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5 October 2007

After a whirlwind, all be it short summer, we have arrived back in Kentucky and are now getting back into a groove.

Sierra has started the first grade and thoroughly enjoys everything that comes with it.  The learning, the friends, and of course - the recess!  Her reading and math homework have come as a bit of a shock (to her), but now that it has become part of the daily routine, life is much easier (for everyone involved). Often we ask what the favorite part of her school day was, and more often than not she says playing "puppy power" at recess.  To hear Sierra explain the game, it sounds a bit like team freeze tag.  Girls versus the boys of course!  Jake has been volunteering in Sierra's class three days a week (while Cooper is in Pre School), and seems to be enjoying the experience.  We have also purchased a piano keyboard with the hopes of getting Sierra lessons, but the neighborhood recommended teacher has suggested that we wait a year to get her started.  In the mean time Sierra has been "practicing" until her time comes.

Cooper has started his second year of Pre School and loves it.  Mrs. Birmingham is his teacher again and boy what a difference a year makes.  In contrast to last year, dropping Cooper off isn't the separation anxiety filled experience it used to be.  He enjoys school without all of the "Mom and Dad are leaving me and will never come back" fear.  He is also making new friends while not forgetting his best buddy from last year Kirnan. His favorite part of the day is always recess where he busily burns off all the extra energy he contains.  Cooper is also getting much better at the various crafts at school.  He has begun using the entire page for coloring and has expanded his color pallete to include multicolored pieces.  Cooper calls these works of art his "tornados".

Jake and I have just returned from our 10 year anniversary trip to Austria.  We really enjoyed our time hiking in the Alps, which reminded us of carefree days of yore.  The scenery was spectacular and the company was fantastic!  Thank you again Grandma Nita, Grandpa Bill, Grandma Carol and Papa Howard for coming out to watch the kids!

Sierra, Cooper, Jake and I are all looking forward to the traditionally beautiful Midwest fall weather.  Cool days, crisp nights, and maybe even a camping trip or two.  We are also looking forward to an upcoming break in Sierra's school schedule, which we plan to take advantage of by heading down to Bucerias Mexico.  Good food, good weather and hopefully lots of beach time.  It should be fun, fun, fun!

Of course we will be home in plenty of time for all the Halloween festivities.  Sierra and Cooper have been wearing their costumes around the house for days now and can't wait to break them in for "real" as they go trick-or-treating in neighborhood!  Don't worry - we will have plenty of pictures to document the occasion ;-)

I hope everyone has a good month! Take care.

 


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Cooper

Playing at the park

Elaine and Cooper

Playing at the park

Elaine, Sierra and Cooper

At Sierra first day of school

Cooper

Helping get the balloons ready for Ryland's first day of school festival

Cooper

Checking out some snakes at "Wild Wednesday"

Cooper

With a big snake

Cooper

Cooling off in our neighbors pool

Sierra, Cooper and Camille

Playing 'baby'

Cooper and Elaine

Playing at the park

Jake and Cooper

Going for a quad ride

Jake, Cooper and Elaine

Riding the zoo train

Cooper and Elaine

At the zoo

Elaine and Cooper

At the zoo

Cooper

Playing in the neighbors pool

Sierra and Cooper

Enjoying pudding for dessert

Cooper

In our front yard on his first day of pre school

Elaine, Cooper and Jake

In our front yard on Cooper's first day of pre school

Grandma Nita, McKenzie, Cooper and Grandpa Bill

In our front yard on Cooper's first day of pre school

Elaine, Cooper and Jake

Walking Cooper to pre school

Elaine, Cooper and Jake

In front of Gloria Dei pre school

Cooper

Showing off his haircut

Cooper, Grandma Nita, Sierra and Grandpa Bill

Cooper and Grandma Nita

Taking a nap

Cooper

Frustrated!

Cooper

Grandma Carol and Cooper

Sierra, Cooper, Grandma Carol and Papa

Cooper and Papa

Family photo

Upon Elaine's and my return from our ten year wedding anniversary trip to Austria

Cooper and Elaine

Cooper happy to have mommy home!

Jake and Cooper

Cooper showing off a new train

Sierra, Cooper and Camille

Enjoying a visit from the ice cream man

Jake and Cooper

Sierra and Cooper

Test driving their Halloween costumes

Cooper

Mr Clown

Cooper

Enjoying a pony ride at the local farmers market

Cooper

With a 'cat' face

Kirnan and Cooper

Riding the train at Totter Otterville

Cooper, Sierra and Henry

Playing at a local state park

 

Links to more photos of Cooper and Sierra

 

 

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