Girl spies are everywhere in our house, and as Pepper sniffed around and C.C. climbed all over the rooftop trying to gain access, Mama snuck in for a surprise attack.
Luckily Graham quickly pulled the flap down so she would not uncover any of our manly secrets.
After a brief conversation, and a 2 to 1 vote (Korky voted nay) it was decided to grant Mama special temporary access. It seemed only fair since it was her idea to build the fort in the first place, and she did bring out the kitchen chairs and bedspread, and well, basically built it herself.
Squeeze in Mama!
Ahhh- nice and cozy!
Now you have to imagine the entire scene- we are all hiding under the bedspread, the dogs have been exiled and have begun searching for a weak spot around the perimeter to get inside. Mama has brought the camera and this is only a few of a hundred pictures she took while we struggled to not only stay inside the enclosure, but to keep it from collapsing on us. I'm surprised none of us suffered a seizure from all the strobes of the flashes. We were having an excellent time laughing together.....Until......
"The Wonder Pets" came on.
Suddenly the T.V. that had been ignored in the backround played the opening theme for his favorite pre-bedtime show,and the game changed entirely. Graham wanted to not only enjoy the luxury of the fort, also watch his show while doing so.
But since the chairs were all being used, and the couches were outside the enclosure, where could he sit? Well there was only one possible solution for him.
My head. The next 20 minutes consisted of him climbing on top of me in the continuous struggle to get comfortable on my face. The more I resisted, the more he (and his Mama) laughed.
Monday, August 31, 2009
In fact, his desire to hear more of them was so great, he had an uncharacteristic conniption at Joey Ruffino's (one of his favorite pizza places) that led to us taking our slices to go and sitting right in the middle of the market square to enjoy them while we ate.
This kid surely loves any and all types of music. I can only imagine what he'll be into as he gets older.
Graham's clay tiles were on display along with some beautiful pieces by much more tenured artists last night. (I believe the pieces below were by Martha Fitzpatrick). (And yes, Scout is an art afficionado.)
The rain held off enough for us to enjoy the celebration at Elizabeth's farm.
The most interesting pieces to the under-3-foot-high set were the fountains. Admittedly, I think this one was pretty fantastic, too.
This Sunday we took a ride to Gilbert Lake Park and enjoyed a leisurely mile long hike around the lake.
The paths were a bit rocky, and our stroller was put to the test, but we persevered and had some quality family time peacefully enjoying nature-
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
The bird was so loud, we could hear the hammering from inside the house. I'm no ornithologist, but I wonder if it could be a pileated woodpecker. (note, the loudest sound in the video is from a passing train *not* the bird)
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
He returned to the job site this morning at 7:45 am to supervise as they broke ground.
After watching the crew and equipment in action, Graham decided he needed to be a bit more involved in the project himself.
He's is the only kid in the neighborhood that can say "Hey, I helped!"
Sunday, August 23, 2009
She has the distinct honor of being his very first teacher, and in that time he has grown from a smiling infant who sat quietly in my lap, into the giggling toddler who now runs amok through the library.
Attending her classes was our first Father/Son venture into the outside world, and it not only introduced Graham to the wonderful world of books, music and bubbles, it also gave us the opportunity to meet the many new friends we now share play dates with.
Monday, August 17, 2009
The Art and Soul of the Catskills fest was really nice and it gave us the opportunity to hear Tucker's dad Jeff and his band Panhandle. The music, the art work and the food were terrific, and for Graham, meeting several dogs, some sparrows and a guinea pig took the cake. We may have a Dr. Doolittle on our hands!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
We're sad to report that the summer concert series in the park has ended. We really enjoyed the last show. Blues Maneuver performed a fun set of Motown, Oldies and R&B.
The best part of living in Oneonta is running into friends around town. It was so nice to see Tucker, Debbie and Jeff; Judy and Meme; and Aunt Dawn and Charlotte.