Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mighty Elliott at Bat

A swing and... 

It's out of the park! Joy in Mudville!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Day with Jules!

So what did Jules want to do on his day with Daddy? Go flying! So we did. 
  
After a drive to Kitty Hawk, NC, we arrived at a hang gliding school!


Paying close attention in class. Jules asked, "How do we make it go higher?"

 Watching the equipment demonstration

 Trekking out to the dunes

 Anticipating the first flight!

Hooked in and ready to rock

 
Woohoo!!


 
 This is AWESOME!

Making use with a fellow pilot of the time between flights

 
Since Daddy was there, he figured he might as well give it a go himself!

Jules soaring into glory


Monday, July 28, 2014

Jules Dreams of Taking Flight

Jules really wants to fly. I feel terrible when he asks me earnestly, "Can we build a plane and fly around in it this weekend?" or hear "I want to make a spaceship and go to the moon, where do we get the materials?" or "Maybe I can fly with my glider." I'm not exactly sure how to explain the complexities of such things without dulling his eagerness and enthusiasm. Case in point:

Jules figured if his glider can fly, it should be a simple matter of his riding along with it in order to take flight. I suggested he merely hang on to it and run, but he was insistent that he had to be tied to it. I recommended he try jumping off the stoop with it before attempting to take off from a larger drop. Or, better yet, trying it with something else attached to it other than him. Thankfully, he also thought this would be prudent.

Here he is prior to some trials with the glider attached to a bucket, to be launched from the deck. Fortunately, this exercise convinced him his glider might not be sufficient to make him fly.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Day with Elliott!

Since Jules will be entering kindergarten in the Fall, and our daycare arrangements will be changing, I wanted to take the opportunity to take some time off from work to spend some time with each boy individually. Elliott was up first. I asked him what he wanted to do, and he said he'd like to go to the aquarium. So that's what we did!

Balancing on the brick line 

If it's what Elliott wants to do, there'll be food involved! 

Wow! They have water at the aquarium! 

And a giant sea turtle! 

At the 4D movie 

Hey fishy! High five! 

Look, I manipulated my Dad into buying me candy! 

Fishes and turtles, oh my! 

Gamin' the Caiman 

Fluorescent froggies 

I love the ocean, you can tinkle, nobody knows

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fearless Boatmen!

Somehow Jules and Elliott got it in their heads they wanted to make some boats. Perhaps their inspiration was our recent outing to the Cardboard Boat Regatta, or perhaps our visit to Tante Emmy and Oom Jan?

Design, assembly, and decoration 

Carrying the boats to the creek for testing 

Approaching the boat launch 

Hoisting up the sail 

Following the breaking of some expensive champagne bottles
 on the hulls, the boats were launched 

The initial seaworthiness check did not go well 

However, it was determined the boats could be used as 
towed barges back and forth across the creek 

Until the sodden cardboard failed structurally 

Thus, the boats met their final resting place