April 17, 2013

Koper Kidisms

Here are a few things that my kids have said recently that seemed worth documenting. I’m so glad to have them to hang out with every day. They make me laugh on a regular basis.

I recently went to get a pedicure while out running errands with all three kids. It has been YEARS since I’ve gotten a pedicure and this was the kids’ first time to join me. I had bought them each an ice cream to keep them content. The sweet man who checked me in sat each kid in their own pedicure seat, turned on the back massage and left them to enjoy their ice cream. When we left, Steven let me know that we should do that more often because it was awesome.

For the rest of the day – at least 20 times – I was complimented by the kids on my toes. “I like your toenails, Mommy.” “Your toenails look pretty, Mommy.” All. Day. Long. So I wouldn’t forget.

As I was sitting at the dining room table one morning enjoying my coffee and some quiet time, Jack came down the stairs, hugged me around my belly and said, “Push Levi out now, Mommy.”

On Saturday, I had several big cleaning tasks I wanted to complete (I guess I was nesting!). I told each of the kids to pick a place in the house to spend a few hours of quiet time. Steven took his toys and books to the back patio and sat playing on the patio couch very nicely. Jack took his toys and books to the living room couch and persistently asked me questions and seemed to not understand the purpose of quiet time. Gabby happily and contentedly closed herself in the small closet under the stairs and did not emerge until I called her out.

All three kids were playing together over the weekend. Out of NOWHERE, Steven stops mid-play and asks with all the excitement in the world, “Oh Mom!!! Can I do some research on jaguars?!?!?”  Um, no. Be a normal 7-year-old and play instead of spending your weekend “doing research.”

Jack has recently developed a new technique to try to escape discipline. As soon as I begin scolding him, I am quickly interrupted with “I love you, Mommy.” and a hug. It does not work. Well, sometimes it does. Because it is really cute. Little stinker.

Jack was in the shower the other night and I was helping him wash himself. Upon entering the warm water he exclaimed, “This is how hot the sun is!” And while rinsing his face he said, “What a great day to spray some water on my eyes!”

We have been enjoying dinner on the back patio most nights in the last few weeks, loving the spring weather. Jack is the S.L.O.W.E.S.T. eater ever. One night he was left alone on the patio to finish while everyone else came inside to clean up. Jack has a fear of being left alone lately and I was surprised that he seemed to be content eating alone outside for a few minutes. Then he came running inside and told me, “Mommy, do you know why I’m not scared by myself? Because God is in my heart.”

While driving yesterday, I pointed out a cute white dog in the back of a truck to Jack. He let me know that it looked “like a dot-a-mation but with no dots.”

Steve is currently (as I type, even) working on building a wall in our loft to close in a family room. Jack happened upon the staple gun lying out and asked Gabby what is was. She told him it was Daddy’s staple gun. He wanted to know how you kill bad guys with it.

I guess the cute quotes are a little Jack-heavy but that’s because he’s 3 and 3-year-olds just say funnier things than smart-alecky 7-year-olds and obnoxious 5-year-olds. But the smart-alec and obnoxious one are still pretty cute…sometimes.

And now you’re all caught up!

April 1, 2013


Last month we took a family vacation to Disneyland. It was kind of a “babymoon.” One last hoorah before Levi gets here and makes life just a little more complicated for a while, one last trip without strollers or diapers or stopping to nurse. One last trip that we filled with some of the best memories we’ve made in a long time. And here, due to popular demand (Mom and Holly, you are welcome) are the pictures of our trip. If you do not share DNA with my children, you may find this boring. Even if you do, your entertainment value is not guaranteed. And yes, the kids wore the same sweatshirts over their clothes each day, so it looks like one super-long day. It was not. It was three super-long days. Of fun.P2110125 At the elevator in our hotel, heading out for our first day of park-fun! We were so excited!

P2110137Entering the Magic Kingdom

IMG_1003On Nemo’s Submarine Ride

IMG_1004Steven was not a fan of Space Mountain, but he was a brave boy!

IMG_1007Helping Buzz Lightyear shoot Zurge!IMG_1008



Hanging out on Mickey’s Couch

IMG_1034When grown-adult people wear Mickey Mouse ears and T-shirts, it makes my husband stop what he is doing and stare in disbelief and then take pictures. He did this a lot. He is just too manly to understand how a grown person can do such a thing.




Eating lunch at Flo’s V8 CafĂ©









Captain Jack-Jack Sparrow




IMG_1069Gotta love Jack’s face in this one.


IMG_1088Steven makes friends everywhere. Just sword-fighting with a fellow Disneyer.


Possibly my favorite video of Gabrielle. Ever. The happiness on her face is priceless!



IMG_0644IMG_0645IMG_0646IMG_0648IMG_0650IMG_0652Nothing beats a Disney turkey-leg

IMG_0655IMG_0653IMG_0660IMG_0663IMG_0666IMG_0668IMG_0672P2110140IMG_0673 No trip outside of Nevada would be complete without dinner at Chick-Fil-A. Twice.


So, there it is. Our trip to Disneyland. And my attempt to dive back into the blogging world…And now you’re all caught up!