Monday, September 16, 2019

Lyons

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

September

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!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Comedy

Cooper participated in a week-long camp at Theatre Lawrence, where the kids put on a production of Star Farce, a farcical version of one of the Star Wars movies (I forget which one....).  Coop was a silver version of C3P0, called T14 (I think?):


Celebrating with Orange Leaf frozen yogurt afterward:

Coop and I went to a comedy improv show in Kansas City:

And celebrated afterward with fabulous donuts!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Wrapping up summer...

Cooper has been doing a great job of interacting more with his pets.  Jenny is growing and thriving:

Klinger is still cute and (comparatively) little:


And then we watched Apollo 13, while eating astronaut ice cream:

Monday, August 19, 2019

Baby girl moves on...

But before she goes, a trip to Pet World:



Playing in the living room:

Riding a giant lion:

Thursday, August 08, 2019

River City Rock Camp

Cooper participated in River City Rock Camp this summer.  He and four others were grouped together to make a band, assigned songs to play, and participated in a concert at The Granada in Lawrence.
Cooper (keyboard), Molly (bass guitar), Eliza (elec guitar), Delany (elec guitar), Parker (drums).

Dress rehearsal:

A video of dress rehearsal:

Songs:  Hello Goodbye, Wooly Bully, Werewolf in London, Jailhouse Rock

At the concert!



Baby girl loved the free popcorn:

Album cover?

Monday, August 05, 2019

July fun

Trying on one of Coop's hats:

In the shelf:

She likes to pretend to do my hair.  I gave her a hair tie, which she stuck in her mouth, as any good hair stylist does:

Celebrating my birthday:


Thursday, August 01, 2019

Lyons

The kids and I took a trip back to Lyons to visit my folks.  Baby girl was impressed with the plants!

And the cat:

Gator ride!

Coop got lawn mowing lessons and, much to his chagrin, we brought the mower back home so he can practice here!

Aunt Kathy made this adorable owl quilt for baby girl:

Pondering on the porch:

Monday, July 29, 2019

A few more Outward Bound things

A group photo (after a costume party?):

The thank you note Coop wrote during the trip:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Rest and recover

 Showered and reconnected after the Outward Bound trip:

In the pool with Juliette:

Hot tub:

Then Coop went with Alan and Co to Keystone for a quick vacation:


And a stop at Boot Hill on the way home: