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Updates about Ari

Sidd and laughter

Okay, time for a non-SWTOR related post… I haven’t updated things about Sidd and Ari for a while, so I’ll do a few updates.
Ari is in second grade and doing well. They are testing his IQ soon, so we’ll see if that comes out as well as expected… if he can keep on task long enough to do well on the test. His big obsessions at the moment are Minecraft and Terraria, both games on the computer… that is pretty much his life at the moment.
Here is Ari playing Minecraft

He still is a vegetarian… and that is about all I can think of to update on this site anyhow…

Sidd still doesn’t say any full words clearly yet at 2 1/2. A bit of a concern and one that will need addressed with his doctor soon. But he loves to laugh and be tickled… non-stop. He could do it for as long as you are willing to entertain him that way. Ari gets tired of it less than half a minute into being tickled, but Sidd eats it up. He’ll come up and ask to be tickled or “bite” which means to bite in a ticklish way. He is daring, climbing up the outside of the stairs and jumping to you when you barely have a hold of him… He loves Thomas the Tank Engine, trains, cars and trucks… he plays a great deal with his Hot Wheels… His laugh is just the funnest thing.

As for me… well, I hit over 100 geocaches found this year, and then just didn’t get out as much as I would like to geocache. I stopped playing WoW, though I did activate a free account that I drop in on once in a grand while since the pre-level 20 stuff is fun sometimes. My present obsession, as should be obvious, is Star Wars: The Old Republic… I am re-reading a few books and reading some new ones (I need to update the Now Reading thingy on the side…). Working 6 days a week at the moment… I need to see a doctor myself for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness it has been at a level of concern for a while, sadly I lost my insurance just a week or two before I was scheduled to see a doctor for a general physical where I was going to raise the concerns about it, so that is on hold for a bit.

Ari’s Christmas List 2010

The list so far is mostly:
Kung Zhu Pets. These are relatively cheap toys. They are Zhu hamsters with armor and battle sets. Co-ordinate with us to know what we/Santa have gotten him.
He also wanted a Bobba Fet helmet he saw.
Of course Bionacles are on the list, but fairly low this year. This year it is all about the Kung Zhu.

Unsure. Basically any toys his age group. He doesn’t have Ari’s focus, so he won’t play with any one thing for very long.

Ari and Sidd Got Haircuts

Seems Ari’s haircut for the wedding wasn’t enough. Today Ari and Sidd both got drastic haircuts. If I can ever find my webcam, I’ll take some pics of them and post them up.
Sidd looks more like the bruiser I see him becoming (if he ever starts walking anyhow). And Ari… well Ari still looks like Ari, just with short hair.
Sidd got basically a buzz cut, Ari’s hair is just really short.

Our Crumb Cake Recipe

I have fond memories of baking with my grandma Thomas. We made cinnamon jumbles, cookies, and this crumb cake. The recipe cards always say “Olive Crumb Cake”, but it is supposed to read “Olive’s Crumb Cake.” As I understand it, Olive was one of my grandmother’s friends, and this was her recipe.
The cake is nice, moist and spongy. The cake sort of crumbles, but it is the crumbs on the top that give it its name. It is a wonderful breakfast cake as well as a snack cake.
Ari and I made this the other day, and I thought I would share it.


  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Shortening (I recommend butter flavored stuff… I’ve used butter itself as well, but the recipe says Shortening so I’ll repeat what it says).
  • 2 Cups Flower
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Sour Milk (to make Sour Milk, pour 1 cup milk into a bowl, add 1 Tablespoon Vinegar and let stand for 5 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda

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Quick Update on Ari, Sidd and Me

It has been over a year since I last updated on Ari and/or Sidd. So let us get caught up.
Ari went to Kindergarten last year. He seemed to enjoy it. Made some school friends and some bus friends, and a few kids who pick on him… for whom he wishes were never born. He grown more and more head strong, which gets him into all sorts of trouble. He is still super bright, though he seems to have a bit of the ADHD and most likely Aspergers. He loves video games, making his own levels for games, and Lego Bionicles.
Sidd is now over a year old. Still refuses to walk or talk… he makes sounds and we have learned what some of them are, but he doesn’t really say “ma”, “da” or “ba”. He will say “Ummm” which can mean he wants food or his bottle. For a long time he wouldn’t sleep more than an hour or two at a time, which made getting any sleep really hard. He now sleeps through most of the night. He screams and cries loudly. He does little of that in moderation. Lol.
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Ari is Getting Glasses

Ari had an eye doctor appointment and it turns out he is far sighted.
The school was the first to catch that he might need glasses. The doctors did some testing, wasn’t sure, so they dilated his eyes, retested and confirmed that he is far sighted. He need glasses while at school, reading, doing art projects or any other up close detail work. If he’s just playing, he can go without them.

Ari’s Pillow

Ari made this pillow in school a while ago. He did all the sewing (they were impressed he spent the time to focus on it enough to complete the project, that isn’t too common at his age yet). He first sewed the designs, then he sewed the two sides together, stuffed it, and finished sewing it together. Clicking the photo will take you to the Flickr version…
Ari's Pillow
Ari's Pillow

Parent Teach Conference at Ari’s School

We had a parent/teacher conference at Ari’s pre-school the other day. The short of it is that Ari is brilliant, doing very well, fits the Montessori method, and is a delightful addition to the class.
He still needs work on going up and down stairs, mostly going up since going down takes longer anyhow. Specifically he needs to work on going up steps one foot at a time. As it is he brings both feet to the same step, then steps up to the next step. Now, this may be a part of his size since he is so small, so it isn’t a big concern.
The speech therapist talked to him informally. They don’t think his speech problems are anything to worry about and he’ll likely outgrow them, but they’ll watch to be sure.
He gets along well with the other kids and really enjoys watching the older students, like the Kindergarten kids, do their work.
He is really interested in the planets at the moment.
His concentration is greatly improving, and over the last few days he worked on sewing a pillow. We’ll try to get pictures of it and post them soon. I’ll post them to Flicr, and if I remember, I’ll update this post with a picture of it.
I am sure I am missing more, but it was a couple days ago and it’s early in the morning. I am sure Sara will remember more.

New Ari Pics

It may take a little while for the pictures to filter through Flickr’s RSS feeder, but new pictures of Ari should appear on the side real soon. Either way, you can click one of the pictures and it will take you to Flickr and the pictures anyhow. Sorry for the long delay.

Totally, Dude! and the Emergency Room

Ari has started saying Totally and Dude occasionally. “That was totally neat! Dude.” That sort of thing, though normally not together in the same sentence.
Meanwhile we got back from the Emergency Room late Friday morning. Ari turned out to have upper repertory infection and possible early pneumonia. I ended up calling off work at 2:30am from the emergency room as it was clear I wasn’t going to be out in time. Turned out, even had we gotten out in time for me to get some sleep before turning around for work, my car didn’t work anyhow, so we were stuck there even later. Anyhow, we called Ari off school Wednesday and Thursday (turns out Friday was off for a teacher work day) as he had a fever and was just wouldn’t eat or drink enough, what little he ate or drank he through up. So to avoid another possible bad thing where he spends days in the hospital, we took him in after I got off work Thursday.
(As an aside, the car died on the way to work, I had stopped at a local craft store and wouldn’t restart. I then had to walk for 15 or 20 minutes in the cold to get to work. Sara’s brother came and picked me up, took me to work and we eventually got the car to start. We had a problem with popping the hood on my car as the handle broke off long ago and every time I had to get into the hood more and more of the end came off, to the point there is little to grab a hold of now. I probably should just pull it out and let it hang and grab it when needed from under the car, but I may go to the junk yard and pick up an old one and replace the cable… Luckily the car started to take him to the hospital, but not to go home. So Sara’s parents came and picked us up, and gave us a jump to get home. When we got home, we hooked the jumper cables up to the battery and let it charge for 20 minutes or so, but no luck. Friday, my sister came to take me to AutoZone and to see Ari. I dropped off the battery for recharge and walked the 1/2 mile to the store to pick it up and hour later, still not fully charged so they put it back on and I walk the store for 30 more minutes, but still no luck. So I left it overnight… we’ll find out when I walk there Saturday how it went…)
Anyhow. Ari seems to be much better today then Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully Saturday he’ll be much better. He doesn’t have school Monday so he has a little extra time to get better. Now as for what I’ll do for the missed work…

How to Tell When Ari is Misbehaving

There is a good way to tell when Ari is misbehaving. He’ll say “Don’t look at me,” he may expand this to say what it is he is doing that you are not supposed to see him doing. An “Oops! Sorry!” may also be a clue.
We may take him roller skating Saturday… I haven’t been on skates since the 4th to 6th grade range, I can’t recall exactly what grade I was in, but we’ll say about 25 years ago. Anyhow, we were about to go last Saturday but they were just getting ready to close when we got there and Ari for some reason really wants to go. Of course he also wants to go to school and ride the school bus, which we generally figure means he wants more time with kids.
He hums lots of classical songs he hears on Little Einsteins, and generally seems to be a happy, very intelligent child… if not a bit moody sometimes.

It’s Play in Ari’s Room Day

Ari the other day, nor for the first time, broke my heart. I had to go to work, and Ari just started balling, crying and saying “But you don’t want to. You want to stay and play with me. It’s play in my room day.” I actually cried on the way to work, thank God our radio doesn’t work well, since with my luck Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin would have been playing…

My child arrived just the other day,
He came to the world in the usual way.
But there were planes to catch, and bills to pay.
He learned to walk while I was away.
And he was talking ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew,
He’d say, “I’m gonna be like you, dad.
You know I’m gonna be like you.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

My son turned ten just the other day.
He said, “Thanks for the ball, dad, come on let’s play.
Can you teach me to throw?” I said, “Not today,
I got a lot to do.” He said, “That’s ok.”
And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,
Said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah.
You know I’m gonna be like him.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

Well, he came from college just the other day,
So much like a man I just had to say,
“Son, I’m proud of you. Can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head, and he said with a smile,
“What I’d really like, dad, is to borrow the car keys.
See you later. Can I have them please?”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, dad.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

I’ve long since retired and my son’s moved away.
I called him up just the other day.
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind.”
He said, “I’d love to, dad, if I could find the time.
You see, my new job’s a hassle, and the kid’s got the flu,
But it’s sure nice talking to you, dad.
It’s been sure nice talking to you.”
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me,
He’d grown up just like me.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
“When you coming home, son?” “I don’t know when,
But we’ll get together then, dad.
You know we’ll have a good time then.”

I just sometimes feel I don’t spend nearly enough time playing with him, and I don’t want regrets later in life…