Monday, October 31, 2005

I Want a Weapon

Christy brought Pete and Sam into the office today for some trick-or-treating.

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

Fresh Water

This is what happens when Pete brushes his teeth before bed:

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

Parent-Teacher Conference

We had our first parent-teacher conference yesterday with Miss Kirsch.

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

Many Petes

If you ever wondered what the world would be like if there were seven Petes, now that he has discovered the mirrors in the bathroom we have the answer.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Boys Week

This week is Boys' Week, since Christy has some sort of event scheduled for almost every evening. So far, it is not off to a great start.

1. (downstairs)
"I asked you once, now I'm telling you. Get my jammies immediately."

2. (brushing teeth)
"Um, I need to do something that's
going to be good for me, but terrible for you."
"What's that?"
"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?"

Monday, October 24, 2005

Sunday Means Eagles

Pete and I did what we usually do on Sunday, which is go to Tom's house to watch the Eagles game on Sunday Ticket with TiVo.

Pete has a soft football that he spikes whenever the Eagles score a touchdown. I bring it over to him when they are driving close to the end zone. Yesterday, the Eagles were running out of time at the end of the first half. Donovan McNabb needed to spike the ball quickly to stop the clock. Tom yelled out "spike it! spike it!". Pete looked up from his coloring book and said "I can't! It's over there on the floor!"

Sometimes it doesn't seem like Pete is watching, but then he notices things. During a commercial, he said "Why is that show called 2 and a half men? You can't have half a person."

Friday, October 21, 2005

Corn Maze

Above is a picture from the corn maze when we went last year. You can see Pete holding the yellow flag. The idea is that you can shake the flag in an emergency, and a spotter will come and help you find your way out of the maze. Apparently, Pete's definition of "emergency" was a liberal one because every time I looked over he was shaking the flag vigorously. Fortunately, they don't do much screening for the teenagers that they hire at these places and I believe the spotter on duty was off in the corner of a shack somewhere sending text messages and organizing the tunes on his iPod.

Thursday, October 20, 2005


On Sunday we were all sitting in the family room. Pete said "I need to go put on my slippers. I'll be right back". I'm thinking that this is strange, since I don't remember him wearing slippers any time recently.

About 2 minutes later he comes sliding into the room, there are several crashing noises, then he lands on his butt.

His "slippers" were two small toy trucks that he was trying to balance on. What made him think this is possible, I have no idea.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Sam has some words that are all-purpose words. One of these is "bap". This can represent a number of different things, such as:

- jump
- bat
- bed
- bad
- cup

The key is to listen for the inflection. Unfortunately, you can't ask him to use it in a sentence because the whole sentence is just "bap". The only multi-word sentences he does are things like "bye bye night night" when he gets out of his crib.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hidden Ball Game

Pete, Sam, and I were playing a new game where one person secretly hides a koosh ball under one of about 10 boxes of various sizes. Then the other two participants race to see who can find the ball first. The only problem was that every time Sam hid the ball, he would show us where it was right when we started looking for it.

This led to much laughter each time Sam would prematurely identify the location of the ball. After a while, Pete was laughing so much that he said "I'm running out of laughs."

Monday, October 17, 2005


It's mid-October, which means the obligatory photos from the obligatory visit to the pumpkin patch:

Note the last picture, which is Pete and Sam playing for 30 minutes on the playground equipment that they have anywhere.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Haircut Night

Life is funny sometimes. It's a typical evening. You're driving home, sitting in traffic. So you envision how nice the evening will be. You'll give a few hugs, have a quiet dinner, mix up a drink with a little umbrella in it, maybe pay a few bills, catch the end of the game, and knock off early.

Then you walk into the house and Christy says "Hey, let's give the boys haircuts tonight". So Tuesday night this week turned out to be haircut night.

Actually, it went pretty well. During Pete's haircut, Sam and I did some flippy and looked through his favorite book, which is the Super Mario 3 tips and tricks magazine. During Sam's haircut, Pete and I sat in the "gallery". This is the loveseat where two people can sit and make disparaging remarks about the person getting their hair cut. But we had to stop because Sam always wanted to jump in to the gallery instead of getting his hair cut.

The "after" photo is below. The reason Sam is looking off to the side is that I captured the precise moment when he realized that he was interested in the pizza that he didn't want an hour earlier.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Birthday Magic

We had a fun birthday celebration yesterday, with a picnic in the gazebo. Pete got me a magic kit for my present. It must be good, because it is from the dollar store. And it has 15 tricks. This seems like a bit of a stretch, though, since the kit only contains 3 or 4 implements. Also, I noticed the first few tricks are something like "The Disappearing Ring", "The Appearing Ring", and "The Amazing Ring". I have a feeling the next one may be "Schrodinger's Ring". For this trick, you put a ring in a sealed box and wait until the end of the universe.

We are doing one trick a day for the next 15 days. We will post if there are any good ones.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Camp-out Memories

Pete and I had fun at the daddy-son camp out.

The best moment was sunrise, with a mist over the lake and some geese swimming in perfect formation framed between the trees. Unfortunately, I could not get Pete in the picture because he was too cold. We went walking around looking for someone with a fire, but apparently most people don't get up at 6:30 at the campground.

The most interesting incident was when a group of boys stirred up a swarm of bees by the lake and came running up the hill. So Pete starts running down the hill to see what is going on. I said "Pete - no - run". So he turned around and started running. Then I couldn't find him for a few minutes, until I figured out that he had zipped himself inside of his tent.

Below are some pictures of Pete with two glowsticks and Pete fishing. It was pretty chilly that evening, and Pete made it through the whole night in his own tent - I believe possibly the only kid on the trip that did so. Not sure if this was related to his going to the hospital the next week, but he was fine for a few days after the trip so it is hard to say for sure.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Choosing a Costume

Two of Pete's favorite things are
yellow and Batman.

He was planning to go as a bat
for Halloween this year,
but changed his mind yesterday
to some sort of
winged goblin / vampire /
Frankenstein character.

I sent an instant message to Christy
that we should steer him toward
the bat. Later that evening,
he said "I saw what you said about
steering me toward the bat
and my answer to that is NEVER!!"

Note to self: Be more careful with my instant messages.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Sam Throws Things

Driving can be a dangerous activity when Sam gets mad. This is because he will start throwing things from his car seat. He used to just throw things on the floor, but now he is getting better at throwing and he has figured out that he gets more of a response when he throws something into the driver's line of vision.

So driving to Philadelphia and back this weekend, I had various items traversing over my head, hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, window, etc. It's a little bit like those video games where you will be driving and pedestrians and other obstacles will appear in the roadway. Except in my real life version there are pacifiers and McDonalds toys. I think he has a master plan. One day he will clump all his toys into a brick and hurl it at the back of my head. His hope will be that I will pass out and then the car will swerve to rest at an ice cream shop.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Signing Letters in Class

In Pete's class, they do an exercise each day called "Chant the Chart" where they do letters and words together. So they will say "A - Apple", then "B - Bear" and so on.

Miss Kirsch observed that Pete does the sign language symbol for each letter as they recite it.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Pete Does What Sam Does

Usually Sam does what Pete does, but sometimes it works the other way. The other night, Sam dumped out his clothes and started running around with the hamper on his head. Pete said "I'll be right back" and went out the door. In case you haven't guessed, he returned with his hamper also on his head. Then they did the Hamper Dance (which is very similar to the Hampster Dance).

Last night, Pete was climbing the floor. So Sam started climbing the floor too. This activity is hard to explain. Suffice it to say that you end up with a very dirty shirt.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Pete and dad had a brief and unexpected stay in the hospital Monday evening. Pete was having some trouble breathing due to a constricted airway.

It is fun to be in the hospital if you are Pete:
- buttons move the bed around
- Playstation 2 (Crash Bandicoot and Jimmy Neutron)
- TV with remote
- unlimited juice
- send dad on food run
- button to call nurse
- machine that shows graph of your breathing

It is not so much fun if you are dad:
- sleep on chair in work clothes next to arctic blast from A/C unit
- turn off football game in 4th quarter ("too bright")
- fill out 12 page patient history at 1am
- wake up to breathing treatments every 2 hours