Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bono at the Sand Park

Since Ace wakes up and goes to sleep saying "Sand Park", I thought we would go there and see how long it took him to tire of the place. After three hours Mommy caved, realizing she should not test the will of a 2 year old.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sun & Sand

The Critter seems not to notice the biting winds and frigid temperatures that have settled into Denver, and he is, in fact, quite insistent that a trip to the Sand Park is always an appropriate activity.

While Mommy may not agree -- and she assures you that those fading rays of sun brought no warmth -- she is always willing to sacrifice personal comfort for the entertainment of her special one.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Chase does his best Ellen impersonation.

He's really good at it. Really good. She should definitely invite him on the show. (If you don't see the connection, check out the last 3 seconds after the credits of any episode.)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Other Extreme

The Critter went from soaking in the tropical heat and lush vegetation of the rain forest yesterday to contemplating dead sticks while leaning into freezing Colorado winds today. Nonetheless, his spirit of adventure propelled us through a chilly trek around the neighborhood, where at least the late afternoon sun kept Vitamin D levels in the survival range.

Garden of Eden

Chase had the Denver Botanic Gardens virtually to himself as he and Daddy enjoyed a Saturday morning together.

(Can't blame Blogger for posting this one a day late -- just a slip-on on the parents' part!)

Friday, February 24, 2012

Construction Zone

This dude was truly a man at work today, as he spent much time "dumping dirt" with his favorite heavy machinery.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Perfect World

Chase enjoys an after nap whirl on the iPad with Auntie and Mommy.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Round & Round

Chase and Auntie enjoy a few turns on the carousel. As usual, Chase chose to ride the giraffe.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Catch Me If You Can

Trying to catch a bubble isn't easy. Chase discovered this today while at the Children's Museum with Mommy and Auntie Amanda.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Flying Ace

Chase pilots a fighter jet while visiting the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Lowry with Daddy and Caleb.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Bucket List

Ace crosses that one off of his Life's Goals list. Next up: getting a ride on a forklift.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Naked Sewing

Craftwork in his birthday suit? The Critter thinks he's a child of the sixties.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Class of 2032

Ace proudly shows off his new shirt and future status as a Princetonian.

Hip! Hip! Rah! Rah! Rah! Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! Sis! Sis! Sis! Boom! Boom! Boom! Ah! Thirty-two! Thirty-two! Thirty-two!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Of course the little lover boy wouldn't forget to make a card for his favorite lady on Valentine's Day.

I love you, Mommy!!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Road(side) Warrior

So, it turns out that car seats have an expiration date, not unlike milk and high-end salsa. Yep, it's printed right on the back, and this little dandy "went bad" two months ago. So, rather than face the potential dangers of Chase suddenly finding himself hurtling down the highway strapped to a giant puddle of cottage cheese -- that's likely what expired car seats turn into, right? -- we've converted it into mod livingroom furniture.

At least his truck book is consistent with the theme.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Shutterfly Butterfly

The family took a much needed "get the heck out of the house" trip to the Butterfly Pavillion this morning.

While Mommy enjoyed the humid climate of the butterfly house, Ace was a bit freaked by being dive-bombed by the little creatures, and retreated into his mother's arms. She, of course, reassured him that the little critters were no match for our Lil' Critter.

Saturday, February 11, 2012


The endless birthday continues, with Chase become clearer about what a "present" is by the day. Our neighbors Nick & Linda brought over a book, which the Critter took great delight in opening. His wrapping-paper-ripping-technique is certainly developing quickly, as is his appreciation for Mr. & Mrs. Newton!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Go ahead and cry

This did not make Daddy happy.

It did lead to some interesting vocabulary development, as the Kid quickly adopted -- and incessantly repeated -- Daddy's instructions to "Go ahead and cry." 

I know: great parenting.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


The Critter ate much of his dinner tonight while sitting in a big-boy chair, sans booster. Such mature behavior, however, did not nullify the use of hands to rapidly shovel food into his mouth.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Recognizing his adopted state's rich Dino tradition, the Little Engineer tries his hand at uncovering ancient fossils while visiting Denver's Museum of Science & Nature.


Chase looks on as an opera singer walks by singing "Figaro". We spent the morning at Boettcher Concert Hall listening to the orchestra as they played all around us.

(Note: we tried to publish this on 2/6/12, but Blogger wouldn't upload it until 2/7. Not our fault!)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Oh Well...

Chase practices his best Brady pass, but alas he couldn't carry the Patriots to a win. As Chase has so eloquently learned to say, "Try again." That's right Patriots, try again next year. You've got a fan forever in Ace.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Snow easy task

It took 6 1/2 hours, but the Cajun Critter finally got the entire sidewalk shoveled. He'd better pick up the pace if he every wants to make any money at this.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Clean Bill of Health

The first snow day of the year allowed the entire family to go to Chase's follow up appointment with Dr. Amy. We happily discovered that his ear infection has cleared up and his iron levels are fine.

A small price to pay for a little prick.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Going Greek

Ace enjoys an afternoon snack while lounging on the couch.

No worries: it's thick Greek yogurt -- virtually spill-proof, especially for a well-coordinated lad such as this.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Doc Ock

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.