~ Just think of it as a "growth opportunity" ~
Almost done with 2nd Grade!
As Alexander's final Days at Juan Cabrillo come to a close, his 2nd grade adventures need to be posted for the world to see. I attended his open house and was able to capture some of his amazing works of art.
Here's your standard 2nd grade dinosaur diorama.
His teacher, Mrs. Rawlins, is hilarious and very good at her job.
She also made some shadow cutouts of her kids. This is Alexander, although it kind of resembles Harry Potter. Isn't it amazing!?
One thing you'll notice through out his work, is that Alexander seems to have a common thread throughout. I don't have ANY idea where he got this from.
(right click to see the text of these classics larger)
And one more. If you can't figure this one out, it's self titled "Asoka Dolphin." You see the light saber that dolphin is holding? Yea. That's happening.
It's so pervasive, that the only work i was able to find WITHOUT any Star Wars references was a battle of foods. Awesome.
He is so creative, and i truly can't wait to see more of his amazing and beautiful work. Keep up the good job, my young padwan!
What kind of MAN am I?
I'm just looking for my Lois Lane.
i was meant for greater things. And when they come, i know that my shoulders can bear the weight.
Future? I'm yours.
The MOST annoying thing
They all do it.
Each and every one of them.
I mean i get it. They are so curious with the world and they want to share it with you. Everywhere you go, it's "Look!" or "Look at this!" or "Look at that." They see something amazingly awesome that time itself must stop and everyone
should hold their breath and glance if just for a moment.
But the truth is, that us adults have seen it. We've seen it a thousand times. Whether it be that crow that just landed on the grass, or a purple car, or somebody with a big cowboy had. There's always something new for them to see. And naturally they want to share it.
But it doesn't stop there. Too often, its some variation of the classic 'look at me, i'm amazing.' Puffed out cheeks. Tongue doing something strange. Stuffed animal in a funny position. And it happens ALL THE TIME.
Especially in the car. And that's when i've got to draw the line. I get relatively easily car sick. But if i looked back each and every time they did something or saw something, i'd be at the chiropractor daily suffering from whip-lash. I love my minions dearly, but honestly, after about 16 "look!"s in a row, i am ready to throw them out the window. So what to do?
Without stifling their curiosity, when it comes to driving, i tell them (calmly!)each time they shout out "look!" that i can't look because i'm driving. And that the #1 job of the driver is to look forward for safety, but that i would be happy to look at the next stoplight.
Effect? The "look!"s have subsided dramatically. But i can't still help to feel that i've squashed their thirst for validation at least a tiny little bit.
I guess you can't win 'em all.
Alexander's 1st Holy Communion!
Yes sir. This no-longer-so-little guy now can fully participate in masses!
So First Communion is a pretty big deal to Catholics. And so you can imagine that it's pretty much one of the
most important events in a Poles life! So we pulled out all of the stops for this one.
After the church ceremony, a HUGE party was hosted at my parent's in OC. Lots of guests were invited to the party, and there were even Polish caterers, making delicious feasts for all.
My brother (the GOD-father) and his kids and some of his extended family made it to the reception. We were even graced with two Fraters from St. Michael's Abbey, one who played the guitar.
Alexander's day was so special. Thank you to all who made it happen!
The big 8 !
Today is Alexander's 8th Birthday. Yes. TODAY!
So what did we do? He got eight
special surprizes squeezed into 4 hours from yours truly! Here they are:
8 Balloons on pickup
A container of chilled tasty fresh black berries
No more booster seat!!!
A package of gummy bears for the ride
Grampa & Grandma visit
And of course.... a Star-Wars LEGO set
Have a Happy Birthday, my little man. Don't blink, because in exactly one decade, you'll be 18!