Tuesday, November 9, 2010


I'm super excited that I'm going home to my Dad's for Thanksgiving!  I will get to visit with friends, hang out with family, and have some great times with family I haven't seen in years!  I had lost touch with my cousins Angela & Tracy years ago - and recently found them on facebook!  I'm super excited to catch up and see their kids again (although they are big kids now) and they will get to meet Cooper.

I was looking around for some things to knit for Christmas and ran across a neat pattern for mini-mitten ornaments.  I am going to try this out this weekend and hopefully post samples soon.

I'm also very excited about this weekend - NO MORE FOOTBALL!!  I'm really looking forward to doing nothing all day!  I hope that works for me!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Proud Mama

Cooper does things all the time that make me proud.  He also does things that make me laugh or just shake my head!  But when a note from school came home about a special appointment, I was overjoyed and beamed with pride!

Cooper has been chosen to be in a program called "Connections".  A couple of times a month, he and another student will have lunch with an autistic student (and his teacher) in a smaller setting than the cafeteria.  This will allow the autistic student to learn to build friendships and learn socialization skills as well.  His teacher said she chose Cooper because she thinks he is a good role model.  Well, so do I!!  Way to go Cooper! 

I am thankful to God to have a child that is caring and compassionate for others.  It is my prayer that this not only has a positive impact on the autistic child - but on Cooper and the other student chosen in this program as well. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My boy has grown...

So much has been going on since I last blogged.  For one, Cooper finished t-ball and we were 1st place!  He is now playing football and is a Cub Scout.  Sometimes I just can't believe how much he has grown!

I went to Target yesterday and saw a display for Halloween themed Kraft Mac & Cheese. I was very excited, because I thought that would go great with the Halloween-themed dinner of mummy-dogs (it's kind of a tradition now). As I put the box away last night, I got to thinking about how much Cooper has grown and I remember when he was little - he called mac & cheese "maroni", and my heart sank.  He's six years old and in 1st grade - when did that happen? 

Cooper - if you read this one day, please know that I love you and I am very proud of you!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Food Revolution

I had been watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on tv ... and I loved it.  I admit, I used to be the kind of mom that put a sandwich and chips in my son's lunch box and carried on.  After watching the series, I have implemented new rules in our house with regards to eating.

First, Cooper's lunch consists of half a sandwich, a vegetable and a fruit (typically carrots or yellow and red peppers with some strawberries or grapes).  I have been proud of myself for taking the time and also, proud of Cooper for eating it and making good choices.

When I got home from work everyday, there was evidence that someone (MIL, Cooper, Don) would have fast food of some kind - EVERY DAY.  You think I'm kidding - I'm not.  Gross!!  Anyway, Cooper has a new rules (and it helps Don eat more carefully as well) with regards to eating after school (and summer eating as well).  I hope the rules will take the burdon off of MIL and Don and they won't become lazy about food.  The rules are:

Cooper's after-school & summer food list

Cooper CAN have:
Peanutbutter and crackers
cheese and crackers
Carrots (or other veggies) with ranch
Ice cream/candy/cakes/pie/cupcakes/cookies/jell-o, etc. ONLY IF he ate ALL of what was given to him and is still hungry.
Water/apple juice/orange juice/milk to drink

Cooper can NOT have:
Ice cream/candy/cakes/pie/cupcakes/cookies/jell-o, etc (see above)
Happy meal or kids meal of any kind from ANY fast food restaurant
Fast Food of any kind
No food at all after 4:30 PM (so that he will have a good appetite for dinner - EXCEPTION is Tball game day when he needs to eat dinner at 5:00)
If he says he is still hungry - water or milk will help fill him up

The above is posted on the fridge...hopefully this will work!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New things...

I received a box of samples from Kraft last night.  I have to say that the Sundried Tomato & Basil Wheat Thins were totally yummy.  I just had them as a snack with some cheddar and it hit the spot!  It will hold me until I am done with my lunchtime shopping trip to Target for some $0.69 Seventh Gen dish soap.  Good deals make me happy!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Don's appointments

Don had a colonoscopy and endoscopy on Tuesday.  The initial results are that he is fine!  Given his symptoms, I wasn't so sure that would happen.  He had two rather large polyps for his age, but they were removed.  Unfortunately, he has to have another one in three years (he's not real excited about that!).

I really think that God is trying to get Don's attention.  I'm not sure, but that is how I feel about this.  This is just another "close call" with Don's health that I don't think he should ignore.