Thursday, August 27, 2009

Greetings from Texas

The boys and I have been in Texas for almost a week now. My dad flew to Florida a week ago today to help drive the boys and I to Texas. We made it in two days. Our boys are the best travelers! We were all glad to finally pull into my parents' driveway last Saturday. We haven't slowed down since. Sunday morning, we went to church with my parents. That evening, my sister's church had rented out a water park. The boys had a blast! I was shocked to see Josiah going down the slides without any fear.

One of the reasons we came to Texas at this time is that my sister's nanny for her boys was having a baby. So, I've come to fill in and love on my nephews. We are almost at the end of the first week. I think it has gone about how I expected. Everyone is finally getting used to each other and the over the top excitement is finally wearing off. We've been to the zoo with the help of Granddad and my nephews started preschool this week. Granddad took them on their first day but from now on, I'll be taking and picking them up. I always tend to get stares when I'm out with my four boys, but with six boys, people seem to drop their mouths in astonishment. It's rather funny to watch.

I will admit that I am so not a morning person so this has been an adjustment for me and my boys. Yesterday, we were all so tired but today was much better. I didn't feel like I could fall asleep all day like I did yesterday. I'm thankful that I'm here to get to help and enjoy time with family. Kerry comes next week so he won't miss Silas' first birthday. The boys are looking forward to visiting Granny once Kerry arrives. I guess it's time to think about dinner.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Trip to McDonalds

When you have four children, with 3 under 4, even a trip to McDonalds can take a lot of effort. Kerry had his Bible Study tonight at the house, so once the men were settled into their study, the boys and I headed out for a late dinner. Since a couple of my children managed to leave the house without shoes, we were planning on just driving through. We ordered, got our meal, and pulled up a little to check my special ordered hamburger. It was wrong. I was just going to drive through again but the line was extremely long. Caleb volunteered to go in alone but I wasn't sure he could handle it just yet. There were a lot of people inside too. Once inside (me holding two children) we finally got the order correct and headed out the door, smiling to the security officer as we left. We got back in the car to discover that my boys had been given girl toys. I couldn't believe it. You should have seen the security officer's smile when we came back inside. Once again we had to wait and finally got the right toys.

*This post is many months old and I finally saw that I hadn't posted it yet. Today is April 24, 2010. I don't know how I planned to end this post but will leave it how it is.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dress Up Fun

Josiah had the idea of making the sign

Levi truly was excited to be an astronaut.

Over the past few days, Josiah and Levi have really enjoyed playing dress up. I love watching Josiah's imagination. I just couldn't resist taking a few pictures. Even though the costumes were too big or too small, I'm glad they are getting put to use.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

My Sweet Caleb

Our sweet Caleb passed out today while he was out with Kerry this morning/afternoon. We're pretty sure it was due to the heat, but we're going to be keeping an extra close eye on him over the next couple of days.

Friday, August 07, 2009

School Begins: Making Soap

This past week we started our normal school routine. We were definitely way off our normal schedule so it took us a few days to get back into the swing of things. Caleb is excited to officially be in the fourth grade. It seems to take him the longest to get back in the grove. I'm seeing he needs more rest so he can focus better during the day. This year Josiah is focusing on prekindergarten. He is thrilled, and it's exciting to see him work so hard. He is a bit of a perfectionist and gets frustrated when a letter or drawing doesn't look just right. I constantly encourage him that as long as he tries his very best then that's all that matters. Levi thinks he's just as big as Josiah and doesn't miss out on anything. I think Levi will catch on quickly and it's fun working with two so close in age at the same time. This week the boys made soap. I don't think it was the greatest recipe but they had a blast making it anyway. Caleb and Josiah said that the soap worked great. It's going to be a fun year!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A Broken Rule

Ever since Caleb was born, I've had a "rule" that each baby could not have sweets until their first birthday. Well, Silas has a mind of his own and does not want to be left out of anything. We were at the grocery store today and Silas was actually sitting in the grocery cart next to Josiah. Up until now, he has been in the sling. When we got to the bakery for the sample cookies, I made sure all three big boys had a cookie. That's when I saw Silas reach over and grab Josiah's cookie from him and shove it in his mouth. Josiah was hysterical but calmed down once he was given a new cookie. And Silas enjoyed every bite of his cookie. I don't think he'll let me forget a cookie for him anymore.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I Thought I Was Braver.....

I thought I was braver than I used to be until I looked up in the middle of school to find a lizard sitting on a shelf. I screamed. And ran to the edge of the school room. Hollered at Caleb to catch the thing. He catches it but is too gentle. It jumps down and scampers to hide. After about 15 minutes of tearing the school room apart the lovely creature is found, held securely, and released back to where it belongs.

I would have thought that after a year surrounded by lizards in our yard that it would have calmed my fears a little. I have a respect for the creatures as long as the stay where they belong. I'm thankful God gave me a boy that loves the lizards and doesn't hesitate to catch them for his mama.