Even though ET has had half a dozen practices so far this spring, this is the first with full gear. He's just so cute!
He really enjoys the practices and is always smiling.
He's growing up into such a little man and he's not even five yet. If you had told me 10 years ago (or even five for that matter) that I'd have a kid in football I would have thought you were crazy (if you told me I'd have three kids, I'd have you committed). But to see how much fun he has I'm really glad Donna wanted to put him in.
He really payed attention this practice, I didn't see him goofing off once. As he told me "everyone listened very well".
Unforeseen but not totally unexpected bonus is that he falls asleep very fast nights with football.
After shoveling and playing outside we went inside to assemble the Gingerbread House kit from Create A Treat. The boys and when I say boys I mean ET have been asking to make it for a week already so they were pretty excited.
Even without watching the video I think I did a good job putting it together. But the main test is to see how long it stays together before collapsing.
So maybe it wasn't my best idea to give two small boys cardboard lightsabers and let them fight it out in the garage having Star Wars music blaring in the background… But it did keep them occupied for half an hour on a Saturday. And it certainly hasn't been the worst idea I've ever had.
This year the boys painted their own little pumpkins and Daddy couldn't help get in on the fun. ET did a great face on his and was done in five minutes and Carts took at least thirty minutes plus painting his.
I guess he wanted to make sure he painted the whole thing. ET said my Nightmare Before Christmas one was cool, but I had to explain to him that daddy cheated and used the internet and his was much better because he thought it up himself.
Like pastyears, we carved some pumpkins. And by we I mean Donna empty's them, I carve them and the boys check out how I'm doing during commercials. Which was okay, because I had a big headache and they were going to cause my head to implode. Last year we invested in a carving set that came with stencils that are really make the job faster and easier.
f course we got there a little later than planned but it only took an hour to see Dora & Diego. Which is pretty fast considering how many kids were there.
ET was pretty good with going up on the stage, but Carts was a little upset. Still I think they enjoyed it. Carts did say bye bye to them.
At the other end of the mall there was a inflatable playground and the boys enjoyed bouncing around.
I have to say, it was the worst run one I've ever seen. There were two security guys running it. One was maybe the dad and the other was maybe his 14 year old son. So the dad tells him no more than six in there at a time and some other instructions and takes off. This kid was so out of his depth. The outcome was that there were too many kids in there at once some older 7-9 year old boys were like a wrecking crew. Mall security showed up and got things under control thankfully.
We took in this year's Canada Day festivities at the Arena with tons of stuff to keep the kids entertained and as any parent knows, a busy kid is a happy kid.
I got interviewed by Ronald McDonald for McDonald's TV, personally I like to be behind the camera, but luckily there is no proof.
The Scouts (from the same camp my dad attended and worked in the '50's & '60's) had a rock climbing wall. ET along with some cousins when up. I was temped myself but I'm sure I had a good 50 pounds on the guys running it and didn't want to pull them up the wall if I had to let go. ET only made it up 8 or 10 feet but I think he did great considering he's only three and never climbed that high before.
After a full day of rides and running around we had dinner at Donna's parents, which is located conveniently around the block. Carts was asleep before we got back to the Arena and ET fell asleep on his grandfather Jim's shoulders watching the dancing acts on stage.
So we let the boys have a couple hours of sleep and woke them up for the fireworks since ET would have never forgiven us the next morning if he slept though it. He was also excited for the glow sticks he knew we had bought for the night.
The fireworks were pretty good for a small town celebration and boys really enjoyed them. After it was over I asked them if they had liked it… ET said he had. Carts just said encore, encore. Luckily he didn't persist in his demand to see them again.
I hope everyone had a great Canada 2008 and I know two little boys who are looking forward to next year.