Sunday, September 11, 2011

Silas Turns Three

9/3/2011 Silas with his cake

Last Saturday, September 3rd, our baby turned three. He was thrilled about having his birthday. Kerry was not in town, but the other boys and I did our best to still make him feel special. I think we succeeded!

When I asked him what kind of cake he wanted, all he would tell me was a dirt bike cake. Since our Friday was a very busy day, I took the easy way out and bought a dirt bike to put on the cake and added a simple border. Note to self: I will not use the store bought decorating icing again. It did not work as well as bags and icing made from scratch.

He has been wanting a bicycle for a long time now. His birthday seemed the perfect time. When I went to buy the bicycle, I knew the tires were a little low on air but bought it anyway. Caleb knows how to air up tires. Sadly, the birthday bike would not hold air in its tires. We had to return the bike that day (while he was crying) and go to another store to get another bike. I was so glad to get a working bike home for him. I had visions of not being able to find one that day (in the price range I was could spend). He enjoyed his day riding his new bike around the house until the weather cooled down enough to ride it outside.

Silas has such a sweet personality. He is almost always happy. He wakes up smiling and goes to bed smiling. He also is a talker. I think he talks more than his Daddy. By the end of the day, I am worn out from all of his talking. His sweet smile makes up for is non stop talking. I am so glad he is a part of our family and look forward to watching him grow even more this year.
9/3/2011 - Silas on his bike

Monday, September 05, 2011

Wedding in Colorado

8/26/2011 - Josiah on the airplane

My cousin Mickey got married in Colorado last weekend. Josiah, Silas, and I were able to attend with my mom. We left Thursday, August 25, around 9pm. The boys were so excited to be flying on an airplane. Caleb and Levi stayed home with Daddy and went camping. I enjoyed the late flight since Silas slept almost the entire way on the plane. Josiah fell asleep in the last 20 minutes of the flight. Unfortunately, it was difficult waking them up to get off the airplane. I put my almost three year old in the Ergo and was walking a crying Josiah while trying to carry 6 bags myself. One of the flight attendants even asked if I needed a wheelchair. I think I should have said yes. It was an ordeal to get to baggage claim where we were meeting Nana. From tears, to an accident, to changing wet clothes, to kids hanging on to my legs as the train went really fast, we were worn out when we saw Nana. We still had to take a shuttle to get the rental car. Then we had a 45 minute drive to our hotel. We arrived around 2:30am. Josiah was sound asleep and stayed asleep while I carried him up to bed. Silas on the other hand was wide awake enjoying the adventure. He fell asleep around 4am and was ready to go at 8am.
8/26/2011 - Silas on the airplane

Friday, the 26th, Nana treated us to the Denver Zoo. The parts we saw were really nice. I wish we could have stayed longer, but Josiah was ready to go. Nana and I were exhausted from the night before so we didn't complain. We grabbed lunch in the car and took the boy to the hotel swimming pool before going to the rehearsal dinner. The wedding/rehearsal dinner site was beautiful. I really wish I could have brought the entire family. The boys had a wonderful time playing outside during the rehearsal dinner. Perfect for active boys. Plus, I got a chance to speak with a lady who I would say was a homeschooling pioneer. I'm so thankful for the families who paved the way for homeschooling.
8/27/2011 - Silas, me, and Josiah (I so wished I had brought a stroller on this trip)

8/26/2011 - Silas, Nana, and Josiah

8/26/2011 - Silas handing me a lovely flower

Saturday, the 27th, we took the boys swimming after breakfast (and a little tv watching). We had lunch with my Uncle Phil, Aunt Jackie, Wilene, and Loriece. It was great to see them. We had just enough time to get ready for the wedding. The wedding was nice. It was outside, and it looked like it could rain any minute. Fortunately, it held off until the reception. The boys did amazingly well. The highlight of the wedding for them was seeing a bat fly in where the reception was being held.
8/27/2011 - Silas, Loriece, and Josiah

Sunday, the 28th, we took the boys bowling. For some reason, that's the one thing they really wanted to do. They had a great time. It was worth it to see Silas's expressions on his face when he knocked pins down. The trip back to California was easier since I had my mom inside the airport with us. We were sad to see her go since we probably won't see her again until Christmas. I was glad to get back to my other three boys and love on them.

8/28/2011 - Silas bowling

8/28/2011 - Josiah bowling


It was Sunday, August 21, 2011. Kerry had been out of town since Thursday morning and was returning Sunday evening. We had survived our first week of homeschooling, and I was looking forward to tidying up the house before Kerry got home that evening. I was working in my bathroom when I heard a thud and then screaming. Silas comes walking into my bathroom screaming with blood running down his face. As bad as I felt for him, I was frustrated with the situation. My husband was out of town. I wasn't in our old neighborhood where I could leave my other three kids with neighbors and go to a hospital I knew. Plus, I didn't know which hospital we could go to.

I called Kerry screaming in his ear what I needed him to do. The other three boys whipped into action getting shoes on and backing bags. I did stop to look at the cut/slice to make sure a trip to the ER was needed. It was. Kerry called two of our pastors from our church who said they would meet me at the hospital. One of them took our other three boys to his house while the other one stayed with me. By this time Silas had calmed down. When the doctor looked at it, he said it would need about three staples and he didn't recommend anything to deaden the area. I requested to have the lidocaine. Would you believe that Silas didn't cry once while they put the lidocaine in or put the five staples in his head? I could not believe it! We left the hospital, and went to pick up the other three. The only complaint he gave me was that his head was hurting (around dinner time). I gave him some medicine, and he was fine. The staples are out now, and it seems to be healing fine.