Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gallimaufry

Last night turned our normal conventions on their head: The Boy stayed in his own bed until it was wake-up time in the morning, and Little Bear climbed into bed with us around 1am or so. That hasn't happened often. In some ways, Little Bear is a better sleeping companion (less kicking, less pawing to get belly), but he also likes less physical contact than The Boy. So, he's better company but has less actual snuggles.


Yesterday was my first "new" not-as-late day, starting work at 9:30 instead of 8. That let me bring the older boys to school on my way to work. I liked it, particularly when The Boy's teacher told me how great he's been this year. "A real leader in the classroom," she said. Granted, I expect nothing less - that's what I've been like, everywhere I've gone (sorry for the ego, kind of), but it's nice to see it coming down into the next generation. The Wife says he's inherited my stubborn argumentative nature as well, which is less complementary. Hopefully, I can teach him to control it better than I can.


I had quartet rehearsal last night. The boys all went to sleep on the early side, so The Wife was able to come downstairs and give us some pointers. You know what I love about my quartet? The amount of time we spend rolling on the floor laughing. When The Wife came to coach a bit, she was laughing just as hard as we were, so I'm glad that other people can feel it, too. With luck, I'll be singing with these guys for years and years. Not only do I enjoy singing with them, I >like< them, too.


The Nintendo Wii has gotten a lot of use over the past week: moreso since the older boys figured out how to turn it on and navigate to the games they want to play. I'm kind of happy about that, because I like the concept of video games (like Wii Sports, which is all they're really playing right now) that require some physical movement in addition to video game hand-eye coordination. Eventually, I know they'll graduate to the Mario Kart and Smash Brothers games, which should be a lot of fun as well. The struggle with this, as every parent knows, is to figure out how much video game time is good for the kids and how much leads to overstimulation and a complete lack of physical activity.


We've always thought The Baby looks an awful lot like The Boy, and he does. This morning, with his haircut and the particular direction of light in the bedroom, he looked an awful lot like Little Bear. That's the first time that I've actually noticed that resemblence. I mean, I know they all look similarly, to an extent - they're brothers, after all.


A couple of days ago, The Baby had used the potty right after he woke up. Afterwards, we figured that it was reasonably safe to let him run around naked and air out his junk for a little while. He found a stink bug crawling along the floor and stopped to look at it. Funny part? After about ten seconds, he peed on the stink bug. I'm fairly sure it was unintentional, but it was pretty funny.


My father's coming to town this weekend. This is the first time he's been here since... ummm... November, maybe? I think the Metro show. The older boys and I saw him in December, but he was away most of the month of January. We're all excited to see him, but - truth be told - I don't really have anything planned for the weekend. That's not necessarily a bad thing. The only item definitely on the agenda is the older boys' swim class on Sunday afternoon. We might go real-life bowling, and I hope to have breakfast with TWO GRANDPAS!!!! on Sunday morning. There will likely be playground or sledding time, depending on which is appropriate.


The Boy is really into the movie "The Incredibles" right now. I'm okay with that. The Incredibles, which is loosely similar to / based around the Fantastic Four (my favorite comic book ever), is a great movie that shows how families can stick together to conquer any kind of problem. That's also the core concept behind The Fantastic Four: family and adventure, in that order.

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