I shall call him…number two

Sorry for the long hiatus. This German class has been really good, but boy if it isn’t humbling. I can’t just read over things once and remember it like times past. I don’t know if it’s age, the complexity of German grammar, or some of both. Whatever it is, my evenings the last month have often been spent wondering how I can be this far along and still need the dictionary for 75% of the words I see. This doesn’t bode well for this week’s closed book final exam.

Glutton for punishment that I am, I’ve enrolled in the 4th semester class, which begins the following week.

Anyway, Ruben is doing well. His word count continues to increase, and includes German words as well. His comprehension is off the charts. Last week I dropped him off at his German day care, and his caregiver remarked (in German) “mdwemewmw Gummistiefel msdfeljfewj”. I translated in my head, remembered Gummistiefel means rainboots, and looked down to see Ruben already grabbing and acknowledging the object of her comment.

Of course he still soils himself several times daily. I retain the high ground…for now.

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Last week was the Heidelberg Halloween 5K run. I ran it last year, and finished third (19:20). This year, recovering from a terrible month long cold, I knew I had no hope of approaching that time. So, I decided to use Ruben as my excuse. We dressed him up in his adorable pumpkin outfit and we went out with the jogging stroller and ran a respectable 21:39. Of course, any potential ego boost was burst by some young whipper-snapper relegating me to second in the jogging stroller division. So much for fleeting glory.

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Off topic, but man this would have been a fun project to do in school

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And the biggest news for us, as implied by the title, is we are expecting again. Due date is the beginning of May, and we found out on Thursday it’s going to be a boy. I have to admit I’d been picturing a girl, and have had to revise my mental image of what’s in store. Anyway, there’s a long way to go, but it’s exciting to think about the possibilities.

Here are some random pics from the last few months:

Fall 2008 Pics

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1 Response to “I shall call him…number two”


  1. 1 Yutaka Thursday, 13 November, 2008 at 18:46

    Cool video of Thriller… and all in one continuous take (at least it looks like it).

    Anyway, congrats on number 2 on the way! Sounds like things are going well in Germany!!


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