Monday, October 20, 2014

Cooper's 1st Day of His 2nd Year of Preschool

Say that title ten times fast! Whew!

Cooper started preschool last month and as expected, he loves it.  His class is filled with his neighborhood friends and he has his same fabulous teachers as last year. 

Cooper picked out his clothes for the first day of school.  For some reason he insisted on wearing his tractor shirt and he wanted to wear his hat so he looked handsome!

Just a little excited for school!

Cooper and two of his friends, Emery and Braxton.

Cooper's back-to-school door.

I decorated Cooper's door with a Lego theme since he loves the toys and the movies right now.  Cooper seemed pretty pleased.  

Cooper's first day of school report consisted of the following:
* They said the Pledge of Allegiance, read books, and sang songs.
* He met a nice new boy in his class who had to eat a different snack than the rest of the class.
* They had animal crackers and water.
* Each kid got a "Kissing Hand". This is a heart stamped on their hand that they could kiss if they missed their mom and dad while they were at school.  Cooper informed me he didn't need his.
* He did not go to the bathroom while at school.

Ah, the highlights as told by a 4-year-old.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bob the Builder

It has been established that Cooper loves characters of any kind. He immediately wants a photo and an autograph whenever he sees anyone in a costume. Similarly, he's passed along this trait to his sister.  So when we found out Bob the Builder was coming to the Discovery Gateway, we had to make a special trip to meet Bob.

Waiting for Bob. playing with the vehicles.

This is truly a rare sighting. A Sloany Bug wearing matching clothes...with her hair done! Alert National Geographic so they can record this unusual discovery!

The main event. It's blurry but you get the idea. Coop had to dress up like Bob.  Looking good, buddy!

Hanging with (and on) Daddy.
Normally when we go to the Discovery Gateway we go during the week so Dave can't join us.  This time, we went on a Saturday so the kids got to show Dave all the fun exhibits at the museum.  They were in daddy heaven!!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tee Ball

We signed Cooper up for tee ball this Fall.  As you might recall, soccer wasn't exactly a roaring success so we were hoping this might be a more positive experience.  Cooper is not a naturally competitive kid and he isn't aggressive.  The truth is, we're perfectly okay with this.  He liked lining up and kicking the soccer ball, he just didn't like fighting the other kids to get to it.  

Luckily, tee ball was more his speed.  He could take his time hitting the ball and he liked running from base to base.  Who are we kidding, the instant gratification of a guaranteed point wasn't too shabby either!  He scored 5 points, each game, without fail. :)  All the kids on his team live right by us so it was fun watching all the kids play together and it was nice to visit with the parents on the sidelines.

Cooper and his buddy, Braxton. Such handsome boys!

The team showing off their muscles.

Cooper really liked playing and I think we will definitely sign him up next year.  In fact, he even asked Dave if he could practice in the backyard which is a big deal for Coop!  Dave's crossing his finger's that Cooper's drawn to golf.  Cooper is amazing at golf on the Wi so it certainly seems to be in his wheel house.  Then Dave will finally have an excuse to go golfing more than once every other year -- father/son bonding!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Park City

Once upon a time in a land far, far away there was a family who went on a trip. The time: May 2014. The place: Park City, Utah, The family: Ours.

Every year over Memorial Day weekend we go to Park City with my family. We stay in a cabin, play at the park, take a stroll down Main Street, watch movies, and eat way too many chocolate chip cookies.  It's a fun little tradition that we look forward to each year.

The kids were the perfect age and size for our favorite Park City park so we visited it often.

Cousins who tire swing together, stay together.

Look out below! Here comes Cooper.

Sloan loved the slides. The bigger, the better!

Our brave boy, climbing the rope web.

He made it to the platform all by himself!
Sloan and Daddy didn't want to be left out of the fun!

Sloan doing what she does best -- eating cheese!

Now that we're welcoming Fall, it is fun to look back on a trip that helped us ring in Summer.  Until next time...oh, and they lived happily ever after!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sloan's 2nd Birthday

Sloan turns 2 today.  This picture pretty much sums up our sweet Sloan Girl right now.  As I've said before, she's constantly changing clothes or running around in nothing but a diaper.  While she's a total princess who loves dressing up, her hair is usually a mess and her feet are usually filthy. She loves playing outside. She's often found in the backyard sliding down the slide, swinging on the swing set (a.k.a. "wee"), or drawing with sidewalk chalk -- all with her baby doll in tow. 
She is definitely a strong willed child and not afraid to throw a tantrum.  On the flip side, she is also quick to laugh and ask for "mo" tickles, neck kisses, and spins around the dance floor.  She keeps us on our toes and we can't imagine our lives without her!

We celebrated the little miss's birthday early while my parents were in town.  Sloan picked out Hello Kitty party decorations and I did my best to make her a stacked chocolate cake (definitely a labor of love).  She was surrounded by her family and loved playing with her brother and cousin, opening present, and eating dessert.

Waiting to open presents.
Homemade dress ups from Jared, Cassidy, and Graham were a big hit!

She insisted on trying on ever article of clothing she got. She also really liked her cuddly new blanket.
Grandpa gave her some beautiful dresses including this one a la the Sound of Music. All together now, "Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes..."
This cake took me half a day to make.  When Cooper woke up from his nap and saw it he burst into tears.  He wanted it to look like a wedding cake with lots of layers. I told him this took me a LONG time to make and it was as good as it was getting.  A stint on Cake Boss is not in my future.

At least it tasted good!

Happy birthday, baby girl!  We love you!!


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