Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where's Silas?

Silas has been rolling over from his tummy to back since November, but he has only been able to roll from his back to his stomach for about 3 weeks. Just today, he appeared to figure out that rolling can get him places. I don't think he planned on going here but this is where he ended up. Keep in mind that Daddy was in charge. I couldn't resist capturing a picture. I believe this is a first for the Mackey boys.

Silas continues to be such a joy. At his 4 month check up, he weighed 18 and 1/2 pounds. He is still exclusively breastfed and will continue to be for awhile. He's not too interested in toys but loves his hands. He really enjoys his exersaucer so he can watch what's happening with his brothers. He can get on his knees and elbows. I keep thinking any day he will start crawling. He looked really tempted tonight with Bailey sleeping close by. He was trying to figure out how to get to him. That's how he found the chair. I'm not sure how much he eats, I just feed him when he's hungry. He lets me know. He wakes up to eat at night too, but I manage to sleep through him eating most of the time. Snuggling with him at the end of a busy day is one of the most relaxing things to do. I can't believe he's almost 5 months old. Time is going by so fast.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Play Ball!

After a year long break, Caleb is returning to baseball this spring. The spring season last year we were on the road making it impossible for him to play. This fall he really wasn't interested in signing up for any sport so instead of making him, I decided to let it be his decision. I'm glad I did since it would have been very difficult getting him to practices and games with my kidney stuff. Before Christmas I asked him if he wanted to play a sport this spring. At first he said he wanted to try basketball but changed his mind to baseball and was very confident about his answer.

Caleb has evaluations tomorrow. Over the past week, I've been practicing with him (and Josiah and Levi). Tonight I found out that our neighbor and Caleb's friend pitched for a traveling baseball team before calling it quits. He did a much better job pitching to Caleb this afternoon than I did. He even had a few good pointers for Caleb.

I have to admit, I'm excited to watch him play again and see his passion for the game come alive. I love sitting on the sidelines and cheering him on. I will miss his old team in California and the sweet families that were apart of the team. I'm praying for great coaches and great kids for Caleb this season. Play ball!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

We've had a nice visit with Granny over the past week. Kerry, the boys and I really enjoyed having her here. Caleb even mentioned he hoped her flight would be delayed so that she would get to stay longer. We didn't get out much but enjoyed spending our times relaxing and talking. I guess it's time for life to return to normal.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Rest of Texas

We had a busy few days while enjoying our time with family and friends. Wednesday the 7th, the boys and I took a quick trip to Oklahoma to see some friends from California. I was rather pleased at how smoothly everything went with 8 kids in one house. The age ranges were 8, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 4 months, and 2 months. Us girls were even able to have a little girl talk after the kids were in bed. We headed out right before lunch the following day. The boys were such great travelers, even Silas. Thanks Mandy for letting us come for a visit!

Friday the 9th, Granddad took us to Fossil Rim, another favorite place we like to visit while we're here. All the boys, excluding Silas, had the opportunity to feed the giraffes. It's such an amazing experience to watch these gentle creatures stick their heads inside your car searching for food. We could have sat there all day feeding the giraffes. The ostriches and the zebras are a different story.

After Fossil Rim, the boys and I went and spent some time with the Hagans. Ethan and Kylie are growing up so fast. I miss not having them across the street. Saturday the 10th, Nana, RyAnn and I took the boys to Chuck E. Cheese in the morning to play games and McDonalds for lunch. On Sunday the 11th, we went to my parents church again. Caleb really enjoyed seeing Miss Shannon, their children's minister and even went to children's church. They even let Josiah tag along. Josiah was thrilled to be going to class with big brother.
The rest of our days were spent with last minute errands, packing and cleaning. We drove to Gladewater on Tuesday to pick up Granny. On Wednesday, we all drove back to Arlington and took a plane back to Florida. We are so glad that Granny is visiting with us. I have spent the days since then taking down Christmas decorations, unpacking, doing laundry and cleaning. I'm finally seeing an end in sight. It will be nice once everything is back in place.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Laughter and Sweet Memories

Tonight I did one of my favorite things. I watched home movies with my parents. It maybe a little weird to some, but I love it. Levi and Josiah went to sleep around 8 since they had not taken naps at all today. So, Caleb and Silas joined us to watch some home videos. We decided to watch some Christmas videos that are about 15 years old. The first one we watched tonight was when I was 15 and my sister was 11. We all laughed so hard at some of the funny things RyAnn and I did. I tried to be prim and proper while RyAnn was always good about being herself and saying exactly what she felt. Our annual Christmas Eve service kept us laughing so hard. It was hysterical to watch Caleb laugh at certain things. What shocked me was how much Caleb and I are alike. I saw him in me on the videos - like trying to do things to annoy my sister or trying to boss, something I had forgotten about. We watched all the way until Caleb's 2nd Christmas.

After taking Caleb and Silas to bed, I came back downstairs to see my dad had found a video of Pappy. It might have been the last video taken of him. We were celebrating his 95th birthday. Caleb was 3 and helping Pappy open his presents and showing him his birthday cake. It's hard at times to know those days are over. Pappy no longer spoke much, he didn't say one word on the video, but he looked intently at Caleb throughout most of it.

As the years past, we came to the year Kerry and I were engaged, our first Christmas together. We were in that new love phase, sitting really close to each other, always needing to be near the other person, like there weren't enough hours in the day.

*I was going back through posts and realized I never posted this one or completed it. I can't remember how I planned to end this post but wanted to include it. It's only over a year late.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Slumber Party

Friday morning Granddad and I took Levi to get his stitches out. Josiah woke up before we left for the doctor's office and was pretty emotional that he needed to go as well. My mom mentioned afterwards that it could of been he thought it would take as long as the stitches took. The nurse at my parents' doctor's office took the stitches out. Levi didn't even cry. And Josiah was amazingly quiet the entire time.

That evening, we had the slumber party we had been promising the boys. Six boys altogether is a loud, active event. We had dinner, tried to watch a movie, played with playdoh, had snacks, and played Wii. Then we separated the two families for bedtime. Saturday morning, we all enjoyed donuts before Brock and Braxton went home. The boys had a great time and were sad when the party ended.

My mom and sister have returned to work this week. We've enjoyed the past couple of days just being lazy. Tomorrow the boys and I head to Oklahoma to see some friends. Looking forward to that. I'm also looking forward to seeing how it is to travel alone in a car with my boys. It will be a good test to see if I could possibly drive from Florida to Texas sometime with the boys.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

New Years in Arkansas

My mom and I along with the boys spent New Years in Arkansas. We drove to Hot Springs on the 31st and went straight to my Papa's house to visit with him and Loriece. The boys did great traveling in the car. After visiting with Papa, Loriece, and Willene, we went to dinner at On the Border. I was so glad to finally be where I could get some good Mexican food (okay - plain chicken fajitas). The boys were thrilled to know that the hotel we were staying in had an indoor swimming pool. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we got in our swimsuits and enjoyed the swimming pool. We even had the entire pool to ourselves.

This is the best picture we got of Levi since he was constant motion.

Caleb relaxing

Josiah having fun in the pool

Silas loved his first swim

Thursday morning Nana took the three big boys swimming for about an hour while I started getting all of our things packed back up. Then we went to Papa's house where he had a nice breakfast waiting for us. The boys were thrilled to learn that there was even chocolate milk to drink. We heard that Dillards was having a big sale so we stopped by there before driving back to Arlington. I found a Christmas tree on sale and my dad ended up driving to the Dillards in Arlington to see if they had the same tree. We had him get it so we didn't have to drive back sitting on it in the car. Now I just need to figure out how to get it to Florida. I'm glad we were able to see my Papa this visit. My boys are already talking about wanting to come back this summer to go fishing and digging for crystals.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Enjoying Fort Worth Zoo

I think one of our favorite places to take the boys when we come back here is to the Fort Worth Zoo. All of the boys love the zoo which makes for a perfect outing. The weather was great and the boys had a blast.

Friday, January 02, 2009

2008 Waller Christmas

Christmas evening, the boys and I got on an airplane headed to Texas. I was really looking forward to being back with family. I miss not being near them. The boys did pretty good on the airplane. I thought Levi and Josiah would sleep on the airplane, but they didn't sleep a wink. Traveling alone with four isn't much difference than traveling with three except the added stuff I have to carry. With the added fee for baggage, I was trying to carry on as much as we could. Fortunately, we had some help getting on and off the airplane.

Silas and Daddy at the airport. Silas was dressed with Christmas spirit until he spit up all over his outfit.

Nana, Granddad, RyAnn and Brock were there to meet us. It took two cars to get home from the airport. Silas enjoyed meeting is Aunt RyAnn and cousin Brock for the first time. We went back to my parents' house for a late dinner. Since we were celebrating Christmas the next morning, I was up late getting everything ready.

RyAnn and Silas

We had a wonderful day all together celebrating Christmas a day late. Caleb got his dream gift this year, a rip stick. He has enjoyed practicing everyday. I wish I had it captured on video his screaming and hollering in excitement.

Josiah loved getting a big boy scooter similar to Caleb's. It's a little bigger than the one Caleb has but Josiah was flying down the driveway.

Levi was excited to have more presents to unwrap. I don't think he had a favorite toy. He just enjoyed seeing what he got.

Sweet Silas enjoyed being held by loving family. He slept through most of Christmas while we were opening gifts.

After Christmas lunch, the Van Cleaves took their boys home for naps and I got Levi down for his nap. Nana and I left the three big boys home with Granddad and took Silas to the mall to shop a little. It was a little crowded for us. Granddad called as soon as Levi woke up and we headed home. We enjoyed leftovers for dinner and then ended our evening taking the boys to play Putt-Putt. It was a great day.

Christmas 2008 in Florida

Christmas celebrations started on the 23rd this year for our family. The boys and I met Kerry up at church for the 8:30pm Christmas service. My husband actually wore a suit this year, and he looked good. He wears one about once a year. The boys were pretty tired by the time we got home that evening.

Christmas Eve away from family is now the loneliest day of the year for me. Kerry is always gone all day and doesn't return until late at night. It's very difficult to create Christmas family traditions which I loved growing up when he isn't there. By the time he got home, I think three out of the four boys were already asleep. I went to the grocery store in the morning for some last minute items, packed for Texas (hooray!), tried a new cookie recipe, and took the boys to look at Christmas lights.

Christmas morning couldn't come fast enough for at least two boys in our family. They were so excited to open presents. This is the best picture I could get of 4 boys ready to open gifts.

I think Silas enjoyed his first Christmas. He seemed to enjoy his new exersaucer and the ability to be up and looking around at all the activity in the house.

Levi quickly figured out how to open presents. He loved his new tricycle and I think he will have it figured out in no time since he can reach the peddles.

Josiah reminded me of my sister this year. Everything he got he was so excited, and he would comment on how it's just what he wanted or something similar to that. He truly appreciated what he received.

Caleb is becoming an old pro at Christmas but the excitement is still there. I really liked the new ramps he and Josiah got this year and was outside practicing on his bike as soon as breakfast was over.

Here is Daddy with the three big boys on the ramps. They couldn't wait to get them outside. Josiah even managed to try out the ramps using his bicycle.

We enjoyed a quiet meal as a family at home before the boys and I left for Texas. We knew we would miss Daddy, but we couldn't wait to get to Texas and see the rest of our family and introduce Silas to those that had yet to meet him in person.