Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Cherry Blossoms

Abby drove us into the city. As you can see this wasn't an entirely popular shift in duties.

The wind nearly swept us away; but on a positive note, it also gave our hair some amazing body.

The blossoms were quite a site. Graham is at present still suffering from pollen allergies brought on (most likely) by posing for this very shot:

That's Jefferson Memorial in the background. (Yes, THE Thomas Jefferson who has a curse on my husband.) We dared not get any closer lest Jim fall flat on the ground...

Visiting QEA

Graham wasn't so interested in the hard hat, but it was a special treat to meet Chris, Carmen and the dads of the runners up in the Cutest Baby contest none-the-less.
(Yes, this is the cute Sock Monkey sweater Abby knitted!)

Abby married a TRex

Playing with Aunt Abby and Uncle Jason was fun!
Their house wasn't babyproof which made for some good adventures...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Zoo

The sun came out Sunday morning, so after nap time we headed into DC to visit the Pandas (who were sleeping and as such did not get their photo taken; you can however see them live here).

The elephant came right in to say hi.

Graham tried to teach Uncle Jason how to give Aunt Abby a big smooch.

The cheetah was impressed with his method.

While Graham was excited by the animals, I think he was most impressed with the ride on the Metro. He made friends with some other kids in strollers and even convinced one to share his snack as we waited for the elevator...

At the end of the day, we had a delicious dinner at Hard Times (the ribs are awesome!), where Graham got friendly with (less animate) horse out front.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ole Virginny

It's a long way to Virginia, but worth the trip if you are visiting Abby and Jason!

Saturday was a chilly day. We took a walk along the Potomac. The sky was grey but we were lucky to spy some nesting Bald Eagles right along the river.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Water Table

Aunt June surprised Graham with a water table. Once he gets started, it's a solid 45 minutes before he'll consider taking a break. It's going to be great when we can have it outside all the time... it's a little messy when we play in the kitchen. :)

Tourtellotte Farms

...where only the hay grows higher than our hair.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ladies man

As mentioned in an earlier post, Graham continues to enjoy riding the truck/cart at the Price Chopper. While cruising the aisles the other night, we ran into our friend Melissia and her daughter Cadence. (Cadence was born a month before Graham)
While we were chatting, Cadence walked over and climbed into the truck with Graham who was more than thrilled about it.
We laughed about her outgoing nature, and his natural animal magnetism, and when it was time for her to go, Graham made his move for a quick kiss goodbye.

I'm not sure if he actually got away with the stolen kiss, (judging by the look she's giving him, I doubt it) but even so, you have to appreciate the attempt.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy Headbands

I made some headbands last week for a very special birthday girl to share with her friends down in Virginia. (She's center front with the pretty bead necklaces.) They spent Saturday learning how to make candy, then took a carriage ride. So fun. Happy Birthday Isabella!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Shaver Hill Maple Fest

We made out annual trek to Harpersfield for all you can eat pancakes this morning with Grandma and Grandpa.

We decided to take the truck as a treat. It was my first time with Graham and Papa in Old Jonesy. Graham loves sitting up high and jamming out to the music.

There were horse rides, and pigs to see. Once we got inside, Graham liked the panacakes and maple sugar donuts. And he went crazy for the sausage. After breakfast we sampled the vast array of maple products. He was a fan of Jack Wax and Maple Coffee, but decidedly against the barbecue sauce. It left such a taste in his mouth that he refused to taste the ice cream that was offered afterwards. Silly kid.

Kids Kingdom

This weekend we took a trip to Norwich to visit the Kids Kingdom, an insanely fun play place, where we met Kate and René, as well as Debbie and her son Tucker, one of Graham's friends from our play groups. Graham was a bit overwhelmed at first, with all the different activities and commotion going on. But soon all 3 boys were exploring the many different playthings they had to offer.

Here Tucker and Graham work on their musical skills.
Here they are mailing out the demo tapes. That's me in the background on lead guitar. Apparently they were unimpressed, and I was eventually cut from the band. :(
Tucker tries the slide! (note from Melissa: check out his super adorable pants that Debbie sewed :))
Graham's turn!
Please review the previous 3 pictures above for the next hour, and you'll get an idea of how much they liked it. Despite receiving constant electrical shocks from the static charge created by the slide they still wanted more.

Luckily Kate had brought some snacks to distract them. Here René and Graham catch up on things over some red pepper and carrot strips, and cookies. (note from Melissa: The carrots were from René's garden (they found some that survived the winter) and the cookies were baked by his Grandma! )
After snack, it was back into the fray to see what else we could discover.

What's this do? It does this! (and very rapidly too, thanks to Papa power!)
Next we tried the Dino rocker (also Papa powered) Faster! Faster! Ooops. Maybe a little too fast. Sometimes Papa gets carried away!
Although he looks like he's about to lose his peppers, he's actually just blowing Mama a kiss. To be on the safe side though, he went with her for the next bouncy adventure.
I had one of those bouncy things when I was a kid. They really need to make some of these things for adults.

Finally Graham worked on his cooking and cleaning skills.
I never saw a kid so happy to be doing dishes.
This place is scenic 45 minute drive from our house, and the cost of admission for Graham was only 6 bucks (parents get in free!) so I'm sure we'll be visiting again quite often. If anyone wants to join us, just let us know!

Graham's ready whenever you are.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Erin Go Bragh

Happy Saint Patricks Day. Hope you all got your fill of soda bread and green beer! I made my first corned beef last week. It isn't usually a favorite, but I put a yellow mustard/brown sugar glaze on it and suddenly it tasted like a Bar-B-Q Beef Bun. What a coup!

We celebrated Saturday by attending a parade in Utica. Apparently Dolly Parton attended this same parade in a blizzard years ago, so we figured it was worth checking out.

The pipe bands were great and Jim got in a tussle to get us some beads. (The upstate NY parade-goers are hard core about their free candy and schwag.)

On a related note (Scottish, not Irish), I think Graham needs a kilt in the family tartan. How cute would that be? Jim has already put in a veto, so somebody please throw some support behind this great idea. (And does anyone remember if we are Graham of Menteith or not? I vaguely remember we aren't, but how do we confirm?)