Thursday, November 26, 2015

The 'Story Bowl'...

My Dad went to Tampa, FL, and came back with a Gift for me...
He Says it is a 'Story Bowl'.
I asked Dad, "What is a 'Story Bowl"?
Well– it is Something that I Just Made-Up... but See if you Like my Story.
You Can Make-Up your Very Own Story too, Ryan.

This Bowl is from Japan and it is Made of a Beautiful, Translucent Porcelain.
It is Very Pretty to Gaze Upon.
When I Saw this Bowl, I Thought of you, Ryan, because there is a
Happy Little Bear on the Inside Bottom of the Bowl.
This Bear is Carrying Cherries– and I Know that you Love to Eat Cherries...

Then I Looked at the Outside of the Beautiful Bowl and Saw that the 
Little Bear Fell Down and Spilled All of his Cherries.
He Looked Shocked and Surprised and Perhaps he was Sad, too.

I Know that you have had Accidents and Sometimes Bad Things have Happened to you...
so you have Experienced Those Feelings.

When I Turned the Bowl to Look at the Other Side, I Saw that this Little Bear
had Picked-Up All of his Spilled Cherries and he was So Happy
that he Was Rolling Around on the Ground with a Huge Smile on his Face!

Then I Thought about how After you Have Been Sad, you can Recover from your Saddness.
Sometimes you can Do Just a Little Thing (like quickly gather-up your spilled cherries), 
to Be Happy Again.
Sometimes, you Have to Wait Awhile to Be Happy 'Cause What Happened to you 
Can Not be So Easily Fixed.
Sometimes, you Just Have to Be Sad and That is O.K.
Then, Usually– after Awhile, Something Good Occurs and Life 'Feels Like' you've Gathered-Up your
Spilled Cherries and you Can Be Happy Again.

And at the Very Bottom of the Bowl I Saw a Joyous Little Bear who
Reminded me of How you are Usually So Happy and So Very Lively, Ryan.

 And Since this Little Bowl Had Pictures of Cherries on it...
I Thought that it Would be *Perfect* to Serve you your Favorite Treat–
Vanilla bean Ice Cream with Whipped Cream and a Cherry on it!

Thanks, Dad!
Thank you for the 'Story Bowl', and for the Story that you Told me.
Thank you for the Vanilla bean Ice Cream with Whipped Cream and a Cherry on it!

After I Eat my Ice Cream, I'm Going to Make-Up a Story About a Little Bear
who is Gathering-Up Cherries for his Friend, the Squirrel–
and how his Friend the Squirrel Helps Him Pick-Up the Cherries
After he Drops them. 
Then they Both Go and Hide the Cherries in the Big Tree where the Squirrel Lives
so that they Can Have Them to Eat in the Winter... and if they Both Work Hard Enough,
they can Save Enough Cherries to Share with their Other Friends and Have a Party!

Excellent Story, Ryan! 
Perhaps you Can Share your 'Story Bowl' with your Sister, Pinkie, and with your Friends?
And They Can Make-Up Their Own Stories with it!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ryan – Under the Microscope

Good Morning, Ryan!
I've Got a Surprise for you Today!

What Kind of Surprise, Daddy?
It is an Adventure, Ryan.

Well– then I will Put On my Explorer's Outfit.
These are my Favorite Clothes to Wear for an Adventure!

Oh– Dad!  It's a Book about BUGS! And it has a 3-D Cover!!
Bugs are One of my Very Favorite Subjects to Explore!

Did you Know that Bugs have been around for over 4oo Million Years?
Even before Dinosaurs, there were Bugs.
This is Interesting–. 
Bugs Arouse my Curiosity because there are So Many Types of Them.

Well– Do you Remember when we Went on on Vacation Out West this Summer, Ryan?

We went to the Small Town of Florissant, Colorado, where there is a Unique Quarry in the Hillside.
The Stone in that Quarry is Fine-Grained Shale that is Very Special.

Yes, Dad.  I Remember that we Visited a Quarry in Florissant, Colorado.

And I Remember the Quarry in the Hillside, Dad.

I Remember that they Had Trucks to Play with...

Do you Remember us Looking at the Shale Stone while we were There?

Remember How they Gave you Tools to Split the Fine-Grained Shale into Thin Pieces?

Yes.  I Remember that I Found Pieces of Tree...

...and Leaves That Looked Very Real...

Yes.  Those were Fossilized Tree Leaves that Were Preserved in Perfect Shape
from When they Fell onto the Damp Ground 400 Million Years Ago...

Plus, I Remember we Found small Branches from Trees and Stems of Plants... 

Do you Remember What Else we Found at the Florissant Quarry, Ryan?
Remember Using your Magnifying Glass That I Gave you?
Was it Insects, Daddy?
Yes. Very Tiny Bugs!

Here, Ryan.
Let's Look into our Microscope and we can See
the Very Tiny Bugs that were Fossilized 400 Million Years ago. 

Wow!  These Ancient Bugs Look Just Like 
the Bugs I See Around us Every Day!

This is Really Incredible!
It is Amazing that these Bugs were Around  Over 300 Million Years 
Before the Dinosaurs Even Existed.

I Can Really See the Fossilized Bugs Quite Well with our Microscope.  
Bugs Have Not Really Changed Much Over a Very, Very Long Time, –have they, Dad?

No, they Haven't, Ryan.

I Love Exploring and Learning New Things, Dad!
I'm Happy that you Love to Explore and Learn about Many Things, Ryan.
Have Fun Using our Microscope to Study about Ancient, Fossilized Bugs!
When you are Finished, Please Call  for me and I'll Help you Put our Microscope Away.
O.K. I Will Call for you When I'm Done, Dad!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tree House Ryan

Oh– What a Wonderful Old Tree House, Ryan!

May I Climb Up Into it, Dad?
Yes, Ryan.  Mr. D. said that we Could Enjoy this Tree House While we are Visiting him.
He Built it 23 Years Ago for his Daughters who are now at College.
It was Extraordinarily Well-Built to Last so Very Long!

I Want to Climb Up, Dad.

You'll Have to Jump to Reach that First Rung of the Ladder, Ryan!
You Can Do It, Lad!

I'm Doing It , Dad!!! You were Right!
I CAN Do It!

Just a Little Bit More...

I'm There...


What's THAT, Dad?!

THAT is a Trap Door, Ryan!
Wait for me and I'll Open it Up for you...

I'll Never Get Up There by Myself, Dad!

Well– Just Ask and I Will Help you, Ryan.
There you Are, Buddy!

We Made it Up Into the Tree House, Dad!
Yes, we Did, Ryan.

That Trap Door was Difficult
and I Really Appreciate your Help, Daddy.
I'm Pleased to have Helped you, Ryan.

It's Very Nice Here, Dad.

Kind'a High Up Though!!

Really High Up, in Fact!

Oh Boy!
I Know What you Can Do!! Why Don't you Try 'Rapelling', Ryan?!
What's 'Rapelling', Daddy?
Here– I'll Show you––

Daddy Will Just Tie This Rope Around you in a Special Way...
...and you Leap Off Toward the Ground...
...and Daddy Will Control the Speed of your Descent...


You're KIDDING–– Aren't you, Daddy??!!
No– for REAL–– Try it!! I've Done it Before– It's FUN!!

You're SERIOUS????  Aren't you, Dad??!!
I Wouldn't Allow you to Come to Harm, Ryan. –You Know That...
Well–– That's TRUE, Dad.

So– I 'Just Climb Over This Railing'...
...then I Just Allow myself to Fall Downward...
...and I Can Count on you... (my Beloved Father)
to Make me Go Down Slowly So I Don't Get Hurt...
–– Right?!––

Since you Put it That Way...!

!!!!!  –––– AAAAAAHH –––– !!!!
!!!  ...EEEEEKK...  !!!

There, Ryan!!
I've Even Pulled you Back Up!!!
You Alright, Ryan??!!

Hey, Dad...!!
Yes, Ryan...
––Let's Do it AGAIN!!!––

That Was Fun, Dad!

It Was Thrilling, Actually!!!

I'm Glad you 'Trusted' me, Ryan.
...And your 'Trust' Allowed you to Have a Good Time...

Let's Make a Shadow 'Heart' for Mommy, Ryan...
That's Pretty, Daddy...!

I've Really Enjoyed Playing in this Old Tree

Come On–
Let's Go Down Now, Ryan...
...I've Got Something Nice For you...

How About if I Push you On This Swing for Awhile, Buddy??
–OH!  That Would Be NICE, Dad...


That Was Fun, Dad.

I Love This Old Tree...

...and Mr. D's Really Cool Tree House, too...

It is So Nice Enjoying the Sunset
After Our Tree House Adventure...
––Ah... One More Thing, Ryan..........!!!

Did I Mention That There is a 'Zip Line'????!!!!
!!!!!  –––– AAAAAAHH –––– !!!!
!!!  ...EEEEEKK...  !!!