Saturday, July 19, 2008

Gatlinburg

As I said in my last post, Mommy, Daddy, and I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a little vacation. We all had a really good time. We went to the National Park for some hiking, went to the Aquarium, walked through downtown Gatlinburg, did a little outlet mall shopping, played on the playground every evening, and did some swimming (or what passes for swimming for a toddler).

Here are me and Daddy in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is one of the larger National Parks in the country and it's within a two day drive for over half of the population of America. There are lots of hikes to do--Mommy took this picture on a short one near the Sugarlands Visitor's Center. As you can see, I didn't do too much hiking of my own...


If you look very carefully, you can see my first suntan. We went swimming in Gatlinburg and someone (yes you, Daddy) didn't quite get enough suntan lotion on my back.

The aquarium in Gatlinburg is one of the largest in the world (so they say). We saw lots and lots of sharks, rays, and reef fish. One of the neat things that they have is a tank where you can feel horseshoe crabs. Daddy forced me to touch one.

Yes, my very first lollipop. Pretty darn tasty.

I'm really into Winnie the Pooh right now. It doesn't matter what it is--I love videos, books, clothing, stuffed animals. Tigger's my favorite, as you can see from my huge smile.

The other thing that I really had fun with was the slides on the playground. There is a very small slide at day care in Oberlin, but nothing like these two.

10 down...

...40 to go. Just what does this refer to? Why, the number of states that I've visited. There's Ohio (where I live), Pennsylvania (where Grandma Arlene and Grandpa Bill live), Colorado (where Grandma Gail and Grandpa Joe live), Texas (where Grandma Stephanie and Grandpa Tom live), California, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

I was in these last two states for the past week. Mommy, Daddy, and I went to Gatlinburg, Tennessee for a vacation. We stayed just outside of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and had the chance to do a little hiking. Here are some pictures:

That's me, standing in a tree on our first hike, just off of the Sugarlands Visitor's Center.

This is the view looking west from Clingman's Dome, the highest point in the National Park.

And here's the stereotypical family shot, again on Clingman's Dome.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Summer Travel, Part 3 - Children's Museum

Another really fun thing we did in Denver was to go to the Children's Museum. I've never been to one before, but it was great. Here are some of the things that I did.

Make-believe dancing was lots of fun. Here I am with my crown and twirly thing.

Some of these stars make noise. Here's Mommy helping me jump from one to another.
What else would I find here but a Winnie the Pooh book?Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream...
My very first tea party. More are sure to follow.
Part of the museum was a pretend tree that you can walk beneath. Here I am coming out of the roots.
I've painted before--in fact, we do lots of it at daycare. But this was just so much fun. Paint. Brush. Smock. Instant classic.


Monday, July 7, 2008

Summer Travel, Part 2 - The Zoo

Yesterday I told you about going to San Francisco to see Aunt Judith and Uncle Jean-Louis. Mommy, Daddy, and I actually started our trip in Denver with Grandma Gail and Grandpa Joe. A couple days after we got there, we went to the Denver Zoo. I've been to the Pittsburgh Zoo, but I was pretty young and just laid there without noticing the animals. My, how things have changed.

Right now, my absolute favorite animal is the monkey. Any kind of primate is fine by me--it doesn't really matter. The gorillas, capuchins, and orangutans were really great.



The Denver Zoo has a petting area, which made me really happy. There is a goat and a tortoise, which I really liked touching.


While the primates are my favorite animals, birds are a close second. There's a lorikeet pavilion at the zoo which was really neat. Here's Mommy feeding a lorikeet some nectar and me making sure that everyone knows where the bird is.

Polar bears are pretty cool. This one was just chilling in the water.

The neatest thing at the zoo was the Komodo Dragon. I've never seen one before, but it was really cool. I walked back and forth and followed this one for a while.



Sunday, July 6, 2008

Summer Travel, Part 1

Summer is when Mommy, Daddy, and I take some time to vacation and see family. This past weekend, I got to go to San Francisco for my second trip to see Aunt Judith and Uncle Jean-Louis. The first picture is from last year--see how much I've changed in just 12 months.