Feelin' Genki

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Milo looks a little goofy

Mom got home from work the other day and took off her cycling clothes. She put them on the couch, where Milo got hold of them.

Shoes and helmet, meet Milo.

I love how kids almost forget what they're wearing... especially when they look so hilarious.

And for everyone who ever heard us say how great a sleeper Milo is, we're getting our comeuppance. Milo is testing his boundaries, and one of them involves sitting in his bed at 2 a.m. or 4 a.m. and yelling for us to come and get him his blankie. Or some water. Or to ask what that thing on his dresser/bookshelf/floor is.

I need to buy that boy a night light so I can get some sleep.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Milo is happy wherever he goes

Aah, the playrooms of BC Ferries. A slide (on most vessels), a couple of fiberglass boats and a car (fixed to the floor, except on one ship), and a room full of kids and parents.

It's way too boring for older kids, but two-year-olds like it just fine, for about half an hour. However, they've put TVs in many of them that now play a loop of Bugs Bunny cartoons. The difference between a room full of toddlers running and playing and making noise, versus a room full of toddlers all sitting and staring in the same direction, is disturbing.

And Milo can make funny faces. Here's he's actually trying to make a face, but in the next one, he's just chewing something while off-balance. It's a better picture, even if it does kind of make him look like a cartoon.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

It's on...

Game 5 of the ALCS features Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox starting against C.C. Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians -- two of the league's best pitchers all year long.

Why you should probably cheer for Boston:

The national anthem for tonight's baseball game is being sung by country music singer Danielle Peck.

In case you're wondering, she's Josh Beckett's ex-girlfriend.


Another trip to the island

When you have a backlog of cute photos, the only thing to do is to catch up en masse.

First up, Milo in his new Gramma-made fleece vest. He's actually wearing it today as well, and it's gonna fit him all winter.

Even when the weather forecast for the entire weekend is constant rain every day, we try to get to the park. Lo and behold, it actually got sunny for a few hours so we jumped on the opportunity and revisited the place where we were married.

In the middle of October you don't see too many people visiting Miracle Beach Provincial Park. I suspect it's because of the "beach" part.

The beach was lovely. We saw some spiders, a heron, an eagle, some ducks, a squirrel, and a garter snake that Milo tried to talk to. And when we were done, we all went in the hot tub!

Milo at the Pumpkin Patch

Today the community centre we like to visit is going on a field trip to "The Pumpkin Patch" — a farm in Richmond that really gets into the Halloween spirit. Luckily, we took Milo on Sunday.

Now I'd never been before, but that was clearly a mistake. Milo had so much fun that we started talking about coming back next year.

The deal is that you pay your $10 (Milo was under 3, so he was free) and go through the gates. There are pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, and ponies (available to ride for a few bucks extra) to look at, a big centre stage with a live band, and a big 'ol farm ready to explore.

Important note: the stage has rows of hay bales to sit on, but kids aren't allowed to throw the hay there. They've set up a separate tent about 30 feet away JUST for throwing hay! Man, Milo could have stayed there all day, and he already knew about the tractors.

Speaking of tractors, it was time for the hay ride. We jumped on a big wagon pulled by a tractor (one hay ride included in your admission) and drove around the farm. Past the Transylvania graveyard, past the Pumpkin Princess' castle, to the corn maze.

Another important note: We arrived just before the place opened at 10 a.m. If you arrived at 11 a.m., you would have been waiting half an hour to get in, and another half an hour (at least!) for the wagons.

We wandered through the optional corn maze then headed to the furthest pumpkin patch, which was entirely deserted.

Also included in the admission was one pumpkin per person, and picking them out was the best part. Milo's not going to be able to carve one, but he's gonna dig it when it's lit up... as long as it's not too scary.

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Best Things About Today

5. Sleeping in until after 7:30 a.m. (Okay, waking up at 5 a.m., then being able to go back to sleep, even though I didn't really fall back asleep... but I could have!)

4. A sunny afternoon drinking beer in a hot tub while watching the Yankees lose.

3. Watching a two-year-old playing and laughing in the exact spot where his parents were married.

2. White Spring salmon barbequed by a master, who also caught it.

1. Milo asking me to kiss his toes, then saying "Thank you, Daddy" when I do.