4 years old.
Last week, during my final week on furlough before going back to work, it was up to me to take you to the doctor for your 4 year check-up appointment.
I was so proud of you how you barely cried during the two vaccinations you had to get, in order to start Kindergarten in a year and a half.
The doctor confirmed you are perfectly healthy- and also that you are officially petite.
You’re below the 25th percentile for height and the 20th for weight.
The funny thing is, you undeniably eat so much more food than your brother, who is 5 and a half years older than you!
Little girl, big appetite!
9 years, 6 months.
You turned 9 and a half this week, during the time which was supposed to be your last week of 3rd grade.
It was sad yesterday as I drove to your school to pick up all your belongings from your teachers. The closest thing to closure you had for finishing 3rd grade was some Zoom calls with your class.
The tragedy is that, as I predicted last fall, 3rd grade would be your favorite by far. It is unfortunate it had to be cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But we still have each other and we still have our health. And we continue to still make life fun!
It is true that I am of a dying breed. Not only am I of the minority of drivers who can drive a manual transmission, but I am of the shrinking group of people who actually still owns a stick shift vehicle and drives it it as my main vehicle everyday.
In 2020, only 1 out of 8 new vehicles on the car lot even have the option to be sold with a manual transmission. Not only are vehicles with automatic transmissions more efficient on fuel, but they are also less expensive. It used to be the other way around!
It only makes sense that for the few of us who can still drive a manual, and who still do so daily, we are a unique group of people. We actually like the fact it’s not easy, even if it’s all muscle memory to us at this point.
I drive a 2010 Jeep Wrangler, which I have now owned for a year. One of the reasons I was able to snatch it up was because I didn’t flinch when I saw that it had a manual transmission.
Granted, I had never owned a vehicle with a stick shift before, but I had driven my dad’s old 1988 Ford Ranger during college a bit; while making money mowing lawns- as well as driving it when my own car was having issues.
A year into driving a manual transmission every day, it feels wrong when I do drive my wife’s car, with its automatic transmission. I always instinctively press my left foot down on the floor when I start the car.
So it only makes sense that with my $150 Amazon shopping spree for my recent 39th birthday, I chose this 6 Speed Manual Transmission T-shirt.
If you would like to order one like it, just click this link.
I also ordered the same thing for the spare tire cover on my Jeep. I will do another blog post and video on that once it arrives!
4 years old.
You have been interested in the strawberry plant that Nonna started growing this year. You knew that once the green strawberries turned red, they would be ready to eat.
I just happened to with you as you walked by and said, “Nonna, look, it’s a red strawberry!”
After wiping the dirt off of it with her shirt, she handed it to you to eat.
I didn’t believe that you would actually even try it. I was wrong…
Three quick bites later, the strawberry was gone. That is the freshest fruit you have ever eaten!
9 years, 5 months.
Once it became official that the school year was ending early due to COVID-19, and that you would therefore have the longest summer break of your life, I decided it was to pull out a 19 year-old game system.
I am referring to the Nintendo Gamecube- and the game, Animal Crossing.
Yes, there is a brand-new version of the game out right now on Nintendo Switch.
But it is the 2001 version that I have introduced to you.
Interesting enough, your cousin Calla always happens to own the same game at her house.
So the two of you have been able to compare each other’s unique worlds, since every version of the game is different from the next.
Animal Crossing is a good way to pass the time in a fun and constructive way!
I decided this year to commit the rest of my life to being one of those guys who goes to the gym 6 days a week. I just turned 39, and it has become very obvious that healthy eating isn’t enough to prevent my destiny of having a dad bod.
This is me just starting my weight training journey. But if I figured it would be relevant and hopefully helpful to others if I share what I am learning along the way.
I understand that by gaining muscle mass, I will also be able to burn more fat as my metabolism has to work harder to maintain regulating more muscle.
Therefore, the post work out recovery shake I have been using for months now is Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein. It has 60 grams of protein and only 15 grams of carbs.
To find the best deal on Amazon, click this link.
Also, check out my video below, which shows what all I mix in with my smoothie each morning after my work out:
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I am also experimenting with tart cherry juice as a recovery supplement too. Here’s a link to Amazon for that as well.
One more thing I want to share is how much I love my new work out shorts. They are 90 Degree by Reflex athletic fit gym shorts with drawstring and zippered pockets for men.
Here is the link to buy them on Amazon.
And I also did a video review on them as well:
I look forward to reviewing more work out products in the near future, as I work my way further away from having a dad bod.
4 years old.
We had much bigger plans for your recent 4th birthday. But like many things this year due to COVID-19, as it is for everyone else, we had to majorly alter what we originally had in mind.
The original plan was to have a double birthday party with your friend Isabella from your class at school, since the two of you were born just 6 days apart.
We bought you matching unicorn dresses and even had a pony ride lined up.
But instead, you got to spend some time with Isabella long enough for the two of you to play together in your dresses- and to exchange gifts.
You are so happy about the bath time Barbie she got you. Not only do you bath with it, but you also sleep with it.
Technically, this is your first Barbie doll, at age 4, since you don’t perceive your Elsa or Anna dolls as Barbies; even though they are.
Here’s to hoping that next year for your 5th birthday, we can have the kind of birthday party we had planned for you this year!