Saturday, November 28, 2009
I think this is a project that we will definitely engage in again this holiday season.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This year was an extra special Thanksgiving Day. Not only is it Thanksgiving Day, today is Cooper's 2nd Birthday! He has been so excited each week. I'm not sure how much he realizes what is going on, but he definitely knows the verbiage. Each night at dinner this week we've asked the kids what they are thankful for. Without fail, each time Cooper has responded "my birthday". When we ask him what he wants for his birthday, each time he asks for "cake".
Today the entire family gathered at Grammie's house. It was great to see John, Tracy, and Mays & Dallas. We don't get to see those cute little boys nearly enough. The girls just love them to pieces and it was fun to see how much the boys loved the girls as well, especially Mays and Emma Jo. Also joining us was Sue and Gene, Linda and Beth, and Butch. We had a great day of spending time with family, preparing and eating great food, sharing stories and just enjoying each other.
I pray that this upcoming year will be easier than the year that is passing, but I am thankful for all of the blessing we have, especially family.
Monday, November 23, 2009
As Jason was preparing lunch, the kids had turned their chairs into a cave. They were enjoying playing in it and did not want to come out to eat. Grace eventually relented, but Cooper is as stubborn as they come. When we allowed him to eat in his cave he was happy as a clam.
Cooper ate half of his banana with no incident. I was standing in the kitchen talking to Jason and I thought that I saw something through the corner of my eye. Then I saw it. He was peeling his banana and stuffing the discards under the TV cabinet. Where he came up with the idea I have no idea. I asked him where the peel was and he promptly told me it was "unner dare". At least he is honest...
Friday, November 20, 2009
This morning, as I was rocking him at 4am, he started playing with a little pillow. He was running his fingers along the surface and laughing. When I asked Cooper what he was laughing about he responded that his pillow had ABCs on it. He then tried to sing the song. Cooper only know ABC and sing with me, but he loves it when I sing the whole song to him. He even claps when I'm done!
Grace has been doing a great job with her ABC lately too. Of course she has known her ABCs for a long time, but she is actually starting to read! She brought home her first completed reading book last week and a second came home earlier this week. She is so proud of herself and insists she will "really" be able to read by Christmas. Last night she even asked if she could start reading the family bedtime story as soon as she knew how to read. I love seeing her so excited about something I enjoy so much!
Emma Jo continues to love reading! On her last trip to the school Library she checked out the first book from Harry Potter. I wasn't sure if we was ready for it, but she is 10 and I need to give her freedom to pick her own books. She became engrossed in the book and finished it in four days. Now she is constantly asking if we can go to the public library to check out the 2nd book in the series. Apparently they only go to the school library every other Friday and Emma Jo can't wait that long to get the next book!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Cooper did not like that at all and immediately started apologizing. After about 30 seconds (which felt like an eternity) I asked him if he was ready to eat at the table like a big boy. He was. Once he sat down he didn't want to eat his chicken because he "no like it". When we reminded him no dessert unless you eat your dinner he stuffed every last piece in his mouth and finished the plate.
I didn't mind that he wasn't eating his dinner but I did mind the total disrespect for table manners.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
As for our side bet? I requested flowers and champagne for my victory, but so far they haven't materialized...
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
On Tuesday we found out that she is Student of the Month for Mrs. Mohle's class!
We practiced verses this weekend, and last night at Awana Grace earned her first patch.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
There are only 3 carved pumpkins, I just couldn't hold the camera steady, sorry.