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    Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow

    July 31st, 2012

    G has a very complex definition of time, so the below is a cypher into his view of our world.

    Yesterday = anything that transpired in the epoch of time leading up to the current day. That could be yesterday, last week, or before he was born.
    Today = current day
    Tomorrow = any event that will occur in the next 24 hours or beyond… likely beyond
    Anyday = every day
    It’s taking a long time = having to wait more than 10 seconds
    Right now = something he wanted 10 seconds ago

    Now you’re ready for your next interaction with him 🙂

    Foto Friday

    July 19th, 2012

    The secrets to good parenting. Bribes

    July 17th, 2012

    G is in the process of transitioning to the pre-k room at daycare. He’s had some excellent days, but lately some not so excellent days. So I’m resulting to the excellent parenting technique of bribery.

    In summary, he doesn’t want to go some days. I haven’t really gotten at the true root of why. He’s talked about missing Teacher S, which is true: he’ll still see her tons on the playground, but he won’t be in her room, and that makes him sad. He’s happy to be back with Juju, but said he really misses S. I don’t know how true this is, but he hasn’t even tried spending any time in the bigger-kid room. He’s excited about the projects they’re doing in his classroom, and the familiar routine. The routine next door isn’t drastically different, but things are a little later, a little more structured, really preparing for kindergarten (the whole point to this thing).

    For awhile, we thought he was doing remarkably well, and the move would be easy and fast. Now a week in, I’m having doubts.

    So cue bribery.

    He’s been asking for a fire truck. He likes one by Bruder (the maker of his crane), so I told him that the fire truck is a big kid toy, and I’m happy to give it to him if he earns it by spending time and moving over to the big kid room. Hey, it worked with potty training. I’m willing to see if lightning will strike twice.

    My barking spider

    July 16th, 2012

    Me: [sniff, sniff]
    Me: G, did you fart?
    G: Hehe, yeah!
    G: … that was my barking spider

    Thanx, S! Glad he’s learning from you!

    Foto Friday

    July 13th, 2012

    Bowling time!

    Drawing a sun. Given the number of rays coming off of it, it must be a hot day in his imagination.


    The sleepy-time edition

    July 10th, 2012

    Today, because it’s Tuesday (and somehow I have the hardest time waking up on Tuesday), I’m dedicating this post to sleep. Presenting 3 images, all taken the same day interestingly enough.
    As a side note, have you ever had the creepy feeling someone is watching you while you sleep? Yeah, this is definitely the case in our house. And we not only watch. We take photos. In other words, if you spend the night over, you’ve been cautioned to NOT sleep in the buff! Anyway…

    Exhibit A: one of the cutest moments I’ve had with G to date. He got in trouble the night before and had to spend the night in his room, no TV. He crawled in bed with us the next morning, snuggled up to me and asked to hold my hand. I scooped him closer and snuggled. Instead he gave me a big hug and we fell back asleep together. Like this.

    Exhibit B: should you have doubts on Darwin’s Origin of Species, and our linkage to primates, I present to you the following image.

    This, my friends, is what you get with a tired preschooler. He climbed our eliptical and decided that it would make an excellent place for a nap. I’ve told you he’s not a morning person. He’s SO hard to wake up in the morning, let alone get out of bed. I get a mopy, sleepy mess, zombi-ing around the house in search for a place to hide and crash. The eliptical definitely wins for originality.

    Exhibit C: Finally a snuggle nap for S2 and me. We had a play-date out in the East Bay and I was exhausted by the time we got home. Of course little monkey napped the whole ride home, but woke up way before I was ready for him to be. So we snuggled on the couch. He’s not interested in TV. Hasn’t been until now, anyway, but I really needed 20 minutes, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I put Thomas on, and he was entertained enough for 15 minutes to let me get an exceptionally quick cat snooze. Quick enough that I had no idea, S was overhead, craning from the top floor to get this picture.

    I think I want a nap now.

    Magic Tricks

    July 9th, 2012

    Wanna see G do a magic trick? Check this out, then. Try not to laugh at his “hidden penny” 🙂


    Sleeping-in is a full-contact sport

    July 4th, 2012

    Seriously, what gives? Monday through Friday I have to extract at least one child out of bed via fork-lift. Come a holiday both are up by 6am?

    I cajole one back to sleep (let’s call it an early nap), and am willing to accept the other in bed with us while he watches Shawn the Sheep. This buys me an hour. Apparently I needed to spend that hour suiting up to play in a football game, because I proceeded to be:

    1. jumped on by child #1, because he was too excited over something Shawn did. Thank you right-leg tibia for not snapping in half after you absorbed the jumping weight of an almost 4yr old

    2. clobbered over the head with a semi-full steel Klean Kanteen bottle by child #2, because… well I don’t know why

    3. crawled over by child #2 attempting to get to child #1

    When did my bed become a WWF wrestling arena?

    Yep, that’s my boy

    July 3rd, 2012

    I swear this is the best wall post ever! They added them 2 months ago, but I failed to write about it until now. Each kid has their picture, age, tooth-map, and a summary of what they like. S2’s is:

    Seriously best intro sign ever!

    I sure hope not!

    July 2nd, 2012

    S2 saw an internist last week to talk about ear tubes (I’ll spoil it for ya’ – he’s getting some). I arrived to the appointment early to fill out paperwork. I really enjoy these — the forms are awesome, and OH so applicable for a 19 month old kid. For example:

    – How much exercise does he get? As vigorous as they come. And a lot more than 30 minutes, 4 times a week
    – How much caffeine does he consume ? None. Although if you’ve seen him, you’d think otherwise
    – Does he or has he ever used tobacco?