Saturday, December 29, 2007
The clock is ticking down on 2007. It has been a busy and exciting one for us. We took 3 trips (Arizona, California and Connecticut), we won a T-Ball championship, and advanced to riding a bike with training wheels. We have taken you along for this ride with more than double the number of blog posts from the previous year.
Thanks to all our family and friends for your kind words, and all our new parent blogger friends from mybloglog, linkedin, facebook, flickr and technorati. We wish everyone a happy and healthy new year and look forward to sharing more adventures in 2008.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
It's an Austin tradition. I am sure there are other famous streets in other cities around the country, but apparently the folks on 37th Street have built up a great reputation. It is not just having the most lights or covering every tree, it is all about uniqueness. This year we spotted a giant dinosaur, a tree made of old bicycles, and even a collection of Jack Daniels bottles cleverly hung across the front walk.
In one picture Ty stands on an Austin Monopoly board (see other photos I found) that covers the sidewalk with the names of local neighborhoods and funny anecdotes. And if you look behind him it looks like a giant lite-brite board with a clever version of "Noel". In the other photo, Ty bends down to inspect some of the rubber duckies lining the posts of one yard.
We may not get snow in Central Texas, and that may be the reason our town can be so creative during the holidays. Best wishes from Ty and myself to you and your families this season.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Could I be the coolest Dad? I have a Simpsons pinball machine in my bedroom. Ty stands on a small stool to reach the flippers. Recently his constant flipper action has landed him some decent scores. His favorite part is the multi-ball experience. The game also has real character voices from the show with some hilarious sayings like Grandpa saying "Back in my day, we didn't have flippers".
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Last night while we driving home from a friend's housewarming party, Ty was in the backseat watching the DVD of Toy Story. He has probably watched this movie 20 times and I have listened to the audio only of it almost that many times. During the first few scenes when Buzz Lightyear joins the other toys in Andy's room he is convinced he is the real Buzz (which is pretty much the plot line of the movie). Well if he thinks he is real, how is that he knows when Andy or any other real person comes close he has to freeze and become inanimate? I figured only the toys understood that. Or perhaps it is just programmed into him and he doesn't realize it?
You may be thinking that what does it matter because it is a fictional cartoon anyway and why should they follow common sense or logic? It never really bothered me the first 20 times I watched it, but somehow my mind wandered and just felt that it was "illogical". Your comments or links to this discussion elsewhere on the web are welcome. I will now resume your regularly schedule broadcast with more cute pictures of Ty.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
- He is learning the correct way to hold the crayon for drawing, but prefers his own style
- He is grabbing the crayon forcefully as if to indicate he will soon use it as a weapon
- Or perhaps he is demonstrating how to work the handlebar on a motorcycle (sound effects included)
You decide. Other ideas may be left in the comment section as well.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Flashback to our post last March here and see Ty posing for the camera with Dane.
Note: Hollywood agents can direct their requests for Ty's future appearances through his Dad.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
One note on airline preferences though: We usually fly American because Dad has elite status, but we picked Continental this time based on price and schedule. Well little did I know that their planes are configured 3/3 which means Dad had middle seats the whole way up and back. Ummm I think I'll go back to AA where I know they are 2/3 and I don't have to be squished or get stuck next to strangers.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The day before we left for NYC last week it was still in the 80's here in Texas. Then 24 hours later we were wrapped up in several layers and wearing heavy jackets. I think Ty enjoys having most of the year here where he can wear a t-shirt and shorts. He was remarking today to another family member how cold it was up at my parents' house.
"It was like the North Pole," he said. "I think Santa lived close by".
Now playing: 10,000 Maniacs - What's The Matter Here ?
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Ty and I will be headed up to CT soon to spend a week with my parents for Thanksgiving. There won't be any posts until after the holiday, so I thought I would take a look back at one of our first trips up North for the holidays. This is from 2004. Enjoy and we will catch up with you again soon.
Monday, November 12, 2007
For all the parents out there, if you have not seen this web cartoon you need to check it out. I found today's really funny that I wanted to share it with our readers. Ty is now getting to his independent phase and wants to dress himself (no zippers or buttons though). His big problem seems to be putting his shoes on the wrong feet though.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
My cousin (Ty's 2nd cousin) is a TV writer in Hollywood (WGA award winner!). Also my uncle (his Dad) works in the television industry as well as a writer/producer. Ty and I support their rights to better royalties due to them because of the changes in media distribution. Join us in their support by following the link below to sign a petition.
In support of the WGA strike Petition
Friday, November 09, 2007
Granny: How much do I love you?
Me: As high as the sky!
Now playing: Ryan Shaw - We Got Love
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Ty got this fun bungee plane from one of his classmates for his birthday. We took it out in the front yard to try it out. He doesn't quite have the coordination to get it spinning and keep it aloft very long so he decided to just watch me do it instead.
Note on the T-shirt he is wearing: This shirt belonged to me and I got it when I was about 9 years old at summer camp in NH after I had actually climbed up Mt. Washington. Amazingly I saved it all this time (that's 30 years for those keeping score at home). What I cannot believe is I remember the shirt being big on me when I was 9 so how does it fit snugly on a 4 year old? I guess there was some major cotton shrinkage over time.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Ty and his fellow Mudcats have just won the Round Rock Youth Baseball 4U T-ball fall championship. (Thats a mouthful). They played 2 games over 2 nights in a real tournament which they had never done before. At the end of the 2nd game they won by more than 5 runs and got their first place trophies in front of a big crowd of happy Moms and Dads.
To see more pictures of All-Star Ty, click on the photo above which will take you to my flickr page..
Friday, November 02, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
How much fun can you have with a handful of kids who get a whole room full of giant inflatable play toys? Lots! And that is how Ty spent his birthday party this year with a bunch of family and school friends. Dad got in on the action too jumping and crawling around (it can be tiring). Luckily there were no injuries and everyone had a blast. Ty is already planning his next few birthday parties. It's funny that small children have no concept of time.
Now playing: Bebel Gilberto - Um Segundo
Sunday, October 21, 2007
When I grew up there seemed to be less regard for safety. Helmets for bikes? Nah, not even if it was a motorcycle. If we crashed, we got banged up and picked ourselves right up again and rode home to get some peroxide and band aids. Or rode on the handlebars of one of our friend's bikes if ours got bent out of shape.
There's a great bit by a comedian I once heard on XM Comedy talking about how kids today maybe too "soft" because we over-protect them every time they go out of the house for some sort of activity. I used to laugh at that bit BEFORE I was a Dad. Now I am making sure those lap belts are secure in the car seat and his bike helmet (which has cool flames on it) is securely on his head before he pedals anywhere.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Austin is so hip now. We managed to survive all of these years with cool local stores like Waterloo Records and Book People, but apparently the masses (really the new transplants) cried out for the stores they left behind in Chicago, LA and NYC. The answer from Simon (the largest mall and shopping developer in the country) was The Domain. So yes we have a Tiffany's, Barney's and a Neiman's now. I feel so complete. But when did this blog become a social commentary? I have no idea.
Here's Ty climbing on top of one of the armadillos at a children's play area inside The Domain.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Taking a short break during shopping with the grandparents. Ty and I camped out on the comfy chairs at the Ralph Lauren store.
Funny thing is when I decided to come up with the clever title of this post I Googled that phrase. Some of us remember when a certain actor ("Welcome to my Island") used this in a commercial. Turns out there is some very interesting facts behind the truth. Click here to read the article on Wikipedia.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
"Daddy. You make me get happy"
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A little grandson bonding session at the local Border's bookstore. Gram read from a Dora the Explorer book to Ty. Dad watched and tried to remember what that was like oh some 30+ years ago.
Now playing: Steve Winwood - Back In The High Life
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Ty has a new bike. By the way think of this blog like live television. On TV there is about a 7 second delay, well my blog sometimes has a week or two delay. Ty's birthday was really back on 9/26 and my folks came up that weekend. Here's G-Pop standing with Ty just outside the bike shop where we picked out the bike. It was so much fun watching him ride the various bikes around the store. He seemed to have no problem making that transition from a tricycle to this bike with training wheels. I will post some more pictures from riding around the neighborhood which features his cool helmet as well.
Now playing: Simon & Garfunkel - Still Crazy After All These Years
Sunday, October 07, 2007
One of the things I love about Ty as he gets older is our ability to interact more all the time. It used to be conversations were one sided or playtime was me watching him, or vice versa. Now we can actually play board games. One of the two games he has recently acquired is the classic Chutes and Ladders (our collection can be seen behind him if you enlarge the photo). He loves to spin the wheel and he's also great at counting. As long as I don't win somehow, he's happy. (How long do Dad's have to let their kids win at stuff?)
Now playing: Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Now playing: Chris Isaak - Forever Blue
Monday, October 01, 2007
This is the number they gave him on his shirt. Wasn't planned just worked out kinda great.
Other famous athletes who also wore #4 (but were not also age 4 at the time):
And interesting facts about the number can be found here on Wikipedia.
Now playing: Billy Squier - In The Dark
Friday, September 28, 2007
Not really sure why they ordered size small shirts for 3 and 4 year old kids, but they did. Superstar Ty shown here with his shirt tucked into his baseball pants so that at least part of logo shows.
The season has started and we have played a few games. Most end up as a tie of either 10-10 or 15-15 depending on if the kids get 2 or 3 innings in (there is a 5 run max per inning). But Ty is having a blast and has slugged the ball every time he's up.
More action shots coming soon. Big game tomorrow morning as Ty should have the largest cheering section ever in the history of 4U Tball.
Now playing: Billy Joel - Everybody Loves You Now
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Today is Ty's 4th birthday. We are celebrating this weekend with a big party for all his friends. Tomorrow my parents (Gram and Gpop) fly down to visit and celebrate too.
If you would like to leave a birthday greeting or wishes for Ty, please click on the comments box below and leave a note.
Now playing: Alicia Keys - If I Aint Got You
Monday, September 24, 2007
Ty normally is camera shy (bet you couldn't tell that from the last 100+ posts) but yes it usually takes a little pleading and negotiating to get him to pose and look at the camera. To my surprise one evening we were playing in the living room before bed and Ty asked me to take his picture with one of his favorite stuffed animals "Tramp". Cute factor is HIGH.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Sort of a random entry here. I have started uploading some other pictures to my Flickr account. I was at the ACL festival this past weekend and posted some of the cool art guitars on display. I also created a set of photos of signs that I have been shooting for another project. During two recent trips to NYC I looked for signs that contained the letters "TY" in them. I then cropped the photos later on the computer and have uploaded the ones I have so far. The reason for this seems obvious in context here with my posts about my son. Eventually I hope to have a few dozen of these and make some sort of photo collage poster print to frame and put in his room. You will find a new Flickr badge along the side of this page which will take you over to see the other images.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I have also added some "blog flair" as it is known across the web. I have been out surfing myself and come across many other Dad's like myself who spend hours typing and uploading pictures of their kids. I have shared some links to a few that I have come across that I find funny or interesting. We all have a lot in common. I discovered some of these folks on some of the blogging portals including mybloglog, technorati, wink and facebook. I have placed my own links back to a few of those sites now too for anyone to cross-reference me.
For my family members who are not as technically savvy as others, rest assured that too much personal information is not being shared into cyberspace. As always comments are welcome and enjoy the photos and stories.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Only in America. Remember when Pee Wee is headed cross country in his "Big Adventure" and one of the stops is at this roadside park/motel that has a giant dinosaur? Well that was in California, but here in Texas we have something similar, however you need a GPS to find this place. Head South from Austin towards Bastrop on Highway 71 and hidden in the trees behind a trailer park is The Dinosaur Park!
Looking for something new and interesting for a Saturday, Ty and I drove down there to check it out. They had a little museum and gift shop and then a trail with about a dozen dinosaurs hidden among the trees. It was pretty cool and Ty had fun on the scavenger hunt they include while you are walking around. It was their 2nd anniversary party so they had some cookies for the kids and a real live giant tortoise was roaming around the grounds.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Another stop on the continuing saga of sharing those things uniquely Austin with our blog viewers... is a series of cow sculptures made of stone at the Arboretum. After years of weather and thousands of people climbing on them for play and for photos they are quite smooth (and slippery if you aren't careful). We scooted up the back of one and Ty happened to strike this classic pose on his own without any coaching from Dad.
Photo detail note: If you do happen to click on the image and it blows up to a large size you may see a tattoo on Ty's arm of Lightning McQueen. He got that after his first ever trip to the dentist a few days earlier.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Friday, September 07, 2007
"Hold still Dad. You are being clicked into Diego's animal rescue center." If you zoom in on the photo you will actually see Ty's eye through the opening in the camera (how cool is that?)
Trivia info: You ever what happened to Rosie Perez? Well she now does the voice of click the camera on Go Diego Go!