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    Mr Buckles is safe!

    February 25th, 2015

    The boys! They care about safety… and “friend” comfort 🙂

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    Nice Try!

    February 24th, 2015

    After telling G that there’s very little he will do (in life) that would sneak something past us.

    G: Well there’s one thing you don’t know!
    Me: Oh yeah? What’s that?
    G: Ha! Nice try!

    Heh! I guess we’re coming to an end of me being able to sneak one past them too

    The night they wore diapers

    February 6th, 2015

    Just ‘cuz… They thought it was funny… and they did it on their own.

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    I never threw away what was left of our last pack when S2 potty trained. Clearly, I never put them away either, because diapers are now play-things. Sigh — another todo on my week-end list 🙂

    The last carseat

    February 2nd, 2015

    G is now on his last car seat: a booster. I won’t lie, I’ve been looking forward to this milestone, from the perspective of the room/flexibility I gain in my car: it’s just much easier to pull out and put back in the car, should I ever want to give more than one adult a ride.

    It feels a little wrong that it’s G getting yet another new seat instead of S2, but I guess that’s the side effect of being a second kid: hand me downs. Sorry S2!

    S2’s car seats had just expired based on manufacture date. They were the first convertible seats we got when G moved out of the bucket seat. BRU was hosting their baby item exchange program, so as luck would have it: our seats expired at just the right time. That expiration produced some new car seats.

    Now G is in the boosters, and S2 in G’s most recent chairs. Everyone seems pretty pleased.



    February 1st, 2015


    G’s school just finished a two week read-a-thon run. They keep track of minutes read at home and at school, but reading themselves, and having been read to. G didn’t start getting into it until he saw the recognition prizes handed out for each 500 minutes read. In his true competitive spirit, as soon as he figured out this was also a competition, he kicked it into high gear. His goal was 1000 minutes by the end of the two weeks, and he did it. He was at 890 minutes two days out, leaving him with just about 2 hours worth of reading to do the night before the final log was due. S and I were attending S’ company party that night, so it was up to our babysitter to help. I don’t know what bribing he did on his end, but she read to him for two straight hours so he could meet his goal. I’m shocked (and thankful) she helped make it happen. I hope the poor girl isn’t now dealing with laryngitis because of it 🙂

    I volunteered to count the logs on the last day. I’m kind of glad, because after all the work he put in, he forgot to turn in his sheet. After I checked off all the sheets, I had to run to his classroom and dig through his back-pack to find it.

    Volunteering for log duty gave me a really interesting insight into how the whole class was doing. At a 1000 min G wasn’t the top reader in his class. He wasn’t even in the top 5. There were 3 kids with counts into the 1300s. Almost everyone else had 1000 and over. Less than 5 kids had counts under 1000. It was cool! His teacher also said this was the first year so much of the class got into it.

    Volunteering wasn’t without some drama though. It was my responsibility to verify the reported minutes. Since it was the last day, it was especially important to verify the minutes for the kids most likely to be top reader, since they get a prize. Well… the kid with the most minute had a false 4 hour lead — one of their parents had double counted the minutes read in class. So I had to deduce 4 hours from their log, putting their kid in the median. Hope they don’t get mad.