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Ethan's Hand vs the Car Door

I am literally still sick to my stomach. I was hustling the kids to gymnastics this afternoon and didn’t think twice when I locked the car door and slammed the door shut. It didn’t catch all the way and I leaned forward to give it a shove when I realized Ethan’s hand was in the door. Shit! I lifted the handle and pulled, the door didn’t open. Ethan started wailing. Shit! I hit the unlock button and pulled again, hard enough that the door handle came off in my hand and I stumbled backwards. Shit, shit, shit! At gymnastics between classes a teacher is assigned to the door to greet people and I’m sure watch to make sure no children make a break for it without their parents. I motioned for one to come.  And she hearing Ethan realized something was wrong and started to run to us. As she ran out, I called to her. “His hand is stuck in the door. It’s jammed, I’m going to try to open it from the inside.” At this point, thank fully a Dad ran over. He couldn’t open the door either but took my place inside of the car. Another father, drove past and saw what was going on. He stopped in the middle of the parking lot and came to help. I looked at him and yelled “A crow bar, we need a crow bar” He went to his car and brought back what has to be the largest flat head screw driver I have ever seen. So large that I first thought he was bringing the tiniest crow bar I’d ever seen. There was, thankfully, a small gap in between the door and the car. He put it at the top and the worker and I pulled while the other father pushed from the inside. We got that pulled open and his pointer and middle finger were free. He moved it down further and we pushed and pulled until Ethan could pull his fingers out. I wanted to cry and scream right along with him, I was so scared. The father with the screw driver  said” okay, now he’s out, you don’t want to take any chances take him to the er and get him xrayed” I checked out his hand and it looked alright. He was able to move all his fingers and other then a cut on one finger and a line across the others he was fine. We went inside and another coach had an ice pack ready for him.

One of them had called an ambulance and the paramedics came in to talk to us. They had Ethan bend his fingers just as I had done by the side of the car and asked if they could help us any further. With nothing left to do they left. Ethan sat for a moment and I asked if he wanted to go home or if he felt like he could or wanted to go to class. He said he wanted to see if he could do his back flip so sat there for a little while longer and then went to class. I was shocked. Years earlier Craig had closed my hand in the same damn door and I can assure you if I could have done them I would not have been wanting to do back flips after it happened. He was fine and so I let him go to class with the understanding that if it hurt too bad he would stop. By the time class was over the cut on his hand had already healed. It always amazes me how quickly my kids heal. I feel like less then crap and will probably be letting him get away with way to much for a little while.

Kids Gym 1

Last week Emerson moved up to her new class which means that she is all by herself and mommy gets to sit on the bleachers and that Ethan and Emerson are back on the same day same time for class which is NICE!! It also means that I get to take some pictures of the kids.

Emerson is the little girl in the purple. She refused to wear her leotard I think she wanted pants and a shirt so she cold be like the little girl she is standing directly behind. Emerson is really enamored with that little girl she follows her lead everywhere good or bad.

Here are some pics of Ethan on the bar?? I’m not sure what it is called and I’m not sure what’s up with my pictures


Since football is over Ethan finally got to move up and the  best part of all – he gets to be in Coach Tommy’s class. He has wanted to be in Tommy’s class since he started at ASI in August 09. For the longest time he blamed me for not letting him be in his class, in actuality he wasn’t old enough yet. He had to be 5. When Ethan turned 5 and moved to bronze he was a little disappointed because it turned out that Tommy didn’t teach them.

After class, Tommy told me that Ethan will probably move up quickly again. He would have been in Bronze for 1 month but because of football season he had to wait 3 months. I’m interested to see how long Ethan stays in this level and what happens after Gold.

Movin on up

Last week Ethan moved up from Kids Gym 2 to Boys Bronze. They wanted him to move to Silver but after watching class last Wednesday I’m really glad that our schedule prevented that from happening.

Looking over his skills list I think he pretty much has all of his trampoline skills down and most of floor skills. He will now also be doing parallel bars, rings, vaulting, and I think there is something else. He said the class was hard, lol, and I would have to agree. He has a really strong trunk and I think pretty soon he’ll have an upper body to match. I, sadly, forgot my camera so I don’t have pictures of his first day of class. But I did get pictures of his last day in Kids Gym 2.

Lots has been going on

and I have really been slacking off on posting. So lets hit some bullet points

  • Emerson is starting to potty train. We are putting her in panties at the house and she is doing really well. A couple of days ago she woke up rushed to the bathroom and poopied in it!! Yay for her! We still put her in a diaper when leaving the house and at bedtime/naptime but she gets really upset if she potties in her diaper, it is so sad. I can’t believe she is doing so well at 2 years old when Ethan didn’t start until much later.
  • Ethan is reading his first chapter book, the Magic Tree House series. We sort of take turns but he can read about 90 – 95% of it on his own.
  • He is a couple of months away from moving up to silver level at gymnastics. Coach Andrea said that the only thing that was holding him back was his cartwheel. Then on Saturday he was the only person who showed up for class so he got some one on one help with his cartwheel. He has three, almost four, points on his cartwheel (whatever that means) and he only needs 3 points to move up. We will wait to move him up until after baseball season. Also, Coach Andrea said that since he will be one of the youngest in the class she wants him to be one of the strongest, which sounds really good to me.
  • Friday, I got the email I was waiting on from Moving Beyond the Page and purchased Ethan’s curriculum for the fall. I was so stinking excited I could hardly stand or sit still. I can’t wait to get it in a couple of weeks.
  • and last but not least Turbo got to come home yesterday. He is still sick but is doing better. I think he lost 10 -20 pounds while he was gone. He was such a chunk though that it was probably good for him. I’m so happy to have my declared non dangerous dog back home.

Wow, it has been quite awhile

Not too much has happened around here. We are making an adjustment to homeschooling Monkey, he loves it. I thought he would resist but not yet. My only concern for him is that I worry he is too smart. I’m not even sure if that is a legitimate worry and as far as parenting worries can go I’ll gladly take that one. I guess really my concern lies with the decision that we will make in two years as to whether to continue homeschooling or to put him in public school. If he gets too far ahead he will be miserable but on the other hand I don’t want to hold him back.  He is starting to add and subtract. I tested him on his preprimer words and he knew 67% already. He does a couple of Headsprout episodes a week and consistently scores between 94 and 98. I was talking with a friend and she told me that upon succesfully completeing the program the child is at a beginning 3rd graders reading level.  He is almost half way right now. Last week  gave him a pattern of worksheets with patterns on them, we’d never done it before. The beads were green, purple, green, purple, etc. I asked him “What do you think the next color is?”  He replied, “White”. I pointed out the other beads and again he said white I told him it was only white because he needed to pick the next color. Light bulb. I then told him to see what he thought the next one should be. I looked away and he said done. I looked down and he had completed the work sheet… It’s things like that, that make me think if he were in public school he would drive the teacher crazy. Finishing quickly and then talking or clowning around.  Enough about that, besides a lot can happen in 2 years.

Lets see what else has happened… we had a pregnancy scare and I realized just how DONE I am with having kids.   I was so flippin’ relieved to find out that I wasn’t. If Big Daddy doesn’t hurry up and get a V I swear I will google a how to tutorial and do the damn thing myself.

Princess P is once again sprouting teeth. She is finally getting her 4th bottom front tooth and I think at least two of her eye teeth are coming it. I guess she is sort of filling in since she has had her two year molars for a month or two now.gy

Also, while under the watchful eye of her father Princess P managed to drop the external hard drive rendering it completely useless when attached to the computer but it is still usable when hooked to the PS3, hum go figure. I had all of my pictures on there and had not gotten around to backing up 2009 so had a mini panic attack until we ran a recovery program a couple of days ago. I will be doing backup cds tomorrow probably. I’m also working on uploading them to two online storage places. Big Daddy doesn’t get it but I would be completely devistated to lose our pictures of Monkey and Princess P.

Monkey started gymnastics 4 weeks ago.  We are taking him to ASI and he really enjoys it. We had a small issue with him trying to leave his class and join the “boy class” in his words he doesn’t want to be in the “easy class”  Ugh, can I get a rolling eyes smilie right there?

Well sorry for a long post with lots of words and no pictures but there you go with a month and a halfish of catch up.