Monday, April 27, 2015

Board Break-a-thon!

Cooper's karate studio hosted a board break-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude's Childrens Hospital.  Coop raised a bit of money for the cause (enough to get a t-shirt!), and on the day in question, each kiddo got to break five boards:

All of the board-breakers with their stacks of broken boards:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Lyons and Easter

Coop and I drove back to Lyons for the Friday - Saturday of Easter weekend.  Kelly and her daughter Zoey were there, so it was fun to spend time with them.  The weekend kicked off with a rousing game of Monopoly.  Grandpa Cecil and Aunt Kelly are ruthless!

Gator ride (with Grandma Joan's crutches following her foot surgery this week):

We walked around the new library in Lyons and picked out a couple of books:

And I conned mom and Kelly into helping me stuff easter eggs for the egg hunt Cooper was having at our house on Easter Sunday:

 Some of the easter egg hunt crew (Coop's friends from school):


Eleanor finding an egg:

Sorting through the loot:

And admiring Jenny the snake:

Monday, April 13, 2015


Coop and I attended a magic show at Theater Lawrence:  Korso the Curious.  It was a small crowd in the lobby of the theater, and Coop volunteered to help demonstrate a trick:

Monday, April 06, 2015


Coop has been enjoying karate, especially the black belt training portion, which takes place after regular classes for 15 minutes.  In these pictures, he was working on a jump front kick:

He passed belt test last month and now has his yellow belt.  And he's going to move up to the 8-12-year-old class.

At the belt graduation ceremony, the Demo Team performed.  Pretty impressive kids: