Thursday, August 30, 2012

The new world of having a 3 year old!

I knew things would be different as Cooper approached 3. I was warned by parents of 3 year olds and from my weekly parenting emails! I look back on the past year of him being 2 and I know we had struggles but all I remember are the good times........the first time he told Milt that he was his best friend, all the times he kissed my belly and said "i love you baby Reid" while I was pregnant, and watching him learn things he didn't know the day before!
  Cooper turned 3 last Saturday and all of a sudden he is more independent, smarter, and wittier than he should be (without getting in trouble .........most of the time)  It makes me feel like I am quickly running out of time to have my say on the person he will be when he grows up. It reminds me of all the things that I wanted to do with him and as a family the past year that we never got around to. Having your kid have a birthday is like a having a parent's New Year's. I made "Cooper's 3" resolutions! lol This year I will try to read with him more, take him outside more, and let him call the shots some days on what we do cause most of the time he has amazing ideas! Most of all I will be more patient with him. He may drive me crazy sometimes but Cooper is the most thoughtful, loving, hilarious little boy I know.
  I'm hoping that this time next year I can say that all I remember are the good times and that I made the most of everyday we spent together!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cassie Ruth

  My beautiful sister moves up to Knoxville tomorrow!!!!!! I am beyond excited to have my Cassie 5 miles away. I was lucky to have grown up with a super close family and it has been hard to not to see them as much since moving to Knoxville. (they live in Alabama)
  Cassie just graduated from Troy University with her bachelors in Psychology and is about to start her graduate work at Johnson. She is going to be an amazing counselor!!  She loves people and honestly cares. I can't tell you how many times I have called her and she has given me advice beyond her years. 
  This photo speaks for itself but I have a little boy who is smitten with his aunt Cass. They gave a bond that I see continuing through Coopers adulthood. Cassie spoils the socks off of him and he in return thinks that she hung the moon! 
  I'm looking forward to dinners, movie nights, shopping trips, and just great sister time while Cassie is in Knoxville. God is going to use her to do some pretty awesome things and I can't wait to be right there with her!                     Love you sister <3