Monday, June 01, 2020

Bad pun prank war

"Mama, come quick!  The toilet is smoking!"

"Cooper, I'm so sorry.  I wasn't paying attention and now there's a 'leak' on your computer!"

Mama, come quick!  I flushed the toilet and now there's water coming out of the bathroom!"

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sound effects

One of the online school assignments from Cooper's speech and drama class was to add sound effects to a movie clip.

When Cooper's teacher posted this, it was completely silent.  And then Cooper had to add "Foley effects" -- the general sounds of the scene -- footsteps, rustling, background noise, etc.  Here's what he came up with, just by recording various sounds around the house and timing it perfectly with the video:

Monday, May 25, 2020

Missing friends

Cooper has been desperately missing his friends and needing some interaction other than with his parents.  So we filled up some giant water guns, drove to friends' houses, set the water guns on the porch, and waited for them to come out and start a war:

Natural enforcement of the six-feet-apart rule:

And at least he got to see some new people!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Inside activities

Cooper with his easter basket (tool box?) from Grandma Joan and Grandpa Cecil:

With his trophy (toilet paper and suckers) for winning the first family game night:

I'm on a zoom faculty meeting, with wine, trying to also listen to Cooper's latest guitar skills:


PLENTY of screen time for Minecraft and YouTube.

Exercising (technically an inside activity since the elliptical is in the garage):

Snuggling for a movie night:

Monday, May 18, 2020

Outside activities

Cooper helped clean the roof at Alan's house:

We used sidewalk chalk to remind folks to stay one giraffe neck apart:

Lots of walks:

And a dandelion necklace:

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The grandparents

To keep the grandparents company during the stay-at-home orders, we send them a life-size cardboard cut-out of the grandkids!

The grandkids got easter baskets:

And a ride in the mule:

Enjoying the sun on the porch:

Puzzles with grandma:

Candy with grandpa:

Time for bed:

Monday, March 30, 2020

A Whole New World

Coop got an electric guitar, so much of our home time has been spent learning to play that:

Family zoom call:

A sign that quickly appeared following the shelter-in-place order:

My in my work from home office (and jammie pants):

Coop in his Dress for Success attire with online schooling:

Lunch with his friends:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Social Distancing

Washburn moved to online classes, so this is my new command central for class prep:

The Governor of Kansas declared that public school buildings are closed through the rest of the academic year, so Coop went to clean out his locker:

He wouldn't let me make a cutesy chalkboard sign "Last Day in the School Building."

BUT BEFORE we had to lock ourselves down, Cooper and his "friend" Sophia had a "special outing, just the two of them."  They met in a park and walked on Mass St. Stopped in a toy store, the book store, and a pizza restaurant.

I met them at an ice cream place where I stealthily snapped this picture:

 At the end of the "date":

Monday, March 23, 2020

The start of spring break

Cooper and his biker gang friends terrorized the neighborhood:

A group ended up people watching at the local ice cream parlor:

Coop started teaching himself to play the guitar:

And we celebrated Pi Day!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

80s party

Every year, I host a group of students at the house for an 80s-themed murder mystery party.  My outfit:

The grown-up characters -- a school counselor and school principal -- both got legit 80s outfits from a vintage store:

 Other guests at the 80s prom:

Prom king and queen:

The whole group:

Thursday, March 05, 2020

State Music

Cooper and one other student from his school were selected to be in the KMEA (KS Music Educators Association) state choir, about 170 middle school kids from the entire state.  They spent a day working with a conductor and then gave a concert at Century II in Wichita. 

Taking the stage: 

The crew from Billy Mills Middle School (and please keep in mind that Cooper's school choir director and the other student are both over 6 feet tall!):

With Aunt Ellen celebrating at Braum's after the concert:

Monday, March 02, 2020

Kansas History Day

Cooper decided to participate in Kansas History Day this year, and he chose to do a project on Sandra Day O'Connor.  The night before the event, Coop went to a school dance and when he came home at 8pm, this is how the project looked:

By 11pm:

And on display at the competition the following day:

With his teachers and the other classmate from his school who entered the competition: