Monday, March 29, 2010

Do you remember when my house was clean?


No? You don't remember. Check out this blog. There is one day every other week when my house is spotless…today is not that day.

For those of you that don't know, I've taken family leave from work so that I can stay home for a few weeks with Cohen and play. We have tons of fun. He was in a really strange mood this morning and I caught some of it on camera.









Sunday, March 28, 2010

How do you celebrate a beautiful little girl’s birthday?


Well, with a huge party of course! The Pourciau's know how to put on a party…the entire neighborhood agrees with me on this one! She had a bouncy thing (not the technical term, but I have no idea what to call those things), ponies, cakes (yes there were two…Miss Stella can't do dairy), bar-b-que, treats, and a haystack full of plastic animals. What more could a kid ask for??

I wanted to share just a few of the pictures from Cohen's first ever birthday party. We took about 200 pictures, so it's really hard to narrow them down to put just a few on the blog. Geez…this is hard!



The party was farm themed, so we thought it was only appropriate for Cohen to sport his new overalls. How cute is this kid!?



 
Cohen had so much fun at the party. We started off the afternoon in the bouncy thing. He LOVED it. He screamed when I made him get out because the big kids were getting a little crazy.





 

 After that, we went down to the pond to check out the ducks. Our good friend Tristyn came with us. She was looking so cute in her little outfit…don't you agree!? Cohen LOVED the pond and the ducks. He got really mad at me when I pulled him out of Stella's neighbor's yard because he was following the ducks. Then he got mad again because I wouldn't let him get close to the pond. Oh life is so hard.









One of our favorite party guests was "Baby Bird" or Stella's pet duck. All the kids loved the duck! Here is our good friend Lora with the duck.



And our friend, Talia, with the duck.




And here is Cohen and Tristyn with the duck.




Some other fun things Cohen enjoyed doing at Stella's birthday party include:

Carrying around the Easter baskets


 


Carrying a cup in his mouth



 Finding plastic animals in the haystack





Later, when most of the big kids left the bouncy thing, I let Cohen get back in it. His friend Sadie was a huge help. She would pick Cohen up and put him on the slide. This meant I got to stay out of the bouncy thing and just watch. It was great!




Look at that face. Can you tell that he's enjoying himself!?


 

 Ok. So out of the 200 pictures we managed to take at Stella's birthday party, this is the one of the three pictures we have of Stella. It's sad…but I guess we were so busy with Cohen and Stella was so busy entertaining all her guests, we didn't have a chance to get her on camera. Don't worry Stella, there will be plenty of time later for lots of fun pictures with Cohen.

 


We had so much fun, Cohen didn't want to leave. Check out that face. Not happy to be in the wagon headed back to our boring house.



 
Congrats on another year Stella! We can't wait to see what the next year brings you!!





Friday, March 26, 2010

Do these kids know how to throw a party?



For those that don't know, Jace and I work with the youth at our church. We love them. They are so much fun. At times they make me feel 15 again, and other times I feel about 65.


This past Wednesday (March 24) the youth and the other youth leaders threw Cohen a welcome home party. He had so much fun. He loves these kids too!!


Here are a few pictures from the party.







We spent most of the night...chasing Cohen. They boy has some energy!


They have these huge holes where the old playground equipment was setup and Cohen fit right in it.




Brian and MaryLou...this one is for you....he's a little too big to hold with just one hand, but that doesn't stop Jace from trying!




 


A special thanks to everyone who came to welcome him home. We are all so excited that he's finally here!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Can Cohen feed himself?



In a previous post, I showed the world what it was like for me to feed Cohen for the first time. My how things have changed. He now feeds himself almost all the time.


This morning he ate some prunes for breakfast. Most mornings I give him chunks of fruit, such as pears, apples, oranges or bananas. Today I decided to go with the prunes, for reasons any mom would know. He LOVES prunes. He was so funny while he was eating; I decided I better catch some of this on video so I could show the world just how cute this kid really is.







In the video, notice how he is using both hands to eat….will he be left handed or right handed?



Will you read to me?




Cohen loves it when I read to him. Some of his favorite books are Llama, Llama Red Pajama, Goodnight Moon, I Love You Through and Through, and my personal favorite But No Elephants
(among many many others!). We love to read.


We do most of our reading at bath time, because he really has nowhere else to go, and it forces him to listen to me. Just recently, he lets me rock him before bedtime and I can read one book at that time too.


Since we love reading so much, I decided that it was time for us to give the Lap/Sit Read Time at our local library a try. Cohen loved it! It took him about 10 minutes to get comfortable with all the people. Once he was comfortable, he danced and hopped like a frog, and begged for stickers until they were all gone. Below are a few pictures I took on my iPhone.











She read The Wide Mouth Frog and then sang a song about a frog that hopped (it was a great counting song…I wish I could remember all of it….maybe I will be able to find it on iTunes later). After the singing and reading, she passed out frog/bug stickers and coloring pages. Cohen and I had never really tried our hand at coloring…but he took to it like a pro. Check out our first fridge artwork! So exciting.


Monday, March 22, 2010

What was it like, feeding your son for the first time?




Ok. I've been working on trying to get some of our video edited so that it can be put on the blog. This took a little longer than I expected, so I went ahead and posted other blogs…and just left the video out.


This video is from our first visit with Cohen. Go back and READ THIS post before you watch the video. This is probably my favorite video from our first trip…mostly because of my expressions.


Watch my face when the lady that works at the hospital comes to take the spoon away from me. Then watch me as I try to shovel the food in Cohen's tiny mouth with that giant spoon. I just watched this video again, and I just keep laughing.


And stay tuned…right at the end, Cohen lets out a huge burp. It's so stinking funny!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Did you have fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day?


I know, I'm a little late posting this, but for anyone out there with kids, you know how hard it is to get on the computer when they are around. All they want to do is push buttons, and well, we don't allow that…so I just have to wait for naptime or whatever to update, so just be patient with me.

Well to start our St. Patrick's Day celebration, Cohen and I carefully selected outfits that had some green on them, so that no one would pinch us. After we were fed and dressed, we went to the park on Hwy 51 in LaPlace to play.

As you can tell, Cohen loved the slide and the swing best. He had some trouble climbing the stairs at first, but after a few tries on his own; he was working those stairs like a pro.








After we played at the park, and after a nice long nap, our cousins from North Louisiana stopped by for a visit. We were all very happy to see them. Here are a few pictures of the kids together.

Cohen and Mitch


Cohen and Ana


Cohen and Alyssa








We tried to get a picture of all 4 kids together....this is the best ones I got.





So there you go Meme and Big Al (or as the Grandkids refer to him as "Bigubal")...all 4 of your Grandkids in one picture.

Ana (8), Mitch (4), Cohen (21 mths), and Alyssa (9)

Thanks for coming to visit us...we had so much fun. We will be up there to see you in a couple of weeks! Yay!