Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Grandparents visit 4

Monday afternoon, we cooked a Thanksgiving dinner. We know it was a little early, but decided that it would be nice to have company for the "holidays" this year. We're still debating on whether or not to have another Thanksgiving on the 26th, but this one was sure yummy.

Wesley showing Mom the bay leaves.

Smell them Mommy! Smell them!

Wesley with Grandma and Grandpa.

Grandparents visit 3

On Monday, we took Wesley to a new park near campus. I can't remember the real name of the park, but the Princeton kids website calls it the Sandbox park. In addition to some nice trails, this park has a huge sandbox filled with toys that live at the park.

Wesley, of course, loved the balls.

Wesley and Mom checking out the sandbox.

Wesley's other favorite toy at the park was this pink car, which he drove around for a long time. He actually preferred to stand behind it and push it, rather than ride, but he let me push him around for a little while too.

Grandpa built a big sand city for Welsey.

Wesley didn't really get the concept of knocking down the castles, but we thought he was going to run them over with the car.

But, then he turned at the last minute and carefully pushed the car around the castle.

I finally gave up and showed him how to squish the castles with his foot.

Then, he really got into it and started using his hands.

We invited another little girl to help him squish the castles and she was happy to help. Wesley is watching her here.

Back to the car toy. (By the way, Wesley is really starting to look like Charles at that age. I especially noticed it a lot in these recent pictures. Does anyone agree?)

The park also had a small slide, which Wesley liked too. He was wearing wind pants and with the slide being metal, slid down it really fast on his own.

So, Mom went with him.

Hurry Mom! Go faster!


Grandparents visit 2

As usual, we took our guests to the Philadelphia zoo. Checking out the hippos in this picture.

Showing Mom where the turtles are walking.

Showing us the okapi (giraffe cousin)

Getting tickled by Dad.

Checking out the armadillo statue.

Not so sure about the tarantula statue.

Ok, if Mom can touch it, then so can I.

Riding the zoo train. The Phily zoo train isn't much to look at and only goes in a small circle, but Wesley loves trains and hasn't gotten to ride this one before.

Riding the train with Mom.

We rode in the back, and he wanted to get out and ride in the other cars when we were done. One ride was definitely not enough for him.

At the Children's zoo.

Driving the tractor. Tractor is one of Wesley's newest words. We're not sure where he picked it up, but he started using it for the first time this weekend.

Watching the river otters slide around their pen.

Trying to figure out why those birds are standing on one leg.

Showing Mom the flamingos.

Grandparents visit 1

Grandpa and Grandma Pataky visited last week. Even with Wesley still recovering from some flu-like bug, we had a great time. Here, Grandpa and Wesley are playing Wesley-in-the-box.

Pop goes the Wesley!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween party video

Here's a short video of Wesley's school Halloween party. Nothing very exciting happens, but I thought it would give you at least a brief idea of what his classroom is like. The kids were all sitting down to a snack, so it was much calmer than usual.

Lots of other parents were there for the party too. Wesley's teachers are the woman in the clown outfit and the woman in the short sleeved orange shirt. One of Wesley's favorite kids is sitting next to him, dressed as Scooby Doo.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Grandpa Nicol visit 3

During Grandpa Nicol's visit, we went to the Phily zoo again. The animals were really cooperative this visit and we saw guys moving around that we don't normally see. The weather was also a little cooler than in previous visits, so there were hardly any people there. A couple of times it felt like we had snuck in when the zoo was closed it was so empty.

Watching a monitor lizard climb across some branches.

Watching the three pumas pace around their cage. Usually these guys are hiding up on the rocks fast asleep. This was a special treat to see them walking right up to the glass like the tigers usually do.

Being stalked by one of the pumas. See it where Wesley's pointing?

Pacing tigers. These girls (three cubs and the mom) are always walking around their enclosure.

We discovered a part of the zoo we've never been to before that's just for members. The Treehouse is an indoor playground full of giant replicas of things for the kids to play in. Dad is showing Wesley how to get into the egg here.

Sitting on an alligator. It took me awhile to convince Wesley that this guy wasn't real.

Wesley is inside a frog and this is the view down through the mouth. You can sort of see Mom's head on the left peaking through one of the frog's eyes.

Wesley looking back at Mom.

Dad and Mom explaining where babies come from.

Honeycomb playground.

Dad and Wesley climbing through the log tunnel.

Not so sure of this huge caterpillar. (He refused to sit on this one)

Watching another kid climb on the log.

Trying to copy the bigger kid and climb up on the same place.

Playing amongst some roots at the Treehouse.

A little monkey that Mom found in the Primate House.

This sloth bear must have smelled our Halloween candy that we brought for a snack and seriously looked like it was trying to figure out a way across the moat. I've never seen a bear so interested in the people watching it. Honestly, it was a little disturbing.

Grandpa and Wesley by the bear.

The bear standing on its hind legs eyeing the leap across the moat.

Biting its own foot (maybe in frustration?)

Grandpa and Wesley

This black bear was taking a nap right up next to the window. Wesley was trying to touch him here.

And trying to kick him here.

Exploring the Avian Center info.

Watching the birds.

Waiting for Dad to finish looking at the birds.