Sometimes it means “purple,” sometimes “red,” and sometimes it means whatever Cooper is wanting at the moment. Whether or not yellow is his favorite color, it’s definitely his favorite color to say. He loves looking out the window as we drive and telling us about the “yellow car.”
Cooper plays with stuffed animals—something Silas has never been into. He carries them around the house, rolls with them on the floor, and calls them “baby.” I love that little guy’s voice! He’s adding new words and phrases.
His progress seems to be more like a gradual incline, while Silas’s growth has always seemed to jump suddenly from plateau to plateau. But in terms of height, Cooper definitely has the edge on Silas. That little Cooper Andrew has grown 5 inches already this year, and he still has two more months before his birthday!
Our church’s Kids4Truth Club is helping us do that. This month Silas began his adventure in the Discoverers class on Wednesday nights. Last night he earned his first patch—very exciting! He earns a patch with every three catechism answers he learns.
We’re thankful for the chance to teach our little guy more about the God Who loves him.
Though it’s not a final goodbye, we’ll miss Grandma and her spunky stories. Stephen’s Grandma Moody passed away on a Friday morning this August. She was 87 years old. I’m thankful Silas and Cooper both had the chance to meet their great grandma.
We thought it was important for Mom and Dad to have their grandbabies with them, so we flew to Indiana for a few days and attended Grandma’s memorial service. After the burial, Dad showed us where Stephen’s great grandparents Lobb are buried.
Five of Stephen’s siblings were able to be there, and we stayed with Stephanie and Jason in their cozy little apartment in Lapel. Lapel, Indiana is a sweet little town. Cooper and I enjoyed exploring it together one morning.
The morning of Grandma’s funeral, the Moody’s beloved golden retriever, Sadie died. For as long as I can remember, Sadie’s been part of the family. She was a loyal companion and had always been so excited to see Stephen. This is one of the last pictures we took of her.
Even though the circumstances were sad, it was good to be with family. Grampy let Silas and Cooper explore his garden and even eat produce they picked right from the stalks. Both boys rode on Grampy’s new lawn mower, and Stephen tried his hand at Jon’s bow. Grammy had some special gifts for some special boys.
We hit the area highlights—Sno-Castle, Dad’s IMI office with its own taxidermy zoo, and King Gyros. How could we go back to Anderson and not have some of that greasy goodness?The following day we took a trip to the Indy Children’s Museum, which is such an amazing place! This is the first time Stephen and I brought the boys, so it was fun to discover it again with them. There were water tables, sand boxes, musical instruments, a mirror maze, dinosaur dig, trains and blocks (just to name a few of the fun things). Because the museum was hosting some of China’s Terracotta Warriors, we took a “trip to China” where Silas tried some calligraphy and Cooper fed the baby panda. Too much cuteness!
There’s nothing like family, and I’m so thankful we could be together again.
In early August we were planning a day trip with our friends the Horkavys. After learning that a mutual friend of ours, Pastor Tim Sneeden had suddenly died of a heart attack, we decided to drive over to San Diego for a day to visit Tim’s wife Eileen.
Pastor Tim’s death was a shock to everyone, but it was a privilege to attend his funeral and to see God’s grace working in Eileen as she sung at her husband’s memorial service.
Silas had so been looking forward to the beach, but when we finally got there, he decided a nap was the best idea. Cooper was loving the sand and water, and was even brave enough to jump the waves with Mommy and Daddy.p.s. Silas met a special friend down on the wharf.
The desert summer heat isn’t over yet, but summer vacation is (at least for all those school kids). Here’s a little photo recap of some of the things we’ve been up to. We’ve been on the go so much this summer that it passed quickly this year—which was unusual. June was filled with swim lessons, vacation Bible school and family visits. Then came the 4th of July (cookout with friends and a visit to the Goodyear ballpark for fireworks)and a whole month of swim lessons. Silas started in the beginners (white) level and then advanced to the red level. By the end, he even jumped off the diving board by himself with no help at all. I was shocked!
This summer we took advantage of the free lunches for kids served by our local public schools. We went with friends and joined in the fun activities the schools provided like a visit from some zoo animals and water day with the fire department. The local libraries hosted lots of summer events. The boys and I made our own ice cream at the Avondale library. I had no idea you could make ice cream in ziploc bags. The Challenger Space Center came to the Goodyear library to teach us about outer space.So much cuteness and mischief fills our days. Cooper loves markers, damp towels and shoes. Summer days were filled with reading, watching TV, playing inside and outside. Stephen even set up a shooting gallery for Silas to try his aim with his rubber band gun.With the sweltering temps outside, indoor play areas make the summer months more bearable. We met some friends at Jubeelieve to try out their toys. Silas and Cooper loved it!
At the end of July we went camping for the first time since Stephen and I have been married. Our church group went to the Fort Tuthill campground near Flagstaff. The boys had a blast on their first camping trip and earned the battle scars to prove it! The first thing Cooper did when we arrived at the campsite was to do a face plant. His little baby feet aren’t used to navigating rocky hillsides. Poor Silas fell off the playground equipment, and a huge goose egg appeared on his forehead. Despite those mishaps, I loved seeing my dudes explore nature like little boys are supposed to do. We ended our camping trip with a visit to Williams, AZ and the Historic Route 66. Love these three men and the time I get to spend with them!
My daddy had a birthday this week. He turned 33 and that’s really cool because 3 is my favorite number since I’m 3! Actually, I’m 3 1/2. Soon I’m going to be a teenager. Anyway, it was daddy’s birthday.
Cooper and I gave him a Superman shirt. I love superheroes, so it was the perfect gift to give my hero. Mommy gave Daddy a Colts hat, and I helped Daddy open his presents with my strong muscles.
Mommy made Daddy a sugar cream pie, and I arranged the candles. I just used all the candles Mommy gave me. I liked all the colors.I’m glad Daddy had a birthday, but the question I really wanted answered was, “How old am I now?”
Announcing our new back yard! Yes, we finally bit the bullet and hired a landscaper to put in our back yard.
In this desert, back yards are something you “put in” as they don’t just evolve on their own. We kept it basic and opted to wait until later to add plants and a tree. It was fun to go from a dirt patch to a finished yard in one week. I liked seeing the progression of each step. The guys from 5 Star Allscape Designs did a terrific job!
First, the paver pathway went in—connecting our driveway to the back patio and extending the patio a little. Next, the curbing was laid to be the boundary between the rock and the grass. We did go ahead and have 5 Star install a drip line all around the back yard, so we’ll have easy access to water for plants later on. After the sprinklers for the grass were put in place, the rock came next. The final step was rolling out the sod or “carpets” of grass as Silas called them.
We still need to decide where we’ll put our sandbox. And once the weather is cooler, we might move our table and chairs onto the paver patio with white lights strung above the yard.
We’re excited to start using our yard!
Everyone needs a Coop. Everyone needs a Cooper hug. He doesn’t give hugs readily, but when the Coopster hugs you, you get a neck squeeze that makes your day.
Cooper made Aunt Rebekah’s visit to Arizona something special! He adopted her as his second mommy. Cooper never really did warm up to my family during our Christmas visit to West Virginia. He was content to be left alone with his dry erase markers. But this summer visit was different. After being initially intimidated with all the new people around, Cooper quickly took to my family and LOVED hanging out with them.
Aunt Rebekah became his personal nanny and took such good care of him, that she won his heart! One of Cooper’s favorite things to do was to run to the front room and flop on Aunt Rebekah’s air mattress. Cooper would go back and forth between Rebekah and me, giving us hugs. He would even whimper and wiggle out of my arms to go to Aunt Rebekah. Giving toys was Cooper’s expression of love. Of course Aunt Rebekah needed toys first thing in the morning!
One day, when the family was away, I asked Cooper if he wanted a snack, and he ran out to the front room looking for Aunt Rebekah. He knew who kept the snacks coming!It made my mommy heart happy to see both Silas and Cooper love my family so!