Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hanging out

Alan's birthday:

Alan was murdered at the mystery party I hosted for his birthday.  Of all the rotten luck!

The witch and I went to the library one Saturday morning:

And we made cinnamon rolls (from Pillsbury crescent rolls):

Coop and his friends from the nursery (Keely and Trinity) sang a special number in church last Sunday.  I recorded part of their practice session.  Here's the chorus and one of the (many) verses of the Fruit of the Spirit:

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fun projects

Coop and I built some castles in his room:

We charged up the jeep batteries and drove around to survey our land:

We hosted our friend Henry (and his mom and dad) for a play date, and these five folks managed a 100-piece puzzle:

Monday, March 18, 2013

I will never get tired of this:

In his reading chair:

When the power went out:

At breakfast:

At church waiting for me to be done playing piano:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Citter update

Scratchy seems to be doing well:

He didn't die from a a heart attack when we put him in the hamster ball to roll around on the floor.  (We didn't, however, let Adelaide play with the ball, which would've added another level of terror!)

You'll also notice a new activity on Scratchy's list:
"Bite."  One checkmark.  Luckily, he's got tiny teeth, so it wasn't too bad.

Grandma Carol came to stay with Coop for a couple of days while Raintree was closed for parent/teacher conferences.  This dead hawk was waiting for me when I got home one day.
"Mama, he's so soft."  Ok, then.  Lovely.  Thanks.

Monday, March 11, 2013


Thank you notes for birthday/Valentine's day gifts:

A doll made out of a dixie cup, cardboard, and yarn:

Painting with Madeline:

A lego dinosaur.  Pteranodon, maybe?  I can't remember....

Coop made a tool box for Mr. Scott, a carpenter who gave Coop a big box of wood scraps.  Scott sent us this photo of it actually in use!
It says "tools onlee tool box."  And Coop was none too pleased when Mr. Scott's wife used it to carry papers and a drink to their car on the day we gave it to them!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Another snow day

We got another 6-10 inches of snow following our previous two snow days.  Oof.  It was lovely though:

Coop and Alan finished up their tower:

And Coop had a good time tromping through the snow:

He found this area out behind our barn.  He's dubbed it "the clubhouse," and he's ready to invite his classmates over to be in his club back here:

Monday, March 04, 2013


During our snow days earlier this month, Cooper expressed some interest in cooking, which is a great indoor activity that takes up some time (and creates more than a little mess).  But the results are usually tasty!
We started with French toast:

And then we did pancakes from scratch:

By the third meal Coop wanted to cook, I was running out of energy.  So we buttered some bread:

 Opened some canned pears (he was actually quite excited at being allowed to use the can opener!):

And heated up some leftovers and some corn:
The microwave was a surprisingly big draw for him.  "Now I know how to cook in the microwave!"  Um... yep.  Sure do, kiddo.