Well, we’ve been back in the swing of things for almost a month now, and it seems like the routine is working out so far. Lots of new things for all of us to get used to, plus torrential rains which have brought an abrupt end to summer bliss and all I want to do is curl up on the couch and watch Top Chef.
But I do not want to forget anything about this big year for the boys, so here are some quick updates.
Guitar: Tate will have his third guitar lesson on Friday. It’s a bit of a drive for us, especially after a long week, but I know he enjoys it when he gets there. It’s an hour lesson and the teacher is very nice, easygoing and patient. I forget that in addition to learning to play an instrument, Tate is also learning how to read music, the fundamentals of a beat and other basics that I took for granted.
His teacher has been good about providing resources for us, like this tuning tool that stays clipped to the guitar and makes tuning the easiest thing ever. Also, the guitar he recommended for Tate is a good size for him and quite affordable. Watching him abuse that thing as he attempts to “strum” is a sight to behold. It makes me glad we didn’t invest in a more expensive one yet.
So far I’ve been most impressed by Tate’s commitment to practice. I do have to remind him, but he practices almost every day for at least 20-30 minutes with a good attitude. I’m happy to see him willing to work hard at something and not become frustrated that he’s not playing Wilco songs yet.
Though I’m looking forward to the Wilco songs.
Football: We had our first game two weeks ago and then last week’s was canceled due to aforementioned torrential rains. Ryan is coaching again this Fall season and it’s a tiny team, only 6 players. You must have 5 to play, so it looks like all hands on deck!
Our first game didn’t count, but already this team is shaping up to be good. There are kids who’ve never played before, but they’re tough and caught on to the basic concepts quickly. They were up against a team with much larger kids and made a good showing. Tate had a great game, with two touchdowns and six flag pulls.
Also, once again, flag football with 4-6 year olds? They are so cute.
Spanish: Tate is doing Spanish two mornings a week. I have no idea how this is going or if it’s worth it. I cannot tell if my kid is doing anything even related to becoming more bilingual other than the fact that he tells me every day that to start out the class, they get to limbo.
I don’t have particularly standards for morning Spanish classes for the kindergarten set, but I will say, I might be a bit annoyed if after three months, all he knows is how to say, “La Llama” while bending very far backward while walking.
I’m pretty sure I could teach him that for free.
Yoga: Tate really likes yoga. He loved the teacher who came in weekly last year for Pre-K, so I signed him up for the weekly after school class on Mondays.
Derek and I went to pick him up from his first class this week and it was him and a boy from his class and about 12 girls, mostly older. It was pretty funny.
But he seems to like it a lot and he takes a lot of pride in his bendiness, so hey, why not. Also, yoga is probably going to be more of a lifelong benefit to him, than say, uh, flag football.
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Derek is still enjoying Pre-K a lot. He seems comfortable there and the teachers report he plays nicely with both boys and the girls. He did tell Ryan that the girls don’t like to play with the boys, so he just goes over and “I tell them that they’re pretty.”
He also seems to resist telling us things. I thought maybe he had a terrible memory, or was just overwhelmed, but then suddenly he’ll burst out with a gem full of information and Ryan and I realize that he’s just using, “I don’t remember,” as “Don’t bother me about my day, Mom.”
What he does not yet realize, is what Ryan and Tate already know: I am very persistent. I will never stop asking. It’s just easier to tell me the first time. Yay, mother love.
The one project Derek was very proud of was his little bag of pictures he took to school in his, “All about me” bag. I printed them off for him on the computer and he was so excited. I have to admit, the ones he chose were very random, they included a picture of himself as a baby where it appears he’s jumping buck naked in his jumping seat and two pictures of himself eating things. Also, there was a picture of Leone.
But it was very cute to see him so interested in a project and excited to share.
Other than that, Derek’s latest favorite thing was getting to go with Ryan to a local high school football game. They went on a Friday night together, just the two of them and Derek was in luck, since they were selling Otto’s sausages, which are his favorite. So after a full dinner, Derek sat down, watched a football game and ate an entire sausage.
Pretty much a perfect night for this guy.