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November 24, 2003

Bald is Beautiful

There is something about hair, or more accurately the lack of hair, that intrigues Noah.

As far as I know, Noah has only been around one person that is follically challenged. For some reason, that image has burned itself into his brain. Now, whenever he sees a picture of a bald person from the back, he asks if it is that person. Yes, I am not coming directly out and saying who that person is, just in case they have an issue with it.

Anyway, Noah took it to a whole new level yesterday, as children often do. This time, we were at a restaurant having lunch when a man who had shaved his head came in.

Noah got this look on his face, and I knew what was coming... In a not-so-quiet voice Noah exclaimed, "Where did his hair go?'

Misty and I immediately hushed him as well as we could, but he kept asking.

"Where is it?"

Since we were already getting ready to head for the door, we were able to quickly extricate ourselves from the situation.

We have to remember that Noah is at that age where everything that comes out of his mouth is liable to embarass us.

November 20, 2003

Dedication

As I mentioned previously, we enrolled the whole family in Tae Kwon Do recently. I have discovered something... In order to keep the household going while still maintaining three different training schedules takes a lot of juggling.

Noah goes to class Monday through Thursday from 4:20 to 5:00. That works pretty well because Misty picks him up from daycare at 4:00 anyway. She can get there, get him into his uniform and to class on time as long as the daycare provider doesn't want to chat.

Misty goes to class Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00. Again, that works out pretty well for her since she can get home from Noah's class, start supper and get changed before she goes to class.

I go to class Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00. This is where it gets a little strange. In finish making dinner and feed Noah. I usually don't eat because, lets face it, who really wants a big ol' belly full of food right before working out. Then I have to load Noah up in my vehicle, take him to the school and wait until Misty is done. Then Misty has to load him up in her vehicle and head home. Of course, when he gets there, he wants to stay.

We all really like Tae Kwon Do, so we will dedicate the time to make it work, but I have to admit that the timing is a bit of a pain. I can't imagine what it is like for those families that have multiple children in multiple sports and activities.

November 19, 2003

Why? Why? Why?

Anyone who has ever been around a three-year-old will can attest to the fact that they love to use one word more than any other word. That word is "why".

They will question everything. It doesn't matter what it is. Here is a recent example:

"Why is Sammy a dog?"
"Because he is."
"Why?"
"Becuase"
"Why?"
"Because that's the way it is."

And it will contunue on and on.

But, if you want to have fun, turn it back on them. Start asking them an unending stream of whys. It is really fun to see what their reaction is. Here is the one we had today:

"Daddy, don't brush my hair."
"Why?"
"I don't want to."
"Why?"
"Because."
"Why?"
"Because!"
"Why?"
"Daddy... I said because!"

That last line he does this really cute thing where he points at me and gets this real serious look on his face.

It is really fun to turn the tables on him and see the exaspiration on his face that I know that I feel.

"The important thing is not to stop questioning." -Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

November 17, 2003

Tae Kwon Do

When you have a three-year-old that has a tendency to kick and punch when he decides to throw a fit, what is the best thing that you can do? Teach him to kick and punch more accurately and with power.

OK. I'll be the first to admit that this may not be one of my brighter moments, but Misty and I decided to enroll Noah in Tae Kwon Do last week. Not just Noah, but the whole family. We have only been going a week, and I can already see a change coming over Noah. The changes are kind of small at the moment, but they are there. He really pays attention to Master Justin, the instructor at the school that we are going to. Master Justin is a 24-year-old guy that has the patience of Job. He just doesn't take on the responsibility of teaching one or two three year olds, but he teaches a class of 15 three through seven year olds. And he does it by himself. That is what I call impressive.

Already, Noah is working through the basic hand movements. This isn't the simplest thing in the world, especially for a child as young as he is. He knows that you start with a double punch and that you move into a side block. There are several movements after that, but this is great progress.

Here are a couple of other observations that I have about getting a child as young as Noah into something like Tae Kwon Do.


  • Talk to the instructor. There will be a lot of instructors that have no interest in teaching children. There will also be instructors that say that they will teach kids, but only because they need the money. Find one that you are comfortable with.

  • Talk to your friends, neighbors and coworkers to see if they have any recommendations. Chances are, you will find people that know something about the local schools.

  • Go with your kids. They will be more comfortable with you there. Also, there really isn't anything cuter that a little kid running around in a dobok.

  • Get involved and learn it as well. It is a great workout and you really don't want to be shamed by having your child kick your butt when he is five.


Noah has really taken to Tae Kwon Do and so have Misty and I. I am sure there will be more to come.

Who knows, maybe we will have the next Chuck Norris on our hands.

November 16, 2003

Life Happens

What can I say? Life happens.

It has been a long time since I posted anything out here. Its not that I have abandoned the site... Life has been happening all over the place.

Work has been a bit crazy. I spent most of the month of October traveling. I have never really enjoyed traveling. Basically, you work a ton of hours and then you either go back to the hotel and watch TV or you go to a restaurant, have a few drinks and then go back to the hotel and watch TV. It could be fun, but I would rather be home. Before Noah, Misty never really liked it when I traveled. Now, there is even more dislike. When we are both home, we can play off of each other and act as a pressure valve when things get a little crazy. When I am not here, things get pretty stressful. The travel schedule has decreased, so things are starting to get back to normal there.

Things around the house have been pretty busy recently as well. Besides my travel schedule, we went on vacation the first week of November. This is our normal big vacation that we always take during that week, only with a twist. Instead of heading down to Florida and having a Disney experience, we went on a Disney Cruise. I have to say that it was one of the more enjoyable vacations that we have had in a while. We went on an 7-day Eastern Carribean cruise to St. Martin, St. Thomas and Castaway Cay. All of us had a great time. Misty and I shot close to 20 rolls of film and Noah used up 3 disposable cameras while we were on the trip. Once we get them all back, I will post some of the photos up here as well as some insider information that people might find useful for cruising with a 3-year-old.

3-year-old, you ask? That's right. Noah turned three while we were on the ship. We thought that when he turned three, everything would be so much easier and the terrible twos would be over. I can tell you from first hand experience... Nope. Not even. Part of Noah's recent issues have been that he hasn't completely recovered from the trip and has been pretty cranky. Hopefully, he will recover soon and will be back to his normal loveable self.

Like I said, life has been happening all over the place. Watch where you step or you may ruin your shoes.