Sunday, May 18, 2008

Husband Tag

What is his name? Jordan Cooper, (aka Bando)

How did you meet? I was moving from a 1 bedroom apartment to a 2 bedroom apartment, (on a Tuesday, of all days!), because I was getting a roommate, and I needed help moving. My friend called a member of the bishopric for me, he called some guys from the ward and asked them to help me, and Jordan called me and set up a time to come over to help move me. He and some other guys moved all the big stuff, and I thanked them and told them they didn't have to stay because I had some girl friends coming over to help me with the other things. Jordan asked what other things they were going to help with. I told him we were going to put the kitchen items in laundry baskets and carry them over, and he just grabbed a laundry basket and started loading!

How long have you been married? Almost three years!

How long did you date? We knew each other for about 2 and a half months before we got engaged.

How old is he? 26

How old are you? 26

Who eats more sweets? I definitely do, but he does like desserts more now than he did when we first met.

Who is taller? He is! I like that.

Who is the better singer? Well, since I have a degree in music and teach choir for a living, I do. But Jordan is a better singer than he usually gives himself credit!

Who is smarter? It depends on what you're talking about. Classical music? Me. Medical stuff? Him.

Who does the laundry? I do. That's one thing he really doesn't enjoy very much.

Who does the dishes? We both do them, but he does them more willingly than I do. If we have a sink full of dishes and we're both helping to clean the dishes, he usually washes and lets me dry! He's so fantastic!

Who pays the bills? I do; my right-brained personality helps me get them paid on time.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? That's my side!

Who mows the lawn? Well, we don't have a lawn at this moment in our lives. We have discussed lawns. I want a nice yard, but for a while Jordan was more enticed by a lawn full of rocks - like they have in Phoenix. He is more open to a grass-filled yard at this point, but I don't think that he wants to mow. We'll see what happens!

Who cooks dinner? Jordan cooks WAY more than I do! I always told my mom I was going to marry a guy who cooked, and she told me that not all guys are as good at cooking as my dad is. (My dad always cooks great breakfasts on the weekends, and he usually cooks a great meal on Sundays, too. He also helps with cooking at other times when it's needed). My mom wanted to make sure that I understood that not all guys are like that! But I married a guy who really enjoys cooking! And he is a SUPER chef! It's great! - Jordan is not a chicken in the kitchen!

Who drives? Jordan does, and I like that, too!

Besides you, who is his best friend? His brothers - just look at how much fun they have together!

Who asked who out first? He asked me out.

Who kissed who first? He kissed me first.

What was your first date? Well that's kind of hard to say. He asked me to pick him up for a service project at church, but that wasn't really a date. He invited me to his parents house for a Christmas party they were having, but it wasn't just the two of us, so I don't always consider that a date. He came to my grandmom's house and met my parents, and we had dinner with them, and then we went out by ourselves for the first real time, I guess. We went to Hermann Park, walked around, looked at Christmas lights, and took a spin in a paddle boat!

Who proposed? He did, of course! That's one thing I've always loved about being a girl; I knew I would never have to propose to anyone!

Who has more siblings? We both have 3 siblings.

The Hervey Quad

The Cooper Quad

What is your favorite thing about him? Well, many things come to mind, but if I were to name just one, I'd have to say that I love the way that he always looks for ways to serve others. Whether it's helping a young girl who lost her tube while floating down a river, or it's letting someone borrow a cord you plug into your car so you can listen to your ipod when you're going on a long car trip, he always wants to help people!

I tag: Mel

The Pinning Ceremony

At the end of nursing school, and just before graduation, we celebrate the pinning of graduate nurses. The pinning ceremony is a very special occasion for graduate nurses. We had a lovely dinner before the pinning began.

Jordan's parents - Steve and Timee, Liz, and Grandma Polly

My parents, Dick and Lee

Jordan's uncle and aunt, Sam and Carolyn

Steve, Bando, Timee

Stephen and Bando

There are now 5 (five!) nurses in the Cooper family. Jordan's aunt and uncle, Carolyn and Sam, his brother Stephen, his Grandma Polly, and now Jordan are all nurses! (Jordan is technically a graduate nurse at this point, but he'll be a registered nurse soon enough!) It was so great to have all these nurses at Jordan's pinning ceremony. It was a great evening.

Traditionally, the graduate chooses someone who has helped him "survive" nursing school to pin him. Stephen and I both got to pin him. Stephen definitely helped Jordan through nursing school. - There were many times when Jordan called Stephen with questions about homework and case studies. I'm glad he could ask Stephen because I didn't have a clue! I, on the other hand, got to proof read papers and simply encourage Jordan to keep going! Sometimes that was really easy, and other times it required a bit more support. But now all of Jordan's hard work has paid off!!! I'm so proud of him!

Thankfully they put a ribbon on the back of the pin, so the actual pinning would be easy to do.

Here's the newly-pinned nurse!

We're so happy!

Here is the Cooper clan at the end of the ceremony.

And here we are with my parents, too.

Jordan's Graduation!!!!

Jordan worked and worked, and the big day finally came! On May 9, 2008, he graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston School of Nursing! (How's that for a long name?!!)

Here's a pre-game photo I wanted. He's all set to go inside and graduate!

The graduates walked in to the traditional "Pomp and Circumstance." At this very moment, Jordan was watching the Cooper/Hervey clan that had gathered in his support.

Here are some action shots as Jordan's name was called!

Look at this happy grad! Doesn't he look great in a cap and gown?!!! I think so!

I'm so proud of Jordan. He has worked so hard to get to this moment, and now he has graduated. He definitely deserves the best!

Here's a picture of Jordan with Peter...

...and here's a picture of Jordan with Taylor! Taylor was VERY tired! - This was his 2nd graduation of the day, after all, and he was a very good boy at both of them!

Here are more pictures from after the graduation. I know it meant a lot to Jordan that so many of you came to his graduation. Not everyone who came is pictured here, but we both want to say thank you for supporting him through these past 2 years and at his graduation!

Jordan will take the NCLEX, (the state licensing test for RN's), on June 3rd, and he starts work at the Methodist Hospital in the Medical Center on July 21. He'll be working the night shift in the cardiovascular intensive care unit. Congratulations, Jordan!!!!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jordan!

Today is Jordan's birthday! I wanted him to have a birthday message from me when he woke up this morning, so I used Cheerios to spell a message:

It was fun to "write!"

Jordan enjoyed a massage this morning and came home feeling extremely relaxed! I took a half day off of work, and we went to Saltgrass for lunch. Our food was fantastic!

Then we went to the golf course. It's been a while since Bando has played golf, but he had a great time! Here he is at the driving range getting warmed up.

And here he is at hole 2.

He made par on hole 13 and hole 18! That was a great way to end the course! Here's Jordan relaxing in the golf cart.

And here I am in my seat.

Yes, that's right. I drove the golf cart. I had never set foot on a real golf course before, (Putt-Putt was the extent of my experience), and I felt quite out of place at first. When we arrived at the clubhouse, there were about 20 ladies sitting outside on the patio having a meeting. The walkway to the bathroom, (we had just come from lunch, where I drank a lot of water and lemonade), was straight through the middle of this group of ladies. Then at the driving range, there was a man next to us who obviously knew what he was doing, and I just didn't feel like I belonged there. It was a bit odd. Then I started driving the golf cart. I eventually got the hang of it, but let's just say that I didn't know what I was doing at first.

After golf, we went to Jordan's parent's house for dinner. It was delicious. - Thanks Grandma Polly!

Grandma Polly and Lou really enjoyed the German chocolate cake they made!

Jordan really enjoyed his birthday today. Thank you to all of you for your love and support for him!

By the way, he's finished with school!!!!! Hooray!