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Jacob’s First Wedgie

December 18, 2007 2 comments

Tonight we had family wrestling match. After getting pummeled for awhile I took matters into my own hands and gave Jacob his first real wedgie.

He said, “Why did you do that dad? (laughing) Why did you do that? (laughing) You are weird!”

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The Developing Computer Skills of My Kids

December 11, 2007 Leave a comment

Tonight Stephanie took Isabelle and Andrew on a quick errand. While they were gone I sat done to read a book but my attention was quickly drawn to the computer screen. My four year old was sitting on the chair in front of the desk with his feet hanging a foot and a half from the ground, playing computer games on pbskids.org.

I was shocked as I watched him navigate the screen and follow the prompts he was given. Amazingly he knew how to manipulate the mouse to select and move things on the screen. He also knew how to identify and utilize the back arrow so that he could return to the main game option screen. These are skills he has developed almost completely on his own by watching Stephanie and I and trough trial and error. My three year old is close behind him, watching and learning from her older brother.

Categories: Isabelle, Jacob, Technology

Time with Jacob

November 24, 2007 Leave a comment

Spent the evening with my four year old son Jacob. We had an awesome time wrestling, watching football, playing with his new animals, visiting a book store and eating dinner at an A&W. I can’t believe how old he is getting. I love talking with him and hearing his dreams and opinions and passions. He is in a wonderful stage where he can draw or play alone and yet he still loves to come sit on my lap when he’s tired and cuddle. Last night the two of us hit the bed early after a long turkey day. I fell asleep to Jacob paging through some books next to me in the bed. Precious moment. I love that little dude.

Categories: Jacob, Parenting

First Time Dropping the Kids Off at Preschool

November 6, 2007 1 comment

It is a weird feeling to have to rely on your 4 and 3 year old children for guidance. Today is my day off so I was lucky enough to get a chance to drop the kids off at preschool today; usually Stephanie gets that privilege. I didn’t have any idea what the routine was but the kids did.

They showed me where to park, what door to enter, where their coats and backpacks go, where they wash their hands, and where they find their name tags. I was just along for the ride and cherishing ever moment of it. An especially touching moment was watching my kids play and interact with others kids from my hiding spot in the periphery of the room. I can’t believe how big they are getting!

Categories: Isabelle, Jacob, Parenting

First Day of Preschool

October 5, 2007 Leave a comment

Tonight I went and visited my kids preschool; it was the first of what I am sure will be many school open houses. Kind of a surreal feeling to have two kids in preschool.

They go twice a week, which is just enough time for them, and it also frees my wife up to work on her Tupperware business in a quiet home. Stephanie posted more about their first day of school here.

Both Jacob and Izzy seem to be adjusting well, though Isabelle needs a touch more redirecting sometimes. I am proud of the way they listen and play and befriend others in their class. They are good kids and I am fortunate to be their father.

Categories: Isabelle, Jacob

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Flashback

September 12, 2007 3 comments

Tonight I took the kids to Target while Stephanie did a Tupperware party. Some friends and family gave Jacob cash for his birthday last Friday so he wanted to go and pick out a toy. After much deliberation he settled on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle figure; it is crazy and pretty cool that my son enjoys the same cartoon that I did when I was a boy. His favorite turtle is Michaelangelo (the orange one). My favorite, I think, was Donatello (the purple one).

Reflecting on all the birthday presents Jacob has received this year my question is this – how do all those stinking twisty ties get into the toy packaging? Does someone really sit in a chair all day long wrapping those things, or is it a machine that does it? I would like to see this man, or this machine, or this machine man, whatever the case may be.

Categories: Jacob, Thoughts

Vacation Highlight #2

Loved having extended, uninterrupted time to be with the kids. Working so far from home and so many hours each week wears on me sometimes. It was nice to wake up and know that I would be available to the kids each day. We did lots of fun things. A few highlights for me were…

1. Driving to South Bend and visiting the beautiful Notre Dame campus. Go Irish!
2. Taking Jacob and Izzy to watch Surf’s Up at the movie theater. (only 2 0f 5 stars though)
3. Walking around St. Joseph looking at all the painted cars and having ice cream.
4. Playing in the waves of Lake Michigan.
5. Jumping on the trampoline.
6. Going walleye fishing with Jake and catching some big ones.
7. Swimming and playing the pool.
8. Multiple wrestling matches in the bedroom. jujhj

You can see pictures of many of these events here.

Categories: Andrew, Isabelle, Jacob, Vacation