The Military Dad Week in Review for November 20th

This has been a pretty good week for the Military Dad family. Everyone has been reasonably healthy which is rarely the case in this petri dish that we call a house. On Monday, we had a parent-teacher conference for our daughter’s kindergarten. The bottom line is that she is doing great. The teacher thinks that she’s already reading and writing at a first grade level. The only issue is that she loses concentration sometimes because when she knows something, she would rather help the other students than work on it herself. While this was portrayed negatively, I have to say that it’s not exactly disappointing. She’s doing terrific.

I’m also amazed at the progress that her little brother has made since she started school. We always joked that the reason he didn’t talk much was because his sister did all his talking for him. It turns out that may have actually been the case. Since she’s started school, his vocabulary has increased exponentially. He’s also picking up colors and numbers much better. We are incredibly happy about that as well.

We also measured the kids on the wall chart this week and received a pleasant surprise. Our daughter has always been tall for her age. She’s consistently been in the 90th percentile in height and the 75th in weight. Our son, on the other hand, has always been very small for his age. He fell off the bottom of the chart long ago and has never been able to get back on it. Amazingly, since June, he’s grown almost 2 inches while his sister has only grown 1. We still don’t think he’s gaining much weight, but at least he’s growing one direction.

Yesterday, we took the kids to the park to ride their bikes. We decided to take our daughter’s training wheels off to see how she would do. She wasn’t able to ride by herself, but her balance is definitely improving. Since she is so big for her age (see above), I think her bike is a little heavier that a normal 5 year old would have. That might be one reason that it’s tough for her. Our son has picked up the ability to pedal incredibly quickly, and he can motor around that park in record time.

At work this week, I had the very unique opportunity to address a group of young, civilian interns at my command. I was asked to give them a fleet perspective and try to give them a better idea what it means to be a sailor. I really enjoyed the opportunity, and I think it went really well.

As far as this blog goes, I’m very happy with it. There will be a few aesthetic changes here and there, but I’m pleased with the format. I’ve managed to write at least one post each day since I started it, and I have enough ideas that I should be able to maintain that pace for awhile. I stumbled across the Mad Dadz Blog this week which is excellent. The posts are very well written and extremely funny. My favorite post was a description of the Google Analytics infection. If you get a chance, you need to head over there and check out the site. It really is terrific.

In the next week or so, I’m going to write about how incredibly different my kids are from each other. I will probable also write about I how I got my reluctant start blogging. I’m planning on writing 2 guest posts in the near future. One will be a salute to SAHDs and the amazing things that they do. The other will be about how important it is to help out around the house and help reduce your wife’s workload.

My posts from the last week are below. If you are a husband, Greatest Dinner Ever should be required reading. I’m also really proud of Angel Demon and my Tall Tales if you don’t have time to read them all. Thank you for stopping by and have a terrific week.

Military Dad’s Tall Tales – This is just a description of my love for telling stories to the kids and how I would like to do it more often. I’m also going to make an effort to share those stories on here for the enjoyment of all.

Tall Tales: The Time I Rode a Dragon – This is my first attempt to share one of my stories. It recounts the time that I was lost in the dragon infested lands of Western North Dakota.

My Daughter’s Favorite Song – This post talks about one of the the things that will go against me when the father of the year voting is counted up.

Weekly Book Report: I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track – This is a review of another book that I love reading to the kids.

Greatest Dinner Ever – This is the amazing true story of the one and only time that my wife has admitted that I’m right.

Angel Demon – This is an incredibly accurate description of my son’s incredible super power.

Tall Tales: The Time I Rode a Dragon was also included in this week’s Fatherload. If you get a chance, go check it out. It’s a great collection of some of the best daddy blog posts from the past week.

I also wrote a guest post for Dad Revolution this week entitled Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts. The post is about the fact that my family is made up of 4 incredible individuals, but together, we are amazing. If you get a chance, head over and give it a read. Make sure to check out the rest of the incredibly posts over there as well.

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