We were able to travel back to Colorado last weekend and see everyone we had not seen in OVER A YEAR!  I can not believe so much time had passed since we were last back there, but I can assure you it won't happen again!  We have been really lucky this past year to see my parents quite often, but with a new niece and a new child of our own, it was really difficult to find a time to go home.  My 10 year highschool reuinon was this year so we planned a trip back to Colorado during this time.  It was a quick trip and pretty much a whirlwind, but we were able to see just about everyone.  Caroline kept saying that she wanted to see Emma before we went and couldn't quite understand why she wouldn't be there.  It was a little sad to miss Missy and her family, but hopefully we will get to see them soon. 

Josh wasn't able to take a lot of time off so we decided to do things a little differently this time.  When we made the tickets for us to fly up there, we had just gotten back from Florida.  Remember that trip?!!  How could I ever forget?  Well, I wasn't about to fly with the two kids myself, so I left early Wednesday morning and just took Cooper.  Suzanne watched Caroline for part of Wednesday and then Josh and her flew out early Thursday morning.  Both kids were great and it was nice to have a little one on one time with my little Coopster! 
 Grami and Pop Pop's house is the place to be!  They have more toys than we do and anything a little kid could ever want.  Here Caroline is watching a movie and insisted on Mickey sitting next to her.
 Thursday night we had all of the family over to meet Cooper for the first time and see Caroline.  It was so wonderful to all be together again and catch up on everyone's lives.

 Cooper looked so big sitting up in the swing.  He loved this new point of view!

Grami took us on a little fieldtrip down the road to a local dairy.  It was so fun to see these baby animals up close!
The bunnies were Caroline's favorite of course!

Cady stopped by before all of the craziness of the reunion festivities started and said hi to Cooper.  He loved all of the attention!


Time for a Haircut!

Just short of 4 months old and this little boy already needs a haircut!!  Cooper's hair was getting pretty long and covered almost all of his ears!  We decided to give him his first haircut on July 9th.  We really just trimmed up along his ears and the back, but it made such a difference!  It actually made me pretty sad because he looks so much older now with it all cleaned up. 

So there might be a slight difference from how one side looks from the other.  Josh and I each had a turn and I'm not going to say which is better, but one got a little more hair cut off.  Oops!  Sorry Coop!  Good thing your hair grows quickly!!  :)  Your dad did say "Stop, don't cut..." but it just needed a little bit more off!

SO much hair!
The finished product!  Does his hairstyle look familiar?  2 peas in a pod!!



Cooper's first trip to the Zoo was taken on the 4th of July!  It was Josh and Erick's idea to take the kids and we all had a wonderful time!  We arrived right before the zoo opened and got right in.  It wasn't too crowded and we think the heat and holiday kept people away.  Although it was hot, the kids had a great time, were able to run around and saw a lot of animals!!

When we came home, this is where Daddy ended up taking a nap for over an hour...
And this is how mommy got one...  Think this is fair??  :)

Lazy Sunday

It was so nice to be able to just relax the day after Caroline's birthday party!  After going to church on July 3rd we just hung out as a family and enjoyed the nice weather and each other. 
While Josh and I were busy doing our own things, this is how we found Cooper and Caroline. She took it upon herself to give Cooper a check up!  :)
Cooper and Caroline gave Josh an ice cream maker for Father's Day.  This was the perfect time to get it out and test out some great homemade recipes!  We made some french vanilla ice cream and even topped them off with gummi bears.  A perfect way to end our day!



What a lucky guy!!  At just over 3 months old, this little guy has been on vacation and gone to the beach twice already!  We were able to join Grandpa Doug and Grandma Karla on their trip to South Padre several weeks ago.  We had a wonderful time and Cooper did great in the car!  Both kids definitely surprised us during the 10 hour drive both there and back.  Cooper slept so well and hardly fussed.  We did discover, however, that he too likes Yo Gabba Gabba.  Another one lost to that very strange show!  :) 

 It was such a great weekend to spend with family and a great time all around!