Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Where can a kid be a kid?

Well, Chuck E. Cheese, of course. Earlier this month Cohen got to experience Chuck E. Cheese for the first time. Like all kids, he LOVED it!

First we went on a Monday with the Millet family.

Aaron helped Cohen on a few of the games.

Cohen and Molly were great! They loved this game...but it was nothing like the games where you can actually throw balls at things. That was too funny.

 Cohen actually ended up getting more tickets that day than any of the other kids. When it was close to time to leave, I just let him put his money in random games. He hit this game at the right time and won 250 tickets.

We had so much fun on Monday, we decided to return on Friday with the Pourciau Family. This was the favorite game of the evening.

 It was great fun. We will definitely go back again!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What are you doing in your free time?

I've had some free time lately, thanks to my new job as a Stay at Home Mom. I decided to get crafty during nap times and create some stuff for Cohen's room to remind him of where he was born and where he came from.

I visited my Mom a few weeks ago and she was using wooden letters to create her grandkids names for her garage (She has a HUGE garage and lots of wall space for some creativity). Anyway, she was using old maps to cover the wooden letters. It turned out really cute (she actually used and old USSR map to cover Cohen's name). I loved it so much I decided I wanted to do something like that too.

While we were in Russia, Jace and I purchased a newspaper. I decided to use that Russian newspaper to cover Cohen's name. Then I hung two clocks below it, one for New Orleans, the other for Vladivostok. Vladivostok is actually about 16 hours ahead of us, so when I took this picture it was 4:15pm in New Olreans and 8:15am the following day in Vladivostok.

Close up picture of his name. You can see some of the Russia writing.

We also put to gether a frame for a world map. I searched everywhere for a map that had America on the right side and Europe/Asia on the left, but no luck. I wanted it setup that way becasue Jace and I actually flew over the Pacific Ocean to get to Russia. Oh well, this one works. I'm working now to find something I can use to show exactly where Vladivostok is on the map.

And here it is all put together.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Trick or Treat?

I say treat! I know, it's a little late, but here's the Halloween blog post...

Cohen was a hamburger this year. Jace and I put on our aprons and we were the offical "Grill Masters." Nan and Pops came with us too, and they also joined in the grilling fun. They came as Salt and Pepper. Too cute! Uncle Awesome and Aunt Trix did not go with the grilling theme, but they were just as cute all the same. They came as a dentist and the tooth fairy. Love it!

The grilling team...

 All the neighborhood kids came along for the fun.

 The two delicious trick or treaters. Miss Cille is looking mighty cute in her pea costume.

We are the cruel type parents that did not let our child consume any candy during our hunt, so when we got home, Cohen was ready to enjoy his hard work.

 And the best for last....the entire Raney Family! Look how cute!

Monday, November 8, 2010

What does the inside of a pumpkin look like?

This year, on October 31, we decided to see how many fun things you can cram into one day. I will have to separate this day into a few different posts because there was so much going on.

We started they day like every Sunday at church with our wonderful church family at FBC LaPlace. We came home and had a quick nap (by quick, I mean several hours because Cohen is a great sleeper!!).

Once Cohen finally woke up, we decided to decorate and carve some pumpkins. Uncle Awesome and Aunt Trix gave Cohen this really cute bucket of stuff to decorate a pumpkin similar to the way you decorate Mr. Potato Head.

Here is Cohen showing off the teeth.

The boys emptying the bucket of goodies. I keep seeing the Mr. Potato Head from Toy Story saying something about packing his "angry eyes."

The pumpkin accessories were for these are the bolts for his neck or head or whatever.

Not sure what is going on in this picture, I just tought it was a really cool shot. I'd love to take credit for all these wonderful pictures, but I'm afraid I was inside cooking dinner during all this fun...but we are so fortunate for family members with cameras who are willing to share all thier pictures with me.

Ok...again, not sure what's going on....just a cute that kid!

Putting all the pieces in the right spot.

The finished product!

Now on to carving the pumpkin. This is the same pumpkin from the pumpkin patch that visited Cohen's school. It was pretty beat up when it finally made it home, so it was perfect for carving!

So I asked the question, do you know what the inside of a pumpkin looks like? Well no one took pictures of the inside, so if you don't know, this post isn't going to help you. But, after carving this pumpkin, Cohen does know.

The finished night. I'm sure I got a picture of it somewhere during the day, but this one is so much spookier!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Can you smile for the picture?

A few weeks ago, Cohen had his first official school pictures done at his school. Of course, this being the first school picture, we had to purchase it! The photographers allowed us to pay a flat fee for the rights to the picture, and I opted for that since I was certain grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. would all want a copy. Well this is it....his school picture.

Guess he was not happy about having his picture taken that day. Fear not Cohen, this picture will be guarded safely at the homes of all your relatives! I'm printing them now and they will be proudly displayed for years to come. Next time you should probably smile.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Is that a pumpkin patch?

Last week, Cohen's school visited a pumpkin patch. Ok, so it wasn't a real pumpkin patch. The 1 and 2 year old classes actually had the patch come to them. And then it rained the day before we were supposed to do the pumpkin patch, so they moved it all indoors. It was a sight to see....all those poor unsuspecting pumpkins lying around the church fellowship hall.

The 1 year old class went first, and this was just pure maddness. The pumpkins were rolling around everywhere. None of the kids could actually hold the pumpkin without help, so they kept dropping them. Oh it was a mess.

Then came the 2 year old class. A few of these kids could actually get the pumpkin a few inches off the ground, so the mess only got worse. Those pumpkins never stood a chance.

In this picture, I'm going to say that Cohen and Stella are helping each other pick up the pumpkin (not trying to take that nice pumpkin away from each other....because if they were doing that, I would have put down my camera and helped break up the fight, right?).

 Here is Cohen with his teacher, Mrs. Katie. Cohen loves Mrs. Katie! He did not love the camera at this moment.

And of course, the group shot. It took a few tries, but we managed to get most of them in the picture.

Cohen was so happy to have found a pumpkin.

 After that long day of hunting for pumpkins, Cohen got to have his friend Stella come play for a little while. I couldn't resist the urge to take a few pictures of them with their pumpkins.

Of course they wouldn't look at the camera at the same time, but we got some really cute shots of each of them individually.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Can you believe we met him a year ago today?

Yep. I cannot believe it's been a year!

One year ago today, Jace and I were in Vladivostok, Russia meeting our son for the first time. It seems like he's always been a part of the family. I don't really remember what life was like before him. Then again, it seems like only yesterday we were on the plane to Russia to meet this beautiful little boy!

Cohen a year ago...

And today....

Such a good looking fella! I'm so happy he is a part of our life now!