One of the ways Grandma keeps me quiet

I’m 3 years old so I’m not always the quietest child in the restaurant, in the back seat of the car, at the dinner table, or at bed time.  I sometimes tend to get just a little bit wild and maybe even a little out of control.

But don’t worry because Grandma has found a way to always make me quiet as a mouse.   She’s just gives me my iPad.   Of course, Grandpa thought it was his iPad but we all know better.  Someday, we’ll have to tell him.

Getting back to my original story…  Grandma just has to turn it on and hand it to me and instant silence.

The iPad is extremely cool.  It has games, puzzles, books, TV shows, movies, videos and photos of me and my family, and much much more.  What’s there not to like.  You would be amazed at how long it can keep me busy.

If we are at a restaurant for example, and I start to get just a little antsy, out comes the iPad and suddenly I’m calm and quiet.

What really fascinates Papa is how well I use it.  I can turn it on, adjust the volume, pick the app or video I want to watch..  I can even size things… flick my fingers out and it gets bigger, flick my fingers in and it gets smaller.  And turning pages is a breeze; you just swipe the page in the direction you want to go.

The only problem I have is I can get Grandpa’s computer screen to change pages when I swipe it, no matter how hard I pound on the monitor.

And remember when I said Papa still thinks the iPad is his?   Last time I check I had a couple of seasons of  “Dinosaur Train“, “Little Einsteins“, “Jacks’s Big Music Show“, “Wonder Pets“, “Rugrats”, and tons of “Phineas and Ferb” (Papa likes them also), and a couple of seasons of “Scooby Doo“.  Scooby Doo is my favorite.  I could watch him all day.

I also have the three Toy Story movies (“Toy Story“, Toy Story 2“, and “Toy Story 3“) loaded on the iPad..  and don’t even get me going about all of the books, games and puzzles I have.

If Papa ever decided he wanted to use it, I don’t think there’s room for any of his stuff… (smile)..

Catch you in a few days.

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And don’t forget to tell your friends

Anthony

Backyard play area update

Well, I guess even a 3 year old can mess up a good thing.

As you can see by the attached photo, between my house and my play area, someone stuck a swimming pool.   This is turning out to be quite the problem for me.

It seems that both Grandma and Papa are not to thrill with me running full speed OUT of the play area and around the pool.   They think it’s an unsafe thing to do.   Of course, I don’t see the big deal so when they yell at me to stop running or get away from the pool, I just ignore them.

At dinner, Grandma and Papa were talking.  They said they were going to have to put up some kind of fence where the stones (at the end of my play area) meet the plants to slow me down.   They are talking to the folks next door that replaced our big fence to see what they can do.   The fence would contain me.  Well, contain me at least long enough so they can catch up to me.

We’ll just have to wait to see what happens.

Well, that it for tonight.

Thank you for stopping by and please stop by again.

And don’t forget to tell your friends

Anthony

“The King*” has his own backyard play area now

Over the weekend, Grandma and Papa finished putting together a play area for me in the backyard.

Papa says this play area could be the most expensive play area ever built.   It seems that Papa found this Little Tykes Playground play set way back before Christmas with free shipping, a huge savings considering this thing weighed in at 240 pounds when it arrived in two boxes.  He couldn’t pass up a deal like this.  And since we no longer have a dog we don’t use the area behind the garage, a play area for me seemed like a great idea.

Unfortunately, the wooden privacy fence in the part of the backyard Grandma and Papa wanted to set this thing up at was in pretty bad shape.  They were concerned I could get hurt on the fence or “escape” through one of the broken fence boards.    So Grandma hired someone to fix the fence…  that ended up being someone who replaced all 250 feet of fence around the entire backyard….  $$$…

OK, fence is finally replaced.   Now the area behind the garage, where the play set will reside, needs to be brought up to spec.  You could hardly get back there because of the row of bushes.   So, bushes had to be moved making it easier to walk in and out of the back grassy area.   We have very little grass in our backyard….  $$$

Of course, you can’t set up a play set that Grandchildren might fall off of (this play set if about 6 feet high at its highest point) on hard packed dirt.  Something safer needed to be laid down first.   The solution, a couple of inches of rubber mulch… 2,000 pounds worth to be exact.  $$$

But wait, when measuring the area to determine how much rubber mulch we might need, Grandma discovered that the ground is not the least bit level.   Papa thinks that could be problematic.  Solution, have the landscape people who are going to move the bushes to a different location, level out the area for us… $$$$$

The bushes are moved and the ground is level.   The landscape company even laid down some black plastic stuff to prevent grass and weeds from growing up through the rubber mulch.

But wait again..  The place that sells the rubber mulch doesn’t normally deliver, although they will for a huge fee.  Fortunately, the landscape folks agree to pick up and spread the rubber mulch for us saving us a ton of work.  Papa had no idea how he was going move and unload a one ton bag of rubber mulch… $$

Fence is fixed, area is level, and the rubber mulch is in place.  It’s now time for Papa to finally assemble my play set..  gee, it’s only been almost 2 months since it was delivered and I’m ready to play.

I went to the petting zoo with Mom while Grandma and Papa put the play set together… something about small children possibly getting in the way and inappropriate language.

Finally.. Sunday morning after church, Grandma and Papa took me into the backyard for the unveiling….  My play area was complete…  and it was well worth the wait.

Grandma even set up a small picnic table for me… Little Tykes Easy Store Table

And there is enough room, even with the play set, for me to kick around my ball and play with bubbles.

This is way too cool.

*Now you also know why my good friend Jim coined the term “The King” to describe me.

Well, that’s it for today.

Thank you for stopping by and please stop by again… and tell you friends.

Anthony

Lego Space Shuttle update

I heard Papa telling Grandma that someone asked him what happened with the missing Space Shuttle pieces; the one’s everyone assumed I took.

It seems Lego has a very nice replacement process for missing Lego pieces.   Papa contact Lego.com, told them which parts “disappeared”, and Lego mailed them to us.   In just about a week, the new pieces arrived.   However, in that same week, Papa managed to finish our Lego Space Shuttle.

It seems Grandma found two of the pieces inside the high-hat (that’s a part of a drum set).

Then, weeks after the parts disappeared, I found the remainder of the missing parts.  I’ll never tell where I found them.  I just showed up one day in the kitchen with the Lego’s necessary to finish the Space Shuttle.

Here are a couple of pictures of the finished product.

(Isn’t using a Grand Piano as a Lego display table such a good use of it… )

We have put together quite a few Lego kits since then.  In fact, yesterday we build one of the space ships from Star Wars.  I have no idea what Star Wars is but Papa seemed to be excited.  Here’s a picture of what we ended up with…  I like it..

Grandma even got in on the fun and helped me build three of the Lego Toy Story kits.    I’ll have to get some pictures of those…

Well, that’s it for today

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and please stop by again

Anthony

It’s summertime summertime sum sum summertime…

I bet you’re thinking that I’m way too young to remember that song…. and you are probably right.  In fact, I think Papa may have only been about 8 years old when it was on the radio.

But no less, it’s still SUMMER TIME…. yaaaaa…  for a 2 1/2 year old, that means less time outside (Houston get horribly hot in the summer time), but it also means more time in the swimming pool.

And that friends, brings us to today’s post.

I went swimming yesterday… or rather I went “getting held” by Mommy and Grandma in the pool yesterday.

It was great, I love the water.  However, it reminded me a lot of taking a bath.  Mommy did mention that the temperature in the pool as was about 95°.  That might explain why it felt like taking a bath..

But it was still fun..  Mommy and Grandma both went into the pool with me.  They took turns holding me and making sure I didn’t sink.   They kept saying I weighed a ton but I’m pretty sure that’s not accurate… it’s more like 30 something pounds…

We did have a big ball in the pool that we played with.  Grandma also bought these really cool Buzz Lightyear water wings that I wouldn’t let anyone put on me…  Why wear scratchy water wings when you can get Mommy and Grandma to carry you around in the pool.

I also tried to float around in this round thing that looked like a do-nut.  I didn’t like that either…very  uncomfortable.

The floaty thing I used last summer that worked out pretty well, I outgrew.  It was way too small for my weight.  That’s the reason why they were trying all this other stuff out yesterday.

It was still fun though.  I love being in the water.  I even put my head under a few times and stuck my face in the little waterfall once.

This is me and Mommy just swimming around while I get used to being in the pool.

Next, we have a picture of Mommy, Grandma, and me playing catch with a really, really big ball.

Finally, a picture of Mommy and me in the middle of some of my pool stuff.   Someone, I seem to have accumulated quite a bit in a very short period of time.

Thanks it for now.

Tomorrow I will try to post something about my first day at “school”.

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by again

Anthony

I knew I could fit

What does one do with a toy box?   I’ll bet you are think “store toys in it”.  If you were then I am also betting you’re not 2 1/2 years old.

The proper toy box procedure in my opinion is to

  • remove all of the toys
  • replace toys with small child
  • try to close lid

I managed the firs two with no problems.  In fact, I consider myself an expert at taking everything out of my toy box.

The second step I managed quite well also as you can see from the following photograph.

For the third step however, I just could not get the lid closed.  I guess I’m just bigger than I thought.

I’m going to have to tell Grandma I need a bigger toy box.

Or maybe I can take my Handy Manny Talking Tool Box and build an addition onto it.

Well, that’s it for today

Thanks for stopping by and please come back and visit again

Anthony

French fries put you to sleep

I’ll bet you never knew that.   I have proof… but first let me explain.

Grandma took me to the playground at a church she helps out at.  They have an area completely fenced in with play ground equipment and that stuff on the ground that lets you fall without getting hurt but taste terrible when you come down the slide upside down and backwards and get a mouth full.

Well, Grandma has been taking me there a lot lately.   She claims I have too much energy.  I’m thinking she hasn’t seen anything yet.

It’s a lot of fun.  They have slides, a little house to play in, and toy car to sit in to act like your driving.   Because it is completely fences in (there is a gate you have to go through to get in), she can let run around and do what ever I want.   She gets to sit there and watch.  Well, most of the time.   Like said earlier, sometimes I go down the slide head first on my back.   That always gets her attention.  No matter where she is standing, she always makes it to the bottom of the slide to catch me.

I get to play as long as  I like.  When I tell her I’m hungry or I want to go home, then we go for lunch or go home.  Lunch is the best.

Lately we have been going to McDonald’s.  I get a kids meal:  fries, Chicken McNuggets, and an orange drink.   I can even say orange now.

We will usually bring it home eat.   I sit in my high chair munching on french fries and watching Jac’s Big Music Show or Mickey Mouse Club on TV.   It’s great.

It’s the perfect way to end a long morning of running around.

Here’s a photo of me enjoying my french fries.

And here’s a photo of me after I have had lunch and get to relax for few minutes.

Well, that’s it for now

Thanks for stopping by and please stop by again

Anthony