RE: re: re: RE: quick note on sleeping arrangements for Christmas

From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>
To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 10, 2018, 2:21 PM

Hey, Hooper family!

Christmastime is (almost) here and we can’t wait to host the annual Hooper Christmas celebration! A couple of you have asked, “Why are Cynthia and Doug hosting when they just had a baby four weeks ago?”

Just remember dear family I married into, Doug and I met in the Seasonal Items aisle at CVS almost six Christmas Eves ago—this is our season!

Having said that, our three-bedroom ranch is a little tight (no room at the Inn, Mary and Joseph LOL) but just think, one day I’ll be able to show Ivy a picture of her whole family in their Hooper 2018 Christmas hoodies (keep an eye on the mail!) with her sweet face right in the middle. Maybe we’ll get a smile! When do they smile? Does she know who I am?

Quick note on sleeping arrangements—

  • Doug and I will keep our bedroom. Since the baby’s got a touch of colic we figure it’s better that we have the bedroom at the back of the house where you can’t hear the screaming (mostly hers)(LOL).
  • Frank and Eva, you’ll have the guest room. Frank, a reminder to pack your pajamas. You never know who you’ll run into in the hallway in the middle of the night. It could be me! Again!
  • Martha and Matt, we’ve got you on the foldout in the living room. “Santa” promises to be quiet when we make Christmas-morning magic. You get to wake up every morning with a view of the tree! (The lights are on a timer. Is 6 a.m. too early? We’ve usually been up for a bit by then but can totally push to 6:15, LMK.)
  • We’ve cleared a spot in the basement for Taylor. Teenagers like privacy, right? Doug’s been spending A LOT of time setting it up so whatever he’s been doing alone in blissful silence down there for several hours a day I bet it’s worth it! It better be!

Have I forgotten anyone? Could be! This morning I fed the cat coffee! She’s fine.

Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays!
Cynthia & Doug & Ivy(!)


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 10, 2018, 2:27 PM

One thing — if you have a noise machine you might want to bring it. We have our own, she’s sweet but relentless. If they’re crying they’re breathing, right? (LOL) Many holy nights, indeed!


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 12, 2018, 4:03 AM

OK, guys, crazy idea. What if INSTEAD of the Feast of the Seven Fishes we did a BYOB potluck? You can think of yourselves as the wise men but instead of myrrh maybe an orzo salad?

I know, I know, it’s breaking my heart to lose this meal, you know I LIVE for coconut shrimp! But right now I’m feeding our little elf every two hours and the nugget won’t take a bottle from her daddy! So unless one of them learns how to turn on a stove we have to go to plan B.

The good news is we’ve got plenty of frozen casseroles. Doug’s law firm really knows how to work a meal train! It’s almost like giving him parental leave but in the form of meatless lasagna.


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 16, 2018, 11:28 PM

Wowowow, I am so sorry everyone. Looks like I accidentally had the holiday crackers shipped to our old address. Anyone up for hand-making paper crowns? Doug won’t let me near scissors right now since I cut my own bangs after four hours of cluster feeding. I’m off crafts till the new year. Also I threatened the mailman. DO NOT RING MY DOORBELL DURING NAPS. He didn’t read the sign!

You’d think Doug, a guy who won a $1.6 million dollar settlement for PetCo, could negotiate two weeks of parental leave into his contract? But I guess we all pick our battles!


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 20, 2018, 8:32 AM

She’s your sister, you tell her she can’t bring her shitty Shih Tzu, Ody. Hand to god I will neuter him with my bare hands and a nail file if his barking wakes Ivy up. Do you want to witness that? Or will you be “working late”?


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 20, 2018, 8:34 AM

WHOOOPS! Didn’t mean to “reply all” there! Doug’s on a big case this week so he “needs his sleep” and is it possible that she’s teething already? Or she hates me? Is sleep an allergy and can I test her? There’s not enough coffee in the world!

Martha, Doug will be in touch!

We’re so excited to see you all in just a few days!


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 22, 2018, 9:28 PM

Change of plans! Martha and Matt, we’re going to set you up in the garage with what I promise is the Maserati of space heaters. Easy for you to let Ody in and out. It’s like your own wing.

Doug has been moved to the couch.


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 23, 2018, 1:28 AM

Did everyone get their hoodies? Return label should say CafePress.

Sent from my iPhone


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 23, 2018, 1:31 AM

Just a reminder that caroling will have to end by 7p latest.

Sent from my iPhone


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 23, 2018, 1:43 AM

Can we all agree no perfume or cologne this year?

Sent from my iPhone


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 23, 2018, 1:44 AM

or scented lotions

Sent from my iPhone


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 23, 2018, 1:47 AM

Careful when you come up to the front steps. Doug hasn’t gotten around to shoveling the walk. I’d do it but doctor’s orders! Doctor says I can’t do more than I’m already doing right now, like keeping myself and my baby alive! 80th percentile for weight, tread CAREFULLY

Sent from my iPhone


From: Cynthia Brewer-Hooper <cbrewer@gmail.com>

To: hangingwiththehoopers@yahoogroups.com
Date: December 23, 2018, 9:28 AM

An update—Martha and Matt, I found a great deal on Expedia under a mile away. Ody will be much happier there. So will Doug. Oh there’s no place like the Holiday Inn Express for the holidays! Apparently they have a very robust breakfast buffet with make-your-own waffles and cold-cut slices so let’s plan on meeting there on the 25th, say 8-ish? The Hoopers will have their Christmas ham after all!

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