Friday, July 30, 2010

First Night in the Toddler Bed

This was Cooper's First Night in his Toddler Bed/Converted Crib (July 29, 2010). Coop was so excited as we put it together and was helping Daddy by using his hammer and drill. He also had fun "losing" the screws as he would stick them in all the empty holes in the crib, and we would have to search around to find them. We must have lost them five times. You'd think we would have learned, but what can we say?!

Cooper has always been a good sleeper, sleeping through the night in his crib very consistently with the wake up and need for cuddles very rarely. This night was no different. He must have climbed in and out a million times, saying, "Me!" because he could do it by himself and, "Night, night!" because he was so excited to get to bed. Once the conversion was done, after much deliberation, he decided to do stories in our favorite chair and then walk over to his bed by himself and climb in (so huge, as before we would carry him over and put him in after story time). He climbed in, wanted all his buddies (his giraffe, lamb, and cow) to join him, and he got all snuggly. One last water refill, his fun light set on timer, the white noise of his fan going strong, some kisses and cuddles, and it was bed time in his new bed!

With the exception of his excitement about the new looking bed and being able to get in and out on his own, this was a joyous non-event. It was like he had done it all his life.

Yeah for Cooper growing up and experiencing a little change with an attitude of joy! You go buddy!

Now, if we can finally get your room painted....

Sunday, July 25, 2010

High Pointe Family Service and Picnic

We had fun hanging out on our quilt and catching up with our church family for a lunch in the sun.  Cooper loved running in the grass and wearing Brian's sunglasses!  
 We are so thankful to call High Pointe our church home!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1st Peepee in the Potty

When Brian noticed Cooper looking suspiciously ready to use the bathtub as his diaper, he got him out and put him on the potty.  Cooper excitedly met the challenge with his first peepee in the potty.  He was very proud, and we celebrated with high fives, praise, and an M&M.

Here's to more peepee in the the age of 1 1/2!  Way to go Cooper!

Mom, are you really going to take pictures of me going to the bathroom?
Well in that case, cheeeeeese!
Okay, so I think I'm finished.
M&M please!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mama, Mama, Mama

Cooper is saying Mama a lot lately, and I love it!
The Coopster and I are always together, so it is quite common for him to just speak with me and not necessarily say my name. Saying Dada is quite common place, and Cooper saying Mama is quite a luxury...or at least for my ears to hear.

So keep it coming Cooper....Mama loves it!!!

So Proud of His Tower!

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July...Tacoma's Freedom Fair

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Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations...whether it was a large shindig or an intimate gathering of friends and loved ones.  We had a great time at the Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show.  As we walked down to the waterfront from our car, many folks were camped out in their yards, getting ready for a good time.  It set quite a joyful mood.  Cooper enjoyed looking out over the water, people watching, and a few bites of my corn dog...with mustard of course.  We also enjoyed some corn on a stick and a delectible brownie mud pie.  Mmmmmmm.  In one of the pictures, he is actually smiling so intensely and saying cheese with such enthusiasm, that he looks quite pained.  :) 

Cooper got to see his first air show, which was quite intense and loud.  He learned a very important skill today...covering his ears!  This was the first time he has ever had to cover his ears, and he did so with the purpose and concern of someone that thought his life depended on it.  Those planes were so incredibly loud, and although they made him a little uncomfortable, we helped him cover his ears tightly (his hands, my hands, hooded sweatshirt...several layers helped with sound buffereing) as he powered through like a champ.  Go Cooper!  We felt bad for the family near us with a little one having a meltdown because of the noise.  It was sad. 

Joined by both sets of Cooper's grandparents, it was not too crowded to enjoy a stroll down the waterfront while perusing all the booths and yummy snack choices.  As we left, I saw that a house had a sign hung on their balcony...and it warmed my heart.  It said...Welcome old friends and new, our lawn is for you!  Doesn't that just embody summer, holidays, grace, and community?  I loved it!

When we got home, we made a fire and huddled around it for some yummy smores.  There was no stress, no expectations...just good ol' relaxed family time.  We all enjoyed each other's company while getting cozy and having great conversations.  Good times for all.  I am so thankful to have opportunities to share special memories with the people I love most.  I am truly blessed.
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