Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 2013

Cooper the Minion and Penny the Fairy Princess

Our friends Libby and Bill came over for Halloween.  Libby and Penny contemplate the banjo playing skeleton at the scariest house on the block.  So scary in fact that Coop wasn't going to go up to the door.  (This is funny because I have almost this exact same picture from last year, only take out Penny and insert Cooper.  Penny really got into Halloween this year!  She told Daddy at bedtime, "I love costumes!")
Pumpkin carved by Daddy.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Scenes from a stay-at-home-mom's birthday:
A sweet face to keep me company.
A moving dust mop forcing me to vacuum on my birthday.
The extent of my fall decor this year.
A 30-week-old baby bump. (The blurry photo was chosen on purpose.  Posting preggo pics of myself makes me a little squirmy.)
Penny and her pigs!
One ornery little dude.
I had a sweet birthday!  I spent all day with my favorite people, Daddy cooked dinner and brought cake, Ma-Mas bathed the kids and put one to bed.  I relaxed!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Cooper!

Coop, on the first day of school.
Coop, on the first day of school last year.
This year Cooper turned FIVE years old!  I don't know, that just sounds so old to me!  The day we brought him home from the hospital, roughly half our marriage ago, seems like such ancient history.  In the past year this sweet preschooler has become a big kid!  Though he is still as sweet as ever, he now looks, talks, and plays like a kid.  We are having so much fun watching him as he now analyzes, reasons, and comes up with solutions and ideas all on his own.    We start grinning the second he says, "Mom, I have an idea..."  because we know it will be something only he could have thought of.  

Cooper has shed his long time love of Thomas the Train (though he still tinkers with them from time to time) and instead prefers to play pretend (his room transforms into a hotel, the kitchen and laundry room into homes of the three little pigs, and sometimes the couch is a baby giraffe cage), build stuff, play soccer, color and play games, both on and off the iPad.  A year ago, I could only get him interested in coloring or painting every once in awhile.  Now he asks to color and concentrates really hard when he does it!  He seems to be thriving in pre-kindergarten and just this past weekend his interest (and ability) in soccer seemed to skyrocket.  Cooper is an amiable chap with several friends that he talks about all the time.  I think five is our favorite age so far.  Of course, we say that every year!

We celebrated Coop turning five with a small party at home and cupcakes to school.  Nonnie got to visit us for an extended weekend, and Ma-Mas, Pa-Pa, Libby, and Bill all came over for his birthday dinner.  A few shots:

Monster's University cupcakes...We took the kids to see this movie in the theater and they both LOVED it.  Cooper was really proud to share the Mike Wazowski cupcakes with his friends at school.
Cooper checking out one of the many lego sets he received for his birthday.  We have replaced Thomas the Train with Legos I think...all he wanted to do all weekend was play Legos.  He even passed up on swimming so he could play with them!  Daddy was very busy helping him put them all together.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Nothing Says Fall Like...


On Saturday Cooper played in his first ever soccer game.   He liked being on the field with the other kids and running!  (He is really fast!)
Cooper and his team warm up before the game.


After a night on the River walk in San Antonio to celebrate Pa-Pa's birthday, we got to visit a pumpkin patch!
Show me your pumpkins!