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National Ice Cream Day!

This past Sunday, my wife and I pushed our son to the limit, and eventually he had a meltdown. You see, the little man probably should’ve had a nap after hitting the beach, and eating pizza. However, we ignored his so-called nap time because my wife and I wanted ice cream. :) I mean…when coffee ice cream with heath bar is calling your name you just have to get it….right?…oh yeah! :) Also, it was National Ice Cream Day!

As we already know, the little man did have a meltdown which of course made it a little difficult to eat our dessert. We had to eat it fast while running around chasing an unhappy child. However, in retrospect, I would say it was still worth getting ice cream. We got our son to take part in an American pastime….eating ice cream outside on a beautiful summer day. And maybe the next time we try to do this again, the little man will be better even if he’s tired.

Puzzle

I bought the little man a puzzle. At first he was frustrated, and impatient. He would get upset because he couldn’t connect the pieces together. And honestly,..as a parent, I had the same feelings. :) All my teaching was not really helping, and I was losing my self control. :) However, sooner than I expected, the little man understood what he was trying to solve, and how to solve it. So another life lesson has been learned by being a parent. Just stay the course, focus, and be patient.

Summer Weekend Activities

Its mid-week, and I am already thinking about what to do during the weekend. :) I usually wait until Friday to spontaneously figure things out, but having an active child has made me a planner. I want to make sure my son’s weekend is action packed, fun, and very summeresque. And of course the goal is to maximize our time together. So, shall we hit the beach again or do something different like going to a lake? I know he wants to see the movie Planes, so can we fit it in our day? And will he be open to going to Boston or Portland for the day…..perhaps go to a children’s museum? Let’s see what happens. 

Watching Soccer

Now that the FIFA World Cup is over we can go back to our normal lives…right? Well, not for this family. Because the little man lives for playing soccer, or at least kicking a ball :), my wife and I will do our best to watch soccer year round. So, the first step is to order the soccer channel so we all can occasionally watch an MLS or European soccer match. Let’s see how this goes.

Watching FIFA World Cup, and playing soccer is exactly what this summer has been all about. I don’t know how much better it can get. Here’s the little man’s interpretation of Neymar….or maybe he’s really been a Miroslav Klose fan? He has been kicking the German soccer ball all along.

Watching FIFA World Cup, and playing soccer is exactly what this summer has been all about. I don’t know how much better it can get. Here’s the little man’s interpretation of Neymar….or maybe he’s really been a Miroslav Klose fan? He has been kicking the German soccer ball all along.

Summer Motto

My motto for this summer is going to be “It’s better than watching TV”. :) And I really do think good things will come out of it. So, this past weekend my wife and I took our son to a small local cultural festival. We spent only an hour there, however, I think it was well worth it. The little man saw artisans displaying their paintings, prints, photos, and sculptures. He listened to musicians playing instruments that he rarely hears and sees like a banjo and an accordion. Last, he was also mesmerized by a flamenco dancer that was performing on a stage. :) Overall, I think the one hour was well spent. Our bambino got his outing, and he was exposed to new things. This is what summer will be about this year.

Things I Now Do And Know

My 2.5 year old son influences me in many ways. Some are good, and some are not so good. :) Here’s a top 10 list of things I now do and know.

10. I know how to pick up something heavy without hurting myself.

9. I know where to find the best pizza in the area.

8. I surf the internet to learn more about animated movies such as Cars, Madagascar, and Toy Story.

7. I go to the backyard, and kick the soccer ball around.

6. I go to the park, and play on the jungle gym.

5. I go to the beach, and play with the sand.

4. I play tag.

3. I watch PBS cartoons, and learn something everyday.

2. I play with toy cars twice a day.

1. I watch Nascar, and actually enjoy it.

Good things happen when you just leave the house, and be active. We unexpectedly came across this huge floating Panda, and that made my son’s day. The little man had never seen anything like it before. Now I need to take him to the Macy’s Day Parade.

Good things happen when you just leave the house, and be active. We unexpectedly came across this huge floating Panda, and that made my son’s day. The little man had never seen anything like it before. Now I need to take him to the Macy’s Day Parade.

When the little man saw this bouncy house obstacle course at a local street fair, he just had to go in. I’m sure he was thinking to himself “what is this?…I must try it,….and no one is going to stop me!” And from the look of his determined eyes, we were not going to get in his way.

When the little man saw this bouncy house obstacle course at a local street fair, he just had to go in. I’m sure he was thinking to himself “what is this?…I must try it,….and no one is going to stop me!” And from the look of his determined eyes, we were not going to get in his way.

Hula hooping is one of those things that I will never understand how to do. The little man will just have to learn how to hula hoop from someone else like his mom….or maybe a professional….or perhaps the internet will teach him. :) So, I will be completely hands off on this area. I don’t want to teach him bad fundamentals on how to hula hoop :) I guess as a parent you can only know so much, and therefore it is wise to know when to ask for help. 

Hula hooping is one of those things that I will never understand how to do. The little man will just have to learn how to hula hoop from someone else like his mom….or maybe a professional….or perhaps the internet will teach him. :) So, I will be completely hands off on this area. I don’t want to teach him bad fundamentals on how to hula hoop :) I guess as a parent you can only know so much, and therefore it is wise to know when to ask for help. 

The little man has been waiting all Winter to start bouldering for the year 2014. Here he is inspecting the rocks after a rainy morning….making sure the conditions are okay. :)

The little man has been waiting all Winter to start bouldering for the year 2014. Here he is inspecting the rocks after a rainy morning….making sure the conditions are okay. :)

Evening Strolls

It’s Friday, and the weather is “finally” nice. Our big goal for tonight is to start taking the little man out for evening strolls. We have not done this in a very long time because of the cold weather. So, tonight is the night we start our summer routine of evening walks. Let’s see what the little guy does. Will he walk with us? Will he sit in his stroller? Will we have to carry him in our arms? Let’s see. 

Back to School

The little man went back to school after taking a week off for Spring break. He’s back to the daily grind of playing outside, doing arts & crafts, and learning. :) So, today after school I asked him how his day went, and his response was….”sleeeeeeeep”. Life must be tough for a 2 1/2 year old. :)

Sleepy Spring Break

Spring break for the little guy is almost over. To recap what he actually did during his time off is simple….he just slept in everyday. :) I really do wish we could have done more with him during his week off from school, but I guess sleeping in is actually nice. I can’t remember the last time I stayed in bed past 8am. So, this weekend we will take him out for some fun. Perhaps we will walk on the beach or go to the park. Who knows what we will do? The only thing I can confidently tell you is that we will take advantage of the Spring weather, and do our best to spend time as a family. And our son’s spring break will end on a great note. :)

This past weekend we visited the USS Albacore….a “real” submarine. This was a new experience for all three of us, and it was pretty amazing. The main thing I took away from our adventure is that the helmsman/driver just stares at meters and dials all day. And someone else gives instructions on where to go….I guess this person gets to look out the window :) So, here’s a picture of my son and I taking orders from the big boss. :)

This past weekend we visited the USS Albacore….a “real” submarine. This was a new experience for all three of us, and it was pretty amazing. The main thing I took away from our adventure is that the helmsman/driver just stares at meters and dials all day. And someone else gives instructions on where to go….I guess this person gets to look out the window :) So, here’s a picture of my son and I taking orders from the big boss. :)