Ethan attains red belt in Tae Kwon Do!

Last Friday, we attended Ethan’s graduation ceremony to red belt in Tae Kwon Do. During the ceremony he demonstrated his form, answered questions on what it means to be a senior student, sparred, and broke boards.

He is very committed to obtaining black belt in a couple years and worked hard the past few years to get where he is at.

We are very proud of all his efforts.

One happy boy

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Ethan’s 1st Backpacking Trip [Video]

Barclay Lake
Barclay Lake

I took Ethan on his first backpacking trip this week. It was a 2-day 1-night trip to Barclay Lake. It was the perfect introduction as it was only 4.2 miles round trip and a few hundred feet elevation gain. The weather was perfect, conversation delightful, and experience memorable. I look forward to our next father-son backpacking trip. Continue reading “Ethan’s 1st Backpacking Trip [Video]”

Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten

First Day of Preschool (September 2010)

Ethan graduated from preschool today. It was a bittersweet moment watching our little guy leave the school, teachers, and friends he enjoys so much. He has grown so much and his preschool has had a tremendous impact on him. The school has always supported the values we hold in our family: treat others with respect, share, help each other, each child is unique and, therefore, encourage them down their own path. Even today as he played with the children, he demonstrated his caring attitude  as he was protecting the girls from the boys, especially the one with a bow and arrow.

The teachers left a cute note in their graduation packet that I thought I’d share.

We are giving you bubbles because we hope you will spend the summer going where the wind takes you.

We are giving you a book so will remember how fun learning can be!

We are giving you some candy because it has been so sweet to have you in our class!

It has been a lovely year. We hope to see you very, very soon!

Two years ago he entered preschool a bit shy and not wanting to go. Today, he was full of energy and confident and not wanting to leave his friends. Of course, he does like to say he’s excited to leave preschool and enter kindergarten. We understand the excitement ,and fear on our part, that comes with a change.

In September he will start full day kindergarten. This is a big step for us since he has been doing half day preschool 3 days a week. He’s also born in July and the cut off for kindergarten is August 31, so he competes, unfortunately, with children 11 months older in academics. We’re confident he’ll do very well due to his love for learning (he LOVES to read and inquires about all things), ability to make friends, and the two kick ass parents he has that continue  to challenge him through new experiences (heck yeah we’ll take credit).

You’re an awesome child Ethan! Keep doing what you’re doing!

A very happy boy!
Ethan receives his graduation certificate
Ethan and his favorite teacher Teresa

From Magic School Bus to Astronaut?

Tonight, Ethan dove in to help build his first solar system. He was recently inspired to learn about the planets by the book The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System. As we read the book he was full of question after question. Laura had the good insight to bring the solar system “home” so he could understand it a bit better. She picked up a kit at JoAnn’s today. Can you say super excited? That’s what Ethan was when he was surprised with the solar system kit this evening. We had a great time assembling it and talking about the planets in our solar system.

As with all of his Magic School Bus books, he really gets into them and asks a lot of questions. We love them because they help encourage children to enjoy  the many sides of science. We’re always getting the kids outside to see nature in action, but these projects reinforce ideas (and vice versa). The beauty of the the Magic School Bus books are that  they continue to engage children 20 years later.

Who knows. Perhaps this is where Ethan’s journey to being an astronaut begins.

A favorite book of Ethan's
Ethan's first solar system
Ethan prepares to build his first solar system