December 22, 2009

We're Ready!

There may not be any snow...or even a chill in the air, for that matter, but it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in our house. I think I am finally ready for the festivities to begin!

The Christmas baking is complete!
(My Nana's Peanut Butter Balls, Frosted Sugar Cookies, and Chocolate-covered Pretzels)
The Halls have been decked!
(Our stocking on the mantle, and our Christmas cards on the fridge)

Our presents have been wrapped!
(The kids' new wagon, full of gifts hiding in our closet)

Our Jack-Attack is happy and very excited, I'm sure, about his First Christmas.

And my beautiful family had a fun afternoon sitting in a rocking chair in the garage....
(Okay, so this has nothing to do with being ready for Christmas and more to do with the kind of Southern hicks we've become - you know the ones, sitting on living room furniture in the garage.
(Okay, in our defense, we are getting rid of the rocking chair and put it in the garage temporarily and Steve and I were out there organizing things and then the kids came out, and Steve had snacks....and it turned into hanging out in the garage....please don't judge us!)
It's official! We're ready for a wonderful Christmas celebration with our family! My parents, my sister Cara and her fiance, Kyle will get here on the 24th and I can hardly wait!
Merry Christmas, blog-readers. I hope that the celebration of our Savior's birth is a wonderful time for you and your families!
"For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord."

December 14, 2009

Yes, We Know....

Yes, we know that this is not the recommended use for the Johnny Jump Up. In fact, Johnny himself, would probably advise against such use. But Jack loved it. He REALLY loved it BEFORE I got the camera out. He thought it was Okay after I got the camera - why do they always do that? Here it is anyway.

P.S. Please don't call Child Protective Services. We only were only swinging our 5-month-old dangerously fast from a door frame over a tile floor BECAUSE HE LIKED IT!

December 11, 2009

Christmas Tree and Christmas Cookies

This past weekend, we put our Christmas tree and decorations up. The kids enjoyed decorating and the tree turned out quite pretty!

We put a few gifts under the tree and I've caught Gabby trying to open them more than once. And Steven asks me at least once a day who they are for. As if it's going to change. And they're all going to be his.

Yesterday, Shaunna and Addi came over to see us and to decorate some Christmas cookies. I had such a nice time with Shaunna and we REALLY enjoyed watching our kids decorate Christmas cookies. Really. It was priceless.

Between Gabby eating the raw dough, Addi eating the sprinkles and sucking icing from the piping bag, and Steven squeezing about 10 cookies worth of icing onto one little snowman cookie, I'm surprised we ended up with any edible cookies, but we did and they were very yummy and oh-so-beautiful! Shaunna has some more pictures (including some great up-close shots of the finished products!) on her blog, HERE.
So, as you can see we're pretty ready for Christmas and we are looking forward to seeing my family when they all get here in a few weeks!
...and now you're all caught up!

December 9, 2009

5 Years of Koper Christmas Pictures

We take a Christmas picture every year as a family. It's kind of fun to see how we change from one year to the next. Here we are, 5 years of the Kopers at Christmas.

We had been married for 4 months. About 3 days after this picture was taken, I took a pregnancy test and saw a little plus sign.

Steven was almost 4 months old and Steve and I weighed about 100 pounds more than we did the year before.

We were so happy with our little monster, 15 months old. We found out we were expecting Gabby about a month after this picture was taken.


Gabby was almost 3 months old, Steven was 2. This was Christmas Eve and Steve had just returned home from 10 weeks at OTS the day before. Having him home felt like a dream. It was a wonderful Christmas.

I was about 12 weeks pregnant with Jack. Gabby was 14 months old, and Steven was 3. We had lots of family to visit in our sweet little base house. The kids were both old enough to really enjoy Christmas and it was a very memorable one.

Jack is 5 months, Gabby is 2, Steven is 4. We are in our first real home and we have wonderful Christmas memories to make this year.
It's amazing to see the pictures all lined up. Starting with a 21 and 23-year-old who just knew they wanted a family, all the way to a family of 5. God has blessed us so much in these 5 years.

December 7, 2009

Pictures are coming....

I will have some good pictures to post soon. Things feel a little hectic, lately. I guess that's just how it is in December. So much to do. So little time. So much time wasted on Facebook and blog-reading instead of checking stuff off my ever-growing to do list. Guess that one's my fault! But I wanted to share some things:
1. We got our tree up and it is beautiful (there's a picture on our Facebook).
2. We took our annual family Christmas card picture and it too, is beautiful.
3. Jack has a nasty cold or allergies. His nose is really runny (mostly clear, though) and he has a nasty little cough. Poor baby. But in true Jack-Jack style, he is still happy and doesn't seem at all bothered by this development.
5. We are about 97% done with our Christmas shopping and last night, Steve and I wrapped all the gifts.
4. Steven has said some pretty funny things lately. It's not so much the things he talks about, but the things he adds to conversations that Steve and I are having. Examples:

Steve (to me): I'm curious about....
Steven (interrupting): Dad! No, only Curious George is curious! You're not a monkey!

Me (to Steve about putting Christmas stuff in the attic for storage, instead of the garage after Christmas): You don't think anything would melt up there in the summer?
Steven: No! Only marshmellows melt! In hot cocoa!

Yesterday afternoon, my sister Holly asked Steven what he learned about in Sunday School that morning.
Steven: God and Jesus.
Gabby: and Amen.

Oh, and one more kid-ism. Gabby REALLY loves her Uncle Joe. Really. Like A LOT. (Oh, and Uncle Joe is what my kids call my brother-in-law, Stan) She prayed over our lunch yesterday and it went something like this,
Thank you, God: Daddy, Unc Joe, Mommy...Unc Joe, Aunt Holly, Unc Joe...
She is very thankful for her Uncle Joe. So sweet.

Okay, I have to get to work. A lot of cleaning to do, laundry to catch up on and if I'm feeling really ambitious, I may start some Christmas baking and make some cookie dough to freeze for later. Last year, I was so much more productive. I think because I was pregnant and determined not to be one of "those" pregnant women that it too tired to do anything. Now I don't have that motivation!
Next post will have lots of great pictures!

December 3, 2009

Are these "Oldies" Yet? We can't be that old.

I have a Pandora station called Leah's Station. Creative, I know. But it's awesome. I've been mastering it for over a year. If you're not familiar with Pandora - it's a "radio station" website that makes a station to your specific taste - based on artists that you input, songs that you give a thumbs up and thumbs down to and it is pretty much wonderful. I listen to it almost daily. Any time I'm doing housework, it's on. The kids and I dance to it. I'm constantly "tweeking" it and here are some of my FAVORITE songs from my station - these are songs that make me beyond happy when they come on my station. For some reason the songs that make me the happiest, are all pretty old. I know one day my kids will complain and roll their eyes when I want to listen to these old songs.
1. Let Her Cry - Hootie and the Blowfish. This song gives me goosebumps every time. I love it.
2. The Freshman - The Verve Pipe. This song takes me back. High school freshmen year. Awww, memories.
3. A Long December, Mr. Jones, and Hanginaround - Counting Crows. I just love these songs
(Are you noticing the late 90s pattern to my little list, here?)
4. Two Princes - The Spin Doctors. Remember this one? I do. It feels so happy.
5. Yellow Ledbetter - Pearl Jam. What did he say? It doesn't matter. I still sing along to all the mumbling.
Just wanted so share. Go listen to them all and if you're even near my age, you'll remember them all and they will make you happy, too :)