Monday, April 14, 2014

Tae Kwan Do Tournament

Gavin participated in his first Tae Kwan do tournament on Saturday. He was really excited to compete, and wanted a gold medal.

First he showed his "blue belt form," which is a series of coordinated steps, punches, and blocks. He earned a bronze medal for this.

Then he moved on to the "breaking" portion. He had to break four boards - one with a punch and three with different kicks. He took silver in this one!!!!

Wearing both. medals He was so proud, and wants to go again next year and get a gold!

Here's a video of his breaking skills:

Thursday, April 10, 2014


Over spring break, Gavin's friend Claire came over for a play date. The afternoon started out warm, and they played outside for a bit. But then the wind picked up and we moved inside.

Hopscotch - their way. They kept counting to 20 and higher.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lego Engineering

I took Gavin to a Lego engineering class over Spring Break. It was part of the Engineering For Kids program at Airtastic.

This class was in the Mechanical Engineering category and had them build a sailboat (which he and his buddy dubbed a "pirate ship") and they connected wires to make sounds and make it move.

Of course, the kids got to have a break in the middle and run around Airtastic. Gavin loved it!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adler Planetarium

Yesterday we went to the Adler Planetarium. It was Gavin's first visit. He is totally fascinated by planets, stars, and our solar system, so we figured he'd like it.

We found a lot of cool things, like this model of the solar system from back when people thought Earth was at the center, not the sun:

We spent a lot of time in a hall with models of each planet:

It's hard to see, but Gavin is in that window. This was a pretend crater on Mars:

This is like the machines at Brookfield Zoo that flatten a penny and stamp an image on it. Gavin chose a Mars image:

Cleaning dirt off of old sundials. Gavin loved this!

A staff member was demonstrating what happens to objects (like a balloon) when the environment has no air. Gavin loved it!

We had a great time and Gavin can't wait to go back!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Last Tuesday was election day, and as usual Gavin's school designated it to be a "teacher institute" day, so there was no class.

The temperature hit 48, which felt balmy! Gavin and I went to the library and Riverwalk:

By the Dick Tracy statue:

Under the Eagle Street Bridge (Gavin loved the echo under there):

Here's my favorite pic of the day:

We walked down to Centennial Beach - frozen solid! 

Sigh, once July comes, Gavin and I will be there every afternoon!

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Fridge

Our almost-twelve-year-old fridge, which came with our house, died the other week. We were excited to get a new one with an icemaker, something the old one didn't have.

Gavin had fun helping to pull all the tape and plastic off (and there was a TON of it)!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Dentist Visit

Gavin had his six-month dental cleaning this weekend! He was excited to show the hygienist and the dentist that he lost one tooth and has a second one that is wiggly. 

He hates the light above the chair, so the hygienist always has a pair of sunglasses for him to wear. He was very brave and told us when he needed a break because as he put it, "There's too many things in my mouth!"

He has no cavities - YAY! Now we'll just wait and see if his six-year molars grow in  by our next visit in September. I think he got the two-year molars at age three. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Gavin's First Tooth

As if last Friday wasn't momentous enough with Gavin earning his blue belt...that same night his first wiggly tooth came out!

It had been loose for about a month. He wasn't in a big rush to get it out, and neither was I. 

The tooth fairy left him a $5 dollar bill - a little extra for the first tooth. He's got nineteen baby teeth left, and I think the tooth fairy will be a little more thrifty with all of those. :)

Gavin's dental hygienist told me that kids lose their teeth in the same order they get them. So here's a picture of my chubby, smiley, nine-month-old baby with only his first tooth in. Sure enough, it was the first one to come out!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Tae Kwan Do

Gavin recovered from strep throat in time to test for the next belt level in Tae Kwan Do. He's determined to get his black belt. Although that's still a ways off, he earned his blue belt (5th belt color) tonight!

He's in the center of this picture, with the other green belts, running through their moves before the test:

 Here is where he had to break a board by using what is called a "side kick" - you can see the focus on his face!

He broke the board on the first try and the instructor handed him the two pieces (the kids get to keep them):

And he passed! Master Beck tied on his new blue belt:

We're so proud of him!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Strep Throat

The day after the Valentine party, Gavin didn't feel well. We were at Grandpa and Grandma Cordes' house for dinner, and he actually fell asleep on their couch.

When he didn't get better in 48 hours, I took him to the pediatrician. Turns out, he has strep throat. 

At least he now has antibiotics to help him get better!