How Do They Know?

Hello Friends,

Our spring break was last week. We started on the prior Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ( Holy Week), then had the week following Easter for fun. The girls are back in class this week though, and here’s how this Monday morning looked:

Let me dub in the audio of Sweetie’s alarm ringing just feet away from her. I let it go to see how long it would take her to wake up. The punchline here is that Sweetie was up before six a.m. most days over break. Yet come Monday she’s still snoozing away at 6:30. Hence my question in the title, ” How do they know?”

We stayed around town for spring break, didn’t go anywhere special or do anything particular – we’re saving that for the summer. Plus, it was cold!

So why was Sweetie up early every day? And to be clear, if Sweetie got up, nobody was asleep long after. She got the house moving with early morning stomping, yelling to Cricket (to see if she was awake) and generally making a ruckus. We weren’t heading out for adventures, we used break for practical things like doctor visits and grocery shopping. And playing, lots of playing.

This often happens on the weeknds too. We relax the bedtime schedule on Fridays, so the girls often go to bed a little later. But come Saturday they’re up and ready to go…and early. It’s like our girls, or maybe kids in general, know that we aren’t going to have an agenda on Saturday morning. Nothing to structure their time, so they can use it as they want. And with that, they maximize their waking hours. Gotta be.

Well, I hope that your spring break was enjoyable and your return to school easy. And if that sentiment doesn’t really apply to you because you’re not currently growing children, know we still wish you well. We’re gearing up for the spring, even though it’s still not warm (yeah, recent snow here too). And we’re grasping at every bit of sun amd warmth.

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Not Warm Yet

Hello Friends,

Here in Chicago we have reached that time of year where the sun is coming out more and the temperatures are rising during the day, but it is not warm yet. These bouncing temperatures mean children are over-dressed and under-dressed daily, so everyone gets sick. We are just coming off a 10 day course of antibiotics ourselves.

Despite the cold, the sun is causing some spring fever. The girls want to get out! Nothing like playing with pails and shovels in your scarf and mittens (Sweetie is fond of bundling up). Or a tricycle ride in mittens.

We are trying here, friends! We are on the mend, the temp is on the rise – you’ll be seein’ more from us. We hope you all are dealing with the spring well, maybe we’ll see you out there.

Super (Kids) Day

Hello Friends,

One quick note before I launch into today’s post. The 100th Day of School is a thing – clearly, I had no appreciation for this school milestone. Wife informed me that I would’ve known this if I spent anytime on Facebook. I learned after coming across multiple pictures of 100th- Day projects while looking up images for today. G.I.Joe always said knowing is half the battle, and, now I know. Moving on…

Today’s theme is also a “thing”, if you happen to have a student learning to read with the Superkids program. Sweetie’s class has been using the program all year. She loves the online games and songs. I love that she keeps picking up books around the house and reading them. I appreciate witnessing the results of her school days.

Today is Superkid day, where the students choose one of the fourteen Superkid characters and dress like him or her.

Sweetie chose “Ettabetta”, known for her love of puzzles, riddles and ryhming names. Glasses? Check. Blue hair ribbon? Check. Elf brooch? Check. Details nailed, happy kid.

Besides emulating these characters, who they love, the kids also get an “out-of-uniform” day. So it’s like a double bonus around here.

That’s our big excitement for today. Chicago is slated to get slammed with snow over the next days, we’ll just have to see what happens. Stay safe out there, friends. I hope you are having a super day too! (groan)

100 Days

Hello Friends,

The girls just celebrated the 100th day of school. The teachers use this milestone to teach about the number “100”. They excercise creativity and make up fun counting and grouping activities. Sweetie’s teacher requested that the kids bring in 100 pieces of a particular item for their celebration. Here’s her submission:

We discussed the project for two weeks without settling on a particular item. Then, while cleaning and sorting some bricks, I came up with a Lego-based project (okay, didn’t mean to be literal there). I ran the idea past Sweetie and we agreed on three sets of 25 bricks and one set of 25 random pieces (understood and translated by Sweetie as “rainbow”).

After double-checking my brick count, Sweetie got to building. She went with a school/classroom build in alignment with the theme. And I just let her build.

This is all her, with one exception. She was having a time getting the yellow gate to act like a door, so I made the suggestion to put it on the propeller. I pulled that bit o’ genius from my “Lego Maniac” days. See if you can spot some pieces from those days. Yep, there’s some classic space in there, along with windows from the town hospital set, and obviously two of the minifigures are retro.

I’ll write more about my history with Lego bricks at another time. Suffice to say it was many happy years of building. My long-time friend Captain Jack and I were often at odds as I would keep the kits together and organized, while he would combine them to create complex, original structures. Isn’t that the Lego dilemma? Good times, though.

I enjoyed watching Sweetie build her project with Lego. So thank you TLG for inspiring yet another generation to build with your blocks. I have to admit I was taken aback by the project as a whole, though. Are we really that far into the school year? It feels like time is flying since we moved back into the house. And I really can’t use that as an excuse anymore. Well, we’ll just have to look forward to the next 100 days!

Well, Happy 2018

Hello Friends,

No need to rush new year wishes, eh? Figure I have all year to wish you all well. After a date mistake in our checkbook last week I took a good look at the calendar. And yes, its been a month since I shared with you all.

What’s happened over the past month? Well, life, as I’m sure all of you are dealing with as well. Obviously, the girls are back in school – this is a good situation for all of us. The Christmas song lyrics about “hardly waiting for school to start again” resonated with me this year. We have started the new year with a renewed focus on learning activities after school, though. I’m trying to get Cricket to practice writing (ok, tracing) her name and the alphabet at home. And Sweetie is reading everything she gets in her hands – now to sit her in front of the piano more often.

And teeth – they keep falling out of Sweetie’s mouth! We saw Dr. Johnnie in December and he says she’s on track and right were she needs to be with these wiggly teeth. Loose and missing teeth just make for a funny time. Not in time for fun Christmas cliches, but oh well!

The past few weeks brought ninja adventures,

bowling,

Lego fun,

and some snow,

The past two weeks have especially flown by. School holidays, colds, and a return to extra-curricular activities made the time feel short, compressed. But, as I wrote earlier, that’s life and all of you out there have dealt your own serving.

I’ve been thinking about you all as there is no shortage of content waiting for me to type. Over the next months I am looking to share more product and service reviews with you all, add a new category to the blog (which has beem haunting me since last 2016) and of course, detail our adventures, and maybe even some mis-adventures.

Wife, the girls and I wish you all the best. Maybe our New Year’s wishes can recharge the ones you got on January 1. Take care out there, I’ll write again sooner.

Merry (belated) Christmas-Day 12!

Hello Friends,

So, challenge failed? I mean, technically I didn’t post all the way through day 12. And then I took days off, right at prime posting time. Regardless of how late we are, we here at the D3 family wish you a Merry Christmas-for the whole season! We spent the Christmas days visiting with family, spanning from the Northwest suburbs to the far South suburbs. We clocked time with both Wife’s side of the family and mine. We managed to be at home for Santa to visit Christmas morning though!

We have spent the days since recovering from all the holiday fun, and taking care of a few things. A trip to our favorite pediatric dentist, Dr. Johnny, provided some motivation to sit down and write. I also have to tell all you Chicago folks about a children’s shoe store where we shopped. So no shortage of material as we wind down 2017, yet still that lack of time to get to it all!

Twelve Day Experiment-Day 11

Hello Friends,

Man, it is amazing how the right holiday activities and some sleep brought my attitude right back in line. Wife and I stayed up last night and put our Christmas cards on display. Our dining room built-in went from this:

Which isn’t terrible. It appropriately has own Nativity Scene, but lacks holiday zing. To this:

Its pretty cool to be able to cover the glass doors with all the cards from family and friends. Looking over the pictures and reading the messages brought me right back from yesterday’s funk.

Do you see your card in there? Look closely. We posted all of our cards, they were really stacking up!

After getting all of these up, Wife and I lay down for a long winter’s nap. And it was great to not set an alarm and not hurry to wake up. The girls even stayed in bed until 7:15 – unheard of!

And so today I am back in the Christmas Spirit! The girls are still a bit squirrely, but I know it’s just the excitement. And they are no different than their classmates (I compared notes with some other parents). We are feeling good, and I hope you are feelin’ it too, ’cause Christmas is comin’!