Monday, June 13, 2011

More Resident Wildlife

A deer deciding to brave it in the daylight and munch on the bushes in the back yards of the town homes.

One of the many resident snapping turtles that was sunning himself on the rocky beach of the pond. This one is small compared to many others we have seen.

Green Bay Zoo

After days of 50 degree rainy weather, we finally got a break of warmer weather and we ventured up to Green Bay, WI to check out their zoo. I didn't get nearly as many photos as I had wanted but here are a few.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Just Random Photos... June 2011

This blog is just a random collection of photos taken over the past week or so with no particular reason.

Well the couple days of nice weather turned sour on us and we have had several days of rain and 50 degree weather. I should be thankful that this doesn't stop Roman from being outside, but when he plays in the rain puddles and drenches himself from head to toe, it makes it harder to enjoy.

Below you can see he is breaking in his new truck. You know this must be Matt's son b/c he has to make a workout out of everything. It was too easy to push it on its wheels so he must turn it on his side and push it up and down the driveway.

His "airpane" face... we are off to locate it in the sky.

His current attraction to airplanes has him asking to read his book before he even gets out of bed in the morning. I am not sure the library will get this book back in one piece since he flips through this book dozens of times a day.
Our neighborhood frog pond that we visit frequently. Roman is sitting watching the frogs and listening to them sing to one another.
The older more experience frogs ( as seen below) show little fear of humans and will just sit there while you approach him.

Mr. Shoe-less!! I wonder why I bother putting them on him in the first place- they always find themselves thrown off. I guess I could enforce the shoe rule but I just think that part of being a kid is the freedom not to wear shoes.

My Mail Man...he loves to check the mail so we make trips to the mailbox several times a day!
Daddy helping with somersaults!
I think I was just shocked at the rarity of the photo below, that I had to capture it on film. He rarely sits still and takes in the sights...granted this really didn't last long but it was sweet while it lasted.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

In this small town of Manitowoc that we now call home, an airport exists right in our back yard. The airport activity isn't bustling so the airport doesn't cause us much disturbance but once a year they have an air show that brings in activity from all over Wisconsin and this year, even from St. Louis, MO!

Although the planes weren't exactly quiet, the view of the air show from our front yard was spectacular. No need to fight the crowds, hover over port-a-johns or pay for over priced food...just pull up a lawn chair in your yard and retreat to the comfort of your home whenever there is a lull in activity.

I am pretty sure all this air show activity is where Roman's infatuation with airplanes has begun. One nephew loved roller coasters, one sky scrapers, one the Civil War, one trains and we will see if Roman truly fills the airplane void and makes that his new passion. In the meantime I am at the library scooping up all the picture books and DVDs I can find of airplanes. The one book we have had in our home for 2 days and he has about worn out the pages looking at it over and over and over again. My new quest is to start locating nearby air shows that we can take Roman to over the summer. This may just be a fleeting passion, but for now we are having fun watching his interest grow and we are learning more about planes than we ever imagined in the process.

This plane below was SO fast that capturing a decent picture was so difficult. But it was impressive to watch.

The stealth bomber flew in from St. Louis for this show- did a quick fly over as it had 2 other air shows to attend. Always the popular one !!

The air show opened with the stealth bomber at noon. We were all outside waiting for the planes to start when Roman started saying "airpane, airpane" and I didn't respond right away b/c I heard nothing, and as he continued to rant about "airpanes" I turned around to see the Stealth right over us. Sneaky plane and very smart boy!!

I personally found it slightly disturbing that the parachutes were riddled with holes...but I guess they got the job done!
Since we had the liberty of watching the show from our front yard...the neighbors pulled out a slip and slide for the kids on this unseasonably 85 degree day!

Roman kept asking for his "towoll" after his turn down the slip and slide his skinny little self gets cold easily.
Below are just some photos from me experimenting with my camera during the lulls in the air show.

We have a resident frog pond...Roman calls them "toads"! The pond is riddled with frogs that really don't mind you coming up to say hello.

Maggie sweating it out in the heat during the show. she was just happy to be around people and FOOD!

Well it seems we may have more air shows in our future if Roman's interest in "airpanes" continues to grow.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Do all boys do this?

I am actually kind of at a loss for words for this photo....
But don't be too alarmed, we actually do offer him clean water from a cup on a regular basis!