Friday, June 26, 2009

What a year!!!

My baby is one! My baby is one! My baby is one! I think if I keep saying it over and over again it might actually sink in. What a year!!! Hard to believe that one year ago today that tiny creature came into our lives and graced us with his presence. Caleb Robert Sain turns one year old today at 4:51pm. Happy Birthday Bubba!

To commemorate the special day I thought I would take a look back at the past twelve months and see how far we have come!

June 2008
26th- Caleb Robert was born.
Hannah became the proudest little sister you have ever seen!

July 2008
10th- Momma and Daddy's 4th anniversary
18th- Christopher Richards was born
30th- Great Papa passed away

August 2008
1st- Caleb's first night away from Momma and Daddy
7th- Hannah's 2nd birthday and party
Caleb still spitting up EVERYWHERE-ALL DAY LONG!

September 2008
23rd- Caleb's first Ranger game
28th- Caleb's baptism

October 2008
13th- Caleb met Uncle Allan
27th- Caleb's 1st day of preschool
Jen began work as preschool director for a month and a half
31st- Halloween as Boots the Monkey and Dora the Explorer

November 2008
Caleb's spit-up got better as he began baby foods
12th- The Richards family moved to Tucson :(
27th- 1st Thanksgiving

December 2008
5th- SantaLand and trip to the farm
8th- Jen's brain surgery
Both kids spent a lot of time away from Momma and Daddy due to surgery
Caleb met Aunt Becky
25th- 1st Christmas

January 2009
Happy New Year!
7th- First word: "Dada"
19th- 1st tooth
31st- Daddy's birthday and visit to the stock show

February 2009
Growing like crazy! Crawling, more teeth, sitting up and assisted steps.
24th- Plane ride to Tucson, AZ. Awesome visit with the Richards family!

March 2009
16th- Caleb says "Momma"
Waves, trips the park, pulling up and dinner with friends!

April 2009
4th- Easter Egg hunt
19th- stood on his own
30th- 1st Haircut and Momma's birthday

May 2009
3rd- climbs the stairs (unknown to his parents)
17th- says "bye"
31st- Uncle Robert, Uncle Brian and Uncle Ryan all graduate from High School

June 2009
9th- 1 year pictures
18th-23rd- Disney World vacation with family
26th- Caleb turns one! WOW!
Birthday party on the 27th then surgery for Jen again on June 29th.

What a year!! My baby is a little boy now! He looks more and more like his Dad everyday. We are so blessed with wonderful children. Happy birthday to my little boy! I cannot wait to see the man you will grow up to be. Caleb, I love you more than you will ever know!

Monday, June 8, 2009


Hannah just brought her two favorite Cabbage Patch Dolls into the livingroom and pulled them and herself up onto the couch to sit next to me. With her two babies in her arms she looked at each of them intently and said, "Hola, what is your name? Soy Hannah, I'm glad to see you today."

Ha, my girl loves watching and reciting Dora.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Perfect Date

I love my hubby. He drives me crazy sometimes but then he does something so perfect it could bring me to tears. I have been a little stressed lately: preparing for DisneyWorld vacation with the WHOLE family, planning for Caleb's 1st birthday party (which is 3 days after we return from Disney) and my upcoming surgery. My headaches are back and they will be doing my brain surgery again on June 29th. I will be thrilled to be without headaches FINALLY but as you would assume my stress level is at an all-time high.

So, back to Chris and his perfect actions! Knowing how stressed I am right now he took me away for part of the weekend, just the two of us. Here is how it went down:

Friday afternoon Chris calls me about two 'o clock "just to check in" and see how I was doing... ok... then before we got off the phone he told me I needed to pack an overnight bag for myself and pack the kids bags because they were going to stay at his moms. Shock me, shock me!!! I was not expecting that.
  • He gets home from work we all get in the car and we are off to ????.... We drop the kids off at Susan's and then start heading westward... I still don't know where we are going. At this point I am excited but I was trying very hard to not get aggitated by the fact that I still had no clue where we were going or what we were doing. You know me, I like to know the plan, preferably make the plan, but atleast know the plan.
  • Chris then tells me we have reservations to make but he wants to check-in first. We check in at the Blackstone Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. I am still excited and in shock from the happenings of the past few hours but by now I am starving and ready for dinner. We drop the bags and then Chris leads to our mystery dinner at ... PF Changs... YUM! We haven't eaten there in forever and I LOVE IT! Great.Wall.of.Chocolate... is there anything better? Of course, in true Chris-fashion he tells me that the reason he picked PF is because we had gift cards at home that he could use. Ha, I love my frugal and quite honest man!
  • We enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing dinner. No kids, no plastic placemats, no bibs, no sippy cups... for the first 20 minutes we were there I kept remarking on how weird I felt without the daiper bag next to me in the booth. Dinner was fantastic! We ordered the Great Wall to-go and headed back to the hotel.
  • You know I can't stay still for long so after we got back to the room we decided to go out for a walk and to go have a drink. Again, bazaar going somewhere with nothing but my man! We ran into an old high school friend while we were out and then back to the hotel to relax.
  • Fast forward... you don't need those details...
  • Morning.. breakfast at Corner Bakery in our hotel. YUM! Did I mention that there were no points documented for this weekend?!?
  • We had a leisurely morning and then made our way to the Kimball Art Museum. Currently they have "Love & Art in Renaissance Italy" on display. It was wonderful! Beautiful pieces and insight into love, marraige and childbirth rituals of the day. I highly recommend it.
It was amazing how perfect our extended "date" was. I didn't even know I needed this break but boy how it renewed my spirit. I love my wonderful husband! He never ceases to amaze me. Chris you are my best friend and I wouldn't trade you for the world! Thank you for a perfect date!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Been a while for postings around here. Crazy life, crazy brain, something's gotta give!
Here are my 8 things, enjoy!

8 Things I Am Looking Forward To:
1. Getting rid of all these headaches
2. Family trip to DisneyWorld in 16 days
3. Getting back into a new bible study this summer
4. Joe T's with the Shannon Family
5. Diana, Zach & Christopher's visit in August
6. Caleb's 1st Birthday party ... I can't believe he will be one!
7. Hannah's first swimming lesson ... what a big girl!
8. Caleb taking his real first steps and then the fun that will follow as I chase him chasing his sister!

8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Went to BodyWorks class at the gym
2. Picked up Caleb from Mema's where he had spent the night on Sunday
3. Mailed a care package to Arizona
4. Bought my bible study book for this summer
5. Called the Neurosurgeon to schedule my surgery
6. Went to the store before dinner
7. Enjoyed Tostada Night with the fam
8. Enjoyed an evening with no TV (after The Wheel was over, of course)

8 Shows I Watch:
1. The Today Show
2. Dora
3. The Golden Girls
4. Jon & Kate plus 8 (for now)
5. The Biggest Loser
6. 18 Kids and Counting
7. Wheel of Fortune
8. The Office!

8 People I Tag:
1. Ashley
2. Becky
3. Nicole
4. Angie
5. Kristen
6... No one else even knows I have a blog!