Monday, March 31, 2014

Benefits of a Dino Addicted Toddler

I've really consolidated my interests (As You Might Have Realized), my life has pretty much become All Dinosaurs All The Time.
I watch them on my computer, I even arrange Dinosaurs to watch Dinosaurs.
All of this has become a great benefit to my parents.  All my legos and cars and trains that I used to litter the house with every night are now all collectively gathering dust in their respective boxes.
Nothing makes cleaning easy when there is only one type of toy in circulation.  Done and Done!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cheering On My Cousin!

It has been awhile since I have seen my cousin Kaylee.  I didn't know she had become the next Sue Bird!
It was an intense time for her.  She is leading her team to the All Star Basketball Championship.
It was tough getting there on time fighting northern rush hour traffic on I-5 but I made it on time to see her SCORE!  It was intense.
Despite my enthusiasm I didn't expect her to be so excited to see me.  

Gotta love Cousins!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Learning About Microscopic Life The Hard Way

Look at that wonderful picture.  It almost looks like something out of Norman Rockwell. A Toddler and his Grandfather share a moment together.  How sweet!  Is there anything more wholesome than an image like this!

Well, turns out there is an entire different world going on underneath this tranquil scene.  Yeah, it had been a year since this sand had been put to use and it had become a home of perhaps millions of new guests.

Yeah, my little immune system got a bit of a workout tonight.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Back From "The Big Easy"

I was chomping at the bit today.  Papo and Deeda had disappeared for a week attending their 50th High School reunion in the "Big Easy" otherwise known as New Orleans.

Papo and Deeda met there in in the French Quarter when they were just a little older than me . . . you have to at least be tall enough to put money on the counter to purchase your drink.
Thanks for bringing a little of the Mardi Gras spirit back to Seattle for me!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Even I Knew That Was Wrong!

I am still learning what is right and wrong in life. After all, I am only three years old, but even I can call out bad behavior when I see it.  Sometimes you have to see the world in Black and White terms and tonight was just one of those times.

Hey, I love to break open the chalk to draw Dinosaur footprints on the pavement, but that isn't permanent.  It disappears as soon as it rains and in this city that is quite a bit.  When I do it I consider it Art, not Graffiti.  
Still can't believe my Happy Meal Place is getting tagged.  I bet it was one of those teenagers I always see there.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Shopping For A Girl Is TOUGH!

I was off to a birthday for my friend Sophie today.  This was a very special birthday because my friendship with Sophie is special.  She is the first friend I have made away from my parents.  Mommy didn't even know who she was when I got the invitation to her Birthday.

That is why the gift had to be extra special.  If I am mature enough to make my own friends I should be mature enough to pick the correct present.

I'm SURE she would love a Velociraptor!
Or a life sized Lizard maybe!
Now I know why Daddy has it so tough shopping for Mommy.  He totally said my choices were unacceptable!
Daddy directed me to a section of the Toy Store I never knew even existed.  What can I say, I just never gravitated to it.

FYI this is the exact My Little Pony we bought.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Me Not A Couch Potato Daddy!

So Daddy comes home from work and instantly starts grilling me.  All I wanted to do is relax a bit and watch Frozen for the hundredth time.

Hey Daddy, I went to swimming lessons and ran with Auntie's dog Atlas all day.  I would like to see how you would be holding-up after a day like that.
Yeah, you would probably be a Spud on the couch too, Daddy.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My New Toy

Pretty fun.  I can't believe it has taken me this long but I have finally been given access to TAPE!
This probably ranks along with discovering Fire or the Wheel.  It opens up all sorts of possibilities.  Now I can secure a chair to a desk . . .
. . . or a hammer to a desk!
You can't lose something if it is taped down.
But most importantly -perhaps the most practical purpose . . . it can help transform me into a dinosaur!



Sunday, March 16, 2014

He Naughty Daddy, He Take The Money!

Daddy was a bit naughty today.  When Mommy is out of the house he watches Fox News with me.  We watched a section on Jason Greenslate who was caught buying lobster with his food stamps.

I think Daddy was trying to teach me some lesson in personal responsibility when he showed a clip of him being interviewed by Sean Hannity.

And yes, Jason was very naughty.
Only problem for Daddy's lesson was that for me "Naughty" is actually a positive.
Sean Hannity bloviated and worked himself into a tizzy about how ashamed Jason should be about his behavior for spending his days surfing and collecting government assistance.

Jason just sat back, puffed on his e-cigarette and explained that the assistance was temporary until his band RATTLIFE started making money.  He seemed to have everything figured out.

Sometimes your attempt to teach me life lessons is going to backfire Daddy- just wait until I become a teenager.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dinosaurs Make A Rainy Day Fun!

Well, it finally happened.  Last night "Walking With Dinosaurs" became available on Comcast.  Guess who was watching it this morning!

What a perfect way to spend the day, especially when it was raining and windy outside.

Mommy thought I would be scared, but once I became fully engaged I was running on full adrenaline.
And then, the excitement got the better of me.  Oops! 
Sometimes simulating a Gorgosaurus can get you put on Time-Out!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Get These Walls UP Jeff!

I was concerned.  My friends Max and Abbey are getting bigger and will need more space.  I have decided that their contractor Jeff isn't moving fast enough to build them a new house.

Though I trust Jeff's abilities, I think he is too nice sometimes.   Someone had to be at the site to "Crack the Whip"and that is something I specialize in.

Regardless of my tough talk I still lead by example


Monday, March 10, 2014

Taking A Life Lesson From Jim

Many people, including my naive Daddy look at Dr. Seuss as a harmless collection of rhymes that he can use to put me to sleep.

I think The Doctor had a different intention- teach children harsh but important life lessons-mainly that "The Best Defense is the Best Offense"

Notice the cowardly larger person is easily eaten by the lion who can sense fear.

Now enter Jim!

Sometimes in life you have to face your fears or perish.

The genius of Dr. Seuss was that he was able to address these issues without giving kids nightmares


Sunday, March 9, 2014

Feeding My Dino Addiction

The energy from Dino Days yesterday continued into today.  I needed another Dinosaur fix.  The excitement was so intense and my need for contact with a Dinosaur at all times was so great I had to bring Rexy. Besides, he needed to be shown how his ancestors lived.

Yeah, they were a lot bigger and a lot fiercer.
Rexy is lucky that he was born a "House Dinosaur".
Must be nice not having to go out and hunt your own food.  Still there was one harsh reality for Rexy. No it wasn't a giant meteor like his ancestors had to contend with. I am a Toddler and my willingness to take care of him only goes so far.
Sorry, the Science Center just offers far too many distractions.
He is Daddy's responsibility now!


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Dino Days!

Game Day!  The Super Bowl was over a month ago but today Toddlers celebrated the REAL event of the year-  Dino Day at the Burke Museum.

Yeah it was pretty intense.  We got up early just so we could beat the line but that didn't matter.  Every family in the greater Seattle area had the same idea.
It was worth it though.  They had actual EXPERTS on staff that I could discuss up to date controversies about the bone structure of the Allosaurus with.  
Yeah, there were a few lines but when you have the opportunity to actually dig for a fossil who wouldn't be willing to wait.  It was intense!
My desire to actually TOUCH a fossil got me in a little bit of trouble but they were willing to placate me a bit and boy did I take advantage when they gave me the opportunity.
And finally the ultimate prize.  I got INKED.  It took me a bit of time but I got all my stamps and became a certified Junior Paleontologist.  Not every parent had the patience to deal with their child through every exhibit but Daddy did even if in the last line I was complaining about hunger pains.  
Respect the Mammoth!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

And Daddy Called This Entertainment Growing-Up

So I think my Daddy actually did grow-up in the land of the Dinosaurs in a sense.  Trying to keep myself entertained on this thing was like watching a Brontosaurus eat . . . slow and monotonous.

Well, I guess you have to keep a few of these machines around to remind people of my generation how good we have it compared to our parents.

To think Daddy and his friends used to rabidly shove quarters into these things baffles my mind.  If this was Daddy's reality as a child God only knows what Papo and his friends had to resort to for fun when they were young.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Didn't He Learn Anything From Being A Toddler???

Well that wasn't a very nice thing to do.  You don't like a change in the government of your neighbor- so you invade them.  Naughty!

It really goes against all the lessons about sharing and mutual respect that the teachers have been trying to instill in me this year.

I suppose it was awhile since Vladimir Putin was in pre-school.
Case in point, I behaved myself all day.  I picked-up my toys, followed the instructions at swimming lessons and didn't grab food off the shelves at the grocery store . . . and I was rewarded!  Hello Mr. Bubble!
Sometimes the carrot works way better than the stick President Putin.
International politics isn't that complicated when you get back to the fundamentals in life you were supposed to learn when you were young.