Cardboard Box, Toy Hall of Fame

16 10 2007

Last year, they added the simple cardboard box to the National Toy Hall of Fame:

We let Alex play with his cardboard box earlier this week.


Time and Chance Happeneth to Them All

14 10 2007

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

We’ll miss you, Ralph.

A Fine Fall Day

14 10 2007

We’ve had great autumn weather this weekend in Seattle. The days start foggy, but by the afternoon it burns off and we’re treated to sunny skies and 60 degree weather. To top it off, the fall colors seem exceptionally pretty this year.

I took my camera with me on a solo trip to the Arboretum yesterday morning, and also in the afternoon when I took Alex to the Bryant Elementary playground. The pictures give you a good idea of what a fine fall day is like in Seattle. You can see all of the pictures here:

Here are some of my favorite shots of the day. First, on my way to the Arboretum, I stopped by "Hec Ed" pavilion at the University of Washington campus. There’s a pedestrian overpass that goes over Montlake Boulevard there. We drive under it every day to and from work, and I’ve been thinking to myself, "I’d like a picture of the fall colors from that bridge." Well, at 7:00 in the morning on a foggy fall day, there’s not a lot of light to really appreciate the colors… but I do like how the car lights turned out.

Driving in the Fog

I faced a lot more foggy weather in the arboretum. It turned out to be a better morning to look at shapes in the mist than to see fall colors, but every now and then you could see a color combination that stood out.

A Place to SitMushroomsReflected Branch

The coolest thing about a foggy day is all of the spider webs stand out as water condenses on the silk.

What Tangled Webs we Weave

The difference between the morning and the afternoon was pretty striking. Here’s the Bryant Elementary playground with the fall colors and blue skies on full display.

Playground and Fall Colors

Alex now spends more time playing with balls at the playground than he does using the slide. Most times, we can find a stray ball at the playground, but to be safe I now bring one with us. This particular day, we also found a stray frisbee. Alex had a great time chasing after the frisbee when I threw it. In a lot of ways, he really is like a puppy. Alex also really liked watching me throw the ball into the basketball hoop. Given my basketball skills, I guess that would be pretty funny to watch. Here are some of my favorite Alex pictures from the day. You’ll find five more Alex pictures if you look at the entire set. (The link again is here.)

Anyway, I sure hope the nice weather lasts!

Alex and a FrisbeeOver There!

Bubble Bath Pictures

11 10 2007

Some days, you need to remember that there’s nothing more fun than a bubble bath.


If you need a quick fix of pictures…

1 10 2007

…then you’ll need to go straight to my Flickr page:

This weekend, we went to the Prosser Harvest Festival and Hot Air Balloon Rally. I took lots of pictures, but I haven’t had time to edit all of them, upload them, and write the story of what our Saturday was like. I did upload 11 pictures. So if you want to see the work-in-progress, head over to Flickr. If you want to see the entire finished product, you’ll have to wait a day or two longer!