Thursday, May 22, 2014

All this because he loves me?

From the minute we step foot on school campus, Cooper is always scheming ways to get home. Exhibit A: his Mother's Day card to me:

My mom is special because…she takes me to my house! Of all the things!

Back when Cooper was teensy and hated school a lot more than he does today, I read a lot of books and blogs about separation anxiety. The silver lining, which I'm sure all desperate parents like myself cling to, is that separation anxiety is a sign that kids have formed a strong bond with their parents. I told myself this in the dark days. "Yes, I am such a good mom that my son wants to hurl every time I leave him." Consolation prize?

Today was the last day of school for Cooper, and our last day at the school Cooper has been going to since he was 19 months old. SADNESS! Not only will I miss his sweet little school but it's the end of an era and one more sign that my baby is no longer a baby anymore. I was looking back at my post from the beginning of the school year (here) this morning. I can't believe how tiny he was at the beginning of the year and how HUGE he looks now!

August 2013
May 2014

August 2013
May 2014

One thing that hasn't changed is the waterworks when I leave. Yes, this sweet little face crumples and turns red at the start of our goodbye routine. Every. Single. Time. 

He thinks its hilarious to stand too close to the camera. At least I get a smile. Sigh.
Showing off his artwork!
Maybe next year my sweet boy will work on making me feel like less of an a-hole every time I leave him! In the two years he has been at school, he has never been allowed to go home because of his antics but that never stops him from trying. One thing is for sure, he is persistent! He must REALLY love me!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Rosemary Beach 2014

Ahhhh, vacation. We had such a fun time at Rosemary Beach last year (see post here) that we decided to quadruple the crowd this year. Not only did we have sweet Carrington in tow but we also had three other families join us.

With the four families combined, we had 15 people including 7 children under 5 in one house. It was as crazy, loud and fun as it sounds. And, I am happy to report that despite the few minor emergency room visits that everyone survived and is talking about doing it again next year. Huge success in my book!

Kyle and Cooper drove with another Dad and kid so that we could have a car in case of emergency. Turned out we used the car most of all on our daily trek to the grocery store. Feeding 15 is serious business! Princess Carrington and I were lucky enough to fly with the rest of the group. Travel was a breeze for all of us and we'll definitely be driving next year. I just wasn't brave enough to take a 10 month old who just learned how to crawl and in a rear facing seat on a 10 hour drive. Thank you Southwest Airlines summer flight specials!

Here are some pictures from our trip!

Babies on the way to the airport.

The first day on the beach was a little chilly but the babes had a blast nonetheless. Cooper wanted nothing to do with the pool, just like last year. He was content to stand at the water's edge for hours and "jump the waves". Good workout for all!

Beach baby belly!
Posing with Mom's Dos XX. Only 20 years until its yours little one!
By the end of the week, the water really cleared up and beach time looked more like this:

Cooper heaven.

I have very few pictures of him not in motion!

A breezy afternoon.
Beach hair!
My girl.
The favorite game of the trip, chase the waves!

Gun show.
Mealtime was something for the record books. The mess that was under the table could have fed a family of four! 

Look like a lot of kids/food/sippy cups? Look again. There are two missing!
Lucky for me, there was an extra little mommy to help out!
Sister's two vampire fangs really came in on the trip. Still waiting for the middle four. Ummm...

The "vamps".
Don't worry, Cooper's "planet light" made the trip. It's his newest treasure given to him by our sweet across the street neighbors. He even had it plugged into the car on the drive. You know, just in case he wanted to see Saturn. Crazy kid!

The "pwanet wight".

One night we hit up an outdoor concert. I think we were there for all of two songs but there was ice cream and beer aplenty. Happy crew!

Mommy / Daddy selfie. We need some practice!

Pure happiness on this boy's face.
Sleepy girl.
The worst part of the trip was definitely having to come home. And because I clearly needed help snapping back to reality, I had the trusty TSA to help me out. Thanks TSA, it's a scooter.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Grumpus in the Wumpus

Have you ever wondered who steals socks from the dryer leaving you with less than a perfect pair? What about who leaves you only one square of toilet paper when you desperately need it most? Do you know who leaves the shower light on every single day? Kyle might think these are all things I have done but let me assure you that Cooper has taught me otherwise!

Introducing: The Grumpus in the Wumpus

According to Cooper he is a "tiny, tiny little man" that lives in our house and does all sorts of bad things. Good thing Cooper is in the know about this guy, otherwise he himself might get blamed for a whole lot of wrongdoings!

I often see traces of him like tracks from the water gun that was shot in the house and wrappers from candy that he must have taken out of the cabinet but I can never seem to catch him myself. Tricky little sucker.

One time the Grumpus in the Wumpus even had the nerve to pull the step stool up to the sink and spray water all over the kitchen! Cooper sent him to time-out for that one. (Nice touch, buddy.)

So, if you are ever searching for your missing keys or wonder who left a cup of milk in your car to sour please know that the Grumpus in the Wumpus was responsible. For everything. Future and past. Forever.

Cooper just thought you should know just in case he ever visits your home!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The New Gig

Hi. I'm back…reporting in from the other side. I'm two days in to my new stay-at-home-mom gig and things are pretty rosy!

I reported to my boss' office this morning at 6:15am. He gave me a smile that let me know he was happy to see me. I opened his blinds and watched as he stretched and scrambled out of the room, ready to take on the day.

"MOM! Wet's go watch Paw Patrol! Sit with me! Can I have some nuk (milk)? What are we going to do today?"

My other boss arrived around 6:45am with a sleepy little look on her face.  The three of us sat down to breakfast together and wished their other boss, my co-worker, a nice day at the office.

"Bye Daddy! Have a good day today!"

We are settling into our new routine and I'm even  figuring out how to squeeze a little laundry in between scooter races and play-doh. Priorities, people! Both kids are napping right now so I must be doing something right!

I'm sure there will be days I'm wishing to go into the office, but for now I'm appreciating the little things that are awesome about my new gig. Here are a few I've noted so far.

  1. I went to the grocery store…ON A MONDAY! Did you know that there is no one at the grocery store on a Monday?! I had both kids and was in and out in 25 minutes instead of my usual hour. I parked at the front and got almost everything on my list, which leads me too…
  2. If you forget something at the store, no worries…YOU CAN GO BACK! I'm so used to shopping for the week (during naptime, only on Sundays) that when I got home with no blueberries I was seriously bummed. That used to mean popping over to Whole Foods on my lunch and stashing food in our teeny office refrigerator or waiting until after kids went to bed for a 9pm run, ugh. But today, I just went to the store with Sister after I dropped Cooper at school. Much better!
  3. Workout clothes are acceptable daytime attire! (At least I think they are…) Thank you to the Mom who brought that in style. And yes, they are actually getting used. I'm pretty sure pushing kids in a double BOB is like 18x the work.
  4. I played pretend snowboarding for 30 minutes on a Monday morning! Damn you Paw Patrol for turning my kid on to snowboarding over skiing, but it was still cute and fun.
  5. Kid food is delicious. I'm sure this will be a blow to the waistline (or maybe we'll just call it even with the double BOB-ing), but I have to admit that I do like the sandwich crusts and spare mac n' cheese. Sorry I'm not sorry.
Someone remind me of these on my next whiny/rainy/teething/"my bunny snack wrapper opened down the middle not the side" kind of day!