June 30, 2008

Sky Diving!

Here's what we did tonight right before the kid's bedtime. Great way to get them all wound up right before bed :-)

Our guesstamation is that Steven is about 12 feet in the air.
Gabby, not so high
This was earlier today. Steven found an old pacifier (neither of them ever used one, it's upside down because he doesn't even know how to use it!) and had it in his mouth all day, then made himself a bed on the playroom couch and fake cried until I cam in to see him. Am I not giving this child enough attention or something? Note Gabby's hair.

June 29, 2008

A Weekend Blast

We had SUCH a fun (and busy) weekend. Friday, I FINALLY finished refinishing my dining room table set. Here's the before and after. I'm quite proud of it.




I forgot to take a "before" and this is the only picture I have of it, but you get the idea


Ta-da!




Then, Saturday we had some people over from Steve's flight. I made this dessert and it was so pretty AND yummy!


Brownie Trifle

We had our good friends Josh and Kelli and their daughter Kaitlyn over as well as Dennis and Stephanie whom we had never really hung out with. They are from Germany (Dennis is in the German military and training here with our guys). Steven fell IN LOVE with Stephanie. I don't know if it was the blond hair or the German accent that he liked best but he was smitten. He snuggled on the couch with her and she tucked in into bed that night. So sweet.




Then this afternoon, Dennis and Stephanie came over and made us REAL Schnitzel with a white mushroom sauce. Oh my gosh, it was SO good. Then we all watched Germany and Spain play in the big Euro Final (Germany didn't so so well, Dennis was pretty bumbed out). We had such a nice time with them. At one point, Steven layed down and said to Stephanie, "I'm going nigh-night, you need to kiss me." Yep. That's my son. A little lady's man already. Oh boy, we're in trouble! Here are some pictures from this afternoon.





It was so nice to have people over, we haven't been entertaining much lately and I just love being the hostess. It was a very fun weekend. Nothing beats good company and good food!

The rest of the week is going to be quite busy, too. I'll spend tomorrow and Tuesday grocery shopping, preparing a menu for the week and cleaning my house. Wednesday, Steven's Mom flies in, Thursday his sister, Michelle and our nephews Matthew and Mason fly in and Steve's Dad will drive down. They will all be here until Sunday. We will have a full house! I can't wait. It will be so much fun to see everyone! We went out and bought a new futon for the kid's playroom just for the occasion. So we have a bed for everyone except Steven, who will be on Gabby's floor. But I'm sure he won't mind!

So, that's we're up to this week. Busy, busy, busy! Now you're all caught up!

June 25, 2008

So Cute!!!

I've always loved to shop. Always. But having a little girl to shop for makes it twice as bad! I've been looking at shoes for Gabby for like an hour online. She's 8 months old; so why, you may ask, does she need shoes? This is why:

June 22, 2008

Family Update

It's been a while since I've just blogged about what we're up to. So here it is.

Steven holding up his favorite letter

(And he dressed himself - I really don't put him in mismatching clothes)

Steven will be three in just over two months. I cannot believe that. He's getting so big. He is really into letters right now. He recognises all upper-case and most lower-case letters. So, whenever we're in the car or out somewhere, we constantly hear, "I see a L! I see a A! I see E! I see a S!" And when he's not seeing letters, he's asking these questions, "what does truck start with? What does road start with? What does car start with?" Whenever anything starts with an S, he replies, "Like me! And like snake and Shammu-whale!" He's got the S words down! It's so cool to watch him learn. He often asks me, "Can we do letters?" He's also growing really quickly. He's over 3 feet tall and FINALLY in the size clothes that go along with his age. When he was six months old, he was still in 3-month clothes, in 6-month when he was 9, and so on. He is finally on track. He's almost three and in 3T. And for the first time in two years, I can buy him pants and not have to put tucks in the waist to keep them up. He is completely potty-trained (it only took FOREVER!) and only has the occasional accident. This week, we began working on the whole standing-up-to-pee-thing. It's been messy, but he's getting there.

Gabby standing in play room

Gabby is 8 1/2 months old. She has six teeth, four on top and two on bottom. She is eating every kind of baby food, and a lot of finger foods. Today she had string cheese for the first time. She loved it. She also had a pasta vegetable cheese baby food thing and was not too into it. She is crawling at hyper-speed, standing and 'couch-cruising' on her feet and has a few times, that we've seen, tried to stand in the middle of room without holding onto anything. It only lasts a few seconds but she seems really proud of herself. She has started mimicking her brother, also. The other morning, I was laying in bed listing to Steven playing in his bed. He was going, "Yay, yay, yay, yay!" Then I heard Gabby from her bed, "Yay, yay, yay, yay!" Just as loudly as her brother. They 'talk' to each other a lot in the car. Since she's rear-facing and he's forward, they face each other and Gabby mimics him, then laughs really hard. She really gets a kick out of herself.

Me :-)
I've taken on the job of refinishing our dining room set. It's a light pine table, four chair and bench. It looks way too 'country' for my taste and so I decided to change it. The table and bench are done and this week I hope to do the four chairs. It's been a lot more work than I thought it would be, but it's really cool to see it come together. I'll post before and after pictures when it's all done. Also, this week I have to plan for a party we're having here on Saturday for everyone in Steven's flight (and they're families). I found this cool website that has easy menus and recipes for cooking for a crowd. HERE is the link. It's a really cool site. So I have to pick out menu items, shop for food and get cookin'! Oh! And I took a pregnancy test today....it was negative. I must admit, I was not disappointed. We're not trying (that would be crazy!) but I haven't started my normal monthly cycle yet since having Gabby (over 8 months....woo-hoo! It's been great!) but lately I've been feeling nauseated on a daily basis and got scared! But it's okay...everything is as it should be! :-)



Steve....doing what he does

Steve is constantly busy. When he's home he spends about 70% of his awake-time at the dining room table with charts and papers and books spread all out. Every day of work for him is spent either, in a class, in a flight-simulator or on a flight. When he's ready to take a break (especially on Saturday mornings) he usually wants to go on a family bike-ride. We've been doing that any time the weather is cool enough. There's a road that goes all the way around the whole base and we take it around for 10 miles with Steve pulling the kids. At about the 7-mile point, there's a park we stop at to let the kids play. We also have been going to the base pool on his 'breaks.' We definitely soak in every minute we get to spend with him. I know that when training is over, the deployments will start so I really want to make sure and soak this time up.

So that's what the Kopers are up to this week. Now you're all caught up!

June 17, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday #3

Ten Things I Look Forward To Every Day
1. Steve coming home from work (it's my favorite part of the day....except today when he came home in a BAD mood....ugh).
2. Gabby's morning nap. I just love this time because a) I get a lot of housework done and b) I spend quality time with Steven.
3. When Steven goes to bed and I get the quality time with Gabby (she goes to bed about 1/2 hour after him)
4. When both kids are in bed and I can a) spend time with Steve b) Hear myself think
5. Dinner. We sit down as a family and talk. It's really nice...and I've gotten good about cooking lately, we've been eating less cereal for dinner and more home-cooked meals. Woo-hoo!
6. Shower. I don't get this every day but when I do, man...it is utter bliss. I like the water to be almost-scalding hot and it's at least a 45 minute relaxation session.
7. Socializing. I don't get this every day, either. But I always look forward to it. Tomorrow we have a mommy-and-me play date at Build-a-Bear. I can't wait. I always have more fun than Steven.
8. Shopping. I don't do this every day...OK, I do it almost every day. Seriously. It's bad. Even just a run to Walmart for diapers turns into new headbands for Gabby, fabric to make curtains for the playroom, ribbons, and an hour of looking around...
9. Two-and-a-half Men. It's on Fox from 10-11 every night. Steve and I love this show (We're watching it now). Not that I think about all day, looking forward to it, but at about quarter till 10, I'm like, "Yes! Time for some good, (somewhat raunchy) humor!"
10. Going to sleep. I look forward to this from about 3pm on.

June 10, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday #2

I have been a military dependant almost my whole life. My dad joined before I was born and retired after I was married. The longest I've ever lived in one house is three years and I've lived at 8 different bases. However, in the last 6 months, I have learned more about military life than I did in my entire childhood. Here are 10 things I've learned since Steve joined the Air Force in January.

1. Make friends quickly. Or they'll be gone before you get a chance to know them.
2. It's harder to make friends as an adult. At least as a kid, you're in school 5 days a week with other kids. Now, it's so hard to get out and meet people.
3. Even though health care is free, don't take the kids to the doctor unless it is really necessary. We have to be there 15 minutes early, then wait at least 20 minutes in a pediatric waiting room that has no toys....who's idea was that?
4. When neighbors move and give you all the food from their kitchen, it's like Christmas! (Steve's like, "they brought a bunch of CHEESE!!!!")
5. Not paying utility bills is AWESOME! We crank the air down so far, I had to buy leg warmers for the baby (see my last post for pictures).
6. Shopping on base is cheap and convenient but there are SO MANY old retirees that it takes twice as long to shop because they all want to stop and touch the babies.
7. I can go weeks on end without leaving the base....and not notice until Steve says, "we haven't left the base in weeks, we should get out."
8. F-18's taking off shake my house.
9. There is no work schedule. When Steve had an office job I would have lunch ready at 11:30 and dinner ready at 5:30, now we never know when he'll be home until he shows up and sometimes that's not at all.
10. My husband looks sexy in a flight suit.

June 9, 2008

Bibs and Leg Warmers

The other day, I was folding laundry and every time I picked up one of Gabby's bibs, Steven asked to me to put it on him. Here is the end result - he's wearing about 10 bibs (notice the ones on the back, too) and Gabby's leg warmers - too cute! And he's very serious about this ensemble!




Gabby's little chubby legs get cold crawling around on the hardwood floors, so I ordered her some leg warmers to wear with her onesies and summer clothes. They look so cute. She looks like an 80s dancer!

June 4, 2008

My Sweet Man

I have had a rough couple of days with my 2-year-old. He throws a fit over EVERYTHING and is constantly whining, instead of talking. He gets up at least once a night, and fusses which always wakes Gabby up....it's just been a long couple of days. Today (as I do on all Wednesday mornings) I took the kids to the base library for Toddler Story Time. It's just a bunch of moms from the base who meet there an take turns reading a story or two and doing a craft with all the kids. Steven threw a HUGE fit in the middle of craft time, so I told him, "Mommy's done. We're going home and you are going to bed." He fussed the entire 15 minute walk home. We walked into the house, I was carrying a sleepy Gabby and Steven was SCREAMING. I was so stressed out...then I saw the house.
For some reason Steve was home (he got like a 3 hour lunch from 10-1) and had cleaned the whole downstairs. He had vacuumed, swept, cleared all the clutter from the table, done the whole sink-load of dishes, put away all the clean dishes, wiped down the stove-top and was just finishing up in the kitchen when we came storming in. It made me feel so good. He works so hard, then he has a few hours off in the morning and instead of relaxing, he decides to help me. I put both kids down for naps and had a nice morning relaxing with my sweet husband. We played Family Feud online (we love that game!) and just hung out together. It was so nice. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband. I love you, Steve!

June 3, 2008

Top Ten Tuesday

I read about doing this on another blog. Every Tuesday (or as often as I remember...) I want to do a Top Ten list. A top ten list of.....whatever pops into my head. This week it's a list of things not everyone knows about me.


TEN THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT ME

1. I can touch my tongue to my nose...actually I can put it up my nose... I know.

2. I wear an apron every day, any time I clean anything, I put my apron on first.

3. I own every season of FRIENDS on DVD - I love that show!

4. I lived in England for 8 years of my childhood. I really want to get stationed there again.

5. My favorite movie of all time is The Princess Bride.

6. I think I have a caffeine addiction - I CANNOT go a day without a Coke. I just can't do it... I think I would die.

7. One of my favorite breakfasts is tuna on crackers.

8. I have had the same favorite band since 9th grade, when they released their first album; Matchbox 20.

9. I have a tattoo on my right food. It's a small pink and blue flower. It's really faded and I want to get it touched up.

10. I deal with a stressful day in one of two ways: I pig out or I work out. Yep, it's either really bad or really good. One night last week, I ate an entire row of Oreos and right now I have jello-feeling legs because I just got back from a hard, fast bike ride to de-stress from a long day with a cranky two-year-old.

Okay, there's my Top Ten Tuesday....I have a week to think of another ten things :-)

June 1, 2008

My Garden



I have never been able to keep a house plant alive. Even so, when we moved in to this house and I had a garden for the first time, I decided to attempt gardening. Here are before and after pictures of my front garden. I know, it's not much but I am very proud of myself for keeping these plants alive!

Before

(It took me about 3 hours to dig up the big aloe plant you see on the right side of the stoop...it was a MESS!)

After

I don't know what the big thing on the far left is, it was under the aloe plant and started growing like crazy after I took the aloe out - I thought I'd give it a chance...is it a tree? Who knows.