Thursday, September 22, 2011

String of names - whats the draw?

Bub and I both watched the 10th anniversary 9/11 memorial programs on and off for the whole day. When the boys napped, we were glued to the TV. When they were awake, we censored what came on.

Early in the day, she was watching the ceremony at Ground Zero as the victims' names were read. For some reason, this really had an impact on Peanut who still recites his own names at least once per day, 11 days later.
James Shurter
Thomas Clandon
Molly Magger
And my uncle, Gordon Stanley
Yes, the first names are all Thomas the Train characters, and the surnames are all made up and usually mumbled, but he recites some version of this every day.


When I graduated from Westminster earlier this year, the boys attended a couple of different ceremonies. After each and for weeks later, Meatball would do something similar to what I've just described Peanut doing. However, since he is not obsessed with any particular toy, both names are a bit unintelligible until the end. Oh yeah - he also adds titles:
Gurshen Polling, MBA
Janna Reggish, MBA
Clim Thadoll, MBA
Kaye Beeny, MBA (and then he claps and cheers)


What's the deal with the stream of names? Why would something like that stick with them? Interesting.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Gooooooooo, Real Salt Lake!!!

The boys are playing soccer with TC United. We're on one of the Grantsville teams, but that doesn't really matter. We just wanted them to have an opportunity to interact with new kids, run around, and listen to someone other than the regular adults in their lives.

I like our coach. He hadn't planned to be a coach, but if he hadn't stepped up, there wouldn't have been a team at all. (I totally would have done it, but we were late to sign up. Oh, and I know nothing about soccer. But other than that....) TC United is very well organized, and I am impressed with them so far. Our coach doesn't focus on the rules of the game or positions or anything. Honestly, there are eight 4-5 year olds. I think that he is doing great if the kids are just staying on the field!

Anyway, the local professional soccer team (Real Salt Lake, which is pretty dang good) allows the youth teams to come to the game for free one time per season, so we recently attended along with a bunch of other Tooele County players. Bub and I had a great time because it was really quite exciting, and the night was beautiful. (The pictures don't do the sunset justice.)

The boys really enjoyed themselves because we got to ride the train, AND we caved in and bought them blue cotton candy.