Thursday, June 19, 2008

a few Connor tidbits...

Just sharing a couple interesting things Connor has said or done recently...

- His new favorite show is the Discovery Channel's six part video series titled "When We Left Earth: The NASA missions." The sixth part won't air until this Sunday but we've been watching the first five portions On Demand. It's not something I thought Connor would really be into - it's almost all black and white with lots of narration that seems like it would be hard for him to follow but he is completely enthralled every second. I was worried that some of it might be tough to explain or hard for him to handle - like the three astronauts killed in the fire of the command module that came to be known as Apollo I for example - but he takes it all in, asks a few questions, and wants to watch more. Every afternoon between the time he wakes up from his nap and when Logan wakes up from his we watch a little slice of space history :)

- I don't actually remember requesting this, but we got a packet in the mail from with McGruff's safety tips for kids including how to deal with bullies, how to stay safe on the internet and general tips on how to stay safe. This has lead to many conversations about strangers and who you can share certain information with (like our address, name of his school, etc), and who is allowed to pick him up from school. We let him choose his own code word for who is a safe person and have talked about how he can't say this code word - the safe person has to! He seems to be getting it and likes to talk about how to stay safe....a lot!

- At dinner tonight we were talking about the story they read and the ceramic piece he painted at the Crackpots preschool storytime earlier today. The book had a pirate theme and he painted a parrot which reminded him of this birthday party last year. He said that this year he wants to have a pirate theme again but "NO GIRLS are allowed to come. We're going to put up a sign that says NO GIRLS ALLOWED." I asked, "What about me?" "Oh, I guess you can come to my party cause you're a mom girl." "What about Grandmas?" "I guess they can come too." "What about Sailor?" (Sailor is his new best friend at summer camp) "Oh alright, I guess girls can come. But I'm still putting up the sign so no other girls sneak in." :)

- Our recent rains have made the weeds grow like, well, weeds. :) Connor has been a big help getting rid of them! He puts on his gloves just like mine, pulls a few weeds here and there (especially the tall ones - he loves those), waits for me to fill up the big orange Home Depot bucket and then empties it into a wheelbarrow. He then pushes the wheelbarrow over to the other side of the yard where he helps Jeremy put the weeds in trash bags. It's really a lot longer process than it needs to be, of course, but he loves being "the trash man" including making trash truck noises along the way.

- Connor's first t-ball game was last Monday and he had a great time! He got to bat 4 times and did a great job running the bases. The whole team took a bit to understand what to do when the other team hit the ball, but with only one practice before their first game and no prior t-ball experience, what do you expect? :) Pretty much everyone ran for the ball, one boy picked it up and then they all ran to first base. They don't keep score but a good time was had by all! Connor had a big cheering section with Papa, Grandma Willy, Grandpa Mark, me and Logan watching from the outfield and Daddy helping out on the field. Here are the kids running through the parent bridge after the game...

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