Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Last Sunday, we attended Thomas Fredrickson's farewell. Cadence loves Thomas and his girlfriend, Sharli. She will miss him every time we go to Mimi's house for the next two years. We visited them on Monday and she asked where Thomas was. She knows that he is a "missionary teaching people about Jesus." Goodbye and good luck in Brazil!!! Last Saturday, a lady I visit teach got baptized. She just came from Samoa about 2 months ago to live with her auntie. Hallelujah and Cecil (her nephew) have come to play before. She is such a sweetie! She started taking the discussions and 10 days later was baptized!
The weather was quite nice. We loaded up the sleds and marched onto the frozen lake to set up our first spot. Chris started drilling and learned that our auger needs to be sharpened.
We got through the thick ice and started fishing. Cadence is a funny fisherwoman. She puts the pole down the hole!!! Needless to say, we didn't have any bites. We decided to try another spot where Bretton has had success in the past (by the car graveyard.) We packed up and pulled our camp to another spot. Unfortunately, we had no success there either. NO BITES! NO FISH!
Fortunately, we still had fun. Cadence loved playing with the fishing poles, Tenny and climbing on the old cars. I was glad we borrowed the pole stands from our neighbor Aaron so I didn't have to hold a pole AND Cooper at the same time. He is so HEAVY! The conversation was good and the scenery was amazing. There are few thing more beautiful than snow covered mountains.
Chris got in touch with him that evening and they made arrangements to ordain him the next day which happened to be Presidents Day! Everyone showed up at the church again and Chris was ordained. Chris is now one of the old people in our ward (ha, ha), but not really. Today, Chris was ratified as a High Priest by our ward because the bishop forgot to do it last week. He went to High Priest group today and I asked him how it was. Chris' reply was, "There is a very different energy level." Our ward's High Priests are mostly 70 or older!!! Congrads Chris!!! Those who stood in on the ordination were: Bishop Russ Akina, Maurice Thomas, Curtis Williams, Bretton Hadfield, President Hislop (from the Stake Presidency), and Alex Akina.
Friday, February 20, 2009
This month he acquired many new skills. He loves anything with buttons, wants to drink from a regular cup, imitates some sounds (like raspberries, nibbling, and eating motion), reaches for objects and moves when he is on his belly, talks loudly and squeals, makes a kissing-type sound, says "da-da-da," "bu-bu-bu" and "ma-ma-ma," and turns on the water at the sink. He loves taking showers, chewing on a foam sword, eating the TV remote, standing and jumping (with help), sucking on spoons and forks, and being held by mom!!! He started eating Stage 2 foods and loves all the new flavors. He really wants to eat big people food and is fussy at meal times because he is eyeing my food! He has very fast hands and is able to grab my plate. He has pulled it on the floor a couple of times. Cooper is the blow-out king! Because his digestive system is trying to adjust to food, he is extra explosive! Even with size 4 diapers, he leaks and has messes ALL THE TIME! Cooper is a momma's boy and wants to be on my lap all the time (if he can see me.) He still puts everything in his mouth and has a goopy eye that he doesn't liked cleaned/washed. He got a runny nose for a few days this month and didn't want it wiped by adults. Between his goopy eye and runny nose and him rubbing the slimes all over his face, he looked very...interesting (like an orphan)... at times.
Cooper loves playing with Cadence. He squeals with delight (which sometimes makes Cadence cry because it is so loud and high-pitched.) They have a lot of fun together. He likes to play with her hair (pulls it) and give her kisses. Cadence says she doesn't like his kisses because they are wet. Cooper is so heavy! My back is starting to hurt from carrying him around and picking him up so often. He is no where near sleeping through the night. He still wakes up 3 to 4 times and has a hard time falling asleep without being held.
Cooper's hair is growing longer and thicker and turning a light color. He definitely does NOT look African American. I like to spike his hair when we go to church. He looks like a very cool dude!!! But above all else, Cooper loves to smile! He smiles most of the time especially when he looks at me! I love my huge mini-Cooper!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
When I asked Chris what he wanted for Valentine's/his birthday, he said, "STEAK." We had rib eye steak and Shrimp a la Cecy on Saturday and Monday. It was so yummy - better than we would have eaten at an expensive restaurant (and much cheaper)! Eat your heart our Hamilitons, Maddox and Copper Mill!
She was going to have to freeze the one on Cadence's eye to remove that one, but one try at that sent Cadence into a crying frenzy. The last couple of days has been traumatic ones for Cadence. She doesn't want to change her clothes, go potty, take off her diaper or let us see her "itchies." Scabs have formed on many of the little bumps. Hopefully, they won't scar. We have a return appt in 3 weeks. I don't know how she will take going back to the doctor. Needless to say, our family has been traumatized by the "itchies." We hope this molluscum goes away soon!!!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
When we got there, Cooper was asleep. He fell asleep in the 3 minutes it took us to drive to the park. We laid him in the sled with Cadence and pulled them around together. After about 15 minutes, he woke up and both kids enjoyed the evening. Dad walked around the rink pulling the kids. I ran. If I tried walking, Cadence would say, "No Mom. You go fast. Dad goes slow!" Unfortunately, the big lights used to light the ice rink were off so the pictures are dark. However, the Logan temple looks very cool lit up in the background. It was a slightly foggy.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Last week, I took him down for his photo shoot. This is a picture of it! Very fine looking model!
Too bad they didn't get a picture of his face because it much cuter than his back!
Of course, Cadence had to get in on the action!!! She wanted to strip...her shoes off and dance around like a silly girl.
The article should be in today's (Wed.) newspaper. I don't get the paper so I'm not sure it is, but that is what the writer of the article told me. Unfortunately, the article is not online. So if you get the newspaper and there is a picture of a male baby with a pudgy, handsome back, that is Mr. Cooper!!!
***OK, I checked the paper and it is not there! If anyone has the paper and sees him in the next couple of days, please let me know so I can go buy one! THanks!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday night, we drove to Fruit Heights so Chris could receive his award with his group. I was a little nervous to hear that the awards were called "beads." Since Chris is from Louisiana and participated in Mardi Gras back when he was young and "unreformed," I am slightly familiar with what "earning beads" means. I asked Chris if the scout beads were earned for doing the same as at Mardi Gras. Thankfully, the answer was "NO!"
So here is my cute husband with his Woodbadge certificate and beads around his neck (behind the certificate.) Way to go, Chris. You are a cheese!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Chris invited Alex and Sterling Fife over for the date. I failed to get a babysitter for the kids so it was more like a family activity. It was so fun and yummy. Sushi is easy to make!!! Sterling and Chris cut the veggies and other food (carrots, avacado, cucumber, cream cheese, raw salmon, halibut and shrimp). The fish we used was what Chris caught in Alaska this past summer!
Chris cut it! And all three of us ate it!!! We love eating with chopsticks! Even Cadence figured out how to use them!!! She stabs her food!
I think someone should open a restaurant where you get to make your own sushi rolls! That would be a huge hit! I would go!
I think sushi night will become a monthly tradition!
Friday, February 6, 2009
So every Tuesday and Thursday, I get Cooper dressed and drag Cadence out of bed (she is a little stubborn in the morning about waking up, getting dressed and letting me do her hair), and head over to the church for my sanity. I LOVE IT AND SO DO THE KIDS!
Cooper sits by me and eats toys.
Cadence exercises with me until she sees something fun the kids are doing and then she runs around in her footed pajamas with them. We do about a half hour of step aerobics and 20-30minutes of other conditioning likes abs, upper body, lower body, etc. This is such a blessing for me! Thanks Melanie. I'm grateful to be in a ward that has such useful and fun events. Does this not scream that the church is true?