A brief glimpse into the daily happenings of a 6-year-old, his new baby brother and his family.

Monday, October 22, 2007


My son the philanthropist. I mean, this kid does his part. Just ask his teachers. Today, while playing with a "continents of the world" puzzle, Ben let everyone know what a good person he is...

B: Hey, this is Africa.
Teacher: Yes, you're right.

B: We help the kids in Africa.
T: You do?
B: Yeah. We buy shirts at the Gap to help kids in Africa.

Funny as it sounds, he's right. I'm a huge fan of the (RED) campaign that sells everything from cell phones and ipods to t-shirts. Money from the sale of (RED) items is used to buy anti-retroviral drugs for people with AIDS in Africa. We have several t-shirts and I have a (RED) cell phone. Using their online calculator, the items we've purchased so far have covered 170 single-dose treatments for a mother and baby, to prevent the transmission of HIV from mother to child. Pretty cool, huh?

The Gap recently started making (RED) items for kids and they are super cute. When we were looking at the t-shirts the other day, I explained the idea of (RED) to Ben. Ben has a hoodie and a t-shirt and he clearly listens to me more than I give him credit for.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Soccer Monster

One of Ben's favorite Backyardigans songs goes like this, "I am a soccer monster, I love the soccer ball. I would rather play soccer than do anything at all." So, maybe he doesn't love soccer quite that much, but he has enjoyed the Saturday soccer clinic we've been doing for the month of October.

Imagine 15-20 three-year-olds and the parents (each child with their own soccer ball) doing soccer drills and playing soccer games for 45 minutes. Yep, it's crazy. In fact, unless you've been there, you can't truly appreciate how nuts it is. But, it's also pretty fun and it seems to make Ben at least a little tired.

Check out that balance-- esp. considering the ball is almost as big as he is!



(Just in case you thought they only looked alike from the front)

Friday, October 5, 2007

A picture is worth...well, you know.

Thursday was "Chief's Day" at preschool. In class, they made Chief's pennants using the letters "K" and "C". Clearly Ben is still not impressed by this season's performance. I don't think I could have said it more eloquently myself and his father is extremely proud of his son's sports commentary.