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Almost 4 years after buying this house, I finally decided to patch that hole behind the front door the movers made.
I love having a little helper around!
Jack gets more excited about going to the hardware store than he does about getting a cookie–and he gets pretty damn excited about cookies. He also loves–LOVES–the outdoors. The weather here has been simply amazing the past few weeks, and we took advantage of it this weekend. We gave our backyard some much needed tender love and care, which included resodding some patches. One thing I absolutely love about Lowe’s is that they not only sell kids’ tools, they put them right next to the adult tools. So the wheelbarrow section had a little kids’ wheelbarrow, and on top of that they were red! It was love at first sight, and I kid you not, he played with it for 3 hours straight. He went around the yard picking up ripped up packaging from the stuff our chocolate lab had snuck out of the pantry over the past week. He picked up dirt with his little kid shovel to put in there. He raked up leaves with his little kid rake and put them in there.
Jack has been going to Prelude Music Classes since he was 10 weeks old, and it is the highlight of our Saturdays. Every semester the class has two concerts, where they bring in musicians to play live music for the kids. We went to one of the concerts last weekend, and Jack had a really great time.
Make Him a Part of Your Plan
My wife had been wanting blinds on East-facing bay windows in our bedroom because the curtains weren’t keeping the room dark enough, for over a year. I planned on installing them every weekend, and every Sunday night I’d realize it would have to wait another week. Installing five sets of blinds on the same window would take at least a couple of hours, and there would be a lot of noise with the drill and the saw and it just can’t be done with the baby there. But the weekend is the only time I have with him so I don’t want to send him off somewhere. But I can’t do it while he’s there. And so on and so forth.
So finally last weekend I decided to try it out with Jack there, and you know, it actually turned out really well!
We measured the windows together–I let him hold the tape measure. Then we went to Home Depot to pick out blinds–Jack was still having fun with the tape measure. We walked around the store while the blinds were getting cut. The next morning, we got started on the blinds. One very important thing I learned is, it’s going to take you longer than you had planned it would. Little kids have shorter attention spans, and no matter how interesting what you’re doing is to you, they’re going to get bored. So I did everything in short bursts. Take the blinds out of the box, and play with the box for a while. Hang one of the blinds, then let him play with the blinds. Get a snack. Put up another set of blinds, while he plays with his toy hammer. It only took a half an hour more than I had planned it might and we both had a great time!