Monday, October 27, 2008

Micah Claire's new hair do

Well I am super happy to report that the Cowart's had a very normal week this past week (i.e. no break ins!). I tell you what I had no idea how much paper work you had to fill out for your home owner's insurance to pay for your stolen goods!

After months of being near bald and SEVERAL months of the Mohawk, I truly thought I would be grateful for any hair and/or hairstyle that Micah Claire would have. But, I tell ya this kids hair has gone crazy! In the past all I had to due was put a bow in her hair to pull her bangs out of her face. Well.... these days we have to use lots of water to get her hair to lay down. I took some pictures Saturday morning at the breakfast table. I promise you this is not stage; this is how her hair is now every morning when she wakes up. This child LOVES blueberries, but they are so hard to clean up that I only give them on mornings when I have a lot of time to clean her up.

On sweet blueberry face!

Look at those finger nails!

Okay here's a back shot of the hair......... see what I mean; total mess

Okay here's a good side shot. (I guess I should just be thankful that her hair is growing)
On Wednesday Night Aunt Ashley came and spent the night with us. Micah Claire had a great time playing with her (or should I say entertaining her). Aunt Ashley likes to gossip about our favorite shows (biggest loser, private practice and of course Grey's). But since the birth of M.C. I haven't got to seen an entire show of any of these. I think after spending an afternoon and night with us Aunt Ashley totally understands why I only see bits and pieces of our fav shows!
On Sunday daddy finally had time (out of his BUSY hunting schedule (just picking Willie!)) to go to the park with us. He and Micah Claire had a blast swinging and sliding together! Would've been nice if I had taken pictures; maybe next time I'll remember my camera!

I can't believe that Halloween is this week! I can't wait to take pictures of Micah Claire in her monkey outfit. It's so ugly that it is cute. When we tried it on she didn't like it one bit; and when she saw her self in the mirror she cried! So, we may not get too many pictures; or happy pictures this Halloween.
Micah Claire's new thing is reading; she loves for you to read to her. I think we read every book she owns every day. It's so cute to hear her read to herself. But, every time I get the camera out to video her she stops. I got lucky and caught this one moment on video. She is reading her favorite book called Peak a Baby. When she lifts up the flap I think she is trying to say peak-a-boo but I am not 100% sure on that.

I just couldn't resist taking a few pictures this morning of Micah Claire in her french out fit! My mom's friend Cynthia went to France last summer and she picked up this super cute outfit. I have no idea what is on the tags or on the clothes b/c it's all written in French (guess I should have payed more attention in my 2 years of French class).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Where to Start??????

Where should I start? I guess I’ll start with last Monday. When Micah Claire and I got home I had a terrible time trying to open the back door. Shawn got home and came in with no problem. He had just power washed the house; so he thought maybe that’s what was wrong with the door. Tuesday MC & I couldn’t even get my key into the key hole so we had to go in through the back French doors. When Shawn got home he had to do the same thing; he said he would try to figure out what was wrong that night or Wednesday. (If we had only know what was going on….. hindsight is so 20/20) . Wednesday I was super busy at work. I ran into my office in between patients and saw that I had missed 5 phone calls all from Shawn. Right then a voice came over the intercom that said Brooke, line 3. My stomach sank, I knew something was wrong (being a mom I immediately thought something was wrong with my baby girl). When I said, this is Brooke, I heard Shawn’s shaky voice say, Can you come home. I said what’s wrong. He said you just need to come home, so then I screamed WHAT’s WRONG??? He said our house has been robbed. I hoped for a second he was kidding, but I knew by the tone of his voice he was serious. I said what did they take and he said everything! I immediately left work (thank God I was only in Malvern and I was home in 15 minutes; yes I sped a bit!) When I got there our entire back porch was covered in glass. My mom met me at the door and said; PLEASE tell me you have on Aunt Wanda’s necklace. ( You may remember by blogging back this summer back how my aunt suddenly got sick and passed away) well, she left MC a pair of diamond earrings and she left me her wedding ring. My mom took the ring and had it made into a necklace for me. She just gave it to me like 2 weeks ago. (You may remember that my aunt wasn’t a believer and that it was really hard for me to deal with her death; somehow when I wore this necklace it brought me peace; like a part of her was still with me no matter where she is now). Needless to say I didn’t have it on; they stole it along with more jewelry, 2 flat screen tv’s , Shawn’s X-box; games, dvd’s, etc. I was upset but I knew we had insurance and everything would be okay. I had been home for about 30 minutes and I noticed a digital camera on the bar. I said, who’s camera is that and Shawn said it’s Stan’s. I immediately said oh my god, where is the video camera. I had left it hanging on a bar stool and it wasn’t there. Shawn’s face just froze and I immediately lost it. I just feel out crying. NO NO NO they couldn’t have taken it. It had a DVD that was full on both sides. It has every video we have ever made since Micah Claire was born. Then I got mad (I said some very un-nice words that I will leave out of this post!) Then an hour or so later we realized that they stole the key to Shawn’s Rhino. I was sick to my stomach; I knew this mean they would be coming back at a later time for it. It’s so upsetting to have your home broken into. You feel like someone has invaded your privacy. You work hard for the things you have and one day some punks decide they want it so they come and take it. And, to know that they had been to our home 1-2 times before trying to pick the lock (SUPER SCARY!)
Okay, but here is the KICKER to the story!!!!!!!!!! The police watched them drive out of our drive way, yes I said they watched them drive out of our drive way. The CHIEF OF POLICE was sitting in the church parking lot across from our house and watched them (in his our words) “come speeding out of the drive way.” He thought I got a new car and was running late on my lunch break and he was going to be nice and let me go. (again… hindsight is 20/20). If only he had pulled me over he would have seen it WASN’T me! Oh well…. Like I said everything can be replaced expect for my videos and my necklace. The only good thing that came from this was that these PUNKS have robbed several people in the last few weeks but no one has seen them. Luckily (and I say that somewhat sarcastically) the police now know what they drive and have been able to figure out who drives it. I can’t say too much but it turns out they are 2 YOUNG PUNKS with previous records. The police are working very hard to pin this on them and find our stuff! I have to give a big thanks to all our friends and family who brought us food, helped us clean up, called and checked on us numerous times and those who have been praying for us. It’s so nice to know there are still great people out there.

So of course neither Shawn nor I slept Wednesday night. On Thursday we went to Hot Springs to get new door handle, a new Rhino starter kit and I got me a pistol! I am now an official “Pistol Packing Momma!” Shawn spent the afternoon teaching me how to load the clip, aim and shoot (which is way harder than I thought) and how to clean it. We also had an alarm system installed! Let me tell ya, it works. It has a “glass break” feature on it. On Saturday morning I was cleaning the house and MC got a hold of the broom. She dropped it on the tile floor which set the alarm off! It scared her to death; it took several minutes for her to stop crying and me to stop laughing!!!!

Saturday night was my 10 year class reunion. It was great to see and catch up with old friends that I haven’t seen in years. We stayed out till almost midnight (something I haven’t done in years!) My mom has been begging me for months now to let her keep Micah Claire overnight I have always said no. But, I finally said yes (mainly b/c Shawn said I had to). We dropped her off a little before 7pm and she immediately went and got into her wagon. Nana took some pictures for us and off we went. I was up at 4:40 am and I wanted to go get her but I held off till 7:30am. I expected to find them up having breakfast but they we’re still in bed. Micah Claire was so happy to see me and vice versa! She had a runny nose and Nana swore up and down it wasn’t running when they went to bed. So we ate breakfast with Nana and headed home to get some Tylenol and Benadryl. She was kinda fussy and wanted to be held all morning (which I had NO problem with since I missed her just a little).

Here she is in her wagon just waiting for Nana to pull her around

I don't think we've gotten dressed up and had an evening to our selves in over 2 years!

I went to put the laundry in the dryer and when I came back this is I what I found. She destroyed the couch and even got into our wedding photos (you can see them hanging off the coffee table)

Here she is trying to get away before she could get in trouble. Even with that runny nose she's still a cutie pie!

I promised Micah Claire that if she were good for Nana on Saturday night I would take her to the park on Sunday (her new favorite place!) Even though she had a runny nose I felt like I had to hold up my end of the bargain. So we went late Sunday afternoon and the park was packed. MC had a blast watching all the kids run around!

I sure hope this week is less exciting as last week!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

It's Amazing......

These days it's seems like Micah Claire is doing more and learning more everyday. It's so amazing how quickly she picks ups words and actions. Last week she kept acting like she was going to walk down the steps all by herself. Every time I went to hold her hand & help her down she would fuss at me and say NO! So, I thought okay maybe it's time you learn a small lesson. So, I let her take a step down the steps all by herself. Of course I thought it was just a fluke that she did it. Well.... after 4 more steps she had made it down the steps all by herself. ( So much for me teaching her a lesson!) Of course after she did it she wanted to do it over and over and over again. Luckily my camera was close by, so I was able to get it on video! (I don't' know how the video got turned sideways, sorry!)

Sunday night when she was playing the tub she walked over to her turtle (which holds all her tub stuff). She flipped open the shampoo lid and pretended to put some soap in her hand. Then she started rubbing her hands all over her head. It took me a second to realize what she was doing. I asked her, Micah Claire are you washing your hair? She looked at me (like are you blind) and said YES! It was just too cute! And her new word this week is Thank You! It's so funny to hear her say it, it comes out as one word and sounds like tanku!

MC, me and Nana left last Friday afternoon for a quick trip to Helena. My cousin Amy Jo made homecoming court, so we had to go!! She looked beautiful; it's so hard to believe she's about to be 16 years old. We had to be at the football field almost 2 hours before the actual game started; so Micah Claire had a blast running up and down the bleachers and on the football field. She kept Nana on her toes (I'm not sure which one slept better that night!)

This dress was to die for! This picture doesn't do it justice. Of course when your that skinny you look great in anything!

The back of this dress was all topaz stones, stunning!

Here is Amy Jo and Kaitlynn being driven around the football field in a 2009 Mercedes! It was a NICE CAR to say the least!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is my Uncle Mike helping Amy Jo out of the car and escorting her onto the football field.

Ben, I had to put a picture of you in that Mercedes (it may be the only time your ever get to drive one, haha)

Here is Micah Claire headed for the football field.

Up to no good!

Nana got quite a work out Friday night

MY TWO FAVORITE GIRLS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

13 months old!

It seems like just yesterday we were having Micah Claire's 1st birthday party and now she's 13 months old. Where or where is the time going? Well, we finally got our results from our allergy testing. As suspected, she has a severe allergy to eggs. The test showed a .37 wheat allergy, which basically means she can eat wheat with no problems. We also found that she has a slight allergy to peanuts, so that means no peanuts till she's at least 3 years old. There is a very good chance she may out grow this allergy! And the big news... she has a milk allergy. I was stunned to find this out. MC was exclusively breastfeed for 10 1/2 months and then took a little bit of a milk based formula till she was1; all with NO problems. She has had a little bit of a runny nose since she started whole milk. But, I just assumed that was due to the weather change or maybe she had an outdoor allergy. Our doctor said it would be impossible for her to have an outdoor allergy at this age because she hasn't been exposed to three of cycles of ragweed. Well, we started on Soy milk this weekend and I'll be danged if her nose didn't dry up. I tell ya what, I've learned more from having a child than I did getting my undergrad or graduate degree. I think if I had to come up with a slogan for my life it would be........" Kids, they'll teach!"

Here is Micah Claire waiting to go to church in her dress that Mimi bought her.

I asked if I could take her picture and this is the pose I got! Such a HAM

She is always on the go these day!

Not wind, nor thunder, nor rain keeps this child from wanting to be outside. So when mommy had to be the bad guy and take her in, she made her own waterworks show :(

These days M.C thinks it's more fun to throw her toys out of the tub than play with them in the tub. Which of course makes more work for Mommy!