The week of halloween, the boys and I took a trip with Jesse to Washington. Jesse and her husband grew up in the Seattle area and they have a beautiful house on the bay in Olympia, Washington. We had a blast enjoying the fall weather. The pictures of the bay are from their backyard and the little private stretch of beach and the others are from their front yard. Don't get me wrong, our weather here in southern California is fabulous, but it was so wonderful to enjoy true fall weather with all of the beautiful colors and cool temps.
Just a quick update. The judge in Chris' trial ruled in favor of his firm's side and dismissed the case. Chris got to come home late last week and won't have to go back. We are so relieved and happy to have him home!!
Chris was able to come home for two days and even though he had to work the majority of the time, it was still nice just to have him here with us. This is him trying to get a little quality time with Aidan, while on a conference call. He was just happy to be home and somewhat away from the stress for a couple of days. You will probably be able to tell that Chris looks like he could drop into a coma from lack of sleep at any time! I honestly don't know how he does it.
About a week and a half ago, Chris had to leave for San Diego to go to trial. We have known this was coming for sometime, but kept hoping the case would settle. It didn't. So here I am with 2 kids and no family ANYWHERE close and my husband is expected to be gone until the middle of December. I maybe crazier than I already am by the time he gets home! Anyways, to help me out, my parents came for a visit. Caleb had fun carving a pumpkin with his Grandpa and mom and I got to shop about 30 min. before Aidan was tired and fussy. It was so nice to have help with the kids and I even got to go out with Jesse to see a play in Hollywood at a great little theatre.
Below are pictures of my parents with the kids, some of which are of the jack-o-lantern that Caleb named Daphne. (Can you tell he loves Scooby-D00?)
As for Chris, he will hopefully get to come home to visit for a day or two here and there and we will be going down to see him as often as possible. I complain about being left alone with 2 kids, but he definitely has the tough end of this deal. He is under so much stress and is absolutely exhausted-I feel awful for him. (For all of you attorneys or an attorney's spouse out there-he is on track to bill about 2700 hours this year.) But a good change is on the way, which I'll be able to blog about later.
Last night at bedtime, Caleb was about to say his prayer when he turned to me and asked "did you know that Jesus is our light?" He had talked about this during chapel at preschool that day. I love this age!
We went for his checkup today and he had to get 3 shots. (Awful-I always dreaded this with Caleb too) Aside from the immunizations, he is doing great. He is 14lb 8oz, and is 25 3/4 inches long. He has rolled over a couple times, HATES his car seat, but thankfully, LOVES his crib. He is sleeping really well at night and goes to sleep easily for his naps. He is becoming so much fun and his laugh is hysterical! Here are a few pictures of him in his jumper and some with him sitting in his Bumbo seat while I fold laundry on our bed.
So, I am finally getting around to posting some of the other pictures from our trip to Oklahoma. On Saturday, we went out to visit my inlaws. We spent the day with Chris' parents, two brothers and their families. Caleb loves spending time with all of his cousins and it was the first chance that most of them were able to meet Aidan. Sorry about the last picture of Jesse-for some reason, I couldn't get it to turn the right way.
Today was Caleb's first day back to school. I can't believe it is already his last year of preschool. People weren't kidding when they said it goes by fast! Caleb was so excited to get to school this morning that I couldn't hardly get him to stand still long enough for a picture. His friend Sam is in the same class as him again and Sam met Caleb at the door ready to play. Caleb gave me a quick hug and was off!
Not much to blog about, but Aidan looked so cute in his outfit that I just had to post a picture or two. Aidan had just woke up from a nap so Caleb couldn't wait to play with him.
On another note, anyone who has been around Caleb in the last 6 months has probably been asked to play his made up game called, I'm Thinking of an Animal... He thinks of an animal and then gives you clues until you guess it. Well, today we were reading a children's book about Jesus dying on the cross and when we talked about the crown of thorns, Caleb asked why Jesus didn't just lift the crown up a little bit so that it didn't hurt so much. After trying not to laugh( I wanted him to know this was a serious subject) I explained why that wasn't possible and that Jesus was in a lot of pain and was very tired. I also explained that Jesus couldn't move or do anything. Caleb said, "Well, he could have played I'm Thinking of an Animal. You don't have to move to play that." Um, I obviously did a horrible job teaching this story. You would think I would have learned by now to keep things a little simpler. Oh well, I tried.
Two weeks ago, I was able to take both kids and go to Oklahoma and visit our families. Chris is preparing for trial, and therefore working like a madman, so he wasn't able to go. I HATE to fly and wasn't dare going to fly alone with my infant and 4 year old, so my wonderful friend Jesse agreed to go with me. Jesse fit right in with our family, as if she had always been there! I think everyone is hoping she'll come visit again. We were able to see lots of family and we all had a blast even though our trip was short. I will have to do more than one post because I have quite a few pictures. Here's the first batch...
Caleb overheard me say that an older woman I knew had died. Being his typical dramatic self, he immediately said, "I don't want to die!" I told him not to worry, he would die when he was old and it was better anyways because he would get to go to heaven. He said, "well, are you going to be old when I'm old? Because I want to go to heaven with you."
Caleb is and always has been a sweet child. He gets funnier everyday and it has been so fun to watch him become a big brother. He loves Aidan so much (sometimes a little too much for Aidan) and tries to be a big helper to me. He is a complete and total Daddy's boy, but always tries to protect me if Chris starts teasing me. He usually says, "NO Daddy, I'm the one who loves her"! Chris says, who can argue with that? We just enjoy him more everyday. Here are a few pictures of my wonderful Caleb.