Monday, November 30, 2009

Sweet Coopie

With Daddy, watching the fire:

I love this picture because the designs on Cooper's diaper make it look like he's got plumber's butt. Heh.
Fun with stickers:

Posing outside. I had intended to use a picture from this afternoon photo shoot for our Christmas card, but Coop had a runny nose. And Alan's camera is fancy enough to pick up snot bubbles and crusties. Fabulous. Even so, pretty darn adorable.

So, maybe we have some sleeping issues. Coop has a Big Boy Bed. But for a couple of months, he's been sleeping on the floor. Ok. Whatever.

And then several weeks ago, he wanted to sleep in the recliner:

And then, as if slowly migrating away from the Big Boy Bed, Cooper decided he wanted to sleep in the hallway:
It doesn't seem like something I need to be fighting. He's going to sleep. And (for the most part), staying asleep all night. But it does feel just a bit odd.

Oh, and if you're wondering how I managed to take all the pictures of him sleeping without the flash waking him up -- it's because he also insists on sleeping with the light on.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Chocolate cake

A couple of weekends ago, I flew to Portland, OR to hold my sweet new niece Vada:

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Grandma Carol came over to help Alan entertain Cooper. They baked a cake one afternoon.

I'm not sure why the birthday candles, other than Cooper has a baggie of them that he likes to carry around:

Note: not Grandma Carol's birthday. Not anyone's birthday that I know of. But candles make any cake fun!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Leftover Halloween stuff

Cooper, dressed half as a monkey, stopped to play piano, which is particularly adorable with the banana sticking out of his pocket:
While Cooper was watching the trick-or-treaters walking around Lawrence, he seemed particularly enchanted with the skeletons. So I picked him up a skeleton costume for 75% off at Walmart the next day.

Dinner in a Pumpkin -- the perfect Halloween meal.
Step 1. Clean out pumpkin.

Step 2. Brown ground turkey and onion. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, cream of mushroom soup, and cooked brown rice.

Step 3. Fill pumpkin. Replace lid. Pop in oven.

Step 4. Scoop out meat and rice mixture, along with the pumpkin. And enjoy:

Monday, November 16, 2009

Family and pets we love

A couple of weekends ago, Cooper and I headed to Lyons to meet up with my Aunt Mary from Texas. Cooper had never met her, but we had a great time talking (and eating pizza):

Prince, Grandpa Cecil, Cooper:

Our new kitty Addie is settling into the family nicely. She spends several nights sleeping on the recliner in Cooper's room:

She enjoyed Alan's Empire State Building costume:

And she joins us for story time before bed, just like our Mikey used to!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Shots, books, and cats.

Showing off his flu shot bandaid:

More importantly, showing off the candy he got after he got his flu shot:

Driving back home from Lyons ("Look, Mama! I'm under a big stack of books!")

About 20 minutes later:

Addie's favorite way to taunt Sydney is to go sit on top of the chair Sydney is under.

Sydney does let Addie come around if she's distracted with food though:

Monday, November 09, 2009

Some random pictures

Ready for a ride:

Eating applesauce with mittens:


Playing with a clock puzzle -- he takes out the pieces and sets them down as far from him as he can reach. And then he puts them all back in.

Playing in a Corn Box -- a big tank of corn kernels that we saw at a local pumpkin patch.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Our pumpkin

Digging out the guts, which Cooper decided looked like grass:
Carving the face:

Putting the light in:

Replacing the lid:


Monday, November 02, 2009

How Halloween went down at our house

Since we've been a family of three, I've been excited to come up with a family theme for our Halloween costumes, at least as long as I can still convince Cooper to wear what I want him to wear. Two years ago, we were a pirate family complete with parrot, and last year we were the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe.

This year started with a hand-me-down monkey costume. I decided that Coop could be King Kong, Alan could dress up like the Empire State Building, which would leave me as the damsel in distress. No problem.

I picked up a big U-Haul box for Alan's building, and Cooper liked playing with the smaller one I bought:

But then *gasp* I couldn't talk him into wearing the monkey costume. Here is the one and only time he had the whole thing on:
I finally bribed him with Smarties to put the top on so we could at least take a picture of him next to the Empire State Building. But he would only stand by the building if I was in it, which left Alan to be the damsel in distress, and he didn't much care for that role. So he took the picture instead:

It's too bad he wouldn't wear the costume out and about. He makes a super-cute monkey:

Instead, he insisted on wearing the little box I had cut for him. So he went trick-or-treating as Small Box from U-Haul.
( Parker's a bear.)

I'm sure people thought I was the laziest mom ever -- I didn't even try to make the box look like something. Oh, well...

As it turns out, Cooper didn't care that much about trick-or-treating anyway. We headed to downtown Lawrence to visit all the businesses, but Cooper much preferred watching all of the costumes go by.
Fine by me. No sense fighting him to go trick-or-treating when I would just spend the rest of the week fighting him to not eat candy!

Check out, by the way, some of Cooper's super-cute friends, all agreeably wearing their costumes: