Bad News

Bad news can come from anywhere, at any time. What I’ve learned through the years is that all you can control is yourself, your actions and how you react to things around you. Bad things that happen, as well as good things, may be random or may be caused by your actions, but once they happen, that’s it. There is no need to fret over something you can’t change now.

Your best reaction now is to look for any lesson and chalk up any previous mistakes to what Dave Ramsey calls a “stupid tax”.

You Left and I Missed You

I went to tutor last night, after a long day out and about and I didn’t want to leave. Sully wanted to come with me, he even told me he could come. I told him what I was going to do was like work and I couldn’t take him.

When I got back, he told me that I left and that he missed me. He’s so articulate and sweet lately. I thought about next week when I leave to go to a conference and I don’t want to leave the kids. They are so loving and happy, it’s going to be sad to go.

Baptism for Baby

Today we are going to my niece’s baptism in Milford. It will be fun to see her in her dress and then to celebrate with family afterwards.

Big Boy Park

Sully rode his bike all the way to the park we call the big boy park. It’s toys are taller and more interesting. Usually when he takes the bike to a destination, he gives up on the way and ends up in the stroller, but not today.

He made it the whole way there without any direction from me. It’s probably 1/3 of a mile away, so it’s not like it’s the park behind our house.

Cece can feed herself with a spoon without making a crazy mess as well. These kids are so independent already!

Teaching

I enjoy teaching. I have been a tutor in the past and really enjoyed it. I’ve helped a 1st grader with her math, a 6th grader with her math, a high school student prepare to retake the ACT and many others. Most of them, if they are willing to learn, get a lot of value from our time together. My satisfaction comes from looking for ways to explain and demonstrate something that clicks with someone. Then, with repeated practice, they start to improve which helps their confidence and it all snowballs from there.

Tired kids

The upside of daycare is that my kids are worn out by the time they come home. They are ready for bed almost an hour earlier! That’s also because they are waking up earlier too. We have been through two days of daycare and I think it has been a really positive experience for both of them. They are getting used to all of their teachers. Sully is learning how to navigate the different aspects of his day – he can even go and see Cece in her classroom if he wants to.

Obsessions

I get obsessed with things. I discover a new idea and I get stuck on it, reading about it, watching videos, finding podcasts and talking about it non-stop. Usually it’s a business idea, a health idea or something else that I think might be revolutionary to my life. Sometimes it can be helped along by a surge of caffeine in the morning, but usually it’s a 2-week thing, or less.

I am becoming more aware of them because I can tell I lose enthusiasm about the idea really quickly if I let it sit and sleep on it. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Sometimes the idea feels silly later on or when I talk about it out loud, but other ideas stick with me, beyond the obsession stage and into the “I still need to do this” stage. I guess that is my filter.

Daycare

Today, our kids are going to daycare for the first time, all day. We are super nervous and excited for them to enjoy it. I think we picked a really great place with awesome people, so I have a lot of confidence they will come home happy and tired.

16 Years Ago

16 years ago, I was 16. I remember hearing about the World Trade Center attacks in Mrs. Reinstein’s class as we were leaving and then in Mrs. Edgar’s English class, was sat in silence watching the news reports for the entire period. Nobody said a word as we watched the second plane hit.

It feels like it was so recent to me, but it was half my life ago. The world changed so much in that day, but I was so different then. My motivations were making the varsity football team, hitting a 300 lb bench and getting good enough grades to get into Michigan. I didn’t know about the history of terrorist attacks, foreign-policy and the prospect of a war that would rage on until I was 32, and probably beyond.

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Cider Mill birthday

Today we went to three cedars farm for a friend’s birthday party. What a cool place. They have tons of stuff for kids including a train, hat ride, slides, animals, and a talking silo which was actually a little creepy. 

Sully rode the train twice. He loved it. There was also a tractor he got to sit on and some little tractor bikes you could ride around on. I couldn’t believe how many people were there as the day progressed. We got there right as they opened but it was already getting crowded. It was a lot of fun and already felt a lot like fall