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Tomorrow we fly with the boys for the first time. Wish us luck.

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Book Review – Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads

9781596439757When I was a youngster back during the Taft administration you couldn’t throw a rock without hearing about cowboys and Indians. That type of play may have fallen out of fashion, but I still have a fondness for it. Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads puts a modern spin on the cowboy narrative tradition. Bob Shea (with pictures by Lane Smith) crafts a tale in the vain of The Outlaw Josey Whales and Unforgiven. No, that’s not true in fact the Kid Sherfiff makes a point of not using a gun. The Toad Brothers are causing trouble all over town and the Kid Sheriff is convinced that dinosaurs are behind the crimes. I know what you’re thinking, he’s crazy and the book uses the American old west as a metaphor for mental illness, but trust me when I tell you that the Kid Sheriff isn’t crazy and in fact has a plan. In keeping with BTCS tradition, I won’t spoil the ending, but rest assured justice is served.

Car Seat Safety

I missed yesterday’s Child Passenger Safety Twitter chat, but check out Parents Central. Especially in light of recent events concerning kids in cars.

Shut the Front Door

doorsAs long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know all too well, BB is freakishly strong. His bull like strength is displayed mainly on his new favorite task, shutting doors. Whenever we pass through an open door, BB stops and tries to shut it. This new hobby has two central challenges. The first is that I need to constantly make sure his wee fingers are not going to get crushed (as I did to LTD’s digits in the car door the other day) and the second problem occurs when I am trying to hold the door open for someone. When we leave school he turns and pushes the door closed telling gravity to go to hell, but if I’m holding it open for a fellow parent then a battle of wills erupts.Normally, he would win since he is so strong, but I cheat by picking him up, but in the end he can claim victory because when I pick him he screams in my face giving me a headache. At the end of the day, the good news is that I never have to worry about the heating bill since I’ll never have to tell him to shut the door he’s letting the heat out. 

Book Review – Stewie Boomstein Starts School

noomdyrNow that LTD and everyone else has officially started school, I figured it might be time for a better late than never review. We have read LTD a few books over the years about getting ready for school and they have all been fairly straight forward. However, Stewie Boomstein Starts School takes a slightly different tack. Written by Christine Bronstein with illustrations by Karen Young, the story focuses on Stewie, a child with typical 5 year old problems. Stewie is depicted as not only being funny but also as loud and angry. I enjoyed those aggressive character traits as many books deal only with being scared of the first day of school. In this tale, Stewie has a pretty bad first day and his family has to rally around him to figure out a game plan to survive day two. The narrative deals with Stewie being off his routine and not having access to a clear schedule like at home. As usual, it is Beyond the Car Seat policy not to spoil the ending, but I believe you a can guess how the Boomstein family creatively ensures Stewie doesn’t drop out and become just another statistic.

Time Flies

gowToday, I dropped BB off in the big boy room at preschool and wanted to leave quickly to avoid trauma, however, my fears were pointless since he could have cared less that I was leaving him there and was playing well immediately.Even with some of the other kids displaying the tell tale symptoms of separation anxiety (crying very loudly) he remained stoic. Later in the week, LTD has his first day of kindergarten and then we begin the treadmill of bookbags, homework, school lunch, standardize tests and prom. GULP!

Product Review – Deck Wireless Speaker

soldeckAs BB enters the terrible twos we have tried many things to chill him out and have even resorted to LTD singing, which actually works. However, since we don’t love LTD’s singing as much as BB seems to, we have turned to Sol Republic’s DECK wireless speaker. Of course, LTD digs it because it looks like it is from the future, but the wireless feature is a first for us. In the past the small speakers we used in the kids room met a cruel fate at the hands of BB, the destroyer of all things that can be destroyed. The Mommy has been using Heist mode to pair and steal my playlist and replace with hers, let’s just say that BB has been listening to a lot more Adele than before. We mostly use it in the kid’s room, but the speaker features an outdoor boost that we haven’t tried but LTD keeps talking about it since it sounds like turbo boost. Also, BB doesn’t make a lot of conference work calls from home but the DECK does work as a speaker phone. Needless to say we have come a long way from my Mickey Mouse record player.

Gulp

woman-screaming-bwToday is LTD’s last day of Preschool…ever. In a way whenever anyone says the phrase, I can’t believe it, in these situation you wonder if they really mean it because if he is only growing in one direction and is now five the next logical step is kindergarten, so sure I believe it, but man oh man is it weird. The days are long but the weeks fly by. The real adventure begins….

Caped Crusader

adam-west-batmanAs long time Beyond the Car Seat readers know BB only speaks a few words. Sure, he babbles in complete sentences but no one but him knows what he is talking about. So in addition, to car and ball and the occasion daddy or mommy sprinkled with some animal noises (moo and woof) we now have a new random word to add to his lexicon. The Batman. It all started a few weeks ago when we went to a 75 anniversary event at the Barnes & Noble and then the comic store and now whenever he sees an image of the dark knight we are treated to “ba-ma” Trust me it is clearer than I wrote and it is obvious he is saying Batman. In conclusion, how do I feel that BB says Batman but doesn’t really ever say, daddy? I feel pretty great.

Kids Say The Darndest Things BTCS Edition

mmFor this story you only need to know that Joe is one of LTD’s classroom friends. Tonight as LTD was putting on PJ’s for bed, for the second night in a row, he didn’t put on a shirt. This being summer I didn’t question his choice but he offered up an explanation anyway. “Joe doesn’t wear a shirt to bed either because dude’s don’t wear shirts and we want to be like dudes.” This also makes sense in light of the fact that he has been calling me dude all week.