Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
My daughter has grown. She's now at least 50th percentile for weight and 25th percentile for height - which is cool. She was always small - never LOST ground on height and weight, but this time she actually showed some catching up. The doctor commented on her vocabulary and language skills. :) We're proud. I'm told that she also did a FANTASTIC job at the dentist. What a little trooper!
My son still LOVES school. Sometimes he doesn't show it as much, but once you get him talking about things that are happening at school, you can really see it in his face. And picking my daughter up from pre-school is one of the coolest things, because she has this look of pride and accomplishment on her face - and they ALWAYS have something that they made, for us to take home. She's so cute in her pink backpack every school day :)
This weekend was a success in many ways. I should take a picture of the tree my neighbor pruned for me. It looks nice. I don't have to squat/duck to mow underneath it now. Plus, it should keeping growing strong, now that many of the hanging branches and weak parts have been cut off. We got our 10 miles in on Saturday morning - before the Badger game this time. Although I guess it didn't matter a ton, because my daughter still wanted to watch a "kids show" on the television/cable box that was recording the game. I didn't really get to watch and catch up with "real time" action until close to half-time. Good thing the Badgers had their A-game going and only let up a little at the end.
My wife had fun at her golf outing on Saturday, and then our neighbors had a fire Saturday night. Kids were up too late, but they had fun and got enough sleep to have a decent Sunday (or so I'm told). The Park Center Activities Fundraiser was a success on Sunday. My foursome didn't do as well on the course as we would have liked (probably my fault), but it was a good time, and then I got to talk with a lot of my colleagues from Park Center afterwards at the banquet dinner (think "buffet" - but a nice buffet). I got home early enough to spend the evening with the family, wrestling, bathing, reading, and saying "good night."
And it all starts up again :) I'll try to bring my camera on the ride this week.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
It was really nice to see our friends from Wisconsin. We don't get to see them as much since we moved to Minnesota and they moved toward Appleton, but since they have family in the Twin Cities now, we'll take advantage. The kids played well together, even though their twins (one boy, one girl) are over a full year older than our son.
In fact, I think our sons would play ALL day if they could. Their only problem is that one "hates the Cubs, loves the Brewers" ... and the other is sane - that would be MY son! I'm just joshing , but really, it was kind of funny to see a boywearing a Brewer shirt and hat playing so well with another boy wearing a Cub shirt and hat. If you're a baseball fan, you'll notice they both like the left-fielder for their respective team :)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
He gets to ride the bus most days, so even though Mommy dropped him off, the big guy got to ride the bus home. Now, I'm not saying my wife's anxious ... but ... school lets out at 4pm. We were at the bus stop at 4:01pm. I'm guessing no bus is that quick, but better safe than sorry. Twenty minutes later, our happy, smiling kid got off and said he had a great day. Thanks Mrs. Rigazio!
(Post Script: We met our new neighbors that live just around the bend last night. First, the mom and her little one were waiting for her son to come home at the bus stop with us. We talked and realized that her son was in the same kindergarden class with our son. Cool! When our son got off the bus, nobody else did ... including the little boy who was just new to the neighborhood. The mom called school and later we heard that the bus eventually dropped him off right at their driveway. But ... we put some things together, too, later. You'll have to stick with me here. Apparently, kindergardeners get a "choice" time and our son played checkers. Cool. He liked that and told us some other things he did, like making an "apple calendar" and singing song(s) and reading book(s) - not noting whether it was one or more of either. As the evening continued I decided to ask about friends. Did he play with anyone in particular. Yes, a boy who spoke a different language played checkers with him. Hmmm, our new neighbors are originally from Mexico. Then I asked him who he sat with on the ride home. A boy in an orange shirt with dark hair. Hmmm ... was this the same boy he played checkers with? Yes. Hmmm ... let's put two and two together here. That boy should've gotten off with him. My wife went over to our new neighbors' house later in the evening with my son, and low and behold ... new friends that go to school together ... and SHOULD'VE gotten off at the SAME bus stop. My son felt bad that he didn't help his new friend by helping him get off at the right stop ... but plans to do so from now on. And he has added a new neighborhood AND school friend in one day of school.)