Monday, October 27, 2014

Date Night

This past summer Cooper said, "Mom, we really need to go on a date."  I couldn't have agreed more.  Unfortunately it took until October for us to actually go on said date.

We decided to go out for ice cream.  Cooper loves ice cream!  After dinner at home, Cooper ran into his room.  He told me he was going to get handsome.  He also instructed me that I needed to go get pretty.  He put on his "gentleman hat" and daddy's cologne all by himself.  I put on perfume and TamTam lipstick (a.k.a. lipstick that leaves a mark when you kiss kiddo's cheeks).

We had to snap a few pictures of the momentous occasion.
Kiss-y face.

Silly face.

Happy face.

I had a gift card to Cold Stone so I asked if he wanted to go to a big ice cream store with lots of people or a small ice cream store where it might just be us and the workers.  I knew he was anticipating a place like Leatherby's and I didn't want him to be disappointed.  He said he wanted a small place because it would be more romantic!  Out of the mouth of babes...no joke!!  

Cooper did his best to open the store doors for me and hold my hand.  Cold Stone was a big hit.  Out of his plethora of options, he finally settled on Vanilla ice cream with gummy bears.  Hey, he knows what he likes!  The display case had a ton of toys that go on top of ice cream cakes so Cooper loved showing me all the characters from his favorite shows.

After ice cream I asked Cooper if he wanted to go to the Halloween store to look at the decorations (which he's been begging me to do) or go to All a Dollar to pick out one toy.  While he loves Halloween, window shopping didn't quite compare to buying an actual toy so All a Dollar was the obvious choice.  We probably spent as much time inside All a Dollar as we spent eating our ice cream.  Decisions, decisions.

Cooper finally settled on a ninja dress up set because it had some of the weapons that the Ninja Turtles use.  For someone who has never seen a Ninja Turtle TV show or movie, this boy is a little turtle obsessed.

It was a lovely night with my favorite little man.  Good suggestion, buddy.  I sure love you!

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!

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