A Diary Of Special Days
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January 15
2009


       Kim's Birthday. Season tickets.


January 20
2009


       Last Thursday was "Dad's Night" at the preschool. Dads were invited to come with their child and attend a mini version of an average preschool day - basically just going to school with your kid, but in the evening after work. The evening began with a little freeplay in the classroom, and then the teachers called us all to the reading carpet. The kids all sat on the carpet and enthusiastically dragged their parents along with them. Most of us parents sat on the ground with the kids, a few said "my body just doesn't do that anymore". After story time, we went to our respective tables to do a craft. At Xavier's table were a little girl named Annika and her Dad. The other two who are normally at their table weren't there that night, so there were enough chairs that we didn't have to have the kids on our laps. However, these are still pre-school sized chairs, so it was an amusing sight all around.

       Soon, all the kids were either finishing their rockets or had lost interest. Annika started tickling Xavier and they were both giggling and having a grand, but slightly noisy time. The teacher was coming around collecting craft supplies just as Annika's Dad said to her, "I hope you aren't this silly when I'm not here."

       "Only with Xavier," says the teacher. "Those two have some sort of connection."

       For the rest of the evening, Annika's Dad kept one eye on Xavier. At one point he said "Sorry, Xavier, Annika's not aloud to have any boyfriends. Ever." To which my boy responded, "Just girl friends?" Then made a face that said quite clearly that was the silliest thing he'd ever heard and went right back to playing with his friend.

       At the end of the evening, Annika asked her Dad is she could play with Xavier for a while, and since I was talking to the teacher he said, "I guess you could chase him around in the hallway." And off they went. After talking to the teacher, I located Xavier, got him bundled up in his coat, turned around to pick up our rocket ship, and headed out the classroom door. I saw Annika and her Dad at the end of the hall, turned to say "Say goodbye to your girlfriend, Xavier" and he was not there.

       I spun around, Looked back up the hall towards the other retreating families, and down the other way at kids leaving by a different door. No Xavier. I stepped back into the class room and looked frantically around, no Xavier. Both teachers and the Preschool Coordinator were standing in the middle of the empty classroom chatting, saw me looking around and said "Missing something?"

       "Xavier", I said.

       "He was right with you when you walked through the door a second ago!" says the teacher.

       "He was?" I responded. "I thought so, but he's not here now. I was beginning to think I was crazy."

       Then the preschool coordinator (who, I should point out, is not in the classroom with the kids every day) said "Oh, he's probably with Annika." The teachers laughed and one of them said "Yeah, there's something about those two!"

       I headed back into the hall, started poking my head in each classroom door while making my way quickly towards the main door. When I reached the center of the building, I found Annika's Dad ushering Xavier back into the building through the double set of glass doors. "He followed us right out!" He explained, "He's out here trying to get some digits!"


March 5
2009


A Conversation Between Dad and Xavier, While Driving to Preschool

Dad: So, XV, what does your monkey sound like?

XV: I'm not a monkey.

Dad: What are you, then?

XV: I'm a kid.

Dad: What does a kid sound like?

XV: (pause) Hello!

Dad: That's cute! What does a monkey sound like?

XV: Ooh ooh! Ah ah! That's a monkey sound.

Dad: That's good! How 'bout a kitty?

XV: Meow! (giggle)

Dad: And a dog?

XV: Woof! (giggle)

Dad: Good! And a birdie?

XV: Cheep cheep! (giggle, giggle)

Dad: Anything else?

XV: Purr! Purr!

Dad: Hah! How does a teacher sound?

XV: (pause) Hello! Just like me!

Dad: Is that all?

XV: Um... Hello, welcome for visiting our class.

Dad: How 'bout a mama? How does she sound?

XV: I Love You! Hi!

Dad: Hah! What about a daddy?

XV: (long pause) Um... there are some bad words in that.


April 10
2009


       good friday, baby test results


April 14
through
June 13
2009


       boys spring soccer


May 2
2009


       start shinkendo


Summer
2009


       Again, somehow, my desire to take it easy during the summer months fails to resemble the final product. And if you think about it, even though they say summer is supposed to be 3 months off from school, it's only 2. June through August, yes, that's 3 calendar months, but when you recall that it's mid-June through mid-August, it very clearly becomes 2. Then you pack that with what seems like just a few activities, and suddenly you never get to sleep.

       This summer's itinerary: swim class Monday through Thursday for both boys, Xavier started karate on Wednesday afternoons, Arizona went to 2 summer camps, I started Shinkendo classes, everyone came up for Memorial day (again, just like last year), and we spent 10 days vacationing in Mackinaw City, MI. (Much of this will get it's own write-up.)


June
2009


Yellow Belt


June 22-26
2009


       camp Invention


July 13-24
2009


       summer wonders (is it really called that? I didn't think it was called that.)


July 18
2009


       Arizona's Fishin' Derby birthday


August 6-16
2009


Mackinaw City


August 22
2009


Ichimonji


August 26
2009


Zona starts at Central Road


August 27
2009


Xavier starts at KH


September 5
2009


First apple pie from apples picked from our own apple tree


October 29
through
November 1
2009


Weem and costumes


November 12
2009


Rowan Joseph       Welcome to the World, Rowan Joseph! Why are you here already? You were supposed to wait another month!

Date:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Time:
5:25 a. m.
Weight:
6 lb. 14 oz.
Length:
19.5 in.

November 14
2009


       Grease


November 15
2009


Blue Belt


November 15
2009


       Grandma Davis dies story


December 5
2009


white with 2 stripes

 
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