Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Big Girl

Watching kids grow is so fascinating. Noelle is now almost 7 months old, and she looks as if she's ready to start running around. I know it will be a few more months before she'll be ready to make first attempts to walk. However, even now she can pull herself up. If I hold her and let her "walk", she knows exactly where she wants to go, and why she wants to go there.

Few days ago, we had family outing to In-n-Out. Noelle was sitting in my wife's lap. Each time my wife took a french fry, Noelle would open her mouth and reach for the french fry. As if she was thinking "this one must be for me". It was so cute. At home, when we try to feed her any solid food, it would be everywhere except in her mouth. But there's a trick. Put it on plastic spoon, or let it get on hers fingers, and the food would magically end up in her mouth. With a big smile. Look, I'm eating, all by myself.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Swimming Lessons

My son started new round of swimming and soccer lessons last week. It seems soccer is in his blood. Well, at least one of his grandparents back in Europe is going to be happy to hear that.

But he'll need to work a bit harder on his swimming skills. On his 4th day of swimming lessons, he had an argument with the teacher who was (in vain) attempting to get him to put his face under water. He told the teacher "But I'm not supposed to be in this swimming pool!" I started laughing. Was it wrong from me? Yup. But it was so cute seeing a 4 year old defending his decision not to get his face wet.

On Friday, at the end of the swimming lesson, teacher took them to try jumping from a jumping board. It was pleasant surprise to see him jumping into the water more freely than some kids that were so far doing much better in the class. After the first jump, he started doing it all by himself. And enjoying it so much.

I took him to the Raging Waters water slide park this weekend. Guess what, he was soon sliding head first on the kiddies water slide and running in and out of artificial waterfall. No problems with water on his face at all. No problems in getting completely under water.

Today, his regular teacher was not there, and a teacher from different group filled in for him. She had completely different approach. Getting kids to do stuff more by play, less by showing and asking to repeat. It was the first time he voluntarily got himself to dive under. By the end of today's class, the teacher had trouble to get him not to dive. I'm not sure how much it was due to different approach of the new teacher, and how much to Friday's jumping board experience and the fun free play in the water at Raging Waters. I guess it was a combination. I did liked the approach of new teacher much more.

Paper formats

I had to make a photocopy of AT&T cell phone bill. The fancy photocopier was trying hard, but couldn't figure out what format the paper is. It produced bunch of useless copies with either sides or tops/bottoms severely cut off. So I measured it by hand and compared to all standard (ISO 216) and "standard" (letter/legal/etc) paper formats, as found on Wikipedia. Guess what. None of the formats for either standard or "standard" papers matches the AT&T bill. Don't you love when somebody invents his own standards.