Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ho Ho Ho

Where was I?

I feel like I could start all of my infrequent blog posts like that.
The Christmas season is upon us.  The Coopers, some and all, have had a birthday,  made advent crafts, sung in a Christmas program, been shepherds or angels in the Church Christmas pageant, dressed in costume and handed out Bethlehem bread in "walk through Bethlehem",  faithfully moved around the ELF, organized the kindergarten class party and crafts and been on the nighttime drive to look at lights.  Whew.  I'm ready for the drudgery of January (did I really just say that??).

This sweet thing turned 4!  Can you believe it?

Party fun.  We allow the kids to bring as many kids as they are years old, thus Lucy could have invited four friends.  True to form, she just wanted two.

Anna got a medal for knowing all four lists of sight words. She's reading! 

On the crafty front, I have finally managed to make something that Anna loves!  A twirly skirt.  She normally wears it with leggings. 

A monster stocking for a monster-lovin' girl I know.

And I made this for my front door.  I already had the Santa.  I love his little nightmare-before-Christmas spindly legs.  I wrapped a wreath with fabric and used some wool felt balls I made last year to make holly berries. 

Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 6, 2010

My Mom Can

Lucy and I were in Hobby Lobby and she spies some hoochie-mama sparkly, slinky fabric.  She clutches it to her chest and begs for a dress.  I am thinking that this fabric is 1.  U G L Y  2. pricey and 3. will be a pain in the you-know-what to sew.

But she looks at me. 

She thinks I can.

I want her to think I can do anything.  More importantly, I want her to think she can do anything.


Saturday, December 4, 2010

Busy times

Here's a few things I have been working on:

Sorry, that's all I can say or show.  A gift, you know.

A fun painting.

More later.


Dusting hands free of Halloween

Well, I would dust them if they weren't covered in glue...I mean A LOT of glue.

I just finished making monsters for Halloween 2011.  I meant for them to be finished by this Halloween but it just didn't happen.  Now they are set aside for a fun painting project next October.

 They are made with paper mache, fimo clay teeth and glue-soaked fabric for the outside.  I checked this book out of the library four times during the project.

While I was working on these early one morning I was wondering when my girls will decide their Mom is weird.

Never, I hope.


Monday, November 15, 2010


Where did October go?
 Is it really NOVEMBER?  Halfway through Novemeber too?  Why can't February go as fast as October?
 I know what you are thinking, enough with the yakking, where are the photos?


Halloween.  If Sue and Mr. Shue had a family...

Neigborhood Party.  The ZOMBIE PROM.  
(I'm embarrassed to say how much fun I had making this backdrop)

 You may think that your neighborhood has the cutest're wrong. 

But you may have us beat in the "the most normal adults" department.

How did I manage to not get a photo of O'Zombie Bin Laden? 

How charming is my garage?


Sunday, September 26, 2010

That's my girl

Last week we took off the training wheels at Anna's request. I knew that she was ready, she knew that she was ready....

And she was off, like she had been doing it forever.  It took one night to get over the wobblies and the next night to learn how to get started on her own.  Now she's unstoppable.

I think the Scuut helped.  She and Lucy both ride this thing through the house at speeds that scare me. 

Getting the Scuut for Christmas a few years ago.

Riding it wearing only your raincoat? Fabulous.

We are so proud of her.  She's changing everyday.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

What I did this summer

I was busy.  I made lots of stuff somehow.





Purse #2

Halter attempt #2.  Meh.

  This was for a little friend.  I love it.  I want one too.

You know you love your child when you make them a dress out of fabric that drives you a little batty.  What is Hello Kitty anyway?  I mean, is there a cartoon or what?

More stuff later.


PS what do you mean you don't want ice from my red cooler in your drink?  Do you think a child has had their naked bottom in there or something? ( I have no idea what was going on here)

Saturday, September 18, 2010


Anna's growing.  Her legs look like they have grown 3 inches longer since May.  Kindergarten ideas, cafeteria food, homework, it's all good.

No seizures for almost 7 months.  We are so grateful.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Scenes from our daily walks

Big sticks.  Big spiders. Riding the snail and learning lessons about the death of one of our friends, Peter Rabbit.

Yes, Lucy got a haircut.  It's quite a bit shorter than I planned but she looks adorable anyway and thankfully, it grows quickly!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lucy's first day

Not to leave out our little one, Lucy started preschool this week. ( Yes, I made the dress )  That little thing is growing up!  It makes me feel sad to see her sitting there with all the big kids at pick up time instead of finding her asleep on her mat in a dark classroom.

She's a smart one.  Knows all of her letters, upper and lower case, all of her letter sounds. She has been writing her name for months and knows her phone number and address.  Not bad for a 3 year old!  
Sorry to be so sketchy with the blogging, I have had some technical difficulties posting photos.  Note to self: right click on image, click on "view image info" and there is the URL. 


Thursday, August 26, 2010

The first day

Her favorite part of the day?

Lunch, of course.  She had a taco, chicken nuggets, applesauce, pink milk and a cookie.  The chicken nuggets were in fact tater tots.

I can't believe we are here already.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Land Snorkeling

OK, she wasn't without some water, but hardly enough to warrant the mask.

How cute are they?  Tell ME. Cute, No?

 I am procrastinating on this project.  I need to be working on it RIGHT NOW.  sigh.   I'm not a very good self motivator am I?

Except that I made this:

It turned out perfect if I don't say so myself.  I bought the yardage recommended and followed the pattern to the letter and, viola!, a purse for the summer.


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