Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sleeping Angel

For some reason, I can't resist taking pictures of Caleb whenever he's sleeping in somewhat decent light. Perhaps it's because it's such a rare occurrence to find him sleeping these days.

July 6th: Caleb put himself to sleep for a nap on the couch.



June 7th: I thought he was just cuddling up to watch a show, but he was fast asleep.


May 23rd: For a while, before we started skipping naps, the only way to get Caleb to sleep was in my bed.



Somedays, when we're rather frustrated with one another, Caleb naps. But then getting him to go to bed again at night is near impossible. So most days we skip naptime and he falls asleep super quick at night. I miss the naps. But fighting with him until after midnight is not how I like to end my days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Van Saun Park

The other day (7/16), Caleb and I went to the park to play. The place was huge, with a lake (or perhaps large river), tons of picnic places, and multiple playgrounds.





Besides having several playgrounds, there is also a small zoo, a carousel and a train. Caleb and I were able to catch the last train ride of the day.



Chippendale Dancer

If the rock star career doesn't work out, don't worry, Caleb has a backup plan.







And what's on the other side of the camera making him smile? His crazy mommy of course.

(Pictures from 7/5)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Rockstar Photos

In case the video wasn't enough for you, here are some photos of our guitar playing, music loving son.



(This is my favorite face that Caleb makes -- eyebrows raised -- so adorable.)











Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rockstar

As previously mentioned, Caleb and I enjoy watching "Hannah Montana" together. Even though Brandon likes the show too, he thinks Caleb needs some more manly influences in his life. So Caleb and I starting watching "Jonas" too.

When asked who he likes better, Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers, Caleb will pick Jonas. And if you ask him who his favorite singer is, he'll say Jonas Brothers.

So in honor of helping Caleb become more manly, I've taught him a few lines to a Jonas Brothers' song.

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What do you think the chances are of Caleb becoming a rockstar one day?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Natural History Museum

Caleb and I finally made it to NYC! After two months of living in New Jersey, just across the river from NYC, the only visits we'd made were to pick people up from JFK airport. But we made some friends at church and headed with them to the Natural History Museum.

Waiting for the subway. Caleb wasn't a fan of the loud noise.

He was fine riding the train, but he still hated the noise.

We started on the top floor, at the dinosaur bones. Caleb was not a fan. Maybe he was still getting over the trauma of the subway, or maybe the dinosaur bones were too scary for him.

He learned from watching fireworks to cover his ears to keep out the loud noise. I think he translated this action into protecting himself when he's scared.

After we moved down to the next floor, Caleb came alive. He was running from window to window, looking at the displays, wanting me to take his picture at every one. Here he is with his new friend Sarah.




They have a discovery center for kids inside the museum full of hands on museum like stuff. Caleb loved trying on all the different hats, but when he saw the baseball helmet, he got so excited.








We had such a great time. Caleb fell asleep that night at seven o'clock and slept thirteen hours. So nice.

Monday, July 6, 2009

America's Birthday Party

To celebrate the fourth of July, Englewood had a birthday party for America on 7/2. They had a dj and a few vendors, but mostly people relaxed on the lawn in their chairs or on their blankets waiting for the fireworks to start.

Caleb had a great time dancing to the music.




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Caleb decided he needed to wear his jacket. I don't know how we're supposed to live in Arizona (which is our next intended destination) when this kid loves to wear a jacket. But there were a lot of bugs out, so despite the fact that I was sweating like crazy, I let him keep it on.


We then passed our time playing with the camera.



We had a snack.


Then we watched the fireworks.




Caleb hated the fireworks. As soon as they started, he asked me for at least a minute straight to go home. "Come on, Mommy, let's go home." Over and over again. I made him stay and he laid on top of me the whole time, covering his face with his hands and peeking through his fingers.


By the end of the night, I had almost convinced him the fireworks were cool. Although he still thought they were scary.

Saturday, we went to a pool party/bbq. When it got dark enough and you could see the fireworks in the distance, Caleb started asking to go home. On the side of the building where we live, there were some people shooting off their own illegal fireworks. Caleb insisted we go home. So we went inside and watched the Macy's firework show on tv, which was awesome, and Caleb loved it. He has been asking for fireworks on tv ever since then.

Sunday, Brandon took Caleb to the mall where they had some festivities going on, as well as a fireworks show once it got dark. Brandon taught Caleb to cover his ears instead of his eyes and supposedly Caleb liked the show (though Brandon still had to hold him the whole time).