Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Gilbert loves the 'indoor gym'. He was everywhere! We switched between the junior and full-sized as Little Man wanted to go back and forth. The full-sized equipment had just been waxed/cleaned and it was slippery for even us. The result? We sped down the slides. It was awesome!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Upon asking Gilbert what he is thankful for, his initial response was "Peanuts." Followed by "my yellow blankie." I love to revel in the simplicity of a child's mental process.
Perhaps not peanuts nor your favorite blanket, I'm sure you can quickly identify what you give thanks for!
From all of us to you and your families...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Again, Gilbert baffles us by showing no signs. No tugging of the ears, no fever, no pain. What a trooper!
He did stay home Monday and Tuesday and was a bit ragged the entire time. Kudos to Kristen for being able to handle him. Now she's not feeling well!
I'm pleased to report he is feeling much better and after an extended night of sleep, he woke up quite happy informing us he wish to play Wii. Welcome back Little Man! Now Kristen needs to get better. I'm considering sleeping in a bubble.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
However, what Gilbert enjoys the most is to hold the Wii controller. I've taught him the value of the 'A' button. As you can imagine, that is all he pushes. I've had a few games altered as he pushes the button mid-game!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Funny story. Kristen always accuses me of being full of shit and that I bluff on what I'm talking about. She buys it because I say it with such confidence, she says (for the record, I am right almost all the time!).
Anyway, last week we watched Duplicity. The movie had a blue and yellow hue to everything. She immediately insisted something was wrong (she is an interior designer after all so color is her thang!). I questioned it and said the movie must have been filmed that way. My theory was based on the fact the opening scenes were in Dubai and look back (you know how in movies the lookbacks seem to be filmed differently to give the effect of not being in present time?). She still insisted it was wrong. So, I turned off the DVD player and switched to TV. Color was fine. Must be the filming or a bad DVD we surmised.
Well, over the weekend I watched another movie. Same thing, but worse. The DVD no longer is working properly. No R, in the R G B color wheel! Kristen saw this and jumped all over me for it!
So, now it is time for a new DVD. At first I was upset, then realized the DVD was seven years old and I bought it as a floor model for $99. Good value in return.
Time to upgrade to BlueRay, I say! So the research begins. Any readers out there have a BluRay DVD player? Would welcome your thoughts.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Off to bed and what I thought to be fast asleep, he emerged from his room twenty minutes later (with blanket in tow) and said, "watch football". How could I refuse! Kristen was out getting her haircut, so father and son shared a few moments watching football. He curled up on my lap under his blanket and quietly watched a few more minutes before I walked him back into his room for sleep.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Gilbert was calling the blender 'shake' so to break him of that it is now the 'Shake Maker'. He is so happy to have a shake maker operational! come Sunday night when we fired it up, he proclaimed, "Shake maker fix." Sweet.
The video is from this morning. I've taught him how to work the blender so I no longer need to stand over it and him. I just tell him what number to push and away we go.
Our new blender is sleek. And quiet. The two now broken were loud. Airplane buzzing the building loud. The Black and Decker model was awesome, but I think they put in a drill motor. Ear plugs required. When Little Man was really little, the sound of the blender scared him to tears!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
It was cool out and the streets were quite so I was able to relax a bit with Gilbert and let him explore the sidewalks and storefronts. Once back home, we unpacked our collection and this is what I caught him doing!
The little thief snuck into the bag and began eating his chocolate munchkin!
Monday, November 9, 2009
Well, I removed it (what I thought to be in a very deft manner) only for him to melt down. We asked Gilbert to put away his shoes and hang up his jacket (a common request) and his response was to turn on the tear and snot factory and just sit (and then lay) on the floor sobbing. All while calling for his "Suuuckker. Suuuccckeer." We alternated comforting and ignoring him in the attempt to get him to complete his chore. Eventually it works, but was exhausting in the process.
Oh yeah, he doesn't want to walk anymore. Wants to ride on Dad's "shouldees" or just be carried. It comes in spurts and with no particular pattern. Some times he wants to walk to the park, other times not. But if he doesn't want to walk and you do not accommodate, oh boy! Stomps the feet, tears come. Good times!
How long does this phase last?
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We've been talking about wanting to visit and once my friends (I mean that loosely!) at United informed me that my unexpirable miles will be expiring in August, that was the final push to get us to book the trip.
Gilbert seemed excited about the trip as it means he gets to stay with his grandparents! All of them were gracious enough to take a shift in watching and caring for Little Man!
Gram (Kristen's mom and an ER nurse) arrange for a visit to the airport in South Bend to check out the helicopter used for emergencies and while there we ventured out onto South Bend's airport.
As you can see it is cold out, so our train engineer had to layer with his coat, but was always in contact with his crew through his two-way talkie! Then there was the push car from grandma and grandpa along with cake. That made three for his birthday!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Where do I begin. Hmmm. First, Kristen's coffee pot started to malfunction and now only consumes 1/2 the water she puts in it. Having never drank coffee in my life, I didn't see this as an inconvenience, but being around a non-caffeinated wife, not good.
Then the remote control to the stereo receiver stopped emitting a signal. Trust me, I've changed the batteries multiple times. I've lost count how often Kristen has chided me for the volume being too loud. I keep explaining too her, "It is just the commercials!"
Then my blender broke. No problem. I have two (one for protein shakes, the other for food). It lasted about a week. Now Gilbert goes into the kitchen every morning and proclaims, "Shake broken!"
I've already posted on the DirecTV debacle, so add a broken DVR to the list. What's next? My electric toothbrush head basically disintegrated (easy fix, but disintegrated, really?). Oh yeah, then there is the closest door in the master bedroom. It was a crappy developer-grade door. Note the tense...was. After countless repairs and patch jobs, it came off track permanently last night.
And to top it off, Kristen is convinced the clothes dryer is not heating at the same temp it was, say, last week. Okay, I took off the panel looking for the fuses, but couldn't find them. Yeah, they are probably on the back of the stackable unit wedged into the fitted space. How the hell am I suppose to get back there? The install guy had to climb out over the top just to get it in.
Okay. Okay. Just small stuff, I know. But it all adds up! I now expect on a daily basis something I own to snap, break, tear, rip, leak, crumble in my bare hands, explode, or just be non-response (not counting the wife!).
I think I just need a hug. Any offers?
Monday, November 2, 2009
Gilbert loves it. I laid it on the floor this morning to take a few photos and you see what Gilbert decided to do!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
For Halloween, we were in MI with Kristen's family. It was cold and windy and with Gilbert under the weather we deferred on walking house to house and instead resorted to having stay dressed in his costume and just help Grandpa hand out candy at the door. He loved it! Very intrigued by all the costumes he would venture to the glass front door so he could get a closer look, but I believe it was that door and Grandpa that gave him the comfort and not to be scared by all the strangeness!