Convincing Miles to get out the door in the morning is regularly a challenge. Well I'm happy to report that it was pretty easy today! Getting him in the car was the hard part. Miles walked briskly towards the car as I opened his door. When I turned to scoop him up, he was gone. … Continue reading Year 4, Day 264
Today was Miles's third day of German school, and it's been going extraordinarily well so far. As reported previously, Miles has been over-the-moon enthusiastic about going to a "big kid school." His teachers have said that he understands everything they're saying and follows directions well.* And at pickup each day, Miles emerges from the classroom … Continue reading Year 4, Day 211
Today, Miles started a weekend German program at the Deutsche Schule Charlotte. Every Saturday morning for the duration of the school year, Miles will attend a German language class (in the interest of achieving our ultimate goal -- sending him overseas so we can finally get a moment's peace). Miles's experience with new environments sans … Continue reading Year 4, Day 197
As is his wont, Miles casually announced, "I got a boo-boo," this afternoon. This is a nearly daily proclamation at this point, and I asked my usual follow-up. "How'd you get that one?" "From when I fell on the playground in the wood chips at school." I offered an observation. "Miles," I said, "it seems … Continue reading Year 4, Day 113
Me: "What did you learn about at school today?" Miles: "I didn't learn something at school." Either I need to reassess Miles's daycare or he's entered his teenage years a bit prematurely.
Part of my job at a learning center involved performing learning ability assessments for both prospective and current students. The battery can feel a bit intimidating, especially brand new clients whose previous experience with "testing" has been unsavory at best and a showcase of everything they're challenged with at worst. As a means to help … Continue reading Year 4, Day 77
With a gas crisis striking the East Coast this week, Jaclyn and I are trying to pare down the amount of driving we have to do, which is only relevant because it resulted in me being the one to pick Miles up after daycare yesterday, an occasion upon which I was delivered some unexpectedly clandestine … Continue reading Year 4, Day 76
Miles is learning about ocean life at daycare this week. The easiest way to find out about this is to ask him what the hell that thing on his head is. "It's a jellyfish."
While running errands with Mommy this afternoon, Miles thought it would be a good time to start planning for the future. "What's that?" he asked, pointing to a building outside the window. "That's a college," Jaclyn said. "One day when you're grown up and you finish school, you can go off to college and study … Continue reading Year 4, Day 18
I called Jaclyn after work this evening, and she had some exciting news for me. Miles got his first homework assignment today. By her account, he had come running out of daycare this afternoon holding up a paper and happily exclaiming, "LOOK! I GOT HOMEWORK!" This is the last time I anticipate him reacting to … Continue reading Year 4, Day 5: Baby’s First Homework Assignment!