For Father’s Day 2011, Nate, Sam and Mommy got Daddy a hammer drill. On the day that we purchased it Mom told her four year old Nate that we would keep this a surprise until Father’s Day so he shouldn’t say anything to Daddy about it. We wrapped it that day and Mom left it on the table (waiting for Nate to draw on the wrapping paper). Towards the end of the day, we visited our neighbor. Unfortunately Daddy came home from work while we were at our neighbor’s house. He stopped by our neighbors to say hello, then Nate and Daddy went to the house. Nate entered first and immediately became panicked.
Nate: Dad, Mom left out something that you can’t see! Don’t look.
Dad: It’s okay Nate, I won’t look, I’ll look out the door. You are going to have to hide it.
Nate: I don’t know where.
Dad: Hide it in your room somewhere.
Nate: But Dad I can’t lift the big one.
Dad: (Peeking towards the table) Are they wrapped?
Dad: Okay I can help.
Nate gets the two smaller presents and carries them to his room Dad carries the big present. When they get to his room Dad says “Nate, I think you could carry this one, it is not too heavy.”
Nate takes it from Dad and says “Dad I can lift it!”
Nate ‘hides’ the gifts in his closet. Then they go in the living room to read some stories.
A few minutes later, Mom comes home. Daddy briefly explains what happened and how they “hid” the presents. As soon as Daddy finishes telling the story Nate says excitedly “Mom I can lift the drill!”
Oh well, guess the secret wasn’t meant to be.
So I think Jenny and I might actually get this blog going again. We’re five years older, and hopefully wiser too. We’re parents now, so that means our adventures are a little different but we still have them and I always enjoyed sharing bits online for friends and family. Plus the benefit of looking back ourselves. That alone is worth the effort.
I do plan on moving a few posts from twocentsworth over to this one so that I can keep family life stuff here and the more geeky tech stuff at twocentsworth.
Here’s what our little family looks like as of April 4th, 2010.
We told him he needed to take a nap if he wanted to go to a BMX track tonight. It worked.
Last week I took him without his bike so that we could scope out the competition and find out if he was old enough. They said three year olds that can ride without training wheels are welcome and that their first time is free. He met those qualifications and now I’d say he’s hooked.
Jenny and her mom captured a lot of video footage and this single cut of his 7th and last lap turned out the best. I think his 3rd lap was his best riding requiring only the slightest push from me. (see video for what I mean).
Nate’s first BMX practice
I really am hoping to post more entries to this blog soon. More family updates and some personal stuff. Stay tuned.
I went on a cool little hike with a co-worker this weekend. A photo gallery is up on Flickr.
I’ve actually gotten quite a bit of hiking in this summer. Several long –very long– day hikes and a backpack trip or two.
This particular hike was mostly a scramble down Pine canyon in the Santa Catalina mountains. We started off heading down the Palisades trail and then dropped into Pine canyon. Lots of cascades, falls, and pools of precious water made the hike extra special. After a slight detour we connected with the East Fork trail and made our way past Sycamore Reservoir and on out to Prison Camp (officially named Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site).
Another great adventure here in the southwest.