Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School :-(

So the frowny face in the title is not from J. He loves his school (frankly, my wife and I do too!). No, that face is from me.

I'm a teacher, and while I absolutely love my job, it was tough going back yesterday. I had an amazing summer with J, and then I have to go back to my full time job and I don't get to spend nearly as much time with him. It's tough.

It's also tough having to answer the question, "So what did you do all summer?" On the one hand, J and I were doing things every day. On the other hand, I'm having a really hard time explaining why it was such an amazing summer and so much fun.

We went to an almost obscene number of playgrounds
Ditto for libraries
We went to museums
We went to farms
We rode bikes
We played

All of those things were a blast in the moment, but I always get the feeling that when I explain to friends and coworkers what we did, they are always thinking, "So what?"

But it really doesn't matter. J had a blast. So did I. I think really, the best part about it was how much I learned about him throughout the summer. And what he thought about everything we did:

Playgrounds -- The ideal playground needs to have swings for a variety of ages and a sandbox with tons of trucks. If it doesn't have that, it shouldn't be called a playground.
Libraries -- Going around and picking out books is fun! Daddy following you and putting the books back on shelves...not so much.
Museums -- Having lots of rooms in a museum is totally irrelevant. All that matters is a two or three awesome rooms. Trains, cars, balls and construction make a room awesome.
Farms -- It doesn't matter how big a farm is or how much they grow there. It also doesn't matter how many animals are raised or how clean the facility is. But if you're a farm, you better damn well have a tractor out to be looked at (the more, the better!)
Bikes -- Don't try to go to far on a bike unless a playground is part of the itinerary (see description of "playground" above)
Play -- Sometimes play should be independent. Sometimes daddy needs to be part of it. Daddy should know the difference instinctively.

Now that school is starting, we're not going to be able to do quite as much, but that's what weekends are for right? I just better find a way to grade papers during naps.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Toddler Olympics

The Olympics are over in London, but I think Rio seriously needs to consider a new sport for 2016. Toddler Olympics.

It's really a simple sport. One I thought of while at my father-in-law's house. Basically, the sport is of the who can last the longest variety. Toddlers of similar age groups (like the weight classifications in wrestling) get in a trampoline. That's it. The last one still moving wins.

I can even already imagine Bob Costas doing the commentary:

"Amazing! Truly spectacular! And to think that this competitor didn't start walking until 13 months! And now, just a mere 10 months later, already competing like a champion. Even if he doesn't medal here, I'm sure his mommy and daddy are quite proud that he made it to this level today."

Or:

"Little Janey was the heavy favorite in this year's competition, but we just received word from the medical staff that her two-year molars are starting to break through. The ensuing pain and diarrhea may give her some real trouble this year."

Think about it. They could have some heart-wrenching story about how the child suffered from ear infections and balance was always an issue from a young age. And, if they want to add some real thrill to the whole thing, put a parent right in the middle of the trampoline.

Having been in the middle like that, let me just say, it's HILARIOUS!

So, think about it Rio. Here's your chance to add some real excitement to the games...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Blog Change

So I've decided to change up my blog. The summer is coming to a close, and I want to still blog a bit, but it's not going to have the same format.

Ok, the biggest change is going to be fewer pictures of my son.

Aside from that, the kinds of commentary that I will be posting will probably be a bit snarkier, but still very much focused on my thoughts on kids and being a dad. I hope anyone who is reading still enjoys the blog!