Friday, October 31, 2008

Bountyful Blessings

We had an awesome garden this year! The produce just kept on producing : ) We (mostly Birch) enjoyed fresh peppers, tomatoes up the ying yang, basil, cucumbers galore, squash, pumpkins, beans, sugar snap peas, yucky tasting corn, strawberries, and the quail loved our blueberries.
I made several batches of fresh salsa that got snarfed up at Birch's work, neighbor's and friend's homes.
Coop was a great helper with the salsa. He thought the onion looked so tasty that he tried several bites before he realized maybe it wasn't so great after all.
Birch and I (and Chloe in her Bumbo) spent one last night making pesto with all our basil. We had so much basil that we ended up sharing it with several friends.

We feel truly blessed to live in such a fertile land (can you tell, we have six kids!).

A girl and her jewels

Just prior to our trip to Utah, Chloe and I went on a special date to Claires. Although her daddy wasn't quite as thrilled as her mommy he knows how a sweet little girl with little earrings melts her momma's heart.

It's been interesting having so many reactions...sort of a love/hate thing. Well, I love it and you can see from the following photoshoot from my talented sister Leah that Chloe seems quite pleased with her new jewels.
just shy of 4 months old
looks a little mischievous to me
can't forget those precious little pink toes

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tinkle Toes

Gosh, I guess it has already been three and half months since Coop has been potty trained. The whole idea of poopin' in the potty wasn't my idea. Seriously! Probably in May Coop started asking to poop in the potty, and Birch and I happily jumped on board with him. But then in July when Cooper started asking to go potty in the potty I wasn't sure I was quite ready to give up the ease of diapers. Changing a potty diaper once a day is no big deal, but juggling a newborn while trying to pull down Coop's pants, lift him on the toilet, avoid being sprayed (which has happened more than once), wiping his bum, washing hands, etc...just seemed like too much at the time. But Coop was ready so I learned to juggle and balance pretty quick. We've gone through our fair share of undies but overall Coop has done an awesome job!!!
Coop is such a great kid! I know many out there are struggling with their two-year-olds so I feel extra grateful (but don't be too jealous - I have a six year old that throws a mighty good two-year-old tantrum). One of the things that makes Coop so fun are his great talking skills. This is something that is a rarity at the Ditto house for a two-year-old. Not only can Coop carry on a great conversation but he also says the funniest things. Take today's conversation:

Coop: "Mom, Jesus lobs (loves) mine peanut." (What he calls his penis)

Mom: "Yes, Jesus does love your penis." (He created him after all, right?)

Coop: "Jesus lobes your peanut too." (Pointing to me)

The rest of the conversation basically was a disagreement between the two of us as to whether or not mom has a "peanut."

Currently Cooper is really into trucks, buses, motorcycles, ferry boats, and trains. We haven't really had a "theme" kid since Alex so it has been pretty fun. Birch and I have discussed whether this is because we haven't encouraged the kids to obsess about a particular theme (like dinosaurs, automobiles, sports, etc...) or maybe it is because we haven't "fed" the obsession. I'm thinking Christmas should be darn easy for this kid. Get him a ferry boat and he would be in heaven!
Coop also informed me the other day that he "lobe (love) this song." Who would have thought that a two-year-old would have a favorite song? Wanna know what his favorite song is..."Somewhere over the rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Just so happens to be one of my favorite songs too.

Along with Coop's great vocabulary, having older siblings has also brought the interesting challenge of keeping "potty" words out of his mouth. It's hard to get mad at such a cute guy even when you hear him call his brother that is bugging him, "Stupid Man," or "Meanie Face," or "Meanie."

Coop wonders if "Today Friday? Daddy go on camping trip? Cooper too little?" He seriously asks me this almost each morning when he wakes up. He can sit in front of the computer for a half an hour just watching the screen saver of family pictures. Coop loves "de-ert" (dessert), riding his bike really fast, eating pizza, playing with his siblings and friends, eating Italian dressing on lettuce, reading books, coloring, playing with play dough, and doing anything with his daddy (which is kind of a problem when their are seven other of us that like doing stuff with daddy too). He loves sucking his thumb while holding "Froggy," his green blanket covered with little frogs.

Oh yes, I must make note of what a thankful boy Cooper is. No kidding...this kid thanks you for everything. It's as if his parents are Hitler Manner parents (If that were the case then wouldn't the rest of the kids be just as good at expressing their gratitude?). Back in his diaper days he used to thank us for changing his diaper. Who does that? Sure brightens my day to hear him says "Thanks Mom!" I'm hoping this attribute is not just a phase but a long lasting attribute.

We LOVE this kid!!!