Saturday, June 30, 2012


We caught a last moment together with Papa to celebrate three generations before reluctantly departing from Maine and heading out on the next leg of our journey.

Never enough time with the family, never enough...

Friday, June 29, 2012

When the Muse Strikes

The Little Engineer briefly became The Little Composer this morning, as he took a break from the authentic Skid Steer Loader that occupied most of his attention at the Maine Children's Discovery Museum and tickled the ivories as only he can.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

King of the Hill

Ace surely feels he is the master of all he surveys as he takes in the view from atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia.

Our second and final day Down East brought better weather and wonderful visits with Uncle Kenny & Aunt Bobbi and Uncle Rod, Aunt Leslie, and cousin (one generation removed) Jennifer.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Mommy teaches Chase how to make seaweed explode at Sand Beach on Acadia National Park.

While rain shortened our night of camping (to an afternoon of setting up, then taking down our tent), we're thoroughly enjoying our time on Mount Desert Island.

Do you want to play trucks, Uncle Bobby?

Ace kept his great uncle thoroughly occupied during our trip to the coast to visit his great grandmother "Grammie."

Monday, June 25, 2012

Backseat Buddies

Ace and Nanna catch up on the day's events after we picked Nanna up from Camp Andro this evening. Note the "flair" buttons on the proud grandmother's jacket.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Backyard Picnic

The cousins enjoy a pleasant little picnic courtesy of Nanna.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Power Train

The cousins strike a pose in front of the historic narrow gauge railroad, during a pit stop on our ride along the waterfront in Portland. Who doesn't love trains?!?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ooooooh, Lunch!

The Critter and Nanna K delight in the joys of peanut butter & jelly.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


Ace enjoys the deserted beach at Camp Androscoggin, a few short hours before the campers arrive for the summer. He was especially happy that Nanna took time away from her preparations to play with him in the sand.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Working Together

The Little Engineer recruits James to help fill a dump truck with dirt and rocks.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

1...2...3...Blast Off!

Chase had fun today playing with cousins James, Estelle, Maddie and Bella who came to visit from N.H. with Auntie Grandma. Here Chase is playing with a toy that Mommy and Daddy bought for James' birthday last year. Now if he'd only turn around, he'd see what a good job he'd done!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Off to the Races

Ace serves as the High Fiving Finish Line as cousins James and Estelle race on our first full day in Maine. James may have won the races, but Estelle and Chase had plenty of fun running around in pursuit.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hanging Out in Beantown with Daddy

Now that Auntie Amanda's surprise B-day party is complete, we can reveal that we have, in fact, been on the East Coast for the last four days (Thursday and Friday's shots were in Grandpa & Grandma's Stamford back yard).

Father's Day began with playtime along the Charles River, a visit to the Yawkey Way store -- cool jersey, huh?!? -- and then a BBQ with Amanda & John, before heading to Maine. Chase is a whirlwind traveler, for sure. And, he sure loves his daddy!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Put the Needle on the Record

DJ C-Dog mixes up some fresh tunes in Grandma's ride as we cruise up to Beantown for Auntie Amanda's surprise B-Day party.

Happy Birthday, Auntie A!

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Accidental Gardener

This is the risk our neighbors take when they leave their flower pots unattended.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

King of the Mountain

Ace and Daddy fearlessly summit The Slippery Granite Water Fountain of Death in Stapleton's Town Center.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

Indecision 2012

The Critter tries to make the difficult decision about which part of his dinner he's not going to eat next.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Water Paint

The Little Rembrandt turned a fountain and broom into ink and paintbrush this morning at the Denver Botanic Gardens. He titled his works "Puppy" and "Bunny." Unfortunately for art lovers worldwide, this gallery installation was rather short-lived.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Hot Daze

Despite temps above 90 degrees and no noticeable breeze, the Little Engineer insisted on an afternoon trip to the Sand Park to continue his research into scale models of civil engineering projects.

Even with deadlines looming and aspirations high, Ace could only operate at half speed in the heat, and wasn't able to put the usual energy into his studies. Yep, sometimes work makes him a sweaty mess.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Biting my lip

Puzzled by whether or not to pick the flower, Chase looks to Mommy for advice.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Deep in Concentration

We're not into potty training mode, yet, but Ace has started to initiate the occasional independent trip to the loo. Tonight, as he trotted around in "Naked Baby" mode, he announced he needed to pee, and into the bathroom we went.

Sure enough, he tinkled on cue and then gleefully poured the liquid gold from the potty into the toilet.

Think when we officially move away from diapers, it will go this smoothly?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Water Pressure

Applying super-human force to the pump, Chase creates the first waterfall of the summer at the Puddle Jumper pool.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Baking Banana Bread

Chase helps Mommy assemble banana bread. Unfortunately, the end result was not pretty, but it was tasty. Chase called it "magic bread".

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunrise Love

As morning dawns during the last day of our camping trip, Ace and Mommy share a quiet moment in the tent.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Three Critters

The Original Critter examines a decaying tree with newfound nature explores Adele and Ora on day two of our camping adventure.

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Great Outdoors

We have embarked on our first ever family camping trip -- albeit of the "car camping" variety -- in beautiful Leadville, CO.

Here, Ace tosses a stick into Turquoise Lake, with snow-spotted mountains looming in the background. Truly a stunning sight.