Monday, April 27, 2009

Please Go Take a Shower!

This was the conversation Caleb and I had in my room last night shortly before bedtime:

Caleb: Mommy, I want to watch cartoons.

Me: When do we watch cartoons, Caleb?

Caleb: When Mommy is in the shower.

Me: That's right. I'm not in the shower, so you're not going to watch cartoons right now.

Caleb (without missing a beat): Please go take a shower, please!

Yes, Matt and I did laugh A LONG TIME at this one!

Side Note: When Caleb REALLY wants something, it is always asked for using a "please sandwich." Example: "Please go take a shower, please!" You know he's serious if he uses the please sandwich!

Friday, April 24, 2009

potty training

I follow a blog pretty regularly...while the bulk of the blog is devoted to the medical treatment of her son Stellan, she did take the time to post a great blog about her experience with potty training. She has 4 children, 2 were potty trained before age two, one is currently training, and one is still in diapers (that's Stellan, and with all of his issues, I doubt if she'll be pushing for early potty training!)

While nothing that she wrote was especially earth shattering, she did give me some good reminders about the whole process. I'll be starting soon with Caleb...in 33 school days in fact! :) I haven't actually bought any "big boy underwear" yet, but I have started to stock up on Poop Prizes! Caleb is so good at going pee on the potty now that I don't think he needs any extrinsic rewards for that. I have a feeling that pooping might be a little more difficult, so I have gotten some small prizes to keep on hand for those times! I think the first "Poop Experience" will warrant a MAJOR CELEBRATION and the gift of a set of balloon rockets. I have also bought a set of cars that he REALLY wanted and thought he wasn't getting (one of the cars looks exactly like Wally's red and white VW van), a few pairs of Cars socks, and some other things.

Here's hoping that things go well with potty training. I would welcome any insights or advice!

Friday, April 17, 2009

He's so thankful...

So, Caleb is really getting into this praying thing. A few days ago he thanked God TWICE for his basketball hoop (I'm still not sure what that is...we don't have a basketball hoop except for in the bath tub and he didn't take a bath that night...). Last night, he thanked God for the library, Jump Bunch, and his wipes container with the Lightning McQueen sticker on it. The library and Jump Bunch I can understand; afterall, he does do both of those things every week! But the wipes container??? I guess we're all thankful for different things... :)

I remember two Thanksgivings ago when Owen was talking about what he was thankful for. I distinctly recall his gratitude over his kitchen cabinets and Parker's two beds. KIDS! :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

posting comments on my blog

I have changed the permissions so that anyone can post comments now. You don't have to have a blogger account to post now. I honestly didn't know that it was set up to require that people have a blogger account. Sorry about that...I fully expect to see tons of blog comments now... :)

God Bless Herby the Love Bug

Our next door neighbor, Wally, is an avid VW car collector. He just got a new Bug that is painted to look like Herby the Love Bug. Caleb absolutely LOVES it and points it out whenever we drive by his house.

Recently, we began praying with Caleb before bed. Mostly, he just repeats what we say. After repeating some "God bless ______," Matt asked Caleb if he wanted to thank God for anything else. He promptly bowed his head and said, "God bless Herby the Love Bug!" :) It made us both laugh silently while trying to stay serious.

Last day of Spring Break...*sigh* I will miss my sweet boy. We have had a lot of fun together this last week!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Toddler Bed Tales

After a fabulous Easter dinner of pizza and shrimp salad at my parents' house (we were all away this week and decided to go simple...and I don't think anyone missed the big hoopla at all!), the Leach clan headed home and got right to work putting the toddler bed together. It really wasn't as hard as I'd thought, and Caleb loved "helping." We got the bed upstairs and switched over the mattress. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the crib through the door without taking it apart and it was too close to Caleb's bedtime to do that...so we shoved it to the side and put the bed where we thought it would be. Turns out his head would have been right next to an outlet, so we moved a few pieces of furniture around before we got the crib where we wanted it.

How did Caleb react? He was THRILLED!!!!! We were a little concerned that his enthusiasm would keep him from falling asleep, but it really wasn't too bad. We talked to him and laid out the ground rules (basically, stay in your bed or you will get a spanking!) We had to put him back in his bed three times before he fell asleep, but I don't think that is too awful.

My funny story of the night: the third time I went in to get Caleb, he heard the door open, took off running, dove into the bed, and rolled completely up into the blanket....laying completely still as if to say, "What? I've been here the whole time!" When I said his name he peeked out from the blanket. I asked him if he was supposed to get out of the bed and he said no. I asked him what would happen if he got out of bed and he said that he would get a spanking. With that, he put his head down on the bed and stuck his butt up in the air. LOL!!! I had to turn around and compose myself so that I could spank him with a straight face. Does anyone else have trouble spanking your kid when he/she is just so darn cute??? :)

Never a Dull Moment...

I haven't blogged in over a week and am going through withdrawl. I keep meaning to; life has just been rather chaotic. Here is a rundown of the more entertaining events of the last week.

* Amy and I had a moment of bravery and decided to take the three kids SANS HUSBANDS to Massanutten. Matt did come Sunday evening, but Amy was on her own the entire time because Bruce stayed home to study for his sargent's exam. Mass chaos insued...I felt like I was living in the twilight zone!! It was fun, in that crazy what-have-I-done kind of a way.

* Sunday night, we had a moment of insanity and thought it might be a good idea to throw all of the kids in the whirlpool together, put bubbles in, and turn on the jets. Sara hated it and got out almost immediately. Caleb and Owen had a great time and played for quite a while, until Caleb went under and swallowed a lot of water. Matt pulled him out and turned him upside down to get him coughing. That was the end of bath time for him! The next day, he threw up 3 or 4 times...we are pretty sure it was related to all of the water he swallowed. He didn't eat much of anything but didn't have a fever or any other symptoms. Still, it's never fun to be sick on vacation. He was much better by the evening.

* Isaac, Caleb's cousin, went poop on the potty for the very first time last week. When Caleb saw the pictures, he began to run around yelling, "Isaac went poop!" for the whole world to hear. He was extremely excited for him. It even inspired him to have a little potty time of his own (totally his idea--I'm not officially potty training until this summer) yesterday. I think the extended nakedness was more appealing than the actual act of pottying, but he "tried" for a while none-the-less.

* In the car on Thursday, I had the music on. It was apparently a little loud for Caleb's taste. He began to call, "Turn the ISAAC down!" again and again. Perhaps he had Isaac on the brain because of the potty events, but it took me quite a while to figure out that he actually meant for me to turn the music down.

* After the Good Friday service, Rich Pearson (our friend Steven's dad--that would be Caleb's "Uncle" Steven whom he adores) was playing with his granddaughter Emma and Caleb. He was being pretty silly and making funny faces. Caleb didn't quite know what to think of him, but he found the whole thing pretty entertaining. When Rich left, Caleb asked (totally unprompted), "Where's that old man going?"

* Last night, Caleb decided that it would be a good time to begin climbing out of his crib. After three trips back to his bed, he finally fell asleep. At 4 a.m. this morning, I hear him screaming something repeatedly. I get out of bed and go into his room to find him dangling from the crib by his shirt. What was he screaming? "Take it off!!!!!!" Apparently, his shirt had gotten caught when he tried to climb out of bed. This scared me to death (strangulation hazard) and I thought he was scared enough never to do it again...but I was wrong. Not 5 minutes went by before he was in our bed. *sigh* We're putting up the toddler bed tonight. He can still get out (obviously) but at least he will be safe.

Today is Easter, and Caleb seemed to enjoy his gifts. We got him a few little things, a cheap plastic golf set, and a Plasma car. He was very excited about the car! We have decided not to do the Easter bunny, since that has absolutely nothing to do with Easter. We're just going to give him some gifts each year and talk about the REAL meaning. Happy Easter, everybody!

Friday, April 3, 2009

April 3, 2004

Today, Matt and I have been married 5 years! Wow, time flies...

I feel like we've accomplished a lot in the past 5 years:

Perhaps our greatest accomplishment has been that cute, cuddly little boy we have!

We made our first house a home (with a lot of elbow grease!), and tearfully sold it almost two years ago.

We scrimped and saved enough to purchase the kind of house we plan to live in for a long, long time! We are still loving it just as much as we did the first time we saw it!

About 4 months after we got married, Matt got his first job as a youth pastor at Grace Chapel. We learned a lot and made some wonderful, life-long friendships. It is funny to see how the "youth" we had when we first started are now true friends.

A little over a year ago, we were given the opportunity to go back to our home church (Calvert GBC) where Matt now serves as the youth pastor. It was hard to leave GC, but we are very excited to be home!

I'd say we've done a lot in these five years. Happy anniversary, Matt. I love you!