Monday, May 30, 2016

Quintessential Cooper

Snuggling one Friday night after a long week:

After a shower one night: "I like my hair like this.  Take a picture."

The Mother's Day interview Coop completed:

A Star Wars scene Coop drew and turned into a jigsaw puzzle:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bike Riding

We spent hours (HOURS!) biking during the week after Coop learned to ride his bike.  We went to Prairie Park Nature Center in Lawrence to ride on some paths, and then spent a couple more evenings riding in circles around the Baker campus.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Moving on!

Cooper and his fellow third graders went on a field trip to Tall Oaks, an adventure challenge course designed for team-building.

Cooper came him tick-free and with fabulous stories about the day.

One weekend, Coop and I took his bike to the Baker sidewalks.  Check it out:

Getting there...

Ice cream to celebrate and cool off:

And then we hit Walmart to buy a new bike that fit him:
Except it was pouring rain that day, so we didn't get to try it out!

Thursday, May 19, 2016


This is Andy and Barney (from the Andy Griffith Show) chasing bad guys:

The bad guys:

And this is a bad guy from a book Coop and Alan are reading (Mysterious Benedict Society, I think?).  He's got a shock watch.  (See the inset for action.)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wedding dress repurposed

In an effort to decrease the amount of stuff I own (and will therefore have to move), I opted to donated my wedding dress to Alexandra's House.  Alexandra's House is a perinatal hospice organization that works with families who have a terminal diagnosis for an unborn child (i.e. -- moms who are pregnant but who know the baby won't live).  I volunteered for a time with the organization, and I simply adore Patti, the founder.

I asked if she'd be interested in my wedding dress and would have a volunteer who could make it into gowns for babies.  Yes!

For memory purposes, here's what it looked like a million years (and much more hair, and much less gray) ago:

And here are the baby gowns that some volunteers made.

They're beautiful and I'm so, so pleased.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Misc fun

Coop was thrilled to figure out how to recline the back seat and pretend to be asleep:

Fun with Molly and Estelle:

In a play at school:

Monday, May 09, 2016

Cooper visits Topeka

 One weekend, Alan took Cooper to the capitol building in Topeka:

Apparently, they got to hear some deliberation about budget cuts:

But the real reason they went:

Coop did a report on John Brown for school, so he was thrilled to see the mural!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Baby Syl

I spent a couple of days here recently:

The parking lot:

Baby Syl's room (he had an infection from his last surgery, which put a shunt in his brain to drain a cyst):

Naturally, I gave him Diet Coke and peanut butter M&Ms:


I wore this necklace on the drive (one that Cooper had made for me -- he picked it out special for my trip):

Monday, May 02, 2016


Opening the letter to find out which 4th grade classroom he will be in:

An awesome tank in a park in Iola:

Clone troopers in Walmart: