Sunday, December 28, 2008

Update on Levi

Levi is doing much better today. He slept great last night unlike his big brother Josiah who kept crying during the night. I never could figure out what was wrong, but once he was settled he slept until 10:00am. Levi woke like nothing had ever happened. Originally, we were planning on going to my parents' church this morning but decided to stay home and get some rest. Levi had other plans and cried when Granddad left for church. After seeing what good spirits he was in, we decided to get ready for church. Caleb and Levi went with my mom to Sunday School. My mom teaches Levi's age and since he didn't want to wait any longer, he went. This was his first time ever in Sunday School. My mom said he had fun and that Caleb did great serving as a helper in the class. I think the little ones loved him playing with them.

Church went very well. We were able to stay in the service almost the entire time, the first in three years for me. I'm typically in the parent's room somewhere or when we were in California sitting outside. Levi took a short nap on Nana and Silas slept through most of the service. I was most impressed with Josiah who has always had a difficult time sitting still and remaining quiet. He did so good sitting still and listening. Caleb was there too but he's old enough to know how to behave. My mom got up once with Levi for less than five minutes but other than that, we were all in the service. It was a small glimpse of the future when we can all sit in the main worship center together as a family without having to leave during part of the service.

After church, RyAnn and her family came over to my parents' house for lunch. I took the boys out after lunch to let them play in the front yard for about an hour. Then they were to content to come in and relax. Silas is napping with Nana. Levi's sleeping in the crib so he won't roll off the bed. Josiah and Caleb both decided to watch separate movies on their new DVD players they got from Nana and Granddad for Christmas. All is quiet in the house on a Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

11 Stitches Later

The boys and I have been in Texas since the evening of the 25th. I'll post more about our Christmas later, but thought I'd share about precious Levi tonight. This afternoon, Levi was playing in the backyard with his brothers. I was sitting right inside where I could see everything that was happening. What I wasn't expecting was to see Levi walk in the way of a moving two person swing and get knocked in the face. I ran to pick him up and found blood on his face. I regret to say and was not calm in the beginning, yelling that I needed help. Fortunately we are with my parents and my dad was there quickly. Granddad rushed him to the kitchen quickly assessing that a trip to the emergency room was necessary.

I was trying to think through things quickly to give out directions for my other three children. While Granddad, Levi and I left for the hospital, my sister came and picked up Caleb and Josiah. Then my mom and Silas came to the hospital so that I could nurse Silas when he got hungry. We arrived at about 4:30pm and left around 9:00 or 9:30pm. It's a blur now. In the end, Levi had to have 11 stitches, 6 that dissolve on their own and 5 that will need to be removed next week. Levi was such a trooper. He did cry but would just sit there and let Granddad or I hold him. We're all glad to be back home.

Before Nana and Silas came to the hospital, she sat down and talked to Josiah and Caleb to make sure they were okay. Caleb asked if Levi was going to die which Nana quickly assured him he would not and Josiah was reassured that we understood that he could not stop the swing and he didn't mean to hurt Levi. I think Josiah will remember the incident more than Levi. It was so sweet when we all got home tonight. One of the last things Levi did before going to sleep was to walk up to Josiah and give him a hug. I think that was his way of saying I love you and know you didn't mean for me to get hurt. It brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. Now that everyone is alseep, it's my turn. Goodnight.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Stay a Little Longer

It appears that my blog is finally working. On Monday my Dad came to visit. The boys were so excited to see him but were a little disappointed that he was only staying one night. Granddad was great in helping me finish most of my Christmas shopping. He kept the boys entertained in the stores we visited. He also helped me get a new cell phone since mine was no longer working. Levi got an early Christmas present from Nana and Granddad, a little 4 wheeler. We didn't want to have to figure out how to get it from Texas to Florida. He loves it!

Granddad was supposed to return home on Tuesday evening. After he sat in the airport for a few hours, his flight was canceled. The boys were thrilled to get to spend a little extra time with him before he actually went home. He left early Wednesday morning before the boys woke up. We were sad to see him go but are thrilled that we will be back in Texas next week.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Not Working Right

My blog doesn't appear to be working correctly. I've been trying all week to upload pictures , but I'm not even given that option. Just thought I'd try and see if I can actually post something.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

An Update of 4 Boys

Wow! Where has the time gone the past couple of weeks? We haven't been out much but life still seems busy. I can't seem to keep the house clean or clothes washed, but I am getting things ready for Christmas and we're staying caught up with school. It's been awhile since I've given an update on all of the boys.

Caleb is still doing well in school. He's currently really good at math and enjoys science. He continues to draw the most amazing pictures. I keep meaning to post some samples but have yet to get around to it. He enjoys creating ramps to jump for his bicycle. He practices almost everyday on his bicycle. His passion for snakes and lizards is still just as strong as ever. He will show me different pictures of snakes sharing how beautiful they look or pointing out certain characteristics of them. I can't really agree but try to be supportive. He really wants Kerry to take him hunting one of these days. It just hasn't happened yet.

Josiah got a new bicycle before Thanksgiving. His first bicycle broke and since he rode it everyday and big brother had a little to do with the breaking of his old bicycle, we got him a new bicycle. It is slightly bigger than his first bike and it did take him 2 days to get used to a bigger bicycle. Now, he's riding all over the property. He's even jumping small ramps. He enjoys doing school like his big brother and he'll even ask me if I don't plan for his school on a day that Caleb has school.

Levi is at such a fun stage in life. He makes us laugh. He still loves playing string guitars so much that his fingers blister. He has learned how to open the door to the garage and can be found running outside if Caleb and Josiah are outside playing. He still runs around singing at the top of his lungs. He continues to be so good with Silas. He watches closely when Josiah has his school time and wants to participate. So, it looks like preschool will be in full force next year.

Silas is rolling over quite a bit. He started rolling over consistently the week before Thanksgiving on that Wednesday. He sleeps on his tummy when he's sleeping alone and recently started waking himself up when he rolls over. He snuggles up next to me at night and nurses when he's hungry. He loves to be talked to and will smile and talk back in return. He really is a great baby, pretty easy going for the most part. He also still enjoys hanging out in the sling when we're out and when we're at home. He's not really interested in toys yet. He's content to watch all the action that happens with his three brothers.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Uncle Kent Visits: Part 2 - Silas' First Trip to the Beach

On Tuesday, the boys and I took Uncle Kent to the beach. It was a cool day for Florida but the ocean is a sight I never grow tired of seeing. Plus, the beach was practically vacant. Even though it was cool, it didn't stop Josiah and Caleb from getting wet. They also had a great time playing in the sand.

Josiah enjoyed playing in the sand.

Uncle Kent and Silas

It took Levi some time before he was ready to get down and play. He didn't want to get wet though and got upset when he did get wet.

Silas' first trip to the beach. He must have enjoyed it since he didn't complain.

Caleb enjoyed digging a large hole and looking at all the sea shells on the beach.

Caleb, Uncle Kent, Levi, and Josiah

Uncle Kent Visits: Part 1

Uncle Kent came to visit this past week. Kerry just took him to the airport yesterday. We all had a great time while he was here. The boys kept him so busy I'm sure he's ready to sleep for a week!

Uncle Kent arrived on Thanksgiving Day. The Allisons also joined us for Thanksgiving. They have two teenage boys and my boys thought they were so cool. This is the only picture I took on Thanksgiving Day. I couldn't forget that this was Silas' first Thanksgiving.

Friday morning Silas and I got up very very early to go shopping. We made it home before the boys woke up and we had been shopping for 4 hours! That morning, Uncle Kent gave the boys an early Christmas present pictured below. Uncle Kent, Kerry, Caleb, and Josiah spent the afternoon at the gun range trying out the new gun. Caleb is so ready to go hunting.

Saturday, the boys enjoyed riding dirt bikes before church. Levi soon discovered that all he had to do is cry and point to the dirt bike and Uncle Kent would take him riding. Every time they stopped Levi would cry to ride some more. He even fell asleep once riding with Uncle Kent but cried when they stopped.

Josiah's request was that Uncle Kent go to Chuck E. Cheese with us. So, that is what we did on Sunday night. The great thing about going to Chuck E. Cheese is that I discovered a Steak n Shake next door. What a fun treat on the way home!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tagged: 6 Random Things

I was tagged to list six random things about myself. So, here it goes.

1. I am a very, very picky eater. I don't like pizza, spaghetti, fish, vegetables - except corn, and I don't like things mixed together. There is more that I don't like than I do like.

2. I used to hang Christmas lights with my Dad every year until either I was married or was pregnant with Caleb (only a year difference) and wasn't allowed to climb on the ladder. Very fun memories.

3. I love watching home movies, especially when I convince my Dad to set up the old version with the screen and all and see our family when I was a little girl.

4. I actually miss California. I'm surprised it grew on me so much over the 2 and a half years we were there. It was so gradual that I didn't realize I would miss it so much until I was gone. Plus, my dearest friend lives there.

5. I love the tradition of dying Easter eggs. I only missed one or two years after I was married until Caleb was born. Even during college, my mom would boil the eggs and I would dye them. I even hunted Easter eggs in our backyard during high school. My sister was mortified that I still thought that was fun. And the eggs must be dyed on the Saturday night before Easter or it just doesn't make sense to me.

6. I dream of becoming a runner and being very fit. All that's standing in my way now is a double jogging stroller. If only it was that easy, I'd go buy a stroller yesterday.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Random Things

* Josiah fell asleep in the box again the following night. He probably would have continued except there were clothes in it last night.

* I got bangs. I'm still learning how to fix them. Still trying to decide if I like them. I wanted a change just like I do after each baby is born. Just never been this drastic. Caleb is smart. He says the bangs make me look younger.

* While trying to fix my new hairstyle yesterday, Levi fell asleep on the floor in my room. I thought he might have slipped outside quietly. I searched through the entire house before coming back to my room to find him sound asleep on the floor. Poor baby!

*Caleb is starting to learn Algebra and I'm teaching him. He's only in third grade. I didn't learn this stuff until at least 7th grade.

*What does it mean when your husband says, "I'll have to get used to it." in regards to your haircut? It didn't bother me though. I know I surprised him. He didn't even know I was getting my haircut. He likes surprises, and he likes constant change.

* Levi's learning to pee-pee in the potty. We started this a few weeks ago. No big pressure, just getting used to the process so that when his body is ready it will be a smooth transition. We've done this with the other two boys as well.

* Silas rolled over the other day. Can't decide whether to document it since he hasn't done it again. I tend to wait until it happens twice in one day to count it.

* I'm really tired. If only I would go to sleep as soon as everyone else was asleep I know I wouldn't feel as tired. I always get this burst of energy once the house is quiet.

* The humidity is so thick here we had to close our windows. California spoiled me.

*Our ice maker stopped working a few weeks before Silas was born. Then it started working again. Then it stopped working for almost 2 months. Now today it is working again. I have no idea why.

*Only 43 more days until the boys and I are in Texas again!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Josiah in the Box

I bought this box yesterday at the store with the purpose of putting clothes in it. Josiah found a different use for it. He decided he wanted to sleep in it tonight. He asked if he could sleep in it all night long. I told him he could sleep in it until I was ready for bed and then I would put him in his bed. Once he fell asleep, I took a couple of pictures and then Kerry took him out of the box. He just looked so uncomfortable, but I'm sure he will talk all about sleeping in the box tomorrow morning.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Silas' Two Month Check-Up

Silas had his two month check up today. Never mind that we had to wait an hour with four boys to be seen. Never mind that after one hour of waiting all of the boys were bouncing off the walls and Kerry and I were not in the best of spirits. Never mind that our appointment was at 11:00 and we didn't get out of there until after 1:00 (and I didn't bring snacks). The most important thing is that Silas is healthy and growing well. Here is the 2 month comparison of all of the boys. I am a little surprised that he weighed the least out of all of the boys. I thought he would have been right up there with Josiah. He was given two vaccines and is now taking a very nice nap.

At two months, Silas is as precious as he's always been. He lets me know when he's hungry or tired or needs a diaper change and settles down as soon as those needs are met. He smiles and coos when someone smiles and talks to him. His legs are getting very strong, so I'm thinking he will be an early crawler like his brothers. I don't know how often he wakes up to eat at night since he's right next to me. He still prefers Mommy which is very normal for our boys. I will enjoy these days because pretty soon he will be three wanting to go wherever Daddy goes.

Weight: 13 pounds, 13 ounces
Height: 24 3/4 inches

Weight: 13 pounds, 15 ounces (95th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (90th percentile)

Weight: 13 pounds, 5 ounces (90th percentile)
Height: 24 inches (90th percentile)

Weight: 13 pounds, 4 ounces
Height: 24 3/4 inches

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Recycled and Reusable Costumes

Getting four children dressed and out the door in their costumes on a very exciting night can be a little time consuming. The boys enjoyed their evening and that was the most important part. We went to the church up the street, The Church in the Farms, for their Trunk or Treat. Our neighbors behind us go to the church and invited us to come. Levi was a little shy at first but once he saw that everyone was giving out candy, he got down and walked from car to car. Josiah improved on saying thank you loud enough for people to hear him. Caleb got extra candy from one lady, because he said thank you without being reminded. Silas enjoyed being carried around and even got to spend some time in Daddy's arms.

After the Fall Festival/Trunk or Treat, we dropped by the Bonar's house. The boys had a blast once again playing with all of the other kids there. Kerry and I even had a chance to visit with people. The boys wanted to stay longer, but we got them loaded in the car around 10:00pm. By the time we got home, it was almost 11:00pm. Josiah, Levi, and Caleb fell asleep in the car. Silas was wide awake when we got home and was ready to talk. He was up for about an hour and then we were all sound asleep.

Caleb wanted to be a skateboarder. It would not have been my first choice but at least he can wear the clothes again. I have no idea why he thinks this kind of style is cool, but he does.

Josiah wanted to be Buzz Lightyear. We still had Caleb's costume from a couple of years ago. It was a little big, but I couldn't bring myself to buy another Buzz Lightyear costume. He was excited about it just the same.

Levi got to be a monkey which was Josiah's costume two years ago. It was cute to see his face when we put the costume on him.

Silas decided to be a horse which Josiah wore when he was a baby and looked adorable.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Josiah Rides His Bicycle

Josiah's training wheels broke in our move to Florida. I looked but never found replacement training wheels that fit his bicycle. Awhile ago, Kerry helped him ride it in the grass. He had to have help starting and didn't like going on the concrete. Yesterday he figured it all out and is now riding all over the place.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Pumpkin Patch 2008

The boys and I went and chose pumpkins today. The closest place to get pumpkins besides the grocery store was at a church located near our church. The church had a good selection of pumpkins and a couple of good places for photos, but I sure missed going to The Pumpkin Patch of Flower Mound, TX and Tanaka Farms (in California).

It started raining about 5 minutes after we got there so we only had time for a couple of pictures and to choose pumpkins quickly. It was interesting to see which pumpkins they chose. They weren't exactly my choice of pumpkins but the boys were happy. Plus, the pumpkins were very inexpensive in comparison to what we normally pay. But we are normally paying for the experience as well, not just the pumpkins. Caleb wants to paint his pumpkin this year instead of carving it. Josiah wants to paint his, eat it, and then make a pumpkin pie.

(I got a good picture of Levi on the first try!)

(Josiah insisted that he button all buttons on his shirt.)

(Silas didn't know what to think of the grass.)

(How many more years will Caleb come to the pumpkin patch with us?)

(A nice family took a picture of all of us.)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Josiah's Head Injury

Yesterday Josiah and Caleb asked if they could go outside and play for a few minutes before we left for church that evening. I gave them clear directions that they were to stay on the concrete and not to get in the grass where they always end up getting dirty. According to Caleb who witnessed everything, Josiah was riding Levi's little 4-wheeler in following picture.
This is a toy that I have never felt it necessary to require a helmet. It is very low to the ground. A child can not possibly go fast on this thing unless going down a hill. Somehow, Josiah (it would only happen to Josiah) managed to flip over the front of the 4-wheeler which resulted in the below head injuries.

Unfortunately, we did not make it to church and Kerry ended up coming home a little early to check on Josiah. He had fallen asleep pretty much right away due to exhaustion (no nap) and crying. The knot on his head was about the size of a baseball Kerry said. They scrapes are right next to the scar he already has next to his eye, and he has another scar right above the same eye. He did wake up several times before bedtime which made us feel better, and he woke up a couple of times during the night.

He is feeling much better today but looks worse. We're going to the Pumpkin Patch tomorrow and I will post pictures which will show day 3 of the scrapes.

Although the picture above isn't the best, it represents what a great job Caleb did yesterday evening playing with Levi. After Josiah got hurt and fell asleep, I let Caleb take Levi outside as long as they stayed in the back where I could see them from inside. Caleb stayed with Levi the entire hour to hour and a half they were playing, and he showed Levi lizards, put him on the swing, and explored the outdoors with him. I praised him for the good job he did telling him that that's what big brothers do (instead of bossing). What a way to end the day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Brain Work is Tiring

Caleb has been working hard in school this year. One thing I realized was that he was going to have to study his spelling words outside of school time during the day. We have started setting aside time almost every night where he studies his words and then practices them with Kerry. This is a new experiences for Caleb, and we have explained that most boys and girls do have spelling words they have to learn whether it's in public school, private school, or homeschool. I have been pleased to see him try so hard these past few weeks and has gotten some good grades on his tests each week. Last night, he was studying his words, and he fell asleep. Sometimes studying can be just as tiring as playing outside, and he did both yesterday. I couldn't resist taking a picture.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Silas is Six Weeks Old

Silas is six weeks old today. These past six weeks have gone by so fast, but it seems he has always been apart of our family. He is a complete joy. Here are a few things about Silas.

(Thanks Ry, for the outfit!)

1. He is still nursing like a pro.
2. He will take a pacifier on occasions.
3. He spits up some, and he seems to be spitting up more each day.
4. Occasionally, he gets upset when his tummy doesn't feel well, but it doesn't last for long.
5. He loves to snuggle but also enjoys sitting in his bouncer.
6. When he sleeps, he either likes to be snuggled up next to me or laying on his tummy. I only tried laying him on his back once, and since I've been through this 3 other times, once was enough.
7. He doesn't get a lot of tummy time, because there always seems to be either a dog or brother that could possibly trample over him. I think I've laid him on a quilt on the floor twice since he was born. I'm not ready to run the risk of him getting hurt.
8. He can lift his head and hold it steady for a short amount of time, just not long enough for a good picture.
9. He has started smiling some, and I can't wait until I can catch a picture of it.
10. He is no longer wearing newborn clothing and can wear some 3-6 month clothes.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Before There Were Four: Part 2

Caleb was almost a year old and I had been taking care of Pappy for about 7 months when I started desiring to have another baby around the house. Granted Caleb was still a "baby" but not so little anymore. I truly felt that it wasn't time for us to have another one yet, because I was still taking care of Pappy. Pappy required a lot of lifting and that wouldn't go well with pregnancy or soon after having a baby.

(Ethan and Caleb)

God heard my heart and sent our neighbors, Mike and Gloria, to us. They had just had their precious baby boy, Ethan, and needed someone to watch him a couple of days a week. It ended up working well since I could enjoy taking care of a little one again but not have the full 24/7 responsibility that comes with having your own. Caleb and Ethan are 11 months apart. I will admit it was an adjustment. Looking back, I wish I had had my sling back then. It would have given me more hands. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it all with two. I still remember the first time that I took both of them to lunch. We went to Chick-fil-a. I got quite a few stares. I'm sure the people staring were trying to do the math of how far apart in age they were. Caleb and Ethan grew up together until they were 5 and 4 years of age. They loved each other like brothers and fought like brothers. We still try to see them whenever we're back in Texas, but it's not the same.

(Caleb and Kylie)

Caleb and Ethan were getting older and once again I was thinking how nice it would be to have a little one around again. Once again, I knew it wasn't the right timing and once again God heard my heart. Ethan was going to be a big brother and his baby sister was going to need someone to take care of her a couple of days a week too. I wasn't sure I would be able to handle it all but was willing to try. Kylie quickly found a spot in my heart. Not only did she have her own brother to look out for her, she had Caleb too that was willing to do anything to protect her.

(Caleb, Ethan, and Kylie)

My sister found out she was pregnant in February or March of 2004. She had plans continue working after Brock was born and wanted to know if I would take care of Brock while she worked. How could I say no and send my nephew to be cared for by someone else? I couldn't and eagerly agreed. By this time, I was starting to wonder if we would ever have anymore of our own kids or if God wanted to use me this way in taking care of others on a part time basis. I didn't know if I would be able to take care of Pappy and the kids but God told me not to worry about it which was impossible for me to do. Pappy passed away four days after Brock was born. God had taken care of it. I started taking care of Brock in January of 2005 and cared for him until the school year ended when RyAnn decided to become a somewhat stay at home mom. I'm sad that I miss out on his day to day life now that we've moved away, but I'm thankful that I had that special time with him during those first few months of his life.

(Caleb and Brock)

The years between Caleb and Josiah were just as busy as they are today. They hold special memories that are near and dear to my heart as well as Caleb's. There is something very special about taking care of a child from the time they are a baby. Also, Caleb didn't grow up completely as an only child during that time. He had to learn to share his toys, get along with others, and how to help others. So, there is my story of before there were four.