Ian’s First Birthday!

Ian had his first birthday party on February 23 at Grandma Trudy and Grandpa Paul’s house in Sherman.

Mom and Dad went all out on the cake, spending about 4 or 5 hours creating this masterpiece. (Deconstruction went considerably faster)

Ian with Grandma Ellen

Ian with Aunt Chris

Is this a CAKE I see before me?

Eeewwwwww. yucky.

Wait a minute, this isn’t too bad!

can’t talk. mmmurlluuuuuurf.

Coming up for air


Ok, someone clean this mess up.

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New York, New York

The city so nice, they named it twice.

Katra and I went to New York for a few days to attend the Toy Industry Association toy fair, and while there we had a chance to do a little sightseeing.

The south end of Manhattan from the top of the Empire State Building. The Statue of Liberty is just visible at the upper right of the photo.

One of the residents at the top of the Empire State. There were a bunch of pigeons huddling around in a cluster near a door where warm air would blow when people went in and out.

Wall mural in the Empire State lobby.

Radio City Music Hall

Rockefeller Center, home of NBC.

The giant piano at FAO Schwartz, as featured in the Tom Hanks movie, “Big”.

Outside FAO Schwartz.

Carriage ride in Central Park

A bridge in Central Park

Katra meets a new friend

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

How about a little E.V.O.O. with that?

Cracking a joke with Satchmo

I finally find someone taller than me.

Stopping off to give Bill Gates a little business advice.

Men of Steel.

Times Square

The Hershey store at Times Square. The outside was much more impressive than the inside.

Elvis M&M, at the M&M Store.

The old church next to the World Trade Center site. This church has been around for hundreds of years (George Washington attended it when he lived in New York) but it appeared to have been completely untouched by the WTC collapse. It served as a waystation for WTC workers after the disaster, and is now a museum as tribute to those volunteers.

A hole where one of the WTC towers used to stand. After over 5 years, they haven’t gotten any farther than this.

Artist’s conception of the eventual memorial. There will be two large fountain basins where the WTC towers used to stand.

One year doctor visit

Ian had his big one-year doctor visit today. It’s no surprise to report: Ian is HUGE!

Height: 32-1/2″ (above 95th percentile)
Weight: 22 lbs, 7-1/2 oz (50th percentile)
Head: 19-1/2″ (95th percentile)

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