Tuesday, April 29, 2008

morning work

Mandy and I were both up and working by 7 this morning. Chris, who was up much of the night, didn't get up until nearly 8. When he did, he brought his "laptop" to the table and joined us.


April showers

The gorgeous weather of the last week or two has been replaced by lots of rain and grey. Chris doesn't seem phased in the least and insists on going outside in all weather. Yesterday, we had a nice little 1/2 mile walk in the woods across the street.


Today, Chris walked Joey down by the pond.

P.S. It seems flickr has solved my video hosting problems. They only take 90s clips, but we don't have much that's longer than that.

Aquarium Redux


This weekend, we spent our second Saturday morning in a row at an aquarium. This time in Boston. Christopher would have been happy spending all day outside watching the seal tank and the pigeons. We had a nice indian lunch in the Quincy Market before heading home. Yum.

seals in boston 2

New new camera

Last month we bought a new camera because the screen on the Elph had gotten cracked. I have no idea how. Not that I can't imagine how, but I don't know how to choose among the myriad possibilities. I sat on it? I dropped it? Chris dropped it? Chris stepped on it? It got crushed in the diaper bag? ...

It was a good little camera, but we replaced it with a Nikon Coolpix instead of another Canon. I'm not really sure why, I think it had to do with price. In an apparent effort to solve the broken Canon mystery via re-enactment, I sat down in the hall with the new phone in my back pocket. Fortunately, we paid extra for the klutz coverage. Three weeks later, Best Buy calls to say they can't fix it and we can come pick out a new one.

I can now go back to filly Mandy's hard drive with hi-res photos of Chris doing nothing. Like this one, which I took only to try out the new-new camera:

dandelion and cherios

As a bonus, I found pictures of wild turkeys on the memory card from the broken Nikon. Christopher spotted them in the street out front and I pointed the broken camera at them and took a bunch of shots. Without a viewfinder and half a screen, I was relying on volume to get me a good picture. I didn't succeed until they were at the bottom of the hill.

wild turkeys

wild turkeys

Monday, April 21, 2008

Mystic Aquarium

We met Grammy Lin and the self styled King of America (aka Grampa) at the Mystic aquarium on Saturday. It was a perfect day to be outside and we took our time strolling around the outdoor exhibits. This is a great little aquarium. It's not huge, but what they do have seems to be done quite well. Their marquee animals are a pair of beluga whales and one enormous stellar sea lion named (quite appropriately) Kodiak.

The whales are in a large pool in the middle of the grounds. One wall of the pool is made of Plexiglas and the sidwalkdips down, so the whales are at eye-level. Chris would have spent all day just watching the pair swim laps. Frankly, Chris would have spent all day at any one exhibit.

The real camera is still in the shop, so all I've got are snaps from a camera phone. I didn't even try to take pictures of the animals.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Saturday Pictures

Yesterday we headed up to Clinton to celebrate the finalization of Daniel's adoption at the Old Timer pub. Chris had fun running around the party and making friends.

It turns out that the pub is only about 2 miles from Court and John's place in Lancaster. This worked out well since we were at the party until about an hour after Chris's usual nap time. So we put him down in their study. He woke up in a good mood and spent the rest of the afternoon running around their yard. He played some wiffle ball:
looked at some flowers:
and made a new friend:

If you can't tell, the above is a garter snake. It was pretty big, maybe 1.5 to 2 feet long. The nikon is still in the shop (since I sat on it last month), so all I have to offer are camera-phone snaps.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


Christopher is enjoying the warming weather. We are, too. Yesterday at the Hopkinton park, he ran laps for almost half an hour: down the slide, across the playground to the other end of the play structure, up the stairs, and back across the play structure to the slide.

Chez Chris

Christopher is into helping out in the kitchen.