Nov 23, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

With Isabelle's help, I was able to convince Paul that we should put up the Christmas decorations last weekend. We typically wait until the weekend following Thanksgiving, but for some reason this year I've been ready since November 1st. So we trimmed the tree, hung the stockings, set out the Santas and snowmen while listening to Christmas music. Isabelle had a blast this year and was quite the pro at hanging ornaments.

Hi there, Santa!

Most of my pictures turned out blurry, like this one. The girl was all over the place, making it very difficult to get good quality pictures. :)

Such concentration! (Please notice the grass and trees outside. Only a few hours later and we were buried in snow. A foot and a half later and high winds and Pullman is now a winter wonderland!)

She just loved the fact that the tree has a skirt too!

And of course she needed to try it on.

They both needed dresses, you know!

Cooper slept the entire time. :)

After decorating inside the house, Paul decided to hang the lights on the outside. Later that evening I caught him humming, It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas... I knew we'd get him in the Christmas spirit! Mission accomplished! ;)

Nov 22, 2010

3

... months old that is!

Our little man is three months old today. Can you believe it? As always, I sure can't! Over this past month things have just gotten better and better. Life feels normal now. I'm back to work, we're into a new routine, Paul and I have our specific roles down, the kids are doing great at school, and it feels as if Cooper has been in our family forever. Isabelle is back to her normal self as well and seems to be completely adjusted to life as no longer an only child. We had a couple weeks where she was acting out more than usual and just more whiny in general, which is to be expected, but now she has taken on the role of big sis and wears it proudly. She loves to show her baby brother off and is my little helper. I love to see their bond already developing and can't wait to watch it grow over the years. So all in all, things are good... nah, things are wonderful!

This month Cooper is:
  • sleeping 6-8 hour stretches a few nights a week (sometimes more), but still has some nights where he thinks he needs to eat every 3-4 hours, but I'll take it! Those longer stretches of sleep are just glorious.
  • smiling all the time now. He seems to smile way more than Isabelle did at this age and is just happy about 99% of the time. He's even getting close to giggling... can't wait for those little belly laughs!
  • really laid back and an overall amazing baby. He rarely gets fussy and when he does he's either hungry, sleepy, or needs changed.
  • a drooling machine as of late! If he's like his sister, his teeth are probably getting ready to start poking through in the next month or two so the last bullet may not hold true for too long.
  • a favorite at his daycare. This is not just mama saying that either; his teachers say he is a breath of fresh air since the two other little girls are quite the handful.
  • wearing 3-6 month clothes and it won't be long before he's in 6-9 month outfits. He's huge!
  • his mama's boy and I absolutely love it! We'll see how long it last, but I'm going to take it while I can.

*Gasp! Two posts in a row without pictures... what has gotten into me? Let's just say I've been a little busy lately and haven't downloaded my pictures from my camera to my computer for a while. I'll be sure to have some new ones after Thanksgiving (if not sooner). :)

Nov 20, 2010

Love

  • Cooper now holds onto my hair while he nurses and sometimes while he's falling asleep... love!
  • His little grunts and lip smacks while he sleeps... love!
  • Isabelle's sweet innocence... love!
  • The way she constantly wants to kiss and dote on her baby brother... love!
  • The smell of freshly bathed little ones... love!
  • Group hugs from Izzy... love!
  • Kisses from my babies... love!
  • Cooper's big smiles and almost giggles... love!
  • Isabelle's expanding vocabulary and use of new words... love!
  • Her new found love for princess and dress up... love!
  • The way Cooper just lights up when he sees his sis... love!
  • While in the other room, hearing Izzy talking to Cooper like I do... love!
  • Being a mama to two (in my humble opinion) of the most perfect and absolutely beautiful children... love, love, LOVE!!!
  • Don't worry, I didn't forget about Paul... I also love him more than words and the way he loves our babies too! :)

Nov 16, 2010

Our Happy Boy...

Can
he

get


any

cuter?!
Well, maybe in the next round of pictures, but in the mean time we are just loving this stage! He's smiling and cooing all the time and is starting to look more and more like a little boy. Time is just flying by! He'll be running around in no time so excuse me while I go kiss on his sweet face some more! :)

Nov 14, 2010

Go Cougs!!!

Saturday we attended the first WSU basketball game of the year. We have season tickets this year and love our seats! The Cougs look great so this should be a really fun season! The kiddos seemed to really enjoy it too.

Let me tell you a little about the picture above...

Isabelle was very excited for the game and the weeks leading up to it all she could talk about was seeing Butch the Cougar (WSU's mascot). The last few times she's seen him she's cried. We arrived to the game early and she instantly spotted Butch across the coliseum. She watched him work his way around to our section as he was dancing and greeting other fans, and then he was out of sight for a bit. A few minutes later, there he was right by us! Her eyes started to well up and her lip puckered (he is a pretty big cougar up close so you can't blame her). Paul picked her up and I gave him a pet to reassure her. In the end she didn't cry and did let me snap a quick pick with him, but she was still pretty unsure. After he left she said, "I was just a little nervous, but next time I'll say hi and give Butch a high-five." What a little cutie! I'm sure by the end of the season she'll be hugging and kissing on him.
Coop hung out in the front pack for half the game, slept for a bit, and then looked around at all the people and lights.

Our little Coug fans ready for the game!

And here they are with the game faces on... so serious! :)

And here's the little cutie all excited to see Butch!


Go Cougs!!!

Nov 7, 2010

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Well, we're a little late on this post, but we did have a Happy Halloween. Hope you all did as well! On Friday the kids and I headed into Paul's office to do a little trick-or-treating, stopped by my office and then went into Isabelle's class for a party. Saturday evening we went to a pumpkin carving party at our friends' house and Sunday decorated a haunted ginger bread house with Dillon and then headed out trick-or-treating at a few of our friends houses. It was a fun-filled few days, but by the end both kids were exhausted. We tried to get home fairly early Sunday evening since I started work the next day. The week back to work went really well, by the way. I miss being home with the kiddos, but it really is nice to be back and it helps that everyone is so glad to have me back. And now, the pictures. Enjoy!


All the pumpkins (Paul's is the cat).
This one was my favorite. Done by our friend, Adam.

And if you'd like to see more pictures from our Halloween, visit this link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2286143&id=25903893&l=d9b98191aa

Nov 6, 2010

If you didn't already know, Izzy loves Cooper (or DD as she sometimes calls him). And he loves her. I can't wait to see their relationship develop over the years.
She'll always be his big sis... even if one day he doubles her size.

**I'm finally getting around to completing some posts I started weeks ago. So you'll see some with pictures from quite awhile ago, like this one. This was in September. **