Saturday, December 29, 2007

2007 - A Really Good Year


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

Merry Crash-mas

Ty got a plethora of new little die cast cars from his favorite animated movie. It seems the Disney/Pixar marketing machine really knows how to keep their brands alive for many years. With all these new race cars from the Dinoco 400, we needed someplace to race them. This simple little figure 8 track has provided hours of entertainment because it appeals to one of the most basic of all needs in a little (or big) boy: crashing things is cool!



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Sunday, December 23, 2007

37th Street Lights - Keep Austin Weird



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

Pinball Wizard


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

It's beginning to look a lot like...



We were crazy enough to go out on "Black Friday" and hit the Stamford Town Center. It was decorated for the season and smiling Ty posed for an almost xmas card shot in front of one of the trees.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ants in Spongebob's Pants



Okay. How psyched can you be to flick a plastic ant into the pants of Spongebob? I give you exhibit A above. Go Ty!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Shhhh



It was a cute idea to get the 2 cousins cuddled up in bed for nap time on Thanksgiving day. Certainly made for a great photo op. However the actual amount of napping that occurred was zero.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Question about Toy Story

OK. I know the Pixar movie Toy Story is not a new one so my comments to follow may be ones that countless others noticed before, but I didn't feel like searching the web on this trivial matter.

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

The Grip



This closeup from Ty with a crayon could say a lot of things depending on the context:
  • 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

Coloring Lesson



For the trip I bought Ty this book of mazes he could trace. He ended up cruising through them quite fast, but was anxious to show his cousin Swann how to maneuver some of them. She liked it so much that we got her a book as well for her birthday.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Fall Foliage



We really lucked out this year. Most years when we are in CT for Thanksgiving, the leaves have already fallen off the trees. This year apparently New England had a very late fall and the colors were looking beautiful during our stay. This was shot behind my parent's house.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Where's The Fire?



Ty posing in front of a traditional New England fireplace at my parent's country club. He is smiling after having a grilled cheese and french fries, which is one of his favorite meals (mine too).


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Now playing: John Mellencamp - My Aeroplane
via FoxyTunes

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Tower of Power



Finally catching up to the shots we took in CT during Thanksgiving. Here Ty works on building something taller than he is while supervising engineer G-pop looks on.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Ty Knew Him When...

Wow. Who would have thought my son would be hanging with celebrities? For any of you who watch the awesome NBC show Friday Night Lights (permalink on my right side panel) you may have seen last week's episode when Smash visits a fictitious college on a recruiting trip. When he is at an evening pool party for one of the fraternities, a football player welcomes him and has a few other lines. This "actor" was none other than our own Austin Wranglers' football star Dane Krager.

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

School Pictures

Just got a few of Ty's pictures taken this fall at school by the professionals. I ordered the digital files so that I could share them with all of you. Here are 2 that I liked:



Saturday, December 01, 2007

World AIDS Day

We are Inspi (RED) today to remind everyone to think about ways we can help those in need