Monday, August 16, 2010

Our new backyard toy

It has to have a safety net! It was my only condition to buying this monster.

The kids sold the playhouse to contribute funds and now we have something new to mow around.

We are having a wonderful time on it and I can see that the toys just get bigger and better.

Ahhh good bye toddler toys - Hello big boy toys!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

EAA Airshow reconnecting with old friends

We were so blessed to see some old Air Force buddies at the EAA airshow this past July. (It would have been 20 years of service had they all stayed in - WEIRD!)

Henry brought his son Eli, and Dave's son Collier over to our house for a fun sleepover. Collier is David's age and Eli is Caleb's age so it was extra fun for everyone.

Then at the air show we reconnected with Gino, but missed seeing his sons since they didn't arrive until after we left.

We laughed and laughed as we always do when we are together.

Funny how those men all had sons and not daughters. Hmmm.

Here are some pics.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Caleb's 1st loose tooth

Caleb seems to accomplish his "milestones" earlier and with greater gusto than David. If David was in the fast lane, Caleb would need to be in the faster lane. (Let's hope that doesn't mean Nathan will be in the fastest lane!)

Caleb has been wiggling his first loose tooth for about a week now. It turned grey today and he was able to twist it 90 degrees. He just wanted it out and endured a good amount of blood and wiggling in order to just be done with it. Finally dad was able to just pull it out. I was so excited for my Caleb to have his first jack 'o lantern smile!

He is a thinker, that Caleb. He doesn't like to be with a lot of people, and isn't exactly a socialite. So he spends a great deal of time watching, thinking and calculating. He isn't fooled that there is some 'fairy' coming into his bedroom at night to bring money. (as you can imagine we don't do much pretend play that involves fairies here) So he just comes right out and asks if mom and dad are the tooth fairy. John told him yes, we are indeed the tooth fairy. After a second he asks if he will still get money, now that he knows the secret. Of course! He is broad smiled, dimple faced. Not only does he get money, but he is in the "know". He has a secret from Nathan and he and David both have the inside scoop. This is great!

So one last time I read him the book "My loose tooth" and I can feel the radiant smile next to me as I read: " Hooray, hooray, hooray, I shout! My tooth, my tooth, it's finally out!" I turn and see this brilliant jack 'o lantern smile. What a great moment, worth every cent of the dollar that will be slipped under his pillow. And in my head I hear the song "You're gonna miss this.... You're gonna want this back..." I will live off that jack 'o lantern smile moment for a long time.