Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two Word Wednesday

katie keg stand


(love you Katie!!)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Simple Math Facts (or- Wade & Sarah's Awesome Party)

What happens when you add the following?

1 big back yard

1 port-a-potty from a woman named Trudy

1 tent, 7 tiki torches and some red, white & blue decorations

1 guy named Stu who can tap a keg

2 bushels of crabs

1 bushel of oysters roasting over piping hot coals

64 jello shooters

5 tents (so nobody gets in trouble after 64 jello shooters and a keg)

lots of friends and family

and 1 happy couple about to be married?

1 incredible awesome party to celebrate how thrilled we are that they've found each other!!!


We invited people for Crabs, Corn Hole & Cold Beer....and told them to BYOT (bring your own tent). What's not to love!

mosaic s&w

Thanks Sarah & Wade for being you, for finding each other and giving us an excuse to help celebrate the beginning of your lives together.

We love you both!!

Friday, June 17, 2011


Cooper's last day as an 8 year old was spent at camp.
His last day at camp was his 1st day being a 9 year old.
Thankfully, camp ended at noon and I got to pick him up and spoil him for the remainder of the day!

While you're at camp, the only communication is via cards, letters and e-mails that are printed off and delivered to the campers after lunch each day.

This was our email message to our favorite 9 year old on the planet.


happy birthday cooper!!!
hAPPy BIrtHdAy CoOPer!!!

Because you're turning 9, here are 9 things about you that are AWESOME-

1) You can shoot a foul shot (and make it!)
2) You can hit a home run
3) You are the funniest kid we know
4) You love animals, especially a really fluffy "dawg"
5) You are a splendid writer
6) You can tie your shoes
7) You are a good friend
8) You love GOD
9) You are the perfect little kid for our family!!

We love, love, love you!!
Momma & Dad


We headed to the river to meet Jon & finish the birthday celebration.

Fortunately, I had planned every detail to make the most of his day.
Unfortunately, Jon didn't get the memo....


Fortunately, my sweet kid didn't mind one bit that his cake was a complete disaster.
Unfortunately, he needed quite a few blows to get ALL THOSE CANDLES taken care of.


Fortunately, his presents made up for any shortcomings with the cake.


Unfortunately, our blanket wrapping paper didn't conceal our gift for long!

Fortunately, there was a double rainbow on his big day.

Unfortunately, that meant we couldn't head out in the boat for some birthday fishing.

Fortunately, we were perfectly content to hang out with our river family and enjoy being together again!!

(yes, that's whole milk tied with a bow- Cooper's favorite and a treat that he only gets at the river!!!)

There's no place like home and nothing like feeling & being completely loved!!


Happy Birthday little kid!
We sure do love you-

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Swami Says

I was searching for jokes to send to Cooper at camp and found a website that allows you to ask a Swami a question and she looks in her crystal ball and gives you an answer.

I asked-

Is Cooper having fun at camp?

Her answer?

Don't count on it.

Oh dear!
See what the swami has for you...Swami site

Sunday, June 12, 2011


This is a glimpse of what Cooper will spend his days doing this week.

And his nights will be spent sleeping on a bottom bunk in a cabin without AC. I'm hoping the 8" $25 clip on fan will keep my baby cool, that he'll dream sweet dreams and won't be homesick at all.

I'm beside myself wondering how things are going for that little kid.
Lights out in 30 minutes.

If you're inclined to say a little prayer for him, please do.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nail Biter-


This is the aftermath of a nail biting game that occurred just hours ago. They're so giddy (well, except for my ever so calm #18)!!

Since Jon had to miss the game, I texted him so he'd feel like he was there (there's a teeny bit of sarcasm you can see, his responses don't necessarily match the emotion of mine). Shocking.

7:57pm- Me to Jon (at the end of the 1st inning)
5-3 them. Coop grounded out at 1st. He's not happy.

7:58- Jon's response
Keep the dream alive

8:21- Me to Jon
Coop hit a triple, brought in 2 runs- wait, he just scored too. 11-9 still them.

8:27- Jon's response

8:57- Me to Jon
OMG! game tied, Coop hit another triple. the crowd is going wild 13-13

8:58- Jon's response
Go Mets!

9:19pm- Me to Jon
Still tied- top of Mets line up. Coop batting clean up. I'm a wreck. 15-15

No response from Jon

9:25- Me to Jon
The won!!! Game called because of time- 1st run in wins it! Final 16-15

No response from Jon.

Evidently he was at dinner and didn't hear the texts. Rats.

Cooper called him as soon as we were in the car.

You know, I never thought I'd get so sentimental over hearing my child relay the play by play of an Little League game to his dad. But I did.

So much pride.....on both ends of the phone.

Final game of the season tomorrow.....I'm counting the minutes.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Messages from home (Thankful Thursday)

Before I left for London, Cooper was beside himself with worry about how long I was going to be gone and what was he going to do without me.

I told him that I was only an e-mail away and when he missed me he should ask Jon to help him log in and send me a message. I never expected that the result would be one of the best gifts I've ever received.

On Tuesday afternoon I got this (exactly as it reads below)-

Dear momma
How was your trip well if it was'nt good i will tell you something extraordinary i got a 100 on my religion test. Things have been going a little weird around hear well first daddy said he could flip a pancake before my eyes. Somehow it turned out great, for him not the pancake. There were little pancake bits all over the stove so being daddy he just put the pan right on top of the pancake bits and it sizzled. After he finished the bits were stuck to the stove. We began to panic, so I came to rescues and brook out the cook top cleaner. That ended the problem.the second thing that happed was we came in the door and spiderzilla was greeting us and guess what was on her back babies. Millions of them. as soon as daddy saw it he threw gypsy so fast i thought i woud never see that dawg again. He stopped on it rapidly picked it up and trew it in the waste basket.

love you


Oh my word- that kid is hilarious and sweet and SO MY CHILD!!!!


My response to him-

Dear Cooper-

My flight to London was stupendous. I was able to sleep restfully on the plane and we arrived in England safely.
I am thrilled beyond words that you got 100 on your religion test- that IS extraordinary news!! I'm so proud of you.

Your story about the pancake bits made me laugh! I laughed out loud. I'm so glad you were there to come to the rescue. What would Daddy do without you?

SPIDERZILLA?????? With millions of baby spiderzilla's??? OH MY WORD. Good thinking for Daddy to step on it and then throw it away. Poor Gypsy- that funny dog probably didn't know what in the world happened.

Let me tell you about London- even though they speak English, it's a little hard to understand sometimes. I have to listen really hard. I've had some good things to eat that are different from the USA- this morning I had a crumpet. It's a little like an English Muffin but more doughy. I liked it but I think I like English Muffins better.

I also had a weird thing happen here- somehow my zipper broke on my pants- it just fell right off in my hand as I was trying to zip up my pants. That's not good at all! Oh well, at least I had another pair.

I'm so glad you wrote to me- I loved getting an e-mail from you.
Hope you slept well and that Gypsy snuggled with you all night long.

Are Grandma and Pappy there now? Tell them I said hi!

I love you Cooper- tell Daddy I love him too!

And his heartbreaking yet hysterical reply to me on Wednesday.

Momma thank you for replying back to me. Today for dinner we copied a recipe from a cook book from the library BBQed chicken and it tasted so good and i wish you were there. Momma the days here have felt like weeks and i cant wait for you to come home. Once my pants fell down in art class and i walked in the room with my pants on my knees and Mrs. Craig yelled PULL UP YOUR PANTS so lowed i thought the room would split in half. Momma what time are u coming back. me and daddy made bee food. 4 hours earlier daddy put the top of the bee hive on wrong and the bees got mad and almost stung me on the head but my cat like reflexes through them off. Come home that is an order mam.

love Cooper

I am so thankful for:

  • safe flights

  • the magic of e-mail

  • 3rd grade teachers who transfer their love of creative writing to their students

  • Dads who flip pancakes with disastrous results

  • parents who drop everything to come help make our lives better just by being there

  • cook top cleaner

  • cat like reflexes

  • 8 year olds who love their momma

Just wondering....


Are these the dog days of summer??
Because if they aren't....I'm REALLY dreading what's to come.
Regardless, shouldn't this dog be the poster child for the dog days???