Archive for the ‘Around Town’ Category


October 7, 2010

Boats.  Seals.  Views.  Grandparents.  It’s all good.

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A Sign of Success

October 5, 2010

You know the fountain soaping went well when the suds are spilling over into the surrounding walkway!

More Children’s Museum Pictures

October 3, 2010

Another visit the the children’s museum in town brings more cute pictures.

Sitting in the huge chair.

Driving the bus:  “Hey, get out of the way!”

(You can see just the start of all the outside play structures in the background of these pictures.  It is insane how huge and cool and fun it is.)

And last are the pictures from what I call the Super Fun Room.  (And yes, it deserves to be capitalized!)  I think it will be obvious to you why I gave it that name.

I would spend all day in there if I could, but J (being 2) doesn’t last quite as long…  Too bad.

Renaissance Fair

September 28, 2010

J and Mom and I went to a renaissance fair, being the first time for each of us.  It was pretty much what I expected.  Costumes, accents, knights, maidens.  The usual.

The first thing we did when we got there was go to watch the Joust.  Here is our knight, waiting to compete.

I had never seen anything like it.  It was pretty fun!  Our knight seemed like the Brett Favre of the group (a little past his prime) but it was still fun cheering him on and booing the other knights as they rode by.

While we were watching the action, a maiden came by selling pickles.  I took a few pictures to share with you all because I was impressed with her alternate pickle storage.  I think you will be too.  😉

(Multiple angles to make sure you spot it AND see how amusing it is!)

Jaxon sat very still on my lap watching the “horsies!” (a sure sign he was  entertained).

It took him about 20 minutes to get tired of it and want to move on.  We left just as the knights were trying to slice heads of cabbage in half!

We wondered the booths, in search of something for J to take home.  We didn’t have any immediate luck and decided to stop for food.  We did what any decent person would do at a renaissance fair and got a turkey leg.

It was not nearly as big as I imagined it would be, but it was still plenty for the three of us (along with the two ears of corn we got to go with it).  YUM.

On the way out, my mom spotted the perfect souvenir (even though it was temporary) for Jaxon to take with him.  A dragon tattoo.

The lovely (costumed) folk that helped J apply his tattoo were impressed with how patient and still he was during the process.  I reassured them that this was not his first tattoo and he knew it was worth the wait!

The tattoo lasted only a few days, but that’s okay.  While he had it, he looked like a total badass.

Afternoon O’ Fun

September 23, 2010

This past Friday, I was able to leave work a bit early.  J and I decided to take full advantage.

We recently became members of the local children’s museum, so that was our first stop.

The fish ate J’s finger.  The blurry head makes it obvious he was thrilled about this.

Do you see this? The fish is EATING my finger! HILARIOUS!

Next there was a little boating.

Arrrrrrrr matey!

We found a room full of animals and hats and costumes.  J loves hats so he insisted that not only did we put on matching hats, but that we take a picture of it.


Activity not pictured: standing (for what felt like hours) in front of the tank with the turtle.  “Turtle!!!  There’s turtle!  Turtle’s belly!  Turtle is swimming!  Turtle go away!  Turtle come back!  Turtle!”  Eventually I had to drag him away from there for my own sanity.

We closed the place and had a blast (more pictures from a different visit soon!)

After that we hit the library for a quick visit (they were about to close soon).  Of course, there was playing there as well.

Yee Haw!

Well, there you go.  We had just a couple of hours, but fit in a LOT of fun!

Our summer mode of transportation

September 21, 2010

J and I bike to school/work as much as we can during the summer.  It’s lovely.  Here’s our ride.

In the morning, when it is a bit chilly, J enjoys getting tucked in.

When we get where we are going, he tends to want to keep his helmet on to look at the sights.

I admit that I am a fair weather rider, and as the weather turns, our ride will start to collect a bit of dust.  But while we can, we love it.

A good way to kill a sunny afternoon, Part 3

July 26, 2010

Blueberry picking!

And I even managed to get him to NOT eat the berries.

He was eager at first, but quickly lost interest.

I know.  Shocking.

He moved from transferring the berries from one bucket to the other to smacking the weeds with a stick.  He finally settled on watching this on my iPhone while sitting in the middle of the row.  Yes, I am THAT mom.  Sue me.  I wanted to pick blueberries. We managed to get about 5 pounds, so I definitely think it was worth it.

Figuring it Out

July 16, 2010

J saw another, bigger kid use it while we were at the library.  He insisted on trying.


As you can see, he doesn’t quite have the technique down yet…

Playing Hooky

May 9, 2010

A few weeks ago J convinced his Auntie and I to play hooky with him on a Monday afternoon and go play.  We had a good time!

First, we went to the Children’s Museum, where J went crazy with all the fun.

There was pretending to drive an ambulance (his favorite)

and making tomato soup (tomato flipping action shot!)

and brushing an alligator’s teeth

and composing beautiful music

and enjoying the fun lights

and painting our faces (he didn’t really see the fun in this one).

Even though it was raining when we were done there, we decided to hit the zoo that was next door.  We can handle the rain.  So in we went, but spent a good deal of our time in the section of the zoo that is hot and humid (it felt so nice).  Since the weather was so crappy we pretty much had the place to ourselves.  J had a good view of the crocodile.

I highly recommend playing hooky.  Fun was had by all!


February 23, 2010

A few weeks ago:

Katy and her kidlets

and J and I

went for a little fun at Silver Creek Falls.

There was climbing

and others watching climbing

and walking

and eating

and playing.

So much fun was had, we were talking about when the next trip would be before we left!