Friday, July 31, 2009

Tired Boy


I can't imagine passing up the opportunity to sleep ...but in a far back corner of my mind, I remember resigning myself to another fun day over and done.

Realization hits him when Jim pulls out the pajamas. Fake crying ensues-- oh yes, he'll probably be nominated for an Oscar next year.

Luckily Papa snaps him out of it with a quick game of monkeys jumping on the bed.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Halcyon Days




Not from successful love alone,
Nor wealth, nor honor'd middle age, nor victories of politics or war;
But as life wanes, and all the turbulent passions calm,
As gorgeous, vapory, silent hues cover the evening sky,
As softness, fulness, rest, suffuse the frame, like freshier, balmier air,
As the days take on a mellower light, and the apple at last hangsreally finish'd and indolent-ripe on the tree,
Then for the teeming quietest, happiest days of all!
The brooding and blissful halcyon days!

Walt Whitman







In the Village





Make A Wish
(or two, or however many Papa has change for)





Make a Friend
(This is Bob)




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Make a Wardrobe Malfunction
(big thumb through diaper = start again, Papa)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Minne Ha Ha

Graham's first boat ride.
His favorite part was visiting the snack bar. (3 times, but who is counting? no calorie counting on vacation!)


Our friends waved to us from the point as we passed by Halcyon.


(this is what we looked like to them)

A family portrait taken by us.

When we returned to the steel pier, the Calliope played a few familiar tunes:

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

St Mary's Festival


There's nothing wrong with Watermelon, Wiener Dogs and Polka. I thought Graham would be enamoured with the accordion, but it was the drummer that got all his attention!

Our neighbor Allie (you may remember she wanted to marry Jim a few years ago) accompanied Graham on the "dance floor." I don't know who the other kids are, but can you stand the pink cowboy boots? So CUTE!


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You're turning violet, Violet!


This year's first local blueberries. Only a handful actually made it all the way home.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Graham, 21 months

A photo retrospective of the last 3 months can be found here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Congratulations


To our friends the Kerpers and welcome to the world, Baby Charlie!

Smarty Pants


Graham now runs and climbs. It's crazy good to see him so happy and self sufficient like never before. He's figured out how to walk up the stairs (and fall down them :( ) and even how to climb up the ladder of his slide. He is making his own little way in the world, and it's funny to come across him relaxing in front of the TV, or using his step stool to get a better look into the garbage.


He has his own "sign" for coloring... and most recently has made up a mouth movement that means... ICE CREAM (he is his father's son!). I will try to get it on video, but in the meantime, it looks like he is eating an ice cream cone. Pretty clear cut. And if we happen to drive by Dairy Queen, there's a lot of frenetic movement in the back seat. Each time the ice cream truck rolls into the neighborhood, we're in trouble!


Graham knows what he wants -- whether he's asking for Cheese, a drink of Tea, or an apple, don't try to trick him into something else or you will get an adamant NO! and sometimes a cold shoulder or a hand swipe (we're working on curbing the swiping...). He loves to cruise around inside the refrigerator, just to see what's there. Yogurt is always a favorite. Today, he tried some chocolate pudding for the first time. Aunt June reported it was a big hit. He refused to share even a single bite.
(this pic also features his 3rd big boy haircut. No tears this time, and Jill got a big thank you kiss!)

Glazing Day


Today we headed back to Elizabeth's studio to glaze Graham's pottery. Papa joined us this time. He got to assist Elizabeth in mixing up the glaze. Way to go Papa Picasso!

I don't think Graham has used paintbrushes before? Anyway, he was a natural... one color was not enough, so we compromised on 2. Can't wait for the end of summer celebration when we get to see his tiles in the artists' show!


We stopped to see Grandpa on the way back to town. Graham loves all the farm animals and showed Grandpa some appreciation for taking him down to the pasture to talk to the sheep.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Recycle Reuse Reduce


A $2 vintage chalk board from the Morris Community Yard Sale Day. Almost as good as the pie we bought from the Methodist Church. It was a good day!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Yard Work


Graham loves hanging out in the yard; helping me pick herbs in the garden; and dumping our compost in the pile (he'd actually like to play in the compost, but we don't allow that sort of thing unless you are a dog).


He picked our first tomato; bit it; decided he didn't like it.


Not 20 minutes later, I found him eating rocks with a smile on his face.


Not sure where he gets his palate from. We enjoyed salmon and fire roasted baby carrots that same night. They tasted nothing like rocks at all.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Baby Polar Bear


For 2 swim classes they both froze, and at least one of them cried. As a result this is the only photo I have-- yes, that's Jim in the red. Graham is in his arms. You'll just have to believe me.
Jim shared the following on the parenting networking site we belong to:
OK for 2 days in a row I've froze myself to the core while Graham had a conniption. It seems he'd rather bask in the hot tub than experience life as a penguin, so I don't think we'll be going again until it warms up a bit. He loves swimming, and playing in the water and I don't want to jeopardize that. It's a nice class, but also right in the middle of nap time so that doesn't help my cause at all.

So for the time being, Graham is-- A DROP OUT! Jim offered to let me take a turn in the chilly blue water (third time is the charm), but I think I am fine with the decision, thank you very much!

Oh Lucy




Monday, July 13, 2009

Sunday Snuggle


Here Aunt Amanda showcases some of the lesser known features of a Palm Centro. Graham responds, Papa, it's time for an upgrade!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Music in the Park


There's a concert series in Neahwa Park on Thursdays, so we walked down to meet Rene and Kate for some summer fun.



Graham only ran for the pond once (luckily I got to him before he took a dunk) and spent most of his time trying to dance with a group of bigger kids (4-5 year olds) he didn't know. They were extremely tolerant. I remember being attached to my mom's skirt until I was about 8, so his bravery-cum-sociabilty amazes me.



Rene was a real ham with the camera. I wish I had a shot of him walking down the big kids' slide. He has an incredible sense of balance (that almost gave the adults present a heart attack)!

How angelic is the wispy hair in the late day sun? This boy's a keeper for sure.



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Art Class



This morning Graham took a pottery class with a dear teacher who taught me to throw on the wheel (almost) 20 years ago.



Rene and Kate were also in attendance. It was great to see the boys playing together with (and without) the clay. Pushing leaves and flowers into slabs of clay was fun, but I think he enjoyed rinsing his hands in the decorative fountain more than getting dirty.




We get to go back in a couple weeks to glaze. Stay tuned for details on his first show...