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4 October 2009 8:40 pm


This weekend, Geoff commented on how it's cute the way that Andrea calls me "Mama." Mama?!? I thought that I was Mommy.

Much to my surprise, I then noticed that she calls me "Mama" significantly more frequently that she calls me "Mommy". In fact, "Mommy" might be my description and not really my name. I will be paying close attention to this in the coming week.

For now, I'll take comfort in that I still have a two-syllable name. Before long, I may just be "Mom."

Posted by geoff at 20:40 in /family

23 September 2009 8:39 pm

License Plates 2009

It's been a while, five years to be exact, since there has been any mention of the license plate game in these pages. While this year's season is over, it was a notable one worth capturing.

This was a long season for the license plate game, since we had an early Memorial Day and a late Labor Day. Fortunately, I did not need the entire time to complete the task. As an individual, I saw all 50 license plates this year! Unfortunately, the official competition is a team sport, and my final two plates were not witnessed by any other participants. I saw Alabama while on a business trip in Texas, and I saw Alaska while with a friend on the way back to work after lunch. Ironically, both of these plates were viewed with the same friend.

It was nice this year to have Dylan able to spell words. He was able to confirm the presence of Idaho and Hawaii, and I even got picture evidence of Hawaii outside of the YMCA in Naperville. That was a success early in the season. Perhaps next year he will be able to identify license plates while driving! Before long, we'll have internal Schmit-family competition, instead of merely competition with the New-York-based Schmits.

Posted by geoff at 20:39 in /family

9 August 2009 7:37 pm

When I Grow Up...

... I want to be...

The first time that I heard those words from Andrea was the day that we visited a dairy farm on vacation. That night, the answer she offered with no prompting was "a farmer and a cooker." By "cooker,' I certainly hope that she means a chef and not simply a burger flipper at a fast-food joint.

Tonight, Andrea added two more variations to the mix. The first was, "When I grow up, I want to be an author, ... and a farmer and a cooker. A food cooker and an ice cream cooker." Shortly after, she indicated that she wanted to be "Curious George, a farmer, and a cooker."

I was surprised that she did not forget about being a farmer and a cooker in the month since she first shared her aspirations. It'll be some time until she's all grown up, so for now I hope that she enjoys being a kid!

Posted by geoff at 19:37 in /family/andrea

8 August 2009 8:52 pm

Lots of Pictures!

I've been on a photo editting and posting spree. I have been secretly putting up new albums over the last month and a half, with the majority in the last week. Here are some new albums to enjoy. As with a good drink or meal, be sure to savor them, since it might be a while since you'll get any more.

If I continue at this pace, there is a chance that I can edit pictures from vacation and the rest of the summer by Labor Day weekend. Good thing that Labor Day is late this year!

Posted by geoff at 20:52 in /family

3 August 2009 6:55 pm

For Sale?

Today, I dropped Andrea off late at school, and stayed for her class group time by her request. Group time was interesting...

Last week Andrea's class had a pizza-making fundraiser. On Thursday, they made English-muffin pizzas -- all cheese. Well, they had sauce on them, too. On Friday, the pizzas were cooked and sold them to parents. I don't remember the exact price, but I donated a dollar to get four and I overpaid.

Today, the class was discussing and voting on what they were going to do with the $9 they earned. The two options presented by the teacher were: (1) ice cream party, and (2) buy a fish for the classroom. Each child was given a choice in turn to voice their preference. They were also given the option for a "write-in" idea. Andrea passed on her turn to vote. Andrea's friend, Aaron, did not. He was the first (and only) to say, "I have an idea."

Aaron's idea was to "Buy Andrea's mommy." The idea got a vote from Aaron and two of the other children. In the end, "Buy a Fish" also had three votes. (Un)fortunately, "Ice Cream Party" ended up with six votes, so I don't have to worry about being owned, and cared for!, by a pre-school class of three-year-olds.

Posted by geoff at 18:55 in /family/andrea

7 June 2009 9:34 pm

Math of Ages

"Mommy, when Dylan is six, will I be four?"

"Yes, Andrea."

"And, when Dylan is seven, will I be five?"

"Yes, you will be."

"When Dylan is eight, will I be... six?"

"You will be, Andrea."

"Mommy, when Dylan is nine, will I be seven?"

And, when Dylan is ten, will I be eight?"

"You sure will be."

"When Dylan is twenty, will I be ten?"

"No. When Dylan is twenty, you will be eighteen, Andrea."

"When Dylan is one hundred, will I be seventeen?"

"No. When Dylan is one hundred, you will be ninety-eight."

So went the conversation when I was pushing Andrea on the swing this afternoon. I didn't think much of it at the time, but now that I think back on it, it is impressive to me. Granted, Andrea's math ability became constrained when she crossed the boundary of ten. However, she was either able to keep straight incrementing two sets of numbers. Or, she was able to subtract two from each number in her head. Either way, I'm impressed.

Both Dylan and Andrea are currently in the mode of challenging my addition skills and keeping me sharp. We often start simple, with something like "What's one plus one?" They then take the answer and add it to itself. Well, they ask me (or Geoff) to add it to itself. They don't seem to get bored with it, so I often find myself adding numbers in the thousands. In my head. While driving. Perhaps there should be a law against that.

Posted by geoff at 21:34 in /family/andrea

24 May 2009 8:55 pm


Scene: Jewel grocery store on the Sunday afternoon before Memorial Day
Characters: Daddy and Andrea

Daddy: "Let's get some beer and then we're done."

Andrea: "Don't drink too much."

Daddy: "Ummmm, why not?"

Andrea: "You'll be sick."

Daddy: "Okay, should I just drink one, then?"

Andrea: "No, five."

Daddy: "Five?"

Andrea: "Five is okay."

Daddy: "Okay."

Daddy wonders with whom Andrea has been discussing drinking beer....

Posted by geoff at 20:55 in /family/andrea

22 May 2009 8:40 pm


Andrea is very interested in knowing how to spell various words. I often hear, "Mommy, how do you spell... (fill in the blank)?" More recently, she's turned it around to something such as "Mommy, what does c-a-t spell?" Earlier this week, the question Andrea asked me was, "Mommy, what does t-t-y-l spell?"

So any of you who are wondering whether kids these days are just inherently different than we were as kids, the answer is a resounding y-e-s (which spells yes)! I still have no idea where she got that letter combination from. It is not a phrase that I use, nor is it something that I have heard (or seen) Geoff use. However, it certainly is odd that Andrea picked that combination of letters from all 456,976 possible 4-letter permutations.

For those still wondering, t-t-y-l spells "talk-to-you-later."

Posted by geoff at 20:40 in /family/andrea

25 April 2009 8:57 pm

Swim, Kick, Reach!

It is always interesting to me to see the videos that Oma takes of Dylan and Andrea swimming. Since I am still in the water with Andrea during swim lessons, the video allows me to see her swim from a different perspective. And I am constantly amazed. Dylan has made incredible progress in six weeks of private swim lessons. I put together a compilation of some of Oma's video taken last weekend. Note that there are no flotation devices on either kid!

Posted by geoff at 20:57 in /family

4 April 2009 11:25 am

Preschool Friends

Andrea is now in a pre-school class at school. She turns three later this month, and moved with four of her friends from the "Twos II" classroom to the "Pre-school I" classroom. For Dylan this was one of the harder transitions to make, since it means starting the day in a different room. For Andrea, it was the easiest!

This week, Dylan and Andrea started the day in the same classroom. They also ended the day in the same classroom. It was very rewarding to see how they enjoyed being together. I think that at both the start and end of the day, the two of them were no more than two feet apart. Dylan appeared to enjoy having his sister there, and Andrea seemed to appreciate having the comfort of her brother. I got stories that the two were apart at times, but still would look up to see where the other was. During each day they go to separate classrooms.

I am very reassured that Dylan and Andrea seem to be friends in addition to siblings.

Posted by geoff at 11:25 in /family
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