Thursday, February 14, 2019


All of the 6th graders at Raintree spend an entire week playing World Peace Games.  It's complicated and convoluted.  But Cooper seemed to enjoy it!

To celebrate his birthday with his friends, Cooper opted to have take Frances (the 1-year-old daughter of his teacher) to the local kids bounce house play area.  Molly and Eliza joined:

Monday, February 11, 2019

Home life

Cooper used his own money to buy a complete collection of the Harry Potter books.  And then promptly spent one entire weekend on the couch reading (in his Harry Potter shirt!):

Checking out the jokes in Reader's Digest:

Cooking BBQ chicken:


Snuggling under a new Beatles blanket:

Wednesday, February 06, 2019


Coop's 12th birthday!

Lots of Beatles stuff!

And money to buy new nerf guns!

And legos!  Harry Potter!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Chicago attractions

First up, the Adler Planetarium:

An experiment to make a hover craft thing:

Watching a vacuum chamber experiment:

And then at an awesome spy themed restaurant called the Safehouse:

Friday, February 01, 2019


Coop and I flew to Chicago one weekend to hand out with Carrie and the family:

Including Hodie, the ginormous dog:

Coop suggested I take this picture in front of the Trump building:

The three kids:

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


Mini sweet treats:

Regular sized sweet treats:

Facial masks:

Ready to head back to school in new vest and bowtie:

Folding and organizing t-shirts:

Monday, January 28, 2019

Wrapping up KC

Lunch at the original Fritz's restaurant:

The heater in our AirBnb wasn't working, so we rounded up all of the space heaters we could find:

Carmen, Vada, and I found the perfect breakfast place: