Happy Birthday Coti!

He’s 9 today. I cannot believe he is growing up so fast. Between Tatum and Coti, I don’t know how to handle all of this. Srsly.

OK, so Tatum made him a card.

And then she gave it to him,

Read it to him…

Then, she let him read it.

He looked at me. Mommy, will you read it to me?

So then he got this awesome ball.

And his day was made.

We love you Coti.

Coti’s Life in a game

Tot and I wanted to celebrate Coti AND make a matching game. So, we picked out 30 pics of Coti’s life, made doubles, and got to work cutting and pasting.

Here are the pics starting from his puppiness!

It was just us for a long time..


Hi Coti!!!

He loved his tiger!

Remember this, Coti?

He had a little ahem…surgery

And very puffy!

He loved to surf. ..

Our first Christmas.


And then…..this little bundle arrived. WHO IS THIS!?

And then I had my achilles surgery. He comforted me.

Won’t you play with me???

Tatum will.

She fell for him too.

And dressed him.

And even got a doggie that looked like him.


I love you, Coti.

We love you Coti!!!

Where’s Coti?

So, Coti never made it to bed last night. Apparently, mama could not find him when she was ready to go to bed. She had fallen asleep and so had Coti but not in his usual spot.

At 3:15 am, mom woke up ready to go to her bed. She couldn’t find Coti anywhere. THEN, she went into Tatum’s room and turned on the light.

Voila! Coti and Tatum completely zonked out.

I guess he needed a little Tot time.

The Strep Threat and Coti’s help

A bevy of emotions today. It has been a long two weeks of symptoms that have made all of us weary. Tatum has had sleepless nights of coughing, runny nose, and crankiness. Me? I’m not sleeping as I lay awake hearing her cough away and I worry as to what to do. The list of “do’s” are all checked off.

Then, she coughs in the morning and my mom worries of getting sick. And it came to pass that now my mom is sick.

Last night, I had a feeling. I knew there was something more since she had had a low fever a few days ago and still was asymptomatic. Plus, she’s just not herself! I had gone out with Doug after she went to sleep, and when I returned home, I found the sweet Coti watching over her as she lay on the floor!!?

There he is! What in the world of waldo is she doing on the floor? Coti I guess wants to read all the books she went through. So I gently put her into bed, and guess who plopped up next to her?

I think Coti knew something was wrong too.

This morning, she was still off and just wanted to lay on Coti’s place covered in mom’s jacket.

I had the darndest time getting into the Dr, but I kept calling and finally a cancellation at 11:45 am. We headed over and I just prayed for an answer.

BINGO….It was strep.

She sleeps right now, and has been for an hour. I am too wound up to sleep! The prayers have been answered, and all we need is to protect mama from getting any worse now! (and me too)

The bevy of emotion has exhausted me, but I know this too shall pass and we’ll be back to our vivacious selves. I love you sweet girl.

Patterns and our pooch

Tatum definitely has me as her mommy. Yesterday, she had an idea.
“Mommy, I want to have oatmeal today and cereal tomorrow, then oatmeal again and cereal the next. It’s a pattern, mommy.” OK, huh!? She is now telling me her little structured way of having breakfast! Then she added she would like to have a yellow flower one day and a pink the next. Another pattern. (I bring a flower in every morning when I take doggie for a walk.)

Speaking of our little Coti, last night we had fireworks next door, and they were both scared. So I let her stay up with Coti. They comforted each other on the chair.

Then today, he wanted to return the favor and comfort her since she was sick with the flu today. He hopped up on her bed, and she decided he needed to be comforted so she read him the devotion.

I think we will try to keep this pattern going. She comforts him, he comforts her; she comforts him…etc.

These two!

Coti and Tot. She throws the gorilla, he catches and she doesn’t let go. He drags her across the floor.


He would really appreciate it if she would let go. She would really appreciated it if he would let go!