Saturday, October 30, 2010


Happy Halloween (tomorrow)! We celebrated Halloween tonight, and we had a blast. To start our Halloween weekend, we carved this great pumpkin that had walls at least 2" thick. It was a chunky one. As you can see in the pictures below, Eli and I scooped out the innards and Jake carved a cool cat silhouette.

Tonight was our church Trunk-or-Treat. Eli went dressed as a dog. He had so much fun going around collecting candy, and he kept saying "more, more" in reference to eating the candy. The last photo is after we returned from the Trunk-or-Treat party--he is obviously on a sugar high.

Japanese Fall Festival

Last weekend we drove to Fort Worth for the Japanese Fall Festival held at the Japanese Botanical Gardens. While there we got to feed the fish...

...walk around the beautiful gardens...
...and listen to the cool drum group.
We had a great time.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Country Roads

Our bedtime routine is our favorite time of the day. We start by making a train sound, and Eli automatically stops what he is doing or turn off the tv if it is on and leads our train into his room (all the while we say, "Chuga-chuga-chuga-chuga-chuga-chuga choo choo, choo choo!" over and over).

Yesterday Eli started singing with me and trying to match my pitch as I sang Country Roads by John Denver. My parents gave us a beautiful book that goes along with the song, and it has become a favorite at our house. We caught Eli singing along again tonight. This is one of those videos that I am going to cry while watch when I'm 100 years old.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Catch Up

These pictures aren't in the right order because Blogger won't let me move them for some reason, but these are some pictures we've taken over the past month or two. Below is the result of delicious chocolate chip oatmeal cookies.
Earlier this morning Jake mowed our lawn, and Eli likes to get in the action. He has a scooter car thing that he likes to use as his mower along side Dad, but this time Dad let him help push the big mower.

About two weeks ago we changed Eli's crib into a toddler bed (changed the front railing) because he figured out how to climb out of his crib. He actually really loves his bed. Often he will go into his room and close the door so that he can play in his room alone and jump on his bed. If I open the door to check on him, he says "close"--as in close the door. I knew he would like the autonomy of being able to get out of bed on his own, but the transition was still a lot easier than I expected. There is only one time when we came in to find him not asleep in his bed (pictured below), and this was the first nap he took in his "new" bed--by the way Mitzi, we still LOVE this green recliner!!
About a month ago I was busy working at the computer while Eli was napping and all of the sudden I heard a huge crash. It sounded like it was right above me. I peeked our the window to find a tree limb right in front of me and a surprised lady looking at our house (or rather the house we're renting). I went outside to find this the scene in the picture below. I was in the room right by that tree limb. It ends up that half of one of the trees in our front yard was dead, and so the limb just fell off. Our landlords are friends of ours, and they took care of the mess and dead part of the tree right away.
Next we come to our spider adventures. **shiver** I don't like spiders--big or small. A few weeks ago we had 3 encounters with what I consider huge spiders right in our house. Below is a picture Jake took of one of them before he flushed it down the toilet. They're pretty thick and a little fuzzy in real life. Plus, they're super fast when they run away from you. Once again, our landlords were great and got pest control out two days later to spray. We haven't seen any spiders inside since.
Lastly, we watched our friend's dogs for a little while about two months ago. They have two medium size dogs Lucy and Christy. Eli LOVES dogs. Loves, loves, loves. If we're at the park and he spots someone with a dog, he goes right over to see if he can pet it. He's just like his daddy. Below are a few pictures of our fun with them. Thanks for letting us spend some time with them Coopers!