Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Lovable Levi

It seems like a very long time since I've given an update on the boys so I thought I'd start with Levi.

When Levi turned three, I took him for his check up at the doctor. Dr. Bob hadn't seen him since his 1 year old check up. As he was checking his heart, he asked if we had ever done an echo cardiogram to confirm that Levi's hole in his heart had closed. We never had so he recommended having one done for our peace of mind. We had the echo which confirmed the VSD had closed but it discovered another hole (PFO) in his heart. Our doctor recommended we see a pediatric cardiologist for her opinion. Levi had another echo done at the pediatric cardiologist's office, and the following week we met with the doctor. Fortunately, PFO is very common and it is not even considered a heart defect. They don't ever need to see him again. I'm still glad I know it's there though.

Here are a few more things about Levi
*He is improving on his speech but is still behind. He's trying very hard though. Looking back, we should have had his tongue clipped at birth but we didn't.
*He loves riding his razor scooter and bicycle.
*He enjoys playing basketball.
*His favorite color is blue.
*He likes to catch lizards and snakes with Caleb even if it's a pretend game.
*He loves loves babies. It is the sweetest thing to see how gentle he is and to hear is baby talk voice. So, so cute.
*He is starting to become particular about what he wears at times. I had clothes ready for church one morning but he wouldn't wear it because it didn't have buttons all the way down. He also wore the same play clothes 2 days in a row because they were his favorites.
*We've learned he can have a loud voice. He has a very loud scream!
*He finally gave up his pacifier with help only a few weeks before his 3rd birthday.
* He loves instruments -- guitars and drums are his favorite.
*He is really enjoying the computer these days. I'm amazed that he knows how to get online and to PBS kids without help. I'm in the room of course but still I'm surprised.
*He still is one of the best cuddlers I know. If he is the last one awake at night out of the boys he will curl up beside me and snuggle until he falls asleep. He curls up in a little ball and still looks so little.

I am so thankful that God chose to give us this little surprise bundle.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

13 Days and Counting . . .

Let the countdown begin! Only thirteen days until we are headed to Texas! I can hardly wait I am so excited! It's extremely difficult for me to focus on anything else. I keep looking at my calendar and all of my lists for our trip -- what clothes I need to pack, what types of entertainment for the drive, and what foods we need to take in the car. It will be a very busy few weeks while we are there but it will be a joy to be surrounded by our family while we are there. I need these thirteen days to go by fast.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Date Night with Josiah

On Friday, May 21, 2010, Josiah and I had a special date night. A sweet lady in our church gave us tickets to The King and I. I have fond memories of The King and I because Kerry and I enjoyed seeing it when we had been dating about a month. Since I'm not ready to leave Silas with anyone outside of family (and Jessica), Kerry suggested I take Caleb. I thought that was a great idea until Caleb didn't want to go. When I asked Josiah, he seemed pleased with the idea.

Our evening started out at the gas station buying gum. We had dinner at home since the musical didn't start until late in the evening. We arrived early so we got to walk around downtown San Juan Capistrano. Josiah enjoyed seeing the trains. Josiah did great though the musical! We made it all the way until intermission. He was tired and ready to go home. I loved having that one on one time with him. It reminded me how great a kid he is. We ended our night by getting milkshakes on the way home. It was so nice even in the car to just sit and listen to him talk. Sweet memories.

Granddad Visits in May

My Dad came out for a visit in May. It was fun having him here. He arrived on a Thursday just in time for lunch. We ran a couple of errands before heading to the house and just enjoyed spending time with him all day Thursday. On Friday, we took the boys to Irvine Regional Park. They had a blast playing on the playground, having a picnic lunch, visiting the zoo, riding ponies, feeding the ducks, and riding the train. We all enjoyed relaxing for a couple of hours at home before Granddad treated us to dinner! His airplane left before lunch on Saturday and we were sad to see him go. Fortunately, Silas was asleep or I think he would have cried. He loves his Granddad! He cried when Granddad arrived on that Thursday when he had to get in his car seat instead of Granddad holding him. It's great spending time with family!