Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Louisville Zoo

The day before the Ironman, Wesley, Grandma, and I went to the Louisville Zoo.  It was pretty hot out, but it was a lot of fun.

Riding the rhino statue at the front of the zoo

Checking out the mister to cool off


Loving the sprinkler

Up close and personal with a gorilla

Watching the elephants (which neither the Philadelphia nor the Madison zoo have)

Another cooperative animal coming over to say hello

Wesley wanted to use the camera to take some pictures of the polar bear swimming.  Here is one of his best ones.

Another one where he was trying to get the way the water looked from underneath.  He also liked the stick floating in the middle near the top.

Watching the seals swim

The zoo had a splash park which Wesley loved.
Going down the slide.

Wesley LOVED this thing.  The pump would make water shoot out one of four sides or out the top.  He thought this was the best thing ever.

Waiting for the seal show to start with Grandma

Riding the zoo tram back to the parking lot

Ironman Photos

This weekend, Wesley, Grandma Pataky, and I went to Louisville, Kentucky to watch Uncle Mark compete in the Ironman there.  For those of you unfamiliar with the Ironman, Mark had to do a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile marathon run in under 17 hours.  He finished in 13 hours 55 minutes and 26 seconds.  We are so proud of him!!!!

We had a fun weekend following Mark and cheering him on.  Here are my favorite pictures from the race on Sunday.

Breakfast at Panera before we went to see Mark (he was already swimming)

In the background, you can see the red triangular buoys marking the race course for the swim.  The tiny things in the water near that are people swimming towards the swim finish.
Here's a generic picture of the swim finish.  I couldn't get this close when Mark came through because there were too many people, but I got this shot later so we could record what it looked like.

Mark (in the white top) right after the swim.
Grabbing his bike and gear and heading out for the bike section of the race.

Mark's cheering section

On our way to the Louisville Slugger museum.  Wesley kept saying he could run as fast as the racers, but his little legs got tired of all the walking we had to do.

Wesley and Grandma next to the giant baseball bat outside the museum.

Mommy and Grandma outside the museum (taken by Wesley)

Mommy and Wesley by the bat
Wesley took this cool picture of the bat.  I think we might need to get him a cheap camera of his own.

Inside the kid's part of the museum

Trying out the batting cage (of course)
Waiting for Uncle Mark at the beginning of the run portion of the race (which had the racers run across one of the bridges and back)

There goes Mark up the bridge!

Waiting for Mark to come back off the bridge (and texting updates to friends and family)

Here he comes!

High fives for the (almost) Ironman!

Feeling a little guilty drinking milkshakes while Mark is running the marathon (those are Mark's friends from high school who also came down to cheer him on)

Mark after about 15 miles of the marathon about to give another high five to Wesley

My (horrible) picture of Mark finishing the race.  It was insanely crowded by the finish and I had to take this picture holding my camera above my head and hope for the best.  At least he's in the picture at all.  :)  (Fortunately, a professional photographer took pictures of everyone as they crossed the line, so Mark can get that photo)

Uncle Mark with his support crew

After collecting Mark's gear.  Wesley is wearing Mark's Ironman Finisher shirt.  Maybe he'll grow into it! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Uncle Mark's Ironman

Here's Uncle Mark (green cap with the sleeveless white top) coming out of the water during the Ironman this morning.  He's currently on the 112 mile bike ride (which he estimated he'd finish at 4:00pm EST).

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Birthday and Haircut

Claire's first haircut.  She did great and sat still until just about the very end.

Of course, she had a great example to follow: her brother!  Both kids with new hair-dos in one night.

Claire with her giraffe birthday cake.  She turns 2 on Thursday!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Boys Day Out

Charles took a day off from work and spent the day with Wesley and Grandpa Nicol.  Here are a few shots from their adventures.

Daddy and Wesley at Cave of the Mounds

Look at the cave straws!

Grandpa made Wesley a coke dispenser costume.

Fishing at a park in Middleton

More playtime at the park