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February 28, 2009

There Wasn't A Number 6

I've thought for a while that Noah had a photographic memory, and now I am even more sure of it.

His teacher sent home some number flash cards, numbered 1 through 30. Steph just showed them to him in random order, one right after the other, and he announced the number she was holding up. Immediately upon finishing, he said, "There wasn't a number 6". Sure enough, Steph had held the 6 card upside down, so it looked like a 9. The other option is he recognized that he had said the number 9 twice, and that one of them had to be the number 6 flipped upside down. But that still is pretty amazing to me for a 6-year-old.

I'm sure he is just a totally normal, average kid; and I'm just being a typical parent who thinks their kid is a genius -- but this incident seems particularly Rain Man-esque. I guess one option is that he is an autistic savant, but no doctors have ever expressed concern for this, and he seems to handle social situations pretty well, so I don't really think that's it.

I'm still a little dumbfounded by this...

[EDIT] I asked Noah how he knew there wasn't a 6, and he said that he knew he said 9 twice, and that one of them had to be the 6. So there you go... not a savant or a genius (yet), just using good logic. :-)

February 20, 2009

Emily's Tea Party

My mom sent home Emily's birthday present a few days early, and Miss Em just couldn't wait to open it...

The 'puppy shirt' and tea set were both part of the gift.

The weather today was absolutely gorgeous -- 59 degrees and sunny -- so Emily wanted to have her tea party outside. We brewed some iced tea and served iced animal cookies for the crumpets. She was quite the gracious little hostess, and made sure that I had all the tea and crumpets I needed. I think she had fun. :-)

Thank you Grandma Sue!

February 10, 2009

New iToy

OK, I take back [almost] everything I said in the iRotten Apples entry... my mini is still pretty pathetic right now, but Apple does do some neat stuff.


I got an iPod Touch 2G on Friday, and this iThing is cooler than the other side of the pillow! (That's a screen-shot of mine right there). It's both useful and fun -- and now I don't need to lug my laptop back and forth to work every day. It's kind of like a fun PDA. :-)

February 7, 2009

Click Clack Moo Family Day

Today was a fun Saturday -- the kind that I wish every Saturday could be.


The morning started lazily, but early (our kids don't sleep in for anything), with cartoons and coffee, and lots of lounging on the couch. We couldn't be lazy all day though, as we had tickets for Oregon Childrens Theatre's live presentation of Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type -- based on the book of the same name by Doreen Cronin. It was very entertaining, and the kids had a grand time. Dinner at Red Robin followed (the new Blackened Bayou Burger was delicious), then a little shopping at Fry's and Fred Meyer.

The kids were exhausted by the end of the day, but they had a lot of fun and a little bit of culture in the big city. There are still balcony level tickets available for the remaining shows, so if anyone has a few hours to spare, I highly recommend it -- especially if you have kids.

This entry was [mostly] composed on my new 'iToy'. :-)