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Mar 5, 2011

Trip to Indy

We took Ian to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the first time last weekend. It went a lot better than I expected… sometimes Ian gets shy and clingy when we’re in public, but he was the exact opposite over there. Mal’s parents came with us and I think it turned out to be a pretty good day.

We spent most of our time in an exhibit called Playscapes that is for children 5 and under. Ian had a good time playing with water, sand, a kitchen, a construction Bobcat and lots of climbing the stairs in the treehouses. I think stairs are a novelty item for him since we don’t have any.

Ian is still talking about the choo-choos that he saw in the train exhibit. He walked through there with Grandpa John and I think they both had a good time.

I am still fascinated by the big water clock in the front of the museum. I remember staring at it for a long time when I went there as a kid. It was a lot bigger in my head… but I’ve grown a little bit in the years since I’ve been there.

The glass tower art installation was pretty neat… I took way too many pictures of it. Speaking of pictures, there are more from this trip over on my Flickr page.

Ian wasn’t very interested in the big dinosaur skeletons on display in the Dinosphere exhibit, but he had a great time playing toy dinosaurs with Grandpa John.

The Dora and Diego exhibit was a madhouse. I think the adults all enjoyed the other exhibits more. Something about the older kids yelling and running around the little kids… oh well. Before I know it Ian will be one of those older kids stressing everyone out.

Ian played in the little garden area for quite a while…

We took a quick walk through some of the other areas of the museum but they were pretty packed and Little Man was well past his nap time so we just kept on going.

My favorite part was seeing Ian have fun. He walked like a big boy and talked like a big boy and played like a big boy… he even tried to take some pictures. I don’t think my job is in danger anytime soon, but seeing him look through the camera really makes me smile.

Here’s one of Ian’s pictures from my point and shoot camera… the rest were mostly of the floor and his legs. We’ll work on his composition later.

He must have played hard… he was passed out in the back seat before we even got out of town.

It was a fun trip and I definitely see us going back again…

Feb 3, 2010

Riding shotgun with Grampy

When I was a little kid I used to love riding along with my Grandpa Darrell, or Grampy, on his business trips to Chicago. He would pick me up at home and we’d drive north to several businesses in the suburbs and in the city. His business card claimed he worked for a printing company, but for a while I’d always imagined that he was a spy delivering secret documents to other undercover agents. Who would suspect a quiet-mannered Midwestern grandfather in a Ford Probe?

As I was driving to one of my assignments for work I realized I was slowly turning into Grampy. Not in a deeply profound way, just a “wow, this is a little weird” kind of thing.¬†Some of my earliest memories come from riding shotgun with Grampy, so it only makes sense that I see some of his patterns in my own daily routines.

Despite the fact that neither of our job descriptions include the words taxi driver or chauffeur, most of our time for work is spent on the road. We both put more miles on our cars in a year than most people do in three or four. Almost all of that time is spent listening to talk radio or the occasional ball game. My cupholder is always stocked with a fresh Diet Coke. My chap stick, change, gum and toothpicks are all in their own particular spots in my car. I keep a detailed log when I fill up my tank and track my mileage religiously. I know the best places to eat along almost any stretch of road in Illinois.

Of course a few things are a little different… I can make a phone call without having to pull over and stick the giant magnetic antenna from my bag phone on the roof of my car. Grampy’s music was a little more Southern Gospel and mine leans more toward alternative rock. His atlas is my GPS…

Some family members are the kind of people that tell hundreds of stories and try to load your head with advice on any subject under the sun. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention (which is a huge possibility), but I don’t remember Grampy as that kind of person. He was more of a “lead-by-example” kind of guy.

Hopefully I’m following along in those footsteps too. Even if he wasn’t a spy.

Jan 11, 2010

Laughing Like a Big Boy

Ian will turn six months later this week and he is growing up so fast on his way there… in the past couple of weeks he’s started sitting up on his own, drinking from a sippy-cup and now he’s started this big boy laughter. He giggled and smiled a lot, but never this kind of laughing. I honestly can’t stop watching it… even when the flu had me feeling miserable this clip would make me smile.

(I recommend clicking the little arrows and the HD symbol in the bottom right of the video above to watch it full screen.)

A few people have asked what made him laugh so hard… so here’s a little glimpse of his Daddy with a Diet Mt. Dew box on his head.

Apparently I’m pretty funny looking…

Jan 1, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Palmer

Mal and I went to my cousin Katie’s wedding Wednesday night. It was nice to see family that we hadn’t seen for a while.

We were curious to see what a wedding at First Assembly would look like. It’s not a very “churchy” building, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was impressed with how the lights and candles helped make the room feel smaller and more intimate.

I’m still not sure how I went 27 years without having to go to a wedding in the church my entire family has been raised in…Oh well.

Congrats to Katie and Micheal, we wish you guys the best.

Dec 28, 2008

Anderson Trip

See what I did there? Trip? Am I just talking about the drive with Mal’s family to visit family in Anderson, Ind., Saturday morning or about Kevin’s little mishap with his son’s Ripstick?

Probably both… I hope he didn’t hurt himself too bad because his aerial acrobatics were pretty funny to watch.

We had a good time with everyone up there. We had lots of good food, fun stories and a few games.

I’ll update with some more pictures later today… our power has gone out three times while trying to post this little blurb, so I’m going to sleep for a few hours and then try again in the morning.

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