Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Zach is on the left, a Storm Trooper. Adam is right, Darth Vader.

And the neighborhood:

Left to right: Elephant, age 4; Bumblee age 5; Vampire, age 9; Grave Reaper, age 9; Scooby Doo, age 3; Darth Vader, age 8; Wolfman, age 6; Storm Trooper, age 7; Viking, age 10; Alien, age 7.

MIA: Robot, age 7.

Here's the same group (almost) last year

Halloween 2008

Halloween 2007

Friday, October 22, 2010

Two things I have learned from my kids

We always talk about learning from other adults, but children can teach us a thing or two as well. I've learned a lot from my are two things I learned this week.

Zach :: Everybody needs down time

Aside from patience, I have learned that everyone needs quiet time, especially at the end of the day. When Zach arrives home from school, he does not like to talk. He walks in (he will say hi, and maybe ask for a snack), hangs up his backpack, takes off his shoes and just wants to "be."

Sometimes he'll tell me about his day. But more often than not, he will sit at the kitchen table and color or write, sometimes work on one of the 10 Lego creations currently under construction, or look at a magazine or book. Quietly.

Do not pepper him with questions:

"How was your day?"

"Did you have computer lab?"

"Who did you play with at recess?"

"What did you have for lunch?"

He will shut down and reply with the robotic "I don't know" or "I can't remember."

Think about it as a parent. When you arrive home after being gone all day and your children run to you and hang all over you...

"What are we doing now?"

"What are we having for dinner?"

"Tomorrow I have to bring this and this, so can we go to the store now?"

Or you significant other greets you at the door:

"You need to fix this."

"Will you be home Friday night? I made plans with the girls that night."

"Both boys need glasses."

It bugs me when that happens. I just need a few minutes to unwind, and then I will be ready to talk.

Adam :: Practice makes perfect

Ah Adam, my little perfectionist. Every week we practice spelling words. In his 2nd grade class, if you spell all the words correctly on Wednesday's test, the teacher sends home "Sharp Spellers' Challenge Words" to practice for Friday.

And these certainly are challenging. This week's words were echolocation, hibernation, mammalogist and nocturnal, just to name a few. These words were harder than usual, indicated by the words "VERY DIFFICULT" at the top of the list.

Adam practiced these words about six or seven times in two days. Normally it takes about three tries for him to get all the words spelled correctly.

If this were me, I would have tried maybe two times, and then said "good enough." These are extra credit words, I already aced the "regular" test.

Sometimes in the real world "good enough" doesn't cut it. Your work has to be ALL right, or it doesn't matter. Take the time to learn it, just like Adam.

Sounds like somebody else I know with the last name Dyer, first initial S...and it's not me.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

LEGO + Wii = Lego Wii Remote

O.M.G. Could this be for real? Two of our household's favorite toys combined into one glorious mechanism? The boys could only dream of something so fantastic.


The Lego Play and Build Wii Remote is an actual device. Not only is it a working Wii remote, but it comes with Lego pieces that can be rearranged and connected to all of our awesome creations.

What if you were playing Wii's Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga game WITH the Lego Wii Remote? My head is exploding.

This $40 remote is a bit more affordable than the Star Wars Lego Collector's Millennium Falcon set, a set which would require a Lego loan since it retails for $1,459.94.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Mommy Guilt

Scroll down for a translation of this note, or click on it to enlarge.
Monday at 8:43 pm

"Dear Mommy,
I missed you on Monday night. I wish you could be home at 8:43 pm. I do not like to sleep in my bed alone at night. I have been waiting for you for about 10 minutes now, I do not like to be alone in my bed."

Message to Mommy
Love, Zach

(found clutched in a sleeping Zach's hand when I got home that night)