Thursday, October 11, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Happy Birthday Mom, Ma, Grandma, Babs.
I spent some time yesterday cleaning out some drawers that haven't been touched in a while.
And this one....the day was so magical (although we both look completely shell shocked). I think it's safe to say that we've both become more photogenic with age!!
I love you, Ma! Hope your day is filled with happiness and love.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Jon and Cooper came out to help carry the groceries inside and Cooper was covered in something that I assumed was dirt.
I was wrong.
"What happened to you buddy? You're a mess."
"Oh, well, I tried to make a chocolate bar"
When I walked into the kitchen it was a disaster.
This was what I saw in the sink.
"Coop, what in the world???"
"Well Momma, I was hungry and really wanted a candy bar but we didn't have any. So, I took some chocolate chips, melted them in the microwave, poured them onto a plate and stuck them in the freezer. Then I tried to eat it."
"I see. How did that turn out for you?"
I'll give him an A for creativity and resourcefulness.
Other than that? Epic FAIL.
Hope you're week gets an A for more than just creativity and resourcefulness!!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Me: Coop, are those the best pancakes you've ever eaten??
Cooper: Well. I mean, they're good momma...maybe not the best. But still really good.
And then 10 minutes later as I'm mixing up a crazy concoction found on Pinterest (details coming).
Jon: What are you cooking up now?
Me: Oh, just these bars that I've been obsessed with lately. I'm not sure they're going to turn out like they're supposed to.
Jon: Sure they will, you're the best cook ever.
Me: I'm really not...it's ok, you can be honest.
Jon: Well. You have made some pretty bad stuff. But MOST of what you make is delicious.
Reality sometimes hits me right in the face!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
We went for a consultation at the orthodontist today. It wasn't at all what I expected- which isn't a bad thing at all.
Our consultation lasted for 90 minutes and was a fantastic experience. Maybe I think that because at the end of the visit I didn't need to sign on the dotted line to begin treatment. Or, maybe it was a combination of really friendly people, a cheery office, a doctor with a sense of humor and a concierge who knew her stuff.
Regardless, we walked out with a plan. Oddly, the plan didn't include braces (I know- SHOCKING). Evidently our sweet kid doesn't have enough teeth to warrant any closing of the existing gaps and we're 2-3 years away from all heavy metal.
The plan does include some oral surgery. Eek.
Most people have 32 teeth. Our kid...has 33.
Technically a supernumerary left upper lateral incisor. And it must be extracted.
Here's the detail.....the original copy of this xray now functions as the front page of Cooper's notebook. He's all the rage in 5th grade!
Anywoooo....we've got an appointment for another consultation to discuss removal. Poor little thing. He's excited though- and will tell anyone who seems even vaguely interested all about "the extra tooth that needs to be yanked". If you see him, feel free to ask.
So, a few more years until braces but in the meantime we're clearing the path for the right teeth to come in and fill in that gummy/toothy grin.
Gotta love that kid!!!
Friday, August 17, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
1) I have been banking with the same credit union for most of my working life. I love them, they've been good to me and so as a result I'm a very loyal customer. So loyal that I overlook the small things that could be considered annoying (like, the closest branch is an hour away). I just make it work. HOWEVER I have just rec'd a message from them letting me know that they are upgrading their security systems and I'm going to need to change the username and password to my account. The username and password that I've used for almost 20 years. Have I mentioned that I'm so not good with change?? I love my username and password- it's etched in my memory like my parents phone number. I don't have to think or pause- I just know it.
This is a line from the message "Please make sure you choose a username that is secure, yet something you can easily remember, as it cannot be changed once submitted." Really? I could easily remember my OLD username...you know, the one that you're telling me I MUST change. Sigh, such pressure.
Sometimes technology drives me crazy- how many passwords and log ins can a person remember? I'm pretty sure I have 50 of them between work and personal use, maybe more. How can a person be expected to keep up?
My brain is full and I'm in mourning.
2) We went to a surprise birthday gathering for a friend on Friday and were supposed to take an appetizer. No problem, I can do that!! But, when it actually came down to it the party was in an hour, I needed to take a shower and, as is sort of par for the course as of late- hadn't formalized my plan for the appetizer. Small town living means it's not as easy to just run to the store to solve the dilemma so I needed to make due with what I had in the closet. I could not love GOOGLE any more!
I typically keep cream cheese in the frig and crackers on the shelf "just in case". The rest is completely random (and totally saved the day!!)
Baked Pesto Dip-
So easy....cover cream cheese with pesto, chopped tomatoes and shredded parmesan, bake for 15 minutes and serve with crackers.
Fast, easy, tasty- can't beat it!
3) Cobwebs- my newest downfall....we must have a million spiders living on our porch and it drives me insane. Any ideas for getting them to move?
4) The Olympics are on and I LOVE THEM!!!! I cannot get enough....the stories, the smiles, the medals, the patriotism, the theme song, Bob Costas. Seriously, does it get any better?
5) You know when people say, "it's a small world"? Last night we were at a party. Some of our friends had friends visiting from Germany and they brought them along. Through the course of conversation, Jon learns that the woman from Germany (who is actually Swedish) played tennis in the US in college. And so he says to her, "You know, our old neighbor played tennis in college and is from Sweden...you don't by chance know the C's, do you?". Um, indeed she did, not only that but they are still great friends!! Stop the madness- I love a good 6 degrees of separation story!
That's what's been swimming around in my brain- what's happening in yours??
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
We picked Cooper up from camp today....what a difference a year makes.
Last year as soon as I drove up to the cabin, Cooper ran towards me at top speed.
This year, Jon and I drove up and got a nonchalant wave when he saw us.
It was a good feeling- and one that pulled at my heartstrings.
We got in the car, took a quick tour around the camp and headed home.
I offered him some milk as soon as we left the gates....his face was priceless.
It's hard to know exactly what the situation was, but he says that they only gave kids milk in the morning for their cereal. I cannot fathom not giving kids the option of drinking milk with their meals- sheesh.
Did he love it? No.
Did he have a good time? Yes
Does he want to go back next year? Not to this camp- he has a new appreciation for the camp he attended last year and I think we'll try to make that happen.
Did he have some funny stories? Yes!
Is he glad he went? Yes.
Is his confidence higher than when he left? Yes.
Is he glad to be home? YES!!
Are we glad to have him home?? YES, YES, YES!!!!
Friday, July 27, 2012
Letters from COOP!!
Here is his post card-
We couldn't be more thrilled....
But, the best part was his letter (exactly as it was written)-
Dear Mom and Dad,
Top bunk is not that great, here is why the air conditioning can't get up here. Some things that have been cool are the wet willie, carpet ball, sailing, Ski School and our cottage. I am going to send you another letter tomorrow.
P.S. Can you send some candy cause all the people in my cabin are stuffing down stuff.
When I turned the page, this is what I saw-
Oh my word!!! If you know my kid then you realize how dire the situation is to have no milk. He can't get through a meal let alone a week without milk!!
I'll be packing a 1/2 gallon in a cooler for him to drink on the way home when I pick him up! Sweet little thing!!
Oh, my heart is so happy right now-
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I am missing this little kid right now!
He's at Camp for the week and is probably having a blast but that doesn't change the fact that it's sort of lonely on the home front.
I can't wait to go pick him up on Saturday- last year when he came back he had so many stories and he had grown so much in such a short time. I'm so proud of him for going and for facing his fears about being away from home.
Come on Saturday!!!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I am thankful for losing a bit of weight and feeling really great.
I am thankful that a little girl is with her mom tonight and that God kept her safe (still saying prayers for this family as they face some pretty tough circumstances in the coming days/months).
I am thankful for our upcoming vacation!!
I am thankful for good friends who get more excited about my birthday than I do and shower me with love and treats.
I am thankful for people who share my sense of humor and who keep me absolutely sane on even the craziest of days.
I am thankful for my crock pot (and easy to follow recipes).
I am thankful for adventures with my boys and can't wait for the next one.
I am thankful!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Cooper came down wearing this sock combo and said-
"Hey Momma- look carefully at my socks. Tell me what group I'm wearing."
I didn't get it.
He said- "Momma- think about music groups and look at my socks. Think hard. Which group are they??"
I had NO idea.
I tried, I thought, I pondered what songs we had listened to together recently that might have given him an idea.
So he said, "think about the colors and the order that the socks are in. I think that will help you."
I gave up.
I didn't have a clue.
"Momma- see how the green sock is 1st...what does that remind you of? The earth??"
"MOMMMA- It's EARTH, WIND and FIRE!!!!"
Where does he get this stuff?
(and how long did it take him to put 3 pairs of socks on?)
I've got to give that kid props....he's got some pretty eclectic taste in music for a 10 year old!!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
10 years ago today, my sweet husband became a father.
I love this shot. Cooper actually took it and if you look closely you can see both of us reflected in Jon's glasses.
10 years ago today, our lives changed forever.
It doesn't seem possible.
He's simply the sweetest, most kind, thoughtful, funny, loving, considerate and dedicated child on the planet. I love his little brain, his sense of humor, how independent he's become, how easily he's accepted the challenge of completely starting again and how excited he is to start each new day.
Happy Father's Day to the man I adore and to a wonderful dad.
Happy Birthday to the best kid I know.
I love you both more than words can say.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This is the conversation I had with Cooper when he called me using Jon's phone.
Me- Hi honey
Him- Hi Momma, it's me!
Me- Well hi buddy, what's going on?
Him- Momma, we're standing in front of a guinea pig. I was wondering whether I could get one for my birthday.
Me- Ohhh, wow buddy. You know, I don't think that's a good idea.
Him- Why not?
Me- Well, I think maybe Gypsy would eat a guinea pig.
Him- No Momma, that won't happen. This guinea pig would live in a cage so Gypsy wouldn't be able to eat him.
Me- Hmmm, I still think it's not a good idea. What about a nice fish instead?
Thankfully they didn't come home with either. (whew-dodged a bullet there) It makes me laugh that clearly he thought that I thought there was an option for a guinea pig to NOT live in a cage. Have you ever??
(my word, has it almost been a month since I last posted. I have been so nuts lately...good thing vacation is just around the corner!)
Friday, June 15, 2012
It's pimento cheese.
I don't like pimento cheese.
Actually, I've never had it before but it seemed like something that I wouldn't like....pimentos are weird.
When we walked into the party the host grabbed a cracker, spread a huge hunk of pimento cheese on it and handed it to me with absolute certainty that I would eat it.
I couldn't say no.
It was a horrible moment and I braced myself.
BUT I LOVED IT.
Evidently it's a secret family recipe that's been handed down from generation to generation. It was so good.
Since the party we've been to their house twice and both times the pimento cheese has also been in attendance. I've made it very clear that I think it's some of the best stuff I've ever eaten. They've made it very clear that the recipe is still a secret.
And so begins my quest to find a recipe for pimento cheese.
Do you have one that isn't a secret?
Let me know- pronto!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
We had a great time, met a ton of new people, ate amazing food and were entertained by a band who played until the wee hours of the night.
But quite possibly the most memorable part of the night was when Cooper tapped me on the shoulder and said,
"Hey Momma, how do you eat this??"
Jon and I have fond memories of attending an annual craw fish boil in our pre-Cooper years.....
And were more than happy to pass the experience on to him!
Here's to good friends, good food and making new discoveries!!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sometimes those lessons are tough....
Today Coop hit a home run.
It was his first hit all season long (we're 9 games into a 13 game season).
We've talked to him, bribed him, tried to build his confidence, and have even (sadly) been disappointed in him....nothing mattered.
He's been watching that ball and waiting for his pitch. He's let beautiful pitches come right across the plate and hasn't moved a muscle...he's swung and missed....he's had some bad calls here and there, but at the end of the day he either strikes out or gets walked.
Today he connected with the ball.
Today that kid hit a to the fence drive that was beautiful!
He ran to 1st base....rounded to 2nd....
ran through 3rd.....
and was waved on by the 3rd base coach because of an overthrow....
and when he got to home....
he was called out by the ump.
Was it a bad call? I think so.
Did he take it hard? Absolutely. Harder than I ever expected.
It was horrendous.
Everyone was SO excited for him, the crowd went wild, the coaches were jumping up and down, I was screaming at the top of my lungs and he experienced about 2 minutes of complete and total elation.
Until reality set it and so did devastation.
This is about 20 minutes later....after the game ended and he was chosen to "break it down for the team"...after everyone there congratulated him and told him what an amazing hit it was....after his shoulders stopped heaving and the tears stopped falling.
A tender moment with his coach telling him that he KNEW he could do it, and that it didn't matter the call, what mattered was that he hit the ball and did what the coaches told him to do. Was he out? Sure, but that's not the point.
The point was that he did it. He accomplished something that he'd been working towards for months. He did it and he did it well. And nobody can take that away- ever.
How to handle disappointment and anger with grace....important life lessons that we'll need to perfect in the coming years.
Congrats on an awesome hit little kid....that and Life 101.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
As the months have passed though, Cooper developed an interest in changing schools and that interest turned into a question about when he'd go to the new school...and then a request, "can i go to the new school". And Jon and I decided that if he was asking it was probably a sign.
It was- and it's been the best decision for all of us.
The 2nd 1st day of 4th grade was fabulous and full of change.
It started off with a good luck snuggle from a really great pup.
Notice that he's wearing a t-shirt. No t-shirts in private school....but in public school they are allowed. Cooper is over the moon about that!
No bus stop at private school either....
And if there is no bus stop in private school, that means no bus.
I felt like he was in kindergarten as that bus pulled away. I managed to hold it together but did follow the bus to school to meet him and make sure he was settled!
Day 1 went well.....the kids were so welcoming, his teacher is a doll, the bus driver is kind, the cafeteria holds promise (another 1st for him), and he's feeling completely comfortable (which is HUGE!).
Best thing for him about the 1st day? Not getting assigned the "haunted locker". What a good thing THAT is.
Can't wait for Day 2!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
One reason may be that they use different rules... another may be that people here take their baseball seriously. His coach is one of those people. He's great with the kids and balances his serious coaching with a bit of funny.
Regardless, Cooper is a fan because more intense evidently means better uniforms.
I wish it meant that he was knocking it out of the park...but hitting is giving us some trouble this year. Getting walked however is becoming an art.
At the end of the day, all that really matters is that he's having fun and learning skills- not just baseball skills- life skills.
I think we're meeting the goal....
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
One of the benefits of driving for hours each day with Cooper is that we have some really great conversations. It's the only thing that I'll miss when he transitions to his new school.
We were chatting yesterday and he started asking me questions.
Cooper- "Momma, do you know what SMPA is?"
Me- "Yes, St. M Parents Association"
Cooper- "That's right. What about the SMBA?"
Me- "Yes, St. M Basketball Association"
Cooper- "Ok, this is a hard one. What about the CIAA?"
Me- "Ummm...Colonial something Athletic Association?"
Cooper- "Nope, not even close"
Me- "I give up, what is it?"
Cooper- "It's the Cooper Is Awesome Association"
Me- "Well, I absolutely need to join!"
I love that little kid, he really is awesome!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Ever heard of it? I hadn't either.
The website says "hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples delivered to your door for $10/month".
I'm a sucker for a sample and a treat delivered every month? I like it.
I got my 1st box and was giddy.
Along with samples, I'm also a sucker for pretty packaging.
It may as well have been a box from Tiffany's....I'm such a cheap date.
I love the perfume sample, a great pumpkin face scrub and although I won't wear green nail polish, it's definitely fun. Once you try the products you can visit the website to learn more about them and order full sizes.
Worth the $10? I think so.
I'm counting the days until my May box arrives!!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Spring flowers, warmer weather and now...baseball is back.
We signed Cooper up to play in our new town. Instead of over 300 10 and under kids in the league, there are 16. Instead of never knowing where the game will be, there is one field. It's small town baseball and it's a big deal.
It's different, but the same.
Cooper is having a blast.
Saturday was Opening Day.
They announce each player by name, sign the National Anthem and an Opening Day pitch is thrown.
It's very official.
Also official? The uniforms.
Cooper told me that they're just like the major leagues....especially the pants.
I must have checked the wrong box on the order form....his are an adult small. He can barely keep them up but he LOVES THEM!
He had a great game......the kid is playing 1st base again this year and is about the cutest 1st baseman around.
The weather was perfect for a baseball game and for a crazy mom taking pictures like a mad woman.
They won! I just love his happy face.
1 down, 14 to go.