Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Here are the kids after they got the tent set up. Caleb's little girl friend from across the street came to help out (notice all the camo!) I have no idea why it is 1000 degrees out and Caleb insists on wearing his Batman costume all over town?
Batman and Peter Pan...you gotta love it!
And here are my handsome men doing some bedtime reading in the tent.
The boys watching in awe and with excitement as Daddy puts a yummy marshmallow at the end of a cool stick and puts it in the fire. What could be more cool to 2 little boys?
then deciding that he didn't like "the black stuff" so would prefer a plain old marshmallow on a stick!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
So it is sad for me to report that my mama is sick and in the hospital. It's nothing terribly serious (kidney stones that came out of nowhere and hit pretty hard) but I haven't really talked to her in a couple of days and I'm going crazy. I take my mom so for granted. I think that we all do. She drives me crazy, is always in my business, worries about us like crazy, but I'm seriously in love with her and couldn't have asked for a better mom or grandmother for my kiddos. I'm so used to being able to pick up the phone and call her when the boys do any adorable thing and know that she will enjoy the story as much as we do. I take it for granted that she will always be there, but it's times like these that remind me to cherish her. She's wonderful and we love her and I miss not talking to her. So get better soon mama...I miss you terribly and love you so much.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
We love you Aunt Katie and can't wait for the next visit!
Here is a banner that was made to welcome home the girls and I. Katie taped it low so that the boys could run through it. Here they are on their marks.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
This is Ella. I know that because her hair has a mind of its own and sticks up in the front. When her hair is wet she has the best mohawk. I'll have to get a picture of that in the future!
And this is Sweet Silly Lily Kate! I wouldn't know that by looking at her and could only tell because this was the second to last picture that I took during bathtime and I know I took pictures of her, so I am assuming it's her. I hate that I can't always tell them apart! Some people say that it's easy because they looks so different. I don't think so, what do you think?
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Joseph is back home with us and that is also quite exciting. The boys were so happy to see him and as soon as we got home wanted to wrestle. Nobody wrestles like Daddy! They clung to him, hugged on him and you could see all over his face how happy he was to be home. It warmed my heart to see him with his boys and girls. Words can't describe how awesome it is to have him home. It has been so nice for me too. I have help with the girls one middle of the night feeding and after doing the nights by myself for 5 weeks it has been nice to have company. After Joseph's first night home I asked him how he slept and he relied, "Like a baby." He gets the girls for me and brings them to me to eat and then puts them back down after they eat. It's not that he does much, but that little bit and knowing that he's there is magic! I've slept better the last 2 nights than I have since October. I'm beginning to feel like a new person!
We took the boys on a breakfast double date (minus the girls who were at home napping with Angela) and at the end of the meal Joseph took Luke to change him because he was "poopy". I think that sealed the deal and was the deciding factor for potty training Luke. As soon as we got home Joseph got started. And has been SURPRISINGLY successful!!! Luke has been peeing in the potty all morning!! With no pee on the floor. The only wetness is due to Luke not pulling his pants down far enough before he starts peeing!! We are all shocked!!! Joseph is the one that potty trained Caleb and has the magic touch! I am honestly amazed! Joseph is a ROCKSTAR!!
On another note, I want to thank all of you who have come to help and those of you that have been sending prayers to Father on our behalf! We have the most amazing family and friends and this last year has reminded us how blessed we are. You all have been a living testimony to our neighbors who have seen the people in our lives come to our need. From meals being delivered for months to friends and family flying in from all over the country to help us, many people have commented on how blessed we have been and we couldn't agree more. God has most certainly provided, once again, beyond what we could have ever imagined!
Update on our drama:
- My bleeding nipples are all better!!! I know you were all dying to know!!
- Our thrush is getting better!
- While I have been blogging Luke pooped in the potty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- The girls are sleeping AWESOME at night!
- We LOVE having our Daddy home!
Friday, July 20, 2007
I can't wait to see Joseph's face when he sees his kiddo's. Especially the baby girlfriends. Since he left they have grown so much, are smiling, tracking us with their eyes, in a sleeping routine, and sleeping through the night. Luke's vocabulary has exploded and he is talking very clearly and in sentences. And Caleb has really matured, throws less fits and is so helpful with Luke.
So much happens around here in 5 weeks!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
and so not interested in going potty!
Well, we tried and at last he has no interest. Not only that I honestly think that he's not ready. I was re-reading our "Potty Training 1,2,3" book (I wish it were that simple!) and he has 2 of the 8 primary signs of readiness. Not so good. My step-mom tried using her method and I think that we will have to wait for Daddy to come home and try using the method that he used with Caleb. He used that book with Caleb and he was potty trained within a week. Caleb is a people pleaser though, Luke on the other hand...not so much!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Up until a couple of days ago Caleb said that he was going to marry me and live with me forever! And now he informed me that he has a girlfriend :( What is that about? You are five (barely) and you still need help getting the glasses out of the cupboard! How are you old enough to have a girlfriend? You're not! So all of that is what I wanted to scream, but instead I didn't even acknowledge what he said in hopes that he will forget. This is not the first time that I have heard this craziness. Angela told me the other day that she overheard a conversation between his beloved (the girl across the street) and Caleb. It went something like this:
Jezebel: "Caleb do you remember what you told me yesterday."
Caleb: Doesn't really respond
Jezebel: "Remember how you told me that you wanted to marry me?"
Caleb: Kinda oblivious
Jezebel: "Because you and me want to take care of babies when we grow up and we have more in common than Bubbas (boy down the street) and I do."
Caleb: Is on to another subject.
Caleb is 5 (did I mention barely?) and is still pretty oblivious. Jezebel is 7 and going into the first grade. It all begins... I have a feeling that this might not be the first time a girl is after one of my boys!
On other notes:
- The girls did another 7 hour night last night! Exciting!!
- The girls have thrush and so do I!
- I have cracked and bleeding nipples (more info than I'm sure you want to hear!)
- MY LOVE COMES HOME IN 3 DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
The girls slept through the night last night!!!! I fed them at 10 pm, put them down and didn't hear from them until 5:55 am!!!!! I had that feeling (you moms know which one I'm talking about) and woke in a panic at 5:45 then went in to check on them to make sure that they were still breathing. It was wonderful. No waking up with pacifier drama or anything! After I fed them, changed them and kissed all over their adorable little faces, I put them down and looked at the clock and it was only 7am. I grabbed my bible, Streams in the Desert, and this book I love to read that inspires me (Mother's of Influence) and had the best quiet time I have had since October! I think that was the BEST part - even better than all the sleep (don't get me wrong the sleep was wonderful and I loved it!)
I SO wanted to call my Lovey, but he isn't anywhere near a phone and is in the middle of no where. I think God's timing is funny. If Joseph would have been around, I would have called him and then spent forever talking to him about it. Since he wasn't around I had to talk to God. Isn't that sad. God should always be the first one that I talk to, but I find more and more I rely on Joseph for every need. Something to definitely repent about. And change. God gave me an amazing husband not to replace His place in my life, but to bless my life. And Joseph is a blessing.
The verse this morning in my quiet time was: "I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place. ~Isaiah 18:4 I was talking to God this morning telling him that I've felt so much silence from him in the past 10 months. I got so sick, felt miserable, had newborn twins and in it all when there is trouble I go running...running to Joseph. I will sit and wait on God for a minute, not hear what I want to hear and then run to my love. So as sad as it was to not have my love around for my monumental moment, it was nice to have God to spend some time with. Nice enough I think I want to make this a habit!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
When Aunt Amy came she arrived armed with goodies that Grandma sent for the boys. Lots of crafts - perfect for Caleb! Here he's sewing a pillow for his most treasured "pups". Amy was wonderful with Caleb and so patient while working on crafts together.
Aunt Carami holding...someone! Notice that her cell is close by - that girl was alwsy texting someone and she is FAST with those texting fingers!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Angela and her husband Dan brought some fireworks for the boys to do this year. They really liked the sparklers.
You seriously have to love this outfit!
check out the serious face on this child...so his Daddy!
Friday, July 13, 2007
The boys are doing well also. They like to fight over which twin is “their baby”. One would think that since there are 2 of them they could each agree on one, but that would be easy and not drive their mama nuts so why would they want to do that? It’s funny though, neither one of them ever want to claim the baby that is crying so they will say that she is “Mama’s baby”. Caleb is really turning into a very helpful big brother. I really love age 5 so far. It seems like there really are less fights and battles than there have been in the last couple of years. Caleb is really maturing. Luke on the other hand is just starting more drama. It’s funny – I think I finally figured out why he isn’t interested in potty training. He thinks his “pee-pee” is BROKEN! Poor guy. I finally put the pieces of the puzzle together the other day after I heard Caleb telling him to stand next to the toilet and just “do this”. Then I heard Luke say, “I can’t. It’s broken.” That isn’t the first time I have heard him say that and it explains why he always says “he can’t” when I tell him that he needs to go in the potty like a big boy. My step-mom is coming on Monday with the goal of potty training Luke. More power to her. If anyone can do it, it’s grandma!
On a VERY exciting note…Daddy comes home next weekend!!!!! We are all counting down the days. It has been hard without him in so many ways. I have always been so spoiled by him. Up until this past spring Joseph had always given my boys a bath. I could count on one hand how many baths I had given Luke and on two hands for Caleb. Now I give all 4 kids a bath by myself!!! Joseph had always done the middle of the nights with the boys and now I do 2 babies by myself. I now take out the trash and pick up dog poop – this past couple of months is the first time I have done that in almost 6 years of marriage! I am growing up! It’s been hard and there have been many times where at the end of the day I have prayed for God’s grace to fill in the gaps of all the places I have failed. There have also been days where I have thought, that considering everything, I am doing a decent job and should be proud of myself. But every day I miss Joseph and know that we aren’t complete without him. We celebrate our 6th anniversary on Sunday and have accomplished a lot in the past 6 years. 3 major cross country moves, a career change, 3 years of medical school, and of course let’s not forget the 4 kids! We’ve been busy. And God has blessed us considerably!
Our sweet girls are getting too big to share their papasan chair anymore! It was quite funny to watch them trying to share it. I caught Ella sucking on her sisters ear.