Lilypie - Kids Birthday

Lilypie - Fourth Birthday

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


This spunky girl?  Talks nonstop. all. day. long.  But only when we're at home!  When we're out and about, she's stoic and silent.  Once she steps inside the comfort of our house, she talks a mile a minute.

"Dad, your ladder is in garage. That really mom ladder. But that be ok you use mom ladder, right mom?"


"I can walk on the ice! Because I'm a grownup."


"Cory, are you done? No? Then you need to sit down. "


"I tell my baby, 'You can stop fussing, or you need to go to your room.'"


C: There was a deer in our yard! He made a U.
LK: It made a me?


"Are you ture Dad donna be 'tay when he doe wort in 'no? I 'dot tell him 'be taretul!'"
(Are you sure Dad's gonna be ok when he goes to work in the snow?  I forgot to tell him 'be careful!'")


Cory is crawling around panting; Lauren has him on an imaginary leash and is saying, "C'mon, Remi!" Then she turns to me and whispers, "I'm Bailee. This is my puppy, Remi." 


"When Papa and Grandma went at... that food place... with Collin and me, they did had chips and salsa at there. I really like chips and salsa!"


LK: I can't eat that. It's too spicy. 
C: Lauren, when something is just a little spicy, we call it tart or sour. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

the gorgeous Collin Cooper

The boy who made me a mama.  Handsome, hilarious, energetic, creative.  A memory like a steel trap.  The most infectious laugh.  Full of the most hilarious and intelligent and makes-your-heart-want-to-explode quips...

"I prefer the Subway by Walmart. Because the men's bathroom has music. "


(playing pretend as an organ transplant surgeon)
me:  Can you give me a new pancreas?

Collin:  A) I don't know what that is, and B) where would I get one, a doctor store?

me:  Try Amazon!

Collin: That's ridiculous. 

Dr. Collin's transplant hospital is fully-stocked with organs (we haven't discussed where organs actually come from...). Today I visited him for a new lung. "Sheesh, this lung was tricky to find! I had to move my jacket, my guitar, a spare toe, and two sandwiches out of the way before I finally found the lung I was looking for." 😂


10 deer just went walking by the house on the street. All single file.... Collin says, "It's like a deer factory."


"Your husband used to be a wealthy, nice construction worker until he met you. Now he's a robber and just builds secret hideouts."


After discussing how this house belongs to everyone, Collin says, "Actually, Lauren, mom's uterus is Caroline's house right now." 😂


Mom, did you know that statis-stist-ically bee stings are more harmful to humans than shark bites?


Ryan: Hey, that's my stomach. And my chest. 
C: You mean your torso?


Doc at Urgent Care: "So, these two are foster kids? And these two are yours?"
Heart-as-big-as-the-world Collin: "Even though they're in foster care, they're my real brothers." 😭


Dad got me a hot chocolate. And boy, do they call it hot for a reason!

So, so grateful for this gorgeous guy.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Morgan : giggling + saying "uh oh!"

It's interesting how the most random things can crack a little person up.

Case in point:

Seriously, what a sweeeeeeet boy!

First word too:  "uh oh!" about 87 times a day.  He's getting so big.

Collin and Lauren to the rescue!

Cute kiddos were so busy the other day, working through rescue scenarios.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

wrapping up the day

Our pre-bedtime routine can be hectic, but some days it's just chill and happy and sweet.

You know what?  We love this life.

Lauren and the 'ceratops

This cutie girl had a blast riding on the 'ceratops!

She's so fun.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

getting out of the house

More basement noise/mess/plumbing trouble.  More reason to get out of the house.  We're so lucky to have access to some friends' house to do our laundry and play the day away!