We went to the zoo today & after hours of animal watching, eating, tram riding, & walking, we told Cooper he could ride in the stroller or walk & he chose to walk. Shortly after that, he threw a tantrum when he found out we were leaving the zoo. He calmed down & then John offered to carry him on his shoulders. As Cooper rode on John's shoulders they had this conversation:
Cooper: Dad, sorry I yelled. John: That's okay, kiddo. Cooper: Dad, my options were ride in the stroller or walk, right? John: Yeah. Cooper: My options weren't carry me or ride on your shoulders, right? John: Right. Cooper, are you trying to say that if you had the option of riding on my shoulders we wouldn't have argued? Cooper: Yeah. John: Well, that's very disingenuous of you Cooper. Cooper: Thanks!
The scary part is, by the time he's a teenager he's gonna win the arguments because I started to side with Cooper, until I remembered that the argument had been about leaving the zoo and not walking/riding/being carried. Smart kid.
Little Red Schoolhouse just opened their new building (which Cooper quickly pointed out is not red, or a schoolhouse, but just a grey building) so we took the boys to see it. It's really nice & Cooper loved the new kids play area with puzzles, sticks (his current obsession), and other activities. We did some 'sploring outside too.
and thrilled by this... Recipe for Parisian bagels I made these bagels today (I added dried onion flakes) & they're delicious. I tried one this afternoon & it's taking all my willpower not to go in the kitchen & eat the remaining nine.
We spent out Fourth of July with Grandma & Grandpa.
There was swimming...
and playing at the park.
Dexter was a little confused. He crawled into the room with the dogs when my mom called them for dinner, & even crawled over to my dad for his "turn" to be petted like the dogs. Weirdo.
We went to a nearby lake for the fireworks display, but the bugs were so bad we had to move into the van to watch it.
(P.S. There are more photos of Dexter, but I promise I haven't forgotten about Cooper. He's just become much more difficult to photograph & even runs from the camera now. Unless it's a modeling job, & then he's a complete ham.)