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September 30, 2002 on 8:08 pm | In Main | No Comments

My monthly total of hits for the month of September is over 1400, over 200 more hits than last month. This continues my streak of increasing monthly traffic for this website.

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September 30, 2002 on 7:59 pm | In Main | No Comments

It was a beautiful day today. Bright and sunny, breezy and warm, but not hot. On the way home from work, many people had their car windows rolled down. I didn’t have that luxury because my car was in the sun all day long. Sean and I had a pleasant walk over to the park after dinner. Cortney drove over a little while later to meet up with us. Sean was happy to show off his skills climbing up and down the curved ladder on the playground. Sean also did plently of running around. At one point, he tried to run into an ongoing football game being played by some older boys. I think he did enough running around that he started to get tired. Sean climbed in the stroller like he wanted to go home. As I started to push the stroller, he became very upset, and yelled “swing”. I got him out of the stoller, but he didn’t want to go anywhere. He kept saying “swing”, so I carried Sean over the the swingset. Just as I was about to put him in the swing, he yelled out “milk”. I thought ok, I’ll just take him home. When we got back to the stoller, he asked for the swing again. I ended up putting Sean back in to the stroller, strapping him in, and pushing him home kicking and screaming. He was fine after we arrived home, and played quietly for the rest of the evening. I never did figure out exactly what he wanted at the playground.

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September 29, 2002 on 8:16 pm | In Main | No Comments

The Diamondbacks start their postseason run, clinching home field advantage over St. Louis after today’s win.

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September 29, 2002 on 8:14 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean and I went to the park this morning. In addition to his usual activities, Sean has learned to climb up and down on the curved ladder. He is still a little unsure of himself, so I stand by to grab him in case he should fall.

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September 29, 2002 on 6:32 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean now knows the names of our cats. He has no problem at all with “Zip”, but he struggles with the f-l sound of “Floppy”, so that it sound more like “sloppy” when he says it.

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September 29, 2002 on 6:27 pm | In Main | No Comments

The only movie I watched this weekend was Monsters, Inc. This was a fairly entertaining story, which is quite good considering that this is a kid’s movie. The fact that this movie was generated by computer did not take away at all from the viewing experience. I’m wondering why more computer animated movies aren’t made. Only at the very beginning of the movie did I even think about the quality of the computer generated graphics. I tried to get Sean to watch the movie, but he isn’t quite old enough to sit through the entire 90 minutes. I rate this movie a B. From a kid’s movie perspective, this movie get’s an A.

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September 28, 2002 on 9:33 pm | In Main | No Comments

Why are the people protesting the IMF and Word Bank referred to as anarchists? As far as I can tell, they are totalitarian in terms of the political spectrum, in that they would prefer that some government entity regulate all economic activity and most social activity. Perhaps they are referred to anarchists because if the protesters actually were able to get what they wanted, modern civilization as we know it would not exist. I still think a political group should be referred to by their beliefs, and not the end result of their beliefs. It’s a shame these protesters aren’t putting their energy to more productive use. I largely blame leftist academia for the protester’s ignorance.

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September 28, 2002 on 9:30 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean’s word of the day is “chef”. In addition to knowing about the Iron Chef, he also recognized a chef in a picture in the newspaper.

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September 28, 2002 on 9:20 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean and I went to the park this morning. One of my neighbors and friend, Phil, brought his daughters Hannah and Chloe to the park as well. The two girls were mentioned in a recent article in the paper. Even though Sean knows the two girls, he mostly preferred to play on his own. I welcomed the opportunity to chat with an adult. Sean is starting to enjoy our little chase game more than the slides and swings.

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September 27, 2002 on 9:43 pm | In Main | No Comments

It cooled off a little today, so I took Sean to the park this evening. In addition to having fun on the playground equipment, Sean also had fun running around. Sean liked it the most when I ran after him, matching my pace to his so that I was making the same sound on the sidewalk that he was making. A storm front passed over us while we were on the playground. This storm was one of those desert storms where the rain evaporates before it hits the ground. We did get a few drops to fall on us when the wind blew, just enought to get Sean’s outfit muddy when he went down the slides. We had to leave earlier than we wanted to when we saw some lightning.

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September 26, 2002 on 8:38 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean and I had fun this evening. Before dinner, we played tag. I chased Sean around the family room and kitchen. We were doing figure eights around the kitchen island and family room sofas. After a while, we traded places, and Sean chased me. We kept this up long enough for Sean to be completely out of breath. After dinner, we had our first argument. We have a paper butterfly hanging from the ceiling in the nursery. Sean looked at the butterfly, and said “zebra”, as the butterfly has dark and light stripes. I said, “no, butterfly”, and Sean calmly replied back “no, zebra”.

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September 25, 2002 on 9:02 pm | In Main | No Comments

We tried to get Sean to work on his numbers this evening. We had a tought time, because he was disappointed he didn’t get a chance to show his alphabet skills! Sean can now say the numbers 1 through 10. We need to put the numbers up on the wall so he can also learn to recognize them.

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September 25, 2002 on 7:44 pm | In Main | No Comments

Another evening where Sean had just too much energy. If I didn’t feel like I was coming down with a cold, I would have taken Sean into the swimming pool. It’s been to hot to do any thing else. Monday tied the record high, yesterday set a new record, and today was one degree shy of the record high for this day. The forecast is for cooler weather this weekend.

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September 24, 2002 on 7:58 pm | In Main | No Comments

Every night, we have Sean say the alphabet before he goes to bed. We have the alphabet up on the wall, with pictures to go with each letter. Tonight, Sean identified 14 out of the 26 letters. He only seems to have trouble with about five of the letters, so this number should improve.

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September 24, 2002 on 7:56 pm | In Main | No Comments

It looks like I might be coming down with the same cold that Cortney and Sean had last week. I came home a little early to rest up.


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