Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why didn't I bring my camera?!?

Yesterday Caleb and I went to the mall and I had one of those "Why didn't I bring my camera" moments. I mean the whole reason we have a flip video is because the size and weight makes it easy to carry anywhere. Anyways, here's what happened.
Caleb and I went to the mall to buy a swimsuit for me. When we were ready to leave it started pouring down rain! I mean pouring. I don't even own an umbrella so I figured we should find something to do while we waited for the rain to stop. Luckily they have this place in the mall that has a bunch of bounce houses and you pay and the kids can go in and jump around in the different bounce houses. I had never taken Caleb before so I talked to one of the ladies and asked her if I could go into any of the bounce houses with him so that he would feel comfortable trying it out. She said that there was one bounce house only for kids under 3 and that I could go into that one with him. She also let us go in for free since it was Caleb's first time to try it out. He had a blast! At first he was kind of hesitant but then another little boy came in and was bouncing all around and Caleb kind of figured out what it was all about. Another boy gave him a ball to use and he jumped around and threw his ball and ran after it. They had slides and pads that he could crawl on.
But the part I wish I had my camera for was when they called all the kids together to dance to the song "Cha cha slide." It something all the workers do for birthdays and the song says things like "everybody clap your hands" and "right stomp, left stomp." So Caleb was in the middle of the all these 8 and 9 year old kids copying them trying to do the dance. It was seriously one of the cutest things I've ever seen him do. And then when the song finished the workers screamed "Happy birthday" which Caleb repeated and then started jumping around saying "I did it," "I did it!" My description seriously doesn't do it justice. I loved seeing him that happy.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Caleb Turns 2!

A couple of weeks ago Caleb turned 2. It has been bittersweet for me. I just feel sad that he is not a baby anymore. Every day he surprises us with the things he says and the things he can do by himself. He is such a blessing in our lives.
For his birthday, Grandma and Grandpa DeJong were able to come into town. Caleb was ecstatic and every time he woke up he asked "where's grandpa?" or "where's grandma?" On his day we tried to do all of the things he loves- we woke up and ate blueberry pancakes and opened presents so he would have all day to play with them. He got some new movies, a choo choo set, a table and chairs that are the perfect height for him, the Radiator Springs set from GeoTrax, and a Cd player and Cd's, and some new clothes. We turned on one of his Cd's and he started dancing around the room. He kind of just stands in the same place and moves his hips back and forth. It was so cute! Then he played with his GeoTrax for a long time. He was so happy with all of his presents.
For lunch we went to Chucky Cheese's to eat pizza (which is one of his favorite things). I think he's still a little young for Chucky Cheese's but he enjoyed the pizza. We had cupcakes and ice cream- he just felt whatever about the cupcakes but he LOVED the ice cream. Then his daddy had to go to work and so we took him to the swimming pool at our gym. He loved being in the pool and begin outside. For dinner, Grandma and Grandpa treated us to barbeque and Caleb had lots of turkey and pickles. :) He rounded out the night cuddling with Grandma and watching Incredibles (one of his favorite movies.) He was an exhausted little guy, but I think he had a fun 2nd birthday.

Sea World

A couple of weeks ago we took Caleb to Sea World in San Antonio for his birthday. We had a little trouble getting in, but once we got in Caleb took off and was happy to have so much open space to run in. We took the stroller and I bet he spent maybe 20 minutes tops in it. Unfortunately there was only one ride he could go on, which was the log ride. Fortunately he absolutely loved it. There were some pretty steep drops, so we weren't sure how he'd do on those, but he kept saying "Wheee!" while I was screaming.
He loved seeing the penguins and the whales. They also have a splash pad there and he was having a blast running around in the water. He is a fearless little guy when it comes to water.
They have a water park at Sea World that wasn't open yet, but luckily the day we went, they gave us a free ticket to come back later in the season so Caleb can experience the water park.