah can be seen in almost any situation wearing his Crocs. He puts them on pretty much first thing in the morning. If he's slept through the night, he comes walking into my room wearing his Crocs. He can be found wearing only his Crocs and nothing else. He sometimes takes naps wearing his Crocs. He will run and get his Crocs to go play outside in the backyard. If he can't find them, he walks around with his hands held open saying, "Where are my Crocs?" They were definitely a good choice for a birthday gift.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mama, Dada, and Crawling!

Levi has had a busy week. Last week, I heard him say Mama for the first time. I'm sure some would disagree with me but it always happens when I'm not holding him and he starts to fuss. I am confident that he must know that saying my name will get my attention quickly and it always does. On Monday, he said Dada for the first time. He likes to say Dada when he's happy and playing. Monday, Levi had what we would call his first official army crawl. He was able to move forward a couple of feet without rolling to retrieve his pacifier. He's growing up way too fast.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

AA Angels

Picture from last season

Caleb had his first full team practice today for the AA Angels. Friday night, he had batting practice with half of the team. We assumed he would play single A again this year and were a bit surprised when we heard he was in AA (the division after A). He was so excited especially when he learned that a few of his teammates from last season were playing and that he was going to have the same coach. Practice went well today. They will be learning about bunting, pitching, sliding, and stealing at this level. It seems like a lot to learn. I think Caleb is up for the challenge.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A Smile Caught on Camera

Levi and Josiah sleeping through church

Levi super close to crawling at 5 and 1/2 months old

Levi finally smiling for the camera

The three brothers (Caleb struggling to keep his eyes open because of the flash)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Finally, an Update!

Nothing overally exciting has happened this past week. We've enjoyed a rather peaceful week at the house just enjoying lazy summer days before starting school back up in a couple of weeks. I thought I'd give an update on what everyone's been doing.

Levi -- Levi is now about 5 and 1/2 months old. I can hardly believe it. He rolls all over the place and he really wants to crawl. I have a feeling he'll be crawling in less than a month, breaking Caleb's record of crawling at 6 and 1/2 months. But if he doesn't that's just fine. I enjoy babying him. Right now he has rolled over next to the computer and found one of the toy drums. He has grabbed the stick and is trying to hit the top. That's kind of hard when he can't sit up yet. He also seems to be very close to saying "mama" especially when he starts to fuss and wants my attention.

Josiah -- He's definitely a 2 year old. He seems to know just how to annoy Caleb. But then he can turn around and be so sweet. He really enjoys singing these days and can easily be redirected if I suggest a song. He still wants to do everything Caleb does. He language continues to explode. He's still struggling a little without his pacifier, or maybe it's me. He doesn't ask for it but occassionally he will sneak one of Levi's into his mouth. The pacifier used to help him wind down at night and now he doesn't have it. I've also noticed that he has started sucking his fingers right as he's about to fall asleep. So, I don't know if taking his pacifier away at this age will have helped in the long run if he ends up liking his fingers. I should have stuck with my mother's instinct and waited until after Christmas and after 2 year old molars have come in. Oh well.

Caleb -- Caleb went to the dentist this past Monday to have the impressions taken to get his expanders. He was super excited about it and to get to choose his "style" for each expander. He's enjoyed learning how to use his boogy board this summer. He may surprise me and end up surfing sometime. He has also decided he needs a skateboard. We have this old skateboard/scooter that we got at a garage sale for $2 and he finally realized if he put the handle down, it was a skateboard. He practices in the backyard and can't wait to save up his money to buy a skateboard and all the protective gear. Baseball season will be starting in few weeks and he's looking forward to that as well.

Kerry -- Kerry's big new is that he got a tatoo. Just for the record, I had nothing to do with it. Of course, the boys think its awesome.

We plan to savor the remaining days of summer by taking it easy at home, swimming at the beach club, and going to the park to play. I've so enjoyed our summer break this year. It was just what I needed in order to gear back up for another year of homeschooling -- this year teaching two boys.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

How to Clean Wooden Blinds

Today, I was cleaning up after breakfast when I realized I probably should clean some of the wooden blinds in our house. This is probably one of my least favorite tasks when it comes to cleaning. As I used my lovely hand held swiffer duster, I mentioned to Kerry that I wished there was an easier way to clean the blinds. I thought about the vacuum, but the attachment for cleaning drapes and blinds is missing (which means I put it away somewhere after Josiah detached it for the 100th time). We started brainstorming ideas when Kerry suggested that we could use his air compressor for the job. On a whim, brought the air compressor into the house and started cleaning the blinds. I was amazed! They look and feel so much better. He only completed the downstairs but hopefully we can to the upstairs sometime next week. I thought our house was pretty clean until we decided to clean the blinds. I guess it's not as clean as I thought. If you decide to try this method of cleaning your blinds, here are a few suggestions:

*Be prepared for lots of dust flying around.
*Use a mask so you will not inhale the dust.
*Make sure you use the blow tip (I have no idea what this is except Kerry told me that was the attachment he used)
*Allow time for massive clean up after the job is completed -- vacuuming and mopping floors, wiping down counters
*Be creative -- Kerry ended up cleaning the fan, couch, chair and inside the piano (probably 100 years worth of dust) with the air compressor.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Trip to the Dentist: Success!

Yesterday, we took the boys to the dentist for the first time since we've lived in California. For the past couple of years, we have visited our family dentist every six months back in Texas. Our family dentist recommended that we take Caleb to a pediatric dentist. At first I was a little hesitant since I did not enjoy going to a pediatric dentist when I was a child, but thought we could at least try it once and if I wasn't comfortable with their suggestions , then I'd get another opinion. Our wonderful doctor gave us the name of the dentist we went to see yesterday, Dr. Lee in San Clemente. After our visit, I highly recommend him!

When we got there, they had toys and video games in the waiting room and it wasn't crowded. The ladies at the window were very friendly, and I could tell they enjoy what they do. When they called Caleb back, we were all allowed to go back which was my number one concern. Some dentists don't seem to like parents to be with their children. Not the case here which is one of the reasons I know our doctor recommended him. They took both Caleb and Josiah's pictures and then Caleb got his x-rays and then teeth cleaned first. Even though the x-rays were out of the way, there was a mirror positioned so you could see what was going on. Caleb loved choosing his flavor, bubble gum of course and chose a red toothbrush that lights up. Josiah loved watching Caleb and was very excited when it was his turn. Guess what color of toothbrush he chose? PINK. He did so good! He laid back in the chair, let them polish, dental floss and fluoride his teeth. He even let the dentist count his teeth. They both loved choosing their treats afterwards and walked out of the dentist with new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, a treat, t-shirt, and balloon. They want to go back every week.

Caleb will be getting upper and lower expanders. He is so very excited especially after he saw the options for colors and designs. We go next week for the impressions. He was hoping they would be ready then, but we had to explain that it takes time to make them. I am just so glad it went well for both of them and we all feel comfortable with their new dentist.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Day 6 Without the Paci

I honestly thought it would get better a whole lot faster than it actually is -- Josiah without his pacifier. Overall, I am so pleased with how he has handled having no pacifiers. He will occassionally ask for it when it's time to sleep but then be okay when I remind him what the doctor said. I am grateful that I can say it was the doctor's decision, not Mommy's. The past two nights have been pretty tiring. The pacifier was his way of winding down and it was quick. Now it's pretty comical what the nights bring (at least the last two nights). We read books, we pray, then he has to go to the bathroom (never happened before), then he drinks some water, then we sing songs, and as his eyes are closing and he is almost completely asleep, he cries out that he needs to go potty again. This has happened for the second night in a row having to go to the bathroom twice and he's not even completely potty trained. I tried to explain tonight that he had already gone but he got so upset that it wasn't worth it. And he did go once we got to the bathroom. If only I could send him to the bathroom without getting out of the bed, then it would be just fine. The middle of the nights seem to be getting a little better or I'm just so tired that I'm not noticing once I'm in there with him how many times he's actually waking up.

Precious Levi is taking a growth spurt on top of Josiah having to give up his pacifier. This means he is nursing more around the clock. He typically nurses one to two times a night but now it's more than that. The good news is he never completely wakes up. Speaking of sleep, I probably should head to bed since all three boys are currently asleep.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Elmo Birthday

Josiah's Elmo birthday cake (made by Mommy)

Josiah and Daddy

Mommy, Josiah, and Caleb

Yes, Levi was awake and watched Josiah open his presents

I forgot to post pictures from Josiah's actual birthday. Before we left for Texas, he told me he wanted an Elmo birthday cake. Part way through our trip to Texas, he decided he liked Cookie Monster better. Since I had already planned for Elmo, Elmo remained. Josiah was really excited once he saw his cake and presents. Caleb and I had wrapped his gifts and he was devastated that he couldn't open them until Daddy got home. He would not let me put candles on his cake. He got pretty upset when I asked him if he wanted candles. Now he likes to go around singing, Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me..." It's pretty cute! We had a pretty low key day. Our original plan was to take him to the zoo when Daddy got home from a meeting but Josiah fell asleep early due to the time zone change and didn't wake up until about an hour before the zoo closed. He didn't seem to miss it. I'm glad he enjoyed his special day.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

2 Year Check Up

Josiah had his two year check up on Monday. Overall, he did really well with Dr. Bob. He weighed in at 30 and 1/2 pounds and is 35 inches tall. I can't find Caleb's records for this age to compare with. Dr. Bob asked about Josiah's cut next to his eye and told us to make sure we kept it covered for the next six months while out in the sun. He received one shot which he didn't even cry from. I'm glad his shots are over for a couple of years. The hardest news was that his pacifier use is messing up his bite. The doctor lightly suggested taking away his pacifier unless it made us all miserable. I was a little in shock since Caleb used a pacifier until he was 2 and 1/2 and he had no such problems. When he asks for his pacifier I explain that the doctor said it was messing up his teeth now that he is two. He's done better than I thought he would. It is taking longer to settle him down for naps and nighttime, but I'm sure it will only improve. The hardest part for me is getting used to him not sleeping through the night again. With a 2 year old crying out at night needing mommy and a baby nursing, it makes me pretty tired come morning. I continue to remind myself that this is only a short phase in our lives and I'm thankful that I am here to meet their needs even in the middle of the night. They will be grown before we know it.