I am such a terrible dad. Super duper terrible.
"It's a major award!"
--The Old Man, The Christmas Story
It was always so cute to hear what Nathan would call Katie and I as he, first, developed speech and then aged and developed his speech.
I had my laptop out today after getting a little work done when Nathan came over to ask me to look something up for him. So I fired up my browser and ran a Google Image Search for what he wanted.
Overheard in our house tonight...
Happy Valentines Day from everyone’s favorite li’l heartbreaker.
I was heading home from the theater — Katie sent me out to see Bohemian Rhapsody before it leaves the big screen — and I called to see if I needed to pick up anything before I got there.
Nathan found Photo Booth on his iPad. Oh yes, he found it alright. And I see every last one on my iPhone.
We got the news at 1:30 this morning. Well, actually, we were asleep when the email came in and the social media posts went live... Nathan’s school district was officially on strike.
Oh how this sight makes my heart swoon.
Guess what McDonald’s has now in their Happy Meals...
Oh. My. God. This is too much for me to handle right now.
So today is only October 27 and, yet, Nathan has now gone trick-or-treating twice already. The difference is that today, all three of us got in on the action.
It’s kinda becoming habit for me to start work on a video before the subject matter is done. As a result, I’ve been working on this video for a couple months now.
The other day, Nathan came home from school with a new book checked out from his library. It was titled DC Super Pets: Royal Rodent Rescue.
“Daddy, why does that pumpkin have ‘Nate’ on it?
Today, we all went to the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago. While normally we do our museum trip on his actual birthday, because Nathan is in school now, we thought it better to wait until the weekend.
I'm fairly certain I say a variation of this every year and will likely continue to say it until I can no longer say it anymore, but where in the heck did the last six years go??? Yes, Nathan is now six years old!
Last Monday, Nathan started playing basketball through our park district. We had intended to sign him up for fall soccer, but all sections of that for boys were canceled for no good reason. Argh!
On Tuesday, Nathan had a fire drill at school. He didn’t like it because the alarm was really loud and hurt his ears.
What does it say about me that, after a long time running of Nathan leaving his bed in the middle of the night to come sleep in our room, that when a night finally comes when he stays in his own bed, my first thought is not that he finally had a good night’s sleep, but that something is obviously wrong?
Today was Nathan’s sixth birthday party and what we hope will be the last time we hold it a month in advance of his actual birthday.
Parenting Pro Tip 176:
When you have a five-year-old who is not just terrified of death but also very literal when it comes to language, do not describe how tired you are by saying, “I’m dying over here.”
Nathan has a lot of fun with technology. Almost too much fun with it. As you know, he has started taking photos, wholly composed by himself. In addition to the few linked above, he has also taken a lot of toy photos on his iPad.
I realized something the other day. I already knew it, but it just didn’t click, as it were. I’m done driving Nathan to school and picking him up afterward. And, in another five weeks, I no longer have to drive him to and from daycare. At least not regularly.
I swear my kiddo kills me on a daily basis. And I don't mean literally, of course. He's just funny. Sometimes it's intentional, sometimes not so much. Here are a couple gems from today...
After Nathan had a sports day at school about a month or so ago and said he enjoyed it, we figured it was a good time to sign him up for a sport. We gave him a choice between soccer, football (U.S. variety), and teeball as they were the ones that were taught at his sports day.
Is the Lava Game just some kind of ingrained thing for all kids? You know the one... where you declare the floor to be “lava” and you must do everything you can to avoid touching it?
Katie and I had a little bit of home reno fun this past Sunday. We redid Nathan’s room. Technically this is about the third or even fourth time we’ve redone this room in the last six years. Whatevs.
Nathan cracks me up sometimes. Alright, not “sometimes” so much as “more often than not.” His latest? He wants a set of what he calls “battlebots.”
Last Tuesday, Nathan asked me where the camera was on my iPhone so I showed him. He snapped these. I had no idea until I found them the other day.
Nathan is shy one tooth as of this morning.
Today, we attended a Birthday Par-tea for Nathan’s cousin Ava. All the kids were dressed up as though for a full-on tea party.
Nathan leveled up in his swim class yesterday! He is now in level 5 after only about 15 months of organized swim lessons and loves it insanely.
By way of celebration of his actual birthday, how about a photo recap of Nathan's previous year?