It's definitely been awhile since I've posted. Life has been good but busy. Before Christmas, Nana and Granddaddy took Brock, RyAnn, Josiah, Levi and I to see Frosty the Snowman. All the little ones loved it. Levi stayed awake for the entire show. And they all sat so still. We also spent some time in Gladewater with Granny. We even took time to get pictures taken with her. We had a wonderful Christmas with Granny and the boys loved spending time with their cousins.
We drove back to Arlington on Christmas morning to spend with Nana, Granddaddy, Nate, RyAnn, Brock and Braxton. It was definitely a different, active dynamic this year with 5 boys than in the past. For five years, all the focus was on Caleb's reaction to his gifts. This year it was a divide and conquer mentality. RyAnn and Nate each had one of their children. Kerry took Josiah, and I helped Levi. Caleb tore into one present after the other on his own. Nana and Granddaddy also purchased a Wii for their house. Everyone enjoyed playing off and on all day, grown ups included. We also enjoyed seeing extended family over the holidays as well.
Kerry flew back to California on Friday. There were no tears but the reality of the unknown is starting to set in for me. What is God's plan for our family this year? Where is he going to guide us to settle down somewhere or is that even in His plan for us right now? One month didn't seem too long to have Kerry in California and the rest of us in Texas when we were talking about it. Now it seems forever to be away from each other. I'm sure the time will go by quickly as a normal routine should start shortly after the new year.
I have pictures I need to get from the past few weeks and then I can start adding pictures from my new digital camera. That was one of my Christmas gifts this year since my old one is officially broken. I'm glad to finally be back into the world of blogging.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
We arrived in Arlington, Texas yesterday around dinner time. We had a great trip driving from California to Texas filled with some great memories. Our Dodge Caravan was packed full along with four suitcases and a stroller on top of the van. The boys did wonderful for almost the entire time in the car. I sat in the very back with Josiah and Levi so I could meet their needs quickly. I think that made a big difference. Caleb enjoyed his own space in the middle and Bailey traveled well on the floor. And Kerry drove the entire time. We were able to find hotels/motels that allow dogs. The highlight of the trip for the boys was celebrating Christmas on the road. They got to open their presents spread out along the way in the car, and they opened their stockings at our first hotel. They thought it was so much fun. What great memories!
Friday, December 14, 2007
In less than 48 hours, we will be on our way to Texas. The last of our belongings that aren't coming with us to Texas will go into storage tomorrow. This house will feel pretty empty tomorrow night. But we are excited about the journey ahead. To see some of the details about what the next few months will look like, check out Street to the Seat and the December 13th post. I'm typing one handed or I'd share the specifics here. It should be fun!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Levi turned 9 months old on Friday. On his 9 month birthday, he stood up by himself. He actually let go and stood for about five seconds. We cheered and cheered for him. He is still a delight and these past nine months have flown by.
Levi is still exclusively breastfed. He still has a pretty strong gag reflex. We decided to try solid foods once again a few days ago. Needless to say, it was very apparent he just isn't ready yet. He still continues to grow, so we aren't concerned. He will occassionally drink diluted apple juice through a straw but only just for fun. He is cutting several new teeth at this time. That has made him a little fussy but nothing bad, just some extra cuddling is needed. He still loves to be carried around in the sling. It makes it very easy in stores since he is so content being toted around leaving the basket seat for Josiah or the ability to just grab the single stroller versus the double.
I don't know if it's because he's the baby of the family or what, but he seems more fragile than the other two. Or maybe he's just smaller boned than the others. Or maybe he's got his Mama wrapped around his little finger. I've been trying on clothes that Caleb and Josiah have worn and they are so baggy on him. He's still as cute as can be though. Three months until he turns one will go by way too fast!
Saturday, December 08, 2007
This week has been full of packing and more packing. Tomorrow is the day we put almost all of our things in storage. The packing part has gone smoothly. The boys have been great as I've been spending a lot of time packing. This week we will have fun hanging out in an almost empty house. I think the boys are kind of excited about it since we told them we'd put the tent up for them. Caleb, who normally does not like change, has handled this situation quite well. Josiah is just ready to go see Nana, Granddaddy, and Granny. He talks about it everyday. I'm not sure he'll want to have his own house after being spoiled for over a month from Granny, Granddaddy, and Nana. He seems to accept the fact that we will be putting our things in storage, go see family, and then move into a new house. His response was, "Oh!" That is what he typically says once he understands something. I've got a few more things to do before tomorrow morning comes, so I'd better get busy. Just wanted to keep you all updated.