This week we were in Canada. Cooper had a ton of fun exploring all sorts of new things! He was also a champion traveler. We had a couple really long travel days, but he was so awesome.
Says: Kirk’s dad arranged for us to go on a mussel boat one day. It was a great time. When we got home, Cooper asked for “the shells we picked today” for dinner. After he ate them he said “I was expecting them to be yucky but they weren’t. They were delicious.”
I told him to take a nap in the car and he said “I will be the guard and I will stay awake and you can sleep.”
We were at the airport on the way back looking at all the different planes. He saw a Swiss Air plane and said “oh look, a doctor plane!”
At the airport I told him that he had to come in the bathroom with me. He said he wanted to stay outside and said “since I am a big boy I will stay out here and I will give you privacy.”
Says: “If we had a rocket we could zoom really high and see the world is a planet.”
We were making brownies this weekend for my work BBQ and Cooper said “I am so glad to know that I will be eating these brownies later.”
We were playing this weekend and we were going to build his marble machine. I said we would build an awesome one. He said “yeah – but can we get the job done?”
At daycare, Cooper was wanting something from Jan and she said that she would get it in a second because she can’t do two things at a time. Cooper said “I can do two or ten things at a time. I can get a beer for daddy and dziadzia.”
Says: “Mommy, sometimes I don’t know how to make the speaker in my mouth turn off.”
“Whoa, that guy has a big cowboy hat. And where is his horse?”
I asked Cooper to go out to the front porch and grab the package that came that day. HE couldn’t find it so I went out to look to see if I could find it. Once we found it, he said “I couldn’t even see the box. It was hiding. It is sneaky.”
He was playing in the sand box the other day and I was playing with him. He said “You don’t know what to do on my construction meetings. You need to do the right things. Not the wrong things. If you do the wrong things you can’t come back to my meeting tomorrow.”
Cooper was stung by a wasp the other day. He was telling me about it and said “the wasp touched me and the other wasp told him that’s not nice but he touched me anyway. And that wasn’t nice.”
The other day he woke up in the morning with a totally dry diaper. He said “I’m just practicing staying dry overnight.”
I don’t remember what I did but it was something small like sitting on his stuffed animal or something, but he said “don’t be rude to your little boy, ok?”
Does: Well I think we can call Cooper officially potty trained. He still uses a pull-up/diaper while he’s sleeping, but during the day he is so great! He hates using public toilets though so that’s always a struggle.
And he is staring preschool after Labor Day. I’m really excited for him because I think he’s going to love it – but of course it’s scary and sad too. But he’s going to do great!
Says: We were driving the other day and I said it was such a nice day with no clouds in the sky. Cooper said: “Oh I see some little clouds. But don’t worry – they aren’t big enough for rain.”
Cooper is an escape artist and will run out the front door or the backyard without telling us. So we installed some locks on these doors that he can’t reach. When he found out these were locked he said “I like to be protected but it keeps me from going out.”
We were at Costco the other day looking at some furniture, and we sat down on a couch to test it out. He kind of cuddle up next to me and I gave him a hug. He said “no mom, this is not a hugging couch. This is just a laying couch.”
Does: This weekend we also went to the family fun night at our local park. Cooper had lots of fun in the bounce house obstacle course.
He loves picking berries off the bushes at babcia and dziadzia’s house. His favorite are gooseberries.
We are making great progress on the basement, and Cooper just loves to help!
Washing our windows
This weekend we went to Touch a Truck. Cooper loves this because he can climb in all the trucks and pretend to drive them. His favorite was the garbage truck. He was a little disappointed that there was no fork lift this time, but he still had a ton of fun.
Says: I got Cooper new buckets for the sandbox at the park because his old ones broke. The only ones in the store had glitter on them. When he say them he said “Wow! These are even fancier than I thought!”
We always bring a ton of sand toys to the park to play in the sand box and so that there are always enough for whoever wants to play with us can have a toy. Some kids came over to ask Cooper if they could play with the toys and Cooper said “You don’t have to ask. You can just borrow them and have fun!”
This weekend we were driving around and I had the navigation turned on. It gave me directions and Cooper asked what that was. I told him that my phone was telling me where to go so I wouldn’t get lost. He said “That’s nice of your phone to tell you.”
And then randomly he said “I feel like there are nails in my bones to keep them together. I wonder how they got in there.”
Cooper all dressed up for the baby shower.
And chowing down on a pound of bacon.
Says: The other day while in the bath, Cooper was using his bath paints to paint himself. Then he splashed the water and said “Oh, I’m so disappointed. I put it on me and it washed all off.”
We have been making great progress on the basement. We were bringing drinks down to my dad, my uncle and Kirk to the basement and Cooper wanted a some of the soda that I brought down. So I told him he could have a little because we had to save it for the guys. I poured some in a cup and while I was pouring Cooper said “Enough. You said I could have a little and that’s a lot.”
My mom came over to look at the basement and was standing at the door waiting to come in. Cooper said “Babcia – come on in! I am the owner of this basement and I say you can come in.”
One day, after asking him if he needed to use the bathroom, he said “No. I am not ready to poop. It’s still being made.”
He was in the basement and my mom told him they had to go to the library for story time. He said “Babcia – you go to the library by yourself. Dziadzia and Mirek need my help. I am the best helper.”
Does: Over the weekend, we went to the grand opening of our new library.
This week was full of excitement. Since it was Canada Day and Fourth of July, we set of a ton of fireworks.
Here is a fun video especially for Nannie and Papa in Canada (or as Cooper says, Candada)
We lit of some fireworks on Sunday and then even more on Monday.
Cooper practicing his fire safety.
Thank you Hanna for the lovely picture of Cooper and me.
Says: The other day after Kirk had finished doing something around the house, Cooper asked “Daddy, was it so hard work?”
He was playing with some paints in the bath and then painted himself. He said “I look so fancy for dinnertime at the beach. I like to be fancy because being fancy is fancy.”
Our house has been so hot lately (thanks to the AC that broke, we have been relying on opening our windows at night). I asked Cooper if he wanted his window open to sleep and he said “I don’t want the windows open while I sleep becuase it’s so windy and not quiet. And I actually need it so super quiet to sleep good.”
He was wanting to watch a cartoon on my phone the other day and I told him he could watch it on dziadzia’s computer. Cooper said “I actually prefer to watch it on your phone.”
Does: Cooper has been having so much fun playing with all the neighborhood kids. The other night, his friend came over and played for a couple of hours. They played so nice together, had a taco eating contest, and only had one fight.
Says: Cooper is growing like crazy. We had to trade out all his shoes for bigger ones. We were out at dinner the other day. There was a little girl there and he started talking to her. He said “how old are you?” She said she was 4. He said “You’re small. I’m bigger than you.” Way to make friends Cooper.
Does: He is always wanting to help out with everything we do. Whether it’s working in the yard, cooking in the kitchen, or painting the basement. He always wants to be a part of it. But he doesn’t help for too long as shown by this picture🙂
We had a busy weekend this weekend. Friday night we went to our neighborhood library. The library is moving locations, so we went to the goodbye party for the old library. Cooper has been going here 3 times a week for 3 years, so this library has been such a part of his life. Cooper wanted to get dressed up so he wore a combination of pajamas (because it was a pajama party) and suspenders/bow tie. He told me in the morning that he wanted to wear his suspenders and bow tie and said “I can’t wait for everyone to see me look so fancy!”. Dziadzia dressed to match Cooper.
After we got home, we had another block party to go to. One of our neighbors is moving to Japan for work, so it was kind of a good bye party. We had a bounce house again and the kids had a great time.
Saturday we went to the annual car show in our neighborhood.
These were my favorite cars.
But of course, Cooper liked the park more than the cars so we played there for a bit.
Sunday we celebrated Father’s Day. Cooper made Kirk a nice picture frame. He painted the rocks and then glued them on the frame. He loved lining up the rocks on the frame. Then we all went to my parent’s house where we had a really nice time playing outside and relaxing.
Says: Cooper asked “mommy are you going to curl your hair today?” And I said “no Cooper. I have a pony tail today so I’m not going to curl it.” He said “That’s ok mommy. You still look beautiful.”
Cooper walked into my parent’s house on Sunday for the Father’s Day lunch and said “I came for the party. Is it set up yet?”
Cooper bite his nails and cuticles sometimes, and I told him that he can’t pick at the skin around his nails because it will hurt. And he said “And I need my skin to protect my bones.”
Cooper is big on secrets this week. If I ask him what he had for lunch, he will say “it’s a secret.”
One afternoon the sky got really cloudy and I said I was wondering if it was going to rain. Cooper said “No it’s not raining. The clouds just came out to enjoy the sunshine. Sometimes they come to rain and sometimes they come to see the sun and cover it so we can’t see the sun.”