Friday, December 30, 2005
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Note the camo outfit, which is currently Pete's favorite. He was going to wear it to school last week, until he spilled his breakfast all over it. But he got to wear it this day. Unfortunately, this was not the best choice of clothes for the Air and Space museum. He would walk three feet away and get lost in the crowd. Next time we need something bright orange with reflectors and some sort of homing device.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Christmas 2005 was quite the event, with a weekend visit from Robin, Manny, Shayna, and Skyler and then surprise appearances by Stephen, George, and Vickie on Christmas morning. We had a wonderful time opening presents and sharing Christmas dinner together as a big family.
Above is Sam playing with Pete's snap-together model of Crash Bandicoot riding his jet board. It's a little tricky to snap together, but that's ok since Sam seems content with just the box. If we ever figure out how to get the model together, we will post a picture of that too.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Pete has started to teach Sam how to use the laptop downstairs in the kitchen. Pretty soon we will reach the point where I have to ask Pete how to fix things on the computer. Then soon after that, we will all have to ask Sam. Being the youngest in the house, he will probably have the most expertise.
Also, they are wearing their new matching sweatshirts.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Pete went with dad and George (Poppy) on Saturday morning to volunteer at a local food bank. We gave out tons of food to dozens of families. Pete helped with re-stocking shelves (our section included rice, cereal, tuna, hamburger helper, cake mix, mac&cheese, corn muffins, condiments, and oatmeal). He also helped people pick out their allotted food and put it in the cart. Next year we will have to bone up on our Spanish first.
Pete also went with mom on Monday to give out toys, but she did not take any pictures so you will have to use your imagination on that one.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Here are the ornaments that Pete and dad made this year with Model Magic.
1. See if you can guess which one Pete made and which one dad made.
2. See if you can guess which one is Aku Aku and which one is Uka Uka. (If you need help, you can click here for Aku Aku or here for Uka Uka).
Monday, December 19, 2005
Above is Pete holding a red plastic drumstick and doing the closest he can to acting normal for a picture. There are different theories as to the cause of the red halo that mysteriously developed in the picture. I think it can only be a secret sign from God that Pete is the chosen one to lead the world to greater peace than it has ever known. Pete, however, seems to think it is something called "glare".
On the topic of magic wands, Pete was watching a show the other day where they were wishing for various things. I thought it would be a good opportunity for some creative interaction, but in retrospect I'm not sure Pete was in the mood for a spirited discussion.
Me: "Pete, what do you wish for?"
Pete: "I don't have any wishes."
Me: "Poof! You have three wishes. What do you wish for?"
Pete: "I wish that I have zero wishes."
Friday, December 16, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
and Pete is eating from an enormous
bag of potato chips. Somehow I found
this to be amusing.
1. In general, I think there is an
unwritten rule that you should not
eat anything that is about the
same size that you are.
2. I said "Pete, do you want a bowl
or something?" and he said "no, I'm ok".
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Pete had jammie day at school on
Monday. They got to wear pajamas
to Kindergarten. I think maybe
they are studying the Babylonians,
who were also known for wearing
pajamas on Mondays (or something
like that). Unfortunately, this
option is not available at my office.
Note that Sam has decided to
participate also. Maybe this is what
Pete is annoyed about in the
picture. Actually, Sam gets a lot
of jammie days. One of his phrases
he likes to say when you are
getting him dressed is
"Nooo! Jammy all day".
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
The other 90 photos all look something like this:
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
into a plastic container we have
in the basement. He gets stuck,
then he says "dumpy" and someone
needs to come over and dump him
out. Pete is usually happy to
assist with the dumping.
Maybe when Sam grows up, he can
be one of those Yogi masters who
squeezes his whole body into a
small box. Don't laugh - they're
projecting 73% growth in this
profession. Right now, there are
only 11 guys who can do this, but
they will need 19 by the year 2020.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
This is the picture Sam kept asking to see when he would grab the digital camera and say "Bam appoo".
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
We went to Pete's pow-wow at school on Friday. Sam came too. It was fun - they did a few songs, then we had some turkey and mashed potatoes for breakfast. We found the picture of Pete holding the vegetables on the wall. His name was Running Deer. If you want to know the native american names of all of the other kids in the class, you can ask Pete.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Sam has become more interested lately in drawing. He doesn't scribble much - he tends to do a series of very small drawings. One thing he likes to draw is little spirals. The nature of this type of drawing is that there are usually several things that you can interpret to look like real objects. It is similar to looking in the sky and finding shapes in the cloud formations.
He also discovered earlier this week that he can use his arm instead of paper. Since he favors a blue or black pen, sometimes it looks like he has little tattoos. I tried to capture this in the photo, of course while he was flailing his arms around and yelling "Bam appoo" (this is because he knows there's his favorite picture on the digital camera of him eating an apple). Notice that this particular formation looks a little bit like the barbed wire tattoo that has been popular in recent years.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Above is the back punch (one of my favorite Pete/Sam photos ever).
Pete says the below are:
1. Back kick
2. Front kick
3. Kwang Yang
4. Front punch
6. Regular stance
Friday, November 04, 2005
So then he did it louder, and said that was called a blueberry.
He decided that even louder would be a strawberry.
Louder still is a blackberry.
Finally, loudest of all is a banana.
It's hard to describe the horror of these sounds. Let me just say that it is analogous to the hurricane scale that they use. So raspberry would be like a category 1 hurricane, and a banana would be a CAT 5. I think only 3 bananas have been recorded in Northern Virginia.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Here is Pete in "time out". Note that it loses some of the effectiveness when his brother comes over to play with him.
Pete is wearing his cool t-shirt from Dominion Trail Elementary. The school colors are not the best, so it is good that we decided to go with the black instead of the other choices, which I believe were something like lavender, teal, and pink.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
After much deliberation and vacillation, Pete finally decided on being a vampire.
Sam was not interested in his cow costume, so he just went as Crank-monster, and subsequently Captain Jammies.
It was fun to walk around the new neighborhood. I think everyone will remember Pete. He is the vampire who would give back any candy with nuts and ask for something else. He spent 2 or 3 minutes at some of the houses -- I was starting to wonder if maybe they had invited him in for dinner.
Monday, October 31, 2005
While we were changing Sam's diaper, I was distracting him with one of those extending pointers that I use in training and sales demonstrations. Of course, he wanted to keep playing with it after that. So he was running around the office with it. He ran past a group of people. Then Pete came running after him yelling "No fair. I want a weapon."
Friday, October 28, 2005
1. I fill up cup with fresh water
2. Pete brushes teeth
3. Pete dumps out water, fills cup, and rinses
So last night I had to ask about this.
Me: "Pete, I just put fresh water in there. Why do you dump it and fill it up again?"
Pete: "I want it to be totally fresh"
Then about 5 minutes after going to bed, he usually calls me in to ask for a cup of fresh water. One night, he asked me to put in some cubed ice because he was hot (he had noticed that this is one of the option on the refridgerator). Instead of ice, I put in a die from his Mouse Trap game. But he noticed right away when he looked in the cup.
Pete: "No, not cube dice. I wanted cubed ice."
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Congratulations to Pete for scoring a 102 on his phonics test, which ties the school record! He also continues to have outstanding achievement in morning work and snack.
Unfortunately, I understand that there is no Spelling Bee for the Kindergarten class. I guess we will have to wait until next year.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
"I asked you once, now I'm telling you. Get my jammies immediately."
"Um, I need to do something that's
going to be good for me, but terrible for you."
"Brush your hair with my toothbrush."
3. (getting ready for bed)
"Give me your head for a minute, I need to do something."
"Ok, what are we doing?"
"Just Tanya's neck-breaker.
It's down, forward, down, forward, high kick."
4. (in bed)
"What is science?"