Archive for November, 2010

The Pond View

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

The boys looking into a pond

Last Friday, we took a trip to the Lost Bridge State Recreation Area.  We arrived around 5:00 p.m.  The sun was beginning to set.  We took a flashlight just in case it got dark before we returned to our car.  Levi initially did not want to go on the hike.  After a while he started to enjoy himself and played in the leaves.

We also observed two deer,a buck and a doe.  Levi yelled at them and scared them off.  Still they were pretty close.  The view in the woods and off of the pond around sunset is quite simply amazing.  The trail has markers.  Both boys started counting them down from 16 to 1 (we walked the trail “backwards”).  It is amazing what they pick up and learn by themselves without prompting.  Opportunities to learn are everywhere.

We finally cleared the woods and arrived at the pond as the sun was setting.  The boys wanted to go out onto the dock on the pond.  They took some leaves and tossed them in and watched them float.  We spent some time there on the cool and quiet water letting the boys observe and experiment.

We finally returned to the trail as twilight arrived, and we used the flashlight briefly as we returned the van.  It was a fun hike in the woods for us and the kids.  I look forward to doing this more often in the future.

Isaac: And So the Sun Sets on 2

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

trail marker at twilight

Three years ago today, Mandi and I welcomed our second son, Isaac, into the world.  In fact, I caught his rather large head.  He was four weeks early due to preeclampsia.  He was still seven pounds, 15 ounces and 20.5 inches long at 36 weeks.

It is hard to believe three years have now passed since that snowy November day. My little buddy is growing so quickly.

We took a walk Friday at the Salamonie Reservoir at sunset.  This is where we took this photo of a trail marker. We saw a lot of deer.  Of course Levi had to yell at them.

Happy τρίτος (third) birthday, little dude.

Have Your Cake and Eat Pi Too

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Cupcakes of psi, pi and tria (3)

Mandi sure can bake.  Those are cupcakes with chocolate icing.  Isaac asked for an “alphabeta” cake for his birthday.  Isaac wanted a yellow cake instead of pumpkin cake, and Mandi offered white or chocolate icing.  Isaac chose chocolate.

The photo to the left has psi and pi on the top.  The bottom cupcake has “tria,” or the Greek word for “three” on it.  We had no idea Isaac would want Greek alphabeta cupcakes.  Isaac also helped Mandi put the ingredients in and counted with her while mixing them.

Children develop their own interests.  Isaac for now is interested in
helicopters and Greek letters.  I figure Why not? Not everyone agrees.  A couple of people on Facebook commented that his interest is weird.  The ironic thing is they spelled it “w-i-e-r-d.”  Any child-initiated opportunity for learning is a good thing.

A wise Chinese proverb says “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”