Another trip to the Oregon Zoo

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I LOVE the Oregon Zoo! I also love that I go and take the exact same pictures and over and over again :) I also love that Cohen LOVES the zoo too! When Cohen and I were in Washington a couple of months ago my parents and Kari took us to the zoo!

One of my favorite moments of the day was when the Snack stands opened and Cohen spotted a soft pretzel. He then turned to Grandma and said, "I need big pretzel." Grandma of course didn't hesitate and immediately started pulling out her wallet to buy Cohen his pretzel. Can you say spoiled?

Dyeing Easter Eggs with Auntie Harmizzle (Grandma and Grandpa too)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Easter came early for Cohen. My mom and dad decided that since Cohen was not going to be with them on Easter, they would just celebrate the Sunday before. Cohen woke up to a Minion inspired Easter Basket! He LOVED the chocolate and books they gave him.

One of the many activities that my family had planned for Cohen while we were visiting them in Washington was dying Easter eggs. It's a tradition for Kari and my dad to dye easter eggs every year and they were excited to have Cohen join in on the fun....well, not as excited as Cohen! I clearly need to do more crafts with Cohen because he LOVED dyeing eggs!

Making Sugar Cookies with Grandma

Friday, April 1, 2016

My mom has talked about making sugar cookies with Cohen before he was even born. Supposedly it's something that Grandma's do with their grandchildren :) Kari and Dad have been making fun of her for wanting to make cookies with Cohen when he is so young, but mom didn't let that get her down. When she was visiting us over Christmas, she made oatmeal cookies with him. He just basically watched, but I think both had fun.

Well, I saw on Facebook that Staci (a family friend from La Center) made sugar cookies with her grandson who is literally the same age as Cohen. I told my mom about it and to not let Kari and Dad bug her about it. So, the first day of our trip to Washington Mom made sugar cookies with Cohen. It was so much fun watching them. Cohen started getting the hang of things by the end, but he really just wanted to eat the dough and play with it. Can you blame him?! I think after a couple more tries Cohen will be an expert! Thanks mom for wanting to make such wonderful memories with Cohen.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

First, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

Last week I had the opportunity to spend quality time with my family and celebrate my moms 60th birthday (pictures to come). While I was there my parents did a little Easter egg hunt for Cohen and lets just say he really really enjoyed it. My mom worked with him that morning to teach him how to carry his basket and put eggs in as he finds them. What was really cute is that during the REAL Easter egg hunt, Cohen realized that there was something inside the eggs and decided to stop and start eating.  About half way through the hunt he stopped and emptied his bucket out onto the grass so he could start checking out his treasure. It took some convincing to get him to keep collecting eggs, but he ended up getting all of them!

Cohen in the Snow....Thanks Winter Storm Jonas!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Last weekend Jeff, Cohen and I hunkered down and enjoyed a nice little staycation at home while we watch Winter Storm Jonas bring us A LOT of snow. WE LOVED IT! We are not sure how much snow we got, because the wind was so strong which resulted in some really big snowdrifts. Let's just say Cohen loves snow! He wanted to go out all Saturday, but we didn't let him since it was so windy and there were branches flying everywhere. Now he can identify snow in his books (one of his current favorite books is "Bear Snores On" and as we read, he points and says, "Snow!" on every page).

After the storm was over, Jeff headed out to plow our driveway (luckily most of it was done courtesy of our neighbors). I bundled Cohen up in his new snow suit (thanks Grandma and Grandpa Anderson!) and finally let him out to play. We did really well with keeping the gloves and hat on, but then Jeff pulled a basketball out of the car and Cohen instead on trying to make a basket in the basketball hoop. Clearly the gloves were throwing off his shot, so he insisted (whined) until Jeff took them off. Next, he asked for the hat to be removed as well. Naturally Jeff obliged. Blah! Cohen 2, Mom 0! Well, I guess I do get 1....he did keep his jacket on. :)

Christmas Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

Monday, January 4, 2016

I have heard a lot about the Turtle Back Zoo, but haven't taken the time to go up and check it out. I'm a little bit of a zoo snob since I grew up going to the Oregon Zoo and it's kind of amazing.  Well, we took a trip up to the Turtle Back Zoo to see the Christmas lights and check it out. While it's no where near as cool as the Oregon Zoo, it's a really nice zoo and the Zoo lights are free! We went early so we could checkout some of the animals. Cohen had a really good time and we really enjoyed watching him get so excited about the animals.

I love it when my family comes to visit. We always get out and do fun stuff!

A Very Merry "Train" Christmas

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Trains was the theme for Christmas 2015. Grandma and Grandpa Anderson gave Cohen the Thomas and Friends Up & Around Sodor Adventure Tower, Kari gave him Percy, Grandma Neu gave him some cool train cars, and Jeff and I gave him a bridge and a Talking Emily Engine Let's just say Cohen was THRILLED!

I'm so happy my family was willing to fly across the country to spend Christmas with us. Christmas just wouldn't be the same without family. I'm so grateful for them and all their love and support. Cohen has been thrilled to play with them. He keeps asking for Grandpa and Grandma to play with him. Luckily for him, they are totally willing to oblige.