Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Joy

What an expression to share with us on Christmas.  (I guess that's what happens when you are at Grandpa and Grandma's, and life is full of excitement.  Cooper, the joy on your face is merely a fraction of the joy you bring to us every day.  You are the greatest treasure God has blessed us with.  Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving: Take 2

April and Anthony had us all over to their place in North Bend for a second Thanksgiving.  I don't think there is any question that we know how to eat!  It was delicious.  Thank you Lord for a family to enjoy this lifetime with.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy 1st Birthday Cooper!

My how time is flying.  Our little man amazes us daily.  God shares with us sweet, pure joy in being a parent.  I feel so very blessed.  

As we celebrate his very 1st birthday, I stop to reflect on just what a special young man he is!  He loves us so generously, he causes our hearts to overflow with gratitude, and he continues to show us a little bit of what God intended us to know about His love for us.

Hallelujah Lord for my precious son, Cooper.  We celebrate having experienced his first life and are so very thankful.  

Some of Cooper’s Favorites…

Our Sonicare toothbrush.  It’s the first thing he points to and wants to see when he enters our bedroom.  We turn it on, and as it vibrates, he puts it up to his mouth, shivering and giggling as it tickles his lips.  So funny to watch.

Phones.  He will smile and run to the phone when it rings.  When the phone is on speaker, he will smile at, kiss, and wave to the voices he hears.

Books.  You can tell he has his favorites.  When given the choice between two books, he takes a moment, surveys each, and clearly makes his selection. 

Giraffe Blanket.  Cooper has a small giraffe blanket that he loves.  It’s his night time buddy.

The Lion King.  The Circle of Life (Broadway version) became his favorite song when he was about 4 months old.  It never failed to calm, distract, or put him to sleep.  Now, he is mesmerized by the opening to the movie, as it features this song, along with the sounds and pictures of African animals.

Remotes.  Cooper is constantly trying to get at the Tivo remote.  Sometimes when we leave it within his reach, he looks around to see if we’re watching and gets so excited to pick it up.  If he knows we’re watching, he brings it right to us.  If he knows we’re not watching, well, we don’t know what he does with it…we’re not watching.  :)

Cooper’s Personality Traits…

Loving.  Cooper loves giving kisses and hugs…to his family members and his stuffed animals.  Sometimes he will run to us, just to give us a kiss or a hug.

Curious.  Cooper loves the vacuum.  At first, he was fine with it.  Then, he became terrified.  Slowly, he has welcomed the vacuum back into his life.  He stares at it, points at it, tells me all about it, grabs at it while I’m vacuuming, and loves to try to vacuum on his own. 

Observant.  Cooper is interested in all sorts of animals.  He recognizes and points to several when we ask him to do so.

Adventurous.  Cooper loves to explore the outdoors.  He especially loves the park near our house for adventures with sticks, rocks, and leaves. When in our yard, he loves playing with the green garden hose.

Friendly.  Cooper likes to smile at and flirt with fellow grocery shoppers.  Never fails to brighten a day or two.

Able.  Cooper walked when he was 7 months and 25 days old.  That is pretty early.  Now, he can run!  Watch out world!

Fun-loving.  Cooper loves to dance.  Where there is music, there is Cooper, bouncing and head banging.

Trusting.  Cooper likes to close his eyes tightly and open wide when we’re offering him food.  He’s so adventurous.  Seems like he’ll try anything.

Cooper in Action…

Cooper loves to watch us get a new bag for the kitchen garbage.  He gets the biggest kick out of watching us shake it to get some air into it and open it up.

Cooper loves to sit in our computer chair and spin around in circles.  Only a couple spins at a time…we don’t want to get him too dizzy!

Cooper will sometimes put on a show for himself when going down for a nap or falling asleep for the night.  Humming, singing, all sorts of random sounds from his lips and mouth.  It’s quite fun to listen. 

Cooper loves to play the drums. The wooden spoon and metal bowl are two of his favorite pieces to drum with. 

Cooper loves to boogy to the sound of the salad spinner and garbage disposal.  They make good music.

Cooper loves to stand on the couch and play with the light switch…on…off…on…off.

Cooper loves to hold long objects and push them around…almost as if playing shuffle board.  Maybe that sport will be his specialty.

Cooper loves to climb the stairs and go into each room for some investigating.

Cooper loves to hang out in our bed with us in the mornings on the weekends.  Snuggles, kisses, wrestling… good times.

Cooper loves making baskets in his mini basketball hoop and hitting balls with his baseball bat.

Cooper loves to hold our keys and go with us to get the mail.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March Madness

Well, it's hard to believe, but March is here...and almost over really. We have not been able to do many blog or picture updates recently...until now.

Brian spent time doing some picture recovery and reformatting our computer. Goodness sakes, our computer was going dinosaur speed! We also had an issue with one of the camera cards around Christmas time and needed to do some picture recovery, so it was time for a computer make over. We did end up losing some pictures and video from Christmas time, and that was quite the bummer. However, we were able to recover many of them and have taken quite a few since. And get this...even after Brian put all the time into doing that, we have come to the conclusion that it is time for a new computer. Can you believe it? Not the best time for needing a new computer. Oh well, we'll see what happens.

Getting to know Cooper has been such a treat, and we are savoring every moment with him. He wakes us up with huge smiles, grunts and babbles like he really knows what he is saying, snuggles when we hold him close, and is so curious about everything around him. His length puts him in the 90th percentile for height (I think he is going to be a tall fella...), and he is pretty darn strong. He has been chewing on his fingers like crazy since he was around 2 months old, and it seems to be getting even more intense...a sure sign his teeth are moving around up in his gums. We play music for him all the time, and he seems to be mesmerized by it. He loves to read, loves to sit up, loves to stare at the tv screen (uh oh!), and does not mind helping me with the grocery shopping. I gotta say, it is truly a joy to be his mom.

On March 13th, we hit the 4 month mark with Cooper. Absolutely unbelievable how quickly time is flying by. He is changing right before our eyes each and every day. Although I wish we could capture him at this age forever, it is such fun to watch him learn and grow. What a beautiful gift God gave us in Cooper. He fills our hearts to the brim.

We have had some good times since our last post. Take a look. I'll also post the links to some more photos.

Love and blessings,

The Three of Us


Cooper - 4 Months Old

Cooper makes the best spit bubbles!

Yummy! First time eating rice cereal.

Cooper loves to read!

This seat is great!
Cooper literally attacks the toy on the tray!

Going for a walk on a sunny day!

Finally found a bottle/sippy cup he will take! Yahoo!

Loved The Lion King

Our own Lion King moment...

Cooper with all the grandparentals...

Go Huskies! Well, at least the cake was good...

For more picture updates, head to the links below.




Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A New Beginning...Joy in 2009

It seems that it's about time for a family update, as the last time I posted was just after Thanksgiving. It's hard to believe we have started a new year. Fall has come and gone, and we are parents to the most wonderful, happy, and darling baby boy. God exceeded our expectations and blew us away with the experience of welcoming Cooper in November, and we are truly filled with joy. What a sweet new beginning to 2009... no longer a family of two, but a family of three with our little man Cooper along for the ride. Happy 2 month birthday to Cooper today! We love you so very much!

We have been enjoying a snowy winter, and although we've been somewhat hermit like, soaking up as much of little Cooper at home as we can while he's still small and changing daily, the snow made it really easy to stay cozy and warm in our house and not venture out much. Although this weather can be a headache for some, Brian and I truly enjoy the winter weather and always welcome a good snowfall. Our street was a beautiful snowy white, and living next to the green belt made for a gorgeous snowy view of the trees. When we did have to venture out, driving around Puyallup was not the easiest task. Brian made it into work in Tacoma a couple times but was actually very fortunate to get to work from home with the snowy weather. It made for some extra special time with Cooper having both of us around during the day. Brian would come out of his office and snag Coop for little cuddle breaks. Also with this awesome weather, Cooper got to experience snow for the first time and didn't seem to mind it at all. Didn't quite fit in his snowsuit (it was a little big), but he enjoyed venturing outside with us all the same.

As the snow melted and the rains came, there was much flooding in Puyallup and the surrounding areas. Thankfully, we live on the hill and didn't need to be concerned. But my parents live in the valley, and the Puyallup river threatened to flood many homes nearby. The river did not reach the heights they expected, but it still did cause some flooding damage to many homes throughout the valley cities. Some neighborhoods experienced firetrucks going through with the loud speaker announcing, "Please evacuate." Not a fun time for them. Although my parents were not threatened by the Puyallup river so much, they would have been threatened by the flooding of Clark's Creek. Their neighborhood even got a "recommendation to evacuate" phone call, not a mandatory one. They ended up having standing water in their yard, and the addition Dad is building got some water going underneath. In the end, with some precautionary measures Dad took in using some fill dirt, they were just fine. We did have a plan though...they've got "people" on the hill.

We ventured out to cut down a Christmas tree in early December with Cooper (and Mom and Dad) and decorated the house for the holidays. Christmas Eve was spent with Brian's family up in Shoreline, and heading west from Minnesota, Alex, AnaLisa, little Andrew, and Karin all joined us. Cooper got to meet his cousin Andrew for the first time, and since Andrew is exactly one year older than Cooper (They share a November 13th birthday.), it was fun to see how much Andrew has grown and changed into such a sweet little boy since last year. After opening stockings in the morning, we ventured to Puyallup for Christmas day and night. Joel, Mickey, nieces Sydney and Rylee, and little David ventured from Seattle to join us, April, and the parental units for Christmas day. It's so fun to have little kids around, as the spirit of Christmas is truly evident in the joy of little ones at this time of year. How fun to spend time with all of our family members on such a special holiday such as Christmas. We are blessed to be surrounded with loving and generous family members who truly care for us and our sweet son. Cooper has literally been clothed, his room has been furnished, and his sweet cheeks have been kissed and cuddled by our family, and for that, we are truly thankful.

Cooper has been the joy of our lives since the moment he joined us. At this point, it's hard to imagine a life without him. He makes me want to be a better person, and I thank God daily for the gift of Cooper. His smile lights up the room every morning he wakes me up with his sweet noises and his cuddles melt my heart when I hold him close. He sure makes us both feel special as he seems to get a kick out of us when we're just hanging out. He's very curious and alert and loves to look around and hold his head up. It seems that recently, he has discovered his tongue and enjoys wiggling it and using it to suck on his hands. When Brian and I are not too tired, he especially enjoys great performances from us...songs, dances, and silly entertainment. We are enjoying every moment with this little man, even the moments when we've been pooped on or spit up on or squirted unexpectedly while changing him. He's a baby...what do you expect? He makes us laugh, he makes us shed tears of joy, and he has brought out qualities in each of us that have strengthened our love and respect for each other. What a blessings he is.

It's hard to believe how quickly Cooper is growing. Just the other day I was looking at pictures of the day he came home from the hospital. He was 8 weeks old, wearing the same outfit, and I took a picture. I am just amazed at the changes.

It's all still a little unreal...I can't believe I actually gave birth, have a baby, and am now a parent to a tiny little person. A little guy that brings me a level of joy I could not have imagined before he arrived. These last two months of my life have literally flown by so quickly. Although we wish he could stay this little forever, we are cherishing every moment and looking forward to getting to know Cooper as he continues to grow up into a young man.

We are so looking forward to starting 2009 as a new little family and are eagerly anticipating the adventures ahead. I will try to do a better job of updating our website more frequently. What can I say? When given the choice between computer time and hanging out with Coop, he wins every time. Much love to all of you. Check in with us when you get a chance. May you find so many reasons this year to praise God and truly feel joy!

Check out these links for some more pictures of Cooper.

January 2009

Cooper's 1st Christmas

December 2008

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