Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas Highlights

Christmas was a blast this year. Our boys had THREE large gift opening sessions on Christmas Day - ours then out to my parents then out to Scott's parents. Quite the day!

Caleb opted to eat breakfast instead of open gifts at our house... very fitting for him. Chainsaw from Uncle Cory & Aunt Evie ... Cousins!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sea World Christmas trip

We had a fun family outing yesterday to get one last use out of our Sea World passes before the end of the year. We had perfect weather and a great time as a family of four. Here are some of the highlights:
LOVE that this is the 2nd LIVE Sesame Street show at Sea World this year - all free with our passes - AND it "snowed" at the end of the show.
Lowe's sponsored a Santa's toy shop and Aaron put this together all by himself. Right up his alley!


4-D Polar Express movie - a bit intense but the boys made it through the whole 30 minute show.

A day full of fun for Aaron only for him to be up all night with the tummy bug - he seems to be on mend so hopefully it will be short lived and run its course through the family before Christmas.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Baby Dreams

I had my second baby dream last night - which was a lot like the first. The c-section goes horribly/painfully wrong again (based on my real-life Caleb experience) but this time in the dream they knock me out. About 10 hours later, I awake to find that I have had a baby girl only in this 2nd dream Scott has taken the liberty of naming her all on his own ... "Martha." Not likely!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa 2009

While in Temple, we made a visit to Santa. Santa historically has not gone over well with my boys so we had very low expectations. Aaron surprised us all by practically running up to Santa to give him a hug. Aaron was the first on his lap and very ready to share his wish list with him. Caleb was not thrilled with the idea but cooperated just fine. Best Santa pics we will have for a while I'm sure since there's no screaming.
Aaron was sweet and also told Santa Caleb's wih list saying, "That's my little brother Caleb but he can't talk - but he likes trains." :)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fun with Friends


Mason Taylor, Caleb & Abby Capron, Aaron and Caleb

We had a fun Friday night staying with our good friends the Taylors in Waco. The Caprons (minus Jon) were able to come by also so that made it extra fun. We were all friends during our newlywed days in Waco and the thought of having kids was terrifying to everyone - now look where we are! The kids even did a pretty good job pausing for a pic! Thanks Taylors for a fun night! The rest of weekend consisted of visiting my sisters in Temple - pics from visiting Santa to come ...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hello!

Our youngest child wanted to wave hello to you ...

Yes - we are pregnant with our FINAL baby! I am 12 weeks along and things seem to be progressing smoothly. We are so thankful for this new, little life that is reaking havoc on me physically. He/she is due June 16th but we anticipate a c-section a couple of weeks before that. Aaron is thrilled and only wants a baby sister - we'll find that part out at the end of January. We of course don't care about the gender and just look forward to loving this new little one.

My heart shaped uterus which I thought was cute today to think of him (yes, I think of him as a him - can't wrap my mind around a girl) all tucked into that little heart. For the record, this is acutally a problem that grows & gets more defined as I progress but we've dealt with it each pregnancy so trust the Lord knows what He is doing. But for today, it's cute! :)

Sucking his little thumb ... amazing what you can see this early.

Tough Job

Well, it's a tough job but somebody has to do it - this is how I found my dad and Caleb when I got home from a business luncheon yesterday. My kids are just sooooo hard to babysit. :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Barber Shop

Aaron set up a barber shop and Caleb was his victim ...
Hey! That's cold! (I probably should of had his ear plugs in ...)

Why?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Aaron

Aaron's 4th birthday was yesterday. So hard to believe it was 4 years ago that he was born - he rocked our world and now it is hard to remember what life was like before kids. Aaron is a very smart, fun boy who loves his baby brother. He is a such good kid - never gets in trouble (outside home), always of thinks others and we couldn't ask for anything more. He has a remarkable memory, can build things and that I can't, is great at puzzles, and has an imagination better than I ever did. I never really looked forward to this "little boy" age, I was fine with baby, didn't want him to grow up, and now each new year is so fun that we can't wait to see what's in store for him and us. Every age has been our new favorite age and I have no doubt 4 will be too! Happy birthday Aaron!

Aaron got to pick whatever he wanted for his birthday breakfast. He remember what I had on my birthday so blueberry Belgian waffle with a candle it was!

Our family tradition is to have your presents waiting at the breakfast table for you. He was very excited and said - "Is today my birthday???? Yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Very excited to get "Helper Hook Kevin" from Caleb!

Loved his Dino book from Uncle Cory!

That night both sets of grandparents came over for cupcakes and to give their gifts. My parents got Aaron his fish lamp. He has liked them for years and my mom has really been wanting to get him a pet. This was my "compromise." Hard to say who liked it more - Aaron or Caleb! They also got him his much requested "pick-up truck with a dog like Gus in it."

While trying to take pics of Aaron, Caleb got right in front of the camera and said, "Cheese!!!!"Aaron loved his Little People A-Z Zoo set from Nana & Poppa - he'd been asking for since playing with at a friend's house this summer.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Race Day

Today I had the privledge of cheering on one of my very best friends in the whole world, Crystal, in her first marathon. What an experience! And what an amazing thing for ANYONE to cross the finish line after HOURS and HOURS of running. Crystal running the race was especially sweet and emotional to watch as I thought back to seven years ago when the only walking she did was when the nurses allowed her to walk the halls at MD Anderson. She ran today in celebration of being cancer-free for seven years! Praise the Lord! You can read her awesome story at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/ntx/rnrsa09/victory.
"but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength... they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Is. 40:31"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sweet Brothers

Our Saturday morning started off rough with Caleb. He woke up about 5:00am very unhappy and would not settle back down. We resorted to watching cartoons and thought he would snuggle and at least let me me snooze if anything, but he still just kept on crying. And crying he did for the next 3 hours until Big Brother woke up. Caleb smiled at Aaron, went to lay down by him on the couch while Aaron watched cartoons, relaxed completely and was sound asleep within a few minutes. After they snuggled a while, Scott successfully transferred Caleb to his crib where he slept 2 hours (I REALLY hope he takes an afternoon nap). Aaron was not happy with that though and got all sad, and said, "Mommy, I feel bad without Caleb. Why did Daddy take him away." Such a sweet big brother!

PS: Caleb woke up from his nap, ate a HUGE breakfast and has been full of spunk ever since - not sure what the crying episode was about...

Update: Caleb's right ear has started draining "junk" so mystery solved. This will be his first ear infection since getting tubes back in May - a vast improvement on how it was before. And it's really nice that I now know exactly what the problem is and which ear without having to guess about whether he needs to go to the dr. - we'll be there on Monday... it would figure it's a Saturday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

PLC

(Blantanly stolen and adapted from the Heston's blog - thanks!). Two our friends from college and then onto newlywed days in Waco, Jeremy and Jessica Courtney are currently living in Iraq. They started an organization there that raises money to pay for children in Iraq to receive life-saving heart surgeries through an organization called the Pre-emptive Love Coalition. God is using them in amazing ways, and I am honored to know them and to be able to hear about the amazing things God is doing through their ministry in such a war-torn country.
Please take a minute to look through their website, http://preemptivelove.org/.
Read through some of the amazing stories of the children who have been saved and the way God is moving there.
The video on the website is amazing - a little graphic for my weak stomach but still amazing. It is a look into an actual heart surgery performed on one of the children. Seeing it all reminds us just how much God is able and desires to use us all to grow His kingdom!! Thank you, Jeremy and Jessica, for your obedience. It is motivating!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

More Halloween

What a fun weekend! This Halloween was the most fun we have had since parenthood - Aaron REALLY got into it all this year! We weren't sure how much he would care to do given his stranger anxiety but he surprised us and had a good 'ol time. He actually did his first real trick & treating and also handed out candy at our house He gave BIG handfuls of candy out (on my orders - we still have too much left that I keep eating!) and would say "I made them so happy!!!" Fun times. The boys were cute as could be too.
Caleb the Giraffe and Aaron the Zoo Keeper (with a gun). Nana made the vest for Aaron and he thought it was great.
Caleb thought he was big stuff when he stole the zookeeper' gun!
So funny - Caleb went missing for a minute at Harvest Fest - this where we found him!
Cousins - they had a lot of fun together.

Walking the neighborhood with Nana.

Halloween 2006 & 2009



Friday, October 30, 2009

Shots

Just got the boys their swine flu shots today. Aaron was funny - I felt I had to prepare him since he hasn't had a shot in two years. As soon as we turned into the dr.'s office, he screamed "Oh no! Not the shot! Not the shot!" Fun times. Both boys did great and Aaron actually ended up getting the nasal mist after all my prepping. I hear at 4 they get a bunch of shots so his day is coming soon. They also got the seasonal flu shots a couple of weeks ago so we are all set to avoid the flu - plus I have hand sanitizer stashed just about everywhere! Here's a recent pic of Caleb since I didn't take my camera to the doctor's. Although I wish I had b/c they looked awfully cute in the waiting room, sitting next to each other reading magazines - Caleb had "Forbes" and Aaron "Fly Fishing". :)At Children's Day Out Pumpkin Patch - Aunt Merydwen was the photographer.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

First Parade

Caleb participated in his first parade this morning. Our MOPS group (http://www.kerrvillemops.org/) put a float in the Kerr County Fair Parade and got a first place, blue ribbon! Our float was so fun - complete with a frazzled mom, laundry everywhere (truck top, antenna, etc.), burning stove and bubbles coming out of the washing machine. The kids followed behind looking cute in their Halloween costumes. Aaron wanted to be in the parade but "didn't want people to look at him" so opted to sit with Scott.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"God's not talkin' to me"

"Mommy! God's not talkin' to me!" is what Aaron yelled at me while he was taking a bath last night. I asked what he wanted God to talk to him about. "Well, I asked Him for a bathtub that was REALLY tall and REALLY long, and God's NOT talkin' to me!" Scott chimed in at this point to let Aaron know that mommy has been talking to God about the same thing for a LONG time to no avail. :) Anyways, Aaron and I then embarked on a very lengthy toddler discussion on the different ways we can hear God talk and also the different answers He can choose to give us - a "no" or "not right now" are answers even if it is not what we want to hear. I think the lesson was more for me than my three-year-old.

Weekend Review

Another great weekend. Got to enjoy the same people as last weekend, just in Kerrville this time. Kasey and her family and also Cory & Evie, made the trip to Kerrville for family cedar cutting weekend at my parent's. It was fun for the boys and Alayna to play together again - 2 weekends in a row. The guys worked very hard with the trees and the weather was perfect. No chainsaw injuries to report except for after they were finished and Kasey tripped over the chainsaw and nicked her toe. Not bad! The huge wood chipper definitely made us nervous the kiddos!

This time we went to the pumpkin patch in beautiful Medina, TX.

Busy cousins!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Busy Weekend Part 3

To top off our busy weekend, we made a stop in Burnet on our drive home to see Thomas the Tank Engine. That place was crazy busy - I think every family in Texas with a boy ages 2 - 4 was there! This was actually our second time to see Thomas. We made the trip back in March to Grapevine and had horribly cold and windy weather. This weekend's 50 degrees and drizzle was GREAT compared to the weather back in March - I think it even snowed that morning a bit. Aaron was just as excited to see Thomas this time as last time. The only that might have made this time better was the Thomas train whistle his Grammy bought him.
Blowing his Thomas whistle at Thomas ...
Lots of Thomas activities to do!

They had the "big" slide. We stood in line and the whole time I thought Aaron would chicken out b/c he had to go 100% by himself, aside from the strange man at the top to help him down. Aaron was very brave and had a blast!