Friday, May 29, 2009

A New Chapter

3 years ago we left our lives in Seattle to start again in New Mexico and here we are 3 quick years later doing to same thing. My heart is breaking at the thought of leaving my parents. My relationship with them is strong and that is not to mention the incredible bond they have with Cooper. Doug loves them too. Watching them interact with my son has been a gift. Why are we leaving? I don't know. We just felt like Seattle was where we wanted to raise our family. We feel like this is something we have to do. But as I said, my heart is breaking.
Today, Cooper and I took a long walk to the Rio Grand Bosque. Coop was in the Ergo so we were able to get close to some wildlife and we even saw a Goose family. Cooper will tell you all about the "baby geese" and the mama geese". I took a few photos of New Mexico with my phone to capture the beauty of this place that we will all miss so much.

I like to think that we aren't saying goodbye, just see you later. We leave on a plane tomorrow to meet Doug, who has been driving for the past day and a half with the cats and our fish. So tomorrow we will turn the page in this book of our lives and begin a new chapter. Wish us luck.
~E, D, and C

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Beans and Rice

You may remember me posting about indoor fun.
Tuns out it is fun outside too! Cooper likes to pretend he is "cooking" and it is a great way to occupy his busy hands. Try it, it is fun!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

To Answer Your Questions...

We owe it all to our boy!

Many people have been asking me "Whats next?" "What law firm will Doug be working at?" "Where will you be living in Seattle?"
I feel like I have answered questions like these a bunch of times in the past month or so. Here I am to answer them.
As everyone now knows, we are moving back to Seattle next week! I can hardly believe it!! We will be staying with Doug's Dad, Bob until we buy a home.
Actually, I found a job first and will be working in another Newborn ICU in the Seattle area. The hospital was so gracious as to pay for our move, and we are very thankful for that. Being a nurse pays off again! I am looking forward to new challenges.
As for Doug... the answer is, he will NOT be working for a law firm and he will NOT be taking the Washington State Bar Exam. What? You are saying. Law school and no fancy law job. Nope! And we couldn't be happier. And I couldn't be prouder of my husband. If you want the whole story, here it goes. Last summer Doug had a great internship at a big firm making very good money. He worked long hours and got a taste of what a big time firm is all about. My usually sarcastic, fun loving, energetic, full of life husband, turned into a quiet, stressed guy who we both didn't enjoy being around (by both I mean Doug or I, he noticed too). Having Cooper while Doug was in law school allowed him to spend lots of time with him and not miss a thing. Working the hours of a busy attorney last summer gave us a taste of what it would be like as a new lawyer and we weren't too happy about it. He decided at that point that he would be most interested in criminal defense because it was much more interesting to him and the hours wouldn't be quite as brutal. Stay tuned...there is much more...
We talked long and in depth about what was important to us. Was it money? A big house? A nice car? NO! These things would have come with a big firm job, that's for sure, but at what cost? I actually like my husband, thank you very much, and married him to have a companion not a money maker. We talked about how short life is, about how precious time is, and we have our wonderful boy to thank for making this all very clear. Since having Cooper we realized that what is important is whats going on in our home, it is the every day experiences of a family that are important to us. Don't get me wrong, we both enjoy lots of luxuries, but we realized that we had to prioritize and that we had to make some big choices. We decided that all we have is the now and that we had to forget the Joneses! We decided that we would be happy in a small house, with our sensible car. We decided that we both like to indulge in a fancy dinner and a lovely vacation but that we didn't need to do this every week or every month. We decided that we both want to raise our son and any other children that we bring into this world and that we both don't want to miss a thing because it is going by faster than either of us could have ever imagined.
So Doug mentioned that he has always thought that it would be great to be an Athletic Director of a middle school/high school. He missed working with kids and teaching. You need an advanced degree for a position like this, which he now has. He got online and browsed passively for positions in this area. Fate would have it, he found a full time PE teacher position available in the grater Seattle area. As he looked more into it, this PE position had a strong potential for promotion to AD in the near future. It was like it was made for him. He applied, we held our breath, and he was hired. I have to say, he never seemed the smallest bit as excited about any potential law jobs as he if for this position. So, come fall, Doug will be a full time PE teacher and hopefully be the AD soon!
This job allows him to work full time during the year and be off during the summer. Our hope is that I can work part time during the school year and possibly up my hours during the summer while he is off. We feel very lucky and are so excited.
Life is short and we want to enjoy every moment of it, together. We want jobs that fulfill us but that allow us to focus on what is truly important, our family. I am full of joy and peace! We feel really happy about our life ahead. I can't help but wonder how different our choices may have been if we didn't have Cooper.
Have a lovely weekend and I hope this answers all of your questions.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

So Proud

In this post about Doug's great accomplishment I am not going to mention that Cooper happened to be teething and have a fever over the ENTIRE graduation weekend, or that he set a world record for whining and more often looked like this...

I choose to remember that he looked like this...

I an certainly not going to mention that the day of the graduation was the worst weather in months with out of control wind that made us all look like this...

What I am going to mention and what I do remember is what a great accomplishment it is that Doug has graduated from University of New Mexico Law School. Without ever complaining about how stressful it was or how time consuming it was he glided through with ease. Doug, we are proud of you. You are my hero. Cooper was very proud of his Daddy and enjoyed his cap and gown! And this is what I DO want to remember!
Congratulations Doug!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

To be a Mother

Today is a day to celebrate mothers and I say happy mothers day to all you mothers out there.
I think I was made to be a mom. When my boy was born I whispered "I have waited my whole life for you" in his ear and it was true. I have had many goals and dreams in my life but being a mother was number one. The day Doug and I welcomed Cooper into our lives we became a family, we became whole. The bond was instant, the love so intense. It has been the most amazing adventure and the hardest thing I have ever done. In one day as a mom I feel every emotion from anger to complete love and admiration. Thank you Cooper, for making me a Mother. It is the greatest honor. Thank you Doug, for sharing in this journey with me. I fall in love with you again and again watching you be a father.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Preparing for Seattle

Cooper loves to put our shoes and boots on! Here he is in my new rain boots. He is getting ready to hit the streets of rainy Seattle!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Mom's Birthday

For a Mama that has it all it is hard to buy a birthday present. My sisters and I decided to treat my mom to a day at the Tamaya spa and resort for her birthday. Because I live here with her, I got to go too! We had facials and a wonderful lunch and then Cooper and Doug met us so we could all go swimming. Cooper is still quite the fish! He goes under and jumps in and has no fear. The Tamaya resort is absolutely beautiful! It is a must see if you are in the Abq area.
I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

He may have said F#@K but he is a genius!

So we have an official echo in the house. Yesterday Cooper said the F word for the first time. We had it coming, we haven't been the best at watching what we say around him. Apparently he can say anything so we need to watch our mouths!
This morning I was making coffee after a great nights rest (cooper slept 10 straight hours in his own bed!!) and I heard Cooper talking to himself. It sounded like he was counting. I told my mom "it sounds like he is counting" and kept on making coffee. When I stopped to really listen I realized he was saying "one, two, three, four..." all the way to eight! Doug heard and came out to hear for himself! We didn't even prompt him, he just started counting. I think this is advanced and amazing! He is only 21 months old! Okay maybe it's not advanced but I am glowing with delight about it! Our boy is amazing, isn't he?


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