Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

We enjoyed a wonderful Halloween in the Tri-Cities this year!

Our Sleeping Beauty


Buzz Lightyear


To infinity- and beyond!!

Mickey Mouse
Cooper's first Halloween! :)

Fun with cousin, Cassidy


Our ode to Disney!
Princess Aurora, Mickey Mouse, and Buzz Lightyear

Papa and Riley

Daddy and Riley

Mommy and Riley

Grandpa and Tyson

Our family photo from last Halloween...
After walking the kids around last year trick-or-treating and getting them put to bed, I went into early stages of labor on Halloween night. Cooper joined our family on November 1st! What a difference a year makes!
And this Halloween!

We're looking forward to celebrating Cooper's first birthday tomorrow with family!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cooper's walking!

He's been taking several steps for a few weeks now, progressively getting stronger and stronger. I think it's finally safe to say that he is confidently walking. I still can't believe how much he has grown up in the last month and I'm even more in shock that he'll be ONE on Sunday. Where does the time go?

Here are a couple of video clips I got of Cooper walking. They're nothing spectacular, but as his mommy, I find it so exciting!


video video

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Disney On Ice!

Worlds of Fantasy

Last Friday morning, Rick had the wonderful idea that we should take Riley to see Disney on Ice while it was in town. We got a babysitter for the boys and enjoyed a very special evening with our big girl! The show focused on Cars, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Tinkerbell- all very fun! Here's a glimpse at our experience:
(Warning: Photo overload ahead!!)


Our view from the 200 level, which is normally the "Club Level" during Blazer games and stuff. It was so peaceful up there, away from the crazy crowds and venders selling merchandise.
And we had the entire section to ourselves- no joke! There wasn't anybody sitting in our row or the rows behind us! I enjoyed the show so much and we didn't have to be packed in like sardines. Here is Riley demonstrating the freedom we had and the box seats that were directly above us.

While Rick was off getting us some pre-show nachos, Riley and I played around with the camera!

Then daddy got back and we let him in on our fun!

First out were Mickey and Minnie to start the show!

Followed by the "cast" of Cars! It was fun to see the cars "driving" across the ice!

Next we moved underwater for Ariel... I thought this was a great way to depict the water!

Riley loved it when Prince Eric and Ariel "danced".

One of my favorite parts was The Lion King and how they were able to portray the animals, especially this "herd" chasing after Simba. So cool!

I just love the music to The Lion King, too! Here is Simba taking his place as the Lion King.

Hmm... what to do for intermission? Riley thought it would be fun to lounge in a chair showing off her new sparkly black shoes, waiting for some popcorn.

Dig in! This girl loves popcorn!

And photo evidence of Riley's very first drink of pop- GASP!! First and last for a long, long time if we can help it. It just wasn't worth the money to buy several different things to drink... Not surprisingly, she thought it was really good!

After intermission, it was time for Tinkerbell- which followed the movie that came out last year.

Tinkerbell saving spring was Riley's very favorite part, can you tell?

She loved the butterflies!

It was a great show! We all really enjoyed it and loved seeing Riley so into it!

Time to head back to the car!
The End. Thanks for sticking with it!
I understand the show is making it's way to the Tri-Cities this weekend- I hope some of you can make it! :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pumpkin Patch 2009

Today was perfect weather for the pumpkin patch!

Miss Riley

Tyson would only pose for a picture if he could be an octopus... here is his impression of one:
(And no, we don't know where he got it. It's cute though, right? Especially the tongue thing...)

Cooper was without a nap and a little unsure about the new shoes we put him in, therefore he wasn't too pleased with being put down anywhere.

Two of the greatest guys in my life...

"Let's get this one! Nevermind, it's too heavy!"

The other great guy in my life!

I only wish Tyson would have been willing to sit still for this one, too.

I still can't believe our baby is going to be one in a week and walking all over. Seriously, where does the time go?

And here are the three pumpkins we brought home with us.
We were going to carve them this afternoon and decided they would travel to the Tri-Cities a little easier if they weren't carved. Maybe we'll get a chance to make them into Jack-o-Lanterns when we get there. We'll be in town to trick-or-treat with cousin Cassidy and celebrate Cooper's big birthday on November 1st, I can't wait! Let us know if your house has good candy, we'd love to stop by! :)