Friday, February 27, 2009

Enjoying the weather, playing with Riley, and so on....

Caden continues to test his limits. He likes to let go for a little bit, but he's nowhere near ready for that step. I foresee lots of bumps and bruises in his future. I think he looks like a crazy organ player here.

I get this look a lot now when I try and take a picture of him. It means he wants what I have.....meaning the camera.

The weather has been SO nice lately, and since we don't have a yard, the balcony works for now. We even have dirt to play in!

I asked him to tune up our bikes for us while he was out there. Turns out he's pretty handy.

...making sure everything's lined up right

...reaching for one of his tools

...practicing his air cycling

Now...I don't know what your experience has been with teething...but I hope the swelling goes down soon. I'm not sure I can love him if he looks like this.

Sarah and Riley Smith came over to play and these two old men acted like they'd known each other forever.

Riley even gave Caden a relaxing massage! He started with the head......

and then moved to the shoulders and back where Caden said he was feeling the most tension

Caden blocking one of Riley's kung fu karate chops

..begging for some coffee

We're trying to teach Caden to be more racially diverse......

and yes...that is a pee pee teepee in his mouth...but it's clean....I promise

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Amazing how far we've come......

I was listening to Christian talk radio the other day in the car, and they read this proclamation that Lincoln had signed into effect. It blew me away. If our Senate brought this before the President, it would be shot down....we MUST not mix religion and politics. Anyway...this just made me think, so I thought I'd pass it along. Maybe someday we'll realize our dependence on God as a nation again.

Proclamation Appointing a National Fast Day

Washington, D.C.
March 30, 1863

Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln's son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas, the Senate of the United States, devoutly recognizing the Supreme Authority and just Government of Almighty God, in all the affairs of men and of nations, has, by a resolution, requested the President to designate and set apart a day for National prayer and humiliation.

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us!

It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.

Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do, by this my proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th. day of April, 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer. And I do hereby request all the People to abstain, on that day, from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord, and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the Nation will be heard on high, and answered with blessings, no less than the pardon of our national sins, and the restoration of our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this thirtieth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty seventh.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward, Secretary of State.

Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler.

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

7 and 8 month monkey pictures

Here are the last 2 month's monkey pictures. I think Caden looks forward every month to sitting next to his old friend. He gave Mr. Monkey a thorough inspection these past two dates....making sure his button eyes were on tight and his ears were clean. This month he told him some secrets too....he wouldn't tell me what he said. I'll have to ask the monkey.

Nashville comes to Texas and FINALLY well....almost

We're FINALLY almost over all of this cough/cold stuff and on our way (hopefully) to getting better. Caden's been such a trooper even when he didn't feel good.

One of the blessings of Adam being sick was getting to spend more time together!! :)

My mom (Cookie) flew in this past Thursday, and then we drove to Longview on Friday to meet my dad and spend some time with Uncle Ty and Aunt Nell.

Caden's had some BAAAAAD diaper rash, so we're trying to give him a little airing out time. He's picking out which outfit he wants to put on next.

Caden and dad also spent some time this past Saturday driving and playing around in the car. He likes any change of setting, and there were so many buttons to push and levers to try and destroy.

That's all for now!!

Canadian Fun!

SEVERAL weekends ago, we got to spend the weekend in Canadian with Marty and Cassi, and it was SO much fun! Cassi is an excellent cook/hostess, and it was nice to catch up and just get to hang out.

They had a little dog, Tyke, and Caden was fascinated by him.

Playing with Marty. I think he needs one of his own he was so good with Caden!

I wish Adam looked this stylish when he went to fetch wood. I mean...that is sTyLe

Thanks for such a GREAT weekend and hopefully we'll see ya'll next weekend! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I know I've been a terrible blogger lately, and I've got a BUNCH of pictures to catch up on......but here are some videos for now....

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The pictures say it all

Adam and I went to an AWESOME Superbowl party with cool decorations and custom-made party hats. I know right now you're kicking yourself for not going to such an unbelievable venue. Maybe you'll be invited next year.