Sunday, February 24, 2013

No Mo Snow

Snow Blizzard fake out of 2013:





Just enough snow to cancel school but not enough coldness to keep me from sending those kids out for hours.  In my defense, it was Stella's first time playing in the snow.  She wasn't completely positive how to walk in the white stuff at first but quickly caught on to the fun.  Sam and Holly made it almost impossible to not have fun.  She's a lucky gal.




You are never too old to play in the snow, kid.  I mean you are wearing a Ninja Turtle hat.
 NOW PLAY WITH YOUR SISTERS!


 And anyone with a bad attitude will not have my support when your sisters pull this stunt.  #outnumbered

Oh Sammy boy, my job is never done with you.  I'm glad you have such a giant heart and love your mama so much.  It makes your angry fits easier to handle, knowing there is a precious and unprompted apology right around the corner.  Just remember that mother knows best and to listen to your mumsy.  Got it?




I hear there is another storm rolling in tonight but I'm choosing to ignore it.  We got our fill of snow fun and now I'm over it.  It was cute while it lasted listening to Stella say "no" (snow) and carrying her "noball" around the yard.  Now?  We are ready for spring.  Please and thank you.

Thinking positive. 

Glass half full.

Stella carrying her noball
Stella trying to figure out what happened to her noball

Well, that was fun.   It's really all the memory of snow we need for a year.  I don't even really like snow pictures.  Honestly, the entire winter season is on my shit list.  Now please join me in prayer for sunshine and slush.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Love

Since we are in a winter storm that is expected to wipe out the entire midwest, I thought now is as good a time as ever to update the 'ol blog.  I have no idea how it's already February 21st and I've only blogged once this month!  Sorry, folks.  Not sure what happened there.  Cobbmobb skipped right through Valentines day AND Holly's first dance convention.  In summary, both were great.

Cobb Kids on V-day.  Lots of love here.


Sammy had his LAST Valentine party at school.  I could only stop by quick because I gave in to the "room mom" peer pressure in the 2nd grade classroom.  (By "peer" I mean Holly).  It was fun and adorable and I'm glad I did.  I was the photographer in the photo booth.  There is pretty much nothing like cute little girls in boas getting photo bombed by a boy in a football helmet. 


Holly's best friend Katie, mystery girl, and photo bomber

Back at home:

Stella and Mayzie, being the Bubble Guppies biggest fans, got guppie bath toys for their Valentine's.  It was much needed since they are currently down to zero bath toys.  (They all got thrown out after Mayzie had an accident in the tub).  Actually, let's be real, it was no accident.  It was perfectly calculated.  In fact, due to their calculated naughtiness with water, it's not just toys they lost privileges of having in the tub. 



What happened girls?  Did you flood the bathroom 18 too many times?  Sorry, suckas.  Hope the Bubble Guppies don't mind playing on dry land.  Here's also to hoping that the water stays IN their brand new camelbacks.


I love these little devils!   Yes, Stella got the girly Gup's and Mayzie got the redheaded boy.  Duh.
Also, I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I made the headband.  Taking the crafts up a notch in 2013.

After the hype of love died down, Mandy and I prepared ourselves for a weekend away in KC.  Holly, along with her friends, attended their first dance convention.  I only dreamed of watching her dance at a convention for approximately 6 years, so I tried very hard to be casual about it.  Between me and you, SHE LOOKED SO CUTE!!!!  I was over the moon proud of her.  It was hard work for that brain of hers but she did so great.  We will totally be going again.


Made that one too.  Please ignore the topper to the left.  (Love ya, Gabs!)


 

That picture cracks me up.  The lighting is terrible and it's slightly out of focus and it appears as though she is off count, but who cares.  FRONT AND CENTER BABY!




She had a blast.  She was so tired after dancing for 2 straight days, that she fell asleep within 5 minutes of our drive back home.  It was a great weekend full of great memories and her brain didn't even explode.  We hit Oakpark Mall (obviously) and once again, I found myself wondering why every KC trip ends up at the American Girl store.  We even got to meet up with Aunt Gentry on her birthday! 




Pending that we all survive the snowstorm, I will be back later this month. 
 



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Inside the Circus

I haven't had much to blog about lately.  Or maybe it's that I have so much to write that I don't know where to begin.  That's very possible.  The blog life can be stressful.  I asked my roomies for an update topic and they agreed that I should give the readers what they want.  I know you all are dying to know what's happening inside the circus.  That's why I've decided it's time to put your suspicions to rest. 

Hopefully you don't think I'm going to tell you that we made a huge mistake moving in with the Mixan's. You would be wrong.  If you are expecting me to say that I miss my quiet days and can't take another crazy morning, then you are only partially correct. While obviously trying at times, the whole dysfunctional situation is working out rather swimmingly.

No doubt about it, we will be forever grateful for this time.  We are getting debt free, learning to manage and budget groceries/meals for a family of 11, and building memories that will go down in history for our kids.  The life lessons around this joint are endless.  (Thank you SAM's club and Dave Ramsey).


That's what cousins are for.  To help you stretch before bed. 

Considering my very quiet life I left when we moved, I find it incredibly ironic that God is speaking to me more than ever through all the noise.  Literally.  There is a song that we sing during worship sometimes that has always brought a 100% chance of me crying.  It's called "Beyond the Noise."  It's also a Lifegate classic.  I haven't heard it in a while but am living those lyrics.

*Good News:  Lifegate's worship CD is on Itunes.  It's called "Brand New Day."  We give it 5 stars. 

Speaking of my super rad church, we are in the middle of a series titled, "Positioned to Prosper."  Oh, the irony!  Such a classic God move, to have us physically positioned where nothing is our own.   You may be thinking that we moved in with Mandy and Mike because they have no idea what to do with all the spare bedrooms and extra parking spaces.  Au contraire, monsieurr.  My kids sleep next to eachother,  we brush our teeth in the laundry room, and we park on the street.  Positioned to prosper?  Check.

We've created systems like it's our job and they work.  We have rules and themes and scheduled grocery runs.  We give eachother free dates nights regularly.  I take Mel to school here, Mike picks Sam up from baseball there, potatoe, potato.  Need to run an errand alone?  No prob.  Plenty of adults to make that happen for ya.  Too tired to change your kids' poop?  Toss me a diaper.  Also, since my kids are totally "cereal bar in the car" kids, they are getting their socks knocked off with eggs and pancakes every morning.  (We may be paying for this one later).  On the flip side, the room sharing for Sam and Holly is completely precious and makes bedtime extra easy adorable.  They hold hands when they pray!  Be. Still. My. Heart.

Don't worry, Stella sleeps in Mayzie's room.  That right there is another post another day.


In addition, how about a new and improved serving husband?  As in folding laundry and doing the dishes at complete random.  My love language is Acts of Service and this is one improvement that I DID NOT see coming.  Mommy likey.




Okay, so there ya have it.  This has been nothing but roses and butterflies! 

Alright fine, I couldn't even type that without laughing.

So what if the house is only clean for .7 seconds during the day and it's nearly impossible to get the poopy diaper smell to go away?  This is real life.  I'm even getting used to waking up to thunderous sprints above my ceiling.  I'm still adjusting to Mayzie's eating habits (holy hell) but I never thought I would be forced to overcome my germaphobic ways at such a rapid pace.  Last week I let Beans take a sip of my water, but I still have no plans to share a straw.  Like ever.

Mayzie really deserves her own post entirely but I'll do my best to sum him her up.  She's the most destructive yet funniest toddler to have ever lived.  Stella agrees.  She will do anything, repeat ANYTHING for a laugh.  The fact that her hair seems to be growing in as a perfect bowl cut makes her boyish behavior that much more hilarious.  She is a true Dennis the Menace and it's impossible to not love her.  Her and Stella are priceless together.  She loves her "zizi."




I suppose it's safe to say that there are good days and bad days but even the bad days are comical.  It's one classic case after another around here.  We are doing our best to soak it in because the months go so fast.  Honestly, I have not even come close to seeing Melrose do her jazz walks across the living room enough times.  Nor am I sick of Stella's night crawl when all the kids are in bed and she feeds Elmo 92 oz. of water.





Today I heard something that struck a cord and it's very fitting so here ya go:

"Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."  Luke 16:10.

Well, alrighty then.  No reading between the lines there, my friends.  I will take excellent care of our little basement and corner of the kitchen in exchange for the house of our dreams someday soon.  Deal?  DEAL!

*More good news:  Lifegate has it's own app with full sermons and it's quite amazing.  It's called "Lifegate App."  Also, if you get bored, you can watch the cheese ball I live with on the DLT.

Until next time (or until I decide to take actual pictures) you can follow along on Instagram,  @missycobb and don't forget to follow Gager with his new Iphone, @gagercobb
 
Goodnight everyone.  Elmo needs a refill.