Monday, September 27, 2010
This weekend they had both been up two or three times by themselves already when Connor just decided he couldn't do it by himself anymore. He asked me to come help him. As I stood just below him telling him where to put his leg and how he could do it himself Ryan came up behind him. As Connor lifted one leg up and strained to push off on his tiptoes Ryan pushed with both hands on Connor's rear end to get him up there. It was so cute. And so adorably sweet.
When they came down the slide the next time Ryan (who is now taller by probably 2 inches) had already scrambled up and was off to the races when he heard Connor saying that he needed help. Ryan told Connor "I will help you!" and came back, got back down, and once again pushed Connor up onto the platform before hopping back up himself.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
It took about 10 seconds to sell the boys on it.
It probably helped that I loaded the DVD up with Cars and Lighting McQueen was zipping around the track on the DVD player during our test ride.
Monday, September 6, 2010
We apparently weren't the only folks with this idea in mind as two trains came and went while we waited relatively patiently in line.
The boys were super excited when it was our turn.
After we visited the dinosaurs we picked up some pizza for lunch. We spent the next 20 minutes circling both the inner courtyard and outside courtyards for a table while precariously balancing our food. Just as we were about to give up a nice couple offered us their bench. Not a table, but certainly better the hard cobbled ground we were considering. Before too long some folks occupying a nearby table left and we were able to move over to it. After lunch, we headed off to see the animals at the zoo.
Even the giraffes craned their necks at our traveling show. :)
After the giraffes we made our way over to the elephants.
He especially liked the baby elephant.
The tiger had just come out as we were passing by so we got to enjoy quite a show as he wandered his area and stopped off for a drink of water.
The lions were watching passers by looking for their afternoon snack.
Apparently nothing looked terribly promising.
The leopard was the only other one of the cats who was up and prowling.
He was pacing the fence line of his cage while half a dozen or so folks snapped pictures of him and children excitedly pointed and shouted to their parents to come and take a look.
Unfortunately the first set of monkeys weren't terribly cooperative. The only thing they wanted to show me was their hind end. So I took a picture of their roommate the turtle instead.
Ryan was funny. As I was trying to get a picture of one of the birds from afar in the open air section he kept telling me there was another bird "over there." He kept getting more and more insistent and began yanking on my shorts. When I finally turned and look there was a 8 inch tall bird less than a foot from my feet. He was hopping around checking us out.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
We were running a little late and wanted to make sure we got to see the dinosaurs so we went straight to the exhibit.
We had talked to the boys about seeing the Dinosaurs for several days before we went.
They were both super excited to go.
We had talked about how the Dinosaurs would be friendly dinosaurs.
And they couldn't wait to see them.
That is until they saw the first dinosaur.
The small little friendly looking baby herbivore.
And actually they were fine when they first saw him... It was when he made noises that it all went downhill... Fast.
Well, I should say it got bad for Ryan that is...
Connor didn't mind at all.
Connor wasn't even phased by the fact that their eyes followed him.
Or that they moved.
Or that their heads followed him as he moved.
Ryan went absolutely berserk.
His eyes got huge.
He was shaking life a leaf.
And was absolutely deathly afraid of all of them. And that was with the small not too terrifying ones!
Connor on the other hand pulled on my hand and dragged me from dinosaur to dinosaur.
"Mommy, go see next dinosaur!"
Connor loved the dinosaurs.
He truly seemed fascinated by them.
Ryan on the other hand was traumatized.
Ryan was so funny. Connor wanted to go a second and even third time. Ryan said he wanted to go again. Until he realized that again meant seeing the noise making dinosaurs again. At which point he decided he wanted no part of that plan...
But he was all over riding and posing on the non-moving, non-talking dinosaur.