Thursday, December 21, 2006
I'm also very excited that my LYS is having their annual end of year 30% off sale a week from Saturday - AND I have a gift card so I'm extra excited about that. I'l have to go after Christmas and before the sale to pre-plan my purchases! YIPEE!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Two nights ago, while I was cleaning the kitchen, Don put Bob the Builder on and sat with Cooper to watch it (which was great - I could clean the kitchen without telling Cooper over and over again to stop trying to crawl into or sit on the dishwasher!). When it was over, I sat in the living room with my boys and we started watching regular tv. Cooper thew a fit - he wanted to watch Bob the Builder again. This was one of those fits where he threw himself on the floor - and there were real tears! I tried to calm him down by telling him we would go and look in his room and see if his jammies with the tools on it - like Bob's - were clean. That just started another crying riot!! "Mommy - I want Bob the Builder jammies". It took us FOREVER to calm him down. But he eventually did!
So, my lunch hour yesterday was spent searching stores for Bob the Builder jammies and other stuff. I bought him a lofty figure.
Yesterday afternoon, I get a call from my MIL - she said that Cooper had something to tell me - and she put him on the phone. His little voice told me that he went pee pee on the potty! I think everyone around me knew he went potty by the end of the conversation! I was so proud!!
Monday, November 20, 2006
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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Anyway, while in the bath tub last night, Cooper was playing with his foam letters and numbers. He loves to play with them. We've been working on colors, so when he picks up a letter or number he tells me what color it is, "mommy this is geen" or "mommy this is yeddow". Lots of fun. Last night, he picked up the yellow letter T and I was prepared to hear him announce that it was yellow or yeddow as he calls it - but he proudly tells me "mommy this is T" and picks up another one and says "mommy this is I" (correct again) "mommy this is J", and "mommy this is W" (correct again, but butchered the pronunciation adorably) "mommy this is O". I found this completely fascinating since when we sing the ABC song, we can't get past G, put he can pick out and name several letters at random. I have to wonder - is he getting this from watching PBS? Sesame Street has a letter of the day, maybe he picked it up from that. I haven't taught him any of this - or maybe Sunday School? My MIL doesn't read to him at all, so I can't imagine it was her - and I can't ask, because she would take credit for it anyway - she takes credit for ALL of his accomplishments. My boy is just so smart!!
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Thursday, November 2, 2006
Cooper did great saying "trick-or-treat" on command. Don brought him to my office, like last year and we walked around the building gathering candy and goodies. One of the goodies was a blow up chair. Very cute. We arrived home, and went back out in the neighborhood. I tried to get get Cooper to actually eat dinner - but that didn't happen. He ended the evening by coming home, and pitching a little tantrum in the kitchen wanting his candy! I now have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Cooper was in a very strange mood - and being a bad little boy (found out later that he didn't have a nap AT ALL). Anyway, a little after 8:00 PM - Cooper started looking around for Baby - and looked at me and asked, "Mommy, where's Baby". I decided not to totally lie to Cooper - so I said that Baby was taking a little vacation, and going to spend the night at Wella's. And that Baby would be back tomorrow. That didn't go over well at all. He stood in the middle of the floor and made the ugly-cry face and just balled. I felt so bad. I tried a distraction - bath time! That worked for a little bit. We got his jammies on and went into the living room and he cried again for Baby. Daddy to the rescue - he said he had a surprise for Cooper - peanuts! He sat with Daddy, ate a few peanuts and fell asleep. I really thought we lucked out! Until Cooper woke up crying for Baby at 1:30 AM. I went and got him and brought him to bed with us. He is a restless sleeper - he kicked me in the back all night long!
Hopefully, my MIL will be able to get Baby today!!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
It all started with Baby. Baby still goes everywhere with Cooper (as well as Monkey). But we also have what Cooper refers to as "everybody". Which is all is other stuffed animals. Here they are - he's actually added another monkey, yet another monkey he named George, teddy bear, and Happy.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
And knitting news - I have been working on a gift for a friends baby shower this weekend - I thought a MD kimono and booties. I'm not done with the kimono yet and haven't even started the booties - I'd better get on the ball!!
I think I'm coming down with strep throat AGAIN! I'll go to the doctor today (they have an after-hours clinic from 6-8pm). I have to wait until then, as I have two meetings that I can't miss today. FIGURES!
And to other news - I just love my new church. I'm getting involved and I just love everyone there. And Cooper loves it too. The past two Saturday's when he woke up from his nap, he cried when he realized that it wasn't Sunday and he couldn't go to Sunday school. The teachers are just awesome and the just adore him and give him the love and attention that he needs. And, Cooper is learning to play with other kids. I was picking up the living room the other day and he starting singing the clean-up song - "clean up, clean up, everybody". He's already learned so much from them, and I get a peace knowing he's also learning about God and Jesus.
The two people that come over every day to work with Don are strange. Tammy and Tim. They are both in their 20's and seriously lack manners!! I'm not sure what they were taught growing up, but what happened Monday night really upset me. I cooked dinner - pork chops. Tammy doesn't like pork chops, so I thought it was just me, Don, Cooper and Tim. But Tammy was really hungry and wanted to eat. Before I got the table set (spinach was still on the stove), Tammy and Tim just started eating! They ate, and ate and didn't say a word. They were done and got up before Don and I were even half way finished with our meal. Don and I talked and we decided that we would talk to them and set the rules. We have kids that we are trying to raise to be respectful and have manners and we don't want them to see this type of behvior and think it's OK to eat and run. The new rule, we sit at the table and before ANYONE (except maybe Cooper) starts to eat, we pray. Then everyone stays at the table until everyone is done. Then we all get up and begin to clean up. I've struggled to get Don and Joseph on beard with this and now that I have, I don't want these two to mess it up.
The other thing that bugs me is that Tammy uses my milk (that I take my vitamins with everyday) as her creamer in her coffee. I should say my coffee that she makes every day. That has to stop as well. I will occasionally feed them dinner, but I will not support someone elses habit!!
That's all for now.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Blogger is having trouble with pictures today - so I'll post pics of Liberty's present later.
Update: Here are the pics - I made her a MD burp cloth and a modified MD bib.
Also this weekend - I received my swap pal dish cloths. I just love them. She did such a great job! I'll post more later - when blogger lets me post pics!!
Update: Here are the pics - thanks again Stephanie! You can see more about Stephanie at www.stephanieknits.blogspot.com
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Cooper's "baby" has been missing since last night. (Baby pictured here on Cooper's lap) Don and I searched and searched and couldn't find him. So, I had to put him to bed last night without Baby. It wasn't easy. I just told Cooper that Daddy would find him. He eventually fell asleep - but it was late. This morning, my MIL retraced her steps with him yesterday and Baby was nowhere to be found. So began the online search for another one. Don finally motivated himself at some point (I'll explain in a minute) and did another search. I asked him to check the garage. Sometimes on the way into the house, Cooper will get side-tracked by a tool or something else he isn't supposed to touch or play with and drop Baby like a hot potato. Anyway - my husband listened to his all-knowing wife and began the search around some of his favorite sites in the garage. Sure enough - Baby was behind the bin of dog food! THANK GOODNESS Baby was found.
And now - on to the husband. He thinks he's on his death bed. I swear he's worse than Cooper when he doesn't feel good. He just has some sinus drainage (no fever, no sore throat) and he thinks he's dying. Last night when I got home from work, he was in bed watching TV and had his jammies on. When I got up this morning, there was an empty Crown Royal bottle on the counter (he didn't drink it all - there was only a little bit left) and other evidence where he made himself a hot toddie (I think that's how it's spelled?). And today, he took a morning nap because he didn't sleep very well. He got up and found Baby - but he probably went back to bed. Men are pansies!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Can you believe that I paid $2.26 for gas this morning! YIPEE!
Also, I have to do a BUNCH of knitting this week. I have a baby shower to go to this Sunday, and I'm not done with one thing and haven't started the other gift. I need to get a move on! I'll post pictures after I gift them.
Monday, September 11, 2006
I've also been listening to the CNN pipeline of 9/11/01. They are replaying their broadcast exactly as it was broadcast on that day. It's amazing listening to it. I remember the chaos, but not the extent of the chaos.
I pray for those mourning those lost, I pray for the rescue workers still suffering and I pray for our country. God Bless America. In God We Trust. Amen.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
Last Thursday, Cooper and I left with Aunt Debbie and Uncle Freddy to the Annual Family Reunion. I love the we do this every year. I just wish I lived closer so that I could see everyone more. It was an eight hour drive and Cooper did great! I didn't even have to hook up the DVD player! He was facinated with all the "big trucks" on the road and made sure to point each and every one of them out to all of us. We had great fun visiting with everyone and most importantly, Cooper got to interact and play with his cousins. Cooper only got to hang out with his Pawpaw for a day - Dad couldn't make it to the reunion, he had to work - total bumber! But he did hang out with his Nana and he like that a lot.
I did a little knitting, but not too much - there was a lot going on.
Monday, August 21, 2006
I haven't heard from my mason dixon swapcloth pal yet. This is my first ever swap, I hope I didn't get a dud!
Friday, August 11, 2006
I have been knitting away at my sock. I even put in the marker so that I would know the beginning of each round. However, I have forgotten to mark all my rounds. I have no IDEA which stinkin round I am on. Oh well - these are just for me anyway. When I got home last night, I pulled it out of my bag to show it off, and the hubby's first statement was, "what is it supposed to be?", and I say "a sock" and he replys "a sock for who?" I say "me!" and he says "oh" and then made a few facial expressions. He has no vision!
Thursday, August 10, 2006
I always seem to have a dishcloth on the needles - here's the latest one - along with the project bags that my mom is making. They are SOOO much cuter than the zip-lock bags I was using. Definately need more bags!
Cooper's birthday is coming up and I'm still just planning away. Trying to get everything in order and ready for the big day. I can't believe he's going to be TWO!
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
This is my latest project from the MDK book. I just love all the projects in there. This is a moss grid hand towel. I started it some time ago and I put it down, and forgot to pick it back up. So, I did some more last night after Cooper went to bed. This one is a little more complicated than some of the simple stuff I do when Cooper is awake. Look out family - you may see this again around Christmas!!
Last night at dinner, Joseph wasn't paying attention to him. Cooper kept calling him in a normal tone, "Joseph, Joseph". Joseph didn't respond so Cooper yelled "JOSEPH BROOKS". And we all just died laughing. Now, I'm Mommy Brooks, and there is Daddy Brooks, Cooper Brooks (he pronounces it Coopah Books) and his favorite to say over and over is Joseph Brooks!
Monday, July 31, 2006
We had some great fun, Jeff and Sydney came up to see us for a few days, so the cousins got to play together. We went swimming a few times out on the boat. And once Cooper saw Sydney jump off the side of the boat, Cooper just had to do it too! I almost had a heart attack - but he was having so much fun! It was just pure joy on his little face. Here's a couple of pics, and there's a lot more if you click the link on the right.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I have lots of these dishcloths! They are so much fun to knit. I have also modified the ballband pattern (the square one) to make it into a kitchen towel. I haven't started it yet - but I'll post it when I do. I'm also working on a tea cozy for a friend at work. I love having several projects going at once!! A friend of mine at work bought several of my dishcloths. She also knits with me during lunch, and wanted to give hand knits to a bunch of people for Christmas, she just didn't think that she could do it in time. So, she bought some of mine. She said it lifted some "knitting stress".
This is the burp cloth that I made for one of Don's friends that just had a baby - and he has another friend who's wife is expecting, so I have another one on the needles as well. These are really fun to knit too! Also from the Mason Dixon Knitting book that I just love so much.
My mom has already asked for socks for Christmas. I think I'm ready to give it a try. I've been longing to try double-pointed needles, I suppose this is my opportunity! I'll let her pick out the sock yarn when I'm there next week.
Cooper is very excited to go on the "big airplane"!!
Thursday, July 6, 2006
Cooper is constantly doing something new that amazes me every day. Since the day he came home from the hospital, I have rocked him and soothed him by singing "You are my sunshine". It worked like a charm for some time. Before Cooper could communicate well, I would still sing that song to him and when he didn't want to calm down or go to sleep, he would put his hand over my mouth to stop me from singing so that he wouldn't have to sleep (or maybe it's because I sing poorly - and he's a baby genius!). Lately, he loves to sing songs (I sing loudly and poorly and he smiles and asks for more!). I sing the ABC Song, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and of course, You Are My Sunshine. Last night, I asked him to sing it by himself, and right on cue he sang, "dible dable my sunshine, mine sunshine, um hatty, labe labe gay". Well, I jumped up and applauded like he had just received a The Noble Prize! I was just about the proudest mommy in the world! And then just this morning (as I do every morning) I ask Cooper to tell daddy good morning - and today - on cue - he said "mornin daddy". Again, I was the proudest mama!!
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
This past weekend was great. We were busy, busy people. Saturday, was our company picnic at a ranch. We all had fun. Joseph stayed in the game room most of the time, Don played poker and me and Coopie hung out with friends. I took Cooper and Joseph to the petting zoo (which was just petting and feeding the animals through the fence). Cooper liked the goats (especially the baby one, it was close to his size) and the sheep, but not so much the cow. It's head was bigger than Cooper, so he didn't want much to do with him. Joseph was soo good helping his little brother!!
Saturday night, Don and I went out with a group of friends and had a great time. We didn't get home until 1:30 and I just knew that I was going to be tired in the morning - and that was going to suck. And it did. But at 11:00 AM, Don, Cooper and I laid in our bed to watch TV and all three of us fell asleep - for two hours! It was GREAT!
Back to Saturday night. I realize that it's been a while since I've gone out like I used to - and maybe I'm just getting old, but the stuff that was happening on the dance floor bordered on vulgar! I'm all for going out, having fun, having a few drinks, flirting, etc, but there were things going on between people that didn't even know each others names!! It was sad really, because clearly there were a lot of drunk people doing things that they probably wouldn't do if they were sober. I dunno - but some of it was gross!!
I have been knitting like a mad woman. I have lots of friends having babies (all little girls) and with my new book that I am completely obsessed with - Mason Dixon Knitting - I am knitting all kinds of cute little things. I'll post pictures when they are done.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I've been on a couple of knitting blogs recently, and it seems that I am not the only one that can't seem to stop knitting. I knit daily. My latest inspiration is the book Mason Dixon Knitting. I pack it back and forth - to and from work - just in case I want to look at it. Sick huh? Oh well, there are far worse obsessions than books!! I've been knitting these dishcloths lately. They are really fun to knit. Don says I should try something a little more challenging like a sweater, but I'm afraid that I have to wait on that. I have to knit things that I can throw down and pick back up - with nosey little toddler, I can't really work on complicated projects yet. But I will - eventually.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Cooper woke up crying at 3:30 this morning. So I went and got him and put him in bed with us. All was fine after that. As I began to get ready for work, I walked out of our bedroom to get some more coffee, only to return and see this. This is scary. From day one, Cooper has made the same facial expressions as his father, and now look! Mini Me!
Wednesday, June 7, 2006
Cooper and I went to Firewheel Church for the first time two Sunday's ago. I went plenty early so that I could hang out in the nursery with Coop before church started. This worked pretty well, but I was definately distracted during the service - guilt and worry (and the topic of the service was part 2 of a 2 part series on the Divinci Code, which I have no interest in). When I went to get Cooper we both had tears in our eyes. I decided I HAD to stick to it and go again. So last Sunday, we went again. The pastor was on vacation, so there was a guest speaker that was really good. Cooper had a hard time and was really clingy in the nursery. When I dropped him off, he was crying and calling for me, so I sat outside where he couldn't see me and waited for him to calm down - all the while, I was crying and my heart was breaking. When I went to get him, he ran from across the room to get to me and knocked over a little girl that was in his way! I know it's going to be hard, but I also know I have to keep going and keep putting Cooper in the nursery. Hopefully he'll get used to it and enjoy it.
Then last night, some kids from the church stopped by to invite Joseph to the service tonight! He said he wanted to go! I was so excited and so proud!
Monday, June 5, 2006
One might think that because of my obsession with knitting dishcloths, that I might enjoy doing dishes. I actually just enjoy knitting these easy, fast little projects. I might actually do a couple of towels like these new dishcloths that I am working on. I wonder if I used a new dishcloth from my stash each day, how many days would go by before I had to wash them all? This is a new style that I am trying. They are really fun to knit. I saw these in the book Mason Dixon Knitting - a book that I am totally obsessed with. Should I seek out a 12-step program?
Thursday, June 1, 2006
We had a great Memorial Day weekend - we didn't do much, just hung around the house, but it was fun. We got Cooper a swing and that's all he wanted to do all weekend long.
Saturday, we went to one of Don's cousins graduation party, and Cooper wore his new sailor suit - it was just too cute!!
And on Sunday, Cooper went to church for the first time. He stayed in the nursery and had fun. He did better than I thought- even better than I did. I only cried twice!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Cooper discovered dirt - he just kept rubbing it all over himself. He was very proud of himself! I have new knitting that I need to post about, but it's a gift for my friend Hills, so I can't post about it until she gets it - and in order for her to get it - I have to send it! I'm such a bum!
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Cooper was being silly last night, so I grabbed the camera to snap a few shots, but all I got after the first picture, are shots of him trying to touch the camera. He kept saying, "but, but" meaning he wants to push the button. I may have to find a broken camera or buy him a kiddie camera for him to play with.
What in the heck am I going to do with all these dishcloths? Hi! My name is Lisa...I'm addicted to knitting these dishcloths.
And here is my $1 yarn! It was only a buck - I had to buy some, but now I have to figure out what to make with it - probably a scarf.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
I'm going to side bar here - being a step mom isn't easy - and typically step kids aren't easy on them either. My step mom and I get along great now - but in my teen years, we didn't. I wasn't exactly a dream child. My step mom and I weren't always kind to each other back then, and we have both acknowledged that to each other - all has been forgiven and we don't bring it up - unless we are joking around. We have a love for each other as family - and a respect for each other as women. Having said that, the "tough love" she (and my own mother) taught me growing up made me the person I am today. Carol (my step mom) taught me to do my own laundry at the age of 12, and I've done it ever since. That also taught me some responsibility and consequences. For example, if I didn't do my own laundry, magic fairies we not going to fly in while I slept and do it for me. If I didn't do it - it wasn't going to be done. I learned quickly, that if I wanted to wear my favorite Outback Red shirt to school, I needed to make sure it was clean. This also taught me responsibility and consequences in other areas as well. Both my mom and my step mom did a great job of helping me learn these life lessons on my own. I'm sure it wasn't easy on any of my parents to sit back and watch me make mistakes, but they were mistakes that I learned from and usually never made again. I've made such a big deal about this because Joseph's mom does everything for him - but not in a good way. She tells him what to wear, what to eat, how to cut his hair, she doesn't let him do laundry or even load/unload the dishwasher by himself - hell, I tought him how to use the microwave a couple of years ago! Because she does all of this for him, he can hardly form an opinion on his own!
Which is why I decided to give him ONE task - his own laundry - while he's with us. He would have to learn that if he didn't have any clean socks, it was nobody's fault but his own. I really felt I was right about this - but my husband sided with his mom. He's only here for a short time, blah, blah, blah. This upsets me three ways: 1. My MIL thoughtlessly did something I specifically asked her not to do, without talking to me about it first - in my own house, mind you 2. It underminded any authority I thought I might have where Joseph is concerned and 3. My husband sided with his mother against me. The first one hurts - but number three really stings.
This is why I think that being a step mom is harder than being a mom. I want to teach Joseph to be a responsible member of society, but because he isn't my kid - I can't do it the way I would like.
I realize that this all came about because of some laundry - that I didn't even have to do - but that's not the point. My point is that this is my house. I would like my house run a certain way and my kids raised a certain way. There is one too many adults in my house!!
Monday, May 1, 2006
Look at all this family fun! Don was playing "ride the horsey" with Cooper and Joseph was laughing so I suppose Don was feeling nostalgic - so he made Joseph get on the horsey, too! Then Joseph put Cooper on his knee and it was just too cute. Silly times this weekend.
Cooper was so funny this weekend. He learned "OK". I would ask, "do you want some juice?" and he quickly respond "OK!". He said it everytime I asked him a question - really cute!
Cooper also kinda freaked out about his shorts. He was in the romper in the picture above, and he kept trying to pull the ends of his shorts down to his ankles saying over and over again, "pants, pants, pants". He was a little distressed about it and there was some anxioty in his little voice. Don and I kept telling him that everything was OK, and that there is no evil in shorts, and it did take some convincing. My MIL kept telling me about him doing this, but when I put shorts on him on the weekends, he didn't make a big deal about it. I wondered why when I came home from work everyday he was in sweat pants! I put all his sweat pants away and just put shorts, t-shirts and other summer clothes in his drawers. Hopefully, the MIL won't give in and put sweats on him - it's going to be 90 today!!
It's been a full week on the sippie cup and all is fine with our boy! He has only occasionally asked for a bottle, but takes the cup just fine. The key to this success, I believe, was hiding all the bottles from my MIL!!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Rocks!! I don't know what I'm going to do about this one! He found these in the back yard, and would put them in the plastic bowl, then dump them out. This activity kept him busy for a while outside. Then, when it was time to come in, he pitched a FIT! So, I reluctantly agreed to let him bring the rocks in the house, since I needed to get dinner started. He immediately dumped the rocks on the floor, played for a few minutes, and left to terrorize another area of the house. I didn't realize he had walked away, until I turned to get something out of the refrigerator and stepped my bare feet on the rocks he was no longer interested in. I have to admit, I am not doing a very good job of teaching Cooper to pick up after himself. I get frustrated and just pick it up myself. I need to be a little more patient. But, it is cute to watch him play with the rocks! All those great toys of his, and he likes the rocks. Note to self: Stop buying Cooper toys!
I can't stop knitting these round dishcloths! I can't even stop knitting them long enough to sew them up! I just throw them aside and grab my needles and start another one! Who the heck am I going to give these to? I can only use so many of them! I'm totally obsessed. Oh well, I guess I'm just substituting I suppose. I used to smoke, but now I guess I've just replaced it with knitting!
Monday, April 24, 2006
We decided on Saturday, that Cooper needed to give up the bottle. We tried this once before, but then Cooper got a stomach bug, and needed to drink a lot of fluids. It was easier to do this with a bottle, so we gave in. Then, we wouldn't pick up another cup. So when Cooper got up on Sunday morning, I gave him a cup of milk (instead of a bottle) and he drank it, but he didn't like it. He would stand at the gate and cry "papa, papa" which means food in Spanish. I soon realized that he wasn't hungry, but trying to get me to take him to the pantry so that he could get a bottle. But, Mama was a step ahead. I hid all the bottles. The real test will be today with his grandma - she's a huge sucker!! But, I didn't tell anyone where I hid the bottles.
Here we are playing in the back yard last night after dinner - Cooper didn't want to play with the motorcycle - he wanted the mud! I watched in horror when he stuck his finger in some mud, and ATE IT! It was so gross!
Monday, April 17, 2006
Cooper had fun, even though he felt bad. He had a really bad allergy day with a runny nose and really watery eyes. Poor baby. As you can see, he still liked playing. This first picture is Cooper on the trampoline at his Grandmas house when she was having a garage sale. He really liked it.