Saturday, May 31, 2008

Company Picnic at the National Zoo

My company had their annual picnic at the National Zoo this year. As usual, it was a hit with the kids and the kids at heart. This time was quite memorable because a huge storm cell passed through as we were eating under the picnic canopy. As it was passing through most of the zoo goers went home leaving the zoo empty after the storm passed. We walked around the animal houses at our own leisurely pace free of crowds. It was wonderful!

Some of the more memorable moments were Samara fist bumping a gorilla through glass, Logan getting super excited about a toad on the zoo grounds, dashing through the down pore to get Logan to the bathroom, Samara afraid of standing by herself in an elevator, and cows mooing in our faces.

Monday, May 26, 2008

National Aquarium in Baltimore - Memorial Day

We visited the Aquarium today with my parents, Bruce, Julie, and Colter. We got there early so as to avoid walking around during Tiffany's peak icky time - anytime after noon pretty much.

The aquarium was great... blah, blah, blah. The real story here is Samara. She earned a new nickname that day and Tiffany and I are making it stick - "Mini-T". Now for those who we're not really buddy-buddy with we'll just say Mini-T is another way of calling her "Mini Tiffany" because she looks like Tiffany when Tiffany was a child. For those who are familiar with our family (this includes you) we'll tell them the real meaning of Mini-T...ready?

...Miniature Terrorist...

She was a-b-s-o-l-u-t-e-l-y horrible! She would've completely wrecked the trip for Tiffany and I if it weren't for my parents who were able to bear some of the burden. It was unbelievable. The child could not be contained. She'd try to run off to who knows where and would go into fits of rage if you tried to pick her up and hold her. I watched in slow motion once as my glasses flew off my face and came within mere inches of going over the railing and into the stingray pool as her flailing arms assaulted my face. She fought us tooth and nail every step of the way.

Of course you can't take strollers into the aquarium, theres just too many people and too little room. That would've been nice because we could've strapped her down and there would've been an ever so slight chance that she took a nap that she so desperately needed. Within ten minutes of being there we knew it was going to be a nightmare and my mother actually turned around and headed back to a gift shop to see if they sold any of those kid backpacks with the leash attached. Of course they didn't (but I now have a great business plan.)

Go ahead check out the pictures, none of them capture the fury of the day. Don't let the sweet innocent looking face deceive you, she really is a Mini-T.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Slow Stick Flying

We're up at Grandma and Grandpa Spencers for the weekend. Dad put up a volleyball net in the backyard so of course I decided to fly my plane under it. Then I got the bright idea of trying to fly a loop under and over the volleyball net. It took a few tries but I finally got it.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I took a half day off of work to go out fishing on the Chesapeake with my coworkers. This is about the end of the big rockfish in the bay as they're heading out to the coasts of New England to find cooler water, not to return until the fall. The trip was nearly a perfect day out on the bay. The limit this time of year is one fish per person and we had ten people on board. We caught eight keepers within a couple of hours (which is super fast for spring fishing) and then spent the next two hours trying to catch the last two. We caught the ninth fish, but never reached our max of ten. We also caught about a dozen or so smaller fish that had to be thrown back because they were too small. So even though we only kept nine fish we each reeled in more than just one.