Monday, October 13, 2008

Two Week Review

Sometimes I wonder who in the world actually reads this but it is nice to hear comments from people who wonder where I went whenever I skip a week (shout out to Heather and Jessee!).

Let's see, the high school reunion was really a good time and had a great turnout - more than double the attendance of the last few BA reunions and more than this year's Union HS reunion too. The big disappointment was my friend Kimmmmm was unable to travel in from Arkansas to attend because long car rides could induce premature labor (which is what happened last time she made the trip). I asked her where her priorities were but that didn't convince her or her doctor. Unfortunately, I was busy being a 'committee member' most of the time so I didn't take any pictures. I got on the party pics site but the images were too low resolution to bring in to the blog. So, in a nutshell, I looked cute but quite large and am glad to check that event off my "to do" list.

Part of the reunion weekend was a family picnic. Caleb had a blast in the Jupiter Jump, especially because we had to be there early enough that he and Heather's girls had the jumping all to themselves.

Here are two fun photos from recent school events for Caleb. The first one is with this super-friendly goat named Billy Ray that has the run of the campus. Caleb loves "Ray Ray". The second is of Caleb and his friend Kennedy, who were both very proud of their ability to climb to the top of the mats in the gym.

We've almost finished the fixing up of our current house and hope to have it on the market this week. Caleb has enjoyed the opportunity to climb up and down (and up and down and up and down) the ladders and has greatly expanded his vocabulary by learning about all kinds of tools. His favorites are tape measure and screwdriver, usually preceded by a vehement "mine". Under careful supervision, he was very content to combine playing with Daddy's tools and his own toys.

Once Aaron finished painting, we let Caleb stay up late one night so things could go back on walls without fear of waking Caleb up. He enjoyed watching a movie with me but did slip off the couch and onto the cushion with 20 minutes left in the movie. I thought he was just relaxing but Aaron walked by and noticed the poor little fella had passed out. As much fun as he had with all the tools, he was very relieved to have everything back in its proper place.

Two big boy pictures of Caleb in the car. 1. Enjoying his very own Sonic creamslush (this was taken moments before he accidentally shoved the straw through the styrofoam and made a big sticky cold mess) and 2. "Reading" the paper on the way to school one day last week. He is all about checking out the sports section.

During a recent trip to Walmart, Caleb was fascinated by the small pie-baking pumpkins. I bought one, thinking it was the perfect size for him. Well, it was love at first site for Caleb and "lil-lil pum-pum", as he calls it. He carried that thing around the house for the rest of the day and was only content to take his nap once we put Little Pumpkin up on the dresser by his bed. He did attempt to bounce it once so now it hangs out on the front porch with a mini-hay bale and some fall greenery. (Notice hugging of Little Pumpkin as well as a screwdriver- gotta love it!)

Here are several videos for your viewing pleasure. The first is of Caleb and Lilah playing fetch with an empty water bottle. Caleb thought it was hilarious and it went on for three times as long as the video that Aaron shot. For those that have been asking for "belly pics", you'll notice the big green blob on the couch- that's me. Please remember that it is the end of the day and I'm hunched over :)

This other video is Caleb trying to stay awake in his booster seat on Sunday after ZERO nap. He was such a trooper and was totally wired all afternoon but came crashing down as he was eating. Somehow, this is more amusing to me than the times he fell asleep in the high chair. Though he looks a little loopy, I promise I did not give him any alcohol or mind-altering drugs.

Blame it on pregnancy brain, but I can't remember if I've posted about Caleb's newest instrumental talent: the trumpet. It is supposed to be a bath toy but actually works better when dry so he carts it all over the house and plays until I'm sure he's going to hyperventilate.

We've been loving this gorgeous fall weather. Last week, I was trying to be like my friend Ashley, who always does great creative things with her kids. By the time I got the paper, markers, chalk, and snack outside, I had to make two more trips for heavy items to keep the paper down in the wind. Of course, I grabbed heavy toys, which caused Caleb to promptly drop the markers and pick up the cars instead. Oh well, I tried.

Friday night we traveled to Owasso to watch the Riverfield vs. Rejoice Christian football game. We lost both the Middle School and Varsity games but not by near as much as we lost to this team last year, so that's an improvement. Caleb loved going up and down the bleachers and even ran around on the sidelines between games. He was also surprisingly friendly with the Big Blue Raven mascot that was dancing around and visiting Riverfield fans. (So, maybe its not that surprising to anyone else, but as a grown woman who hates mascots, clowns, or anything else that is costume-based, I was impressed by his bravery).

Finally, here is Caleb enjoying a cookie all to himself over the weekend. Call it a consolation cookie after our Sooners stunk it up against TX. Grrr, don't get me started about that.

Whew! I think that's it as far as the Caleb recap. What else?? Still no baby name but we did receive an adorable car seat/infant carrier cover from my aunts, Debbie and Elyse. Somehow the "neutral" brown plaid pattern we chose when we had Caleb felt much more masculine than neutral and now Baby Girl will have a precious pink, blue, purple, and red floral car seat to enjoy. They got it at in case anyone wants to find one for their carseats.

We are trying to transition Caleb to a big boy bed. Last night was his first night. We took one side off his convertible crib but I didn't realize we didn't purchase the guard rails when we bought the crib. So I spent the night waking up at every little stirring, just sure he was going to fall and break an arm. He didn't fall but he did wake up and freak out so we tried to go back to sleep in his room but it just didn't work. Thirty minutes later, Caleb and I both ended up in our bed. Somehow, I am thinking that's not how it was supposed to work. Tonight, we took the mattress off the bed and laid it on the floor, hoping to imitate the cot that he sleeps on so well at school. So far no stirring and no freaking but it's way to early to tell :) If I weren't just sure I'd wake him up, I would take a picture. Maybe I'll have a photo in next week's blog.

In GREAT news, my future brother-in-law (aka Morgan's fiance Brian) is back in OKC after being stationed with the National Guard in Iraq since January. Welcome home and have fun planning the wedding!!

Really quitting now, I think. Have a great week!


grannok43 said...

WOW, what a newsy post. Just love seeing Caleb. A suggestion from an old preschool teacher. Tape the shelf paper to the floor when he colors or uses his markers.Since Dad has been painting Caleb may enjoy " painting" with a pail of water and brush too. The outside of the house or privacy fence.

Meagan said...

I think he looks more and more like you all the time! I laughed out loud at the water bottle and the dog. Too cute!

Please send some of that pretty fall weather south. I'm very ready for a season change. :)

Jed & Carrie Sowell said...

I love the sleepy video! Too cute!

You are not a green blog either, you were adorable at the reunion and we can't wait to meet this little girl!!

We're in the same boat trying to get McKinley to stay in her new bed. Many times I've been tempted to toss her back in her crib. After 2 weeks I think we're in a new routine and she's actually doing better. We have a toddler bed if you want to borrow it. The crib mattress fits in it and it's low to the ground. Let me know!

Good luck with the house!! Where are you at on the new one?

Heather said...

Ok so how in the world do I comment on everything I thought to comment on, without going back to reference the blog so I can stay on topic?? ha!! First look ADORABLE so don't try to play off that you are the 'green blob' look so cute and you know it :) The reunion- yes...its checked off the list (WHEW!) and I apologize for my camera hog of a daughter in your video...they sure did have fun together in there though! I love Caleb's little giggle when playing with the pup...its infectious! But what tops all of all is the sleepy dinner video...Kyle isn't buying that you didn't slip some sleepy juice in that meal though :) :) And on the new bed deal...see I was such a lazy Mama...and ended up buying a full size bed for Ellee and surrounding her with pillows...figured she had alot of room to roll without rolling off... :)
Can't wait to see lil' girl Walton either :) She's gonna be one stylin' chic with her fancy seat cover (LOVE LOVE THOSE!!!)

bopha said...

I love the video of Caleb falling asleep and his one last attempt at a grin. Good luck with the big boy bed. I have to stay with him in the tiny bed until he falls asleep and he usually ends up screaming down the hallways at 5 am. What do you do, I need my sleep too, so into bed he comes.