November 1, 2011
I have a couple of updates here to share from October. First, I bought CJ his first razor. It is electric as that is what I use and my dad used. His dad used a sharp rock or something, not sure, it was a long time ago. It is not that CJ has 5:00 shadow every day just yet, it is more that he has 5 day scraggly hair going on. He looks like one of those old men that misses the same little hairs every day. You talk to them and can't stop staring at the long hair next to their ear or under their eye. And he has that bad romance moustache thing going on. You know, when it is obvious that they have a hairy upper lip, but it looks more like something Aunt Edna would have than Uncle Jim.
Needless to say, Beth was a little sad about the razor. She knew he needed one but gets a little more sad each time he takes another step into manhood. THANK GOD he still gives us hugs. When those go away, we will probably get arrested at the mall for randomly hugging little kids.
Speaking of little kids, we had about 180 show up at our house last night for Halloween. Yes, there were plenty of high school kids wearing a tee shirt with a food stain on it saying their costume was "messy eater dude", but there were also plenty of adorable little children. Beth and I always try to exchange in a dialogue about their costume and how cute or scary it is, but most of the kids are just like, "give me the damn candy and shut your pie hole!" They have two hours to collect more candy than their parents normally let them eat in an entire year. The most discussed costumes belonged to a set of 13 year-old twin boys we know who were only attired in Speedos and socks and shoes. At the beginning of the night, it was in the mid 50's. By the end, it had gone into the 40's. Shrinkage? DON'T LOOK!!
Actually, there were way more "trick or treats", and "thank yous", and "happy Halloweens", than there usually are. We truly enjoy that part.
The other thing to share and record for posterity, is that the marching band season concluded this past Saturday at the OMEA State Competition in Columbus. They received a Superior rating. They were only the third band from this high school to complete the season with Superior ratings at all six competitions. Congratulations to the band and all the instructors who worked so hard to make this happen.
CJ has a new app on his IPod that allows him to hack into our home computer and view or interact with whatever is going on. He has even been known to pull up a You Tube video of a cat playing a piano to try to freak us out when we are not looking. When I catch him, I try to interact with him. Today, he pulled up the cat video, and I countered by typing in the You Tube search box, "CJ gets punched in the face". There are actually videos of a CJ out there getting punched, but he is not mine. Yet. He just now hacked in and tried to add lines to this post until I won the contest by typing how he looked like a girl in his costume. The student has not yet bested the master.
Besides, I am wondering why he isn't paying attention in class right now? He forgets that his mom works at the school. I may need to have her go to his classroom and see what shenanigans are going on.