Sunday, June 29, 2014

Our Sunset June 24, 2013

Sometimes a sunset is more than a sunset. 
On June 24, 2013  the sun went down; not just on a day that had passed but on a lifetime of memories as we said goodbye to Barry's Granny; Mallie Louise Cooper.  She was a strong willed, sweet, and witty woman who I so adored getting to know over the years.  A visit with her most certainly meant a laugh or two and a good hand hold or hug.
So as we all celebrated her life with stories and the gathering of family that doesn't often get together everyone took a moment to say goodbye; and to watch the sun set on a chapter of their life filled with childhood memories big and small. 
Barry enjoyed watching as Henry ran barefoot through the same yard and field he did as a child.  Telling us he was going to run "very far away"; and standing outside the workshop where his "Papa Cooper baseball bat" was made.
 We so dearly love that Henry met and spent some time with his great Granny Cooper.  She will be remembered always and often in a very special way.  She knew before she passed that her name would live on as we decided long ago if we ever had a daughter she would be called Mallie.  That news made her happy, which made us happy too!
So growing inside me with each passing day Mallie Lynn Cooper forms into the little lady we will soon meet. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Father's Day Fun 2014

 After rounding up our big fun filled day with Thomas the Train we decided to pack up for the lake...what's a couple more hours of driving in a day?  The trip was well worth it as we enjoyed family time together, pajama boat rides, bacon and pancakes for breakfast and Henry's very first Sea-Doo ride with Pop. 
 On Father's Day the houseboat was filled with extended family and even more smiles from all, as we enjoyed the blessing of good weather, great company, and yummy food.
Ahhhh this is the life.
Time with my boyfriend is always appreciated too. 

Time with Daddy is oh so sweet.  I love watching these two play together, it's a serious love fest between them! 
 We are so thankful for this daddy.  He loves his family oh so very much.  We couldn't be more blessed with a provider and God loving man in our home.  
I felt like one lucky girl, celebrating Barry, my dad and grandfather all on the same day. 

Thomas and his friend Henry.

Our Father's Day weekend  began with a train.  You may recognize his big smiley face as Thomas the Tank Engine.  We took a trip almost 1.5 hours away to see this big blue steam engine, and boy was it worth our while. 
When I came into his room to get him Saturday morning, the first words out of his mouth were "I'm going to Thomas da twain today!"  The excitement became a true reality as we walked towards the station and he laid eyes on his cartoon hero who had come to life.  A joyous and grinning AHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! exploded from his mouth as we got closer.  A very serious Henry took his ticket and boarded the train for a ride.  He wasn't quite sure what to think at first, barely cracking a smile and taking in the sites both in and out of the car.  He warmed up to it all as he kicked his legs to the familiar tunes of Thomas the Train and enjoyed the ride. 
Then it was off to participate in some activities, mainly a random yet loved put put golf area.  He was thrilled to give high fives to the Sir Topham Hat, and to shake hands with the trains conductor.   It was a blast to watch him enjoy such a special day for a little boy. 
If A Day Out With Thomas comes to a city near you I would definitely recommend taking your little one too!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The twists and turns of 2.

No one can say you enter the two's blindly; it's the age most affectionately called the terrible 2's.  To say I fully understood what that meant before now would be a lie.  It's not all terrible.  In fact most of it is glorious as I am watching this little person develop and learn about the world around him; but it's the moments of tantrums, screaming, or rotten mischief that cause you to feel a wee bit like a crazy person.

As each day passes he learns more and becomes more like a little person who I get the pleasure of hanging out with everyday.  He entertains us to know end, whether it's watching him play one of his 90 games of baseball a day, listening to him sing,  or watching him enjoy a treat.

This kid has pizazz and a zest for life that apparently causes him to dispise sleep.  Lately he has been fighting the necessary activity in the form of spastic crying, blood curdling screams, or ploys to get out of said sleeping activity by telling us he is hungry or thirsty.   This can be weary for a mommy and daddy.  (and worrisome with a newborn on the way)  As with everything a child goes through I'm hoping it's just another sleepless phase, and that it will pass quickly.

Yesterday he fought his nap, as he does any form of sleeping; only this time it lasted an hour......and he won.  No nap at all for this little ball of energy.  When I finally went in to save his tonsils from caving in on themselves, I told him we were going for a walk.   I needed to get out of the house and I thought he should too.  While on our walk I asked him, "Henry why were you crying so much about not wanting to take a nap today?"  His quick reply, "because I missed you mommy." 
There you have it in a nutshell.  The ups and downs of a toddler, and the moments of sweetness quickly wipe away any of the frustrations that it brings.  We spent the remainder of the walk holding hands as I pushed he reached up for my hands while in his stroller and we pushed on down the road enjoying the day. 
The things we are currently loving to hear him say:
 Our favorite thing said lately: (Mommy/Daddy) "you my friend!"  
  • "Come ON guys!"
  • Taking a big bite of food you commonly refer to them as "Bubba Bites" or "Mickelson Bites" (golfers to anyone not familiar, that he loves to watch play)
  • When wearing his Reds hat and Votto shirt he apparently goes into character.  We were greeted by a man in the grocery store who said "Hi there little Buddy!"  Henry looked at him with a completely stone cold expression and said  "I'm Joey Votto!"  He has since referred to himself as Joey whenever he is feeling extra fine.  
  •  "That sounds ridicuwus!"
  • While taking a bubble bath, he plunged his plane into the water while asking "Where did it go?"  then realizing he was also squatting down with his little bum in the bubbles to he began to ask "Where did my rumpatump go?"   **dying laughing
  • While swinging his bat outside while we played he started to spit on the grass.  B and I looked at eachother grinning and asked him, "Why are you spitting?"  and he said "Cause I'm getting ready to be a batter, and spit like da Cincinnati Reds do."  *bahahaha
  • After he had taken a bath I said goodnight to him and told him that I was going to go take a bath too.  He asked me if I was "going to play basketball,  play with buckets, and have bubbles, and pee in their?"  (Guess we know what he does in the bath now.) 
He has been prepping for the role of big brother quite well lately.  Asking, if he can feel, hug, and kiss MLC.  Telling us "I love my sister" and how he will "learn her to play golf and baseball" someday.

The trials and tribulations of the two's may seem rotten in the moment of it all, but how terrific it is to watch this little human become who he is in this world.   To see delight in the small things, and to enjoy everything with a gusto and passion we all could take note of.  

Thursday, June 5, 2014

22 Weeks - MLC

These past two weeks with you have been the best yet.  We had our big 20 week appointment and were able to see your sweet little face.  You are such a pretty little girl already, and yet you look a lot like your brother too!  Your growing at serious speeds too.  I feel like you've become a mini giant in the past week, making all your moves and wiggles even more apparent.   I would like to believe you already love to read.  You seem to move a lot whenever I read a book to your brother.  I can't wait to cuddle you in my arms while we all enjoy story time together.
5 1/2 months down.  Time is flying by, and our love for you is growing each day.

Muah!  Love you dearly sweet baby girl.

Love, Mommy

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hello summer

hello summer
It's time to put your ice cream bowl on your head like a hat while you wait for your Pops to serve you homemade ice cream. 
 It's time to climb in the pool bag. 
 and meet your pals at the pool. 
Submerge yourself in the water.
 Get outside and dig in the dirt.
 Grab your favorite partner in crime and play some ball. 
 Because it's summertime, and around here that means the fun has begun.  It's our favorite time of year, the months where you make memories that will warm you through those cold winter months.   Where the days are long and oh so fun. 
 So soak it up.  Dive right in.  It's sweet summer time.