Saturday, May 26, 2012

School break

Coop's got two weeks off from school now in between the spring and summer sessions.  We volunteered to keep the class pet geckos for the break.  They're low maintenance.  We feed them a dozen or so crickets at a time, give them fresh water, and put cricket food in the aquarium, too.  (Yes, I appreciate the irony of feeding the crickets to then feed them to the geckos...)

Adelaide has been quite enchanted with the critters:

We picked up a kite and spent one afternoon down at the soccer fields trying to fly it.  All in all, not bad, but surely there's some technique I'm missing...

Every Saturday, we go to the farmer's market for a cinnamon roll and across the street to the library for some books and movies.  Here was Cooper's attire one Saturday.
Clearly, pirate skeletons can't get wet.

Friday, May 18, 2012


This is such a frantic time of year for Alan and I with exams to write and papers to grade and classes to finish up.  So we've been spending many of weekends around the house trying to remain calm and relaxed.

Coop and I finished up the Titanic model that he got as a Christmas gift.
(It needs paint, but that project may wait until...never.)

This was Coop's outfit for church one Sunday:

Eating ketchup with a fork, because...well... why not?

Talking to Addie.

Working with Daddy:

A trip to the library for books about airplanes and boats and volcanoes and tornadoes.

Is it summer yet?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Mother's Day

Cooper woke up at 6:40 on Mother's Day to give me a hug and tell me "Happy Mother's Day!"  Sweet, but next year we'll maybe work on sleeping in...

And then he demanded I open all of my presents.  Here's what he had wrapped for m:

A gun with bullets:

My very own Titanic picture:

A telephone for me to use:

A plaster handprint:
 (I think those are the French spellings of our names.)

A picture frame that he made at school:

And my favorite, the pieces to a model ship, with instructions included:

All assembled:

Man, 5 is a great age!

Friday, May 11, 2012


We signed Cooper up for t-ball this summer!  He's in a 3-4-year-old league (age as of Jan. 1, so he's probably the oldest kid out there), and it's pretty stinkin' cute.

We have practices on Wednesday evenings for 30 minutes, where Coach Jason has the kids hit, field, and play catch with each other:

Coop was over-the-moon excited about his "uniform" (blue Baldwin Rec t-shirt), which he's worn nearly every day it's clean.

Here he is playing short stop at the first game:

And he got a chance to play first base:

The base squeaks when you step on it, which is pretty cute.  And in this league, we play three innings.  (An inning is where every kid hits the ball and runs to first base.)

Coop at bat:

 Running to first:

The obligatory "good game, good game" line:
And a team meeting after the game: 

Too fun!