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November, 2013:

November 2013 – Professional Family Pictures

While we had everyone together in Tucson we wanted to take advantage and capture our family with some professional pictures.  Thank you, Amy Haskell photography for these great images!  The full set of pictures are posted here.

Nene and her grand-kids: Daphne, Stella, Cooper, Nene and Fiona

Beautiful Robertson Family: Daphne, Kari, Stella, Brant and Fiona

Our Kochman Family

Tucson Zoo

Daddy, Cooper and a giraffee

We adventured out to the Tucson zoo today.  It is a really nice kid walkable zoo with an impressive elephant exhibit.

Feeding Time: Fiona, Daphne, Stella and Uncle Brant


Rhino, Cooper and Mama

Turkey Day in Tucson

Stella, Daphne, Cooper and Fiona

We were excited to spend Thanksgiving in the Tucson sunshine.  Nene kindly offered to meet us at the Phoenix airport and drive the 3 hours, in traffic, to Tucson together.  This is the first time Cooper has been mobile when seeing his nieces and they all loved the fact that he could finally be a part of the action.

Coloring with cousins: Daphne, Cooper, Stella and Fiona

Auntie Kari showing Cooper the ropes of Black Friday ad review

During one of Cooper’s naps we were able to have a little science fun and break apart these “eggs” with vinegar to reveal dinosaurs.  I saw the experiment on one of the blogs I follow and was really looking forward to trying it out with the girls.  It was a hit.

Football watching and game playing, two of our favorite things to do happening at the same time.

Promise, No Yogurt

We have promised our families, for the upcoming holiday travels, that we will not feed Cooper yogurt during our visits.  To say he gets a little messy when feeding himself yogurt is an understatement.

Beans and Rice

After this last Mexican food meal we think that Cooper may love beans and rice even more than his Daddy loves cheesy enchiladas.

Bundled Up

The winter weather has definitely arrived here.  We love to get out for walking adventures when the weather cooperates.  Today we headed to Home Depot where Cooper and Daddy roamed the aisles looking for the items on our shopping list.

PEPS Holiday Celebration

Dave, Austin and Cooper during a little post dinner playtime

Rob and I have mentioned many times before just how fortunate we feel to have met such incredible families through our PEPS experience.  We love getting everyone together and hosted a pre-holiday potluck.

Hannah and Cooper hanging out

Chilly Zoo Adventures

Mama and Cooper with the penguins

Today we headed out with my friend Jen and her little bug Zoey to check out the zoo.  It was a day full of chilly adventures.

Cooper and Zoey posing with an orangutan that smiled when we took pictures!

Zoey loves riding the carousel, but Cooper still seemed very hesitant so we sat this adventure out and waved as they passed by.

After such a fun visit it makes me realize we should really go in the summer time when more animals are out and we don’t have to wear nearly as many layers.

Just like on the way there, the 520 bridge was being closed for boat traffic when we were heading home.  This never happens, let alone twice in one day!  This time instead of driving around we thought we would see if we could beat the closure.  The answer was no, but we were the first car stopped so we had a great view of the bridge opening and big crane boat moving through.  A rare 520 experience and even Daddy was a little jealous when we told him of the adventure.


Mr. Inquisitive

This picture captures our little man and what we think is an amazing ability to concentrate.  He will spend 20+ minutes playing with something over and over again until he figures out how it works to a level of his liking.

Christmas Hand-prints

Continuing to be inspired to actually do some of the ideas I pin on Pinterest, we had family time tackling this year’s Christmas ornament.  It is a Cooper hand-print in Plaster of Paris painted into a Santa.  Definitely a parent team effort to get everything aligned and contain a wiggly Cooper.  This will go in the record books as a semi success with the intention for recipients to hang it for a year and toss it.   Fortunately, we had a post event clean up crew.