Sunday, January 27, 2008

All About Levi

Levi is now ten and a half months. In the past couple of weeks, he has started eating pears, sweet potatoes, applesauce, and cheerios. He still doesn't understand why he needs to use a cup. I'm sure that will come soon too. He has fallen in love with Granddaddy. If Granddaddy walks into the room, he wants Granddaddy right away. He loves his cousin Braxton and tries so hard to communicate with him by trying to grab Braxton. I thought he was going to be our shy, calm, sensitive one, but I think he's decided he needs to keep up with his brothers. He's still a wonderful baby but is developing a more outgoing personality. He has started reaching out to people or I could say leaning out of my arms, especially at my parents church. My other two weren't that outgoing at this age. I can't believe he will be one in less than two months. This year has flown by so fast.

All About Josiah

Josiah has been great this month. His sentences are becoming more complex when he speaks. He will say something over and over until you understand him. One of his favorite songs is "The Star-Spangled Banner." He calls it "By the Dawns Early Light." He went to the grocery store with Nana one day and Nana couldn't figure out what he was saying. He was so persistent that she asked me about it when they got home and he remembered the discussion, and I was able to understand what he was saying. He's had a couple of injuries this month. He has a black fingernail from a falling picture frame and is walking with a limp due to a bruised foot from jumping off a chair. That's life with Josiah. He has been mistaken for a girl twice also. His hair is getting long but it's just too pretty to cut. We have hair appointments on Tuesday, and I'm hesitant to even have his hair touched. Just a tiny trim is all I'm wanting. He still loves Barney and plays outside as much as possible.
Twice this week when we've been in the car, he's told me he wants to go to my house. It's not easy trying to explain that we don't have our house anymore, everything is in storage, and that Daddy is going to find us another house to live in. He is excited about the camper. I did ask him if there was something he wanted Daddy to bring from the house and he said he didn't know. I did tell him Daddy was bringing his bicycle and he was excited to hear that. He's growing up fast!

All About Caleb

Caleb has taken this transition in our lives so well. Of course, he's had his moments, but those moments could have happened anywhere. He has enjoyed this time in Texas and has been praying for snow this month. His prayers haven't been answered yet. We are continuing to homeschool while we are here. We have pretty much the same schedule going as we have this entire year. He has really enjoyed being involved in gymnastics. He also likes attending Awanas on Sunday nights. Just this week, he memorized three new verses and the 3 talking rules. It's great to see him so excited about going. It's hard to believe his eighth birthday is less than 90 days away. Where did my baby go?

Almost Caught Up

I believe I'm almost caught up with our latest happenings. This past weekend we made a quick trip to visit Granny. A little over 2 hour drive took 5 hours on Friday. The boys were troopers but I was worn out by the time we got to Granny's house. We all enjoyed our quick trip. We came back last night with plans to go to church this morning. However, both Levi and Josiah are under the weather so I felt it best to keep them home today. I didn't think anyone would appreciate their germs.

Kerry arrives in Arlington a week from tomorrow. We are all looking forward to seeing him. The weeks have flown by with us staying with my parents. We are so blessed to have family and friends willing to open up their homes to us this month. Although it's been fun, we're ready to be back together as a family.

Fort Worth Rodeo: January 21, 2008

We went to the rodeo on Monday night. It wouldn't be the rodeo without cold weather. RyAnn, Brock and Braxton came as well. The boys really enjoyed walking around and seeing the animals. There weren't many animals around though. We decided to take them to the petting zoo but that closed as soon as we got there. Caleb liked the bull riding the best. I could here him cheering all the way down the aisle. Josiah said he liked when two horses were together which I think meant when a man riding on one horse would take hold of a horse and guide it out of the arena. Levi seemed to enjoy bonding with Granddaddy. He even fell asleep with Granddaddy holding him. The rodeo is a fun family tradition that our boys really enjoy.

Granddaddy and Levi

Josiah and Nana

Caleb on a tractor. I think I have a picture like this one almost every year since he was three.

Heroes at Awanas: January 20, 2008

The policeman

The firefighter

The veterinarian

Our three heroes

Caleb and Josiah have been attending Awanas on Sunday nights at my parents' church. Caleb is really enjoying it and Nana is Josiah's teacher. This past Sunday night was hero night. When Caleb heard that, he didn't want to go without dressing up. Josiah is now old enough that he doesn't want to be left out of the fun. They did look cute, had fun, and learned something too.

Fossil Rim: January 11, 2008

Granddaddy asked us if we would like to go to Fossil Rim one day. If you haven't been, I highly recommend making a day trip out of it and going. We ended up taking Brock and Braxton as well. I think both of us were a little concerned if we could handle five boys on our own, but they did great the entire time. It takes about an hour and a half to get to Fossil Rim. The boys watched movies on the way there and slept on the way back. The time in the middle was spent eating lunch and driving through Fossil Rim feeding animals.

I have to share a cute story about Brock. Brock loves maps and such. Fossil Rim gives a brochure with pictures and facts about the animals you will see. On this brochure, it had a picture of the two dinosaurs from Dinosaur Valley. He asked me what it was and I explained as best as I could. He surprised me when he asked if the dinosaurs were extinct. I told him yes and asked him if he knew what it meant. He was able to tell mean that it means they are no longer living. He went on to tell me that his Mommy told him that. He wanted to know if we could go to Dinosaur Valley and I tried to tell him it would be best to wait until it was warmer but that we could probably go some time. RyAnn later told me that he came home saying that Aunt Stephie was going to take him to Dinosaur Valley. I guess I will be taking 5 boys to Dinosaur Valley when it gets warmer.

Josiah with a goat in the petting area. Josiah didn't like feeding any animals while we were in the car that had horns. He said they were pokey. I thought that was a cute way to put it. He liked feeding the little deer.

Me and Levi in the petting area

Granddaddy and his boys

Caleb loving the zebra in the car

Brock feeding the giraffe for the first time. Caleb actually managed to call the giraffe over to our car from some distance away. I'm not sure how he did it, but he did. Caleb also got to feed the giraffe but I couldn't get a picture of it.

Fort Worth Zoo: January 5, 2008

One place we like to try and visit while we are here is the Fort Worth Zoo. Brock and Braxton came over one Saturday and we all went to the zoo. Caleb was a little disappointed that the birds were not out for the winter. He loves feeding them. But the reptiles didn't disappoint him. Josiah really liked the elephants. The weather was nice which made for a great day. The naps all the little ones (not Caleb) took after the zoo were great too!

Caleb and Nana

Me and Levi

Nana and Josiah

Braxton, Levi, and Josiah

Brock, Granddaddy, Josiah, and Caleb


Before we came Texas, RyAnn asked me if I thought my boys would enjoy taking gymnastics while they were here. I wasn't too sure, especially Caleb, but said I would ask them. I was a little surprised when Caleb said he had always wanted to try gymnastics and Josiah always wants to try what Caleb does. They have both loved taking gymnastics while we've been here. Brock is in their class and Marcia, their coach, was my first boss. She is great with the boys, and I really enjoyed working for her.

Six Flags: A Very Cold Day

Caleb and Aunt RyAnn on one of the scary rides

Caleb, Josiah, and Brock on the train

Nana, Braxton, and Aunt RyAnn

Caleb and Josiah

Nana got a really good deal on Six Flags tickets. The day we decided to use them, December 27, 2007, was very cold. The kids didn't seem to notice but I really didn't enjoy the cold weather. Caleb loved having Aunt RyAnn with him to ride some scary rides. We really could have used one more adult but no one complained, except me when I had had enough cold weather. Levi and I were there even though there are no pictures of us. The husbands were busy on this day.

Christmas in Arlington

Brock, Braxton, Josiah, Caleb, and Levi ready to open presents

Josiah on his new scooter

Caleb checking out his new Gameboy

Levi surrounded by presents

We woke up on Christmas morning in Gladewater and drove back to Arlington in order to celebrate with Nana, Granddaddy, Uncle Nate, Aunt RyAnn, Brock and Braxton. All of the cousins were super excited to see each other even though it had been a matter of days since they had played together.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Christmas in Gladewater

We had a fun time visiting Granny for several days during the Christmas holidays. Caleb and Josiah enjoyed playing with their cousins on Christmas Eve and spending lots of time playing in Granny's backyard.

12/23/07 Levi, Kerry, Josiah, Caleb, and Granny after church

12/24/07 Kerry and Josiah

12/24/07 Elizabeth and Caleb

12/24/07 Levi enjoying the boxes and wrapping paper

12/24/07 Granny with her seven grandchildren

12/25/07 Granny and Caleb

12/25/07 Granny and Josiah

12/25/07 Levi and Granny

Christmas on the Road: December 16, 2007

Caleb was so excited that he was going to get to open presents in the car. One thing I learned, it doesn't matter where or when you celebrate Christmas as long as you are together as a family.

Josiah was more into Christmas this year. He was so excited about opening presents. He didn't want Christmas to end.

Levi was so good on our trip halfway across the country. I know it helped that I sat right next to him in the car. He also enjoyed getting a few new things to play with in the car.

The boys about to open their stockings at the hotel.

The boys with Daddy. I'll let Kerry explain the large tattoo.

My sister found this tree and sent it to me so that we would have a Christmas tree as we celebrated Christmas on the road.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Trouble with Pictures

I did have very good intentions today with plans to try and post some pictures. Unfortunately, I am not doing a good job figuring it out on my parents' computer. I'll have to ask my mom if she can give me a hand over the weekend.

We've continued to stay very busy. We've been to Six Flags, the Fort Worth Zoo, and played a bunch with cousins. I've even signed the boys up for gymnastics where I used to coach when I was in high school. So, my first boss is teaching my two big boys. I wasn't too sure if Caleb would want to take gymnastics or how Josiah would listen to intstruction. They both love it and Josiah is following directions well. It helps that Brock is in the class along with another little boy that is homeschooled.

Well, break time is over and it's time to return to homeschooling.