Friday, July 29, 2011

Caleb's New Bow

Right around Christmas, Caleb decided he wanted a bow. Knowing how expensive bows and accessories can be, we told him that if he raised half of the money, we would pay the other half. I am amazed at how hard he worked at saving his money. He saved any money he got from Christmas and birthdays. He worked hard on chores around the house. He even became aware of coins laying on sidewalks and would always pick them up. Granny even graciously helped contribute to his bow.

Well, it took him until right before we moved to our new house to earn his half. By that time, we asked him to wait until we moved. He patiently did. Well, the day finally came when Kerry took him to the bow shop to buy his bow. Unfortunately, they did not have one in the store, and it would have to be ordered. When the bow came in, it wasn't the right bow. Caleb was disappointed and Kerry was close to mad. It seemed like forever until the bow got here, but it finally arrived and was ready to be picked up on Wednesday. He was so excited to get his hands on his bow. He has been in the backyard practicing everyday since then, already breaking a few arrows.

We are so proud of Caleb for working so hard saving for something he really wanted. He is learning the value of money which is so important. Way to go, Caleb!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Day 1 Without Daddy

Daddy with his boys

Well, Kerry headed out of town this morning. Since moving closer to the church, we have been fortunate to see Daddy more often than when we lived in our previous location. The boys are thrilled to see Daddy home for lunch almost everyday, and he gets home shortly after 5 on most nights. I have a feeling some of our days are going to drag.

We have a few more things to finish up in regards to homeschooling so we will be prepared for the start of our new year. The boys (mainly Caleb) haven't been too thrilled over the idea of some school in the summer, but they are handling it okay. One of the reasons I wanted to do a little school each week was to help with transition back to our full school schedule. It's always a shock to our system if we take a long break. So, hopefully, things will go smoother at the beginning this year. This year will definitely be busier in regards to school. Caleb will be in 6th grade, Josiah in 1st grade, and Levi and Silas will be doing preschool stuff. I've been planning all summer trying to find the best in writing schedule for the boys. I'm also trying to make sure I have something planned for Levi and Silas while they have tons of free time. This year, it will be more directed until the end of our school day. I'm sure it will take a few weeks to get our new schedule smoothed out, but hopefully it will work.

We don't have much planned for today. We have been working on school this morning, and I know Caleb wants to practice with his new bow after lunch (another post coming about that). I'm hoping to get out my scrapbooking stuff this evening since I am years behind. We'll see how much I accomplish while Kerry is out of town. This is when it would be extremely nice to live near family. We could stop by for dinner or just a quick visit.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Birthday, Josiah!

Our sweet, precious, blessing from God turned six yesterday. Wow! The time has flown! Josiah loves life to the fullest. He is still very athletic. He continues to ride his bike like a pro and jumps ramps in the street. He also enjoys his scooter and is tinkering with a skateboard. He wants to try basketball this year and maybe baseball (one sport at a time). He enjoys reading and being read to. He wants to be able to do is best at whatever the task and at times becomes frustrated. He is improving. He is so good about sharing his things with his brothers. He had a big transition when we moved into our current house. He is now sharing a room with Caleb. At times, he wants to be big like Caleb and really tries hard to be big, but at other times he contemplates going back to sharing a room with Levi and Silas and just being 6.

Josiah showed me that I didn't know everything when it came to being a mom. I think God knew I needed that reminder. He never did scream for hours at a time like some babies I've heard about, but he always woke up making noise/fussing. He always calmed easily. He loved going to sleep with an arm. As he got older, he would tell me he needed an arm which meant he needed to lay his head on my arm. He didn't like to sit still and still struggles with sitting still unless he has an electronic or a book.

There is just something about Josiah, that I want to make sure he knows that he's loved, special, and a very important part of this family. Maybe it's because he's in the middle - Caleb is the oldest and Silas and Levi are the babies (they might as well be twins). He has lived in 5 houses in his life, 6 if you count the RV, 7 if you count temporary housing in Florida, and 8 if you count the couple of months we lived with my parents while Kerry was traveling. When we added it up one day, he wanted to be sure and count the time we lived with Nana and Granddad. So, that's a lot for one 6 year old. We love him so much, and thank God for bringing Josiah into our lives. I know God must have an amazing plan for him.
Opening presents with Daddy

Josiah had his special day all planned. He wanted to open presents as soon as Daddy got home for lunch. Then he wanted to go the beach, eating a picnic dinner while we were there. Then, we would come back home for birthday cake. And that is just what we did!
Josiah relaxing in the sand after boogie boarding

Josiah ready to blow out his candles. He found a picture of a cake on the internet, and I did my best to make his look similar. He thought it looked great and that was all that mattered.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Trip to Lake Tahoe

My parents were planning a trip to Lake Tahoe and asked if we wanted to join them. I had never been, so I quickly said, "Yes!" Kerry has already used his vacation time to celebrate his mom's 80th birthday and later has a hunt planned, so he could not join us. When Caleb found out that Dad wasn't coming along, he asked if he could stay home with Dad. After thinking about it, we agreed that he could stay home.

On Friday, July 15th, Josiah, Levi, Silas, and I pulled out of the driveway at 6:00am to drive to Lake Tahoe. It was a beautiful drive, and the boys were great travelers. We met my parents at their first condo in South Lake Tahoe. We had a very early dinner/late lunch since we didn't see many options during our "lunch time." The boys enjoyed snacking though and never once complained about a late lunch. After eating, the boys enjoyed some time swimming in a cold (although heated) pool, playground, and hot tub. They also had some fun playing their version of pool. They took baths, had snacks, and fell asleep watching a movie as they were all exhausted from our day.

Saturday, July 16th, my dad and I each turned a year older. We have only been separated on our birthdays twice since I've been alive - once when I turned 14 on a mission trip and when I turned 22 on my honeymoon. It was great celebrating with him. We went on a hike to see a lake, ate lunch out, checked into the next condo, ate dinner, and took the boys swimming. Josiah even enjoyed some of the birthday fun getting to open his birthday presents from Nana and Granddad. We ended the evening by taking a walk down to the beach on Lake Tahoe.

Sunday morning, we all went to a church close by. It's always different attending a church where you have no responsibilities or know anyone. We had lunch, and I attempted a "rest time" which even though they watched a movie, they didn't sleep. So, after an hour, we got up, put our swimsuits on and went to the kiddie pool. That was a great choice! The boys played for hours, and I didn't have to constantly be worrying that someone might drown. They literally spent all afternoon swimming. Then, it was time for dinner, snacks, a quick trip to the hot tub while my parents sent to the store for Benadryl for Silas's mosquito bites that had gotten rather large, baths, and movie time. Us grown ups actually go to enjoy part of the evening as the boys slept.

Monday morning, we headed to Squaw Valley. Our day started by Josiah trying out a zip line which he loved. We then took the cable car to the top of the mountain. The boys loved playing in the snow and roller skating at the top. After spending a couple of hours at the top, we took the cable car back down. We ate in Truckee for lunch before returning to the condo. The boys wanted to go to the kiddie pool again and played for a couple of hours. We had a late dinner, snacks, and one last movie time. Time to start packing the bags.

Tuesday morning, we got up and started loading the cars. We drove into Carson City for lunch, and then it was time to say goodbye to Nana and Granddad. They had to fly back t0 Texas, and the boys and I started our drive back to SoCal. They once again did great on the drive back. Even though they had tons of fun, they were thrilled to see Caleb and Daddy when we got home.

P.S. For some reason, blogger keeps putting more spaces between some pictures and paragraphs than I would like.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Nana's Visit

My mom came and visited us last week (Friday through Tuesday). We hadn't seen her since Christmas, so we were very excited to see her. We stayed really busy while she was here. We tried out a public swimming pool (way too crowded for me), signed up for the library summer reading program, went to the movies, went shopping, went to church, ate out, and spent lots of time just being together. We are so glad she came, and are looking forward to seeing her with Granddad in just a couple of weeks.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Hooray, I'm Normal!

Hooray, I'm normal! I just heard that phrase from Josiah tonight. Josiah, Levi, and Silas have all been a little sick this week. Mainly fevers and coughs. Silas had the fever first and later this week Josiah and Levi caught it. The three little ones and I didn't make it to church today because of it. Well, tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and the boys are thrilled about the hockey game at our old neighborhood. The plan was for us all to go. With sick kids I had to tell them that whoever had a fever would have to stay home with mom since we don't want our friends to get sick. I took Levi's temp, and sadly he still had a fever. He is devastated that he can't go tomorrow. Crying was involved. Then, I took Josiah's temperature. When it beeped, he asked me what it said. My response was, "It's normal." He interpreted that as he was normal and went around yelling happily, "Hooray, I'm normal!" It sounded funny coming from his mouth. Just wanted to write it down so I would remember it.