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Thursday, June 23, 2016

#throwbackthursday


There are days I really miss the Fortress of Solitude.

ntodd

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June 23, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Behold, The Infinite Power Of Nature

Despite our best efforts, Bailey has not been a sleep-in-your-bed kind of dog.  Probably not a bad thing since she's larger than Mex--who can "nuggify" into a compact nugget that doesn't take up lots of room--and clearly has no sense of just how immense her booty is.  The Old Man also probably appreciates having his own privileged space.

But I have discovered one trick to make her spend the night with us: turn on the thunder storms.

The big baby stayed huddled against me all night.  Making it a rather uncomfortable night.  Glad I could provide her some comfort, I guess, but man, it's gonna be a long summer.  At least the nights are short...

ntodd


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

O, That Curly Tail


Kayla came to give me comfort (thanks to Dear C&D) mere days after Mom died on Juneteenth, 2006.  Missing them both something fierce right now.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

#throwbackthursday


They still love to sing.

ntodd

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

When you get right down to it...


I'm just a little boy who misses his mommy (who I believe never knew I got in trouble during a tornado).

ntodd

June 15, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Parental Fears

Coming home from a doctor's appointment for Sam--who chattered non-stop about everything that popped into his head, including but not limited to Minecraft--I suddenly worried that in an active shooter situation he would quickly give away his position to the bad guy with a gun.  Because he's my son.  

I once got detention for talking during a tornado warning as we were taking shelter in the school basement.  Mr K, our vice-principal and disciplinarian, also assigned me a 500-word essay on why it's essential to not talk when there's a tornado nearby.

Somehow that seems a bit different.

ntodd

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bring It On, First Grade!


Kindergartner crosses our bridge for the last time.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Reading Is FUNdamental

From Sammy Sammerson's teacher:

Did you know that Samuel is an amazing reader? I assessed him on Friday, and he aced the Level I (i) book at 95%. The goal for kindergarten is level B or C. I hadn't heard him read for awhile and was so pleased. I have seen over the years that the others will soon catch up, but being an early reader makes life easier. How did he do that?!

For those of you keeping score at home, that means our firstborn went from not being able to read at the beginning of kindergarten to reading at the top of 1st grade expectations.  He now loves to read, and write, and draw when he used to avoid those activities like the plague.

Sam's not only caught up academically, he's blown past his classmates.  That gives us the space to focus on his anxieties and social interactions, all thanks to socialist education and health care, with a bit of Big Pharma thrown in.

ntodd

June 12, 2016 in Family Life, Monkey Brain | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Friday, June 10, 2016

#throwbackthursdayonfridaytwofer


Kayla meets a little morsel.


A couple years later.

ntodd

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Thursday, June 02, 2016

#throwbackthursday


The whole family is heading to my 25th college reunion this weekend, so here's a picture of me as an incoming First Year Student just before my Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip to Mt Katahdin in '87.  I look pretty much the same.

ntodd

June 2, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Intersectionalcookieblogging


It's the last official "Two School Day" of the year, but I promised Sadie we'd still stop at Foothills to get some of Amy's cookies on a regular basis.

ntodd

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Judgers: Still Judging

Via a FB friend, the latest in parental photographic guiltGoing with my Gut: why I post pictures of my kids online.

It's a different epoch. People who don't like it can really get into a time machine and join Trump in the past.

ntodd

May 27, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Hard to tell if this is a throwback since Sadie has head wounds today similar to those on 5/20/2015.

ntodd

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

By Samuel

Sam has gotten into making books.  A bit obsessively, but we all support channeling his limitless energies into constructive activity.  

He currently prefers publishing about the Minecraft world--if he creates enough original material, including plenty of writing, his awesome teacher lets him print out related stuff he finds online.  Our little author loves doing this so much, and he loves his library books so much, that he requested a check-out slip to include in one of his works of art.

The journey continues now with excellent results from an increased dosage of adderall.  Samuel's anxiety levels regarding routine and self-doubt have been reduced dramatically.  That should give him space to address other issues.

With the AD/HD component being handled pretty well at this point, and after an extensive evaluation process, we begin cognitive/behavioral therapy tomorrow.  Sammy has officially been diagnosed with comorbid specific phobia, so we'll be working with him on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help him deal with exogenous things that cause him stress and prevent him from engaging in activities that he otherwise would enjoy.

Studies show that if you can start helping kids before they turn 8, there's a great future ahead of them, but after 8 the obstacles become all but insurmountable.  Once again, I cannot help but note that we are extremely lucky to live in a community and state that has allowed Sam to attend preschool for 2 years, offered the advantages of early intervention, and provided a wonderful team of educators and doctors to help him thrive when he could easily have languished until it was too late.

Samuel's come such a long way thanks to the assistance he's been privileged to receive, and has much more success ahead.

ntodd

May 15, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Unreliable Witness


Our daughter throws me under the bus, and when called on her lies (we never lock our doors--you're welcome, burglars) she simply deflects like any good spy trained in counter-interrogation.

ntodd

May 13, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

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#throwbackthursday


Uh yeah, so it's Friday.  This picture is from last year.  We'll need to take Bailey for her first pee at the Dog Chapel soon.

ntodd

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Ninth


Almost 10 years gone, 9 Mother's Days missing you.

ntodd

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Friday, May 06, 2016

Fridayintersectionblogging


I guess maybe I should change this view's designation from Not The Intersection to The Intersection (Sadie wouldn't let me skip Foothills today even though pre-k lineup ran late).

ntodd

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

#throwbackthursday


And she still looks up to her big bro...

ntodd

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

#throwbackthursday


Lola is The Groomer these days, but Dear Departed Vinnie was originally in charge.

ntodd

April 28, 2016 in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)