Saturday, June 23, 2012

Father's Day Weekend

This past weekend we headed to Roaring River in Cassville, MO (about an hour and a half away) and met most of Nick's extended family there.  We rented cabins - we shared with the in-laws - fished, ate delicious food and relaxed.  It was a wonderful weekend with great people.  Once again, I am so blessed to have married into the Braschler family.  It was so fun to spend time with them all and I cherish those memories.  

On Father's Day, Nick even got to take Caleb fishing his first time.  Back on Easter, Caleb got his first fishing pole, so Nick took the opportunity to "teach" him how to fish.  It was so cute and my heart was very full to watch them together.  I didn't take many pictures this weekend, but I got a few.  Nana was so great to chase Caleb around and play with him and take him on walks.  He especially loved the swings on the playground right by our cabin.  And he was fascinated with bubbles.  

 His new thing is that he can say baseball/basketball, but it comes out "baybaw".  He'll just say it over and over again anytime he sees a ball.  Also, this week he learned this word "ow" and would point to his foot or head or arm or wherever got "hurt", say "ow" and ask for a kiss to make it all better.  It was very cute, but Nick said he needs to teach him the boy who cried wolf story.  Probably true.  :)  

I was sad I didn't get to see my dad for Father's Day, but I did get to talk to him before his week long trip to North Carolina for work.  We're taking an extended trip to Wichita in July for the wedding of Nick's best friend, so it will be nice to spend lots of family time together (and maybe I can go on a date with my hubby!).  

I forgot to mention at the beginning that on Friday afternoon we attended Nick's graduation from his CPE course.  He completed two units of this education and 400+ hours of class time or on call time at the hospital for each unit.  I'm very proud of him!  He is now a certified chaplain.  :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Milk Love

Just wanted to write a quick post expressing my love for milk.  I love milk - with cookies, with cake, by itself, with candy, (are you seeing a trend here? Yes? Just ignore that.)  I love chocolate milk.  I love it in my coffee and in tea.  I love it in the morning and in the evening.  I especially love most of all a glass right before bed (just like my mother-in-law, we share milk love, haha).  Usually I take a small glass of either plain or chocolate milk to bed with me and gulp it down right before some ZZZs.  Mmmm.  2% is my milk of choice.  :) 

That's all for today.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My sweet boy, Caleb

Here's an update on Caleb's newest developments now that he's 19 months old:

- We are a paci-free home!  He no longer uses the paci, even at bedtime.  Sometimes if we're in public and it's not ok to be whiny all the time we'll pull it out (mostly as a courtesy to others).  Yes, sometimes you just have to do that. :)  The first three days of bedtime without the paci involved a lot of crying until he fell asleep and then he slept all night.  Now we say, "Goodnight Caleb!" And he says, "Bye!" and goes right to sleep.  Seriously, I realize we are the luckiest parents ever.

- He's figuring out how to use a fork and spoon.  He's pretty much got the fork down, but the spoon is a little harder.  I've got to say that sometimes it's hard to just let him learn without doing it for him.  Mostly that's because it can end up making such a mess that will have to be cleaned up, but it is amazing to see how much better he is at using utensils when he gets to practice with them and get used to them.

- One of my favorite things about his age is that he can communicate back to us.  We can ask him questions and he can answer yes or no and tell us things he wants and ask questions (we might be the only ones that understand, but it's so fun to see him learning and communicating).

- When we drive by animals, mostly cows and horses, he points at them and makes their sounds.  It's so funny to all of a sudden here a moo or a whinney coming from the backseat.

- Yes, we have introduced the potty chair.  A few weeks ago when we were in Missouri, he went over to his diaper bag, grabbed a diaper, brought it to me and laid down on the floor.  I couldn't believe it!  Granted, I'm sure that's a rare occurrence, but since he's starting to recognize when things happen down there, we went ahead and got a potty chair.  He is starting to sit on it, but hasn't gone yet and probably won't for awhile and that's ok.  We realize boys are harder to train than girls and it will probably be several months, but it doesn't hurt to start familiarizing him with it now!
* Funny story that just happened last week:  he was going back and forth between the sink (to brush his teeth) and the potty chair and finally sat down on the potty then just stood up, took a step and proceeded to go all over the bath mat!  I didn't know whether to cheer or what, so I picked him up, sat him down and cheered because he was in the right room after all.  :)  haha...I have a lot to learn!

- One of the funniest things is that Caleb knows the difference between yes and no questions and other questions. We have no idea how he knows the difference, it must be the inflection of our voices, but it's so funny to test it out on him.  He knows every time!

We are loving each stage that Caleb is in and we're savoring every moment with him.  I'm so blessed to be his mom.  :)  I'm continually amazed at how God lets us be involved in the process of raising a child.  What a gift to have my sweet boy Caleb and walk through life with my best friend and husband, Nick.  

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Outside

This weekend it was pretty warm, but not too scorchingly hot as it will be in a few short weeks.  I had some things to work on inside, so Nick watched Caleb while he worked outside, cleaning the garage and washing the truck.  Caleb loves to play with the brooms, so he helped sweep up a little.  :)

We have toys and sidewalk chalk and balls and stuff outside, but all he wants to play with is the broom.

Then he found the bubbles...

Saturday afternoon we met Tyler and Robyn at the city pool.  Siloam has a really great pool - a little kiddie pool we stayed in half the time, another big pool that slopes in, so you can sit in the really shallow part for awhile or you can go in deeper - ease yourself in.  :)  They also have another section with some really cool big water slides, which we didn't go on, but I'm sure they are lots of fun.

Caleb loved swimming, especially once he got used to the water.

Jackson wasn't too excited about the water, but he had fun people-watching, until he got pelted in the head by a ball from some wild kids. 

It was a great weekend and so fun to get outside to play in the water!