Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This year for Christmas, Courtney didn't say very much about wanting anything. As we have reached the 'dreaded teen-age years' it only made it harder to shop for her. I came up with the idea of her having her own i-pod, and getting her a Nintendo DS-I. As you can see by the look on her face, she didn't even know she wanted these things in the first place.
To me, this expression makes all the running around, staying up late wrapping, and 'stress' of the season worth it!
Jilly had no idea she was getting the 'Giddy Up Go Pony', we had told her to wait for her birthday, so she about came out her skin when she unwrapped the box. (I had Jeff assemble it, and I wrapped the box.)
Monday, January 25, 2010
We have been calling Cooper 'Swiper' since she has started grabbing anything she can reach. Well, today we were at my mom's house (doing yet more laundry) and we had Dora on in the background. Well, they got to the "Swiper no swiping" and before the TV could say it Cooper busted out with "AAAWWWWW MAAAAN!" My mom and I were allmost in tears.
I apparently tell Cooper to wait...ALOT. IF she wants you to wait for something, she will look you straight in the face, and with her pointer finger of her right hand tell you "Waaaaay....waaaaay." I love it, they say mimicking is the best form of flattery!!
For now that's all I can think of, it's late so I'll resume with Christmas tomorrow (yes I know I'm being optimistic!)
I must admit, most of our Christmas traditions come from my side of the family. But in all fairness to me, Jeff did walk into a situation where traditions were already in place. But one tradition he brought with him was PJ's on Christmas Eve. The kids open and then wear to bed brand new PJ's. Some years, we have even been known to wear those PJ's all day, even when visiting other people's houses!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
With that being said, cookies were made, kids were happy, and it was time to share cookies with Miss Carol and Mr John. With coats on, Jilly, Riley and I walk down the driveway, and up John and Carol's and we meet Mr. John who was unloading his car. Jilly said "Mr. John, we have cookies for Miss Carol."
He replied " She's in the house taking care of Amy (their very sick dog) so I'll just take these in the house. Do I get to eat some of them too?" (Little did he know what he was about to hear!)
Jilly, with a very serious look on her face turns to him, with her finger in the air and blurts out "You may have one, the rest are for Miss Carol and Santa!"
And the laughter rolled! John could hardly breathe he was laughing so hard. And at some point my Dad had come out to talk to John about a football pool, and he was in tears. It was all I could do to walk back into the house!
Later that day I caught Carol in the back yard, and she said John had told her all about it, and all she had to say was "At least she was willing to share any of them with him. She could have told him 'no', but she shared..."
I love the way Carol can make me smile, and see things in a new light. I will forever be grateful for their friendship over the years.
My girls love to help in the kitchen. As a reward for helping Courtney make single serving cheesecakes (and also for not trying to kill each other) I let the kids lick the beaters. It seems to me a rite of passage...who doesn't remember licking the beaters or the bowl as kids?!?
I love the tongue!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Jilly "What the heck in the world?" Because Courtney says "what the heck" and I say "what in the world" so Jilly just put the two together and came up with her own.
pony show hair = Jilly would like two braids in her hair (the same way she has to wear her hair for a horse show)
The rest of these are all Cooper;
dow = down
na-na = donought (no idea where it came from...)
Bubby = Buggy. Not sure where this came from, but now we all seem to call Courtney Bubby instead of Buggy. She seems to like it...we'll see if it sticks.
nie-nie = night night. It means "Excuse me people, have you not yet realised that it is time for me to get my cuteness sleep?!?"
pot-pot = Pop-pop. When ever we pull in the driveway of my parents house Cooper goes through a little roll call. "Pot-pot, Gra-ma, goggies, COOKIES". And this happens every time we go over!
cu = cup. 'nuff said.
new-nulls = noodles. My kids eat alot of noodles these days.
bean-bean = green beans
fi-fi's = fishies, or Goldfish. One of Cooper's favorite snacks.
peeeeeas = is her version of cocking her head to one side and with the eyelashes batting giving you a very cheesy "PLEAAAAAAAAASE?!?!"
rye = right, or all right
That's all I can thing of for now, but I have a slip of paper that I keep jotting these down on so I can remember.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Poor Little Miss Cooper...after a long morning of cooking, she was very tired. I decided to try (and I stress the word try) to get Cooper to lay down in the play pen at Granma's house. To my surprise (and great pleasure...) with in 5 minutes she was OUT! Not only did she fall asleep, she stayed asleep for almost 2 hours while we were still cooking (that translates to making a BUNCH of noise in the kitchen not 5 feet from where she was sleeping). Now this is yet another case of Cooper and Jilly being polar opposites. Jilly will NOT sleep any where but her own bed. It would appear that as long as (for now) Cooper has her binky and her blankly, she will pass out (she gets that from me, I can fall asleep anywhere anytime!)
Jilly and Granma making meatballs for our "traditional" appitizer dinner durring "Chineese Firedrill" on Christmas Eve.
More meatball "smashing" as Jilly dubbed it.
One of my favorite things about Christmas growing up, was being able to see Grammy and Little Pop-pop at Christmas. Grammy has always made THE best almond cresent cookies I have ever eaten. I've tried in the past to make them, but thanks to my Mom, we pulled it off this year. It was so comforting to have that memory from my childhood to share with my girls. (...I say girls cause Wyatt doesn't eat cookies yet!)
Good chef in training...never leave a dirty kitchen!!!
Could rolling out cookies BE any more boring?!?
We told Jilly to roll the dough into snakes.
Dredging cookies in powdered sugar...the finishing touches.
To hear Jilly tell it "Daddy pushed mt too fast, and I tipped." She did tip over a few times, more from the leaning WAY over the side...but you can always blame the Daddy!
Courtney took turns with the little ones in her lap. I just love the full out smiles these two have!!