just Joshing around

Still Waiting
July 14, 2009, 3:21 am
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If it’s not here by Thursday…well…it better be.

If you think this is taking forever, why don’t you talk to my bride.


Walk Around the Block
June 28, 2009, 10:21 pm
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We’re just (what feels like) hours from becoming a family of four and we thought we’d take a walk around the loop this morning; just the three of us.  Today’s walk spurned a lot of conversation about this blog and how little I post.  There’s a handful of cute Milesisms that I’ve been meaning to write about but two struck me by surprise this morning.

The first happened as we past a house with a large solar panel system.  We’ve passed this thing about three-hundred times, but today Miles pointed at it told us what a “big music stand” it was.

It converts solar power into Chopin!

It converts solar power into Chopin!

Sometimes I find myself looking at an object and realizing I have no idea what it’s called.  Despite the fact that I’ve see it on a daily basis for nearly 30 years, I’ll have no idea.  It’s similar to how I went about 24 years without ever hearing the word Chipotle, and now it’s everywhere.  After the second-biggest-music-stand known to man, we rounded the corner and headed home.  Miles pointed at (what I’ve always referred to as) “those Dandelion things that you pull and then blow off all the petals and make wishes.”  This morning, Miles came up with the perfect word for them.  With no prompting at all, he asked for a wish-shaker.  People always tell me that my kids will become smarter than me.  I just had no idea that process already started.

Miles would rub the big one all over his face and say "tickle tickle tickle."

Miles would rub the big wish-shaker all over himself and say "tickle tickle tickle."

Even before we pushed Miles around in his stroller, we always took Edgar (“Edgar needs a haircut,” Miles recently discovered) off his leash once we got to the start of our road.  To this day, Edgar makes a dash for the creek and wades around for a minute or two.   Now when we reach the start of the road, we let Edgar of his leash and Miles asks if he can “be free like Edgar?”  I can’t blame him.  The kid is usually in some kind of eight-point harness like Buzz Aldrin and is ready to run.

Free like Edgar?

Free like Edgar?

With any luck, the next post from me will be a declaration of gender.  Not mine.

June 10, 2009, 5:02 pm
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Edison had the light bulb. Graham Bell had the telephone. My son invents words. And let’s face it, someone has to…it may as well be a two-year-old in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt.

Miles asked me what a cow says the other day. I of course told him ‘moo’ (with great conviction). He asked again and I obliged. Miles then ran to his mother and told her that “Daddy is a good cow-er.”

If there’s one thing I want to be successful as, it’s sounding like a Hereford.

Kid Techno
June 10, 2009, 4:57 pm
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Just before going outside the other day, Miles asked if I was ready. I told him I was syncing my phone, and then we’d go. To which my one-and-only son replied, “phones should float.”

Anything but The Usual.
May 9, 2009, 2:51 am
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Sorry for the long hiatus. I’d like to say there was a good reason for it; but I guess it really comes down to thinking of something clever to write. The inspiration is always there — he’s cuddled up in mommy’s lap right now — but it’s usually the perspiration I’m short on.

I’ll make this one quick before my beautiful bride and I decompress in front to Benjamin Button.

Rachel, like most people who frequent Starbucks, has a “usual.” It took me 10-20 attempts before I could order her favorite without screwing it up; and I even wrote it down. Miles has no such problems — in fact, his memory seems elephantine. The other day when Rachel pulled up to the Starbucks Drive-Thru, Miles was quick to announce:
“Grande-Non Fat-Extra Hot-No Whip-Hot Chocolate”

The kid has been on a roll lately. Tomorrow we’re taking him to “Elmo Live.” He doesn’t know yet (chalk up a win for Mom and Dad!), but I’m sure I’ll have something to write about again very soon.

Thanks for your patience. I’ll get better at this.

Two Things
February 26, 2009, 4:59 am
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One: I felt baby-yet-to-named kick a couple nights ago. There’s nothing quite like it. I guess in some ways, it makes it even more real. I don’t live with an ever-expanding tummy every day like my bride…wait…I guess I kinda do. For totally different reasons. Regardless, it’s a sublime feeling to know that in a few short months I’ll be a father again and Miles will be an older brother. He’s going to excel in that role.

Two: Miles and I made a trip to Golf Etc. today and I bought him his first real golf club. He knocked a ball into the plastic cup they have on the artificial putting green at the shop and yelled “GO IN THE HOLE!” The owners got a great laugh. He took it home. Hit plastic, practice balls around the living room while watching The Accenture Match Play World Championship for a couple hours (didn’t want to eat or bathe…just wanted to play golf). He told me that “Miles plays like Tiger.” Then we “calmed down” to some Baby Einstein and he took his club to bed with him. He’s holding it right tight right now in his crib. It is adorable.

Super…er…Toilet Bowl
February 2, 2009, 11:30 pm
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The loudest cheer today came not from the crowds in Tampa Bay, but from Miles parents, as he made his first poo-poo in the potty!

MVP has a whole new meaning.