Local Boy Enjoys Ice Cream Cone

CENTENNIAL—It’s been over a year now since we moved into our “new” neighborhood and we are still feeling that we couldn’t have found a nicer street. We have probably met more neighbors so far (including every member of our cul-de-sac) than we have anywhere we’ve ever lived combined. Last weekend was another reminder of how good we have it as one of our neighbors held an ice cream party for the street. Mom pitched in with some homemade Kit Kat ice cream that was pretty spectacular. But no one had a better time than Jonas, who for the first time that we can remember, when given the option, asked to have a cone instead of a cup. We’ll chalk that up as another mini milestone. And it’s safe to say that Jonas enjoyed every lick out of that thing that he could.

Local Family Spotting Wildlife

CENTENNIAL—The last few weeks have been fruitful ones when it comes to spotting some wildlife near our house and around the neighborhood. The other morning, Dad was more than a bit surprised to see a hawk sitting on the backyard fence, eyeing our empty bird feeder. The feeder was empty, of course, because those darn squirrels keep attacking it, something we have a funny feeling that hawk could take care of if we ever see it again. Then, the other morning, we saw our resident snake, Eve, curled up in a patch of flowers in the front yard as we took Jonas to the bus stop. We’d like to believe Eve could handle those pesky squirrels as well, although she seemed content to be left alone. All of this has had Jonas keeping his own eagle eye out for what may find, as he did on a walk around the neighborhood the other night with his bird book and binoculars in hand (and on his face). Around here, we never know what we’ll see next.

Local Family Goes on Lovely Hike

EVERGREEN—Another nice weekend here allowed Mom, Dad and Jonas to enjoy the best of what Colorado has to offer—a hike in the mountains. This time, we headed back up to Evergreen, where we had gone a few weeks ago, to a trail Mom remembered taking a long time ago. It did not disappoint. Mom, in fact, impressed us with her geological knowledge, identifying mica and all kinds of rocks for Jonas to explore. Jonas, meanwhile, was excited to help two caterpillars off the busy trail and into the lush growth nearby. He also managed to find a nifty natural seat out of a crazy tree branch. But his favorite part might have been telling everyone we passed on the way down how beautiful the view was from the top, a message that seemed to inspire everyone we came across. It was another lovely afternoon in the mountains.

Local Boy Takes Nice Baseball Photos

DENVER—Another cool part of Jonas’ first baseball game the other night in Denver came halfway through when he asked to borrow the official camera used for most Daily Gewirtz photography. Once Jonas got that nice Nikon in his hands, he set off to capture images from his important first game himself. And we have to say, the kid has a pretty good eye. Jonas initially got a good laugh at Dad trying to take a photo of the three of us with his phone while Jonas took a photo the other way with his camera. And while the portrait of the family isn’t half bad, Jonas’ photo was remarkably well shot…
DSC_0128 IMG_1370Here are some other views of Jonas’ first ballgame, through his very own eyes, shot all by himself. And if you look close, you can see that he managed to capture some great moments, including the Mets scoring a few runs, and the Rockies’ pitcher exiting in disgrace. We were more than a bit impressed.


Local Boy Attends First Baseball Game

DENVER—We’ve been talking about taking Jonas to a Major League Baseball game for a while now, but for one reason or another have never gotten around to it. But when we saw this past weekend’s Rockies schedule, there were a few too many signs suggesting Saturday’s game should be the time. For starters, there was a nice 6 p.m. start. And even better, the Rockies’ opponent was the New York Mets, the team Dad grew up rooting for. But the capper? It was also “Star Wars” night at the Rockies game. If ever there was a game for Jonas to attend, this was the one. So off we went the other night by train to downtown Denver and the beautiful Coors Field. Jonas got right to it once we got settled in our upper-deck seats, chowing down a hot dog, then asking for french fries, then asking for cookies, then basically asking for food every half-inning. But at least there was the Star Wars to distract him. Not only was there a fantastic parade at the beginning, but the players on the scoreboard were all turned into Star Wars characters for the night. And when we went to the concourse for more food or a bathroom break, there were Star Wars characters everywhere, leading to some awesome photos with Stormtroopers and Darth Vader himself. As for the game, it was a typical Coors Field slugfest. By the fifth inning, the Mets were already up 14-3. Unfortunately, the game was also taking quite a long time to finish as a result, meaning we only lasted until about the fifth inning by the time Jonas had reached his limit. (And there was no way we would have made it until the end, which finished with a 14-9 Mets victory, a game that featured an astounding 35 hits.) Jonas, in fact, was nearly asleep on the train ride home. But it was a fun and quite memorable first game for Jonas, one we have a feeling he won’t forget.

Local Boy Sings National Anthem

CENTENNIAL—To cap off a milestone week of Jonas starting kindergarten, we have big plans this weekend as tomorrow night Mom and Dad plan to take him to his first Major League Baseball game. And there’s one tradition there that Jonas should be perfectly at ease with: the singing of the national anthem. For the last few days, Jonas has been serenading Mom and Dad with what he believes to be the words to the song. And while the words he sings do indeed appear in the anthem itself, he seems to be a bit stuck on how exactly the song progresses. The other night, a Daily Gewirtz videographer was on scene to capture Jonas’ version, which we think you’ll agree will get stuck in your head if you listen too long. At the very least, it should make for some curious looks at the ballpark tomorrow night.

Local Boy Describes First Day of School

CENTENNIAL—With one and a half days of kindergarten behind him, Jonas seems to be thoroughly enjoying his new school experience. We’re happy to report that not only did he get on the bus yesterday, but he got off the bus as well in the afternoon, paying close attention to where his street was. He reports having a great day during school as well. It is safe to say Jonas has been excited about his adventure in kindergarten. Before his first half-day the other morning, Daily Gewirtz sent one of its staff writers to record this exclusive Q&A with Jonas, asking him why he was excited to be entering kindergarten. Since Jonas had met a few days prior with his teacher to get a lay of the classroom, he had a fairly good idea of what to expect. Plus, he wound up having a lunch date with Dad and play date with his old pal Levi that afternoon, so there was a lot to look forward to. But here’s Jonas in his own words describing why he was so psyched about Day One.