Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Men

OMG I totally forgot to blog about Gage on his birthday!

April Fools.

You seriously think I would forget to toast to that stud?  I mean, I might be late but forget I will not.

Gage?  Since I'm throwing this sucker together on my phone and since I have zero pictures of you on it, the bar is set low.  However, as I sit in my eerily quiet new house and watch Stella walk around singing "Let it go" with a blanket tied around her neck like a cape, I'm thinking of all the reasons I'm grateful for you.  Holy Smokes there are a lot.

For example:

Thanks for giving our kids a shot at longer legs and better hair than I could give them.  Stella is freakishly tall for her age and it makes me super happy.  Cobb genes rule.

Also, thanks for moving me up in the alphabet.  I've never told you this but after being stuck in the middle for so many years, I feel really powerful being in the front and our kids rock that alphabetical order.  All props to you. C for life!

I'm also glad that you appreciate my daily wardrobe of leggings or sweats.  Comfort is key.  I used to think it was odd that you wanted to wear suits everyday but now that I'm older and wiser I think you're pretty fly for a white guy.

I also kinda dig your brain.  You're super smart and complicated and I find it attractive.  Thank you for literally knowing everything there is to know.

I love you and I like you.  No April foolin' there.

Happy (late) 33rd birthday, Sweets.

In related news: Sammy had a golden birthday on March 12th. I missed another GOLDEN blogging opportunity. Ba-dum-dum-CHING!

Anyway, he turned 12, we moved, he changed schools, he got a new room, he's making friends and loves his baseball team.  He's practically a teenager.  He's basically walking on water through life right now.

Here's a preview of his man cave:

We are still swimming in boxes around here so I'll be back when I can with more pics of this house that I frickin love.

Until then, Happy Birthday to my other Sweets!
Aunt Kenzie, we love you and your unborn child!!! ��

Friday, March 28, 2014

End of an Era

Well the circus is closing. This weekend we begin our adventure of small town living. We're moving our crew to Gretna. Gretna is plump full of corn fields, gravel roads, one grocery store where apparently all dairy is expired, and bazillions of kids who play in creeks. We could not be more excited!  Gage can call me a city slicker no more!  Luckily it's also a hop, skip and a jump from Vala's and I can spit to the outlet mall.  Target is only about a 12 minute drive.  Obviously I timed that.  I guarantee you that I will be back to the blog soon with more thoughts on living in a small town where everyone knows your name.  And in our case, the whole neighborhood and school system is awaiting your arrival.  We are "the family that bought the Janssen's house."

This last 15 months of our lives have been full of memories. I'm so thankful to have created such times with one of my favorite families ever.  The last few days I've been reminiscing the with kids and asked each of them individually what they will miss the most.  Here are their answers:

Sammy: Minnie Jo
Holly: Minnie Jo
Stella: Mayzie and Doc McStuffins (?)
Melrose: Playing with Holly
Marlow: Stella
Mayzie: Sammy's room. Cuz I like to play with his toys.

By 'play with his toys' she means 'eat his chapstick.'  I just love that all of their answers involve each other.  You should also know that Minnie Jo has been the house MVP every month for roughly 10 months now.  We'll pay for her counseling when we move out.

Months ago, my roomies and I talked about writing down the highlights of the circus situation but we never got around to it so I'll share what I can remember.  Trust me there were PLENTY of share worthy stories.

1. The Christmas flu.  If anyone is wondering how long it takes the flu bug to pass through a house of 11 people, the answer is approximately 2 months.  If you get it first, don't get too excited that you are "getting it over with" because the chances of it making its way back to you are extremely high.  I will never look at pile of stuffed animals the same after Marlow spent hours building a Utopian Society only to have Melrose barf all over it.

2. That time Mandy came home from the store with puppy chow and mike said we are having a CAU party. (Only my fellow cougars will get that one).

3. Watching Stella and Mayzie play frozen and forcing MJ to be Olof The Happy Snowman.  I'm going to have to learn how to "do the magic" as good as Mayzie does when Stella starts shouting for it to be done.

4.  On black Friday when Holly, while looking through ads, caught one on fire from a candle.  She started bawling and uncle Mike said "Holly don't get so FIRED up."  Followed by Gage saying "it was just a really HOT deal."  She was caught somewhere between tears and laughter but we all had a good laugh remembering that one.

5. That time LITTLE boys pants appeared in the house and Melrose wrapped them up for Sam for his birthday.

6.Anytime Stella calls Mayzie her cousin, her sister, AND her best friend.  Mayzie is her everything.

I'll just let you awe in that picture and spare you the details of the time they flooded the bathroom or cracked a whole carton of eggs on the garage floor one by one.  I'll also omit all the times they clawed eachother's faces over nightgowns.

Our new house is 100% exciting but our gratitude is twice as strong. Since the Mixan Girl Quartet earned the first sleepover at the Cobb Cabana, it should be a semi easy transition.  It has to be. All of last week Melrose said she couldn't even look at Stella without crying and last night she couldn't go to bed because she was "craving" a hug from her.

Oh, these girls (and dude). I love them so!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fake School

Holly loves school. She's an excellent student and so far, every year she is the teachers pet.  When she's not at school, she loves to dance.  When she's not at dance,  she's playing school.

A few months ago we discovered that her and Melrose had taken this game to an extreme level.  They call it "fake school" yet they approach it with extreme seriousness.  Basically, it's exactly like real school but with only 2 people.  When they refer to fake school, it's nothing short of hilarious.  Melrose randomly says things like "yesterday at fake school, I only missed one on my spelling test."  Or "I hope we have art today in fake school."   It's also not easy for Mandy and I to stay composed when Melrose refers to the substitute at fake school.  It's basically a stricter version of Holly who has a different fake name.  They take it so dead serious.

Since we are in the middle of a move, I've been cleaning all of Hollys fake school stash (thanks Juju) and have found some real gems.

This is my favorite:

Also my fave, the "permission slip"  Holly made Mandy sign so Melrose could take art class.  Which I noticed had Mandys' legit signature on it. 

I promised holly a classroom at the new house complete with chalkboard paint and her own storage closet. Gretna is a bit of a drive but I'm confident Ms. Cobb will find a way for Mel to take her spelling pre-test every Monday .

These two girls have no idea how much they are going to miss each other.  Consider this post "part 1 of 2."  I'll be back once the new classroom is photo ready and fake school is back in session.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Olly's

It's Saturday and it's a beautiful day.  So, allow me to tell you about the most adorable friendship I know.  Those things are related, I promise.  

Holly and her best friend, Molly, met in preschool.  It started out slow but they now have a bond that can't be broken.  They are unstoppable together. They compliment each others personalities so well that I just know they are going to be BF's for life.  And, remember, mother knows best?  As "girl drama" begins to wedge it's way into their innocent little lives, I'm overjoyed to see that their friendship only proves itself more real.  These girls just genuinly love each other.

As I thought about describing their differences, it just made me smile.  In one word, Molly is popular and Holly is sensitive.  And they are both hilarious!   Molly likes to be cute and clean and Holly is a slob, which Molly thinks is funny. While Molly is usually the center of attention and laughs at her own jokes, Holly is dry and witty and super sarcastic. Also, they are both brutally honest.  If you know them, you should ask them how they met.  I die laughing.  Holly says "the worse part of preschool for me was Molly."  And Molly laughs.  They have inside jokes and "code names."  They appreciate each others humor and laugh at everything the other does.  When I see them interact with other girls, it's so heartwarming to see how much they look out for eachother.  They are protective and would never leave the other out.  This is the real deal.  Also, this is what I get for telling them I want to take their picture and for them to NOT look like stiff soldiers....

Just about everything Holly does for fun has to involve Molly in some fashion.  I never had a friendship like this growing up and it's just so precious to me.  Pretty much the only thing this friendship is missing is being in bike riding distance from eachother's houses.

Have no fear, girls.  The Mob's moving to Gretna!  This friendship ain't going no where anytime soon.  These girls love Jesus and He's the strand that makes them unbreakable.  Judge if you must but this morning I took a minute to sit in my car and bawl because I'm so overwhelmed with God's goodness.  Seriously somebody pinch me.

Pool parties at the Zeleny's 'erday this summer!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


So far, 2014 is not looking good in the land of blogging.  Cobbmobb's 2nd birthday came and went.  At this point it's best to just update with the cliff notes:

1. Gage took a new job as a prosecutor in Sarpy County.  He locks the bad guys up but unless Sarpy takes a real crazy turn, you won't be seeing him on 48 hours anytime soon. Stay away, killas.

2. We had another successful January showcase at Nebraska Dance and I've discovered the balance between teacher and mom is increasing in demands. I made it look hard not on purpose but just because it is.

3. Stella still drinks a bottle, wears a diaper and sleeps in a crib.  And I don't care.

4. I'm going to be an aunt again. Go baby blenzie beauchamp! I predict blue.

5. My computer's 9,761st virus finally took the SOB down.  Also not helping the blog situation. Silver lining: I've rekindled my relationship with my iPad!

Life is full right now.  I feel God at work with our family and, overall, I'm gaining God prospective.  It's a funny thing to see Gods will play out.  I'm just super in love with Jesus, so thankful and so humbled.  Our lives are not anything special but I'm surrounded by amazing people.  After going to a co-workers funeral last week, things of this world feel even less enticing.  That's why today I choose to fix my eyes on heaven and all things eternal.  I enjoy this life very much but refuse to deny how temporary it is.  I want to live with heaven in mind.  Gods heart is my favorite.  I want a piece of it.  I recently heard a quote that I loved and I'm so thankful I wrote it down because I have no idea who said it...

"The world claims DO MORE! Be all you can be!  But our Father whispers, be still and know that I am God."

That sums up how I feel diving into 2014.  Even with old man winter working overtime.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One year ago

One year ago I had 2 elementary age kids and a baby.

Now I'm the mother of a middle schooler. He's dangerously close to his teen years and my anxiety is creeping in. All while zero signs of babyhood remain in Stella.

One year ago I was so nervous that Holly wanted to audition for the very elite company at Nebraska Dance. I didn't think she was ready and my heart was already in pieces.

Now she gets to be a part of the amazing new program, Core, for 3rd and 4th grade.  She loves every single second she's at dance and has made lifelong friendships I could only dream of having at her age.

One year ago Stella was barely talking. She didn't string words together to form sentences and she was incredibly shy.

Now she is the house tattletale. Or as Aunt Mandy calls her, "the house reporter." Which is really just a nice way to say tattletale.  Her voice is loud and deep and she tattles talks all the time.  Her raspy deep voice is my favorite thing in the whole world.  Even if she does "report" our every move.

One year ago Sammy wanted to play every sport  possible. He couldn't get enough. Football, basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, swimming. He wanted to do it all and didn't understand why he couldn't.

Now he wants to be playing baseball 365 days out of the year.  He's committed to doing what he needs to so he can play baseball through high school. It warms my heart (and my schedule) to watch him mature into such a cool kid.

Has anyone seen the baby on that mug?

One year ago I had two crazy funky SINGLE little sisters.

Now I have a brand new bro and get to share the wonderful journey of marriage alongside one of those funky gals.  #staylittleforeverred

One year ago I didn't know what 2013 would bring. We were open to pretty much anything and gave up everything.   We positioned ourselves to prosper and asked God to do his best work in us.

Now I'm confident in 2014. I see changes and  blessings and  a stronger Cobb mob.  Now as God starts to reveal direction to our future that we couldn't have planned better ourselves, we couldn't be more ready.  NO I AM NOT PREGNANT.

We are eternally grateful for the last year of our lives. Potentially the most significant year we've ever lived.  We will always ALWAYS look back on 2013 and smile. It's was a journey God always intended to take us on. It was an adventure. We are now prepared to take in all of 2014 with humbled hearts. My eyes well up with tears even now just thinking about Gods work in us.

Happy new year to you! Happy new year to us!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas 2013

After 4 days full of Christmas celebrations, things are temporarily settling down.

Santa came and conquered and we gave Jesus one heck of a birthday bash.  It was filled with family, fun, food, presents, Apothic, and the first annual dance wars.

*follow our dance wars videos via Instagram @missycobb and our friendly competition @danyellestevie

Just like every other year, this was Sammy and Holly's best Christmas ever and Stella has quickly caught on to the magic of Christmas.  The weather has been beautiful since December 25th so hoping that means we are getting the opposite of last winter.  Remember?  The winter that lasted till May.  Or did you block it out just like I tried and failed?

Anyway.  Chirstams photos:

Before going any further, I should inform you of a minor camera tragedy that I still don't completely understand.  All I know is that I lost most the pictures I took but my camera is totally fine.  You're going to have to use your imagination....

On the Eve of the Eve we had our annual Munnelly/Cavanaugh party and Stella participated in the ghetto but adorable Christmas pageant.  She was an angel and somehow ended up the leader of the group circling around sweet baby Jesus.  She REALLY held up the line until finally getting lapped several times.  Mama's little slowpoke. Can you picture it?

Christmas Eve starts early with the Mickells gathering.  Always a fan favorite.  Stella got lots of dress up stuff and the target snowman cup she's been wanting for a month.  Sam got a NEON hoodie that he threw on immediately and Holly got cute clothes and stilts (!!!!).  If you know Holly at all, you understand that she's been giving me minor heart attacks every day since opening those stilts.  Santa showed up with gifts and I took pictures that later disappeared in the wind.

We then went to my favorite Christmas Eve service EVER and Alli Bryant killed the vocals on 'O Holy Night.'  Ya da bomb, girl.  #chills.

We rolled the night out by having fun with the Munnelly crew.  Everything about Christmas Eve was perfect except that Gage had the flu.  That part was a total bummer. 

Christmas morning was one we'll never forget.  We had a blast sharing it with the Mixan's.

11 stockings were hung by the fireplace with care

We opened gifts together, ate breakfast together and drank hot chocolate by the fireplace.  And we did it all before 8am.  

After about an hour of watching the kids play with their new stuff and listening to Mayzie crush it on her new Karaoke machine, we headed over to grandpa and grandpa's house for brunch and more presents.  We had a great day and were so happy to have spent it with everyone.  It's the first year that Uncle Tommy and Aunt Betty were here with their kids.  They are officially moved homaha!

The day after Christmas, we celebrate with my mom's immediate family.  We ate my favorite meal of all time, Corn Beef and Cabbage and we were all surprised with a family Mahoney trip this summer.  It was a great ending to a great Holiday.

A girl after my own heart. 
Well, those pictures made me smile all over again.  Hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas. We are so thankful that Jesus came on the first Christmas to save us! Happy birthday, JC.

Now we ring in the new year! 2K14, I love you already!