A sense of wonder while watching anchovies swim around an oval tank, September 17, 2011, 1:07 p.m.
Cute Robert at the Playground, September 17, 2011, 5 p.m.
Coloring at the restaurant, June 18, 2011
From Brian: Last weekend, we all went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Robert knows that it’s in Monterey, so he calls it the “Bay Aquarium.”
Robert looks into a jelly tank, June 18, 2011
Robert and the jellies, June 18, 2011
We’ve all wanted to return since our trip there in June. Robert loves it there.
Robert in a shell, June 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m.
Robert says cheese in a shell, June 18, 2011, 11:05 a.m.
Robert had three favorite parts of the aquarium. The first was the slide in the kids’ play area:
Slide 1, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
Slide 2, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
Slide 3, June 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m.
Slide 4, June 18, 2011, 11:31 a.m.
Slide 5, June 18, 2011, 11:31 a.m.
Another was a play area for little kids. (We couldn’t go there on our recent visit because it was crowded and we decided that he was too big. He was very saddened by that decision.)
Come on, Daddy, jump with me!, June 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m.
Robert with Daddy in the play area, June 18, 2011, 11:15 a.m.
Robert even found a way to spell TOY!
Robert spells Toy with Daddy's help, June 18, 2011, 11:21 a.m.
Kids can use almost anything as a TOY, June 18, 2011, 11:20 a.m.
Robert’s absolute favorite, however, were the starfish. (As soon as we entered the aquarium on Saturday, I asked, “Where are the starfish?” The lady corrected me to say that they are “sea stars.” But to Robert, they’ll be “starfish” for some time to come.)
Robert looks at a starfish or a sea star, June 18, 2011, 10:52 a.m.
Robert smiles at the starfish or sea star, June 18, 2011, 10:52 a.m.
Brittle Stars, September 17, 2011, 11:42 a.m.
It all started at the hotel the night before the aquarium. We found a sea star video on the aquarium’s web site and Robert wanted to watch it endlessly. You can watch it on your flash-enabled device at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/videos/Video.aspx?enc=0ZZ+8rD1FkbaS6rJ54LaoA==. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to embed the video here.
Robert and Daddy at the hotel at a moment when they weren't watching a sea star video, June 27, 2011, 9:09 p.m.
From that video, you could see Robert’s favorite type of sea star called a “bat star.”
Beanie touches a bat star 1, September 17, 2011, 11:47 a.m.
Beanie touches a bat star 2, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.
Beanie beholds bat stars, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.
Robert loves the bat stars, September 17, 2011, 11:48 a.m.
After the aquarium, we shopped briefly. Here’s Robert on a mechanical horse at the outlet mall:
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nzw-0N5KC2A on your mobile device)
Then afterward we played at Dennis the Menace Playground.
Happy at Dennis the Menace Playground, September 17, 2011, 4:22 p.m.
A funny look at a fun place, September 17, 2011, 4:21 p.m.
Climbing a structure with Mommy behind, September 17, 2011, 4:25 p.m.
He liked this spiral slide a lot, September 17, 2011, 4:25 p.m.
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeZqGhKQG7M on your mobile device)
Robert and Daddy climb a bridge over a giant slide, September 17, 2011, 4:15 p.m.
This was his favorite slide, September 17, 2011, 4:20 p.m.
(or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB2b-RjTeSY on your mobile device)
Close-up, September 17, 2011, 5 p.m.
This past weekend, we were fortunate that we could stay at Shannon’s vacation home. When we returned home, for a couple of days, Robert declared, “I don’t live here anymore.” He thought that he moved to Shannon’s.
In fact, in the dark early this morning, Robert scampered into our bedtime crying and whimpering, muttering, “Shannon…” I asked if he was dreaming and he said yes. I think that he dreamt that he was at Shannon’s and woke disoriented. Poor Beanie!