Monday, May 31, 2010

Dun-un, dun-un, dun-un dun-un dun-un dun-un....

The other half of our trip to Baltimore was a visit to the Baltimore Aquarium.  It's not a cheap excursion, but I think we got our money's worth.  Caleb loved every second of it!

We were able to see the dolphins for a few minutes before they were taken in for their show.  They were being fed, so they were still enough for me to get a picture!

The jellyfish exhibit was there.  It was pretty cool, but crowded with lots of rude people that don't understand the concept of waiting your turn.  I really liked the jellyfish that looked like coral so that they blended in on the reefs. 

The bubble tanks gave Caleb an opportunity to actually bang and run around a bit. 

Lucky for us, there were divers in the big sting ray tank feeding some of the animals.  The big sea turtle is missing a flipper.  :(  We watched them for a long time.  Caleb was absolutely fascinated.

We visited the rainforest, but didn't spot the sloth.  We did get an earful from this noisy bird though!

I love the gracefulness of the sting rays.  This shark (whom I am afraid was sick) was the only one who say still long enough for me to get a good picture.  Too bad he wasn't facing the camera!

Do you see the crocodile's eyes sticking out?  I was pretty proud of this one.  I just wish the reflection of my shirt wasn't showing! 

This made Caleb laugh. Right after this, another family had their daughter do the same thing.

Wherever we go, we try to find one of those souvenir penny machines.  Caleb has a collection and just got a collector's book to put them in! 

It seriously was one of the best days we've had together in a long time.  I love my family and it's important to me that Caleb know that adding another baby will not change our feelings for him.  I think he knows we love him.  <3

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The USS Torsk

Yesterday, we boarded the USS Torsk so that Caleb could visit a real submarine.  This is out of commission, but you can tour it and touch a lot of the stuff inside.  The boy was in heaven!

He loved being able to "drive" the sub.  I couldn't get over the number of levers there were all over the place!  I'm pretty sure I'd sink it...

The men slept in beds that were literally inches from the roof.  One was so close that you had to climb in through another person's bed and kind of slide into yours feet first.  It freaked me out just looking at it!

Caleb loved the doorways between areas, but he kept wanting to shut the doors!  He also liked pretending he was the captain.

He even pretended to eat dinner at the crew's mess hall!

He loved the torpedos and even got to touch one!  That hole is where they would load a torpedo.  Beds were directly over top of the thanks!

Of course, he HAD to sing, "We all live in a GRAY submarine..."

It was a really fun trip, and the boy was telling everyone about it at church today.  I'll share about the aquarium in another post.

Why I Love Memorial Day

5.  I get a day off.  3 day weekends are always nice, right??

4.  Memorial Day usually equals food on the grill or some kind of yummy dinner.

3.  I like singing patriotic music at church.

2.  It brings back hysterical (but now touching!) memories of my childhood.  We would always watch the Memorial Day concert in D.C.  My dad, who LOVES Memorial Day, would wear a patriotic tshirt, one of his sweat bands, and bring a couple of little American flags in the living room to wave around in time to the patriotic music.  As a child, I would love to sit and laugh at him.  Now, I am anxiously awaiting 8 p.m. on MPT so that Caleb can wave his new American flag around and listen to the patriotic songs!

1.  I am learning more and more just how incredibly blessed we are to live in this country and am thankful for all of those who risk their lives for our freedom!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stream of Consciousness

I am feeling the baby move around a lot now when I'm sitting still, and I even felt a real kick today.  It was pretty exciting!  I can't wait for Matt to be able to feel them.  I graduated from Notre Dame last week.  One of my friends went to his wife's graduation and saw my name in the program.  I'm so glad that I'm finally done!!  I can officially say that I graduated with a 4.0 and Master's in Elementary Education.  There are storms coming to our area.  It's supposed to rain tomorrow too, so our field day was postponed until next week.  I'm staring at a basket of my husband's laundry that he was supposed to put away on Monday.  I'm refusing to do it because it's all his (from his trip last weekend) and it's principle.  I really want ice cream.  Like really.  Like, I have a brand new ice cream maker and am contemplating examining the ingredients needed to see if I have everything I need to just make it, since I can't leave the house to buy any.  Matt is at a meeting tonight.  He has had a lot on his plate recently.  Anyone who says being a youth pastor is an easy job doesn't see the behind-the-scenes work.  I tease him, but his job can be pretty difficult.  There is a commercial on for Breyer's ice cream.  NOT COOL!  I have popsicles, but they will not suffice.  Ugh, I wish Matt was home (or on his way home) so that he could buy me some ice cream!! 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We All Live in a Yellow Submarine...

Submarine Update:

As you know, we are working on a submarine incentive with Caleb.  He really wants to go on a real submarine, so he has to earn it.  A day with all of his magnets on his responsibility chart means a sticker on a different little chart.  When he collects 10 stickers, we will go visit the submarine in Baltimore.

Side note:  It doesn't actually move, but it is in the water and was a real commissioned submarine.  The actual submarine rides were only in exotic places like Hawaii and the Bahamas.  That would have to be a pretty big incentive!

Well, the boy has been doing SO well with his chart that he has now earned SEVEN stickers!  He only needs THREE more, which means that we will quite possibly go on the submarine this weekend.  This is actually what we were hoping for, because it was a free weekend for both of us (imagine that!) and we wanted the reward to be fairly immediate so that the draw isn't lost.  We are planning for Saturday, but can go Monday if necessary. 

Along with the submarine tour, we will be going to the Baltimore Aquarium.  I've wanted to take Caleb there for a while because he loves fish so much, but they don't allow strollers.  This summer is the first time I feel like we could go the whole day without needing a stroller...and the last summer for a few more years!  We figured this would be the perfect time to go, since the submarine tour won't take very long and we'll already be in Baltimore. 

Caleb has big plans to wear his Yellow Submarine shirt and sing "We All Live in a Yellow Submarine..." as soon as we get on.  I'm sure he will... :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Crab Claws

Caleb and I went to Chesapeake's Bounty on Saturday to get some strawberries.  Sadly, they are out of local ones and didn't have any "imports" yet.  The guys there are great and always let Caleb see the lively crabs they have for sale. 

When we got back in the car, Caleb started saying that he didn't want a crab to bite him.  I agreed, saying that one pinched me once on the foot and it hurt.  He asked where I was, and I replied that it was when I was working at camp wading in the water.

He was very quiet for a minute. The wheels were turning. 

Finally, he asked, "But how did they get out of the pot?"

The poor guy had never seen a crab in its natural environment--just in a bushel basket or on a table ready to eat!  He didn't realize that they actually lived in the water.  :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Lovely Weekend on the Chesapeake Bay

I'm pretty much always on the look out for fun activities to do while Matt is gone.  I have learned that Caleb does much better dealing with the Daddy Withdrawl when he is busy!  Sooooo, we ran home on Friday to eat a quick dinner and then headed off to the Farmer's Market on the North Beach boardwalk.  It was FABULOUS!!! 

He played on the ship and even made a friend while digging in the sand.

There was a car show there, and we were able to see an old friend of ours who used to be our neighbor.  Caleb adores him and ran to him screaming, "Wally!!!"  This is one of his many classic cars!

We did a bit of exploring and finished the night off with a bit of Maggie Moo's ice cream!  There were tons of people there and I lost count of how many I knew!

We had such a great time (and Caleb was soooo well behaved) that we went back the next night with Nina and Paw Paw!  Too bad the rain ended our evening a bit earlier.

Yay for good behavior and a pleasant weekend!  About 3 hours until Matt gets home...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Beautiful Duet

It's no secret that I'm a Gleek.  This is just my kind of show:  spontaneous breaking out in song is a must in any show! 

I have a lot of favorite moments in Glee, but this was my absolute favorite. 

Idina Menzel (the older woman) originated the role of Elpheba in Wicked and Maureen in Rent, two of my favorite musicals.  She also played Maureen in the movie version of Rent.  She's seriously one of Broadway's leading ladies.

Lia Michele is one of the stars of Glee, and I absolutely love her voice.  I have often compared her to Idina Menzel loooooooooong before she became a reoccuring role on the show (and now her MOM!  Ahhh!)  Her voice is so beautiful and pure.  She's a little older than the high schooler she plays (I think she's my age), but I love her. 


Chin Ups

I was washing dishes at the sink tonight, minding my own business, when Caleb came tearing into the kitchen at full speed, did a giant leap for the bar on the oven, and tried to do a chin-up.  Can we all guess where this is going?!

Well, the oven door fell upon him, knocking him down with a vengence.  As he laid there with this stunned look on his face, I couldn't help but laugh.  His statement?

"I fell."

Yes, son.  Yes, you did.

In other news, I cannot get this boy to go to bed.  He's been in his room for an hour, come out twice, and is calling for me again.  *sigh*

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Outdoor Adventures

I love his eyes in this one!

resting after playing hard!


What a silly guy!

He's so smiley!  Love it in black and white!

Getting ready to go on an exploration

I spy with my little eye...

And a bit of yellow for you from my garden!

A Hard Lesson

Caleb can now stand to go potty (depending on the height of the toilet).  About a week and 1/2 ago, we heard a howling from the bathroom.  Matt rushed in to see what was the matter and started doing that half laughing, half pitying sound.  I walked in and found a very pitiful, sobbing little boy.  After a little research, we realized that he had slammed the toilet seat down on a very sensitive area.  OW!

We put an ice pack on it (which we disinfected!!) and calmed him down.  It turned raspberry red pretty quickly, then darkened to a nasty purple color.  Thankfully, it didn't hurt him to go potty, which was our biggest concern. 

A week and 1/2 later, he seems good as new.  Poor guy...he has had so many issues with that area of his body!  I am thankful that it didn't cause any damage, because I don't think he would be too happy to be examined there again!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Emma's Visit

Disclaimer:  I'm having some real trouble with the formatting this time.  I don't know why, but the pictures and captions aren't matching up and I can't get them in the right spot.  Hopefully it won't confuse you too much!

We also did a lot of playing at the house.  Emma loves Caleb's tool bench--we called her Kelly (as in Handy Manny's hardware store helper!) 

The kids really liked playing with Nina's cool camping toys and hanging out in the bunk house.  However, naughty Caleb kept trying to slide the door to the bunk house shut so that we couldn't see them...what were you doing back there, boy???

Emma enjoyed Caleb's drum, while Caleb found enjoyment in the laundry basket. 

Caleb was galloping around on a stick horse, so Emma decided a sword would work too.  She was trying so hard to gallop!

They had a really good time.  As we were leaving Emma's house, Caleb sighed, "I miss her already!"  It was pitiful and sweet at the same time.  It was a fabulous weekend!

A First

On Sunday, we were taking Emma back to her house to meet her grandma, who would stay with her until her parents got home.  On the way there, Caleb announced that he needed to go potty.  I asked him to hang in there until we got to Emma's house, since we were almost there anyway. 

Mrs. Sullivan wasn't there yet, and of course, the boy HAD TO GO!  I had no idea what to do, as we were in a housing development with no public rest rooms.  Do I knock on someone's door?  That's a bit creepy!  Plus, Emma was asleep in her car seat.

So, I did what any resourceful mom would do...I took my last sip of hot chocolate from my Panera cup, took off the lid, and told Caleb to use it! 

Yes, it was gross. 

Yes, I felt a little trashy.

Yes, Caleb loved it and asked if he could use the cup all of the time. 

Another first in this adventure of mothering...

(Side note:  Mrs. Sullivan actually was there at the time!  She was vacuuming and couldn't hear the door bell or her phone ringing!)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Clothes and Kids

I got some new maternity clothes this weekend.  Some I bought used from a friend of my sister, and some I bought new.  I was in pretty desperate need, seeing as I didn't show with Caleb until September and pretty much any short sleeved stuff I did have was my sister's (which she is currently using!!)  Today at the mall I got 2 tops, a pair of khaki capris and shorts, 2 tank tops to wear under stuff, and a denim skirt. 

**Side note about the tank tops:  They are an absolute necessity with maternity clothes because for some reason the designers make everything low cut!  I am not a fan of low cut stuff in general, and my body is not shaped for it either, so I wear a lot of tank tops underneath.  My non-maternity ones are starting to ride up a bit, so I needed some bigger ones!

Caleb's girlfriend Emma is staying with us this weekend while her parents are at a wedding.  I have lots of pictures to post, but not tonight!  She has been so sweet and good--and Caleb has too!!  Given his recent behavior, that is quite a feat in itself.  He is trying to earn a trip on a real submarine and has to get 10 days of earning all of his magnets to do it.  (It's an out-of-commission submarine in the Baltimore Harbor that you can tour.  We're also going to go to the aquarium on that day too.)  It's seeming to motivate him so far, and he is quite interested in submarines, so I'm hoping it buys us some good days!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A little color from our yard

The boys got me some hanging baskets for Mother's Day.

Gerbera daisies right after a spring rain

My little herb garden