Saturday, February 28, 2009

What do we call 'FUN'??

You already know how weird we are - but, in case you haven't been paying attention - here is the typical ~ LIFE in a DAY of the COOKS!

You may remember my Centerpiece on the Dining Room Table ~

Today, the boys decided to do this with them ~

And then this ~

And then - check out the floor at the end of this clip ~

Here is my Centerpiece now ~

(It's OK - Now I can get a NEW one - and Dan will have to pay for it)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Teach the Children

You know you're old...

You know you're old when at some point in your lifetime you have told ALL THREE of your children - "Stop sending FORWARD EMAILS to your grandparents" !!!!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

It's been a while since I posted one of these...

Although I don't always post them, we still have 'Dan'erism's of the week - EVERY WEEK.

Here is today's -

Dan: "Shut your never-living pie hole"

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Katie will start her first season of highschool soccer this Spring. To get her ready for the BIG TIME, she's been playing indoor soccer. This session, Dan has been coaching the girls - and he would probably want you to know that they won their last game 15 to 3.

The entire time Katie is on the field, the other parents laugh at her.

Not because she is a bad player - she actually scored 5 goals in the last game.

You see, Katie is a "yelper", as I call her. EVERY single time the ball comes in her direction, she screams/squeals/yelps/hollars, etc, etc. - "Ooohh" - "Uuuuu" - "Yip" - "OhhhMyy" - "AAhhh" - "Ouch" .

I can't even put it into words.....

I can tell you this- At the last game, a mother that I did not know said this to me:

Her: "Are you Katie's mom?"

Me: "Yes, Hi"

Her: "Hi, your daughter is so funny! At the last game when they let her play goalie, I have never had that much fun at a soccer game in my life. And I have been to ALOT. I was laughing so hard by the time I left here!! She is just a crack-up! Does she always squeal like that?"

Me: "Well I guess I never thought about it, but ya, she has always been a very 'vocal' child........ (to put it lightly)

This is the "We are the PROFESSIONAL coaches" shot.

Monday, February 16, 2009


My son...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Daddy / Daughter Dance

Dan and Eyli went to their first Daddy/Daughter Dance on Valentine's Day. They had a BLAST at the dance - here are a few pics!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Only in Michigan....

... can you go ice-fishing and take a ride on the HARLEY on the same day in February.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Facebook Nonsense

If you don't have a facebook page, this probably won't make sense to you - but, it seemed like a fun thing to post - on facebook the "in thing" to do right now is post 25 random things about you...

I finally got my list done, and decided you all may like a good laugh.

  1. I count steps – I live in a house with 2 sets of steps - I already know there are 7 in each set, yet I count them every time I go up or down.
  2. My entire family snowboards – but, I am too afraid of riding up the chairlift to even try it (no comment from you, Adam).
  3. If I won the lottery, the first thing I would buy are enough SMART WOOL socks so Dan and I could wear a BRAND NEW pair every day – forever.
  4. If I won the lottery, the second thing I would buy is an ARTS PERFORMANCE SPACE for the school I work at - and it would be named whatever Carolyn thought it should be named.
  5. Do I really have to think of 25 things?? I’m never going to make it ….
  6. My dream job: Sing on stage as a background vocalist to Aaron Shust – and get paid for it.
  7. I always put my socks on before my pants.
  8. I LOVE using hyphens ------ I wish I could use them all the time!! (I’m not sure – but, I think I do).
  9. It is IMPOSSIBLE for me to drink my STARBUCKS without a sleeve on my cup. In fact, I actually carry an extra sleeve around in my car just so I can have a spare, for emergencies.
  10. I’m a sucker for hot-headed, tattooed, bad-boys that ride Harleys, and carry guns. I never would have guessed that woulda happened...
  11. I’m in love with a man that would defend me till death – even if I were dead wrong.
  12. I’m hoping there is at least one type of food in heaven - Grandma’s TACOS.
  13. One thing I learned in 2008 – it’s amazing what can happen when you have a competent boss.
  14. I was afraid of DOGS my entire life – in elementary school, I once stayed on top of the slide in the playground for 3 hours – because I saw a dog across the street (don’t ask me why the teacher never noticed I was gone).
  15. Now, one of my VERY best friends is a DOG.
  16. I make a living for my family as a “secretary” – yet, I can’t type at all - unless I look at the keyboard.
  17. I’m not sure my NEW boss knows about #16 (Let’s keep it that way).
  18. For real, who made up this stupid “you need 25 things”??? Probably someone that had nothing to do except think about all the “cool” things about them self.
  19. I secretly hate the kinda people mentioned in #18.
  20. I cannot finish the chips without the dip – or finish the dip without the chips. (which means I keep getting up to get more chips or dip to make the RATIO even – and therefore, eat too much).
  21. There are only about 3 people in my group of “friends” that will actually read this entire list – most of them stopped reading before they got to #21 – therefore, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my REAL friend KIMI for reading the whole list – love ya, girl.
  22. I would rather have 5 HAMPERS full of dirty laundry in my house, than 1 load of CLEAN laundry-unfolded-on my couch.
  23. When I was 5 years old, I cut off part of my finger. They attempted to sew it back on, yet it turned black and fell off again. I am still missing part of my finger – but, NO ONE ever notices (yes, I’m totally serious).
  24. Nobody TRULY understands my AMAZING ability to multi-task. I literally can have a conversation with you and sing to a song on the radio at the same time. I also can EAVES DROP on an entire conversation next to me, as I have a conversation with someone else.
  25. The craziest thing I have ever done is let Dan convince me to go PARA-SAILING in Hawaii. I spent the entire time up in the air SWEARING at Dan – I have never used that language again, in my life.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Because Im really shy....

For those of you DEDICATED readers - so sorry! I need to start blogging more......

Conversation of the week
Characters: Dan and Kristie

Kristie: "I hope that Tyler doesn't get his heart broken by some snotty little girl - he's so nice to people! When he's in high school I may have to shoot someone"

Dan: "That won't happen, he'll be JUST LIKE ME - and he'll have 4 girls ask him out, and he'll say NO, and stay home"

Kristie: "Daniel - why did you stay home?"

Dan: "Because I was really shy around girls"

Kristie: "No, Daniel - why did you stay home?"

Dan: "Because I was really shy around girls - they scared me!"

Kristie: "No, Daniel - you stayed home because you are a homebody and would rather watch Discovery Channel on your couch, then 'go out' - YOU ARE NOT SHY AROUND 'GIRLS' "

Dan: "Yes, I was! I still am - Put me in a room with 5 women - by myself - and I CLAM UP and don't know what to say"

Kristie: laughing so hard there is no response

Dan: "WHAT? - I am SHY!"

Kristie: still continuous laughing

Dan: "I AM...."

Kristie: Still laughing.......(In fact haven't stopped laughing)

For those of you that don't know Dan, this will not be funny to you.
For those of you that have spent ANY TIME in a room with 5 women and DAN - you will still be laughing.


Katie is a highschooler now. I still can't believe how old I am. Last night, she had all of her "old friends" from middle school over for a sleepover.

It was so cool to see and hear them talking to each other (all at the same time) about high school adventures [like, 'my first day in a highschool LUNCHROOM']; between them, they all go to 5 different high schools!

How ironic, they all just got together and never skipped a beat....just like they saw each other last week..... That's the cool thing about technology - myspace, facebook, blogs, and texting - they talk to each other every day!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Superbowl Fun!

We had a great time watching the superbowl with friends and family!

In the words of Jeff - "I've never been to a superbowl party where everyone leaves the room during the football game AND then runs into the room & gets quiet during the commercials"

(Yes, we carried our family room furniture up into the living room, so we could have 4 couches!!)