Friday, July 21, 2017

One other thing at Disney...

We picked up a lot of memories at Disney, but I lost something there too: 

Yeah, my second tooth fell out. It was hanging by a thread all week, until I ran into Dad headfirst trying to get to an elevator. 

No worries, the tooth fairy found me anyway. Only 22 more to go...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dancing Emma

Just Emma being Emma.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Videos from the parks

Close encounter with a giraffe on the Animal Kingdom safari

Jonathan vs. the dancing fountains

Watching the Lion King gymnasts

Emma driving on the Tomorrowland track. 

Riding on Small World.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Scenes from the parks

Emma and fam on the carousel. 

Everybody on the monorail.

Yeah, Animal Kingdom had dinosaurs too. 

Taking a close look at the Finding Nemo aquarium. 

Scaring the Empire with my big strong muscles. 

Running into trouble with the Empire afterwards. 

Eating in the Coral Reef restaurant. 

Waiving goodbye to Disneyworld. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Tour of the parks

During our trip we spent at least one day at each of the major parks (and two at Magic Kingdom). Here's what they all looked like:  

Magic Kingdom is probably the one you know best, because of the big castle in the middle. They had a lot of princesses running around, but Emma got carried everywhere, so I think she had a better deal than the Disney royalty. 

Epcot had the giant golf ball right by the entrance. It's actually a pretty cool ride. Not as cool as the Nemo and Frozen rides we went on here, but pretty cool. 

Animal Kingdom had a full safari ride, which was the closest I've ever gotten to giraffes and a lot of other animals. Mom said we couldn't take any home as souvenirs. She thinks small sometimes. 

Hollywood Studios had all the Star Wars stuff, but also tons of Disney Junior stuff. Jake was there, but I didn't see the other Neverland Pirates. But I did find a gold doubloon, so that was nice.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Disney World!

Mom and Dad surprised us this week with a trip to Disney World down in Florida! Grandmom Doyle and Aunt Jul came with us too. We already got to ride a few rides and see some of the characters. Here we are in the resort posing with the big mouse himself. The plane ride down was super exciting too, but honestly I'll exhaust myself if I tell you all of it now. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Jonathan's photos from the Poconos

Mom, Dad and Emma didn't hang out up north in PA all week, but my camera and I did. Here's a few shots that I took of the sights up at Grandmom and Pop's mountain house:

Grandmom and Pop put up the flag before we go for a walk. 

Walking alongside Mr. Harris' house. 

Mr. Harris, working on his new dock. 

Mom and Dad push Emma and Shane on the swings. 

In the Harris' backyard. 

A forest roadway. 

A nice view from the beach. 

Not bad, if I do say so myself. I'm not ready to fully replace Dad yet, but maybe I can give him a break sometime. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Boulder Field

How did they ever think up the name for this place?

Tommy and Shane joined us up the Poconos for one of the coolest places on earth, and we did our best rock climbing to get halfway out on the field. 

Emma was too short to get over most of the boulders, but Dad and Pop Shane helped her out. I still think she would have climbed out there even if they hadn't. She's pretty adventurous. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Fishing from the new dock

This weekend was our annual summer trip to the Poconos, so you know what that means: quality time with the fish in the lake!

Emma hasn't been big enough to use the fishing gear before, but this year she was ready. I can't tell if she or Pop had more fun. 

The best part of the whole thing is that Pop takes care of all the worms. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer camp concert

Jonathan and I had a pop-up concert at summer camp today. My class had the best costumes by far ...

... but our choreography was somewhat incomplete. 

Jonathan's class didn't really get all that dressed up ...

... but their dance moves were much, much better. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Catching fireflies

Summer has the best bugs.

First it was the cicadas, and now there are fireflies all over our backyard. Emma and I spent last night trying to catch as many as we could right at sundown. 

We would have stayed out there all night, but Dad said we still had to go to sleep. Spoilsport. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Showing our team colors

It was sports day at summer camp, so Emma and I both wore our team shirts to show off some of our favorite teams.

I should note that we're both wearing "my" shirts. Emma has on the size 3 Utley shirt I used to wear when I was shorter. She looks pretty good in it now. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Extreme swinging

Pop thought he knew everything about playgrounds, but he never tried dragging his head on the ground while swinging.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Making patterns

Well, I'm making faces too. But the patterns are impressive. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Watermelon crowd

The only thing better than a dip in the hot tub is some cool watermelon afterwards. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Last day of T-ball

If school is all done, then T-ball is too. Here I am posing with the team after our last game. We only had four match-ups this season, but Dad says next year we're gonna expand to a full 162-game slate. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Last day of first grade!

You'll notice my uniform shirt is off and I am in relaxed summer mode now...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Queen for a minute

Wait a second ... I want a sword like Jonathan. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

King for a day

Bring me some grapes and fruit snacks -- I need my royal sustenance. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Pull up practice

I told you I have big, strong muscles. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bubble fight

I have no idea who is winning. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hunting for cicadas

There are a million of the bugs in our back yard! Jonathan and I have been finding hundreds of them and helping them get from the ground to the trees. 

Well, Jonathan has been helping them. I've just been looking, because I don't want to pick them up. But Jonathan loves feeling them crawling on his hands. 

Boys are gross. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Getting ready for T-ball

I don't have a team yet like Jonathan, but when I find one, watch out!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

First T-ball game

It took a long time to get a sunny Saturday, but we finally had our first T-ball game on Saturday. Luckily, we had so much practice that we were ready. 

Fielding was tricky, but batting was more fun. I think I should be a designated hitter. 

Here I am at the plate: 

And here I am coming into home when my teammate got another hit. 

We might not have another game until September because of all this rain, but we had a lot of fun!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Reading time again

Jonathan tells the best stories.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Limited real estate

This crib seemed so much roomier last night...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Future scientist

Looking at this bracelet in the microscope is fun and everything, but I'm gonna need something with much better magnifying powers if we're gonna get any real data over here. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Too much summer

And we're only in May. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Cheering on the horses

Dad turned on the Kentucky Derby so we could watch horses run around in a big circle, and, well, this happened:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Just relaxing with the dogs

Jonathan always picks the best seat in the house, so I figured I'd follow his lead. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Early college football cheer

For team jersey day at school, I wore my Ohio State shirt. I thought it looked great, but I need to work on my Heisman pose. 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Gardening lessons

I thought the April showers brought May flowers. Why do we have to plant these then? 

Friday, April 28, 2017

First sprinkler session of the year

80-plus degrees in April? We'd better make sure this thing is working so it's ready for the summer.