Thursday, May 26, 2011

Canyon Adventure

The sun came out and Monday morning Emi called and suggested we head to the canyon for a little morning hike since Birch and Ryan both had the day off. It turned out to be a beautiful morning and was a fun little adventure.
I might have grumbled just a bit about going, but it didn't last long.
Coop had prepared a whole backpack full of necessities for the hike. Here he is explaining the map that he drew for us to follow.
Sistas' -- we were actually wearing matching fleece pull-overs under our jackets. How cute are we?!!
Ryan was being such a good daddy and watching over the girls as they would cross the bridge.
Sage was like an antelope galloping wherever she went, only to pause for a pretty flower.
Coop was pointing out all the cool landforms and creatures we were seeing. He even found a snake.
Mila was such a good little girl hanging out in the backpack and eating treats.
Chloe ran from flower to flower wanting to bring them all home.
Time to go home -- such a cute little bum.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bugle Boy

Alex recently got to march in his first parade with the West Valley Junior High. It actually wasn't Alex's favorite weekend experience; guess it was a little tiring. On a bright note, their band did place first in their division.
Alex has had such a great year playing first trumpet in almost every piece. He has had many solos over the year and has grown in his musical confidence. With that said, it is still always a struggle for him deciding if he wants to continue on playing in the future. Band takes up those precious electives and it is hard to feel like you are missing out on all the fun. Alex has some really great friends that play in the jazz band with him. He sure has talent!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stayin' Alive...Turning Five

After 364 days of waiting and waiting, Cooper finally celebrated his fifth birthday! The whole day was so exciting for him. Breakfast was m&m french toast made by daddy. For lunch I took Coop to Sonic to get his free birthday meal and then we headed to Toys R Us to use his $3.00 Geoffery Bucks. He was delighted to purchase ANOTHER Tech Deck. Cooper had really, really, really been wanting his own Paper Jam guitar. Birch and I decided to surprise Coop by allowing him pick out his own style and to our delight the amp was free that week with the purchase of the guitar.

Then it was off to preschool with his birthday treat of Super Hero popsicles to share with all his friends. It was a pretty sweet day.

For dinner Coop's favorite friend William Cobia came over with his siblings. Tyler needed to make a fire and cook dinner to pass off a cub scout requirement so it turned out to be a super fun "cookout" in the garden.
Nate lovin' his s'more.Chloe and her best friend Emmiline.
Coop chowing his corn.

After dinner Coop treated us all to a little Paper Jam concert.
Rock Star Coop!

This kid is so ready for kindergarten. He is super smart (Wild Kratts - pbs show sure teaches a lot of crazy animal facts). He loves to draw and has a great imagination. Coop has a sweet tooth and sadly has been a much pickier eater the last couple of years. Coop loves to play outside and doing just about anything that includes his daddy. Coop is always ready to play with friends or watch a movie if no one is around.

Love this kid!!

His and Her Weekend

The thunder and rain arrived so the boys decided it was time to go camping. From what I hear it was a super fun night of running around like loose chickens with friends, an inspirational fireside, tasty s'mores, sleeping part of the night in the mini-van after the lighting started picking up, and lots of soccer for Nate.Nate plays soccer every day at school and from what I hear is quite talented. He was in heaven playing for hours Saturday morning.
Coop was the free-chicken...just running around with new friends and not a care in the world.

While the boys were away...
Us girls headed to Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. Then Chloe spent the evening with some of her very favorite people -- Mama Turner and her girls. When Alysee and I picked her up at 10:30 pm she was wired with candy, hot pink toe nails, watching Tangled and loving all the attention. She didn't want to home home!!!

Alysee and I spent the night at The Parson Dance Company and East Village Opera Company performance of "Remember Me." It was a totally awesome performance -- the topic was a little mature for Alysee but that was okay as the dancing and opera was amazing!

We all had a great night each doing our own special thing!