Friday, March 25, 2011

Alone time? What is he a teenager already?!

Zander has been leaving us all kinds of notes lately. The above is an example. We found it outside of his room one evening last week. It says:

To mom and dad I love you but want some alone time please come at 7:25 to read me a book if you are really just chilin out I may come out before that.
love:

Zander Kuebler

look on the back

From the back (not shown in the scan above):
top secret

I love you dad! I love you mom!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Hitting the Jackpot

The fun fair (mentioned in the last post) has a raffle. In fact, they raffle off about 30 or 40 things from electronics (Wii, Xbox) to activities. Zander won "Principal for a day."

Let me back up a bit and say that the elementary school that Zander attends has an enrollment of 970+ students. The principal is a rock star. Now part of that is because the current principal is charasmatic, well-qualified, and good at his job. The other part is because, well, he's the principal!

We pretty much assumed that Zander wouldn't win anything in the raffle because the chances were slim given the high participation. When we got the call that he *did* win and it was "Principal for the Day," we felt pretty darn lucky. Now that he has actually been "Principal for the Day," we're sure that he (and we) won the jackpot. Here is *some* of what he did during his day-long tenure:

  • walked around the entire school outside to make sure things were safe and the buses were coming in on time;
  • made a decision with the PE teacher about the parallel bars;
  • went into all the kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and most 6th grade classes;
  • answered questions from children in each of the classrooms;
  • signed some budget paperwork (not real);
  • signed a leave slip for a staff person (real decision, but with the principal's prior approval);
  • made a decision about an item to include in the school's weekly newspaper;
  • placed a new child into a kindergarten class;
  • spoke with a 6th grade student and decided a discipline issue (not real);
  • had lunch in the teachers’ lounge and sat and chatted with teachers (photo above); and more!

Brad said it best -- most of the other things that he could have won in the raffle could be purchased. His day with the principal as "principal for a day" was priceless to him (and to us).

Monday, March 21, 2011

Born to Be Wild

I embed the video below for posterity. I do not expect anyone other than the parents (and perhaps grandparents) of these two wild boys to watch the entire thing through. And honestly, we've already watched it. But, I do think it needs to be preserved.

Here's the backstory: Zander has been a fan of the song "Born to be Wild" ever since he was first exposed to it in "Dooby, Dooby Moo" of the "Click Clack Moo" series. Fast forward a year or two to this week. During his school's annual "fun fair' (aka a fundraiser for the school where hundreds of children run around trying earn prizes and win raffles). Zander and his friend Max decided to perform the song on the karaoke stage. Zander is on vocals and Max has some rad moves. Oh -- right beforehand they had their hair done in the makeshift salon, hence the green and pink mohawks...

Video shot by Max's dad, John V.

For the record, this is Zander's 2nd official karaoke performance. His first was during a recent birthday party at the l0cal "Bach to Rock." And yes, I realize the subtle irony between the subject matter of the songs in the last post juxtaposed with the lyrics of "Born to Be Wild."

Saturday, March 19, 2011

God

Realizing I need to post something so the "penis" post moves farther down the page.

So here's a one about god. Well, it's not really about god, rather songs about god. Let me explain. The choir in which Zander sings (at the synagogue to which we belong) had a joint concert with Peter and Ellen Allard a few weeks ago. Z was over the moon about singing with "famous people." All of the songs were rather god-heavy (for lack of a better way of explaining it). As individuals and parents, Brad and I do not necessarily emphasize god. But, Zander's Sunday school sure *does* and Zander himself has been known to pray to god (although often before the roll of dice in a close game).

Anyway, here is a snippet of the performance:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

"That's a Silly Penis"

We stumbled across this guy outside a toy store as we exited the temporary location of our local library, which is under renovation. Pretty clever for a toy store to be next to a library and also to put this outside to attract attention. Cassandra took one look at him and said, "That's a silly penis!"