Tuesday, June 19, 2018

His name

I've always told people that my rule for choosing baby names is that if you can't picture it on an office door, don't give your kid the name you're considering.

I've also said that sometimes on vacation, a kid just wants to buy a keychain with his name on it.

Well guess what? I think Biscuit's name will be fine on an office door, but ever since he was born, I've looked at the kitschy gift shops for something with his name on it. And until I went on my recent girls' trip, I had never seen his name on anything.

So when I saw a little picture frame with his name on it, I had to get it.

The funny thing is that the description of his name sort of fits him.

It says that he:
- likes to help and encourage others
- his is casual and fun-loving 
- a person who has a lot of patience
- likes things to be from his own ideas
- proud of his accomplishments
- likes to captivate others
- he puts thought into everything he does

- an explorer at heart

I'm not so sure about the patience thing, but the rest of it sounds a lot like him.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grandpa book

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in our lives!

Biscuit is at my parents' house, so we actually celebrated Father's Day last Sunday.

Biscuit and some of his fellow piano students played for a little while at a nursing home. Then we took Jeff to a movie and dinner, and of course there were presents.

I actually made a Father's Day present for Biscuit, too.

We watched a movie recently about the Day of the Dead holiday and how important it is to remember family members who have died. That brought up all kinds of conversations about death and heaven and how to remember people after they're gone.

And of course, since my father-in-law is the only person Biscuit has lost, that's who he was thinking about.

My sister-in-law passed along a coupon code for a photo book, and I decided to make a book for Biscuit with pictures of him and his grandpa.

Here's the cover:

I found some really good pictures to use. Here are a few that I included:

January 2009

January 2011

January 2012

January 2012

January 2013

May 2010

May 2010

October 2010

May 2010

September 2013

I gave Biscuit his book and fully expected him to say, "That's nice," and put it aside and go about his playing. That's the kind of thing that you'd expect him to like when he's older.

But when Biscuit opened it, he sat right there and looked at every single page. It almost made me cry. He didn't remember the early photos, obviously, but once he got to the photos he remembered, he got excited.

I hope he enjoys it for many years to come.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A trip to the dentist

Biscuit has a really sweet dentist. He always takes the time to talk to the kids and find out what they've been up to lately. And the whole office is decorated with ocean-, sailing-, fish-themed pictures, stuffed animals and other stuff.

The kids get to pick out the color of the toothbrush they get to bring home, and they get to pick the flavor of the toothpaste they use on them in the office.

And if they get through with no cavities, they get to sign a paper cutout and put it on the No Cavities bulletin board. The paper cutouts are always seasonally themed.

One of the things Biscuit likes the best is that they have sunglasses for the kids to wear while they're shining that bright light in their faces.

Here's Biscuit while he was waiting on the dentist to come check out his teeth.

After Biscuit's appointment, the dentist told me it was time to get him checked out by an orthodontist. He wrote us a referral, and we'll be doing that sometime soon. I dread putting Biscuit through that, but he definitely needs it. His mouth is really small, and there's not enough room for all his teeth.

I hope the referred doctor is good and will give Biscuit the pretty smile he wants.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Out of the mouth of my babe

A few things Biscuit has said recently: 

Pretty sky: We had several days of rain recently, and it made for some really pretty and really scary looking skies.

As Biscuit and I were driving home one evening, we both said "Wow!" at the same time.

"The sky is really pretty," I said.

"It really is, Mom," Biscuit said. "When those rays come down like that, it looks ... kinda ... well, it just looks holy."

And I would agree.

That's a mouthful: "Mom, I was watching this cartoon, and one of the characters was eating a cheeseburger," Biscuit explained. "And do you know that he was talking with his mouth full, and it sounded EXACTLY like he was talking with absolutely nothing in his mouth!"

"That's weird, dude," I told him.

"I know! How is that even possible?!" he said with big hand gestures. "I'll just tell you. I tried it, and it's completely impractical. It's ridiculous!"

Monday, June 11, 2018

One extreme to the other

Sometimes it seems like my Biscuit baby goes from being an 85-year-old man to a 9-year-old in no time at all.

Last night was a good example.

Biscuit said, "Mom, when I'm in a troublesome mood, I just go to my happy place."

My first thought was, "How often do you have troublesome moods," but I went along with him.

"What is your happy place?" I asked him.

"Well, it's like a jungle," he said, "and it has a stream running through it, and a friendly tiger comes up to talk to me. It's filled with many wonders."

Troublesome moods?! Many wonders?! Yep. That's the 85-year-old.

Less than an hour later, the 9-year-old part of him kicks in.

"Mom," he said, "you won't believe this."

"What?" I asked him. I was a little hesitant to hear what he had to say because he had a mischievous look on his face.

"When I was riding my scooter this afternoon, for a little while, every time I would put my foot down to push off, I would fart," he said, laughing.

"Why do you think I want to know about your farts?" I asked him.

"It wasn't just about the farts, Mom," he said. "It was how I used the farts. It was like I was using jet propulsion."

Saturday, June 9, 2018

A month of lessons

Biscuit has been taking guitar lessons for about a month, and he's doing a pretty good job. They're starting with learning the individual notes, then he can move on to chords after that.

Here's Biscuit playing the first part of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy":

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Biscuit's Bug

Biscuit had a big bug project earlier in his third-grade year. He wanted to do hornets, but he couldn't find a library book about them. And that's where they were supposed to get their information.

So he ended up doing his project on bees. And it was pretty in-depth.

They started with outlines and summary sheets. Then they wrote a glossary of terms. The made a list of sources. It was impressive how much work he did on it.

They had to create a book with all their information. They had to have a table of contents, chapters with headings, pictures, graphics and other stuff.

On the back of the book, they had "praises." They had to let their teacher and some of their classmates read the book then write a sentence about it. Stuff like, "This book had more information about bees than any other book I've read."

They had a "bug night" at school where all the books were on display and the kids could take their parents around to show off their work. They had also created a big mural in the hallway. The kids had drawn, colored and cut out a picture of their bugs.

Here are some pictures:

See the bee?

The sign above his head says "Meet the Authors." It took me a bit to figure it out.

The kids got bug-themed treats. The sticker says, "Congratulations! You've caught the "writing bug."