28 March 2010

Reading the Directions

Anders recently found the instruction manual to our (or really his) electronic thermometer and started reading it. He wasn't reading it as you would expect - flipping pages and looking at pictures - but rather it seemed like he was trying to imitate how an adult would read it. It's pretty hilarious.

He's never done this at all with his own books. I wonder where he got the idea?

- Mike, Corinne and Anders Rocket
Date: March 28, 2010

20 March 2010

Cannon Beach

It's been three months since we visited my parents at Christmas, so it must be time for them to visit Anders.

We drove in to Portland and met my parents for dinner at Screen Door, which is currently one of our favorite restaurants in the city. Corinne decided that we should split a slice of their ban-offee (banana creme) pie. But about a quarter of the way through the piece, she decided that I needed to get my own piece; she didn't want to share.

My parents had never been to the Oregon coast, so after dinner we continued west to spend a few days in Cannon Beach. I had rented a small cottage for us that was within walking distance of both the downtown and the beach. The cottage was small, but it was just the right size to act as our "home base" while we explored.

The biggest attraction in Cannon Beach is, well, the beach. So that was the place to start. Despite it being March, the weather was actually sunny and warm. We walked from the cottage to the beach for a great view of Haystack Rock, the signature feature of Cannon Beach.

Anders loved walking on the beach and playing in the sand. He probably doesn't have much memory of his previous visit to the beach last summer.

He wasn't quite as excited about the surf, particularly after dad misjudged the size of one of the waves and Anders fell backwards into the water. Oops. (Corinne watched the whole thing happen with a camera in her hand, but she managed to neither prevent the accident nor catch it on film! Oh well.) It's a good thing that the cottage was within walking distance for some dry clothes.

After our walk on the beach, we left Cannon Beach and headed south to Tillamook and the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Corinne has fond memories of a 1992 family trip to Tillamook and the fudge and cheese curds that she ate on that visit. During our last trip through the town of Tillamook, the cheese factory was actually closed, so this time it was a primary destination. We took the factory tour, sampled some cheese, and bought cheese, cheese curds and fudge to take home. (The fudge definitely did not live up to Corinne's expectations, but I was not surprised.)

And we ended with some Tillamook ice cream. Anders likes ice cream!

Debbie had recommended a place across the street from the Tillamook factory that makes sausage and jerky, so that was our next stop. Debby D's is one of those old-school, family operated shops. After we finished sampling the wares, we took home some beef sticks, sausage, and salmon jerky to go with our cheese.

We returned to Cannon Beach and walked to dinner at Morris' Fireside Restaurant. (Note: Oddly, their website highlights that they didn't have restrooms until 1976.)

The following morning we went out for breakfast at the Lazy Susan Cafe.

After breakfast we walked back to the beach. This time we walked all the way to Haystack Rock, although I think we carried Anders at least part of the way.

With my dad's two new hips, he had no problem with all of the walking that we did. He brought his cane with him just in case, and Anders thought it was pretty cool.

After a couple days in Cannon Beach, we drove back to Trout Lake for a few days of relaxation at home.

On this trip my parents actually spent a day on either end exploring Portland, including talking to a realtor and looking at real estate. Maybe the long-rumored Daly family move to the west coast might happen after all! Now if only the NJ housing market would pick up a little bit so that they can sell their current place...

- Mike, Corinne, and Anders Rocket
Date: March 20, 2010

13 March 2010


Kids are such sponges for information. It doesn't take too long for Anders to pick up on things. While we were in NJ visiting my family around Christmas, my mom had a "tea party" with Anders and inadvertently taught him to make an "aah" expression of refreshment after drinking his tea. He hasn't been "aah"-ing after drinking from his sippy cups but now that he is drinking from regular cups, he has remembered his Christmas "lesson". (We didn't remind him!)

...and the result several months later:

- Mike, Corinne, and Anders Rocket
Date: March 13, 2010

12 March 2010

Granny's Knit Hat

Granny is the mother of my uncle by marriage, so not my grandmother but my cousin's grandmother. But I grew to know Granny when I lived with my Aunt and Uncle during my senior year of high school and then spent time with her at many of our family holiday gatherings over the years. She knit a hat for Anders when she was 98 and just a few months before she passed away.

Anders is not a fan of hats and usually won't keep them on for even 5 seconds. We are working on that so that we can shade his fair skin in summer and keep him warm in winter. But he must have known that this hat was special because he wore it for 15 minutes. I guess it was his tribute to Granny!

- Corinne, Mike, and Anders Rocket
Date: March 12, 2010

10 March 2010


Anders has a book that he received as part of a Kindermusik class that he and I took for some good father and son time. One night I was reading the book to him before bed, and I came to the lines: "Sometimes I go Do-Si, sometimes I go Do". Naturally, the authors were referring to do-si-do, but I took it in the direction that seemed obvious to me - The Simpsons direction, i.e. "doh." Anders thought it was hilarious. We must have repeated that page 20 times that night.

It starts to get a little less cute around 2'20" when the "fake laughing" starts. But the fact that he tries fake laughing in order to keep it going is endearing.

- Mike, Corinne and Anders Rocket
Date: March 10, 2010

06 March 2010


During a recent trip weekend trip to Seattle, we decided to spend a day exploring the flower fields in the Skagit Valley. Rather than driving our own cars, we decided to rent a mini-van for the day so that all of us could fit in one vehicle for the trip: Mike, Corinne, Anders, Donna, Leif, Carol and Mark. Family roadtrip!

We started off at the Calico Cupboard in La Conner for some breakfast, including cinnamon rolls, coffee, conversation, and coloring.

The Skagit Valley is well known for its fields of flowers; apparently the environment is very similar to that of The Netherlands, and many Dutch immigrants settled there to continue their flower growing operations. It was too early and cold for the tulips to be in bloom - the annual Tulip Festival wasn't for another several weeks - but the daffodils were in full bloom.

So of course, we had to stop and let Anders enjoy the flowers - not to mention indulge his photo-happy parents.

Anders seemed more interested in the dirt than the flowers. Go figure.

Before returning, we just had to stop at the Snow Goose Produce Market for some ice cream - offered in "immodest" sizes, as the road sign advertised. Even their smallest size was more than any of us really needed; in fact, Leif asked them to stop scooping about halfway through his small. But the best part was that the ice cream was served in freshly made waffle cones. Yum.

We already knew that Anders liked ice cream, but at this stop we discovered that according to Anders, Chocolate > Coconut > Mint Chocolate Chip.

A fun road trip!

- Corinne, Mike, and Anders Rocket
Date: March 6, 2010