Thursday, November 14, 2013

Fall trips

Four generations of Grants (in Iola for Grandma Margaret's 96th birthday party):

Coop and I at an Arkansas Razorbacks football game:

The band!!

Monday, November 11, 2013


New Halloween stuff from Dollar General:

Cutting out articles to publish in a book (after I tried to explain how the article I wrote just got accepted from publication in a law review):

Dress up:


The King

Mud pies!!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tooth #3


Finally, he let me at it, and I yanked it out.  :)

His note to the tooth fairy:
"Dear T.F. Can you get me your own self portrait and a 2$ bill.  I missed you but not for long.  (When do you come at night by the way) Cooper"

My favorite part is the correct use of parentheses!

Monday, November 04, 2013


Some things Cooper had made recently:

A rattlesnake (newspaper stuffed in pantyhose):

A book he wrote called Tornado Man that we copied and delivered to some friends:

Food chains:

God's Eye: 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

We go visit Madeline:

After Madeline came to play at our house, we took the crazy up to her house in Lawrence.  Again, more costumes:

Admiring the water feature in their front yard:  
Doing crafts: 

 A couple of weeks later, Madeline left this note for Cooper in his school folder:
("Dear Cooper, I had a grait birthday and I thot of you the hole time beecus I loved you.  love, Madeline")

Monday, October 28, 2013

Madeline comes to visit!

Coop really, reeeeaaallly misses his friends from Miss Ann's room, so we invited Madeline over to play one weekend.  Here were Coop's welcome signs:

And Coop staring out the window waiting for her to arrive:


Ice cream:

 The toy closet:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The last bits of summer

Alan and Coop took a road trip to Hays to see the Sternberg Museum:

And they stopped in Lyons on the way home for a hiking tour around Kanopolis Lake:

 Coop spent one Saturday afternoon moving out into the hallway and watching the "television" he made out of a cardboard box:

We helped sponsor the Raintree reconstruction project (ie -- wrote a check) and they put Coop's name on the curb!

Some critters:

Monday, October 21, 2013

Ready for first grade!

With his teacher Mr. Joe:

I think the first week went well.  It's always a little hard to know exactly what he does during the day.  Apparently, he spent lots of time that first week reading a book about snakes.  Fair enough.

Monday, September 16, 2013


Coop wrapped up his kindergarten year in August.  It was his third and final year in Miss Ann's classroom.  He asked if I could come join him for lunch one day before summer classes were over:
We had grilled cheese sandwiches, grapes, and veggies.  (And milk.  Ick.)  It was pretty impressive to see a room full of twenty-four 3-6-year-olds eat a meal without too much mishap.

Cooper with Miss Ann and Miss Katie (the assistant teacher in the room):

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Church Carnival

Our church had an end-of-the-summer carnival in the parking lot.  Tons of fun!

Face painting!

Hot dogs!

Cotton candy!

Trying to dunk pastor!

Getting some help with the basketball game:

Sack races!