Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Loving Our New Stroller

We purchased a new stroller with Christmas money over a month ago, and it's been worth every penny. I did tons of research comparing strollers and finally decided on this one. It is so easy to push which was my number one priority along with being big enough for a 3 year old to enjoy. It's a little heavy lifting and takes up a lot of room, but I can push it with one hand. It can also go on trails with ease allowing the boys and I to go for walks about 3 times a week now. I can even open a door and get it through the door without help. Our three little ones love it too as you can see in the picture.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Silas is Crawling!

Silas started army crawling a few weeks ago. It's taken me this long to finally catch him on video when the house was quiet. It's so much fun to watch him crawl around and discover new things everyday! I had to tell the boys today that we're going to have to be careful what is left on the floor. He found a variety of small items on the playroom floor this morning. Hopefully his crawling will result in a cleaner house!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Song He Sings

Levi has been singing the same song for the longest time, but I've never been able to catch it on video until now. I know one of these days we'll be able to understand all of the words, but for now this video makes me smile. He's pretty quiet until he gets to know people, but this is what we get to hear everyday.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

God Hears our Prayers

It's so great when our kids can see their prayers answered, even at the age of three. Last night we were talking at dinner about how we needed rain. Without prompting, Josiah prayed, "God, let it rain." How neat it was to get to show him this morning that God had heard him praying and sent rain. This afternoon, Josiah mentioned that we needed more rain. I reminded him that he could pray again since God had heard his prayer from yesterday. Once again, Josiah asked God to send some rain. What's even better is that it rained before he went to sleep tonight so he could see that God heard his prayer once again.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Nana's Visit

As our family size has increased over the past few years, I have noticed more of what a help my mom is when she visits or when we visit. Nana arrived last Thursday night. Levi, Silas and I drove to the airport at 10:30 that night. I think Levi was a little excited.

Friday morning, we were at the stores shopping for Levi's birthday. It is so much more fun shopping with my mom instead of shopping alone. She even treated me to some new clothes. Caleb opted to stay home with Kerry who was once again sick in bed. After getting home from shopping, the boys spent the remainder of the day playing with Nana in some form or fashion.

Saturday was Levi's birthday as you probably read below. Nana also got to see Caleb's baseball practice. I loved having her there so that we could take turns watching Caleb while the other one watched Levi and Josiah play on the playground. We had church that evening and then Nana treated everyone to McDonalds since it was Levi's birthday. We were all a little tired when we got home.

Sunday was finally a free day. Nana had brought Josiah and Caleb kites and all Caleb wanted to do was go fly kites. Even though there was hardly any wind, we took the boys to ride bicycles and fly kites. Somehow, we managed to get the kites in the air and they had a blast. When we got home, we filled up the little pool that Nana and Granddad got Levi for his birthday and let the boys try it out. Josiah thought it was the greatest thing. I think Levi was a little cold but watched with interest.

Monday we took Nana to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. The boys never grow weary of going there. It's free and it takes about 30 minutes to go through the entire thing. Levi even walked most of it. Then, Nana treated us all to a yummy lunch! The boys were very hungry and barely said a word since they were so busy eating. It made for a very pleasant meal. That afternoon, we took Nana back to the airport. Josiah does not like goodbyes at all especially when it involves saying goodbye to Nana. Fortunately for Nana, he fell asleep in the car before dropping Nana off which left me alone watching the tears when he woke up asking for her. He talks about missing her everyday and is ready to go to her house. Thanks for coming, Nana! We had a great time!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Levi Turns 2!

I can't believe that Levi is now 2! My Mom flew into town this past Thursday to help celebrate Levi's birthday. Levi's birthday was on Saturday, the 7th of March and it was a very busy day. After breakfast and taking some time to get ready, we celebrated Levi's birthday. He had a blast opening his birthday presents and being the center of attention. After birthday presents, he got to blow out his candles and then eat his birthday cake. I was shocked that he was able to blow out his candles without help.

So much has happened in this year of Levi's life. He experienced life in an rv, learned how to walk, became a big brother, made 2 trips to the emergency room, and is beginning to talk a lot. Some things I want to remember about Levi at this time in this life.

*He loves to sing at the top of his lungs.
*He likes animals, especially farm animals.
*He loves his pacis.
*He loves being a big brother.
*He wants to be able to do whatever his big brothers can do.
*He likes to bite, pinch, hit, and kick but then he turns around and gives the best hugs and kisses.
*He loves riding dirt bikes and cries when it's time to get off.
*He thinks it's okay to color all over his body since Daddy has pictures on his arms.
*He has transitioned from his crib to an air mattress on the floor. He doesn't sleep too well sharing a bed with Josiah. One of these days we'll get him a real bed, but he seems to enjoy his bed close to the floor.
*He has been in 10 states this year as we drove from one side of the country to the other plus a trip to Oklahoma and one to Arkansas.
*He knows how to use the bathroom in the potty. Now we need to work on consistency.
*He has learned that the word please can go a long way.
*His cry can break my heart.
*He still loves to snuggle.

We love you, Levi! Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Too Much Trauma for this Mama

Today was a very long day. Most everything that occurred was on our schedule for today, but it still was very draining. Our morning started out with me taking Levi to the dentist at 9:30a.m.. He has some tooth decay (not cavities) and we agreed to have his 3 of his front top teeth sanded. It was a 5 minutes or less procedure but was emotionally draining for both myself and Levi. He was so brave through his tears.

The other three boys stayed with Daddy. I nursed Silas before we left and he managed to survive until I got back. We were gone for about 1 and 1/2 hours. The day didn't end there for precious Levi. We left straight from the dentist (me and 4 boys) and drove an hour to a doctor in Ft. Pierce. Levi was born with a tongue tie and our doctor in California wasn't too concerned since he was nursing just fine. Kerry has been concerned about his speech, and I started getting concerned about his teeth (wondering if it contributed to the teeth decay). So, on top of dental work, Levi had the thin strip of skin under his tongue clipped. Caleb and Josiah waited in the waiting room during this 30 second procedure.

I feel so horrible seeing him go through these things. It doesn't make me feel any better when people say it was the right thing to do. Only a mom who has sat there and held her almost terrified 2 year old's hands during something like this or held his head saying it will be over soon can understand. I don't know if he will ever be comfortable going to the dentist or doctor again.

We stopped for a well deserved ice cream for all before arriving home around 3:00p.m. Caleb had to work on school that he and Daddy somehow forgot to work on while I was gone before going to Caleb's baseball practice. I was trying to watch Josiah and Levi play on the playground while watching Caleb at the same time. Practice hadn't officially started when Caleb gets hit in the mouth with a ball. A little blood which felt like a lot to him was lost. We now have a loose baby tooth. Fortunately, one of the coaches is a paramedic. He didn't want to go back out there but I highly encouraged him to sit in the dugout until practice was over. He didn't sit for too long and was bravely playing again. Guess what happened about 45 minutes into practice? He got hit by a ball in the cheek. He comes crying to me again. I'm in shock that this happened a 2nd time and he was ready to be done again. Once again, I strongly encouraged him to support his team by sitting in the dugout. He sat longer this time but got back out there again. The coach worked him hard the remainder of the practice. He was exhausted by the end of the night.
I am emotionally worn out from this day. I wanted to cry right along side Levi but had to stay strong. I wanted to pack Caleb up and take him home especially after the 2nd injury but stayed strong and calm. Thankfully, this day is finished. I can go to bed and look forward to better things as my mom arrives tomorrow. I can't wait!

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Good News Fishing

The Saturday before last, Josiah and Caleb got to go with Daddy fishing with Good News Fishing. The boys had a blast. According to all three of them, the waves out in the main ocean were a little big for them (4 feet swells). Josiah got a little sea sick but was fine once they went to calmer waters. They caught lots of fish and Josiah even caught a barracuda with Daddy's help. I know this will be a memory they will all treasure. Thanks Tony and Don for giving 3 of my boys a wonderful day!

Tony, Don, Josiah, and Caleb