Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine's Day Playdate

copyright Gina Carr Photography
We had a little Valentine's Day playdate with friends on Monday.  Gina took some great pictures of the event. This one is the most expressive one of me and my kiddos.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Elisabeth Attempting the Noodle Dance

We went to a puppet show downtown and at the end everyone got up to do the "noodle dance."  I captured part of it on video in particular I was focused on watching how Elisabeth patiently struggled to follow along with the big kids.  I kind of feel sorry for her trying to do it all herself, but proud of her for not getting frustrated and enjoying it anyway.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Elisabeth's 1st Dance Class

I signed Elisabeth up for a Twinkle Toes class with the City of Raleigh.  I was so proud of her.  She listened so well and didn't need me at all.  Her teacher is great!  I couldn't imagine trying to run a class of 2 & 3 year olds.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Elisabeth's First Super Bowl

She's watching this horrible half time show with me. She at least
seems to be enjoying it.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

A Little History and a Budding Photographer

On our way home from Florida this past weekend, we took a detour and stopped at Fort Matanzas National Monument. We have passed the sign with a blind eye in our numerous treks to visit family. (When you have 10 to 12 hours to drive it doesn't usually leave much time for site seeing and still keeping the journey to a days drive.) However, we recently read a book by Tony Horwitz called a "A Voyage Long and Strange." It is an educational, humorous history of pre-Mayflower America, in which places significant in the Spanish colonization of America are brought to attention. Matanzas means massacre in Spanish and it was somewhere in this area that nearly 250 french protestant Huguenots were slain by the Spanish as way to defend their claim to Florida (and more importantly their treasure fleets that traveled up and down the coast) for the catholic King of Spain, Phillip II...... I'll stop with the history lesson now - I do highly recommend the book! Anyway, the brown sign beckoned us to stop this trip and we enjoyed a lovely tour of the fort which included a guy in full, period, military dress talking about life back then.

As usual, we took are camera. Toward the end of the tour Jonah asked to take some pictures with our big Nikon, not something I would have let him do, but Dad was with him at the time. Well, he loved it and even got a few good shots.

Jonah continued his obsession once in the car.

Can you tell where I'm parked?

His mutilated squid

His compatriot

His view of the driver
I started a new collection in our Flickr account that will be especially for our new photographer.

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Friday, February 04, 2011

Dinner Time Talk

Tonight while eating dinner, Jonah declares, "I can't eat my green beans; I'm full."  Kelly then says, "Jonah, did you know there is a special place in your stomach that can hold vegetables even when your full."  Elisabeth then pipes up and says, "Nooo, Daa-ad.  Candy."