Saturday, October 31, 2009
Graham's level of involvement certainly increased from years past. It's hard to believe he was such a little lump just last year and now he's right in the middle of it all. I threatened the carvers that we're going to stick him to a chair with duct tape, or switch to butter knives next year.
Monday, October 26, 2009
He enjoys riding bike with Daddy and playing make believe games, like serving us pretend ice cream. Every night before sleeping we snuggle and read books. Two year olds are lots of fun.
Saturday October 24th, we trekked to Norwich to celebrate Graham's 2nd birthday with all his pals (and lots of extended family, too). We decided a late morning get together would be much more in tune with our nap schedule than mid afternoon. (And I hope no one was too upset about all the pre-lunch sugar.) We hadn't been to Kids' Kingdom since before he was walking, so this trip was a whole new adventure.
Last year's sock monkey theme was so much fun we decided we'd do a self-designed theme again this year and settled on robots. (Fingers crossed we'll get to pick at least one more year before Graham demands Transformers or some other over-commercialized nonsense!)
Jim created a cool papier mache balloon holder (above) and I silk screened robot t-shirts for all the kids.
I also made a robot birthday cake complete with mini donut appendages and a lollipop antenna held together with (a pound and a half of) butter cream frosting.
Graham barely stopped long enough to blow out his candles before he was back on the run.
Here's video of the kids playing:
And a few snapshots of the revellers:
Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate!
As if the Robot Extravaganza wasn't enough excitement for one day, we came home for a special visit with Gramma Strolin! After a little down time, the Tourtellottes joined us for a special birthday dinner at Pizzaland.
Here Graham shows he doesn't harbor any hard feelings that Aunt Abby and Uncle Jason doused him with water:
And it just wasn't possible to get a pic with him and Amanda without a finger being stuck you know where...
I have to say Dad looks awfully dapper here. Nice haircut (and the shirt is cute, too!)
My 3 favorite guys:
Back home, we all indulged in some delicious Grandma Grace's chocolate cake.
Uncle Ethan and Graham had lots of fun making music into the wee hours. If it looks like Graham is about to fall over in the video, it's because even the chocolate frosting wasn't enough to help him catch his third wind :).
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Graham enjoyed getting crazy with the big kids.
It was fun to watch him try to keep up . My favorite clips are where he feels the disco inferno groove, and when he decides it's time to eat:
And he also had some quality (quieter) time with his old pal, Killer. That cat will put up with just about anything.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Add some playdate friends, a few board games, and a little extra sausage, and you have an excellent way to start your big day.
After sharing some leftovers with Scout who was waiting patiently in the car, we played in the pumpkin patch awhile before heading home to rest up for the rest of the day.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
The bones of the giant dinosaurs were impressive, and they had several interactive play stations that succeeded in keeping the boys attention for awhile.
The coral reef display was built into the floor, and it was really funny to see Graham brave the walk across it. In fact he had to hold my hand to do so, and if I let go he'd run to the "shallow" side of the glass along the wall to cross over.
Here's a short video of it in action. Sorry if the camera's a bit shaky. I had to move around a bit while recording to trigger the motion detector.
I've also set up the twins from last year's Terror Totter on the porch to help set the mood.
Just like last year's display, this year's has been set up just in time for what may be the first snowfall of the season. I'm hoping the can will provide at least a little protection, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
They were toe-tapping good!
The puppets also scored big with the two and under set. This bird's feet were attached to the puppeter's feet so he worked his way through the crowd to amuse and delight.
Outside the entertainment tent there was corral with Alpacas. The smallest was only a month or so old. Graham was delighted and even gave it a kiss.
Here he practices a new word: