Trike-A-Thon

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Jack’s preschool held a fundraising event called the Trike-A-Thon.  The kids had practiced in the week leading up to it while also making posters and hats to go along with their event.  Jack even said he needed to get good sleep for the event and sadly for Sarah and me that just meant his usual sleep antics and routine.

One cute aspect was that before each class took their turn riding they would go out to the bike yard and cheer on another class along with all the parents and our phones/cameras. The classroom that went before Jack’s was a wild bunch of older kids that had elements of Mad Max in their attire and various bikes/scooters. What was funny that after that raucous group, out came Class 7, Jack’s class, and they were orderly and slow.  Luckily Jack got some courage after the first lap and broke the pack and started riding fast and ultimately probably did the most laps, but who’s counting, obviously not this competitive dad.

After the event the kids got to indulge in a well deserved popsicle. I’m not sure why but I caught Jack in one shot looking upset after opening his, must have been the color i’m guessing.  All in all it was a fun little 30 minute activity to be a part of and it’s always humorous seeing school mode Jack who’s way more timid and reserved.

Underwood Farms

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In December we went for a little adventure to Underwood Farms with Uncle Nick and Aunt Bryce but also with Cousin Bret, Sara, and little Brody. I’d heard this was one of those stereotypical young kid outing spots so I wasn’t overly excited at first but by the end of the day it was clear that we all had a blast.  There was a tractor ride that took us to the farm where we got to pick any food that was in season, there were all sorts of sweet animals to see and feed, good food, play areas, and of course great company. Jack was the perfect age for here but even the little guys had a blast.

November Recap

November (1 of 1)November was full of fun, family, and friends.  As we saw in past posts we had been to Disneyland and Jack had been very active photographing Can Jam in Santa Barbara.  The other highlights were an early Thanksgiving dinner with the Willoughby side of the fam.  My cousin and his family recently moved to Portland to work on his beard growth and develop an affinity for coffee and overcast weather.  Keegan was particularly smitten with Cooper and it’s clear next year she’ll have all the kids wrapped around her fingers.

We had our actual Thanksgiving up with the Ross clan where we got the super exciting news that Aaron and Courtney are going to have their first kid, sadly the only moment we caught of that reveal was a quick hip shot I took when they surprised us, but you can see the joy in Courtney’s face. After Thanksgiving we headed back to SB to get to spend more quality time with Uncle Ben, Aunt Megan, and Uncle Ned, oh and those grandparents the boys like too.

The month ended with us doing our annual Christmas tree purchase with the Ungers, a special time we’ve done for at least 5 years now but the first time we didn’t get to buy it at classy OSH. I should also point out that Jack started getting Highlights magazines which has really been awesome, he loves the surprise of when they arrive but he really loves all the activities and stories in each one.  I don’t think I could have been prepared for how much we all enjoy that subscription.

10 Months of Cooper

Dear Cooper,

You are 10 months old!

You:

-Finally got that 8th tooth.

-Are sleeping a lot better because I sleep trained you again, and it is mostly working. You were waking up around 10, 12, 2, and 4 every night, but now you can almost always put yourself back to sleep on your own. You still wake up a lot around 4 AM, and usually sound a bit unsettled for a while, but thankfully you are not crying.

-Love to raise one and sometimes both of your arms when music is on so you can “dance.” You seriously love music.

-Have another cold and cough. Does it ever end?

-Will sometimes stand up and let go of whatever you are holding very briefly.

-Are still obsessed with eating

-Have done well with babysitters that are not your grandmas while I’m at work but have had to be brought back to us from church care. It seems like if you are not as familiar with your environment it makes separation anxiety worse, which makes sense. You do have people preferences but are able to go to someone new or not as familiar for a time.

-Rarely stop moving. You have periods where you will stay in the pack, but I don’t use it nearly as much now.

-Still put most everything in your mouth, maybe a little less than before?

-Still want every single toy your brother plays with but put up with him yelling in your face daily.

I:

-Did some biking at the very end of January before all the rain, and it was so fun! However, since then I have not been exercising much at all. Swimming has not been going well either.

-Went to Griffith Park with the Fischers and was reminded how much I love the observatory.

-Learned a lot about baking bread this past month. Jo taught me her method, and I want to a class with Jo, Chris, Bryce, and Nick on making different kinds of pizza dough

-Had a few girls nights out. One at The Raymond with Hilary and Lauren and one at Otono with Katie and Andi.

-Took Jack to a bunch of birthday parties this past month, which was even enjoyable for me too.

-Felt cooped up because of the rain on one too many occasions. Rain and kids don’t mix.

-Finished two books, one for book club, and attended book club.

-Visited Santa Barbara for a few days, and it was great to see my parents.

-Had Brandon’s cousin Jon and his wife Michelle stay with us for two nights. It was fun to be able to hang out with them after the kids went to bed.

-Still feel pretty tired most days, but I think it is and will get better?Cooper 10 months

August 2018 Recap

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We get it, it’s been forever since we posted a monthly recap, but you need not worry, we’re back in the game.  It hasn’t been that we stopped our daily photos, it’s just we stopped cataloging them daily and wound up with months worth of undated photos we had to organize and title, a brutal task.  But we did it and our marriage survived so we should be getting the backload of monthly recaps in the next week, exciting stuff I know.

So August, I almost had a hard time remembering what all happened.  For one I was on my last few days of paternity leave so Jack and I did some housework including painting a door, he did a great job and also helped get the door back together.  Jack and Addie continued to maintain their deep friendship and we also enjoyed having the Sunday dinner crew over to our house for music and fun.  We celebrated Courtney’s birthday with the Ross clan down at the Ballast Point Brewery where they all got a heavy dose of Coop and Jack.  We had our last fun week day breakfast outing and I said goodbye to my paternity beard. Crazy to think 4 months are gone but even more wild is that we have 5 more recaps to go until we’re caught back up. The last photo in the bunch is also one of my favorite photos.