The Caskey Family

Loving Summer
June 9, 2008, 1:55 am
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Summer is such a beautiful time as things warm up, gardens grow, family comes to visit and there is time for lots of reading.  This first picture is of my mostly perennial garden that my sisters planted for me in the fall.  It bloomed nicely and with some gladiolas from the back yard, I have a beautiful collection of creation and outdoor beauty right on my dining room table.

One day as I was chatting with Jeremy online, Elijah decided to entertain Merry by reading to her.  Right next to me as I work on the computer are two little chairs and basket of books for them to read.  Elijah sat Merry down, gave her a pacifier to keep her quiet (I don’t know where in the world he learned this technique!) and stacked the entire contents of the book basket next to her on the chair.

Then he proceeded to read her one of the books from her stack: 1 is One by Tasha Tudor, one of our very favorites!  Tasha Tudor was also one of Grandma Linda’s (my mom’s) favorite children’s authors and artists.

I was very impressed by Elijah’s initiative in entertaining Merry and equally impressed by her willingness to comply with what he wanted to do with her – and her attention span.  Moments like these make me know why I LOVE being a mom that gets to stay at home with her children!

My sister Beth is here to visit for a few days, later in the week we will be graced by visits from Aunt Risa, Aunt Roseann and Uncle Josh with Lumina.   I praise the Lord for sisters and sweet family that are keeping us company while Jeremy is away.

Both Elijah and Merry’s interactions with each other and the love of my siblings have reminded me of Psalm 133 (the whole Psalm!)  “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!  It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, {Even} Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.  It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing–life forever.”

Praise the Lord for siblings!  Indeed it it good and pleasant for them to dwell together in unity!

Daytime Diaper Graduation!
June 4, 2008, 1:06 am
Filed under: Elijah, family news

Here’s the big man himself…graduated from daytime diapers into bi’boy pants, as he calls them!  We will tackle the nighttime training soon – I have to be ready for some sleep deprivation possibly – something I hesitate to throw myself into!  As I decide whether or not to make this official, his Hooked on Phonics preschool curriculum arrived, and he is LOVING every bit of it so far!  But back to the graduation…if he’s ready for preschool, one of the big steps to that is toilet training.  He’s been interested in a long time, but I did not push it because of all the changes in the family due to daddy’s deployment.  After Daddy left, we got right back into the swing of it and he’s only had a few accidents in the past 6 weeks or so. 

The real test was our trip.  I put pull-ups on him for plane and car trips.  Several times he would ask to go to the potty, and if it wasn’t possible to go at the time, I would tell him to hold it if he could, but if he went accidentally in his pull-up that was okay since I couldn’t take him right then.  EVERY time we would get to a toilet (a few times more than 20 minutes later!) his pull up would be dry and he made it to the toilet!  I thought this was pretty good…in fact, I actually think that he has a better bladder than me right now at 4 months pregnant!

So here are the daytime potty-training objectives he’s successfully completed:

1. He goes on his own without being reminded

2. He asks to go in plenty of time to get to the toilet if we are somewhere where he need assistance

3. He can hold it if needed for a short period of time

4. He can dress and undress himself to use the toilet, wash his hands and flush himself

5. He’s been without an accident for well over a week

I am so thankful, and realize that I am AMAZINGLY blessed to have had it so easy with this phase of toilet training!

Children Receive DVD From Daddy
June 3, 2008, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Video

Got to love some of the military perks. . . hey if they send you far away from your family, there are a few things they can do to ease the pain. . . Daddy got to tape a DVD of himself reading to the children for 50 straight minutes. Here are the children’s first reactions. . .

Our trip to Omaha and back again
June 2, 2008, 12:02 am
Filed under: family news, Friends

It has been far too long since I’ve blogged. . .so this is a mishmash of fun stuff from our trip and return home. We are homebound due to a yucky virus we caught – sore throats, coughs and runny noses, the children are about over it, I think, but I’m in the throes of it right now.

We ended our visit in Oklahoma on a sweet and bright note as we visited the Oklahoma City zoo with Katelyn, her mom and sister. I loved this beautiful picture of her and David with the children on a bridge there.

We had a very smooth trip to Nebraska, 7 hours drive and the children did beautifully! When we got there we found out that our friends, the Wades are pregnant with number two! We also found out that one of Jeremy’s coworkers and his wife are pregnant and some friends from our sunday school at church are pregnant with their third! I found out about these three pregnancies in less than 20 hours! Congrats to you all!

Here are some pictures from our visits with the Wades:

Elijah and Hannah doing a letter/sound game on the internet with Miss Whitney. They took turns so well! They are 6 months apart and they look like they are related. . . no relation that we know of, though!

Mr. Ian is showing Elijah the manly way to play with pompoms – Ian and Elijah were the only men in the house during our visits there (except when Mr. Craig came over one day to play video games) – as you will see from the picture next, he was surrounded by girls!

This is my friend Jessica and her four beautiful daughters, Whitney and Hannah, me, Merry and one lone little Elijah!

Hannah and Elijah bringing milk into the house – such cute teamwork.

Mimi sharing her snack with Hannah

Elijah showing Kia a toy Pluto – he’s really growing brave!

Elijah and his friend Rachel on her 13th birthday/blessing party.

Of course by the end of the trip we determined that we hadn’t gotten enough pictures (yeah right!) so we decided to see if we could get the children to pose for some. . . we got them to hold still by feeding them “gummies” which produced lots of pictures of them chewing and putting their hands in their mouths! I thought this picture was a classic summary of the whole experience!

Labor Day we went to/had a picnic at the base lake. Right before it started, he fell off a picnic bench onto the ground. I’d never seen him hurt like that before. He cried and cried, and held his arm for a few hours, not using it. Two different nurses told us we should take him in to the hospital to have it x-rayed for fractures (it wasn’t a bad break if it was broken – no swelling or anything). Needless to say, I didn’t get much visiting done and this is one of the few pictures we got of that day.

The next morning we did take him in to have his arm looked at (after going in to the emergency room that night and realizing that the wait was going to be until the next morning and there were so many sick people in there I decided to take him home and see if he would sleep, and he did, Praise the Lord!)

I took him to Midlands Hospital in Papillion and we had the sweetest doctor and nurses ever! They gave him stickers and prize out of the treasure chest, even though they had to hold him down for every single procedure (am I just remembering wrong, but when I was a child, those things were for children who behaved at the doctor’s.) Times have changed, and I guess I’m thankful that they treated him so well even though he was so scared of everything (he had to get x-rays without me in the room because of my pregnancy – a dark room and two strangers holding you down would be pretty scary to me too I guess!)

Waiting to see the doctor.

“Take a picture of my Cherrios, Mamma” That’s when I realized I was taking pictures of the ridiculous – his cereal was more interesting to him than everything else I was photographing!

In the end, this is what we ended up with – a hard splint for 4 days and a second visit to the doctor when we returned home . . . diagnosis was Nursemaid’s Elbow – common I guess for this age.

My friend Kristie Gant. . . I had to leave and return to Nebraska to get a picture of her!