Archive for June, 2010

reading, spelling, counting

24 June, 2010

This evening, Mr Grunty got the big book of Mother Goose and was flipping the pages. Me, being lazy, just sat on the floor, not reading to my boy. Then Mr G starts reading, he would first tell us to look at the picture, and then name things in the picture and what they were doing.

“Look at the sky. And one is on the plane in the sky.”

The other evening, MyBetterHalf quietly told me, “I’m going to go get a C-O-O-K-I-E.” From across the room Ms Squeaky yelled out, “I wanna cookie!”

The other morning, whilst getting things ready in the kitchen, Ms Squeaky comes up to the gate and asks, “Papa can you count?”  I was very happy that my girl wanted to do counting with me, maybe she likes math as much as I do. So I started, “one…two…” and then Mr Grunty comes running around the corner and gives his sister a toy. She smiles and says, “Sank you Grunty.”

(If our children need to do something, we do the classic parental Count-to-Three.)


today with Mr Cuddles

18 June, 2010

Dear Mr Cuddles,

here was your day…

You woke up screaming about 6:10AM. I rushed in to get you, because I didn’t want you to wake your brother and sister. You quickly gulped down half of your 9 ounce bottle, and we hung out for a bit. Your mommy held you for a few minutes, and then she had to leave. You protested LOUDLY, you wanted her to stay and snuggle you. She didn’t want to leave, and was sad at your crying. You were so mad you didn’t even look out the window at her, as you normally do, smiling, banging on the window.

That woke up MsSqueaky. She came out to the living room, shuffling her feet, and sat next to  us on the couch.  You were finishing your bottle. I asked her if she would like to give you a hug, she smiled, and stretched out her arms. I helped you over to her, and you both were smiling, giving each other a big hug.

You and me hung out together today. We did some shopping. We got a smoothie, which you did not want to share with me. Even after your lips turned cold.

Speaking of sharing, at lunch, you thought it was hilarious to offer me a blueberry and then pull it away when I got close.

You chased the cats around the house, saying “ah-Kch, Kch, kchh” (which I think is kitty.) Sophie avoided you, she’s that way with children, they freak her out. Oliver will let you pet him, and mostly you pet nicely, although about half the time you pet him backwards (from tail to head). And sometimes he will rub against you to show that he likes you. Or owns you. You never can be sure with kitties.

Tonight, after dinner, because you brother wanted to see the buses, we drove by the bus station. You pointed to one, turned to your mommy, who was next to you in the middle of the kid-mobile, and said, “ah-buh, buh, buh”.

When we got home, you and Mr Grunty were chasing each other around the house. He had the little popper-mower. You would run behind, smiling and laughing. One point you tripped, and decided to just crawl, and started doing the sounds of the crawling game…I was going to join. But MrG said, “Papa, Cuddles wants to play with me.” And away you two went.

2010 NBA finals – game 7

17 June, 2010

It was fun snuggling with Mr Cuddles and watching the game.

Congrats, Lakers.

2010 NBA finals – games 5, 6 & 7

16 June, 2010

Game Five…I enjoyed the Celtics playing as a good team. I encouraged Kobe to go for more and more points, as his teammates did less and less. I was happy Boston won.

Game Six…OK, were the Lakers playing the Boston Women’s School for the Blind? I kept saying, “they’re only down by 18, and there’s lots of time…only down by 25…”

Game Seven. Here’s what I want.

  1. Kobe to have 22 assists*.
  2. Ray Allen to make eight consecutive 3 point shots in a half*.
  3. Gasol lead the Lakers in points.
  4. Kevin Garnet 10 blocks*.
  5. Rondo gets a triple double.
  6. Derrick Fisher makes last second shot to send it into overtime.
  7. Paul Pierce takes the game deciding shot at end of double overtime.

*would be NBA Finals records

NBA playoffs – part 7

6 June, 2010

Spurs @ Suns, game 2, on Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Cinco de mayo, the Suns were wearing their Los Suns jerseys. And also on the same night of the game, the Reverend Al Sharpton was in town to lead a march in protest of Arizona’s new anti-illegal-immigrant law. To the credit of the Suns owner, he called the law “flawed”. Before the game, the TNT announcer mentioned this, and then Charles Barkley said the law was foolish, the Hispanic community is the cloth of Arizona, and that we need the Feds to step up and deal with the problem so that small time politicians wouldn’t make fools of themselves. Chris Webber chimed in, that it’s no surprise, that Chuck D was singing “when I get back to Arizona” in protest of Arizona not even wanting an MLK day back in the 90s. The white TNT announcer then said, “…let’s talk some basketball”.

1st quarter, Suns down by nine.

Half-time, Suns caught up.

Suns won.

I noticed, Nash will dribble to the left of the backboard, cut around the baseline, and then swing a quick pass out across to a 3 point shooter. He did this twice, (which is why I noticed). Looking for it later, no. But I saw his other options, a layup, or a hand-off to Stoudemire.  (Oh, and I think I’m finally learning what a pick-n-roll is…I know…and after all those Jazz games I watched in the 90s.)

It is humorous to watch Nash do his two pretend free-throws before each shot. But hey, it helps him lead the league in free-throws made!

NBA playoffs – part 6

3 June, 2010

Finals, game 1, Boston at L.A.

Quote of the game, Chris Rock, “Kobe’s playing pretty good tonight. Is he in a contract year?”

Go Boston, beat L.A.