Tonight Alan attended the first after-school event of the year: the annual ice cream social!
Alan introduced me to some of his new classmates, including Piper (pictured above), Julian, Grady, Josh, and Gabriel. And we saw old friends Ella, Riley, and Mrs. Jones too!
Alan enjoyed the extra time out on the playground, but his favorite part was watching balloons go up into the sky!
Today Alan set a new career high by attending his 7th Tribe game of the season (17th overall). All went according to plan: The skies were clear, the temperature was comfortable, and the Tribe won the rubber match with the Blue Jays by a score of 3-2 — thanks to a late 2-run Home Run by Jose Ramirez in the 8th!
Alan played his usual activities inside the clubhouse, then surprised me by asking to watch some of the game. He was mainly interested in seeing the Hot Dog race, but I’ll take it. We caught the whole 5th inning from the Kids Clubhouse viewing deck, before watching Mustard (Alan’s favorite) win today’s race.
Afterwards, Alan went to the family deck to practice hitting, running, and throwing. I took a video of today’s sprint from a new angle.
Then it was time to run the bases and take pictures with Robbie and Jill, who drove down to the ballpark with us. Alan was extra excited to have Robbie and Jill there, and he asked all three of us to run the bases with him. We did our best to keep up, though Alan was ahead of the pack the whole time!
Alan’s 3-story house and parking lot!
Tonight Alan met Reena, who visited from Boston with Karen and Jim. They sure enjoyed working on this activity book together. They designed a basketball shirt — Alan drew the orange circle and Reena added the black lines — which they later autographed!
Today Alan kicked off his kindergarten year at Millridge, and I was there to enjoy it with him! On the first day, as part of the “ease-in schedule,” parents attended an informational session in the cafeteria while the kids played in the gym. Then afterwards, Alan and I took a practice ride together on a school bus around Mayfield.
Alan met his teacher, Mrs. Feldman, and saw his friends Joshua (who offered a big hug), Xavier, Riley, and Gabriel today — and even made a new friend named Noah! Xavier and Noah will be in the same class as Alan this year.
Alan also saw Mrs. Schmid (a preschool helper) and told her all about his summer, including the trip to Disney World!
Onto another great school year at Millridge!
Alan’s Trip to Disney World with Mom and Grandma Wa-boo. August 10th – 16th, 2016.
With kindergarten just two weeks away, here’s a look at the highlights of Alan’s summer!
Alan saw both of his uncles, including Uncle Josh and Uncle Bobby — plus Meghan, Tyler, and Carleigh — on separate visits this summer. Josh took the photo above, from down on the rocks at Chagrin Falls.
To prepare for kindergarten, Alan completed his first summer reading program at the Solon library. And he graduated from Safety Town!
On the baseball field, Alan completed his first baseball season. He made great strides in learning to catch a ball with his glove, and he successfully learned to hit a ball without the aid of a tee!
Alan also picked up a new hobby. He loves building with legos, and he even learned how to follow the instructions on his own (when he’s not creating awesome wrecking ball trucks with his imagination).