Thursday, November 21, 2019

Half Marathon

I've been really enjoying going for long walks after walking Cooper to school in the mornings.  I decided to walk the half marathon in Lawrence recently.

A bit chilly (windy) at the start, but it was near 60 by the end.  Gorgeous morning.

One of the best pit stops I've seen on a race.  Particularly when it's a bit chilly at the beginning:

Not a lot of walkers, so there were at least several points in the race when I was bringing up the rear:


Monday, November 18, 2019


I made a quick trip up to visit Carmen and Vada in Portland.  Vada introduced me to her chinchilla:

We went to a pumpkin patch:

Tall sunflowers:

Dinner at a Mexican restaurant, and Vada helped make guacamole table side!

Tea party with the dog and Vada's stuffed animals.  We had toast, sprinkles, tea, and marshmallows.

At Vada'a favorite dumpling restaurant:

Kelly and Vada modeling halloween masks at Michaels:

Brand new couch!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The arts

Cooper is in the Cougar Chorus, which meets before school at 7:10am.  They had a fall concert recently.  It was wonderful and, surprisingly, it lasted all of 26 minutes!  Brilliant!

Coop is also in the Honors Choir, a select group of chorus members.  He's one of four tenors.  They sang Seasons of Love at the concert:

Coop got a part in the fall school play, too!  It was called "Writing a Will can be Murder," and it was super clever.  I was so impressed with the kids!

Monday, November 11, 2019


Coop and I decided to have our Halloween skeleton friend ride in the car with us.  We call her Nana Beverly.

On Halloween day, Cooper went to school as his choir teacher, Mr. Viets, who wears a name tag with a bunch of ribbons on it.

For the school's trunk or treat event, Coop dug out a giant 6-foot tall giraffe costume.  This is his good friend Renee:

With friends and his school principal (in the middle):

He went trick-or-treating Halloween evening with Molly and Eliza, who dressed as toothbrushes:

I happened to be at the law school on Halloween for a meeting, and I ran across this student:

Who was dressed as my headshot for halloween!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Lights Fest

Coop and I headed to the middle of Missouri one weekend for The Lights Fest, where everyone releases a paper later in to the sky.  But first, we stayed at this fabulous AirBnb with alpacas!

At the event:

Decorating his latern:

Getting ready to release the latern:

Monday, October 14, 2019

fall misc

Doing homework:

Hugs in the kitchen:

At a charity event for Alexandra's House:

Dress for Success Wednesday:

Our October car companion, who we've named Nana Beverly:

Coop was reading some old notes from 3rd grade:

Monday, September 16, 2019


Cooper and I went to Lyons with a BIG secret:

We were involved in the planning of (and lying about!) a surprise birthday party for Grandma Joan's 70th birthday:

The moment of surprise:

And the zwieback that were at the heart of our deception (and were also very, very tasty!):

While we were home, Coop drove the gator:

Exhausted after all the festivities:

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Coop and I saw a concert at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City:

And he pitched the moon!

Working together:

Holding Jenny and taking a selfie for a lesson in language arts about selfies:

And it finally happened one day... Jenny bit him.  It was a bit traumatic at the time, though everyone is fine and happy again:

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Back to school

Coop is starting 7th grade in a new school.  We attended the open house to get a feel for the place.  I made Coop take a photo with his principal Dr. Jones:

We spent some time decorating his locker---he opted for a plant theme:

And we found the auditorium:

Ready for the first day!

The school is just across the street, so Coop will walk every day:

Staring out the window waiting for him to come home in the afternoon!