our easter morn

Easter Sunday was great with out little family of 3.5

Cooper enjoyed his basket and the initial go to item was goldfish.

But after church he went for a piece of chocolate and intently worked to get the wrapper open. Love this boy.

And now he's a professional hunter. By his third hunt for the week at Grandma Pip's, Cooper had this thing down (although he didn't need anymore candy). Finding eggs was quite a treat. And he had the holiday figured out, I think half his calorie intake for the day was sugar - which will be closely monitored better tomorrow ;)


hunting with a sucker

We did a small hunt with Cooper by our house but he thought he'd switch things up this round by hunting with a sucker in his mouth. Totally makes any activity better right? :)

A bit of candy and some new Hot Wheels. This kid doesn't go anywhere without one in his hand these days.


chocolate dutch baby

I was getting a little bored with breakfast lately and tried out the Chocolate Dutch baby from Martha's Everyday Food mag and it did not disappoint. Who doesn't like a little dessert-like breakfast once in awhile.

Chocolate Dutch Baby
Serves 6

3/4 cup whole milk
3 large eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose four
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 TBs butter
3 TBs powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 425°.

In a blender, combine milk, eggs, flour, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla, and granulated sugar.

Blend until foamy, 1 minute.

In a large cast-iron skillet (or non-stick skillet) melt butter over medium heat.

Pour batter into skillet and immediately transfer to oven.

Bake until puffed and set, 20 minutes.

Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.


hunting with friends

Cooper had his first hunt with friends from church. I carried the bucket the whole time but he figured out what to do and gathered quite a few eggs. The real prize came after he found out what was inside...jellybeans.


zoo round 2

What's better than your own annual pass? A friend with one too! We met up with Hadley girl for some more zoo fun.



Dad had the great idea of going to the zoo AND getting an annual pass. Somebody loves his boy.

Checking out the elephants, definitely a favorite.

Lion friends

He gave the giraffe a kiss after this pic.

Popcorn snack break

Steve's favorite - naked mole rats - weird eh?

Coopers favorite, running around the 'mole rat' playset

Watching the Panda eat lunch, how sweet is this. I think it's my favorite thing at the zoo right now.