Sunday, May 23, 2010

Have you met this child?

Clayton in the pool with her Root Beer from Sonic.
She would not put her Root Beer down.

Clayton loves Root Beer.

This is Clayton wearing my heels around the house and no she does not have pants on.

Clayton has decided to potty train herself and will go and sit on the toilet whenever she feels like it and pretend to go complete with the wiping (often using incredible amounts of TP) and flushing.

She also loves to climb on the toilet to wash her hands in the sink, this time she fell right into the trash can.

One day Cooper was in the bathtub and Clayton decided to join him, clothes and all.

This is shortly after the child downed a cup full of watercolor water.

My life would be soooo boring without this little girl! I love my Clayton Kass!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cooper's 4 year pictures

Here are Cooper's 4 year pictures. They turned out soooooo great! I love them. The only problem is that he looks way too old! He will be in pre-K next year! YEA! It is sad but amazing and wonderful to see him learn and grow in leaps and bounds. Oh, the professional photos were taken by my brother-in-law Matt Killough. He did an awesome job and I will be using him for my next photo shoot.
On another note..........well I can't remember. I guess that means it is time for bed. :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Matt's Graduation

A cute picture of me and the girls after church on Sunday.
Eating popcorn at graduation.
The 4 kids.

Dad, Matt, Brittany, and Janet

Matt getting hooded by his professor.

This weekend I went to Norman, OK to see my brother Matt graduate from OU with a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry. It was so exciting to see my little brother become Dr. Joyner. It is kind of funny to say it, but he worked so hard and I am very proud of his acheivements. Dad, Janet, Nat, Me, and the girls went together for the weekend. I don't know what I would have done without Dad and Janet, it was like having two babysitters along. They were great. We had a great time. We went to a graduation reception, graduation, then Brittany had a graduation party for Matt, then the next day was church and we came home. It was great to spend time with everyone. It will be exciting to see what doors God will open up for Matt as he moves from one stage of his life to another. God is good and He will lead Matt and Brittany where they need to go.
This week is the last week of superkids, I am very sad, but I am going to plan some activities for the kiddos and can hopefully organize a lot of friend time. My life is so full of family and friends I thank God for all of the relationships he has blessed my life with.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cooper's Birthday and Mother's Day reflection

Cooper turned 4 on Saturday. Wow, it is unbelievable how much faster time goes when you have kids! It seems like yesterday he was a baby and I was holding my little baby boy in my arms. Ahh well, memories....
Anyway. He had a great birthday. Michaelangelo cake (decorated by my artistic husband), tons of presents, and a house full of family. It was a great time. Coop had 7 cousins, 4 aunts, 4 uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents at his birthday party! What a blessing to have so much family so close! I love living close to my family.

Cooper is such a precious boy. He has a big heart just like his daddy. He is very creative and I think the most friendly boy on the planet. (I think it might be time for the stranger danger talk. ) He will talk to anyone and everyone. When I took him to the dr. yesterday for his 4 year check up. He did not stop talking to the dr.'s and nurses the entire time. He is so laid back and is never quick to do anything. He is methodical and takes his time in everything he does. It is great. It is slowly teaching me a new level of patience. :) He is quite a thinker, not neccessarily about seriously things, but about everything. The other day, we were talking about grandparents, and I was explaining to him that my dad is his papa. Then he asked, "Is Janet your mommy?" I said, "no, my mom is dead". He responded, "I will be Superman and save her!" I just laughed and said, "She is saved already, she is with Jesus." He seemed content with that answer. I love my son. There is just a special bond between a mother and her son. I love to see him grow and I cannot wait to see the man he becomes.

Ok. Now for my mother's day thoughts. Hmmm. Mother's Day is not my favorite day. I try to make it a day of remembering pleasent memories, but it is impossible to separate the pleasent from the sad. Soooo, it is one of the few days that I allow myself to be a little sad and a little emotional. Most of the time I do not dwell in the sadness, but for some reason mother's day is just one of the three days in a year I cannot be completely at peace. Mother's Day, her birthday, and the day of her death. If somehow I could skip those days, that would be great. I amaze myself with my own selfishness sometimes. LOL! God is good and I know these days will be filled with much joy in the future. So here is a memory for me. This picture is my mom holding her first grandbaby, Cooper (he is a little jaundiced). She came over everyday to see him after he was born.