Tuesday, April 28, 2009

One Year Ago Today

Caleb and Josiah on May 3, 2008

Levi on April 27, 2008

One year ago today we arrived in Florida. We, okay, I am adjusting to life here. The boys are flourishing. It has been a year to remember and one I don't want to have to repeat. I felt like at times this year I couldn't care for my family the way I wanted to due to my kidney issues. Thankfully, that is behind us and we can look forward to our second year here.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Silas Eats and First Tooth

Wednesday, April 22, Silas had his first taste of solids. I chose bananas for him to try first. He really seemed to enjoy sitting in the high chair and loved the fact that he was the center of attention among his brothers. He even thought the spoon was a great chew toy. When it came to tasting the bananas, he wasn't too sure what to think. He didn't throw up like Levi did, cry like Josiah did, or open his mouth wide like Caleb did. After tasting it once his whole face would shudder when I would go to move the spoon closer to his mouth. He did open his mouth a little bit a few times but nothing exciting. We're not going to jump into solids full force here, but from time to time will offer him things to see what he thinks. I'm definitely in no hurry and he seems to be getting everything he needs from mommy's milk.

One more thing, Silas' first tooth broke through on Caleb's birthday. It will be an easy day to remember.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Caleb's 9th Birthday

(Caleb requested a cake with tiger stripes. It's the best I could do. The border is falling off and looks horrible. He loved it though. It was exactly how he drew it.)

It's hard to believe that my first born turned 9 today. Caleb had great plans for his birthday, complete with meals planned. Unfortunately, Caleb is sick. He developed a fever and sore throat in the early hours of Thursday morning and is still sick. Even though he didn't get to go fishing or have friends over for cake and ice cream, we still celebrated. His day started with homemade waffles (his choice) followed by opening presents after Silas took woke up from his early nap. Then, Josiah thought Caleb should blow out his candles and have cake and ice cream. Caleb spent most of his day resting but did enjoy using some of his gifts during the day.

At age 9, Caleb loves anything related to the outdoors. He would live outside if I would let him. He loves reptiles, snakes especially, and the other day he mentioned he would like to open up a sanctuary where he could help rehabilitate injured snakes, lizards, etc. He has such a passion for the lovely creatures that I would like to find someone who could teach him more about them and allow him more hands on experience and deeper knowledge. I'm finding most zoos at his age don't seem to get as specific in one interest as he would like. He still enjoys playing baseball, and I have to admit I like watching him play. He's a great helper around the house but does enjoy bothering his brothers from time to time. I can't believe he's growing up so fast. Happy Birthday, Caleb! We love you!

Friday, April 17, 2009

First Swim of the Year

It's hard to believe that it's swimming season again. I think the boys will admit after today that it's still a little cool. They have been asking for weeks if they could go swimming. Kerry finally agreed that they could swim. They had a blast until their bodies got too cold. The only one who would have stayed in longer was Levi even though his entire body was shivering. I'm glad to see that Levi enjoyed the float below, because that will free my hands up for Silas once it warms up.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Saturday night, the boys and I met Kerry at church for one of the Easter services. Caleb sang in the kid's choir during both Saturday night services. The three little ones loved watching Caleb sing last night, especially Josiah and Levi. Today the boys and I stayed home while Kerry went to church. When he got home, the boys got to look in their Easter baskets and hunt for Easter eggs. As we were video taping the boys this year, Kerry and both commented that this year's Easter looks a lot different than last year. The meaning always stays the same though and it's so refreshing to remind the boys why we celebrate Easter.

Friday, April 10, 2009

To Cloth or Not to Cloth

I finally did something I've always wanted to do. I tried my first cloth diaper today. I have been doing tons of research online and had pretty much decided which one I wanted to try when a friend suggested another kind that was similar. So, with a little Christmas money left over, I purchased one of each from another mom in my online small group. I was so excited when they arrived today and carefully read the washing instructions. I could hardly wait to try them out. Let me just say, I'm hooked! If I could afford more right now, I would be buying them. Silas has taken probably his longest nap recently in one of them, and that was my biggest concern that he would be uncomfortable. They are both super soft and my only regret is not having used them on all of my boys. Just in case you wanted to know, I tried the bumGenius and the FuzziBunz. They are both great.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

My Boys

It's hard to believe Caleb is almost 9 years old. As my sister said, "This is his last year to be in the single digits." It made me sad thinking about it. We still continue to homeschool and overall he's doing well when he puts forth his best effort. There are times I know he can do better and he gets frustrated when I don't accept anything but his best. He's playing baseball this spring, and he's really enjoying it. He has surprised me by participating in choir at church. Up until now, he had no desire to be a part of choir. It makes me proud to see him sing in church. He also enjoys helping lead worship on Saturday nights in his class. Just last week he told me on the way to church that he loves church. He said he likes it even better than his birthday. I have to admit I got a little teary-eyed.

It's sometimes hard to put Josiah into words. At home he is one person and around other people he's a completely different person. When he's with family, he's talkative, outgoing, and adventurous. When asked why he has done something that he knows he shouldn't, he responds, "Because it's fun or because I wanted to." At least they are honest answers. I've been pulling out some books that my sister-n-law loaned me a couple of years ago to read to him. They are coming in handy now. When he gets around people he doesn't know, he becomes pretty quiet. He sits back and observes. He loves going to church as long as he's with me. He enjoys school time. I just need to set aside more time to spend with him on school related stuff. I feel really guilty saying, "Hang on." The dirty house and laundry will still be there, but Josiah will not always be this age.

What do I say about Levi? He's 2 and truly full of life. He can hold his own pretty well with his 2 older brothers. He's knows the word mine really well and uses it often. He loves playing outside and getting dirty. Since moving to Florida and having Silas, we don't get out and go as often as we used to. This is making potty training easy as of right now. He's in underwear or his birthday suit during the day, and I just put a diaper on top of the underwear while he's sleeping. He even made it one outing this week in underwear and stayed dry! I did put a diaper over the underwear but I'm starting to see the end of buying diapers for 2. I am thinking about switching to cloth diapers and have ordered a couple to try, but that's a story for another day. He's growing up before our eyes.

Last but not least is sweet Silas. He is definitely on the move with crawling. He startled me the other day when I walked around the island in the kitchen to see him up on the tile (our living room is sunken). His legs are constantly moving unless he is sleeping. He can say da-da quite well but is definitely a mama's boy. God knew I needed one that needed me. He will come to enjoy spending time with Daddy soon enough but for now he enjoys about 5 minute increments before he wants Mommy again. He is so active now that when he was sick this week, I truly savored giving him tons of snuggle time. He had a fever for about 48 hours where all he wanted to do was for me to hold him. I'm not complaining, and I'm thankful he's feeling better. We haven't introduced solids yet. I'll get around to it one of these days. I'm still trying to decide what I want his first food to be. Definitely not rice cereal. Thought about bananas or avocados. Still thinking. He's getting what he needs from Mommy's milk just by looking at him, so I know he's good for now. He has been such a blessed addition to our family and it's hard to imagine life without him.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Family Walk

We have been taking more family walks since purchasing our new stroller. I now have no excuse not to be a little more active than I have in the past. When I take the boys walking, I don't really stop and smell the roses, but when Daddy is along, it's a completely different story. Kerry knows all about nature/outdoors stuff which comes in handy with 4 boys.

On our walk, we saw a little alligator sitting by the water. The boys were thrilled!

Caleb wanted to bring his fishing pole, and he caught a fish!

Levi and Josiah had fun using sticks as fishing poles. Here Josiah is pretending he caught a big fish.

Silas and I enjoyed watching the big boys play and have fun.