Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Nikoli and "one-buttock music"

I saw this first posted at Alvin's Educational Technology blog, and after watching it, I couldn't help but wonder if I make learning as fun as it can be.  Does the passion I feel for what I teach show through?  This presentation is by Benjamin Zander, conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Friday, December 12, 2008

So I'm going to be a daddy again!

Just so everyone knows, my wife, Lori, is pregnant.  This baby, who I've deemed the bookend, will be joining our family in late June or early July.  The actual due date is June 29.

We're excited.  When I got back from AECT, Lori got out of bed when I came in the house (it was about 11:30 pm) and hugged me.  She said, "We missed you.  All five of us."  I said, "I missed you, too.  Wait--WHAT?"  The funny thing about that is a few years ago I got back from AECT and she asked me to go to the doctor with her the following Thursday.  I was like, "Why do I need to go to the doctor with you?"  Yep, that was Andrew.

Yeah, I know, I'm dense.

The kids' reactions were priceless.  We took Andrew with us to the doctor for the first visit and the ultrasound.  When they brought up the ultrasound, I asked Drew what it was.  "I don't know," he said.

"It's a baby, Andrew."

"I don't think so!"

"Where is the baby, Andrew?" I asked.

Andrew, looking at the ultrasound on the monitor, replied, "In the computer."

"No, Andrew, it's in Mom's belly."

Andrew looks at Lori and says, "I don't think so!"

Now he gets up every morning, hugs his mom, tells her good morning, crouches at her stomach and says in his sweet, three-year-old voice, "Good morning, baby!"  He also tells it good night and an occasional secret.

When we told John and Natalie, John just sat there with his jaw on the floor for like ten minutes.  I'm not sure what he was thinking, but he is very excited and is a WONDERFUL big brother.  He'll be great.

Natalie's response?  Now mind you Natalie is EXTREMELY sweet, but she has NO FILTERS.  She will be nine next month, and NEVER THINKS BEFORE SPEAKING.  She said, "OH! I hope it's a girl so we can have even numbers (of boys and girls in the family)."  And then she followed it up with, "I hope it doesn't die!"

Um, neither do we, Natalie, neither do we.  She's so sweet, and one day she'll be mad at me for even publishing that story.

At any rate, Lori and the baby are healthy, but morning sickness has been a beast this time.  I'll keep everyone posted!