Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas Program

I could not wait until Cooper's Christmas Program. I just knew that I would cry out of joy at the thought of my son's first program - but we laughed so hard that we cried. The video is shakey and not great - because I was laughing so hard.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I may have lost my mind

After much conversation, Don and I decided that it just isn't possible for us to go to my dad's for Thanksgiving. I really wanted to go, but Don has to work on Friday and we were struggling to figure out a way to get Don back in time to go to work. Cooper and I could have gone by ourselves, but then Don would be here by himself for Thanksgiving, but that just isn't right.

Then I decided to ask my mother-in-law to extend the Thanksgiving invitation to her family. Hopefully, I won't regret that call! Her family really is nice, however they have no concept of time. They come and go at their leisure and that can sometimes be late in the evening (I'm an early-to-bed kind of person!).

It should be fine though. MIL mentioned that her mom and Carlos had no place to go for Thanksgiving, and neither did Mike or Anna. They are welcome to come over to the Brooks Thanksgiving Madness! It will definitely be chaotic, as I'm sure Cooper won't nap that day and with all the people, he'll be plenty busy entertaining everyone. Now that I think of it - her family is so strange - no one will come at all! They all complain that no one wants to do anything, no one wants to help out - yet as soon as someone steps up to the plate, they all back out. I think they did that another year? Can't remember.

Cooper is doing great in school. He is learning so much it's just awesome to watch. He comes home everyday singing Christmas songs. I REALLY hope that they will put on a Christmas program where all the little kiddos sing and look adorable.

*UPDATE* Diana's mom wants to stay put - she doesn't want to go anywhere for Thanksgiving. I guess when you are 90, you don't have do anything you don't want to do! This means far less of her family will show up at my house - and it's debatable if she will show up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bike Rides

The normal defination of a "bike ride" doesn't apply to Cooper. When Cooper says he wants to go on a bike ride, that means that he sits on his bike while I walk behind him and push while constantly repeating, "petal, Cooper petal, steer, steer - don't watch what the neighbors are doing, look ahead" and the phrases repeat for the entire time we are gone. If you will notice in the photo Cooper's left hand is not on the handle bar of the bike - he was waving me away, because he is determined to not have me interfere.
I'm kinda impressed - I took this picture with my Blackberry.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Catching up

It's been such a long time since I blogged - first, Cooper is in school. He goes to a Mother's Day Out program at a local church and he LOVES it. We are going to use this as a guage to see if he's ready for kindergarten next year. Although, Don and I still may hold him back a year.

I started going to school. I've gotten two of my assignments back - both "B". It's a little disappointing, I wanted an A.

I finally gave my first speech in Toastmaster's and I won! I'm glad it's over, but I have to give another speech soon. Can't remember when - guess I should figure that out, huh?

That's enough for the moment. I will try to post more with pics more often.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Very bad blogger

Man have I been lazy! I can't seem to get it together to blog a little bit here and there. Oh well, I don't report to anyone so it doesn't matter to anyone other than me.

Lots and lots has happened since my last post - I have applied for another job within the company and didn't get it. But I have applied for another one and hope to hear something within a couple of weeks. I joined Toastmasters to assist me in speaking in front of others. And the big one - I am going back to school in the fall. I tend to resist change and all this back-to-back change may overwhelm me a bit, but I am going to bite the bullet and embrace it. It's all exciting and terrifying at the same time.

My first prepared speech is August 11, and I start school in September, so that gives me a little break in between big events (won't know about the job for a bit). But more about the job...I just applied a week ago today. On Monday of this week a couple of people came up to me and asked me if I applied for the job. I was encouraged but inquired about how these people would know. It seems the hiring manager is asking EVERYONE I may know about me. I haven't been talked about this much behind my back since high school!!

Speaking of high school, it dawned on me this week that my 20 year reunion is next year!! I need to get on the ball and loose some weight if I want to look good! I can't believe it's been almost 20 years already. I don't feel that old!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Honeymoon is over

Weight Watchers is good - when you stick to it. This last week and a half, I have NOT stuck to it. I went on vacation and it was my birthday. How could I be expected to skip dining out while away from home, and my birthday? Anyway, I'm back on the wagon and hopefully, it won't be too bad on Saturday. I'm also going to change days. Two of the ladies from church go on Tuesday nights, so I think that I'll go then too!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Another loss!

At this Saturday's WW weigh-in, I lost 3 more pounds! Yeah me! However, Pei Wei for lunch today, was probably a BIG splurge. I'll have to be REALLY good the rest of the week to make up for it.

I started knitting a scarf a few days ago, for my self - but then it turned warm here, so I quit! Ha Ha! I'll post pics of it when I'm done.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cooper wants to be a rock star.

Don't worry if you can't understand what he's saying - he makes up the words to his songs. He's a funny boy!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Yes, I had a good first week on Weight Watchers. Without much trouble at all, I lost 3.6 pounds! I was more than a little shocked - and pleasantly surprised. I still won't announce my beginning weight!! Not yet!

Friday, January 25, 2008


I am nearing the end of my first week on Weight Watchers. I have to say, no matter what the scale says tomorrow morning, I'm proud of my accomplishments (don't get me wrong - that scale better show a loss!!). Anyway, I've been good all week. I've stayed within a few points of my daily target - only using a few of my weekly allowance of "splurge" points. Dieting in a large office environment SUCKS! There is always food around, and it's usually not the healthy variety. Just this morning, there were Chick-fil-A chicken mini's in the breakroom. How am I supposed to turn those down? There has to be a way to lower the fat and calories in a sausage biscuit though - I'm really gonna miss that if I have to give that up! I have discovered this week WW Ice Cream and these little chocolate cake things that look like a zinger. Yum Yum. I bought the WW cheese and that is a HUGE help to track the points. Its seems to taste OK, I'm going to try the mozzarella cheese on a pita pizza tonight, so more news on that later.

I haven't told my husband what I weigh. As a matter of fact, I haven't told anyone other than the lady that checks my weight at WW what I weigh. Maybe when it's all said and done, I'll inform others how much I lost! I input my information at the WW online site and my BMI # is in the obese range. Obese? How did that happen? But I realized that obese people have an increased risk of heart disease (which runs in my family anyway) and diabetes (also runs in my family). And, I'm tired of being tired! I'd like to do more and be active for my boy, so let's pray that I continue to do well on WW.

I'm still knitting dishcloths. A couple of friends have been crafting and so I'm going to stockpile a few cloths in the event they do a craft show. I'd love to see how they do. I'm not sure if anyone has an interest in them or not - we'll see.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Weight Watchers

I did it. I joined WW last Saturday. I am terrified of failure, but I have to do something. I have never weighed this much without having a child in my womb. And, Cooper and three now - I can't use the "baby weight" excuse any longer. I won't post my weight on here - it's too embarassing. I won't even tell my husband what I weigh, as I think I weigh more than he does, which FREAKS ME OUT. I have put on so much weight that it's difficult to move around. I can't get up and down off the floor with ease. My knees and feet hurt often. When I bend down the skin around my knees feels like it will cut the circulation off of the bottom of my legs. I'm uncomfortable in public situations and I'm just plain tired of being fat!!

The trouble is, is that I don't drink or smoke any longer and my last vice was food. And boy did I use it. What in the world am I going to do now?

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Cooper seems to know how to subtract - when it's convenient for him. The other night he wanted some Cracker Jacks. We told him that he had to eat his dinner first. Not exactly what Cooper wanted. He wanted just Cracker Jacks for dinner. He finally agreed to dinner, and after he took a couple of bites, he declared that he was done. Don told Cooper that he had to take five more bites, then he could be done. So Cooper took one, and announced that he had four more bites. He then took another bite and declared that he had three more bites left and so on. Don and I were SHOCKED! After the first bite, we looked at each other puzzled and asked "did he just subtract?" He's only three!! And we haven't taught him that. Could he have gotten that off of TV?

Thursday, January 3, 2008


I have been an exceptionally lazy blogger as of late. I can't seem to motivate myself to do it. It's kinda like my laundry - I can't seem to motivate myself for that either!! Also, I've been in a little bit of a funk lately. I can't seem to pull myself out as easily as I used to be able to. Not sure what's going on, but hopefully I'll snap out if it soon. I miss myself!