Wednesday, November 30, 2011

First driving lesson

Ace gets instruction in proper hill descent from Grandpa, who arrived today for a delightful early winter visit. Tomorrow's lesson: "Double declutch!"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Go West, young man

Despite throwing up a few times this morning, Chase enjoys a ride with his pal Erin in the covered wagon at the Denver Zoo. The girl in the back is a stowaway.

Sunday, November 27, 2011


While folding laundry, Chase demanded Mommy's socks. Then he asked her to put them on his feet. This led to raucous drum playing and, finally, a bum drum.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wild Imagination

The Kid has begun to engage in creative play: bobbing toy animals up and down and declaring that they are "running," putting his doll into the crib to go "night, night," and, in this case, putting a handful of wood chips on the table at the playground and declaring them "cronie, cronie" (a.k.a. macaroni & cheese).

Daddy did need to step in to ensure that the play didn't lead to the actual consumption of the wood chips, but it was advanced creativity, all the same.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pancakes! Pancakes!

Ace enjoys some Black Friday diner fare at Snooze. Afterward, he enjoyed an hour at Lil' Monkey Bizness and another hour at Ikea, where we supported the economy by spending exactly $0.00.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

Chase enjoys his second Thanksgiving with our Denver family, the Cassetta-Waxmans. We are so thankful to have friends and family both near and far.

Ace was thankful that he was welcome at the big-people table.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Captain Chase

The Little Engineer discovered a complete airplane cockpit right in the middle of the Green Valley Ranch branch of the Denver Public Library this afternoon. He successfully landed the jet between the children's section and the DVDs.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Where'd Mommy Go?!?

An all new and novel way to play peek-a-boo. Just close your eyes and everyone disappears!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011


We all know Chase loves Snowman. But did you know that he likes to rub Snowman's tag on his nose?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cleaning up the joint

Chase stuffs his face with grapes while Mommy continues her pre-holiday cleaning frenzy. This involves, of course, the vacuum, so it's been a fantastic day for the Critter.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

If the shoe fits

Chase went into a closet today and emerged with new footwear. Walking in shoes 10 sizes too big while drinking juice from a sippy cup proved no problem for this coordinated tyke.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Finding Refuge

On our third attempt as a family, we finally managed to visit the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge when it was open to visitors.

Just a few miles from our home, the Arsenal has an amazing history involving munitions for World War II, Cold War bomb shelters, and 165 million gallons of hazardous waste pumped into the ground. And now there are bison running around. Pretty amazing.

By the way, Chase is looking out on Lake Mary. What do you think of that, Nanna?!?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Little Drummer Boy

Ace gets an early start on practice for SOAR's African Drum corps.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Overworked and underpaid

This is how tragic accidents involving train pile-ups occur. This motorman clearly need more sleep.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dinner for Three

A failed Groupon redemption attempt at a neighborhood Italian restaurant left us scrambling for an alternative dining establishment, which turned out to be a cool restaurant/diner called Steuben's.

Ace must have loved it -- it was the best behaved he's been at an eatery in quite some time.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dinner for One

Chase opens wide as he scoops more yogurt into his mouth. His mouth is usually yapping about dump trucks and cars, but this moment was one of the rare times in the day when he wasn't talking.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ice, Ice Baby

Riding on Daddy's back, Chase conquers some trails at Chautauqua in Boulder. We didn't make it up the path very far -- too icy. We had a nice time walking on the trail roads nearer to the ranger station though.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Three on the Swings

Caleb joined Chase for another morning of babysitting. Chase sure was tuckered out from all the activity. It's clear Caleb and Chase will be life-long buds.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Simple Physics

The Little Engineer examines snowball trajectories with Daddy.

y=ax² + bx + c

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Keep on Truckin'

Chase enjoys a spin on his "new-to-him" ride-on dump truck. With winter weather descending upon us, Mommy decided Ace needed some heavy machinery for indoor use. He agreed!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


The Little Engineer enjoys gadgets, fans, motors, and noise-making-machines of all types.

Might as well put him to work in the process.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Calm Before the Storm

Chase enjoys some outside time today at the infamous Sand Park before the second snow storm of the season hits tonight. Anyone venture a guess what Ace is pointing at?