Saturday, August 31, 2013

Insta-Family Night

The kids were up and bouncing around at about 8:00, and M-lady and I finally rolled out of bed around 9:30. I headed out for a bike ride while the kids were playing loudly around the house.

I got back shortly after 2:00. The kids had gone with M-lady to the library, and they'd had Jamba Juice for lunch. After I showered, I got some lunch for myself while the kids did their piano practice. I read a story with Buster while Bud was practicing.

Buster played a little Wii after that, and Bud spent some time with the new library books. I headed out around 4:00 to get groceries, as Aunt O, Uncle C, and Cousin C planned to come over for dinner. They arrived just as I got back, and the kids played together for the first part of the evening while we cooked dinner. As they started to get a little rambunctious, I turned on some Road Runner cartoons for them, which kept them entertained (along with Agu) until dinnertime.

The kids ate pretty well, and Buster and Cousin C played Wii after dinner while Aunt O, Uncle C, Bud, and I played Ticket To Ride. It went really well, Bud played well, and we had a good time. We wrapped up the game a bit after 8:30, and our guests packed up and headed off while M-lady and I got Bud and Buster ready for bed. Buster was a little hyped, and took a while to fall asleep.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Movie Night Substitution

The kids were better about getting up this morning, and M-lady took them to school. Midway through the day, we were invited to Aunt O and Uncle C's place for dinner (Cousin C had a new toy he wanted to show the boys), so we changed dinner plans and put the movie night on hold. M-lady took the kids to an early piano lesson around 4:00, so as soon as I got home from work we headed over.

The kids played well and loudly for most the evening. The adults had the opportunity to sit and talk a bit, and eat dinner before the kids were interested. The kids ate well, and Buster and Cousin C played on an iPad for a bit after dinner while Bud and I played a game of Magic. We packed up and headed home a bit after 8:00, and had a pretty quick drill to bathe and get the kids into bed. I chatted with Bud a bit before we turned out the light a few minutes after 9:00, and he fell asleep pretty quickly.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Finding the Mouse

Buster was pretty hard to get out of bed this morning. Bud was also asleep when I went to get him up around 7:40, but took a lot less prodding to get out of bed. M-lady and I wrestled with Buster until nearly 8:00. Eventually he got up, both kids had breakfast, and M-lady took them to school and volunteered in Bud's classroom.

The kids seem to have had a good day at school. Ama and Agu took them to TKD in the afternoon, and I arrived home around 5:45. M-lady was home a few minutes later, and we had a dinner provided by Agu shortly after 6:00. Bud has started to be a little more forthcoming about his day at school, which is nice, but Buster we still need to pry at a bit.

Both kids ate pretty well, and after dinner, Buster did his piano practice while Bud tackled the last of his homework for the week. After piano, Buster played Wii for a short time while Bud practiced piano, and then Bud took over the TV and played Xbox until snack time. The kids had their snack and did a pretty straightforward bedtime routine.

I got to read with Buster, and he apparently missed out on Goodnight Moon, so we read that one carefully. He thought it was a little boring initially, but we played the 'Where's the mouse?' game, and generally had a good time.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Need To Stretch

Buster wandered in shortly before 7:30 this morning, and then ran downstairs to get some breakfast before getting dressed. He was good about getting dressed after breakfast, though, and Bud did his routine in the usual order. I took the kids to school, and the drop off went smoothly.

Ama and Agu picked the kids up in the afternoon, and Bud did a page of his homework before going to TKD as I had asked. I picked the kids up from TKD, and we headed home without too much traffic today. The kids are doing well in TKD, but we need to gain a little more flexibility. I could use it too, so I'm going to see if we can incorporate some regular stretching into our evening routine somehow.

M-lady took care of the kids this evening while I was racing at the track, which was nice of her. I got home a few minutes after 9:00, and said goodnight to Bud. I discovered Buster was still up, so I was able to say goodnight to him as well. Both kids fell asleep pretty quickly after that.

Wishing Grandma W a speedy recovery from her surgery today!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Up Early

Buster crawled into bed with us before 7:00, and was dressed and having breakfast with Ama and Agu before we got up. Bud was up a little before 7:30 as well, and consequently the morning routine was easy and early. Ama and Agu headed out around 7:45, and the kids were about ready to go at 8:00, so we had a little time to relax before I took them to school at about 8:20.

The kids seem to have had a good day. I arrived home around 5:30, and Ama and Agu were making dinner. We watched a TV show for a short time, and then had dinner just after 6:00. M-lady arrived home a little later, as she had a slightly late meeting at work.

After dinner, I did piano with Buster while Bud did his homework. Both kids were pretty good about getting their work done. M-lady arrived home and helped Bud with his piano while I played with Buster a bit. Snack time came up around 7:45, and both kids snacked before heading upstairs.

I helped Buster brush his teeth, then turned him over to M-lady and spent some time playing on iPads with Bud before we turned out the light a little after 9:00.

Monday, August 26, 2013


Buster was a little tough to get out of bed this morning, but otherwise the morning routine was fine. M-lady took the kids to school, while I headed for work on my bike.

Ama and Agu took care of picking the kids up from school, and Buster apparently got to go to their house briefly in the early afternoon. M-lady and I both arrived home at about 5:30. The kids were waiting upstairs to ambush us, but their plans were somewhat compromised when M-lady arrived bringing small gifts from one of her colleagues.

The gifts were some bath bombs and colored foam soap, which the kids were excited to try out in the sink. After playing in the sink for a bit, they headed downstairs for dinner while I got on the phone for a quick call for work. I joined them around 6:30.

Buster didn't eat much of his dinner, but Bud ate well. After dinner, Bud got started on his homework while Buster did his piano practice. Bud's homework this year seems to be assigned by the week, so he did a bit more than a day's worth before turning to his piano practice. I helped him with a little bit of number theory, but overall he did pretty well.

Buster played a little bit of Wii before snack time, then skipped snack to take a bath with the new soap. M-lady helped with his bath and subsequent shower, while I got a snack for Bud. After Buster got out of the bath, I got him ready for bed while M-lady hung out with Bud. Buster and I read a few stories before having about 10 minutes of iPad time. He fell asleep pretty quickly once the light was out.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


M-lady headed off to ballet this morning, and Ama and Agu headed off to their house fairly early as well. Consequently, Buster jumped on me, and managed to get me out of bed before 9:00 to get him some breakfast. I got breakfast for Bud as well, and I managed to get them dressed since I was planning on taking them to the grocery store with me a little later in the morning.

The kids were saved that trip, however, when M-lady arrived home around 11:00. I headed out on my own, and M-lady did piano practice with the kids while I was out. I brought Jamba Juice back for lunch, and the kids were pretty happy with that.

A short time after lunch, we loaded up and headed over to Ama and Agu's new house for a brief celebration. Aunt O and Cousin C met us over there, and the kids had a wonderful time running around the empty house. The rest of us hung out for a bit and checked things out, and we had celebratory root beer floats before heading home again.

When we got home, we did a car seat evaluation. Buster's been lobbying for a booster seat rather than his car seat, and Bud wants to get out of the booster. After checking out where the seatbelts hit the kids, we decided that they can both graduate. Buster is adopting Bud's carseats, and both kids are delighted. M-lady and I are happy, too, because we get those big, hard-to-move carseats out of our vehicles.

I ran a quick errand in the afternoon, and then hung out in the garage working on my bikes while the kids played inside for a bit. Ama and Agu arrived home, and we had an early dinner, at about 5:30. Ama, Agu, and M-lady headed out to see a movie with Aunt O and a couple of friends, and Uncle C and Cousin C came over for the evening. The kids played a little bit of Wii before running around for a while, and Uncle C and I watched some football.

Our guests headed out around 8:00, and I did snack and bedtime with the kids. Both kids were good about going to bed. I was just cleaning up the kitchen at about 9:15 when M-lady, Ama, and Agu arrived home, and Bud was still up to greet them. He went to sleep pretty soon after that.

Friday, August 23, 2013

More Looney Tunes

The morning was fairly straightforward, and I dropped the kids off at school. Ama and Agu picked them up, and M-lady took the kids to their piano lesson in the mid-afternoon. Buster had his first piano lesson, and apparently did very well.

I got home shortly before 6:00, and we set up movie night. I couldn't convince the kids to watch a movie, so we watched Looney Tunes again (which is really a lot of fun). Buster enjoyed some Road Runner, and then we put on some other various Merry Melodies. We watched until it was snack time.

The kids had a quick snack, and then got ready for bed. I read some stories with Buster before we turned the light out around 8:45. Neither child fell asleep immediately, but they eventually dozed off. Here's to a successful first week back at school!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Starting Sudoku

We had a pretty standard morning. M-lady took the kids to school, while I rode my bike to work. M-lady volunteered at the kids classes this morning, first in Bud's, then in Buster's. Apparently Bud didn't notice M-lady in his class, and she wasn't there very long, since there's not a lot of paper filing happening this early in the year.

Bud has apparently become interested in Sudoku, and did some with M-lady this afternoon. He's got a book of Sudoku I got for him a little while back, and he's starting to get the hang of it. M-lady apparently hadn't done Sudoku before, either, and was interested in the puzzles.

Ama and Agu took care of Cousin C this afternoon, so M-lady looked after Buster and Bud. She took them to TKD in the afternoon, and was already cooking dinner when I got home. We ate soon after I took a quick shower, and both kids ate pretty well.

After dinner, Bud finished up his piano practice while Buster helped me with some baking. The kids played Wii and Xbox for a little while as I wrapped up the baking, and then I got Buster into the shower before snack time. The kids had a quick snack, and then Bud took his shower while M-lady got Buster ready for bed. I watched a little bit of Netflix with Bud before we turned out the light around 9:00.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wednesday Night Racing Again

I rolled out of bed around 7:30, and we got the kids up a few minutes later. Bud got going around 7:40, and Buster took a few minutes longer to wake up. The kids had breakfast, and Ama combed Buster's hair while he was eating. I tackled Bud's hair after breakfast, and the kids headed off to school with M-lady.

The kids seem to have had a good day again. I met them at TKD, and Ama and Agu headed to run some errands. The kids did a good job in class, focusing on kicking. I brought them home, and we chatted the whole way. I dropped them off with M-lady, and then headed out to race my bike at the track. Ama and Agu arrived home just as the kids did.

They apparently had a pretty good evening. Buster got into trouble once for not taking his shower when he was supposed to, but was good the rest of the night. Bud was still up when I got home shortly after 9:00, and came to say goodnight, which was nice.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Water Heater Excitement

We got the kids up shortly after 7:30 this morning, and did a pretty standard morning routine. The kids were good about getting ready, and M-lady and I both took them to school again: this time, I dropped Bud off, and M-lady took Buster. I think going forward, Bud should be perfectly capable of making his way to class while one of us waits with Buster.

M-lady headed to work today, and I worked from home to wait for a plumber, as our water heater started making funny noises yesterday. The plumber arrived around 11:00, and found and fixed the problem pretty quickly. Agu picked Buster up around noon, and he had a light lunch when he got home. Agu picked Bud up as well, around 2:30, and the kids headed out to TKD with Ama and Agu shortly after they got home.

When they all returned, I helped Buster take a bath, and then hung out with the kids a bit while dinner was cooking. Agu had to run an errand at about 6:00, and M-lady had dinner with some friends, so it was just Ama and the kids and me for dinner. The kids ate well, and Buster in particular ate a ton of chicken. After a good-sized dinner, Buster tamped it down with a hot dog.

We played a little Mario Kart, and watched some Harry Potter specials before snack time. Bud did the first page of his homework (very well) during snack time, and M-lady arrived home. While I was getting Buster ready for bed, M-lady and Bud did a piano practice.

Buster and I read a book together before bed. It was a fairly advanced book about stars, which Buster really seemed to like. He even read a page, and did a great job. He'll be reading on his own pretty shortly, I think. Lights were out around 8:30, and he was asleep by 8:45.

Monday, August 19, 2013

First Day Of School

M-lady and I were up by 7:30, and we got the kids out of bed. They were good about getting ready, and pretty excited to get to school. The four of us loaded up at about 8:15, and headed over to their classes. I waited for a few minutes with Buster, and M-lady took Bud to his class. Buster trotted right in when the door opened, and looked back once to wave, but sat himself down for circle time without any problems at all.

M-lady picked Buster up around lunchtime, and then got Bud in the early afternoon. The kids had a good afternoon, and were playing with iPads when I arrived home around 5:30. Ama got dinner together for us, and we ate a short time later. Both kids seem to have had good days at school, and Bud picked up the traditional 'what I did over summer vacation' essay for his first week of homework.

After dinner, Bud tackled his piano practice, and I played some Mario Kart with Buster. Bud joined us a bit later, and we watched some specials from Prisoner of Azkaban before snack time. The kids were good about getting ready for bed, and I started watching Goblet of Fire with Bud before bed. It's a PG-13, though, so we may have to do some on-the-fly editing. So far he's enjoyed it, though.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Last Day Of Summer Break

The kids were up before 8:00, and Bud was feeling just fine. No sluggishness today, no fever, and no sore throat, so he should be good for school tomorrow. The kids and M-lady let me sleep in again until about 9:30.

Buster spent his last day before kindergarten being very relaxed, and didn't change out of his pajamas until around 4:00, when we were talking about going out to dinner. The kids mostly played with each other during the day. They jumped on a video call with me to Grandma W and Granddad B before lunch, and enjoyed chatting with them. We had sandwiches for lunch made by Agu a little bit later.

The kids spent a chunk of the afternoon playing Wii and Xbox, and then we headed out to dinner around 5:00, after Buster had finally gotten dressed. Dinner took a lot longer than usual, but the kids were patient, and the food was good when it finally arrived. After dinner, Ama and Agu split off to run some errands, and the kids and M-lady and I hit the grocery store on the way home to pick up a couple of items.

Snack time came up pretty quickly, and the kids were good about getting ready for bed. Buster and I read a couple of stories together, and then turned out the light at 8:30. We talked for a few minutes about kindergarten tomorrow, and he fell asleep within 15 minutes.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hopefully Short-Term Sick

M-lady and the kids let me sleep in a little bit, which was nice. I rolled out of bed around 9:30, and started getting ready for a day at the track for a sprint clinic. Bud was feeling a little under the weather, though, and running a mild fever, so I gave him a dose of tylenol before I left.

I headed out around 11:00, and had a good day at the track. M-lady and the kids and Ama and Agu seemed to have a good day, too. Cousin C came over to play for a while, and Bud mostly laid low. They did take a quick trip to the school the check which classes Bud and his friends are in starting on Monday, though.

I got home around 5:00. A short time later, Buster, Ama, and Agu headed over to Aunt O, Uncle C, and Cousin C's place so the kids could play a little more. M-lady followed a short time later, and I spent the evening hanging out with a still slightly under-the-weather Bud. We had a nice dinner together, and he perked up quite a bit after eating.

Then we finished up watching the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, and started in on some specials at his request. M-lady got home around 7:30, and Buster returned with Ama and Agu near 8:00. After a quick snack, I got Buster bathed, and M-lady put Buster to bed while I watched a little bit more of the special features with Bud.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Looking Forward to M-lady

I slept in a little bit this morning, since I was planning to work from home. The kids got up and got breakfast with Ama and Agu. I said good morning, and then shut the door of the office so I could work a bit. The kids were pretty rambunctious, and a I could hear them playing loudly through most of the day, but they were good about not bugging me much while I was working.

After lunch, I headed off with Buster to his kindergarten ice cream social. We discovered that he'll have the same kindergarten teacher that Bud had, and got to check out the playground and classroom. Buster's seen it before, though, so wasn't too impressed. He did like the ice cream quite a bit, though, and was a little disappointed that I only let him have one cup.

I did a little more work after we got back around 2:00. At 5:00, I got started on making finger food for dinner, while Ama and Agu headed out for dinner. The kids and I watched Looney Tunes for movie night, and had a pretty good time. After Ama and Agu returned, I dashed out and picked up milkshakes for everyone for a treat, which the kids enjoyed immensely. Bedtime came up soon afterward, and I got the kids tucked in.

At about 9:00, M-lady arrived home, and the kids got to see her. Buster was still awake, and anxious to snuggle a bit, but the kids were good about going to sleep after they got to say hello.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Getting Ready For Some Football

I was up around 7:45, and the kids got up a short time later. Buster was pretty groggy, though, and wandered into our room and lay down on the couch for a bit. He was still there when I rolled out on my bike for work around 8:15.

The kids seem to have had a good day. The planned trip to the small petting zoo in Palo Alto fell through, but Cousin C came over for a while, and the kids had a good time. They did TKD in the afternoon, and Bud's legs were sore when I arrived home around 5:45.

Ama and Agu prepared dinner, which I joined after taking a shower. The kids both ate well. After dinner, we watched a little bit of pre-season football, and I played a couple of races in Mario Kart with Buster. Bud was inspired by watching football, and we tossed a small ball for a few minutes before playing a couple of turns of Netrunner.

Snacktime and bedtime was straightforward, and the kids went to sleep without issue.

I'd like to say Happy Anniversary to M-lady! We're all looking forward to having you back home!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Map Modeling

Buster crawled in bed with me a few minutes after 7:00, and stayed until almost 8:00. I rolled out of bed shortly after 8:00, and headed downstairs after getting dressed. The kids were building a model of Disneyworld's Magic Kingdom based on the park map out of blocks and various toys, which was pretty cool.

I headed off to work, and headed out from work around 5:00. I went to the kids TKD studio, where I relived Ama and Agu, who headed home before the traffic got bad. The kids did a good job in TKD. As they were coming out, Buster let me know that he'd had a couple nosebleeds today, but it seemed to be under control now. He seemed pretty nonplussed about it. I got the kids a snack on the way home, and we arrived shortly after 6:00.

I got dinner together when we got home, while Ama gave Buster a bath. We all had dinner around 6:45. Bud ate well, but Buster deferred the majority of his dinner until snack time. After dinner, Bud did his piano practice, and we still had time to play a couple of rounds of Mario Kart before snack time.

After snack, I read a little with Buster, and then played on the iPad with him. Bud also elected for some iPad time, and we turned his light out around 9:00.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Racing Together

I rolled the kids out of bed a little before 8:00 so we could have a video call with M-lady. We were all a little groggy on our end, but it was nice to see her. After the call the kids wandered downstairs to get some breakfast, and I got myself ready and headed off to work.

I got home around 5:30, and found Buster just getting out of the bath. I settled in for a few minutes while the kids ran around with far too much energy until dinner time.

Ama and Agu provided an excellent dinner, and the kids ate well. Buster tried tsong you bing and discovered he liked it, which is what we've been telling him for a while now. After dinner, the kids and I played Mario Kart together until snack time.

The kids ate well at again at snack time, which really has turned into a small meal of its own. After dinner, I got the kids ready for bed, and read stories with Buster, then watched a little more of the Prisoner of Azkaban with Bud. Both kids went to sleep promptly when the lights went out. I had a chat with them about school starting next week, and needing to shift their schedule a little earlier, so we'll see how that goes for the remainder of the week.

Monday, August 12, 2013

A Different Water Park

Buster crawled in bed with me around 7:30, and then took off again before I got up about 20 minutes later. The kids were largely self-sufficient in the morning, and I packed up and headed off to work by bike, but not before recommending a different park for them to go to today.

They took my suggestion, and headed to a local park which has a bunch of 'water features' along with the standard playground equipment, including misters and sprays. In the past, the water has usually been off, but apparently it was all on today, and the kids had a great time.

I got back around 5:30, and Ama and Agu headed out to run an errand. The kids and I had some dinner, and both kids ate well. I confirmed that Bud had practiced piano during the day, so the evening was mostly spent on entertainment. Bud watched some TV, and Buster played with an iPad. Ama and Agu were back a little after 7:00, and helped get snack ready.

The kids had root beer floats again for a treat, and got ready for bed pretty quickly. I read with Buster a little, and played a little iPad before lights out. Bud requested an iPad rather than watching more of the Harry Potter movie, so we did that before turning his light out shortly after 9:00.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

M-lady's Last Trip

The kids were up shortly after 8:00, and M-lady got up around then to finish up packing. She took off at about 10:00 on her last trip with her current job: she's changing roles shortly, and shouldn't need to travel quite so much in the future. Buster objected when he heard she won't be traveling as much, because he liked getting on the plane in Group 1 the last time we traveled.

We all said goodbye to M-lady, and wished her a safe trip. Bud got dressed pretty quickly after that, and it took a little bit of wrangling to get Buster dressed. Ama finally accomplished getting him into clothes, right before lunchtime.

We all had a nice lunch together, and then played a bit more. Ama and Agu headed out a little before 1:00 to visit a couple of open houses, and around 1:30 the kids and I headed out to visit Cousin C and Aunt O. I hung out for a few minutes before leaving the kids with Aunt O; they were all playing well together, as usual.

I headed to the grocery store, and then did some coding at home until Ama and Agu arrived home with the kids. They got some dinner ready while the kids played on the Xbox, and we all had a good dinner. The kids ate pretty well. While eating, Bud hit on the idea of root beer floats for dessert, so when snack time rolled around I made small floats for the kids. They really liked them.

I read some stories with Buster, and played on the iPad a little, and then watched some of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with Bud before we turned out his light. Bud had been complaining of a headache off and on during the day, although his temperature wasn't elevated enough to say he had a fever. I gave him a dose of Tylenol before bed, and he fell asleep pretty quickly.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thwarted Dinner Plans

Buster came and joined us in bed around 8:15, and I got up a short time later. I headed out by 9:00 to a bike shop a little ways away to pick up a new bike component, and couldn't convince either of the kids to come with me. I got back a little after 10:00, shortly before Aunt O, Cousin C, and Cousin C's Grandma L arrived for a visit.

Cousin C and Buster played a lot during the day, and Bud joined them occasionally. I went for a quick bike ride after lunch, and then spent a little time hanging out with the kids after I'd cleaned myself up when I got back. Ama and Agu left for an evening event around 2:00, and Cousin C and family headed out around 3:00, leaving the house a bit quiet.

I napped for about 15 minutes, and then played with the kids while M-lady headed out to run some errands at the mall. Around 5:30 the kids and I met her there for dinner, only to discover the entire food court was dismantled for renovations. Bud and M-lady headed for home, and Buster and I hit the Lego store, where he picked up a small set with his allowance, before picking up some dinner on the way home.

We all ate, but it was a little later than we'd planned, and didn't finish until about 7:15. The kids had a few minutes to play, but bedtime came up pretty quickly. I read stories with Buster for a bit before we turned the light out around 8:30, and he fell asleep before 9:00.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Six Person Movie Night

The morning was fairly straightforward, and I got up around 8:00 and headed out to work around 8:30. The kids and M-lady were up by then as well. M-lady took most of the day off work, and had a chance to run some errands during the day.

I got home around 5:45, bringing dinner with me. We all got set up to eat and watch the movie Buster picked out, Kung Fu Panda 2. I'd picked up another pair of 3D glasses earlier in the week, so Ama and Agu could watch as well. We all enjoyed the movie, and got to see the whole thing before snack time.

M-lady and I helped get the kids settled into bed, and then around 8:30 headed out to a dance event. The kids were good about going to sleep, and were sleeping soundly when we returned.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Hurt Feet

M-lady was up a little early this morning for a call, and I was out of bed a little after 8:00. The kids were up and about when I was up, and headed downstairs for breakfast around the time I was getting ready to head off to work.

The kids and Ama and Agu went to the new library today, and had a good time. Bud picked up some cool booking, including a World of Warcraft graphic novel. It's amazing that World of Warcraft is just as old as he is now.

They went to TKD in the afternoon, but Bud sat out, complaining of sore feet. I haven't been able to determine a cause, but it may be delayed soccer soreness. I expect it to clear up in a day or two, if he takes care of his feet and limits his jumping around a bit.

I got home around 5:30, while Buster was taking a bath. M-lady worked a little late, and Agu headed out for an errand around dinner time, so I ate with the boys and Ama. The kids ate well. After dinner, we opened up our first Pleygo set, and the kids and I both worked on it for a little while. Buster was eventually drawn back to the TV, and the kids watched some of Despicable Me again.

M-lady arrived home a little after 7:00, and around 7:45 we did snack time, leading to bedtime. I watched some YouTube videos with Bud, and we had a chat about Nerf guns before turning out the light at about 9:15.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Brief Update

Buster got himself dressed this morning without being prompted, which was nice. We were all up shortly after 8:00, and Ama and Agu got breakfast for the kids. M-lady and I headed off to work around 8:30.

The kids seem to have had a good day. M-lady got home in the evening to help out with the kids, while I was out with some friends. The kids apparently ate very well, and Bud did a good piano practice after dinner. The kids had time to watch a few minutes of Despicable Me before snack time, where they ate well again.

M-lady got the kids to bed. Unfortunately, I arrived home a bit too late, around 9:30, and the kids were already asleep. Looking forward to hanging out with them tomorrow evening.

A Hang Out Evening

The kids came and visited us in bed this morning, individually and sequentially, which was nice. It's getting hard to fit all four of us in the same bed. We got up and got rolling around 8:00, and I headed off to work shortly after 8:30. M-lady left about the same time.

The kids seem to have had a good day. They went to the park again, and didn't bring soccer balls again. I got home around 5:00, just as they were arriving home from TKD, where they'd had a good time. Ama and Agu gave Buster a bath, and he changed into PJs afterward. M-lady arrived home around 5:45.

Ama and Agu headed out to run an errand, leaving dinner for the rest of us. The kids ate really well, and after dinner I set up Buster watching Despicable Me again. Bud decided to forego the movie, and played with an iPad for a while. Bud did his piano practice before bed, then skipped snack time citing a headache. Buster had a solid snack, and I read stories with him for a bit before we turned out the light around 8:30.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Lazy Monday

The morning was pretty mellow, as the kids didn't have anywhere to be. We got up around 8:00 and started getting ready. The painters arrived around 8:30 to do some trim work on the outside of the house, and M-lady and I headed out to work around 9:00, leaving the kids with Ama and Agu.

The kids seem to have had a good day. They went to the nearby park, and had fun playing on the playground. They didn't take their soccer balls, although they may do that tomorrow. M-lady arrived home around 4:00ish, and took Bud off to his first piano lesson in a while at 5:00.

M-lady and I got home around the same time. I had ridden my bike to work, so took a shower while everyone else got started on dinner. I joined them before too long. Both kids ate well, and after dinner Bud went and played for a bit while Buster fired up a game on the Xbox.

They played until snack time. Buster skipped snack and got ready for bed, and read some stories with M-lady before turning the light out. Bud took his shower and read for a bit, and then played some Magic with me before we turned the light out around 9:15.

Sunday, August 04, 2013


Everyone was fairly slow to get up this morning. M-lady headed out to ballet class at about 9:30, and I was out of bed around 10:00. I helped with breakfast a little, and then convinced the kids to get dressed so we could go to the grocery store.

The kids did the grocery shopping with me, and we swung by Jamba Juice to pick up lunch. M-lady arrived home a short time after we did, and I'd picked up a Juice for her, which she appreciated. After lunch, Cousin C came to hang out for a short time before Aunt O, Uncle C, and Cousin C went to see Despicable Me 2. Our kids were invited along, and Buster took them up on it. Bud opted to stay home.

While they were out, M-lady and I ran a quick errand, leaving Bud at home with Ama and Agu. I played some Magic with Bud when we got back, and he took a break to do his piano practice as well. The little ones returned from the movie later in the afternoon, and Cousin C stayed with us through dinner time to play with Buster.

After dinner, I picked up the downstairs a bit, and hosted a friend. M-lady was kind enough to get Buster and Bud into bed.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Social MTG

I was up with the kids and M-lady for a short time this morning, around 8:00. I went back to sleep, though, and M-lady and the kids mostly let me sleep until nearly noon. I got up and got dressed and had some lunch, and hung out with the kids a bit.

The kids had found the little foam disc-shooters I had stashed away, and have spent the last couple days playing with those. They did more that this morning and afternoon, as well. After lunch, M-lady headed out for a quick errand, and while she was out Buster got set up playing Mariokart on the Wii.

When she returned, Bud and I made a quick dash out to the card store to pick up some more boxes and cards for Magic. When we got back, Bud and M-lady and I loaded up and headed over to a friend's house for dinner. Buster opted to stay home with Ama and Agu, and they headed over to his cousin's place for the evening.

We had a good time at Friend K's house, and got to play some Magic while we were there. They generally play a different rule set ("Commander"), which we didn't have decks for, but they had plenty of decks to borrow. Bud played really well, and won a few games.

We had a great time hanging out with a bunch of people at the dinner party, and stayed until about 10:00. Bud snoozed a bit on the drive home, then got himself ready for bed when we got home around 11:00. He'll probably sleep in a bit tomorrow morning.