There Was That One Year

Caleb, 13 months old, weighing in at around 27 pounds and off the growth chart for height. This boy has always been a Goliath.

August, 2008 (from my old Xanga blog)

Caleb continues to take more and more steps!! Yay! I’ve had to keep him out of “school” this week though b/c he’s still sick. In fact, I can hear him crying now, so I may not be able to write as much……..

Tonight I kept hearing Joshua say, “Happy and you know it. Happy and you know it.” I know they sang at school today. Apparently, they sang that familiar tune. So I sang it with him and did all the motions, and he was so excited. He wanted to do it over and over and over and over. So cute. He loves the stomping the feet and jumping up and down!

Alan, you may like to know that the wives of the MTT team, or however u abbreviate it, are getting in touch and learning about each other. I thought that was realliy nice.

We played with the Thomas the train track tonight,but Joshua wasn’t very intrested. Instead it was Caleb pushing the train around the track! He LOVED it.


We had a good day today. Caleb is still working on that walking. He’ll really be a show off by the time Daddy comes home on pass. Joshua joined me to do some gardening today, which reminds me……Mom and Dad, if you have a pair of manual hedge clippers, I need to borrow them.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to make this knockout rosebush we have around our mailbox thrive again. This is the first year I’ve ever been serious about gardening, and my hands are cut to pieces. Joshua did not enjoy the front yard play time. Any ideas for keeping Joshua happy outside, other than chasing him!? His sand table is in the backyard, so we couldn’t use that. He does love it by the way! Caleb does too, but the problem there is that Caleb seems to have it confused with the dinner table…….

My Aunt Linda gave Joshua a crocheted blanket when he was a baby, and he has formed an attachment to it just recently. He looked too precious for words with that blanket balled up in his sleeping arms last night. How sweet is that?

Joshua and Caleb kept alternating naps today, except for a little overlap, and in between our crazy schedule of sleep, eat, sleep, eat, I had run out of many essential pantry items to include goldfish, poptarts, and strawberries! All day, I kept trying to go to the store, only to realize one of the boys was too tired…Finally we pulled into Winn Dixie at 7:15 pm…….(luckily we’d slept in this morning, which never happens).

An hour later, I left with everything I needed, to include snacks for company I’m having, 2 new board books and 2 bottles of Lightning McQueen bubblebath…..and everyone went to bed very easily at 9pm. I felt so accomplished, I can’t explain it!

Joshua keeps saying funny things, and I keep meaning to make a list of funny Joshua quotes because now I can’t think of a single one. He’s started singing lately though, which is, of course, adorable. On our way home tonight I was singing with the radio, and Joshua was singing “Happy birthday to you”……lol And he has a very sweet little singing voice.

My friend Lisa (lived across the street during last deployment) is visiting tomorrow with her almost 2 year old. Can’t wait!



When Caleb was in preschool, or Mom’s Day Out, he hardly ever got to go to school. That boy always had a runny nose. I have to say, we have been WAY healthier since we started home schooling, so there’s another benefit.

We’ll call this “Sentimental Saturday”. Here are Joshua and Caleb as toddlers. Caleb was 13 months, and Joshua was 2 1/2.

This was in the midst of Alan’s 15 month embedded advisory team assignment. I don’t even know what MTT team stood for… He had flown home from his training in Kansas to spend time with us. Then he was off to Iraq.

sexy pajamas, huh? baaaaahahahaha

I lived near my parents that year, and that was one of the best decisions I ever made. Once Alan had orders, we bought a house, packed up our things, and settled down in my home town, with my parents right across town.

I don’t know how I would have made it through solo parenting without them. Goodness knows, I didn’t know what I was doing. There were so many things I should have already been teaching Joshua that I wasn’t, just because I hadn’t thought of it. Oh, I was good at teaching academics, but not so much life skills and manners, so we’ve been trying to make up for it ever since.

What do I mean: things like picking up after himself. I didn’t teach Joshua that until later, and man, I feel like it will never sink in now. I just waited on him hand and foot as a preschooler. I just didn’t know. I was by myself. I was trying to get by.

I remember one day hearing my mom tell him, “What do you say?”

Joshua said, “Pweeeease.”

“Oh,” I thought, “I forgot all about the manners bit!” Poor Joshua. I was just proud that I’d put up my own Christmas tree, did all of their bedtimes and bath times by myself, did all the chores by myself, kept them clean, kept them fed, and took them to church. Deployment parenting is nothing at all like regular married parenting. Even deployment parenting is better than single parenting, though. At least I didn’t have to worry about earning an income on top of all this solo childcare. Can you imagine?

Thank you, Mom and Dad. What would I ever have done without you that year? I know we are far away now, and that is hard. However, I am very thankful that you were there that year that I needed you the most. I knew I could drop off those two adorable little rebel rousers at your house anytime I wanted to go somewhere alone. I headed over to your house all the time just to hang out and see other grown-ups. Best of all, you are always as happy to see us as we are to see you.

Thank you. I hope one day we will be the grandparents that both sets of our parents have been for us. Thanks for showing us what to do.

We love you so much. No matter how carried away I get with my blogging, this space is first and foremost to keep YOU in touch with us and your hilarious little grandchildren.

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.”               1 Thessalonians 1:2-4


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