Monday, December 24, 2012

To be Thankful Part 2

More time in Ohio meant more fun!

And then we had to drive home. Caleb, Nana, and Lincoln sat in the back while Aunt Boogie and I traded off driving. It went very well. Only took us 15 hours!! Caleb had his first happy meal on the way home. He wasn't so sure about it until he realized there was good inside. I love it!

Unhappy meal

Happy Meal!
What I loved best is that Caleb ate his apples first! He loves his fruits and veggies!
We made it home while Josh stayed with Papa in Ohio to go deer hunting. Caleb and I had fun, but we were happy when Daddy came home on Thursday. We all made it home after another great time in Ohio.

To be Thankful Part 1

November was a busy month that took us on a road trip to Ohio. We were so excited to go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, but the fog really delayed us. Usually Josh drives through the night with a small nap in the middle of the night. But seeing as the road was barely visible, we stayed at a hotel for 4 hours of good sleep before hitting the road again. Caleb was a trooper. The trip to Butler Ohio is usually 15 hours in the car. With the fog it was almost 22 hours. But our little guy played peek under his blanket, watched the movie Cars, oohed and ahhed at the semi trucks, and ate snacks like a true traveler. He is at a road side stop and breakfast at Bob Evans.

Daddy's tired and Caleb needs a diaper change.

He's keeping an eye on the waitress.
We finally arrived mid afternoon at Grandma Norma Miller's house. Woohoo! Grandma, Nana, and Papa pulled in behind us from errands. It was so wonderful to see Grandma again. Caleb got her giggling with his Paul Bunyan impression.
That night Caleb got some very good sleep in his pack n play. He was so thankful to not be buckled in and could be his usual rolly polly self in his sleep. His bed head is the best.
And so it was Thanksgiving Day! Grandma made pies and kept herself busy in the kitchen. Although, she did take a break to chit chat during breakfast. This is Grandma, as her beautiful, everyday self.
Grandma pulled out all the toy, most that Josh had played with as a boy himself. Caleb loved the tractor.

Lincoln arrived after breakfast with Aunt Boogie. Grandma was sure happy to see him!
So we were now all finally ready to go to Great Aunt Penny's for Thanksgiving. There we would see many cousins and Caleb's second cousins, aunts and uncles, and great-aunts and -uncles. Family!
Here are the highlights of the day:

Isn't he handsome? His mother pieced that outfit together from single items in his closet. :)
Walking in to Thanksgiving. So thankful!
Looking outside with cousin Braden

My happy lil guy
Caleb and Great-Great-Aunt Faye

2nd cousins

Playing IN the toy box

Ear Protection while the guys do target practice
Happy Thanksgiving!
This year we are very thankful for our happy, healthy son. He has given us so much joy. He fills our hearts so completely. I truly try not to take a day with him for granted. I am grateful for the miracle of his life. Josh and I are both happy in our jobs, in our home, and in our marriage. God is good, all the time.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween Traditions

Last year we saw grandparents and tried to go trick or treating, but Caleb fell asleep by the third house. It was pretty funny to hear him snoring as we walked back home. We didn't even attempt carving a pumpkin since he was hardly able to sit. I doubted his fine motor skills were much better;)

This year: Halloween 2012, we did it all again and more! We decided Caleb was older and it would be worth trying carving a pumpkin. But I didn't want him to grossed out and give up on the pumpkin, so we painted his pumpkin first. He helped choose the colors and went with a red and yellow pumpkin. I covered areas with masking tape for the eyes and mouth. When it was dry we peeled the tape and had a great looking pumpkin.

Then Caleb helped mommy and daddy carve pumpkins. He wasn't scared to stick his hand in the pumpkin, even after Daddy made it jump at him as he was about to touch the inside for the first time (Geez)! Caleb really doesn't have too many recommendations about anything. I shouldn't have been surprised that he thought it was cool, but boring. He had more fun lifting the lid (top) of the pumpkin off.

Halloween night:
We came home from daycare and changed into our lion costume. At daycare he had been a monkey, but he's a bit more ferocious at home:) Oma visited at our house to drop off treats for Caleb. He got a sand bucket and shovel, bubbles, slap bracelets (oh yea), and a cool new sippy cup.

Then we left for Papa and Nanas. Papa answered the door and we spent time playing with Nana, Papa, Aunt Boogie, and cousin Lincoln. Lots of candy in the house so after having plenty of sugar, we ran it off outside.

From there we went back to our neighborhood and walked a few blocks of houses. Caleb was a smiling, happy little lion at each house. He loved look at the other kids in costumes too. Finally we came home, had just a little down time, and then went of to bed.

What a very happy Halloween!!

October was fun!

October is full of fall fun! Here are some of my fall pictures of Caleb. Next post will be carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating.

Reading in his diaper
Contemplative on the tractor, like any farmer.

Swinging in the fall!


Running through the leaves

The neighbors got a bunny, but I think I'm cuter:)

Another haircut from Nana!

Playing at the shed with Oma.

Innocent with Uncle Zach...yeah right!

I want to drive a tractor too!

Tow men in a tub, duck tub:)

Running in his Ohio State sweats. Athletic scholarship?

Music scholarship too?

Looking out the window...he loves to look out there.

Caleb and Brutus
 Daddy went to Canada for some hunting and left Mommy and Caleb home to play. Caleb was teething and not feeling the best, but we managed to have some fun in the leaves anyway!

Grandpa Gene turned 60 years old! He was pretty apprehensive about it, so we had a fun family night and eased him into it. It went over well. Caleb loved the cake:)

Eat your cake and wear it too!

My little lion gave a Halloween costume preview

Ur Oma, Mommy, Caleb the Lion, Great Grandpa Bill

Happy Birthday Grandpa!