Asteroids, Dinosaurs, and Jesus

I was helping Josh wind down for bedtime a few nights ago, and the following conversation ensued:

J: I still have one big question about Jesus.

C: Go ahead, shoot.

J: Well, it’s something I can’t quite figure out. If Jesus sent the asteroid to wipe out the dinosaurs, how long until he sends the asteroid to wipe us out? Continue reading “Asteroids, Dinosaurs, and Jesus”

Josh’s Morning Routine

When Josh is getting ready for a school day, I can only imagine how he processes his to do list.

“Lets see, I have to

A. Bug Joe
B. Bug Amy
C. Bug Lauryn
D. Change underwear
E. Get dressed
F. Put on socks AND shoes
G. Brush teeth

Wow, that’s a lot. Time to prioritize. A-C are non-negotiables, but that’s going to leave me pressed. D is optional, so I’ll put that off til next week. I can manage to squeeze in E and F as long as I leave out the sock part. If I just run my toothbrush under the faucet, that might just leave me enough time for another round of A-C. This should work.”

Bathing Tips from Josh

I was sitting on the couch the other day with Josh, scratching his back.

“You have soft skin.”

“I know.”

“Do I have soft skin?”

(feels my arm.) “No, your skin is very rough.”

“What can I do about it?”

“Do what I do–take a lot of baths. I take, uh, . . . 3 baths a week. But DON’T use shampo0.”

“If I don’t use shampoo, what should I use?”

“Water and toys–that works for me.”

Hmm, that explains the ring around the tub. My theory is that the layer of dirt on him has an SPF rating of 100, which protects him from harmful UV damage. So I guess the motto is “bathe less, live longer.”

Ninja Josh

Josh's Signature MoveI called Josh in to supper the other night.

He was busy fighting invisible enemies with a three-foot dowel rod.

I called again.

He dropped the dowel rod, charged toward me, and struck  a pose, holding plastic knives.

He then looked me in the eye and said, “that’s my signature move.”

Afterschool Debriefings

The kids began the new school year a week ago, so we are getting settled into a routine of sorts.  We now have two middle-schoolers (6th and 7th) and two in elementary (1st and 2nd), so we have consolidated the number of car lines we wait in (hallelujah to not giving in to road rage trying to beat the tardy bell).

Some of the best debriefing occurs in the car, I find.  When I asked Josh how his day went recently, he replied,

“Good.”

“Have you made any new friends?”

“Yes, I played with [ambiguous name] at recess.”

“Is [ambiguous name] a boy or girl?”

“She’s a girl.  We played chase.”

“So you chased each other around the playground.”

“No, she chased me.  She chased me the whole recess, and she didn’t even get tired.  I guess girls are good at chasing.”

I smiled and said nothing.

Lost: 7-yr-old brain, answers to Josh.

More bedtime wisdom from the sage:

JOSH: Dad, have you seen my brain?

DAD: Nooo (wondering where this is headed).

JOSH: Cause it’s not in my head.

DAD: OK . . .

JOSH: Well, if you see it around the house, would you let me know?

DAD: Sure thing.

JOSH: Oh and, by the way, I have TWO brains: one for dinosaurs and one for the other stuff.

2010 in review

I haven’t posted much in the last month–I’ll have  a few thoughts about the Christmas holidays in the next few days.

In the meantime, check out some of the more popular posts from this past year.  The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s an overall summary:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire! (We all know how accurate the Blog-Health-o-Meter is.)

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 33 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 40 posts. There were 35 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was May 27th with 273 views. The most popular post that day was Running with scissors, glasses, and dogs.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, slashingtongue.com, twitter.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for c. gobin wordpress, site:garaborn.wordpress.com garaborn.wordpress.com, c. gobin wordpress running with scissors, site:garaborn.wordpress.com c. gobin homepage wordpress, and josh gobin.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Running with scissors, glasses, and dogs May 2010

2

Happy Birthday, “Breathless.” May 2010

3

Joe Crosses Over! May 2010

4

When a third of the family goes to camp June 2010
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My response to Jacques Steinberg’s column May 2010

Camping with Josh

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One of the great things about Josh is his love of nature.  He is always looking for bugs under rocks, worms in the ground, and fireflies in the air.  On the first stop of our vacation, Niagra Falls, I was busy setting up the tent while he was intent on climbing a tree on our site.  Suddenly, I heard a voice behind me calling for help.  Not a frantic voice, more like a “stuck” voice.

I turned and saw the dilemma pictured above.  The fact that it is pictured above tells you that my amusement temporarily outweighed my fatherly concern.  I mean, he wasn’t in immediate danger, he was contained instead of off who knows where doing who knows what, and I figured there might be a valuable life lesson to be learned from dangling by your drawers for a moment.

In case you’re concerned, no, he isn’t still there—I set him free.