We've been pretty busy and yet, there is nothing super-exciting to report.
The transition to the "big boy bed" is going well. It's really just his crib converted into a toddler bed. The only problem is that the rail doesn't leave much room for him to get in our out on his own. This is a great thing when he stirs in the early morning or middle of the night as he doesn't get out but frustrates him when he tries to crawl in. Our luck may change but, for now, he does really well with getting into bed, saying prayers, and snuggling with his blankets to fall asleep. I truly thought this would be a hard transition for him, since he had pretty much been rocked/held until he fell asleep every day of his life. Here's a cute picture of him after bath time.
I broke out the Christmas music and Caleb loves Jingle Bells, especially this version that starts with a horse whinny-ing in the background. We've taken numerous trips to Home Depot and Lowe's in our light fixture search and Caleb is fascinated by all the pre-lit trees and the big blowup yard decor.
We are making progress on the house. Staining of cabinets and hopefully installation of counter tops this week. With the time change it is very difficult to get out there when its still light enough to take pictures. In fact, Aaron usually goes by himself on his way home from work and has to use a flashlight. I think Caleb realizes it is actually a house...our house. He is learning his way around and loves to show us where his bathtub is and where Baby Harper's (or Harp-arp as he sometimes says) room is. And, of course, he loves going up the stairs. We should just have the trim guy build in a baby gate at the top and bottom.
Here's a sweet picture of Caleb just hanging out in our bed. He is getting better at saying "cheese" for the camera.
Two weekends ago was our Covenant women's retreat. It was a great time with lots of learning and fun fellowship. We stayed out at Stone Creek Bed and Breakfast in east Broken Arrow, which was awesome. The cabin was cozy, even if it did have a few too many taxidermy animals in it, and the clubhouse was great. I very much recommend it for any sort of church or family gathering.
While I was away, Caleb and Aaron had a great time. I left the camera at home, hoping there would be lots of great photos from their adventures. There weren't but there was this funny video. As you can tell, Caleb has turned into somewhat of a mimic. Very cute until he here's you say, "Good Lord" when someone almost hits your car in the parking lot- ha!
Last night was a Covenant hayride and bonfire out at a class member's house. The family was super hospitable to open their home and property to 60+ adults and kiddos. It is fun to watch Caleb and this set of friends really start to play together instead of just next to each other. Here's Caleb, Owen, and Aidan playing the drum and singing their ABCs together.
Here's another video clip. I can't ever remember what I've blogged about before or not but Caleb will, out of nowhere, pretend to pick up a cookie and either eat it or share it with you. It started in the bathtub but now it happens anywhere. I think it is because the paw of the dog's foot on the spout cover looks like a chocolate chip cookie? Who knows!
This Friday is the opening of Twilight the movie. And you better believe there's a group of us that have already bought our tickets through Fandango and will be there for the 4:05pm showing, like a bunch of high schoolers. Yeah!!! I am so excited but hope that it lives up to how great the book is.
Congrats to my friend KIMMMMM and her family, who welcomed their son into the world last week. He is such a cutie; I think he looks a lot like his big sister. Hope you guys head this way over the holidays!!!
In the total bummer category, my friend Heather texted me last night that there was a special sale on a certain Britax car seat at Target.com. - $42.99 for a seat that is regularly around $260. So, with my mom's help because we were in the car on the way home from the bonfire, we ordered 3, then ordered another when we got home. I passed the info along to all sorts of friends who, in total, ordered at least 15 between them. Aaron thought it was too good to be true, even when our purchases went through and we were sent a confirmation email. Well, we all got cancellation emails today. I am consulting with our friend Rob, who is an attorney, and might have him write a strongly worded letter because I would think they would have to (or at least should feel obligated to) honor the discounted price.
I think that's it for our not-so-exciting two weeks. We did schedule our C Section for early morning on Dec. 9th. Now we'll just see if Harper decides to wait patiently or not. Hmmm.
Have a great one!