Monday, August 26, 2013

Goin' fishing

Getting ready:


Got one!

Cleaning the fish (Coop really really wanted to bring home some of the fish they caught, even though they were so tiny it was more trouble cleaning them than it was worth!):

Dipping in ketchup:

Not a fan:

Oh well.  At least we don't have to bring home and clean any more fish!  Win!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

More summer fun

Coop and I went to play slip 'n slide with our friend Gus:

A Mexican squid?  (At Laugh out Loud play zone.)

Captain Underpants:


With our friend Henry (drawing dinosaurs while waiting for lunch to arrive):

Admiring the fish in the reeeeaaallly expensive aquarium store:

I'm not sure exactly who he was trying to be here.... but it's cute!

Train tracks in the living room:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Robot T-Rex

Coop got a kit to assemble a robot T-Rex for Christmas.  Finally this summer we were brave enough to try it:

Not bad, with only one spare piece (oops!):
Some videos of the T-Rex in action.  It's supposed to respond to sound and movement.  Maybe it does?  Maybe it just moves however it wishes...
Simon was curious (heh) but less that thrilled:

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Coop lost his second tooth!

Still doesn't like fireworks, as much as he really wants to:

But he did make little flags that we were going to hand out as part of our (three-person) 4th of July parade where we all march in a circle singing Grand Old Flag.  We practiced several times around the house, but never actually performed for anyone.

Six-month check-up -- everything looks good!

Coop came home from school and announced the he had formed a club.  Guess what kind of club?  Wait for it....   A Silly Club!  Naturally!  Couldn't possibly form a Sit Quietly and Read Club.  Nope, not my kid.

Here he's making a sign-up sheet for the Silly Club to take to school (I don't think Miss Ann actually let him hang up the sign, though).  What I loved about this picture though is the outfit -- KU jersey + backwards cap.  He looks 13 (if you ignore the juice box).

Monday, August 12, 2013


We went back to Lyons over the 4th of July weekend for my high school class reunion.  We got some fun time in the Lyons pool:

Off the diving board!  (I was in the water to catch him, but he didn't really need me -- swam to the edge of the pool by himself afterward!)

And then Coop got to play with Grandma and Grandpa at a nifty new playground in Sterling:

And shockingly, they fed him a really tall ice cream cone afterward:

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

Craft projects

Cooper has a "craft drawer" in his desk.  (Actually, two now because he ran out of room in the first one.)  And he saves all sorts of crap trash treasures that he might want to use in some future craft project.  And I'm always surprised what he comes up with.
He saved the box that my watch came in.  And turned it into this guy:

Complete with tongue and plastic tooth that we hot-glue-gunned in place.

Coop and I put together some kind of truck thing that came with 107 (teeny tiny) pieces:

For my birthday, Coop made me this doll out of his craft supply drawer:

And then used a soccer ball sweat band to make her a dress:

Painting a bird house: