Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Circle of Life

Most mornings Joseph wakes up calling "Daaaaaaaaaaady." Occasionally he's content to entertain himself for a while, like this time, where he sang the song from The Lion King repeatedly.

He starts with an imitation of the African chanting.

He does a fair enough job on the 1st verse:
From the day we arrive on the planet
(And blinking,) step into the sun
There's more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done

But then he skips a few lines to get to the chorus, and gets stuck on "the circle of life" over and over until he decides to take it from the top.

Doesn't quite hit the notes, but he's having a good time.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Orchard Adventure

One of our favorite Fall activities has always been apple and pumpkin picking. We were afraid we'd miss the peak season while out of town for our upcoming trip to San Francisco, so on a whim we decided to go yesterday morning. Also on a whim we decided to check out a new place instead of our usual Homestead Farms.

Joseph was into it from the get-go. Once we told him to start, he was pulling down apples left and right at lightening speed and stuffing them into his bag. I must have deleted 100 pictures of the back of his head.

One of the neat things about this new orchard was that they have something different to pick every season - raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, cherries. And this time of year they still have fields of flowers too. For $8 you can cut whatever speaks to you and fill up a bucket.

No idea what kind of flower this is, but it was so pretty and came in every color.

Hopefully we'll still be able to squeeze in another visit to one of the orchards for pumpkin picking and some Halloween festivities, but at least this was a great start to Fall!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A recurring theme:

Popsicle Playdates!

Look how sweet these 2 are together! Oh, if it were always like that.... We just need 2 of absolutely every toy imaginable so they will never need to take turns or share.

I love the next picture! We were trying to get them to show us their purple tongues. Jack is making the goofiest face, and Joseph is channelling Gene Simmons.

Even Will wanted in on the action.

Try to get two 3 years olds to smile at the same time:

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

School Portraits

Today was portrait day at school (conveniently scheduled right after our recent dental trauma). Joseph looked so irresistibly cute that I couldn't bear the thought of waiting 2 weeks to see how they turned out, so we tried some of our own when we got home.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pardon the intrusion

What parent out there doesn't have a thousand fears when it comes to the health and well being of their child? Leukemia? Check. Kidnapping? Check. Concussion? Ditto.

But then there are those less rational fears that some people have. I've always been worried that Joe Joe would knock out a tooth. Why? No clue. But virtually every day I watch him fall and think, "Man, that was a close one. Coulda lost a tooth on that one." Can you blame me? Look at that cheesy grin!

You know where this is headed, right?

A few days ago we were at the park and he went down again, as he does multiple times a day. Nothing even close to remarkable - no fall off the monkey bars, no collision with another kid, wasn't even running. Just went to climb up two sad little steps, but missed the first one and came down hard. It didn't even look like he hit his head, but when he came up crying and bleeding from the mouth, my 1st thought was "I've been waiting for this to happen for 3 years." I've spared you all the gory pictures.

Technically he didn't lose a tooth. Not even chipped. Hurray! What he has is a "dental intrusion," where the tooth got jammed back up into the gums. I know that sounds awful, but he stopped crying within minutes, and as we were leaving to get some ice he even asked if we were going to come back to the park. Never even needed a dose of Tylenol. He was again a champ at the dentist the next day. Turns out the tooth will just work it's way back down again over the next few months. I guess it knows where it wants to be. It might turn grey from bruising, but otherwise he'll be just fine.

And then he'll have the chance to knock it out all over again.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

All Aboard!

....continued from the last post, here came the real deal chuffing into the station! Now that's Thomas LIVE!

JT had such a wonderful time on our last visit that we knew we wanted to go back in the Fall when it was a little cooler. This time we got the combo ticket for the ride on Thomas along with a longer ride through the countryside in Strasburg, PA.

Pretty much all the same pictures as last time, but with different clothes on.

This time we came home with 2 new trains, Dash and Bash, the "Logging Locos" from the new Thomas & Friends movie "Misty Island Rescue." Will it ever end?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Joseph in Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland, that is. Also known as "A Kingdom for Kids!"

We'd heard of this place from so many people and kept meaning to look into it, and then we just happened to drive right past it when we were on our way to see Thomas back in June. We decided it was worth a trip back to Lancaster, PA to check it out next time Thomas was in town, and that's just what we did last weekend.

They really have the kingdom theme down pat with the castle entrance and prince/princess/dragon motifs everywhere. So much to see...where to start?

Inside it's really just a giant amusement park for toddlers. Theres even a water park area, but we skipped it since we only had 1 day. Joe Joe rode just about every kind of vehicle there is - rocket ship, jalopy, train, bulldozer, boat, skylift, and even more!

There were lots of good old fashioned carnival rides. Make sure you check out the crazy person in the back of the Crazy Plane! Can't believe Joseph went on some of these things. He said they make his tummy "tickle." We kept asking if he was scared, and he kept saying, "No, BRAVE!"

Then there was completely random stuff. Anyone want to stop and milk a pretend cow in the middle of the day? And hey, how about a pony ride?! Well, whatever it takes, as long as you have a "Dutch Wonderful day."

Of course there's always a photo op with a character. This was Duke the Dragon. Joseph has seen so many of these things this summer that now he knows to just go over and give them a hug and smile for the camera.

They claimed to have some "shows," including Thomas & friends LIVE!

Definitely a low point of the day - just 2 "Gleeks" singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad" in front of a plastic train. But we were going to see the real deal the next morning.

All-in-all a really wonderful place! Might have to go back next year to try out the water park...and the rollercoasters!