Its that time of year again, ECCC has come upon us again! This year, was pretty excited to add to my “wall of Star Trek cast member” photos…got a 2-fer this year! First things first, we had to costume up the little monster. Put her in a super cute Batgirl outfit, sparkly skirt, costume top, even had a cape! Then Daddy, Evie, Michael, Rien, Joseph, and Chris headed to the convention hall for some good times!
One of Daddys favorites was there, Sir Patrict Stewart! (for those not in the know…he was Captain Pacard from Star Trek The Next Generation, Professor X from the X-Men movies, bunch of voices from American Dad, Family guy and a TON of other stuff). He was a super nice guy, was sweet to Evie (she wasn’t quite as enamored by Froggy, the guy taking the photos…he was trying to get her to smile…she was more just perplexed at his actions).
Also there was Walter Koenig, he played Chekov from the original Star Trek series and was Bester from Babylon 5. He was very quiet, looks awful tired, and had a bandage on his face. He was nice, but I think the throngs of nerds and fans from 3 days of a sold out convention were taking its toll).
We ran into some friends while running around, Jessica and Olivia! We were eating some lunch, playing around down by the fountains. The kids have been fantastic so far, but have been stuck in their respective strollers for too many hours and had a TON of energy to let out. They ran around in circles, yelling, laughing, playing tag with each other. Here they are playing the “where is your nose, where are your eyes…” game with Jessica. It was super cute! Plus, the best part was, both were dressed up in their Batgirl finery!
Here are the girls hugging goodbye…about made me melt.
As we headed upstairs after lunch, we ran into another friend, Leah. She teaches middle school with Mommy and is an avid geek so was awesome to hook up with her there. Evie utterly loves her, and giggled a bunch when she saw her.
We were sitting up and taking a break on the floor in the skybridge. There were tons of folks sitting around and reading comic books, looking at pictures, etc. Evie started looking around, went to the stroller, grabbed out the convention guide and went and sat near some comic guys, opened it up, and started mimicing them. She sat and “read” the book for a good 10 minutes…which for her, is a lifetime.
She was really having a good time there. And I really couldn’t have asked for her to be better…considering how long we stood in lines to meet people (hours…ugh).
We got to meet Dirk Benedict! Dad was super stoked to meet him…he played Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica and was Face from the A-Team. He was a SUPER nice guy, one of the nicer celebrities I’ve met at the cons. He spent more time with each fan than most of the other folks there, was stoked to take pictures with people, gave lots of funny stories and such. He himself isn’t that far removed from the characters he playes. He even gave Evie some almonds and berries from his snack tray. Big thumbs up from our interaction with him!
As always, we went down and visited with the local 501st Legion (www.garrisontitan.com) to donate some monies to them and get our pictures taken with them. This year, Evie was in NO way interested in hanging with Darth Vader or any of the other folks with helmets. However, she thought the remote controlled R2/R4 units were AWESOME. This one had a “button” on the top (it was just a painted dot)…that every time she would touch it, they would make it beep. Made her laugh and giggle like mad.
So after we had our pics taken with the Legion, we were sitting around waiting for some of our party to rejoin us, and this family walked by us. Was a Dad, his two 10-12 year old sons and his daughter in a stroller. Evie got up, ran over to the Dad who was pushing the girl, and pushed him out of the way. She then started pushing the girl in the direction they were going. I went to go get her, but the Dad was like “its ok, she’s pushing her in the right direction!” She pushed her for a good 60 feet, even navigated around obsticles (like fat people) and through a doorway. The little girl thought it was pretty fun.
Ran into Matt and Jenn while there. Haven’t seen them in quite a while, they couldn’t believe how big she has gotten!
She was up and happy for most, but thankfully for Daddy, she also took a nice hour long nap!
When we were done, we headed over to Gameworks to meet up with some other friends. While waiting for dinner, took Evie down to the games…she walked around and got on EVERY SINGLE driving game. Took like 40 minutes, but she was thrilled!