Autumn Fun for Two Grandsons

two grandsonsFor those of you who haven’t been following me long, I have two grandsons, who both live in Michigan. Logan, who is 4 1/2, is the son of my daughter, Kate and her husband, Gabe. Jack is the new kid on the block, who is 8 weeks old. He is the son of my son, Tom and his wife, Megan. In the middle of October, the two of them got to meet for the first time. If you go by their facial expressions, I think it’s safe to say that Logan was a lot more excited about the meeting. It will be fun to see them together as Jack gets older; I’m sure they will have some exciting adventures together.

logan wedding shirtLogan has had some interesting adventures of his own lately. He has been in preschool for several weeks now. He especially likes riding the bus. He’s also had a field trip. Last week, he made use of a special t-shirt. That’s because everyone who attended by Doug and Jessica’s wedding last weekend got a customized t-shirt. Even though Logan was unable to attend the wedding, he was included in the t-shirt order. So when Kate brought Logan’s t-shirt home for him last weekend, Logan was able to put it to good use. It turns out that they were talking about the letter “D” in preschool that very week, so his new t-shirt with D + J on it made the perfect outfit for the day. The story of the t-shirt is pretty great, but I really just like the expression on his face. ❤

Fall is harvest season, and Logan understands that because his dad is a farmer, his dad works really long hours. Logan is at the age where he also wants to be a farmer when he grows up. He loves playing with his tractors and other farm implements.

logan leavesLogan has also been enjoying the autumn leaves and helping his Aunt Marilyn with the raking and gathering. Or at least he’s been having fun playing in the resulting piles.

As an aside, I’m really enjoying the turning of the leaves, as I’ve been away from the seasons for the six years that I was living in Taiwan. But seeing Logan in the pics below captures some of the moments I’ve been enjoying as I watch the colors of the season. And this picture of Logan captures those colors (and his sweet smile) very nicely.

Jack’s a little newer at this adventure stuff, but hey, he just had his first Halloween. A good holiday for adventure. And what did he dress up as? A “Jack” o-lantern.

Jack o lanternHowever, Jack is not really very happy about the other jack-o-lantern imitations. He hasn’t yet figured out that none of the others can compete with him. But check out this photo! I can’t help smiling every time I see it.

unhappy jack

Fall isn’t over, so I expect a few more grandson adventures to report throughout the next few weeks. I hope you have many good autumn adventures ahead of you.

If We Were Having Coffee: The Beginning of NaBloPoMo Edition

weekendcoffeeshareIf we were having coffee, I’d have to tell you that it’s been a rather unusual week. Mostly good, but very taxing.

I’d also tell you that my post today feels boring, even to me. I feel like I’ve just lost my luster for life and all things interesting. Not that I haven’t been involved in interesting things, but the landscape just seems a little dull at the moment.

I’d tell you that after a few weeks of trying to land a client through an online tutoring system, I ended up with not one, but two. And one of them led to another ongoing gig that wasn’t part of the online system. So I went from doing only my adjunct work to suddenly working an extra 17 hours this past week.

random numbersI’d tell you that I’ve found that I’m a real geek when it comes to helping people figure out how to use SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) and how to interpret their data. I mean this isn’t an entirely new discovery, but to work with someone over the phone for four hours over the course of two consecutive evenings really got me going. In fact, I had to rein it in so I didn’t get totally exhausted by my mental investment in the project. The client was thrilled and will be back in contact with me with a new data set in a few weeks.

I’d tell you that my other long-term tutoring project is working with a family with two children. Algebra, writing, and time management for the 7th grade boy and reading and math for a first grade girl. As we went through the week, the parents were willing to increase my hours (and days) to the extent I would be willing to take on more. I am currently figuring out how much I really am willing to do.

I’d tell you that I did manage to figure out what I’m doing for the back of Jack’s quilt. The quilt top is finished except for the final border, so now that I’ve solved the backing mystery, I am hoping to make some progress this week, and hopefully be ready to quilt next weekend. Unless I’m moving.

I’d tell you that the movers are scheduled to come on Thursday. Not to move my stuff, but to move the large things from the house I will be staying at to the owners’ new home. That means it may be possible for me to start moving some of the things from my parents’ house to the new location as early as next weekend. Nothing is really firm yet, but that’s the current status report. Within a couple of weeks, I may be posting from a new location.

nanopoblano2015lightI’d tell you that I’ve joined NanoPoblano, in which I will challenge myself (with a little help from the group to post every day in November). Check out the details at Rarasuar’s blog. This current post is my contribution for the first day of November. I am hopeful for the rest of the month, but I don’t kid myself: this will definitely be a challenge. At the same time, I’ve been wanting to do a month of daily posts for a while, so this seemed like a good time to join the crowd.  🙂

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