Quinnbot

Every year for Halloween Sundance School does a costume parade with a special theme.  This years theme was Outer Space.  After much deliberation, our family of three decided on a robot costume for both Sundance and Halloween.  We started with an inspiration picture we found on the internet and took off from there.    The creative team of Don & Amy were pretty pleased with our final product. Quinnbot was just about over the moon and would have gone to bed in the costume if we had let him.

Here's Quinnbot trying on the costume yesterday before papa shortened the arms.  


Here's a close up of the front.  The base is a rubbermaid container painted with a hammered silver spray paint.  The arms are dryer vents that Don really cleverly attached to the box so that Quinnbot could still move his arms around.  We added battery operated lights, pictures and signs printed off the internet and  little reflectors.  


The back is so cute.  Quinnbot really like the "Danger Robot" warning.   We held the whole thing together with some adhesive velcro straps covered with duct tape.


Quinnbot is pretty happy with what he sees.




Here are some scenes from the Costume Parade today.   It was great to see Quinnbot so excited about his costume and the parade.  This is his first year of even remotely liking a costume.

Here comes Miss Bess' yellow group.  Miss Bess is on the left and school founder, Miss Terry, is on the right.  You can see Quinnbot 2nd in line.




He is so happy!  The hat is a spray painted oxyclean bucket with two reflectors and a spring out the top.   He even got some new tennis shoes that light up.


The class (and parents) paraded around the whole school.




Time to line up for the papa and mamarazzi!




All the other classes were in different places around the school to watch the parade.  They were all cheering and clapping the kids in costume.  I heard lots of kids talking about the robot :)


Then it was up on stage in the auditorium.


Don and I put alot of time and effort in to the costume but it was a well worth it to see Quinnbot so excited!   We love you little robot!


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3D in NYC

Stacey captured this great shot of us getting ready to watch the 3D movie Ice Worlds at the Central Park Zoo.





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This Week

This week our little man started sleeping in his own bed and he's pretty pleased with himself for doing so.  Most nights he works his way to the "big bed" at some point but spends most of the night in his room.

This week our little man learned how to unclip himself out of his car seat (once we were in the garage).

Yesterday our little man walked in the door, unzipped his jacket, and hung it on his hook in the closet.  All this without a word from me.

Also this week he decided that he would only wear shirts with pictures of guitars on them because he's a Rock Star!  Fortunately rock star tshirts are in this season so I've been scooping them up where ever I can find them.  I think we have 3 and I just ordered these this morning.





This week our little man turned in to a shark....


and took a self portrait...


and directed mama to the top of the stairs for a photo shoot...


and snapped a picture of papa when he got home from work...


and played with his friend Lucas in the mud...


and walked right by the bathroom and out the front door to do this.  Let's hope it rains soon.


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Ten Minutes Before Leaving for School

This is what Quinn looks like 10 minutes before we have to leave for school.  He got to bed at a decent time and had a good night's sleep but he didn't want to wake up this morning.  I eventually got him going by promising a rock star tshirt and seeing his friends at school.  



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Down the Shore

We were so happy to have Mae visit for Quinn's birthday.  Quinn loves his Mae and they always have such fun together.  We were fortunate to have a couple of days of really spectacular weather while Mae was here so, along with the rest of NJ, we got in one last day at the beach.  Quinn had a very happy day digging in the sand, building waterfalls and mountains with Mae, chasing waves with papa, and just doing that boy stuff he loves to do.  It couldn't have been a more perfect Birthday day!

Don had his first experience swimming in Jersey waters.  Yes, the itchiness followed.





















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Ready, Set, Go



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