Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gabriel's Great Big Busy Day

We had a great but very busy day today. We started at Tanglewood Farm. It has all miniatures breeds of animals - ponies, sheep, goats, etc. - except for Tiny, the thirty pound Flemish rabbit, not to be confused with Welsh Rabbit, which is something quite different (and has nothing to do with rabbit).

After a nap, we went to Greenwood Gardens, an assisted living facility in Marietta, to visit our friend Ms. Goodhart, who is having her "23rd" birthday on Sunday. We celebrated both birthdays together with some of the other residents and the activities director, who realized that she'd met Matthew once at a get-together, coincidentally.

Our next stop was Chuck E. Cheese's, where "Bam" and "Pa-Pa" were waiting for us after taking the end of the day off from work. We thought Gabriel would stick to the rides, but it turns out that he is quite the air hockey player! He instinctively knew exactly how to play and went on to beat his Daddy soundly. He then took on Skee-ball and actually scored some points. He opened a few presents, and then it was off to our next stop.

Since today is Wednesday, we had a softball game to attend. We figured that Gabriel would love to go, so M decided to play even though it was the Chipster's big day. He did have a blast, although we could tell that he was starting to tire.

He wasn't too tired, however, to eat some Sweet Cream ice cream at Cold Stone. He gulped down his kid-sized cup while we were waiting for the rest of our order, and we took ours to go.

At home, Gabriel opened a couple more presents. His main present from us is his own Craftsman workbench. He got right to work with his new tools and installed a few bolts onto the bench itself. He took some time to play with some of his other birthday gifts, and he and Mommy had a little jam session.

You can see our entire album of digital photos from today here.