Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Hauth's Family Taekwondo is just down the street from our house and the owners attend our church. They offer free introductory classes and then have family classes where students of all ages can practice together. There were just the three of us (and later one little boy) in the introductory class. Emma, Grace and I had fun learning each of the stances, strikes, blocks, and a couple of kicks. We went through about a quarter of the while belt forms. We also got to kick the red pads. Emma Jo even got to lunge punch the instructor in the stomach!
We're going to go back for another introductory class next week and then decide if we want to enroll. The instructor told us that we could even bring Cooper and see if he is old enough to listen and follow instructions.
While we were gone, Jason and Cooper hung out together (one of Cooper's favorite things). Cooper loves to wear hats and Jason took these pictures of the little dude wearing Daddy's cowboy hat.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I try to sympathize with Jason but I'm actually getting a little jealous. I wouldn't mind Cooper being hooked on Mama for a while. Sure I'll do when Daddy is gone, but when he is around I'm about as popular as chopped liver.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Once the crew got to the City, they went to the Exploratorium. Grampa chaperoned a class field trip to the Exploratorium a couple of years ago and was enthralled. He has taken the kids a couple of times since then. I think he has as fun there as they do. From what I could tell everyone enjoyed the place, especially the gift shop!
After the Exploratorium it was off to the Giant's Game. At the Giant's Game the kids had Hot Dogs and Popcorn and got Lou Seal stuffed animals. I think they might have watched a little of the game as well.
When everyone gathered back at the house, before we went to Applebee's for dinner, Emma Jo got to open presents.
The little kids got Emma Jo a popcorn maker and some movies. Emma Jo made a request months ago for an air popper and we've already had to test it out.
Grandma Bette and Grandpa Joe sent Emma a shirt from "Emma Downtown" in Oregon. Emma Jo loved the shirt (green her favorite color) and wore it to camp on Thursday.
The big excitement of the night was the new bike from Grammie and Grampa. Emma Jo has outgrown her existing bike and wanted a "big girl" bike to match her friends'. Grampa spent hours researching and finally chose a bright red, Specialized 21-speed Mountain Bike.
While Emma Jo rode her new bike, Grace and Cooper had to ride their bikes as well.
June 17th, 12:40 PM
23 inches, 9 lb 5 oz
Mother and baby are doing well. Grandpa and Grammy are ecstatic.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
This weekend is Grace's ballet recital. She has been practicing since September and it is finally time. She is the most adorable puff of popcorn I have ever seen! Grace had her last practice on Thursday, in costume. I took lots of pictures. Saturday afternoon was dress rehearsal in the theatre and then her first performance was Saturday night. She did great! All of the girls remembered most of the dance and there were no tears on stage.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Today we drove west and took the kids to the Russian River Rodeo. This was their 3rd ever rodeo.
We started with hot dogs. Luckily we got ours before they ran out!
Then the girls had cotton candy and popcorn.
Then they had ring pops which turned their mouths blue and purple!
The weather was beautiful. There were lots of local cowboys and cowgirls. The kids liked the bull riding, barrel racing and steer wrestling the best. Gracie loved the Rodeo Clown (Mr. Kiff, the husband of one of the teachers at our school). Cooper liked sitting in the dirt and flirting with the little girl sitting next to him. I loved spending a few hours outside in the fresh air with the whole family. It reminded me of the first year Jason and I were dating when we used to go to each of the rodeos in San Diego. In fact our first date was to a rodeo!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Last night Jason and Emma Jo were at FBC's softball game, so I was alone with Grace and Cooper. After getting Gracie safely tucked into bed I took Cooper to his room. We rocked and cuddled as I tried to get him to go to sleep. He was almost out when all of a sudden he realized he was almost asleep. He immediately squirmed his way until he was laying on my chest with his head on my shoulder. He almost fell asleep again at which point he started kissing me. He would grab my face pucker up and kiss me full on the lips. Then he would lean back, look me in the eyes, and giggle. Clearly he knew that I couldn't resist little sloppery kisses and this would surely give him more time before he had to go to sleep. I tried my best not to laugh, but a few chuckles did erupt. This continued for a few minutes until I got my self-control back and finished rocking him to sleep.
I'm trying to enjoy these little moments of his babyhood. I know how quickly he is going to be a big boy and want nothing to do with snuggling with his mommy.