Sarah’s Journey to 18 Months

Iposted photos of Ethan’s Journey to Three. While Sarah isn’t as old as Ethan and hasn’t been with as long, her growth and development is still noticeable. Here are some photos to show how she has grown/changed over the course of our brief journey together so far …

Ethan’s Journey to Three

We’ve charted some of the highlights of Ethan and Sarah’s lives over the past few years. Many of the photos are scattered across the posts on this blog. Here are nine photos taken at various points in Ethan’s life that show his growth from a baby to a 3-year-old.

Ethan’s First Day of Preschool

IMG_1986Ethan turned 3 over the summer and today was his first day of preschool. (Photo here was taken just before Ethan headed off to school.)

We weren’t sure how Ethan would handle being dropped off in an unfamiliar place (last spring’s school visit and last week’s orientation probably helped). But when Mommy dropped Ethan off this morning, he handled it well, maybe even better than Mommy.

Ironically, we had a Clearfield Ministerium meeting in the same church building as the preschool that lasted about as long as Ethan’s morning in preschool. I left a couple minutes early to get Ethan and met Ethan at the end of the hall.

Ethan’s first question was, “Did you bring the truck?” (Unfortunately — for both of us — he doesn’t get to ride in the truck very much since we normally keep both car seats in the car.)

By all indications, Ethan had a good first day of preschool. Our little boy is growing up!

Sarah’s First Haircut

Last Thursday, Sarah finally had her first haircut, at 18 months. Ethan was 14 months old when he had his first haircut.

We had no real idea how she would handle her first haircut, but she handled it very well. Here’s proof …

Fantasy Football 2010 Underway

IMG_1889Last night was pretty wild. It was draft night for third season of fantasy football for some people from Centre Grove (and beyond). We had 12 players (or “teams”) the first year, 14 last year, and this year, we’ve gone to two leagues of 12 teams each! (I wrote about my first season of fantasy football in December 2008, and I wrote a post on Life Lessons from Fantasy Football last year.)

I’m playing in both leagues to give “everyone a shot at the pastor” and both drafts were conducted at the same time, which means I had a pretty intense 90 minutes last night (15 rounds and up to 90 seconds per selection). Making it even more challenging was the fact that I had to watch Sarah as well.

I set up “draft central” in the kitchen so I could stand at the counter, limit Sarah’s movement to one room, and hang out with Sarah in between selections (while also planning my next moves). I also brought in several toys to keep her busy.

During the 30 minutes before the draft(s), Sarah showed signs of tiredness/fussiness but actually did very well once the draft started. She must’ve sensed the importance of situation!

The big concern going in to last night was keeping the two drafts straight. Also, if I was on the clock at the same time in each league, that could’ve been a problem. But it went pretty well. Conducting two drafts at the same time, though, prevented me from paying too much attention to what other “owners” were doing; I had to focus so much on my next draft picks.

It was pretty intense. I’m curious how I’ll like playing in two leagues. Conceivably, players who help me win in one league could, at the same time, cause me to lose in the other league. But it’s fun to interact with others from the church and some new friends outside the church that I might not connect with otherwise.

It should be interesting!