Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Grateful for Grandpa

My Grandpa passed away on Monday.  As a granddaughter, I always remember my Grandpa had a distinctly different set of skills and hobbies than most.  And I was always proud of that.

In his younger years, my Grandpa was a rodeo clown (with my Dad playing his tiny side kick). My Grandpa decorated fabulous birthday cakes for his grandkids and he even made beautiful stacked wedding cakes.  He was an amazing auctioneer.  I remember one year, my Grandpa helped with my brother's Boy Scout cake auction and all the kids were so amazed by how fast he could talk.  I have no doubt they made more money that year because of my Grandpa's talent.

When I was in junior high, my Grandpa was still up for anything. I remember when he took me rollerskating at the 49th Street Galleria.  While most parents (and especially GRANDparents) would watch from the sidelines, my Grandpa was right there on the rink with us.

Grandpa, you will always be loved and missed.  That being said, I can't help but feel overwhelming happiness for you.  You lived a good life and are now taking part in a beautiful reunion with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It's comforting to know that God has a plan for you and for all of us.  We lived with Him before we were born and we will continue to live with Him into eternity if we choose.  It's always sad when God calls our loved ones home, but we can be certain that their spirits live on

We love you Grandpa.  Say hello to Cooper and Sloan's Grandma Dorine and Uncle Sherril for us!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Like Brother, Like Sister

Sloan, 15 months.

Cooper, 22 months.

Does our family know how to rock a diaper hat, or what?!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sloan at 17 Months

Sloan is almost 18 months old.  She is quick to laugh and a total girl.  Whenever she is in a bedroom she will open all the drawers, pull out the clothes, and put on layer after layer.  She's constantly taking her shoes on and off and she's obsessed with cell phones.  Yep, her two loves at nearly a year and a half are clothes and cell phones.  When she becomes a teenager we're going to be in real trouble!

Sloan is a pro at the selfie. I frequently find new pictures on my phone that she has taken all by herself. 

Sloan loves her Grandpa Oscar. Here she is wearing about 6 or 7 layers of clothes she picked out!

Sloan has been a slow walker.  Technically she started walking when she was 16 months old.  She's walked from room to room by herself many times.  But if she falls down, or even bends down to get something, she doesn't get back up.  She just reverts back to crawling.  We're not worried.  We know she's fine and she'll get it when she's ready.  That being said, it's still a little frustrating.  I'd like her to start walking so I don't have to keep patching the knees of her pants and pjs.  Plus, she's putting holes in the tops of all her cute new shoes.

Sloan has eight teeth and is getting six more all at once.  The poor girl has had a rough time teething this past month.  I know her teeth hurt and nothing I try seems to help.  Some days are much better than others and I'm optimistic that she'll be back to her old self 24 hours a day after all these teeth come in.

On one particularly bad teething day, I found that playing with cotton balls brought quite a bit of entertainment and distraction.  Hey, whatever works!

Sloan has wonderful fine motor skills.  She can put on big clothing items as well as small socks, she feeds herself with a fork, she can throw a ball, and she's great at the shape sorter.  She still loves meat but has also discovered the joy of sweets.  She is a fabulous cuddle-r, loves playing peek-a-boo and has yet to cry when she's wet and cold fresh out of the bath.  She's got opinions and is quick to say "no."  She signs milk whenever she wants something and is still great at playing chase.  She had her third haircut at 15 months old and started transitioning to one nap a day at 16 months old.

She's our little miss and her adore her with all we have.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Year of the Horse

We went to the Red Dragon restaurant earlier this month for our annual Chinese New Year celebration.  In years past Cooper has been terrified of the dragon dancers and drums.  Thankfully, he overcame his fear this year.  He fed the dragons money for good luck and danced to the drums.  More than Cooper, I was worried about Sloan.  I wasn't sure how she'd handle the loud noise and staying up so late past her bedtime.  Luckily, she handled it like a champ.  She loved the food and clapped the night away to the drummer's beat.

Hello Mr. Dragon. 

A rare Brandy + Sloan + Dave picture. 

The dragons ate money tied to lettuce hanging from the ceiling.  Cooper was so excited to find this lettuce the dragons missed. 

We enjoyed spending time with the family and friends who joined us this year. We hope everyone has a good year of the horse (whatever that means). :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cooper is 4

As my kids get older I find it harder and harder to document every little thing I want to remember.  Their talents, tricks, preferences, and sillies far outnumber what I share on this blog and record in their baby books.  I know one day I will forget something that today seems unforgettable.  Luckily, I know I'll never lose the feeling I get when I reflect on their childhoods and that's what really matters, right?  I'll never forget the way they laughed when they were tickled, how they'd light up when they were excited, and how much I love them.

Cooper with Braxton at the Discovery Gateway.

That being said, Cooper is 4.  Crazy, I know.  Cooper loves school, superheros, playing make believe, and art.

Cooper was so excited about this Avengers bubble bath that he insisted I take a picture and send it to Dave at work. 

His favorite thing to do is to have me draw a specific picture (i.e. Cooper wearing a hat, Iron Man, etc.) and then he'll color it in.  He matches the colors exactly and colors carefully in the lines.  He is very particular when it comes to his pictures.  I picked him up from his primary class one Sunday and he had a giant stack of papers under his chair.  The teacher said he kept messing up and asking for more and more paper!

I found Coop in his room like this a few weeks ago. He made a desk on top of a desk for his coloring. And apparently he was cold!

Cooper loves to entertain.  He's frequently asking me to sit down and watch a show beginning with, "Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. Welcome to the Cooper show."  Cooper loves singing and is often found singing new church or preschool songs to himself.  He loves to show off "his moves", practice his kung fu, and is showing an interest in playing football and soccer with his daddy.  He's starting indoor soccer soon with a bunch of his little friends.  If nothing will be entertaining!

He's a sweet boy who is great at taking naps and giving cuddles, and terrible at going to bed and ending his screen time.  He definitely keeps us on our toes and makes us very, very happy.  And on that note, happy birthday little man!  


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