It's been BUSY here lately- school starting, packing, moving, unpacking.
News of the new house coming soon. But, first, some other stuff:
When Cooper first came home, you may remember that he really didn't like Chloe. AT ALL. Like, wouldn't acknowledge her. Interact with her. Be kind to her. Nothing. Sawyer? He was a rock star. Chloe? Not so much.
Thankfully, we have seen MUCH improvement on that front. Sawyer is still the rock star in Cooper's mind. But, his relationship with Chloe has grown. I think that maybe their relationship will always be angst filled. Or maybe that will wane over the years. Who knows?
All I know is that they have what seems to be normal sibling issues now. Sure, there are still moments when Chloe is intentionally mean to Cooper, I think often to remind him that she can be. I know she still remembers the hurt she felt by his rejection in the beginning well. I often think now that she tries to kind of make him "pay" for it sometimes.
But, a majority of the time, especially when Sawyer is at school and the other two are home, they play wonderfully together, sing and dance, read books together, and basically enjoy each other. That is WONDERFUL progress, and food for my soul.
Now, this is not an uncommon thing to see:
In the beginning, Chloe's kiss would have been met with a shove and a nasty look. Now, it's well-received and often returned.
They've moved from angst most of the time, to normalcy most of the time! It took a lot of hard work, but I'm thankful to be here!
Oh, and when I ask them to make a silly face for the camera, this is what I get:
I think it is HYSTERICAL that Chloe has a million silly faces, and Cooper has just the one! :) But, the warmth between them in these pictures is NOT posed. It's real, and it was hard earned. I'm thankful for playful moments like these that remind me that time (often paired with hard work) heals so many wounds!
In other news from here, among all the craziness, we've also managed to have some FUN. One of our favorite singers is Josh Wilson. We had the chance to go see him in a concert at a local church here and there were only about 100 people there. It was an awesome night. Copper asked the whole way there (I mean the w.h.o.l.e. way) if he was going to sing "Dear Money". Well, he did, but since Cooper fell asleep after the first song, he missed it.
We did wake him up in time to meet Josh after the concert though! It was great to be able to tell him in person what a blessing his music has been to our family!
The following week, I took the kids to the "Music with a Mission" tour. We were SO excited about this because we have been wanting to see Hawk Nelson in concert for a LONG time, but it just had not worked out. Well.....this was our chance. They were headlining the concert and SuperChick was opening for them.
Or so I thought. Turns out, there were like 8 or 9 bands, and Hawk Nelson was on last. We did get to see SuperChick and we enjoyed them even more than we thought we would. Chloe even got to meet the girls from the band (the SuperChick's themselves) which was extremely exciting for her!
But, Chloe fell asleep about 3 bands from Hawk Nelson coming on (after 9:00pm), and by 9:30pm, Sawyer was asking me if we could please go home so we could sleep.
So, we ended up missing Hawk Nelson after all.
Note to self, read concert info more carefully next time! :)
So, we've been keeping busy. But, we're ready for a little boring and hum-drum around here for a little bit!