Monday, January 25, 2016


Oh no!  An entire army wiped out by a giant python!

Warming his buns on Alan's stove in the morning:

Coop has decided to have his birthday party at a video arcade / laser tag place.  He and I went one afternoon to check it out (and naturally, to play laser tag):

You can tell it's winter when even the snake is seeking out moisture:

Coop attended a half-day-camp about green screen photography and created this:
Fixing the clock on Big Ben!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


One of Alan's Christmas break projects was to go through Cooper's giant bin of random lego pieces and sort them by color:

Coop's been enjoying free-building:

And then he also has decided to get out some of his old instruction manuals and try to re-create the objects (and hopefully save them somehow so they don't once again turn into a big bucket of random legos?):

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Happy 2016!

Coop and I visited our friends in Arkansas to ring in the new year.  Coop and Caroline:

At a museum where you were supposed to be drawing part of a snowflake and then seeing how it looks in the mirrors.  Coop opted for faces:

A Frank Lloyd Wright house:

Admiring the view at Crystal Bridges museum:

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Christmas Day

Coop spent a not insignificant amount of time setting traps for Santa this year -- all sorts of noisy things in between the fireplace and the Christmas tree:

And naturally, he moved the couch in front of the tree and slept there all night:

Alas, no luck.  Santa made it in and out without detection.  He brought Coop a Lego Millennium Falcon, which he loved!  And gifts from mom and dad were a hit as well:

The finished Falcon!!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Christmas in Lyons

Playdough with the cousins:

Baby Syl!!

Hiking at Horse Thief Canyon:

Sugar Cookies:

And a new grandkid gator picture with the newest grandkid:

Dad spent about an hour looking through photos and telling stories from his time in Viet Nam: