Sunday, September 30, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here is a very creative dad!
Monday, September 24, 2007
(yes, he's really asleep and yes, that is where squishy was when I checked on him)
They were so close to being similiar. Or so I thought. Who knew that he would be rejected based on minor differences? So what if Squishy has felt feet and Nutter Squishy has silk. Who cares that Nutter Squishy still had his stuffing in his nose, his right ear still intact and a slightly different bowtie? Apparently my then 18 month old did. Luckily Squishy was found within a few days, and Nutter Squishy took his place as a favorite floor decoration.
So, what is Cooper's security item? Well, funny you should ask. We tried to get him attached to Nutter Squishy, but he rejected him also.
Cooper is attached to.......................
Not just any face, but MY face. Although Daddy's and Dutter's (brothers) will do in a pinch. He will walk up to me at random times, usually fueled by exhaustion and ask for "face, mama". That means that he wants me to hold him and allow him to cup my face in his tiny, often grubby and sweaty hands. He holds my face and squeezes my ear lobes, sometimes just a few seconds of "face" is all he needs, othertimes it is necessary to have a full on snuggle time of "face". This past summer, I worked on limiting "face" time to just in the evenings and mornings at home, just as any parent starts to put limits on kids' security items. But every so often he will still approach me while we are out and about with a request for "face, mama". I usually indulge him.
Someday his wife will thank me!
And what could be more fun than stink-bombs and silly glasses, picked up as prizes at the Church Picnic yesterday.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I have decided that blogging makes me a happier mom. Maybe I should have started this or at least some form of journaling years ago. This is a great way for me to look at my days and my life and realize just how blessed I really am. Blogging has helped me focus on the good things in my life that I want to share with others. Not to say that I don't have struggles daily. It just seems that the good is brought into focus when I am thinking about what to write about.
Just yesterday Benjamin and I were on our way to soccer practice. It was just he and I in the car, and he said "mom, I've had a happy life." I said, "you know what buddy, so have I." He then responded, "let's play the happy game. You name one thing that has been happy in your life and then I'll name one in my life." Whoa........that just came from my seven year old? We've never played the "happy game" before, so for the next four minutes that is what we did. I was happy to have God in my life. Benjamin was happy to have Jesus in his heart. I was happy that I have a wonderful husband who is working hard to make our lives a little easier by finishing his degree. Benjamin was happy that he has a mom and dad who loves him and only spanks him when he is disobedient (yes, both my children know and use the words disobedient and obedient often). I was happy that I have two fun and mostly obedient children. Benjamin was happy that he has a cute, but sometimes annoying little brother. I was happy that I get to play soccer on Wednesdays. He was happy that he gets to play soccer with Jonahs and Trenton. I was happy that I have lots of brothers or sisters. He was happy that I took him and Cooper to Booster Juice for a smoothy that afternoon.
You get the idea.
It was a short drive to soccer practice, but quite possibly one of the most memorable moments I have ever had with my big boy!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day. They picked out a box of Tampax and proceeded to the checkout counter. The man at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?" "Eight", the boy replied. The man continued, "Do you know what these are used for?" The boy replied, "Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They are for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. He can't do either one."
Can't you see my boys doing this?
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I need to share this because it was rather funny. The other day at Coop's first day of Little Kickers, I took him onto the field to check him in, and the gal checks his name off on the list and directs him over to the other coach, who was a young adult male (maybe 20?). So they start their practice and I go sit on the bleachers ouside of the almost sound-proof plexiglass to watch. About 20 minutes into the practice I decided to sneak in and try to get some pictures. As I am crossing the field I hear the male coach call for Tuba to pass the ball, and I think "Tuba, what a funny name, it must be a nickname or something". I get across the field and position myself to get some pictures, and I hear the coach call Tuba again. This time I look, and he seems to be talking to Cooper. Okay, that seems weird, but I just let it pass, maybe I heard him wrong. But then it happens again, and this time he is speaking directly to Cooper. That is when it dawned on me that instead of looking at the list, this coach asked Cooper what his name was, to which Cooper likely replied "Toopah", that is what it sounds like when he says his name, and it was then translated to Tuba. So for the first 25 minutes of practice this guy was calling my kid Tuba!
I kindly corrected the coach..........
Friday, September 14, 2007
Okay, done bragging for now, and as promised here is a couple more soccer pictures:
How cute is that?
Cooper LOVED his soccer practice, and has asked all day today when he gets to go to practice again. He didn't want to take the uniform off yesterday, and wants to wear it again tomorrow.
Ben playing goalie.
A big, humongous thank you to April, Leah and Eden at Salon Au Rouge for my fabulous makeover. I had so much fun today! They were so generous with their services, and all so friendly. I walked out of there feeling very pretty. Who knew that a few hours of being pampered could give a tired ol' mom such a great lift. So here is the before, yes, I know it looks like a mugshot:
Okay, drum roll please..........................
The new and fabulous me....................
Thursday, September 13, 2007
That I win stuff on the radio all the time? It's true. I have won tickets to concerts and movie premiers, the Polar Express on DVD, money, a makeover (that was earlier this summer, and I am just now getting around to making the appointment. I'll post before and after pictures!), and just today I won a $25 Visa Gift card from 104.1 The Fish. Hooray for me! I think Dave and I will go out to dinner with my winnings!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I love the game. It's a good thing too, because the next four days are consumed by soccer.........
Ben has practice and a team "taco feed" tonight. I have an indoor game tonight also. Tomorrow is Coopers first day of "Little Kickers" at the indoor soccer arena, and Ben has practice again. Friday evening and Saturday morning brings games #2 and #3 for Ben's team, the Fighting Hornets.
Last Saturday the Fighting Hornets had their first game. They won 18-2, and Ben scored two goals! It is very fun seeing the improvement in his game, he is really starting to show some ball handling skills. Most of the boys on his team have been playing together since they were five and this year it all seems to have clicked. There was a lot of ball passing and good communication, and not so much of the massive ball bunching that usually goes on in micro soccer. This is the year that the team gets to add a goalie to the field also. I think all the boys were excited to try that position out!
Here are some pics from last weeks game:
Good hustle Ben!
Stay tuned for an update and pictures of Cooper and his Little Kickers team! And maybe I'll hand the camera over to Ben tonight to take some pictures at my game...........
PS: Shhh.....Don't tell Dave, but I am secretly on a mission to turn my boys into soccer players......I just think it is more of a "sport" than baseball =)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
The conversation went like this:
Cooper: "Mommy, when i'm a dad will you marry me?"
Me: "oh buddy, that is so sweet, but mommy is already married to daddy."
Cooper: "that's okay, you can marry me when i get bigger."
Me: "but what about daddy? what will happen to daddy if I marry you?"
Cooper: "he can be our princess."
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Benjamin has a loose tooth! It is his first. He is a little behind in the loose tooth department. Most kids start losing their teeth around the age of five, not this kid. I was getting a little concerned that he may never lose his baby teeth so at his last dentist appointment I shared my concern with the hygienist. She assured me that he would be losing them soon, and even pointed out that one of his bottom teeth had acquired a bit of a wiggle, not much, but there was wiggle. Now four months later that tooth has a little more wiggle to it. Tonight Ben was trying to get Cooper to feel his loose tooth. Cooper said "is it 'dross' (gross)?", to which Ben replied, "aww, c'mon Coop, we share the same DNA".
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Like most other mothers in America, I am celebrating the start of a new academic year. Don't get me wrong, I do love summer. I love the sunshine (we saw a little of that this year), fresh summer fruits, playing at the pool, BBQ's, the Fourth of July......all the fun that summer brings. And even though my kids do their fair share of bickering, it is sad to see summer end.
I am celebrating the start of scho0l because Ben loves school. Yep, I have a seven year old who LOVES everything about school. He loves riding the bus in the morning, seeing his friends, having hot lunch (a once a week "treat"), library, PE , recess, reading, math. From beginning to end, he loves it all. And that makes a mama very happy! Let's hope it stays that way for many more years.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
In case you failed to notice, we are down to 100 days until graduation!!