Saturday, March 27, 2010

McCormick Train Park

If you have little boys (or even girls) and you live in the greater Phoenix area (or even Tucson), run, don't walk to McCormick Train Park. Only get there early, because it fills up fast. We went about two weeks ago and had a great time. Christopher and Patrick both loved riding on the little train, seeing the model train setups, and playing on the playground. It was all really reasonably priced, too.

Before riding the train, Christopher had to investigate it's "big rod." He's fascinated with the train drive rods. Go figure...
Patrick liked standing and waving to the passengers as they went by.Getting ready for our first ride. Christopher is excited, Patrick is not so sure what's going on or where he's supposed to sit.
By the second ride, Patrick has this down. He sat up in an open car with Daddy and Uncle Mark and waved to the little people as they went by.
For the second ride, Christopher decided he was going to sit in the boxcar, which meant Mommy got to ride in the boxcar too. But, so did that very pregnant woman in the picture behind Christopher, so I have nothing to complain about.

I LOVE this picture!
After our busy day at the park, we celebrated Papa's birthday with dinner and cake. Grandma decided that the cake needed sprinkles, and knew of just the sous-chef to make sure it was done right!

It was a really fun trip - thanks Grandma and Papa (and Uncle Mark) for the idea! Next up, I promise pictures of the big boy bed now that he's been sleeping in it for a month.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Dinosaur Train

I was commissioned last night to build a Dinosaur Train (yes, in caps - the real one, not just any old dinosaur train). It was required to have an engine, tender, coach, observation car, and caboose per Christopher's orders. Here was the result. I think he was impressed. He put his little dinosaurs in it and had to leave it up for today. And say goodnight to all the dinosaurs about 10 times...

Christopher thought it was really important that you get to see Ned the Quadruped.

Patrick got in on the action too, stealing Lora the Gigantosaurus and putting her in Tidmouth Sheds. Of course, Christopher had a fit and the moment was past, but it was good while it lasted.

I promise pictures from our weekend trip soon. I put them on the computer now, so I just have to go through and pick my favorites!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

February Randomness

I have a whole bunch of pictures that don't really go together, but they're cute anyway! Thought you might enjoy them.

First, the two princes of my heart at a Valentine's Day no attention to Christopher's missing pants.
Patrick is much more resourceful, shall we say, than Christopher is (even now never mind at just 2). Here he's demonstrating his mad cooking skills. Or at least his mad pull a chair to the counter, climb up, and make trouble skills.

Christopher having a VERY deep, important conversation with Grammy.

Playing with Patrick's new water table. For the time being it is out in the sun so it's warm enough to play water. Once it warms up, I think we'll put it under the porch roof. As you can see, it's a big hit.
Patrick can't resisit drinking the water.
Why it's a bad idea to drink the water :-)
Slightly obscured but a good action-shot.
Coming soon - big boy bed pictures (I thought I took some, but I guess not, so we'll do that tomorrow) and pictures from our fun weekend trip to Phoenix!

Friday, March 5, 2010


I don't know how it happened, because last week he looked like this
but Patrick has turned two. Yes, it happened last week, but somewhere along the way I have fallen off the blog wagon. He celebrated on Thursday with a super-fabulous breakfast of yogurt, toast and silliness. He also had a trip to the doctor (no shots, yay!) and dinner at McDonalds (because Mommy was away all afternoon).
On Saturday Grandma and Papa and his friends from playgroup came over to help celebrate. He had a great time. Thomas made an appearance in cake form (he knew who it was, so I consider it a win!).
He got more presents than one little boy possibly needs (and was mostly uninterested with the whole unwrapping process).

He got to munch Thomas' face, which didn't seem to weird him out at all (but this is Patrick and food we're talking about).

Patrick isn't in this one - I just thought it was funny that all the little girls were in the sandbox and all the little boys were digging in the fishpond hole.

All in all, it was a great birthday for everyone except Mommy, who is now completely without a baby :-( I will try to jump back on the blogging wagon - I have pictures of a big boy bed, train fun, Paul-like naughtiness, and Christopher gabbing with Grammy so stay tuned!