Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Go Emily!!

On Monday Emily had the opportunity to go ski at Durango Mountain Resort with the Adaptive Sports Program here in Durango. This was her third year doing it and they took some pictures for me! The two guys with her actually requested Emily after the fun they had with her last winter. They tell me she laughs and giggles the whole time and just loves it.

I considered going with her this year, but I guess they pack her up and take off on the slopes. I am not much of a skier(Kirk is) and didn't feel very confident about following them around. Not to mention it was snowing down here yesterday and I didn't want to go up the mountain!

It looks like she had a blast and she even came home all smiles and giggles. When I asked her if she had fun skiing today she just laughed and kicked and got all excited. I think that was a yes! I'm just glad she had fun and can't wait until next week when she can go again. Go Emily!!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Blogger woes!

My husband stole my camera!! Okay so it's technically HIS camera, but now I can't take any fun pictures to make my posts interesting!!! What will I do.......woe is me!

I guess you will all just have to use your imaginations to visualize my crazy weekend filled with fun.

Saturday came early with a trip to the Monticello Temple with the youth. This is our temple and it is a little over 2 hours away. It's not bad usually, but the weather on the way there was not all that fun! Later that afternoon and evening they were off to a stake activity and dance that night. (We split up so we all wouldn't have to be gone all day.)

I was all relaxed and happy and ready for a peaceful evening at home with my family. When I pulled down the driveway I saw Kirk putting a hose out the window in the wood shop. UH OH!!! A pipe had burst, AGAIN, and flooded the crawl space in the shop. So poor Kirk had to climb under our house and install a shut off that the plumber forgot to put in so this would not happen.

On to Sunday.....BYC and stake training that evening. What a lucky woman I am to have a great husband that will watch kids while I run off to take care of my calling. He called me right before it started to tell me what Emily was up to while I was away.

Apparently they were making cookies and Emily disappeared. Kirk found her in the laundry room, in the dogs kennel with the door shut. When he went to pull her out she got mad at him and pushed him away. I asked if he took a picture and guess what.....the camera was at the office. I think I just need to get my own camera so you can all laugh at my silly children on occasion. (Or me!)

So there you have it. The crazy weekend of a newly called Young Women's leader who still has not been released as the Primary Chorister! Hope everyone is well and having fun!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Saurkraut Man!

Kirk's wish for Christmas was a Sauerkraut crock. It's a ceramic crock you can pickle vegetables in, not just cabbage! He was very excited to see the big box on Christmas Eve and couldn't wait to get started. Here it sits on my counter while it slowly ferments the cabbage to make sauerkraut. Sounds appetizing doesn't it?! I don't care for it, but if it makes my hubby happy it's all good.
Really, I am grateful to have a husband that actually likes to cook and is very good at it too. When we got married he was actually a better cook than I was! He is actually the candy man. I can't make candy, but he has it down to an art. How did I get so lucky?! Wait...isn't he supposed to say that!

Cooking is one of our favorite family activities. We've cooked with the kids so much that they bug us all the time to help out when we're cooking. They think it's so fun and love it!

A Dog's Life

Derf will be four tomorrow. He has been my buddy ever since my last two kiddos have gone off to school. I love having A dog.
As for having two; I'm still adjusting! Dee Dee has finally figured out the bathroom is OUTside and not on my floor. So I'm starting to like her a little bit more. (I can't believe I let him talk me into another dog! I am a sucker!) She still can't stay in one spot and is constantly fetching toys, but she's learning. She really will be a great dog when she's a little older, we just have to make it to that point!

Derf has turned into the grumpy old dog. He tolerates her for the most part, but gets annoyed with her energy level. He has gotten better with age! Poor Derf looks like a wounded solider. He has an ear infection so they taped his ear up so it could get some air. He was very patient at the vet and seems to be feeling good; aside from the huge amount of tape wrapped around his head! Dogs certainly make life interesting and make us laugh!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


As you know I've been reading the Twilight series. I read all four books it 2 weeks and was totally addicted until I finished breaking dawn. Now I can't wait to see all the movies. I was ecstatic to hear that New Moon will be coming out next fall!! To all my friends that are Twilight fans, you have a new convert to the madness! I am still a little embarrassed to say it, but I think I am a Twihard!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year!

Here is our annual family letter. I e-mailed this to many of you, if you didn't get it I didn't have your e-mail address. Please send me your address if you didn't get the letter and I'll have it for next year. Send it to my old address
The pictures were taken up in Utah over Thanksgiving. We had the whole family together so we took a whole bunch and they turned out great. Thanks Kale for setting it up!!
(sorry if my layout is sloppy, I'm still learning.)

Happy New Year!!!

I had every intention of getting this letter out before Christmas, but as it always does time escaped me once again. Yet another adventurous year has come to an end for our family. It started with A LOT of snow and much grumbling about shoveling, living in 600 square feet, using a camp shower for all most 6 months and just being tired of building a house. After what seemed like forever, we moved in around Easter. We love our house even though it was sometimes a pain; it was worth the entire struggle.
We’ve all grown, especially the kids, and are excited to share what we’ve been up to this year!
Michael: Has become very independent this year. He is “too big” to go by Mikey and prefers to go by Michael. I can get away with calling him Mike, but he doesn’t like to hold my hand in public (but he’ll hold his dad’s.) He loves 3rd grade and he and his teacher have just clicked. This summer Mike spent two weeks away from home going to MDA camp and then to “Grandma” camp with his cousins. He came back and seemed like a different little boy, older to mom! Mike is currently into Bakugans (did I spell that right?), Lego’s, Cub Scouts and just being a boy! He is still our little comedian and loves to tell jokes.
Health wise he is doing great! We are hoping to have him participate in a promising new study this year for a new drug that may stop the progression of his Muscular Dystrophy. We are very excited about this new development! Some other exciting news for Mike is the chance he will have this year to have a wish granted by the Make-a-Wish foundation. Mike has chosen Disney World and we are all excited to spend some time smiling and laughing together and forgetting about the challenges we face. I’m most excited to see Mike feel special for a few days and maybe forget about the struggle he’s had this past year.
Olivia: Is still taller than her big brother and as energetic as always. After some apprehension about going to 1st grade again she is doing very well. She has confidence and loves to read and write; a big improvement from last year. She tells me her favorite thing about school is Math just like Mom! She started soccer this fall and had a blast. It was funny to watch them learn to play; she is all ready asking to play again. She is constantly singing, drawing, writing and making new friends. She is very excited to start guitar lessons and start teaching mommy everything she learns.
She constantly surprises us with what comes out of her mouth. Things like “life is full of happy little accidents,” and her latest “that was totally awesome!” She makes us laugh daily.
Emily: Has gotten very tall this year and is standing more and more. She’ll come over to you and try to climb your leg if she wants your attention. In the past month she has become quite the Daddy’s girl which has really surprised us. She will scoot over to him and climb up his leg until he picks her up. She is very adamant that Daddy, not mommy, comforts her. She is very quick and always busy. She has achieved all her goals this year at school so we are starting to focus more on communication. She is a joy and continues to fill the house with laughter each day. She has also managed to break all of my dining room chairs!
Kirk: Is busy with work as usual. The future is a little unclear with the economy, but we feel lucky to have a job when so many don’t. When he’s not at work, he’s busy reading (or listening to books on his iPod), working on honey-do’s or just playing with the kids. He’s been reading Eragon to them in the evenings and really enjoys sharing his love of books. He also adopted a new puppy, without telling me. I was very upset with the boy until he brought her home and my heart melted. Of course that has long since worn off and I’m ready to kick her out. She is a pure bred German Short-haired Pointer and will be a great dog if she ever grows out of the puppy phase! Stay tuned for next year’s letter, she may get fed to the coyotes before the month is up!!
Susan: Loving my new house, especially my HUGE kitchen; (which I have to share with Kirk.) I also appreciate being able to take a real shower and have a real toilet. I still wonder how we did 6 months in that little shop without choking each other! I am still working on painting the interior and putting up trim and plan to start landscaping in the spring.
When I’m not working on the house I’m busy chasing the kids around or being chased by them. Running them here and there, helping with homework, trying to teach them all they need to be good little citizens and every other job a mom does. I am still working on my guitar skills, got addicted to blogging and twilight and just recently have started woodworking with much supervision. (I still have all 10 fingers!) At church I have just been called to serve with the Young Women. Of course I’m still the Primary Chorister until they find someone new and officially call me to Young Women’s. I am going to miss the primary, but I’m excited for a change and some new challenges.
We are grateful for our family and friends all over the world and hope you are all well. We feel blessed for the time we can spend with you or just having the chance to visit with you by phone, e-mail or by blogging. As always you are welcome to come visit us anytime, we’d love to show you around Southwest Colorado; one of the most beautiful places in the entire world! (No we are not biased at all!!!!! :) )
Love The Coppingers

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Mom Song

My sister-in-law showed this to me on youtube and it makes me laugh until I cry! It's what a mom says in one day sung to the William Tell Overture and it is so true. I think I 've said everything except the part about iPods and computer time.

(Watch out for some of the other garbage on youtube.)

Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter Fun!

Kirk had the day off yesterday so we decided to go tubing with the kids. We started out on a mild hill so the kids wouldn't get scared. I ended up head first in the snow when I tried to jump on the tube. It was really fun, and cold! Unfortunately the camera was on view so Kirk missed a great picture!

Grandma and Granddad came with Miki and Kal and the kids and we had some more fun! Kal found a great hill and now I can't keep Olivia off it. The great thing about it is I can see her right out the window so she can stay out as long as she likes. All in all it was a great day and we were sad to see everybody go. We will miss visiting with Miki and Kal and the kids and look forward to seeing them again soon!

Here's a video of Olivia having fun! Happy New Year to all!!