Friday, July 27, 2012


It's been a busy week here at the Caldwell house.

I haven't been feeling 100%.

Jason puked while I was at the store yesterday (so thankful I wasn't home for that!)

Justin jumped off of my bed while I was in the other room and hurt his foot.  We thought it might be broken, but it's not.  Just a sprain.  He spent two days in the lazy-boy and now walks with a limp.  So funny:  when we have devotions before bed, the boys always want to "sing songs and pray".  They run the aisles around my coffee table while we sing.  So, Wednesday night we sing and Justin makes to start running the aisles.  He realizes that he has a hurt foot, and slows down to a slow limp, one time around.

Took Katelyn grocery shopping last night so we could have some girl-time.  Bought ice cream cones at McDonald's, then tried diligently to not spill them all over the nice interior of the Expedition!

Tyler's been busy seeing how many different ways he can beat his DS game, and figuring out how to do all the glitches.  And denying the fact that school starts in 12 days.

Last Friday I launched my new blog that I'm hoping to grow into a successful part-time endeavor, and I hope to have fun with my kids while doing it!  We've had a few bumps, mostly learning all that pesky HTML, but I'm excited about it.  You can read more about my week by visiting today's installment of "Following the Plan Friday".

Tomorrow I'm hosting a baby shower, so I must go clean and cook.

Friday, July 20, 2012



In honor of my birthday, I've launched my brand-new blog:

A Weekly Plan For Teaching Your Preschooler At Home

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Couple of funnies

I have large cushions that make up the back of the sofa.  Justin straddled one of the cushions and rocked it back and forth like a rocking horse.  When I looked at him, he said "Horsey.  Moooo!"


Katelyn told Jason "Hey, I have a treat for you!  You get to clean the kitchen for me today."

Jason looked at Katelyn with a little half smile on his face.  I could tell that he was processing what she had said, trying to figure out if this was a good thing or not.

Finally he looked at her and said "Nice try, Katelyn!"

Justin, on the other hand, started saying "Treat!  Me Clean!  Treat!"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Spur of the Moment Trip to California

Saturday night a week ago Pastor Garrett announced that there would not be church the following Tuesday night due to some church remodeling that would be going on.  I turned to the family and jokingly said "Well, then the kids and I should go to California."

Next thing I knew, I was making phone calls and packing suitcases.

Jim was so nervous about the kids and I traveling alone.  He checked and double checked the van, gave me financial instructions and generally worried.

Monday morning I woke up at 5 to get ready and load up.  Jim ran in from the other room and started brushing his teeth.  He paused and said, "I just have to pack!"  Hallelujah!  He was able to contact his boss and get permission to take the week off since it was slow and he had the time.

By 6:30 A.M. we were on the road.  I am sooooo thankful that my kids travel well.  Traveling at night does not work for us, so we have to travel during the kids awake times.  They love it, however, and either entertain themselves with all the toys and books that I pack, or are content to just look out the window.  It does make the trip so much easier. 

We are able to drive from Phoenix, AZ to Modesto, California in less than twelve hours.  That includes four quick potty breaks and an hour long lunch break.  So, we pulled into my mom's driveway at 6 P.M.  She treated us to a pizza dinner and we enjoyed hanging out.

Tuesday we drove to Jim's parents where we planned a two night camping trip to Clark's Fork, above Sonora and Strawberry, California.  Did a little shopping.  Lots of hanging out.  The kids played Wii (and fought a lot over who's turn it was, oy!)

Tuesday was also my brother's birthday, so we asked my inlaws to watch the kids while Jim and I went out to dinner with my brother, his wife, and my mom.  It was so nice to enjoy a delicious dinner without kids.  We talked and laughed while we eat, then went over to Jordan and Gina's house to check it out and talk and laugh some more.  It was wonderful.

Wednesday we loaded up the van and Jim's parents loaded up their camper and we headed up the mountain.  It wound up being hotter than we had hoped, so that was a little bit of a bummer.  And we forgot the coffee!!!  Horrors.  But overall the camping trip was good.  The kids got to spend quality time with their grandparents and enjoy the great outdoors.  Justin and Jason spent a lot of time playing in the dirt with sand toys that I had bought.  Justin was filthy the entire time and I think he had the most fun!  Katelyn and Tyler played lots of sports games, plus UNO and Skip-do.  We went on a couple of hikes down to the river and got a little wet (Justin got a lot wet!).  I think roasting hotdogs and marshmallows was the favorite.

Friday we came back to civilization and showers.  Jordan and Gina came over to my mom's with dinner (I love a girl who brings chicken nuggets for the kids!).  We talked and laughed some more.  It's funny to see my brother married.  I'm so happy for him.  Gina is perfect for him.

We had bounced around a few ideas of what to do on Saturday with my mom, but in the end decided to stay in town.  Everyone was tired of driving and we would be heading home the next day, another 12 hour drive.  So Grandma took the kids to Toys R Us and Hobby Lobby and bought them each something.  Then we went to lunch at the Golden Corral (I've learned that, when given the option, go for the buffet.  Quicker and the kids have a variety to choose from).  The afternoon was spent packing and playing with new toys.  After dinner we went to Boomers/Camelot to drive go-karts and play putt-putt.  The night was finished with a trip to Cold-Stone Creamery.

Sunday we drove home.  Now the house is a mess with laundry and suitcases to unpack.  But I'm glad that we took the chance to go see some family and make some memories.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Secret, secret, I've got a secret!

Can you keep a secret?


Oh, good!  Because I want everyone to know about this!

On July 20 (my 35th birthday!) I will be launching my brand-new website, The Preschool Plan.

The Preschool Plan is a free weekly lesson plan to help you teach your preschooler at home.  Every lesson plan includes a step-by-step teaching plan, a list of materials needed, and a preparation guide.

We will be officially kicking-off on July 20 with a fun giveaway, so be sure to set your calendar.  And please tell all your friends about it, because the more friends that you refer, the higher your chances of winning!

While you impatiently wait for our launch, please go to my Start page and read about how and why this website got started and what exactly we'll be doing.  I'd love to hear your feedback!

Don't forget:  July 20!