Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Grandma Polly

Grandma Polly came for an extended visit over the summer, and we took some pictures with her before she left. It was great seeing you so much, Grandma!

Chris and Grandma

Grandma with some of her grandsons

Our family with Grandma

Four generations

The Cooper Clan with Grandma Polly!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dayton - 22 Months

Our little guy is getting bigger and bigger!

I asked Dayton to get his rhino for these pictures, and he wanted to get his rhino, his bear, and his lion.

Every morning before I get him out of bed, he gives me all his blankets and animals, and he likes to have them all around him on his changing table while I change his diaper.

He says lots of words these days, and he usually says them until you acknowledge that you understand what he’s saying. One of my favorites is orange. To say orange, he puts his lips together, makes an “mmm” sound, and moves his jaw up and down - still with his lips together. It sounds nothing like orange, but it’s what he says for orange! It came from macaroni. That’s how he says macaroni, which he said long before he knew the color orange. But once he learned orange, he just called it the same thing as macaroni. He does know many colors - red, blue, orange, green, yellow, purple, pink, white, brown.

He sometimes asks for his shoes on and then wants to go play outside in the backyard. He loves seeing Dad when he comes home from work. He likes to go with me to take Claire to school. He loves to look at books. He loves to play the piano or sit with me when I play the piano. He kind of sings “row” of “Row, row, row your boat.” He sings the first two notes (so-mi) of “Ring Around the Rosie” when I sing that. - I love hearing him sing those notes! It’s so cute! He doesn’t like going down for nap time, but he doesn’t usually put up a fit at bedtime. He loves to swim, take baths, and play with Claire.

I love his smiles, his sweet hugs, how he folds his arms for a prayer, (which is usually just him lying on the floor, although he did learn how to fold his arms during an FHE lesson that Claire taught recently!), how he strokes my hair when I hold him sometimes, how he grabs my hand to show me things sometimes, and how he says “Mama!” when he sees me after I’ve been gone.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Dayton playing

Mixer - Dayton loves the mixer!

What a face!

And here’s a messy face!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Iron Chef: College Station - Apples

I hosted an iron chef a week or two ago. In honor of the beginning of a new school year and to welcome in fall, the ingredient was apple. We ate lots of yummy dishes!!1

We had a good time!

Our winners were Holly for presentation, Melanie for taste, and Caitlin for creativity.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Fashion Show

For FHE at the beginning of the school year, Claire put on a fashion show for us. She chose five of her new outfits to wear. She LOVED every second of this!

Dayton wanted to smile for the camera, too!

Dayton, however, really wanted me to play “Snowman.” I was not amused.

But I did give in while Claire was changing clothes.

And then Claire got crazy!!!!

We had a good time with this! (Thanks to Melanie for the idea!) I think we’ll do this every year! 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dallas in August

We went to Dallas in August for a couple of days. Claire and Belton had a fun time with Uncle Peter!

Taylor, Uncle Peter, Aunt Kelly

And then it was time to wear hats!

And make faces, too.

Even Aunt Laura joined in the hat-wearing fun!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Borrowing Alaska

My parents went on a cruise to Alaska with my mom’s mother, my mom’s siblings, and most of their spouses. My dad showed me the pictures he took, and I sent myself some of them because I liked them so much. I haven't been to Alaska yet, so I guess I’ll have to borrow these pictures for now. :-)

My mom with her siblings and their mother.

Good ol’ Chevron

My dad caught some nice salmon

This eagle soared directly over my dad’s head. I love this picture! The eagle was looking for a fish that wasn’t a keeper because many of those fish float, but that particular fish sank, so the eagle was out of luck.

My mom and grandmom out to see the glacier!

My dad with the glacier.

My mom. I commented to my dad that she looks so happy in this picture, and he said that when you get her near running water, she lights up like this. - I love that my dad knows that about her! :-)

Hopefully I’ll make it to Alaska someday! I’d really love to go!