Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Another Milestone for Ty

No photo or video yet, so you will just have to take Dad's word on this one (wasn't expecting this would happen). But today Ty rode a bicycle all by himself for the very first time. This was perhaps the fourth time we went out to a nearby cul-de-sac to practice.

When I removed Ty's training wheels off his bike about two weeks ago, he looked very nervous. So we began with just coasting to learn balance. Little by little he started to get the hang of it until today he could get most of the way across with his feet resting on the pedals. Then it was time for the classic move... I held the bike while he started to pedal and then I let go... he kept going. Once he figured out how to build momentum, he was soon doing circles around the cul-de-sac. He fell once as we started to learn to brake, but can't get all the major skills down in one day (much to Ty's frustration). 

So we promise to provide video evidence shortly, but it was definitely a great day for Ty.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dugout Cool

We are well into the T-Ball season now and Ty is enjoying his time with his fellow teammates. The late afternoon sun provided a cool shot of our star in the dugout.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Sunset Painting

Farewell from the picturesque mountains of Scottsdale. Another great Spring Break with Gram and G-Pop. Let's do it again next year.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

As High As The Sky

In our triple activity day here at Cracker Jax (mini-golf and go karts preceded this) our final stop was the bungee jump. Dad was pretty convinced that Ty wouldn't go for it, but he insisted and away we went.

Strapped into the harness, Ty bounced way into the air off a trampoline below. He didn't want to do any acrobatic somersaults this time around, but he had tons of fun getting some good hang-time.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Uh Oh, Better Get Maaco

This car was brand new when Ty began his race around the track. Not really, but Ty did manage to scrape the sides a few times cutting corners as he sped through the laps to finish ahead of the other kids.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ace In The Hole

We took a morning outing again to our favorite mini-golf game park location in Scottsdale: CrackerJax. Ty led our group with his superior skills and managed to secure the only hole-in-one among us. Here he poses gleefully after that incredible feat.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Desert Oasis

After hitting the two downtown museums in Phoenix it was time for lunch. We asked someone at the Childrens museum for a suggestion within walking distance. A few blocks later we saw a row of palm trees that led between some buildings and found an amazing park/shopping center. It is incredible that places like this exist in down-towns and this one so well maintained and laid out.

For those that want the travel tip, it's called Arizona Center and you can follow the link for more information.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Facial Distortions

Do not adjust your monitors. The picture to the right is real. Our little scientist was manipulating his image on a Photoshop-like display at the Arizona Science Center.

We spent a few hours in this very cool hands-on museum with Gram and G-Pop during our Spring Break week in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Ty learned about light and sound, watched a great demo on air pressure, and hoisted his own weight using a pulley system.

We recommend this museum to any families who might be traveling to that city in the near future. In fact we found it more fun than the Children's Museum just down the street.

(editor note: Dad has gotten his hard drive fully recovered and will catch up quickly over the next few days with pictures and stories from our vacation)