Thursday, April 28, 2005

A fun little quiz!

You Are 45% Normal
(Somewhat Normal)

While some of your behavior is quite normal...
Other things you do are downright strange
You've got a little of your freak going on
But you mostly keep your weirdness to yourself

How Normal Are You?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Updates on Yesterday!

Well, let me just tell you how smart my son is!!! ;)

He went pee pee in the big boy potty TWO times yesterday at Dianne's house! When she was getting him ready for his nap, and putting a new diaper on him, he started saying "pee pee! pee pee!" So she asked him if he needed to go pee pee and he said "uh huh!" (that is a yes) So, she put him on the potty and he went!!! Then, he went again after his nap. What a smart boy! As you can tell, I am a very proud mother...I am beaming right now!!!

Friday, Caleb might be coming in for the weekend, so we can go together to get him some rubber pants, and training pants. Hopefully we won't even have to mess with pull-ups! Basically, I don't know that much about potty training, so whatever Dianne says, that's what I'm going to do! Cause she knows her stuff. Oh, she took a picture of him going potty for the first time!! That one's going in the baby book!!! WAY TO GO COLTON!!!

Well, I better get to work. Oh, my Sea-Star, Rachel, is in town. She came in town for my dad's birthday. He turns 21 today! Isn't it crazy that we are both the same age! How wierd. Well, Happy Birthday, Daddy! He's so sweet! Well, have a great day, everyone!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Today is the BIG DAY!!!

Today Colton will start the process of "Potty Training"!!! I am so excited! Dianne got the splashguard protector in the mail yesterday, so today they will start. So, last night, we went to Walmart and got a "big boy potty" and I put it together, with Colton's help, last night. He sensed my excitement and became excited! It's so cute. My mom is a bit skeptical. She thinks it's a little too early. Well, it can be done, and as long as he seems interested in it, and is showing plenty of signs, I think he is ready. My dad thinks he is ready, and Dianne definitely thinks he is ready! I told my mom, "Mom, I need to take advantage of Dianne's help with this. I want him to be potty trained by the time the summer gets here, because she will be watching two more kids part-time. And I want all of her attention on him during this. Yes, it will be messy, and at times annoying, but oh well. In the long run, it will be much better!" She just smiled and joked "don't take advantage of her!"

So, I can't wait till 5:00 gets here and we find out how the day went. She has a great plan. I never put much thought into it. I am definitely lucky and blessed to have her!

Well, I hope all of you have a great day. Please keep us in your prayers as we start this grand adventure! Oh, and in case you are wondering why I typed in yellow...just put a little more thought into the contents of today's blog. I think you will get it!!!! ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2005


Yup, that's me! You woulda never guessed it! jk Yes, I received this honor at our big quarterly meeting at work on Tuesday night. I got it the best month possible, because every quarter all of the company gets together (about 100 people) and they do the awards...the other months are split up between departments. Anyway, I was very shocked and excited! This was our busiest month ever! We set a new record, 107 closings! Talk about busy! So, it was a great honor!

Big news with Colton...Dianne brought out the "big boy potty" yesterday for him to check out. He went right over to it, lifted the lid and said "pee pee!" What a smart boy! We are going to start potty training him, well she is going to work a lot with him at her house, and we will work with him at our house. I'm very excited. He is already telling us when he is about to go pooh pooh. So, if he knows, it shouldn't be hard. He is so smart, she said it won't take him long at all. And I trust what she says, since she has worked with kids for so long and has done this before. I tell you, she is great! She knows just what to tell you to make you smile even bigger about what a great child you have! I love it! So, she has her camera loaded with film to catch his first time on the potty. I can't wait. I am going to find the same kind to use at our house, that way it's less confusing. Isn't parenting fun! (I know some of you are snickering, knowing the messes that are to come with potty training, but I don't care. I am going into this with a great and positive attitude. I know he's not perfect, but I do know that he will catch on fast! So, ha ha! jk)

Also, he and I have been practicing our ABC's. I say A, then he repeats me, and we go through the rest of the alphabet. When it's just the two of us, he will do it all the way through without getting distracted, but it's a little harder with the family around. He does really well with the letters. He can say most of them, although some are still hard to pronounce. Sometimes he will say the next letter before I say it. Like after we do B, he will say C before I do. He loves the praise, as do all children. I think that's a Key ingredient in teaching and learning. Well, I just love him! He's such a joy (can you tell).

Well, I guess I should get back to work. I hope all of you are doing Wonderful! Have a great rest of the week. Hooray...tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!

Monday, April 18, 2005

Here you go Mom & Rach!!

They get the most mad when I don't update my "blob". So, here you go!!

We went to Dallas this weekend and hung out with Caleb's parents. Zach was there. It was fun watching "the boys" with Caleb. They are all so cute! We had a cookout about YUMMY!!! and then we just hung out. Sunday, we went to the park and flew a kite! What a rush! It was great.

Well, back to work. I know it was short, but hey...beggars can't be choosers!!! jk Have a great week!

Thursday, April 14, 2005

A Recap on Tuesday!

Well, if you have read my previous blogs, you would know that Caleb was given a chance to meet President Bush. Well, it didn't quite turn out as we thought it would, but it was still an awesome experience! Here goes...

Caleb called me and told me I could come too, so I jumped in my car and drove 3 1/2 hours to Fort Hood Monday night. Instead of it just being his Batalion or Company that was invited, it was the whole Fort...over 25,000 soldiers! and their families. We were told to be in formation @ 5:00 Tuesday morning, so given the fact that over 25,000 people are going to be trying to get to the same place as us, at close to the same time, we decided to get up @ 2:30, and leave by 3:15...and we were still nervous that we wouldn't make it through the gate and to formation in time. Well, we were wrong. We zipped right through that gate, and were there by 3:30. So, we waited...and waited. Others were there, so Caleb was constantly introducing me to new people. Everyone was extremely nice. They start lining up and meeting @ 5:00, and we didn't get moving until 5:30. (Now, what I didn't realize or wasn't informed about, was that it was going to be EXTREMELY COLD!!! and we would be walking everywhere!) So, I dressed up in my Sunday skirt and heals! And I was FREEZING! Not just a little, my teeth were chattering, my toes and fingers were aching! It was miserable. But, I was a good little army wife and I didn't complain...but they knew I was cold and offered me a blanket...which would later be the envy of all the other army wives!!!

So, we march over to where we were to meet up with the rest of his company, or whatever you call it (I'm not too clued in to what is what)...and we stand around until 7:00. We then proceed to march to the field...yes, you heard me correctly...field, where the ceremony is being held. I thought it would be an auditorium or at least a stadium...with seats! Boy was I wrong. We get through the metal detectors and to our spots around 7:30. The President is not scheduled to speak until 10:00. So, until then we were entertained by country singers. It was a lot of waiting. I was told we could only bring our ID cards and a camera...NO BAGS! W

The Rest of "A Recap on Tuesday"

I was told we could only bring a camera and our ID cards...NO BAGS!!! What I didn't know is that you could bring a ziploc bag, filled with food, and chapstick, and whatever you might need while waiting! But, that was ok. They were handing out Nutrigrain bars, so I snagged two of them. Boy were they good!

When things finally started for real, everyone was beyond ready! They had a 12-year-old girl sing the National Anthem. She was good as Mariah joke! Caleb said it was one of the most awesome things he has ever seen...looking out to a field of over 30,000 soldiers and people saluting the American Flag.

The President came in on a helicopter. He circled the field, and everybody cheered and waved their American about a welcoming party!!! He landed, but didn't come out for another 30 minutes. But when he walked out, you would have thought Jesus had just entered His Kingdom. They played the Presidents music that is played whenever he enters a room. Talk about majestic! It was amazing. The cheers were so loud! It went on for forever! I have never been more proud to be an American!

He came to thank the soldiers for volunteering to serve their country. He thanked those who had been overseas. He thanked those who were about to go. He updated them on what they had helped accomplish over in Iraq. It was so neat! I felt special just being there...I can't imagine being a soldier and having your leader thank you and speak to you the way President Bush spoke to them! The whole speach didn't last longer than 30 minutes, but it was worth the wait. When he signed off with "...and God Bless America" a cheer arose. It was so loud. President Bush proceeded to shake the soldiers' hands who were around him. The soldiers were so eager to shake his hand, and it really seemed like he was eager to shake their hands. Unfortunately, Caleb did not get to shake his hand. But, he said that they made eye contact and that President Bush smiled at him! ( I know that sounds funny, but it was neat!)

After he left, it was like a madhouse trying to get out of there. I finally met back up with Caleb about 11:30. He was released for the day. So, we went and ate at Benigan's. I told myself that I had earned the right to order a Monte Cristo...I haven't had one in years! Luckily, I didn't eat the whole thing. We went back to the apartment and slept from 1:00 - 4:00. It was the best nap I had ever had! Then I had to head home.

Even though things didn't happen the way we thought they would, the whole experience was well worth it. Hopefully, someday, I will get to actually meet him and not just see him on the screen! Until then, I will do my best to be the best army wife I can be and support Caleb in all that he does.

Well, tomorrow is Friday and I get to see my hunny again. I hope you all have had a wonderful week and I hope to see you soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Caleb gets to meet his hero.............

Fun News!!! Caleb gets to meet President Bush!!! He is going to Fort Hood to speak, and Caleb got chosen out of 500 or 600 soldiers to represent his batalion! He will be one of 10-15 soldiers that will stand up on stage behind him. Caleb is so excited. President Bush is pretty much his hero! Caleb LOVES Texas. I mean, he is the most devout Texan that there ever was. And since President Bush is from Texas, and of course, he is the president, Caleb is ecstatic! I mean, wouldn't you be? It was scheduled for Friday, but since the Pope's funeral is tomorrow, they rescheduled it for next Tuesday. Please keep the President and all of the soldiers safety in your prayers next Tuesday. You never know what sick person could end up there. Although security is extremely tight, I mean unbelieveably tight. So, pray for them.

Alright, that's it for now! Hope everyone is doing splendid!

Monday, April 4, 2005

My Studly Son!

I forgot to mention in my last blog how handsome and studly my son looked at church on Easter. He had navy pants, with brown boots, a white short-sleeved button-down shirt with blue and lime green plaid stripes on it, and a lime green vest with navy trim. Man did he look sharp. I was so proud! And of course, he had his hair all done up by Aunt Beka! He is definitely not a baby anymore!

I sure do love to write about him! Hopefully, in the near future, I will put some pics up! I hope you all have had a wonderful Monday! Congrats to Rach for getting a (well-deserved) A on her paper! Woo Hoo! I'm so proud of her. She is doing great at Law School!

Well, I better go pick up Colton before he really starts to wonder where "Mommy" is! I love hearing him say that. Have a great day!

Friday, April 1, 2005

I Love Fridays!!

I know I haven't written in forever, but I actually have. I wrote on Tuesday, or maybe it was Wednesday, and I lost the entire thing. It was my longest blog EVER!...and of course, I just had to lose it!

We had a wonderful Easter weekend! Caleb was able to come in town. He got here Friday afternoon, about 3:30. Then, he and I picked up Colton from Mrs. Dianne's. That night we went to Kohls to get Caleb a few things and to look for me a skirt for Sunday.

Saturday was a busy day. That morning, our church had an outreach at the park. They had live music, a moonwalk, hotdogs and facepainting. It was so much fun. Colton got to play on the moonwalk for the first time. It was great! By the time that was over, he was pretty tired, so we went home and put him down for a nap. Caleb and I watched The Notebook while he was sleeping. I have been trying to get Caleb to watch it for forever! He was dreading it a bit, but ended up liking it! MEN! If he would've only trusted me sooner!

Saturday night, Caleb and I got to go on a date! I love Dates! We were planning on going to a late movie, so we had a couple hours to spend at dinner. We ate at Chuy's. It was wonderful. We sat outside. It was a bit chilly, but they solved that with outside about ROMANTIC! Our dinner was really good. And it was nice to spend time just the two of us, without having to rush! The movie was really good too! I LOVE DATES!

Sunday was the big finale of our weekend. We had church that morning. Jess, our Associate Pastor/Youth Pastor preached. It was really good. Our choir sang a special and my dad sang a special. I love when he sings. After church we went home and ate yummy dinner. Then...da da da daaaaaaaa...Colton had his first ever Easter Egg Hunt. We had to do it inside because it was really cold outside. At first, he just wanted to go outside, but then we showed him some of the eggs, and he really got into it. He found one egg at a time, put it in the basket and then went for another one. It was great! The big finale to his hunt was a huge egg from Mimi (my mom) had a stuffed Barney in it! He loved it! He loves Barney! How fun!

Then, us four girls had our hunt outside. My dad hid the eggs outside while we put our tennis shoes...mind you we were still wearing our Easter dresses/skirts! We looked hilarious! And guess who won?...............................ME! I beat Rach by one egg. She blamed it on Susanna cause she pushed Rach out of the way on an egg. Oh well, Finders Winners, Losers Weepers!!! We topped off our hunt with Easter Basket Cake. It was scrumptious!

Then it was a sad time...Caleb had to leave and Rach had to leave. But, we all had a wonderful weekend! I love Easter weekend! The traditions are what make it so much fun!