The national “One School, One Book” program has made its way to Millridge. To promote literacy, as well as community, the whole school will be reading Fenway and Hattie on the same reading schedule. Trivia questions related to the prior night’s reading assignment will be read over the daily morning announcements.
Alan is excited the main character in Fenway and Hattie is a dog. He learned of this when a dog was brought into a school assembly today to kick off the program. 🙂
It’s time for a midseason update:
1/7/18 vs Cavs: In his debut contest, Alan scored two baskets, including the Heat’s first basket of the season on the first shot attempt of his career. He also scored in the 3rd quarter. I loved being out on the court with Alan and seeing the pride on his face after making that first shot.
1/14/18 vs Pacers: Alan again scored two baskets, opening both the 2nd and 4th quarters with made shots (and fist pumps). I might have to start calling him “The Microwave” because of his potential for instant offense!
1/21/18 vs Blazers: Despite getting hit by a stray ball pregame and getting kicked (inadvertently) during the game, Alan recovered to score a basket in the 4th quarter. Alan learned about toughing out games and playing hurt.
1/28/18 vs Knicks: In front of an audience that included Grandma Debbie, Papa, Tata, and Papa #2, Alan kept his ‘consecutive games with a made basket’ streak alive by converting a shot near the start of the 4th quarter. Alan was back to his enthusiastic self on the court, and he was especially excited to participate in a jump ball for the first time.
According to Alan, basketball has now pulled even with baseball as his favorite sport.
Tonight Alan and I built a new Lego together. Alan designed the truck (without instructions) and I built the trailer – which Alan later enhanced because he knows best. 😉
For one of Alan’s school projects (which coincidentally have been fewer and farther between in 1st grade than Kindergarten), he had to create a timeline featuring his top moments and milestones from 2017. He picked: 1) Appearance in the Kids Starting Lineup, 2) First piano recital, 3) Hole-in-one during mini golf in Chicago, and 4) First day of 1st grade. 🙂
Today Alan attended Tribe Fest for the second year in a row – this time at the spacious Cleveland Convention Center.
With the added space came the opportunity for additional activities for kids, including air hockey (our favorite), foosball (where Alan broke into a Happy Dance when he scored a goal), and darts (where Alan scored a bullseye!).
But of course there was still hitting and pitching. For the second straight year at Tribe Fest, Alan excelled with the accuracy of his pitches. He threw three straight strikes, capped off by a perfect pitch! It would appear that he’s going to grow up to be a control pitcher.
To conclude a great day, Alan took a picture near one of his favorite Indians (at least favoritely-named), Cody Allen, as he was being interviewed by Channel 3.
This evening Alan celebrated De’Onta’s birthday at a roller skating party. It was Alan’s first time roller skating. The kids were there a good 3 hours before calling it a night. It made for a late night for Alan by the time he caught up with his cousins for their usual Saturday night play time.
Today Alan puts on his Heat jersey – and matching new shoes – for the first time in league play! I’ll update his progress as the season goes on.