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October 31, 2003 on 7:52 pm | In Main | No Comments

Happy Halloween! Cortney threw a big MOMS club party at the house today. She spent much time getting ready for it. I even had to cut coffin-shaped sandwiches last night. Cortney says the party was a big success.

Sean did not go trick-or-treating in our local neighborhood. Sean wasn’t thrilled about wearing his costume, so the only thing we could think of was to take him over to his friend K.C.’s block to go trick-or-treating. KC has the same Bob the Builder costume that Sean does. I stayed home with Ethan and manned the candy bowl. I was watching TV while waiting for the trick-or-treaters, and every time I got up to go to the door, Ethan got up and followed me. All of the girl trick-or-treaters and parents standing in the street thought Ethan was cute.

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October 30, 2003 on 8:57 pm | In Main | No Comments

I took time off of work to go to Sean’s halloween party at pre-school today. Sean was dressed up as the same character as the teacher — Bob the Builder. Unfortunately, they cancelled the big costume parade because the students weren’t allowed outside due to the smoke (from the California fires). Instead, the costumed students as well as the parents and teachers toured several classrooms. I was interested to see how Sean did in the school setting. I was surprised to see how shy Sean was in the classroom. He is much more assertive when he is at home, or playing with his friends in his playgroup. Still, Sean seems to enjoy himself at school. The experience was worth taking the time off of work.

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October 29, 2003 on 8:49 pm | In Main | No Comments

We had gray skies today. It turns out it wasn’t clouds, but high altitude smoke from the California fires.

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October 29, 2003 on 8:39 pm | In Main | No Comments

I took Ethan with me to Sean’s soccer practice. Ethan did well walking in his new shoes. He enjoyed walking all over the grass field. Sean did well again at soccer practice. He participated in all of the drills. His only problem was that he wandered off occasionally. Still, I rewarded him with a trip to the playground, where both Sean and Ethan had fun. After playing for a while, Sean left the playground willingly, but then had a total meltdown in the parking lot. I don’t understand what happened, but he wouldn’t listen, wouldn’t walk with me, and pitched a fit when I put him in the car seat. He was fine again when we arrived home. Oh well.

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October 28, 2003 on 8:14 pm | In Main | No Comments

Tonight was library night again. This time, Ethan wore his new shoes. He wasn’t happy when I first put them on, but once I brought him to the library, they didn’t seem to bother him. I did notice he would frequently crawl where he would have walked before. With Ethan’s nice new haircut, I noticed he was getting more attention from the other moms at the library. Sean was very well behaved. During the baby story time, he actually did some of the baby rhymes with a teddy bear. During story time, he sat in the front row, and quietly listened to all of the stories. This is the first time he has done this. He was rewarded when the librarian brought out her halloween cauldron, which had some treats inside.

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October 27, 2003 on 8:38 pm | In Main | No Comments

I wanted to go to the football game today. The Miami vs San Diego game was moved to Tempe, because of the wildfires near San Diego. They didn’t have time to print the tickets, so the game was free. All we had to do was drive down there. Cortney, the voice of reason, talked me out of it. We had our parent/teacher conference for Sean this evening, and there is no way we could have kept both kids up to 11:00 in the evening.

During the parent/teacher conference, we learned that Sean was making limited progress, but with no particular areas of concern. It’s not really a big deal; Sean still has a year and a half more of preschool.

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October 26, 2003 on 7:17 pm | In Main | No Comments

Today was a busy day. This morning, we went to the desert botanical gardens, which is next to the Phoenix Zoo. They had a hay ride and a pumpkin patch this weekend. We started off by touring the plants, but Sean didn’t care much for that. We had trouble getting Sean to finish the walking trail. Sean did have fun on the hay ride, which was an actual hay wagon pulled by a tractor. It was a short trip through the desert to the pumpkin patch. The pumpkin patch looked a little parched, and many of the plants did not make it through this week of record breaking temperatures. But at least they brought in enough pumpkins, so Sean and Ethan both came back with a pumpkin.

On the way home from the botanical gardens, we stopped by the mall. We bought Ethan’s first pair of shoes. This was also the first time Ethan has had socks and shoes on his feet. He looked uncomfortable wearing the shoes, like he didn’t know what was on his feet. But they looked like they fit him with some room to grow, so we bought them anyway. I also picked up a box of chocolates for Cortney for an anniversary present. We have been married for seven years now.

This evening, both kids were over-tired, so we had a little bit of a tough time. Ethan was also a little constipated. For the last few days, he has had mostly solid food, with very little of the baby food. I think his system is not used to so much solid food. So, we served him a full eight ounce mixture of prune juice, apple juice and a little water. I thought he wouldn’t like it, but he sucked it right down. We put both kids down to bed early, and they are already both asleep.

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October 25, 2003 on 8:58 pm | In Main | No Comments

We finally had a break from the hot weather today. I took Sean and Ethan out for a walk and for a stop by the playground in the park. Ethan now enjoys going down the slide. I let him craw up the stairs, and he works his way over to the slide, going down head first. He goes down fast, so I have to catch him at the bottom. I missed once, and he went face first into the sand. He wasn’t bothered at all, and walked over to the stairs for another trip down. Sean was very well behaved tonight. He left the park when I wanted to go, and he held my hand when we walked by the street. It was a enjoyable walk.

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October 25, 2003 on 8:53 pm | In Main | No Comments

Ethan had his first haircut today. He wasn’t too thrilled with getting his hair cut, but at least we didn’t struggle like we did when Sean was first getting his hair cut. Sean also had his hair cut today.

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October 25, 2003 on 8:02 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean did better in his soccer game. He played more than half the game, longer than he has ever played before. Cortney noticed that Sean was running after the only girl on our team, rather than the ball. At least he was interested in the game.

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October 24, 2003 on 9:51 pm | In Main | No Comments

Sean had a taste of trick-or-treating this evening. Cortney dropped Ethan and I off at Burger King while she took Sean to Fry’s grocery for there trick-or-treat special. Sean filled up his plastic pumpking with goodies while I let Ethan play in the ball pit. It wasn’t long before Cortney and Sean arrived, and soon after that, Sean’s friend K.C. arrived as well. Sean and K.C. spent quite a bit of time playing together. Both Ethan and Sean seemed tired on the way home, so I hope they sleep in late tomorrow morning.

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October 23, 2003 on 8:18 pm | In Main | No Comments

Tonight was pilot ground school night again. This evening, we learned about pilot charts. I didn’t realize there are the equivalent of highways in the air, with marked areas to fly from one area to another. I missed spending time with Sean and Ethan. I really wanted to tell Sean what a good job he did at soccer practice last night.

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October 22, 2003 on 8:30 pm | In Main | No Comments

I was proud of Sean this evening. I took both Sean and Ethan to soccer practice to give Cortney a break. Since I would have to keep an eye on Ethan, I knew there wasn’t much I could do if Sean did not want to practice. So, on the car ride over, I told Sean that if he listened to the coach, and did all of the drills, I would take him to the playground afterwards. The talk seemed to have worked. I was really impressed with not only Sean’s good behavior, but the fact they he worked hard in practice. After the practice was over, the coach thanked Sean for the good practice, and even asked me if I had been working with Sean between practices. Of course, I rewarded Sean with the trip to the playground. Now if I can just get Sean to do this during the game on Saturday!

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October 22, 2003 on 8:23 pm | In Main | No Comments

When I came home from work, Ethan walked over to greet me. Today, I believe he reached the threshold where he is walking more than he is crawling.

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October 21, 2003 on 8:13 pm | In Main | No Comments

Tonight was library night. Ethan really showed off his walking skills at the library. He enjoyed walking up and down the bookshelves, where if he lost his balance, he could reach out and right himself. Several times, he walked for twenty foot stretches. The moms who show up every week were impressed. Sean was in good behavior this evening. He sat quietly through baby time and story time.

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