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Teaching Ethan

Ethan, this is how you type without looking at the keyboard. You just have to know where all the keys are, and then it is very, very, easy.

(Typed with my eyes closed – mostly – to prove a point to my 7-year-old son, Ethan.)

[tags] typing, kids, son, ethan, john koetsier [/tags]

I love you 10 feet tall

I just put Aidan to bed. His bedtime story was an impromptu one that Gabrielle and Ethan also sat in for … about Frank. It was the first time I’ve made up an entirely new story for the kids for a long time … perhaps since The Wonderful Colorful House.

After the story, and after our bedtime prayers, Aidan said “I love you 10 feet tall!” I think you’ll understand why, when you see that Frank was a very special baby …

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Teresa and I recently took the kids to Osoyoos, BC, where we met up with 3 other families of relatives and spent a few days at a hotel. It was a much-needed break for all of us.

Check out the Flick photoset.

Unfortunately, Teresa broke her foot when we went horseback riding. The stablehands didn’t put the saddle on tight enough, and when one of the guides made her horse gallop for a moment, it slid off to the side of the horse – with Teresa on it. And, of course, she was holding Aidan, our youngest son.

Her foot was twisted in the stirrup – but we’re fortunate. It could have been worse – she could have been dragged.

There’s more to be said about that, but overall, even with that, it was a very enjoyable mini-vacation.

Off to the park

Tonight Teresa and I took the boys to the local park. Gabrielle’s in Tswassen at my sister’s.

Ethan and I played some baseball and then joined up with a couple of neighborhood kids for more baseball and an soccer game – with Aidan joining in for the soccer.

The interesting thing is that it felt like when I was a kid – when there actually were communities, instead of lots of people talking about communities. We were at the park, these two kids were at the park, we started playing together. That hardly happens anymore …

In any case, lots of fun and good exercise to boot.

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When we came home, Teresa opened up the garage door, and Aidan happened to be standing next to it. We have the old-fashioned kind of garage doors, with actual handles on them. Aidan decided to grab on, and he was 5 feet in the air before I could grab him down!

It was funny to see him rising up like that, but also dangerous, since his hands would have hit the top of the garage door opening. Teresa went to the front yard to burst out laughing out of earshot, while I (mostly) seriously remonstrated with him to “never do that again.”

Life with kids!

Only when riding

Teresa took the kids for checkups today at the doctor. Everything’s fine, and we now know that Gabrielle’s 58 pounds, Ethan is 48, and Aidan is 30.

But the magical moment was provided courtesy of Aidan.

Dr. Stepney, our family doctor, asked him if he always wore his bike helmet. Looking rather oddly at her, he gently shook his head – no.

I wonder if she was a little puzzled – maybe even surprised. After all, it’s the law for kids to wear bike helmets here in B.C., Canada. And what mother doesn’t make her child wear his helmet when riding?

Then Aidan spoke up:

“Only when I’m riding my bike.”

Hard to pass up

As I’m doing some work on the the computer tonight (AKA bloghopping), our 3-year old Aidan pipes up:

I have to pee, Mommy.

Can I have a piggyback ride?

Hmmm. That’s a tough one to pass up!

Teresa and I both burst out laughing.

Funky Chinese patois

You can’t make stuff this good up:

“Let the hackle zipper cut in the drailing wheel, then draught at full tilt to upgrade, let the drailing wheel tunning hight speed, at this time set the product to evenness floor to go speed run.”

Also notice, under the name of the toy: “Playing must on the smoothness floor.”

But don’t worry, the toy itself is great. After all, it’s part of a “toys series with a strong sense for playing.”

Ahhh … language. Babelfish has got to be better than whoever mangled this translation.

The “Canada effect”

I’m doing some education research lately and happened to come across this article which refers to the “Canada effect.”

Some have quipped that state-level student achievement in the U.S. can be best predicted by proximity to Canada …

In other words, the most northern states typically have the best results.

However, lest we Canadians get too cockey, we need to remember that correlation is not equivalent to causation, since the article continues ….

–which in turn may be a proxy for variations among states in factors ranging from demographics (e.g., student poverty, parent education, and race) to political culture and spending on education.

Too bad there isn’t something in the air which we can bottle and sell, and trim off the national debt or something.

Aidan’s first podcast: Hi @ high volume

Aidan (my youngest son – 2 years old) and I have some fun with podcasts.

I think there is some way of publishing this with a photo, but for the life of me I can’t see how … I’ve uploaded a photo for this podcast, but it’s not showing up above. Perhaps they have some sort of delay built in so that something innappropriate won’t get published.