10/22/07- Finally made it home from New Hampshire this afternoon after being stuck in Cinn airport due to flight cancellations last night. Jason seems to be ok having to take another day off from work to care for the kids! He is so much more patient than me!

10/26/07 -Kids are sick again!

10/27/07- I had this great idea to take the kids to a pumpkin patch (40 min drive) which has hay rides, petting zoo and you get to pick your own pumpkin. What could be a better way to spend a family Saturday? WRONG! Karina wanted us to carry her the whole time because “I don’t like people”. Cooper was so busy pulling the cow’s tale, he fell and got a boo-boo. We rode the tractor to pick out pumpkins. Cooper didn’t understand that the pumpkins were for “picking” and not “throwing”. We decided to call it a day and went home to get ready for our company!

10/30/07- Cooper has a fever of 103.7 Karina is up in her room trying to nap but is crying for me however, it hard to go get her because I am holding Cooper. Went and got Karina, she is crying REAL tears saying she doesn’t feel good. Fell asleep in my arms. Cooper knows I am immobile….opened the drawers to our dresser and is climbing on top. Went to doctor….both have Severe ear infections.

10/31/07- Cooper Not too sick to sneak candy out of his pumpkin from trick or treating and then tell us “one more piece please”. Jason and I looked up and saw that Karina and Cooper had talked Phillip into taking them trick or treating for a third time. Cooper kept saying “more pop’s beans" (which he calls M & M’s since that is what his “pops” eats.

11/1/07- Decided to put them in our shower since Jason is working late and I am already tired from this week with two sick kids. I go to the kitchen to fix their milk while they are in the shower and I hear gut retching screaming. I run to the bathroom to see who is hurt. Cooper is yelling “snake…snake…snake… and Karina is up against the shower wall screaming “Cooper go Poo-poo in the shower” Sure enough it looked like a snake. Needless to say, we moved to the bath tub.

11/5/07- Went to the gym today…Cooper and Karina LOVE the playroom. Decided to go to the third floor and lift some weights after my aerobics class. All of a sudden the fire alarm went off and all the doors shut. I started getting nervous since the Hoover Recreation Center is so big and what if there was a fire, and I am not with Cooper and Karina and they are scared. So, I run down all three flights of stairs to the playroom (don’t take the elevator during a fire) to get Karina and Cooper. When I get to the bottom I get real nervous, there are four firemen and the fire chief and the alarm is ringing for a second time. I fly past them to go down to the playroom thinking the kids are scared. Yes, kids are crying and scared….but not OURS! B/C Cooper was the one to push the furniture over to the fire alarm and pull it TWICE!!!! He was happy though, b/c the fireman took him out to the truck. Of course, Karina gives me her usual “play by play” of what Cooper had done!!! They were still trying to reset the alarm system when we left.

11/9/07- Jason took a vacation day so we could spend some time together as a family. We went to the zoo. I was so proud of Cooper. The tiger was pacing next to the window at eye level. All the other kids screamed and ran back to their parents. Cooper gave the tiger one of his “ROOOOAR” and didn’t’ budge. He usually saves those “ROOOARS” for me when he is mad at me.

11/10/07-Kids both sick again!!!

11/12/07- The weather is so nice-68 degrees! The kids have loved to play in the front yard with their dump trucks. It is so fun to see them enjoy each other’s company so much and make up their own games. I have left all the windows and front door open so I can keep an eye on them while I cook dinner. (Since Karina asks me EVERY morning “what you cook for dinner momma?”) So, god forbid we don’t have three home cooked meals everyday! I probably have the only children who don’t like fast food. All of a sudden I hear crying and screaming. I run outside and see Cooper lying at the bottom of the front porch stairs. Karina gives me a play by play….”Cooper ride his bike down stairs and get boo-boo…he go backwards” Sure enough…Cooper has 7 boo-boos (we had to count them) but no broken bones. Karina tells me, “I be right back Momma…I go get something.. She comes out of the house (I am still sitting at the bottom of the stairs holding Cooper who can’t stop screaming) She says, “here Cooper, hold my duck that fix it!”

11/13/07- Aerobics instructor asks me today in front of the WHOLE CLASS..”Wasn’t that your little boy that set off the fire alarm last week?”

11/15/07- I hope I don’t have to check myself into Bryce mental hospital….Karina woke up this morning at her usual 6:00 am but as usual was playing in her room.
6:15 AM- Karina starts yelling, “COOPER WAKE UP”
Then I hear Cooper in his monitor, “Reena, Come in other room”
K’s monitor-“Cooper want book”
C’s monitor, “Reena, Come in other room
C’s monitor, “Cooper here book…(wait ,…is Karina in Cooper’s room??? That is a no-no)
C’s monitor- “reeena, I won’t out”
C’s monitor-“Cooper, climb out…on mark set go”
C’s monitor –BOOOOOM..pause….laughing laughing. Cooper come to my room
K’s monitor. –Cooper…want to play with book?
K’s monitor-Karina CRYING

I run upstairs (have had no coffee yet) and there is Cooper sitting NAKED in Karina’s bathroom sink with pasies, bath toys and a full sink of water. At first I was thinking “where is my camera” until I feel my socks are soaking wet and realize at the same time the water is still running in the sink. Then I am mad…but I can’t even speak much less yell. Karina’s bedroom carpet in her room and closet is flooded! I guess they knew I was mad b/c they kept saying ,”Sorry mommy” and then Cooper said “ROOOAR” and tickle tickle. Yes, he growled at me and tried to tickle me. Well, I guess I better go try to get more water up from the floor….no time to check into the mental hospital today!

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Stuttgart, Germany, Germany
We are living as non-military expats for a second time in Stuttgart Germany. The first time, we moved from Alabama to Stuttgart, Germany in December 2010 for three years and now are back after six years.. This is a great adventure for our whole family that we enjoy sharing.