Wednesday, July 30, 2008

More swimming

Way back in June (yes, I'm that behind on my blogging), Cooper and I took swimming lessons. Or I guess I should say "lessons."

Here was our class:

And God bless our poor little high school instructor. He didn't even know the verses to The Wheels on the Bus.
Cooper's favorite part was jumping (again I should probably say "jumping") off the side of the pool.

And Lady K's new swimming suit, but the weather hasn't cooperated so we haven't been able to try it out.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

More house guests!

Tuesday and Wednesday, we hosted two brothers -- a one-year-old and a 2.5-year-old. Everyone loves Alan, it seems.

(Don't tell the 2.5-year-old that the cellphone he's holding doesn't work, and even when it did, it couldn't take pictures.)

The piano is always a big hit with visiting kids (and Cooper):

And on Thursday, Lady K showed up.
She's 14-months old and will be with us for a bit, maybe as short as a month before she's reunited with her folks. (But you never know in the foster care business.)

She too likes to play with Alan and Cooper.

This was just after they'd come home from swimming and changed into dry diapers. Cooper's looking at his new friend accusatorially because right before I snapped this picture, Lady K whacked him in the head (I'm sure it was an accident!) with that ball-thing.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine came to Baldwin City back in June. Cooper doesn't really know who Thomas is, but it was a big deal here in town, so we decided to go check it out.

This is Thomas himself. You could pay eleventy-five dollars to ride on (with? in?) Thomas, but we opted to just sit on him for a photo.

There were model train sets:

A bubble machine:
A petting zoo, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with Thomas:

And Cooper's favorite attraction, a giant Thomas balloon in the gift shop:

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fun with....

Couch cushions:

Daddy's shoes:


Three generations:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

How to use a spoon:

Method one:
Stick (wrong) end of spoon in food.

Insert in mouth.

Method two:
Pick up food with hands (somewhat difficult to do when it's applesauce).

Place on spoon.

Insert in mouth.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tomorrow (Monday) morning, I'm leaving for a four-day legal writing conference in Indianapolis. Without Cooper and Alan. The conference will be fun, but it will also be the first time I've been away from Cooper for longer than a business day. I cried when I made the plane reservations two months ago. I cried today when I was packing. It could be a rough week on Mama. I'm sure Cooper and Daddy will have a ball here eating berries and jumping on the couch.

And so this blog post is more self-indulgent than the rest. It's cute videos and pictures so I can log in from Indy and watch my boy in action.

First, how Cooper will most likely spend his evenings with Daddy:

Looking for his favorite playmate:

This is Cooper saying "please" (and the hand across the chest is sign language for please). I'm telling you -- it's so sweet that once he starts this, I almost always give in. In this video, for instance, you'll notice he's playing with the cast iron fireplace log holder standing right next to the sharp brick hearth. I lose all Mommy-sense when he's so cute and polite!

And finally, two of my favorite recent pictures:

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Hallmark and Donuts

When my mom came up for a visit, we toured the Hallmark Cards visitors' center in Kansas City. We watched a machine make bows (or flowers, as Cooper calls them).

And got to hold hands with Maxine.

Sometime last month was National Donut Day. (I didn't make it up, I swear. I read it on the internet, so it must be true.) I thought the occasion called for a family photo:

And an assortment of donuts for Cooper to choose from. He picked the creme-filled-chocolate-frosted one. A good choice, I think.

And this is him eating goldfish crackers after he rejected the donuts.

Do you hear that? It's the sound of my donut-loving heart breaking.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

We visited a nature center in Lawrence that had this viewing station for lots of bird feeders. And if you pushed the buttons where Cooper is standing, you could hear lots of different bird calls. Cooper's bird noises all sound the same ("teet teet"), but he loved standing here to watch and listen.

Who knew he was talented enough to blow up a balloon poodle?

We've started coloring a bit. Unfortunately Cooper likes to eat crayons still, so we mostly give him plastic pens. But these fancy crayons are designed especially for little toddler hands. He used them appropriately for a bit, then pitched them over the side of the high chair. They make a much cooler sound than regular crayons when you drop them!


Cooper and Parker ready for a trip to the pool:

Cooling off over the air conditioning vent at the end of a long, hot day:

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

U-Pick Strawberries

The boy loves his berries.