Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dominoes as Big as My Head

We spent another fun Saturday afternoon down at the Austin Children's Museum (see an older post here). This time the featured exhibit was giant versions of popular games. Here's Ty setting up a couple of the giant dominoes in a row to make them fall.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Story Time

Ty and I headed downtown one Saturday morning for story time at Book People which is a locally owned shop in Austin. It is one of the places that makes Austin still a cool town that hasn't been totally overtaken by all the chain stores. We climbed up on the stadium style seating in the kids arena and grabbed a book before story time began. Thankfully this kid loves books.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

No Spinning

The latest addition to our houseful of toys is a full size foosball table. We placed it in the front room where Ty's trains, easel and other toys are located. He immediately picked up the concept of twirling the handles to get the little men to kick the soccer ball across the table. Of course he can barely see over the table edge and can only handle one group of men at a time, but when he scores he does a little dance.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Flashback Moment #6

School starts next week again for Ty. He will be returning now as one of the older and more experienced children to his Montessori classroom. As I strap him into his car seat now and have to constantly adjust the height of the seat to accommodate his fast growing body, I am reminded when he used to be dwarfed by even the smallest car seat. He is a photo from his earlier days that I still get a kick out of.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Chicks Dig the Shoes

What I love about this photo is that seconds after Ty releases his ball (it was more of a drop than a roll), his two hands come up forming the thumbs up position. With the help of the bumpers, he managed to get a score of 96 which included 3 spares. I dare say that beats a few grown ups I know (Dad had a 124, not great, but not pathetic either)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Fountain of Youth

Our final shot from the California trip here. After a few hours on the beach we strolled along the main street in Coronado Beach. We stopped for some great slices of pizza and then across the street there was a beautiful plaza with this fountain. Ty tossed in a penny and wished for another great vacation someday soon. Me too.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

SPF 100

Ah. A beautiful day in sunny southern California. No June gloom here. Ty and I spent our last full day of vacation out at Coronado Beach. It was his first time dipping his feet in the ocean. The water was freezing. So we opted for some varsity sand castle building instead.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

And Zoo Makes Three

After another long day at the zoo, it was time to head back to the condo. Three days of theme parks had worn Dad out, but as you can see, Ty of course is still in the best of spirits.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Giraffes are Taller than People

- "Whoa Dad. Check it out!"
We got here just in time for Giraffe feeding time at the zoo.
- "Look at the tongues on those guys."
And they are very tall as I explained the numbers on the posts next to the animals to show their height. It's like if there was 5 Ty's standing on each others shoulders I told him.
- "No way Dad. There's only 1 Ty. You can't have 5, silly."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Up, Up and Away

We caught a ride on the tram that traversed the park. Ty enjoyed the view of downtown San Diego and the ocean. I enjoyed resting my tired feet.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Hippo Do You Do?

During the several miles of walking around the San Diego Zoo, we discovered some amazing exhibits. In this one, you walked around a lagoon where you might glimpse the hippo from above. If you walk below the rocks it takes you to a cave with a large window and you can see the underwater world of the hippo. Ty wasn't so sure about getting that close to the animal so I had about 5 seconds to snap the picture before he wanted to walk away. Seems the hippo also got a twinkle in his eye from seeing Ty (or from my flash).

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Yankees Moment

Just thought I would throw in a little current event. Dad went up to NYC this past weekend to visit with family and see some events. Included in that was a Yankee game. Well it just happened that the Saturday game was the one where Alex Rodriguez belted out his 500th home run. Wow! That was exciting.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Along Came a Spider

Day 3 of theme park marathon... we have now made it over to The San Diego Zoo. First stop inside this mammoth park was the children's zoo (a zoo within a zoo). While wandering through there they had a few of these large cutouts where the kids stick their head's through. As you can see, Ty makes an excellent spider.