Week in Review

25 01 2009

It’s been a busy week

Sunday, January 18

Another snow storm and church was canceled for the second week in a row.

Monday, January 19

Had the day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Made french toast for breakfast and spent the afternoon sledding.

Tuesday, January 20

Listened to President Obama’s inauguration while waiting to pick up Grant from Preschool and the watched it on the internet with the boys sitting on my lap. It’ll be interesting to see if they remember watching it.

Finished introducing the Cub Scouts to chess for their belt loop. We had a quick review of how the pieces move and then six games going at once. Two of the older boys played each other, but we had adults to play against all the other cubs. They seemed to have fun, so hopefully it was a good introduction for them.

Wednesday, January 21

Grant and Tanner’s second week of ice skating lessons. Getting everyone out the door in order to get them to the rink in time is a bit of a challenge, but they’re still having a good time.

Thursday, January 22

Tanner’s first dentist appointment. Amazingly, he’s been looking forward to the dentist since Grant came home with a toys and dental floss. I wish we had brought a camera, because it would have been a great shot of him sitting in the dentist’s chair with huge green sun glasses on.

We also had an interesting visit from the HVAC man due to a lack of heat after we got home from the dentist appointment. He found a fully unfolded napkin and an 8 1/2 x 11 inch page from a Lego catalog mysteriously in the furnace’s air filter.

Friday, Janary 23

Nothing to report.

Saturday, January 24

Portsmouth Ward got slaughter by around 40 points by Exeter Ward in the Stake Basketball Tournament. Losing meant we didn’t have to spend the whole day waiting to play again, but it would have been nice if the score was a little closer. We did go out to breakfast at a great little place after the game with about half the players and their families.

Since we were in the area, we also stopped at Highland Hardwoods so I could show Jenn and the boys where most of my wood comes from. It was cold because they had both of the huge doors open on each end and the wind was blowing straight through, but Grant kept asking for pieces of wood to take home and we found that they now have eucalyptus in stock.

Sunday, January 25

Tanner gave his first prayer in Primary. He’s been looking forward to it since he was assigned three weeks ago and he did a great job. When we were home I told him he did a great job and a sad / concerned face he said “But I forgot to say please bless us that we’ll have a safe ride home.” We told him he would just have to remember next time and he was happy again and looking forward to being assigned another prayer.

– Jared


Christmas Concert

11 01 2009


The only time I play the sax these days is at Christmas. The year we got to have a whole concert because the boy’s grandmother sent them each a drum, a saxophone, bells, and a harmonica (which we gave them a week later). The boys both found notebooks to use as music books and alternated playing along with their drums and saxophones. It was noisy, but fun and they boys have had a great time with their new instruments.

Every fall their is a large marching band competition at Dover High which is down the road. For the past two years we’ve brought the boys and they enjoy listening to the bands. Since Christmas they have been prettending to be in the marching band whenever they are playing their instruments.

Another related story: The boys don’t wake up with Santa anticipation yet and so instead of rushing downstairs to their stockings on Christmas morning they played in their room for a bit while Jenn and I were in bed listening to them. After a bit we heard Grant pick up his drum and say with glee: “I’m going to play a wake-up song!”

– Jared

Happy Halloween

31 10 2008

Some highlights from Halloween:

Books are more interesting than candy:

Every year Measured Progress has trick-or-treating at our largest building. With three floors of offices and cubicles the boys get so much candy that we have to bring along extra bags to empty their candy into otherwise they want us to carry their buckets. The boys were just getting started on their second floor when Tanner found a cube lined with books. He set his bucket down and started trying to pull the books out saying he wanted to read. It was a pleasant surprise to see that Tanner was more interested in the books he had found than getting more candy.

Check the sign on the door

After finishing the last floor, Grant and I were a little ahead of Jenn and Tanner on our way to the elevators when Jenn called me back saying that Tanner had gone in the bathroom and needed to pee. Tanner has been potty trained for awhile, but it’s still important to make sure he gets to a bathroom ASAP when he says he needs to go. I quickly gave Jenn the things I was carrying and followed him in. When we came out, Jenn told me that Chris, our IS director who was close by, said “He does that all the time” referring to me. I didn’t understand and gave a confused look, so she pointed to the sign on the door. I had just followed Tanner into the women’s bathroom. In hindsight, I did notice that the bathroom was a little different, but didn’t think much of it because my office is in a different building.

Sharp teeth take care of sticky candy

We came back to the house for dinner before visiting our neighbors. They boys were not allowed to have any candy until after they had eaten their dinner. We had also told them we were going to get rid of the candy that was the worst for their teeth. While the I was waiting for the boys to finish their dinner I started going through their candy and throwing out the Butterfingers, Milk Duds and other candies that can really get stuck in their teeth. Tanner tried to persuade me to let him eat all of his candy by opening his mouth wide, pointing to his teeth and saying “See my teeth teeth dad? They’re very sharp and cut right through them.”

Great neighbors

Growing up I can remember thinking that apartments and condos must be an awful way to live. That idea probably came from growing up in a big old New England farmhouse with land, a pond and woods to explore and play in. Living in a group of ten row houses has completely changed my opinion. We have never had a single trick-or-treater in the five years we lived in our current home, but every year our neighbors have special treats waiting for Grant and Tanner. Some invite the boys in, at least a couple take pictures of their costumes, and everyone makes a big deal out of their visit. One couple who wasn’t going to be home left a paper back with Grant and Tanner’s name on it with treats inside.

I’m sure that not every group of row houses has the same type of community, but this one is really special. Our next door neighbor always brings gifts back for the boys when she travels and gets them birthday and Christmas presents. Her last trip was to New Mexico and she brought back an indian head dress and bow and arrow set. Another neighbor will sit down in the parking area and read to the boys when they bring their books out and ask her to read to them. One of our other neighbors lets them do whatever they want to him. One day I came home and Grant and Tanner were using him as their dump truck. They had their toy front loaders and were scooping up piles of dirt and pooring it down his shirt while he sat on the steps. Another woman who likes to scrapbook has taken pictures of the boys and made a little scapbook for them. Those are just a few of the great memories that we’ve had in this little community. I’m sure we’ll live in other great neighborhoods, at least I hope we will, but I doubt we’ll find another place that cares as much as this one.

Finally we took a drive over to Ken and Jen Perkes for the boys to trick-or-treat their and so we could check out their new place. It’s in a renovated mill building and it is beautiful. It’s the first mill turned apartment building that actually has a nice entrance. The whole place was done really well. They say that the view of the river is beautiful too, but all we could do was hear it. I have to say that I’m a sucker for exposed brick and the Perkes have plenty of it in their new apartment.

Happy Halloween!

— Jared

Another Tool

6 10 2008

Before church on Sunday Grant was pretending to be a plumber working on a leak in our bathroom. After a some tinkering he told me “It’s still leaking under there.” I asked if he was going to be able to fix it and Grant replied: “With another tool.”

I’m sure that won’t be the last time he says that phrase and I’m sure my future daughter-in-law is going to blame me for its usage.

— Jared

“The Bugs are Proud of Me”

20 09 2008

Grant was playing in the backyard tonight as it was getting dark and asked for bug spray. As Jenn was putting the bug spray on him tonight, he told her “the bugs are proud of me. They see me and say ‘Yay! We get to eat Grant.'”

“I have no idea how to get married”

11 09 2008

On the ride home after class last night, I told Jenn and the boys about two students who gave speeches on being in car accidents. The unique part was that the girl was the driver in both accidents and the guy was the passenger. In the first accident the girl had three bulging discs and the guy got a bloody nose and a scratched cornea. The second accident resulted in a fractured vertebrae and six months in a hard neck collar for the guy.

After retelling their stories, Jenn told the boys that those were examples of why you have to be careful driving. Grant promptly said “I have no idea how to drive” and a conversation followed about learning how to drive, driving safely and the comparative safe driving habits of Jenn and myself.

In a very serious voice, Tanner then stated “I have no idea how to get married!” Jenn assured him that when he was older and had met the right person, “we would talk about it” and that seemed to satisfy him.

— Jared