Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Weekend

Turns out Eliana is a pro at frisbee throwing!

Evan and Eliana like to play in their 'Tree Fort' in the front yard.

We had fun dying Easter eggs yesterday in the backyard. Eliana is red because she had just finished crying. But they both had a great time dying and decorating the eggs.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Last Snow?

Saturday March 23rd

Monday, March 25th, same place.

Yes, this March has been rather unpredictable. It's been unusually cold. Or maybe, it's how it's supposed to be in March. I don't know. One thing's for sure; it's been cold nearly every day. So when it snowed Monday, I figured we'd try and take advantage of what may be the last snow of the season. So we went to Rose Tree Park, and tried to get some sledding in. The snow was really slushy, which is not good for sledding, you slide a few feet then come to an abrupt stop. 

By the time we were done, all of our clothes were soaking wet, their poor hands freezing cold, but we had fun! After this we went to Dunkin Donuts for donuts and hot chocolate!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Evan's First Baseball Clinic

On St. Patrick's Day, Evan went to his first indoor baseball 'clinic.' It's sort of like an organized practice session for all the 4-6 year olds who are playing baseball this year. Evan got dressed up in his Phillies
sweatshirt and hat, and was ready to go. When we got there, it was pretty chaotic, dozens of kids running around the gym in all directions, (some colliding,) throwing their gloves in the air, screaming, throwing themselves into the padded wall. Evan just stayed close to my side and watched. The 'coach' came out after a few minutes and tried to have the kids line up on either side of the gym. Trying to get 50 4-6 year olds to line up is harder than you'd think. Each kid on Evan's side of the gym got a ball, and on the coaches cue. had to throw it to the kids on the other side. Of course balls went flying in all directions, kids on the other side were sliding and diving trying to get the balls, but Evan made a pretty good throw. Then all of the kids on the other side get their turn, tossing the ball over to our side. I was impressed how Evan got down on one knee, put his glove down and scooped up a ball right away.

Then it was time to run the bases. The coach had a few kids play the infield positions, (pitcher, 1st base, 2nd base, shortstop, and 3rd base.) The coach was in the catcher position, and would throw the ball into the infield as though it were a hit, and the kid at home plate would have to run to first base as fast as he could. All the kids were lined up against the wall waiting for a turn, so I was explaining to Evan what to do; "Ok, Evan, when the coach throws the ball, where are you going to run to?" Evan: "First base!"
We got to the front of the line and the coach look at Evan and says, "Ok, you go out and play defense, you be the Pitcher." So I helped Evan get out there and I quietly said to him, "Evan, if the ball comes to you, just throw it to that kid over there." (First Base.) Evan seemed to understand, so I went over to the sideline with the other dads and nervously watched as Evan stood out there by himself.

Here's the video of what happened:

Obviously, Daddy is very proud. He probably thinks it's no big deal, but it's totally a big deal.
Great job Evan!

Friday, March 15, 2013

America's Got Talent (Pretend)

So one cold day back in February, we were playing in the park near my apartment. The kids came across a stage and wanted me to record them dancing. I only had my phone, so this was all shot on my iPhone. Also, there was no music, I added the music in editing, they were just dancing to whatever song was in their head. Evan wanted me to announce them coming on stage, just like America's Got Talent, then tell them whether or not they made the cut, as you can see from this performance, they did. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Adventure Aquarium Video

Daddy's 40th Birthday at Adventure Aquarium

Yesterday I turned 40. Not a big deal. I took Evan and Eliana to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. This wasn't their first time there, but I think they appreciated it a lot more this time. They got a chance to pet the sting rays, and see quite a few sharks super close up. The aquarium has an incredible 'shark tunnel' that goes right through the shark tank, and the sharks swim directly overhead. Incredible experience for people of any age. 

Just a few blocks away from the Aquarium is the Battleship New Jersey, which is quite an impressive sight. Evan really wanted to 'fire the cannon' but the ship was closed for tours. I worked on a music video here back in February, so they let me on board the ship to take some photos. It was really really windy and cold, so we didn't stay long.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

...And We're Back!

Yes! Finally. I got my computer back today after a long stay at the repair shop. It had a whole host of problems. The screen was starting to detatch from the rest of the computer, my wifi went dead, and finally the screen went blank. I was able to get it repaired, but since I've gotten this computer in 2009, I think I've almost paid the cost of the thing in repairs twice over! No matter. I have it back, and I can resume posting wonderful stories and photos of the kids. Like this one from tonight. My babies sleeping.