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Author: Gordon Created: 1/3/2007
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Do I Look Any Older
By Gordon on 8/29/2005

I started this weekend with two little boys.  Neither one had started first grade yet.  Both of them still rode bicycles with training wheels.  Two days later and Jacob reach two milestones of childhood.  He lost his training wheels on Sunday and started 1st Grade today.  He seemed to have aged years in two days.  So, I must be looking older too.

Although I do not remember my first day of elementary school, I still remember learning to ride my bicycle without training wheels.  Considering how traumatic that experience was, I was expecting the worst and was hesitant to remove Jacob's training wheels.  He was ready though.  In a mere 5 minutes, he was pedaling around the cul-de-sac.  What constantly amazes me about him is his desire to accomplish a goal.  Despite some initial setbacks (also known as falls), he refused to give up.  I often wonder where he gets that from.&nb ...

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At the end of 41
By Gordon on 8/2/2005

Today is my last day as a 41 year old - tomorrow is my 42nd birthday.  I can't believe it's the beginning of August already....where has the summer gone?

It has been a while since my last post so I will do some quick catching up.  In June, we embarked on a 5 day cruise to Bermuda, courtesy of my parents in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary.  In response to the usual question of "How was the cruise?" I usually responsed "Never go on a cruise with a 3 year old and a 6 year old."  That's not to say that we didn't have any fun, it's just that it wasn't a relaxing cruise.  Jacob got a throat infection and was miserable for much of the cruise (or at least when he wasn't doing something fun for a 6 year old) and Aaron was just a typical 3 year old.  But, we made the best of it and try to enjoy it as much as we could.

Jacob finished up kindergarten in the beginning of June and has ...

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Home at last
By Gordon on 5/11/2005
Aaron came home today.
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The saddest sight
By Gordon on 5/9/2005

Aaron has been sick for a few days.  I took him to the doctor today and they had me take him to the emergency room to have him checked out for pneumonia.  The hospital decided to keep him overnight as his blood oxygen levels were low.  I called Bonnie, who was leaving work early to take Jacob to the dentist to have his first baby teeth pulled and told her to meet me at the hospital. 

While we were waiting,  my poor baby was just lying there on the hospital bed moaning over and over "I want Mommy, I want Mommy".  Never before have I wanted to do more for a person but couldn't do a thing to help him.  I don't know what was sadder: the sight of that little boy lying on the hospital bed, or the feelings of inadequacy that I was feeling at that moment.

Fortunately Bonnie arrived and I rushed out to pick up Jacob and take him to the dentist.  At least there I could do some good.  When there is blo ...

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See, I told you.
By Gordon on 4/20/2005
We got a call this evening from Aaron's preschool teacher.  Seems Aaron wasn't very interested in having a snack today.  Instead of sitting at the table during snack time, he stood over near the Lego table.  He wasn't playing with the Lego's.  He was just standing there, quiet and still.  After a few minutes,  Ms. Tracy, one of the teacher's assistants, ask Aaron if he was going potty.  Aaron said no and continued to stand there.  A few minutes later, Ms. Tracy asked him again if he was going potty.  Aaron then pulled down his pants, pulled down his pull-up and said, "See I told you I wasn't going potty."
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