Nathan is a loving kid full of pure intention and trust and joy. He will often tell Katie and I he loves us or give us random hugs and kisses or jump up in our laps to cuddle up. He seriously makes life worth living every day.
Nathan is developing a strong sense of who he is... and a sense of humor.
Not only did I give my birthday dinner to my son, but we spent my birthday found things for Nathan.
Not only is Nathan potty trained for all intents and purposes, but he's taking it a step further... he's peeing standing up.
Earlier this evening, my parents took my brother and I out to celebrate our birthdays. It's convenient to do this together as our birthdays are only six days apart (and four years).
Happy Thanksgiving from Katie, Kevin, Nathan, and Norman!!
Remember when I said that Nathan would likely cry up a storm when his snowman melts?
Considering the four or so inches of snow we got on Friday into Saturday, we did what anyone else would do with a young kid.
Thank you to all our veterans. We are all truly grateful for all you've done.
If you follow my Twitter feed, you know that I was at the Healthy Driven Naperville Marathon & Half Marathon today. Not as a runner, but as staff. Communications, mostly. A lot of photography. Even more social media outreach. It was fun. But you don't need the details.
"Urf!" I yelped in a high pitch to which Nathan giggled.
I hate the proverbial "Indian Summers" we get this time of year. I also hate that they're called "Indian Summers," but what can you do? I don't think there's another name for them.
Although he didn't go out trick or treating tonight due to horrendous weather in the area, our little man did get to enjoy three other off-day trick or treat sessions for which he was dressed up as...
One of the great things about living in a place where both of our families are available is that Katie and I can generally find someone willing to take care of Nathan so we can go out. We don't do it often (every few months), but it's nice to have that in place.
When Katie was pregnant with Nathan and for the first couple years after that, I was warned by so many parents to watch out for the "terrible twos," that age when kids start to truly, ahem, assert themselves.
14 years ago today, Katie and I recited vows in front of family and friends and became husband and wife. I like to think that after 14 years, we are stronger than ever.
Today, Katie, Nathan, and I went to Scarecrow Fest in St. Charles. Katie likes to look around the arts and crafts tents and Nathan loves playgrounds. Since Scarecrow Fest has both, it was a win-win. I took him to the playground.
Earlier today, Nathan looked at me and said, "Awrrrrrr!"
For the last three Mondays, I've had the privelege of staying home with Nathan. My parents, who typically provide daycare for Nathan on Mondays, were on vacation. Instead of dishing out for an extra day of paid daycare, I had the PTO and decided to use it.
For a few years, we've been told that an effective way of potty training a child, particularly a boy, is to let them run around the house mostly naked. Or, at least, naked from the waist down.
I stayed at home today with Nathan and awaited his wake up after Katie left for work.
For the first time in our marriage, Katie and I were actually able to see some celestial anomaly. Due to storms, cloud cover, being tired, being in the wrong part of the world, etc., we've never seen eclipses, shooting stars, borealises ("borealii"?), etc.
During trips to the park the last couple of days, Nathan has been quick to find the moon in the early evening sky. I'm not sure how he knows the moon in the non-nighttime sky, but he does.
Today, our little man turned three. Where the time has gone, we have no idea. It has flown by like a flash and yet so much has happened that we can't keep track of it all.
Nathan never fails to amaze me daily with what he learns. Today, for example, he and I went to Trader Joe's to pick up the fixings for pizza and he made an observation as I was getting him out of the car.
So this happened today (I apologize if you already saw it plastered all over my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr accounts)...
There's nothing quite like family fun when you've got a young'un who really doesn't express much of an opinion (yet) about what he'd prefer to do all the time.
Today was a Daddy/Kids' Day with my brother and his daughter, Zoey, and we went to the United Center to see Marvel Universe Live!
In the past, holidays didn't mean much to Nathan. Sure, once he got into the groove of opening presents, he enjoyed it, but it still wasn't that big a deal.
It was a scorcher today. Okay, maybe not as hot as it was last year when we went this time last year. At least we had a slight breeze. It didn't matter. Nathan was happy. Hot, but happy. He was seeing Thomas. I have pictures to prove it.
I know I promised this recap about nine days ago, but, let's face it, there were already enough media outlets covering the Pitchfork Music Festival both as it was going on and in its aftermath, that mine just would've been overkill.
Originally, I had planned on today's post being a meme I found over on Dave2 and Kazza's blogs. However, when I discovered it was 100 questions, I changed my mind. Memes are fun. Usually. When they're short, that is. Holy god.
I'm lying on the floor after a tickle fight with Nathan.
Some of you have asked how the flooring project has been coming and I'm very overdue on an update.
Sorry, folks, but I got nuthin' for this week's Story Sunday.