Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Little Man's First Movie

On Memorial Day, Gilbert was treated to his first movie theatre experience. He was clearly excited having talked about it the whole weekend leading up to and the morning of.

It was a scorcher in Chicago on Monday so we felt mildly guilty not being outside, but we viewed the 10:30am showing giving us the entire afternoon following. Late out the door, we took a cab (a big treat for G) and Little Man was all smiles. It is the simple pleasure and traversing the city via Lower Wacker was especially fun for Gilbert. He likes the going 'underground'.

At the theatre, he ran to the Kung Fu Panda poster. It was only outdone when he saw the big poster for Green Lantern and proceeded to yell across the lobby, "DAD! LOOK! GREEN LANTERN!"

In his seat, Little Man was not amused with all of the ads and non-movie stuff on the screen. I lost count at the number of times he asked, "Where is Kung Fu Panda?" Finally, Kristen showed up with popcorn and all was righteous!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How do I get Across??

A class trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago proved to be a "new" type of adventure for Gilbert and several of his friends. The kids loved running and playing hide and seek. Hmmm...
(I jump across to get a better angle)

Ahhh.. I don't think I can do it!

Half way there

Yeah, I did it!!

A moment of quiet reflection.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Saturday in the City

It was a Gilbert and Mommy weekend in the city. PJ was in WI golfing with old buddies. G and I had many adventures, I am sorry to say I did not capture the best photos. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry, home for a nap, and then back out to The Mag Mile for a little shopping and dinner. We took the El to the Subway and did tons of walking- It was great fun.

I told Gilbert we were going to Water Tower Place, but when we walked by the actual Chicago Water Tower that he knows from is "Explore Chicago " book, he got very upset that we were not going there. We did end up walking through the tower (not that exciting for a 3.5 year old).

The baby chicks are so cute.

Of course we visited the Train display at the museum ( 3 times)

Gilbert broke the land speed record.

"Hello?, um yeah we need to get some cleaner in here. Yeah the screen is really dirty"

(in the United Jet, aparently the "pilot" before him had been eating something sticky)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

National Train Day

As we all know Gilbert loves Trains and it was National Train Day. G and I had a fun adventure, taking tours, seeing the latest in model trains, doing crafts, and of course having lunch out.

We are not sure how long his love for trains will last, but we are going to make the most of each and every moment.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Jack and Gilbert

I had Gilbert for most of the weekend as Kristen was out with a friend doing some 'junkin' and 'antiquin'!

We did all kinds of fun stuff, including a trip to the behemoth liquor, beer, wine and everything you need alcohol store conglomerate called Binny's. Little Man likes the local store as it two stories with the automated cart puller while you ride the escalator thingy.

However, I was in search of scotch and one particular Binny's is better than the others. At the end of the aisle was a large Jack Daniel's display with Jack himself sitting on a bench.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Urban Wildlife

I picked up Gilbert early on Friday as he is usually fried by week's end. We were walking to the local barber shop so I could get a haircut (would have taken the car, but my wife locked my keys in the car. Long story).

Walking by a condo complex there was a nice green space with one freakin' large rabbit! Gilbert went nuts when he saw it. Wanted to run up to it and talk with the bunny. Seriously, wanted to say hello. I was able to get him to walk slowly up and snap this picture.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Train Tracks II

A new design. This one was all Gilbert. It was his idea to build a bridge over a river.

He was disappointed that he ran out of track and placed a call to the local store to order more supplies!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Macy's Flower Show

A few weeks back Macy's had their annual Flower Show. Gilbert's school was selected by a local artist to do some artwork for display.

I organized some moms and kids to have a field trip. The kids favorite part were the Make-Up chairs set up by the MAC display, followed closely by Snacks on the lower level.

Doughnut Monster

Mother's Day started off with some sweet treats for Kristen in bed. Having the choice she wanted to do dinner, however Little Man was insistent on going out for breakfast. Comprise - we snuck out allowing Kristen to sleep while we picked up some treats from Dunkin and a coffee from Starbucks.

Back at the homested and in our bed, the assortment of goodies was on my nightstand when I looked over and snapped a picture of the elusive Doughnut Monster.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Early Easter ... Posted Late

Gilbert's Gram and Grampa sent a little something for Easter. Gram- Thanks for the musical card, it plays everyday over and over and OVER again!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Train Tracks

Little Man has a nice supply of train tracks. Kept in a storage bin under his bed it is his 'go to' for project work. His tracks are becoming more and more elaborate. Often he will start the track and then ask for help. Sometimes he has a fantastic framework and only needs minimal help to put it all together.

Watching him create a track is quite entertaining as he'll talk to himself during the process and clearly both sides of his brain are at work as his applies his creativity to the design and his analytical side putting it together. Below is one picture of the tracks he is building.

The tracks are becoming so intricate the end result literally takes up the whole room and sometimes tunnels under the bed and dresser! He currently loves using switches and 'xpansion' bridges.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Belated Easter

One of the drawbacks to a smartphone or IPhone is that the traditional digital camera has been rendered moot. As a result, photos are now on my phone and it is one more step to get the pics on to the computer. I'm sure there is a way to upload from the phone directly into the blog, but I have yet to investigate!

So, without further adeau, pictures from Easter!

After the egg hunt, it was play time. Grandpa had the great idea to build a ramp so the boys could ride up and down. Not to mention occupy both of them by building it! We have never seen Gilber fall asleep in the position you see below. He had such a fun, active day he literally passed out on the sofa.