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A couple recent face drawings by EJ:



My Jokes by Elliot


Elliot's Birthday Party

Elliot had a birthday party with his friends a week ago. Here are some photos:




Green Stripe

The Saturday before last Elliot successfully tested for his Taekwon-Do green strip belt. Here are a few photos:





Basketball Class

For the last few weeks Elliot's been going to a basketball class for an hour on Saturday mornings at the community center. I know I'm not objective, but so far everything that Elliot has done (school, baseball, soccer, Taekwon-Do, etc.), he's always one of the few best kids in the game or in the class. He's smart, athletic, and competitive, but I think a big part of it is that he pays attention and focuses, listens to the coaches or teachers, and quickly learns how to be successful. Anyway, basketball is apparently no exception. Here are a few photos and videos from last Saturday:



Here he making a steal but missing the fastbreak shot at the buzzer

Here he is picking up a loose ball, breaking down the court, and making the shot this time

Here he is barely missing a shot and then playing some defense

Finally, here is with a nice cross-over dribble before getting mugged

We Didn't Eat Any Chocolate

Elliot needs to recruit a new partner in crime. Sunday evening the boys and I were at home while Lisa was out. I was riding the stationary bike in the basement, and the boys went upstairs for a while. Later on in the evening, as they were getting ready for bed, Finn said to me out of the blue: "We didn't eat any chocolate." Of course, it didn't take us long to interrogate Elliot and find out that he and Elliot had managed to get into candy they received at a birthday party Saturday night. Then, when I came home for lunch on Monday, Finn met me at the door. He said, "Smell my breath." I did, but I didn't smell anything. "It smells like sugar," he said. At first I assumed he had eaten some candy. Instead it turns out that, while Lisa was showering, the boys got into the sugar bowl and enjoyed a pack of artificial sweetener.

Elliot's Kindergarten Progress Report

From Elliot's Kindergarten Progress Report:

Elliot is at the top of the class. He is an outstanding student in every area. Elliot is currently reading at level 13 and can figure almost every new word he encounters. He is an excellent math student adding numbers beyond 18 and quickly catches on to new concepts. He is a great little soccer player and has many friends. Elliot is a true joy to teach. He has a wonderful personality, a positive attitude, and is self-confident.

Carpenter Christmas Program 2006

The Christmas program at Elliot's school was Dec 7. Elliot was on the front row and specialized in sticking out and patting his big Santa belly. Here are some photos. I'll add some video later.





Fantasy Football Week 14

Backyardfootballgc.jpgTralfaz was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs with a 5-point loss. I thought it was a decent rookie season for the coach who made his share of mistakes but did OK.

I've been referring to Tralfaz as "our team", but apparently Elliot wasn't happy with my management and insists that he wants to have his own team next year...a 6-year-old with his own fantasy football team? He was excited when I was talking about "next year" because he thought I meant January. He's got the Backyard Football computer game that he loves, and he's started writing down the stats from the games he plays (T=touchdown, S=sack, Fr=fumble recovery).

Tonight I watched CostasNOW. Like always, the montage summary of the year in sports tugged at your heart strings, especially with Explosions in the Sky as the soundtrack. Also, Charles Barkley admitted that he's lost between 5 and 10 million dollars gambling.

Break Dancing

Tonight at the Taekwon Do Christmas party, Elliot was on the dance floor and started imitating another kid who was making a rather feeble attempt at break dancing. Since Elliot has never seen it before, I told him I'd find a few example videos on YouTube. Here are a few. Also, I told him that his uncle Matt used to break dance, so maybe we can get him to teach us a few moves during the holidays.

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