October started off with another cool event at my school: GRANDPARENT'S DAY!!! Granny V and Grandpa came to see me. Even though they come visit me a lot while I'm there, it was an extra fun day to have them and to meet the other kids' grandparents too.
As these pictures show, I showed off some trucks that I like to play with. I also showed Gramps a spider in the window, because he's shown me spiders at my house. It's one of our "things."
Pops loves his chair so much he thought I needed one of my own.
Here I am playing with his iPad and enjoying a little recliner time.
Check out this vid of me on a walk with Moms and Auntie Feather. We stopped by the neighbor's house so I could say "what's up" to their dog, Busby. He's a big fan of mine. Note my use of sign language while I say, "Woof Woof!"
Katy Jo and Kevin came over for Sunday Night Football and Chili dinner on 10-10-10. It was awesome!
My Spoon Skills--watch them evolve over the course of a week
Yogurt with a spoon, October 7, 2010
I'm not sure how much made it in my mouth, but at least I got the spoon in at the right angle!
All right, I've had quite enough of this "spoon" thing
Spoon video 10/19/10. It's over 2 minutes long. Sorry. Moms isn't the best editor.
"This is Buzz Lightyear. We've got a secret mission in Uncharted Space. Let's GO!!!"
On Friday October 15, Moms dropped me off at school just like any other day. What I didn't realize at the time was that I wouldn't see her again for TWO WHOLE DAYS.
That's right, for the first time ever, Moms left me! She headed off to Whittier College to see all her friends at Homecoming leaving Pops and I to fend for ourselves.
Okay, well that isn't entirely true--because she made sure Granny V and Gramps could come over to help. And in fact, Pops and Gramps ended up spending Saturday at my school helping to build the playground for us while Granny V and I partied at home.
Since they were so worried about me missing Moms, Granny V and Gramps brought me a cool Toy Story toy pictured to the left. I love it!
On 10/23 Moms and I went to a football game. It was super fun to meet Miss Molly, Mr. Chad, Miss Nicole & to see Det. Bobby again. The game was cool too.
Just another pic of me looking super cute with Pops
The BIG Mother-Son Weekend on the East Coast!
About a month ago, Moms was telling Pops how she kind of wished she could go to The Daily Show & The Colbert Report's Rally to Restore Sanity and / or Fear in Washington DC.
Pops got ahold of Miss Dina, Moms' dear friend from college who lives in Maryland. And what do you know? She was going to the Rally! So Pops conspired with her to plan a trip for Moms to head out. It was up to Moms whether I'd join her. Since Miss Dina hadn't met me yet--and since that kind of O-Mo deficit could not stand--Moms braved the cross-country plane ride(s) and we headed on out leaving Portland at 6:53 am on Friday October 29.
On the flight to DC, we had our seat and an empty middle. This came in handy for ME at nap time. For Moms, not so much. She got room for about half a cheek...
Moms and I were met at the airport by Miss Dina and Piper. It was great to finally meet them both, and Piper was instantly willing to help me out by feeding me banana and teddy grahams.
It was Mr. Dave's birthday, so we got to the house and unpacked, then went to Five Guys Burgers for dinner. I had grilled cheese and it was deeee-lisshhh-usssssssssssss.
Then we headed over to Wal-Mart to buy our poster-making supplies for the Rally. Everett found something else interesting though...
Moms and Miss Dina are very bad influences on their young sons...
A quick pre-rally snooze--note the tiger cookie shmudge on my left carseat strap
On Saturday (after kind of a rough first night of sleep) we got up, packed up our snacks and our signs, and headed to the rally from Mt. Airy, Maryland.
Miss Dina decided that we'd drive into the city instead of take the train. Something about a baby and a four-year-old on crowded mass transit seemed like a bad idea. The plan was that Mr. Dave and Everett would join up with us after Ev's soccer game that morning.
I got a little nap in, which was great for all involved. We got into the city and parked at Union Station around 11. We walked from there to the National Mall. On the map below, you can see the Capitol Building is just cut off on the right side--the Rally itself started at 3rd Street. We walked through the crowds down Madison Drive. We TRIED to get to the entrance of the Rally on 7th Street but the intersection was SO CROWDED that Moms and Miss Dina decided it wasn't a good idea with Piper and I in tow. We turned around and ended up under a tree across the street from the National Gallery of Art.
We had some space and time to spread out a blanket and Piper and I had a little lunch. But the area started getting really crowded and people were climbing the tree getting bark all over us...so about halfway through the Rally we moved up closer to the stage and we ended up in a more mellow space. It was nice.
We were never close enough to see the stage itself but we could see some screens, and we got to HEAR most of it. Good thing Pops DVR'd it so we can see what all we missed!
Enjoy the pictures of the Rally below.
The Rally with the Capitol Building in the back
Google's Geo-Eye Image of the rally
The Rally with the National Gallery in the background. Soooo....yyyeahh....we were somewhere under those trees over there on the left...
Looking back at the Nat'l Gallery from our first spot
& Getting My Snack On
Getting my Drink On
Looking across the Rally from our first spot
Back Safe & Sound in the Ergo with Moms (is that Christine O'Donnell behind her?)
Another Crowd Shot...You can sort of see the Screen & Speaker in this shot
Some freak showed up in a shaggy purple coat. I was simultaneously fascinated...
....yet horrified. Democrats! Sheesh!
I thought picking on Glenn Beck at the Rally was counter-productive to the Rally's message, but I have to admit our signs were funny. And LOTS of people took our picture!
Piper, Moms and I with the Capitol in the distance
Moms and I at the end of a Long (but fun!) Afternoon.
It was SOOOOOOOO CROWDED at the Rally that we didn't get to meet up with Mr. Dave and Everett...In addition to the large crowd sizes, cell service was a challenge with so many people doing stuff on their phones so we couldn't even really communicate with them. (Seriously--old people?--how did you ever survive without cell phones?!?!)
Instead of seeing them there, we met up with them for some Duckpin Bowling to continue celebrating Mr. Dave's birthday. His Mommy and Daddy were there, along with some of their other friends and kids. I had a blast bowling, and even more fun in the "school bus."
Moms tried to get a few action shots of me bowling
She got a few good ones of that, but couldn't manage to get any of me as I took off down the lane...she was too busy trying to catch me! Hahaha!!!
On Sunday, after a better night's sleep, we got up and headed to see Miss Dina (or, in this case, Rev. Dina) preside over services at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood. She did a great job. Her sermon included some inside jokes for Moms and I about the Rally the day before, and she talked about us coming to visit as a part of her sermon too. It made me feel pretty special.
I hung out in the back of the space at a table that had crayons and color books. I did start to get a little louder at one point and I didn't want to stay seated so Moms took me to the nursery in the back. She and I hung out there while Sunday School went on after the service too. It was fun!
Then we headed back home and Piper and I took a quick bath while Moms packed. We all dressed up in some costumes, and then it was back to Portland! I fell asleep on the flight...and while I woke up enough to say "hi" to Pops I pretty much slept until it was November.
It was a really wonderful trip and I can't wait to see the Stimler-van Klaveren family again SOON!!!!
Playing in the Nursery
There were LOTS of cool toys to play with in the tub!
Piper kept tickling my tummy with the medicine droppers! Hee hee!!
Miss Dina made this pirate costume for Everett when he was my age, so she got it out for me to wear on Halloween
A Pokemon Infernape, Princess Belle, and a Pirate
Three Trick-or-Treaters and their Tireless Costumer