Monday, April 21, 2008
We found the trap on the ground one morning, with birds swarming all around it. The boys rushed outside in their pajamas to check it out and, sure enough, there was a big black bird in there, flapping its wings and trying to figure out how to get out of there. I let the boys pose for a few pictures with their captive, then we released him.
Here's the bird in the trap:
And the boys posing with them (yes, Chase sleeps in a halloween costume). If you're wondering, Cole is learning to pull his own pants up, so that's why they look like that. And yes, he only has one shoe on. He was so excited he just couldn't be bothered to put them both on.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
This weekend, he got a little more high-tech in his endeavors. He and Papa built a new bird trap, and Chase couldn't be prouder. He tells anyone who'll listen how he drilled the holes and hammered the nails in all by himself. Papa made the trigger, but Chase is an expert at getting the pieces to fit together just right to prop the trap up. While we were still in Natchitoches, he caught a squirrel twice, but the squirrel found a way out before he could get to him both times. We haven't caught anything at home yet, even with half a loaf of bread and quite a bit of birdseed in the trap. He and Cole are having a great time sitting in their fort watching and waiting, though.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Chase convinced Cole to hold the target pad for him while he practiced his kicks. I think Cole should have been wearing the gear instead of Chase, but they were having so much fun I didn't stop him.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
In order to do this, we learned he has to have a $190 set of sparring gear. GREAT. I grudgingly brought him to the TaeKwonDo place to get fitted and pay for his gear. As they pulled everything out of the bag for him to try on, the teenager who was helping him was explaining what everything was for. Finally, I glance up from writing my check as he pulls out the last piece of gear -- a cup. Uh oh. The teenager says something like "OK, and you know what this one's for, right?" and starts to put it back in the bag. Chase says no. Teenager says, "It's a cup." Chase gives him a blank stare. Teenager looks at me for help. I look at my checkbook --for $190, they can explain it. Teenager says, "When you get home, tell your dad you have a cup and you need him to show you what it's for." Way to pass the buck.
Just because I was waiting anxiously for him to spring this on Charles, he waited a while when we got home. Finally, Chase was showing us all of his gear, and he asked Charles what the cup was for. Charles told him that he wore it over his underwear in case someone kicked him. Chase thought about it for a minute, and you could see the lightbulb go off in his head. "Oh," he said, "I get it. It's so if someone kicks me there they won't hurt their foot!" We managed not to laugh in front of him. He's definitely a "cup half full" kind of kid.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Getting his belt:
Chase with Antoinette (middle) and Kaylee (left):
Chase and Antoinette after the belt ceremony:
Cole wondering how he can get his hands on some of that candy:
Just like at the zoo, the kids are drawn to a playground where ever they are:
Cole striking a pose:
More playground fun:
Cole loved climbing up the ladder. All was well the first few times, but then he spotted this older boy climbing back down the ladder and decided to turn around at the top and try for himself. We could see it happening but couldn't stop him in time -- he fell straddling the metal bars and hurt himself quite badly. That pretty much killed his mood for the rest of the day.
After the aquarium and lunch, we went to visit other friends, had a flat tire, and finally made it home around 9pm. We were exhausted, and Chase wanted to know when we could go back.
It was feeding time for the sting rays, and the kids really enjoyed watching the divers feed them lettuce. Well, my kids did anyway. Our friends' kids (not quite 2 year old twins) have been watching Finding Nemo lately and thought the diver was there to take Nemo away, and they were NOT pleased to see him.
Cole and Chase posing in the shark's mouth (I have a picture of Chase posing in this same spot when he was about 2; if I can find it I'll add it in here):
Can't see Cole in this one because he's not quite tall enough, but Chase LOVES the aquarium that you can crawl into:
Even while playing, Chase keeps consulting his map:
With all there is to do at the zoo, the kids still love the playground:
Notice the little face peeping out to the left? They chased each other around this statue for quite some time:
Everyone had a great time at the zoo, although we didn't get to see everything since we got there so late, so Chase is already lobbying to go back next weekend. And of course he knows exactly what he wants to see and in what order and has already charted his course on the map.
Chase & Cole posing with the flamingos:
Seeing how they measure up to a bear. Cole had considerably more enthusiasm for this than Chase (I'm fairly certain if Chase had been an actual bear, he would have bitten me for making him take this dumb picture, but being a 6 year old boy, he just glared at me and raised his imaginary paws half-heartedly), but I do have a picture of Chase at about Cole's age doing the same growl in front of the same bear cutout. When I can get my hands on it, I'll post that one too:
Petting a snake in the petting zoo: