July 28, 2011

Mama Tried

Hi. Remember me? I used to blog here. I used to write things and post pictures and enjoy it. But now? Well, not so much. I blame in on a few things. First of all, my husband was away for 8 months over the span of only 11 months. He has been home for almost 2 months (in which he did leave for one week) now, but I still feel like he’s this awesome visitor in my house and when he’s home, I want to just spend time with him, and not with my computer. This limits me to day-time blogging when he’s at work. He does spend a lot of time at work, though. What, with getting ready to deploy again. For the third time in a row. But I’m not going to start on that. Because that would be neither productive nor pretty. So, that leaves me lots of daytime hours with which to sit down at my computer in peace and quiet and blog my little heart away. Except. It’s summer, so Steven is not in school. I think our little West Texas town is on its 1000th day of temperatures over 100 – mostly close to 105 and is way too hot to be outside most of the day. This leaves me with a two-year-old, a three-year-old and a five-year-old inside 1500 square feet trying to share toys and not jump on the couch. Which leaves me with 8 hours of my day spent saying “Why aren’t you sharing?” and “You need to stop jumping on the couch.” But right now 2/3 kids are sleeping and the other is watching PBS so I have a few minutes. A few blissful minutes, smelling Baked Oatmeal in the oven, sipping my green tea and honey, and blogging .


I have a few Koper Kidisms to share. I went to a retreat for my MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) group a few weeks ago, where we planned out our next year of ministry. When I came home, Steve had taken a few notes. Apparently while making the kids dinner (and by making dinner I mean microwaving hot dogs and not even bothering with the tater tots I left out for them), the kids said some things he needed to write down.


Steven – Real kids don’t like mustard.


(Steven does like mustard, which he feels really sets him apart)


Gabby (in awe) – How do YOU know how hot dogs are made?


(What? Daddy knows how to use the microwave? Does Mommy know this?)


Jack – I DID IT!!!!!!!! (After passing gas at the table)


(Oh, boy.)


And with that, 2/3 of kids are awake and only one is sleeping. So it’s about time to wrap it up. Before I do, here are some pictures of our recent trip to see my family. We had a great time and the kids had a blast with Grammy and Grampy.


P1020771Before


P1020821And after – Steve and Stan worked tirelessly on this floor.


P1020784Jack and his super-cousin.


P1020814Watching Dad, the grill master


P1020816Gabby and her GrampyP1020837The kids LOVED the splashpad.


P1020894Jack in the sprinkler.


P1020912Oh, my Jack-Jack.


P1020930Ice cream with Grammy


P1020931and Grampy.


P1020932This is Jack’s “silly face” He makes in on request.


P1020973Mama tried. Then I gave up deciding that there is no such thing as a good picture of 4 kids all smiling and not playing with their belly buttons.



P1020986Reading with Grammy and Grampy before bed.


P1020994This was Steve and Stan’s favorite break-time activity, Stratego.


Hopefully it will not be so long before my next post. But it probably will. But at least for now,


You’re all caught up!

July 16, 2011

McKinney



It is our last of 8 nights at Holly and Stan's house in McKinney with my parents. It's been a fun week and to wrap it up, I feel like spreading some of my thoughts out in word form. So, here they are:



- Laying 1100 square feet of bamboo floor is a lot of work. I did about .005% of the work and it was exhausing. Steve and Stan did a great job. Holly and Stan's house is starting to look beauitful.




- Getting 4 kids to sit still for pictures with their grandparents is pretty much my least favorite thing to do. I'm so glad my parents are putting the kids to bed tonight, because after 30 minutes of picture taking, my putting them to bed would have been fun for no one.



- Ikea is about 15 minutes away and I've been 3 times. It's a good thing my husband has me on a budget or we'd have no money left. I love that place.



- Steve and I went to a movie last night, and it was the opening day of the latest Harry Potter movie. There were a lot of people standing in line for a long time. It made me think of movies that I've stood in line for. I've stood in line for two movies in my life. One was the last Matrix movie and the other was the last Lord of the Rings movie. I was not a huge "fan" of either of these trilogies. I enjoyed them, but was not the kind of fan that was counting down to the opening. I stood in line for one reason and one reason alone: I like watching people. People that stand in line for hours for a movie are some of the most entertaining people in the world. My favorites are the ones who dress as characters. Or bring props. Or quote things. It tickles me. It made me wish I could spend more time with the HP line-standers. Have you ever stood in line for a movie? Which ones?



- My parents are AWESOME grandparents. They put the kids to bed most nights this week. I haven't given a single bath - and my kids are clean. I've changed very few diapers. They took them to a movie, they bought them lots of clothes for the fall. They played and sang and read and tickled and laughed and prayed and loved all week long. It was so fun to watch.



- I got on FB for about 2 minutes tonight and apprently it rained in Abilene today - about 57 of my friends said so.


- I'm scared to step on the scales when I get home. My waistline is telling me that the nonstop food my mom, sister and I have been cooking this week has caught up to me.



- I love being with my family but it never feel just right without everyone here - we missed Cara and Kyle a lot this week.



- Holly is a great hostess and we love staying here, but I will be very glad to be off of our slowly leaking air mattress and out of a shared room with my kids and into my bed tomorrow night.