31 January 2008

everything you ever wanted to know about caleb & moriah~

My sweet friend, Rachel, who is an amazing mom, tagged me to write 8 things about one of my children. I'm actually going to pick two, Caleb and Moriah, because you don't hear too much about them. Here we go...


1. Wants to be a farmer when he grows up.

2. Was born with a crooked thumb that was stuck in one position until one day when it popped and has been fine ever since.

3. Has an amazing ability to build anything he sets his mind to. A few weeks ago Haven was congested and my aunt mentioned we should find a way to elevate his bed. Caleb went to the computer, used Glen's architect program to design an incline thing, went to the basement and build a little incline out of 2x4s that worked perfectly! Did I mention he's a lot like his dad? :o)

4. Has a very sensitive spirit and will be the first to admit it to his family, albeit he would be pretty embarassed to admit it to anyone else. I write often about how Ethan is so outwardly affectionate, well, Caleb is more of a strong silent type. He can often be found giving me a sweet smile from across the room, or just coming up and putting his arm around me and giving me a kiss. :o)

5. Reminds me totally of Opie on Andy Griffifth and has since he was little. I can't watch an episode without feeling like I'm watching Caleb. Opie is also completely what I imagine my Dad looking like as a kid, therefore, Caleb kind of personifies what I imagine my Dad like as a kid.

6. Could live outside and has an obsession with hunting, carving, climbing, digging, building, and all things boy related.

7. Had to endure being sent to co-op with Egyptian face paint on one day last year, only to discover that hey!...Mom got Egyptian day WRONG!! Poor guy, luckily it washed off easily :o) (In my defense, I do have to tell you it was his teacher's fault. The calendar clearly said it was Egyptian Day, and to this day I am not sure how all the other moms knew it was two days later. When he came home that day, the teacher had marked off Egyptian Day and drawn an arrow to Thursday. That was NOT done earlier, I had checked the calendar several times as I had preggo brain and wanted to avoid just such a scenario).

8. The kid can eat any entire footlong Subway sandwich by himself and still say he is hungry! We call him the "vaccum" :o) He will say he is done with dinner, but give him about 15 minutes and anything left sitting around is fair game. Seriously, what am I going to do when I have four of them, not to mention my girls can keep up with the boys' eating any day?!

bonus #9. Has a new found love of God's Word :o) He has been reading...yes, the Bible!!! Yay!


1. Has a small indention above her left ear that she was born with. The midwife was mystified. We later found out that in our extended family, Lori and Grant both also have this, but no one else that we know of.

2. Could eat macaroni and cheese for every meal and loves peanut m&ms.

3. Has this hilarious way of looking, for lack of a better way to describe it, weasle-ish when you ask her certain questions. She gets this very mischevious look on her face, wrinkles up her nose, and wrings her hands together while answering.

4. Is convinced that she is the queen and does, in fact, know everything. If you ask her a question, for example, how do you spell cat, she will say, "Well, you tell me, how do you spell cat? Do you know?" Once you answer her, she will act like the previous sentence never happened, and tell you, with all confidence, "You spell cat, c-a-t. See, I do know everything." It's quite a funny game we play.

5. Almost always beats everyone, hands down, at the slug bug game. You know where you try and find volkswagon beetles. And if on the rare occassion, you are beating her and announce "I have three, and you have none!" She will reply, with the same confidence mentioned in #4, "No you do not! I have three and you have zero!" Acting fully convinced that she is, in fact, winning. Another funny little game we play with her.

6. At family gatherings, can just as often be found playing with the bigger boys as she can her two girl cousins of her same age. I attribute this to her being born smack in the middle of four boys. She encompasses the best of both worlds. Fully girl in being obsessed with the purse she asked for at Christmas, complete with chapstick, keys, and inactivated cell phone that she charges periodically, as well as disappearing upstairs for hours playing house (along with somehow roping her brother into playing this with her and letting her be in charge even though he is older). She can just as easily be found attempting to get to the top of the tree with Caleb and playing Boxcar children way out in the woods, complete with tools, rope, slingshot, bow & arrows, etc. (think warrior princess).
We are really enjoying watching her personality blossom as she grows from toddler into little girl :o)

7. Is still a member of the pacifier club, although a secret member...shhh....

8. Refuses to wear dresses unless they are called long shirts. This is a great grief to me as I so enjoyed her first two years putting her in dresses over jeans complete with her long brown sweater coat...so cute! Hopefully she will grow out of it soon!

bonus #9. When I woke up one day last week, she was sitting at the table in her pajamas eating a bowl of cheerios, complete with pretending to read the back of the box and wearing... swimming goggles. She proceeded to look at me, smile, and while pointing at me with her two pointer fingers, said, "Hi toots!"

Okay, so I tag Jennifer at Homekeeping Heart (if you read this, not sure how much she keeps up, she's got quite the following over there...but I would like to hear about one of her little guys) and Wendy (I'd like to know more about Reanna!) I don't actually really know if many people read this at all, but if you do, I would love for you to leave me a comment and do a post with 8 fun things about at least one of your sweeties!

Happy Thursday!


Wendy said...

That was really fun to get to read about your kids! (Great idea.) Give me a day or two, and I'll do a post on Reanna.

Lori said...

I LOVE this! Can you do more of your kids in the future?

Crystal said...

Just wonderful descriptions of your children. I actually would like to hear about the others. (I hate leaving someone out.) I find it so interesting how unique personality wise children of large families are. You would think that there are so many others around personalities would be close or similar.

It just shows us how creative and original our God is. No two people are a like.

Thanks Shyla for the laughs. Your little Moriah sounds very much like a queen in training! Just out of curiosity hoe old is Moriah? (I thought 3, but I forgot) Great idea, I will post on my blog about two of my children.

thanks, Crystal

homelover2 said...

Thanks for the tag, shyla! I will definitely do this sometime soon. I loved reading about your children.

And I do read your blog. I used to check it every day till you didn't post in FOREVER! haha--just giving you a hard time ;-) I'll definitely be checking in with you more often now.

"How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about arithmetic, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness." ~GK Chesterton

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