All posts tagged: miles

Jen and I looked at each other the other day, on our way to church, and said something to the effect of “OMG, Miles goes to Club 45 today!” (G standing for “gosh” of course). Club 45 is Rancho Community Church’s 4th & 5th grade ministry.

What happened to this little guy?
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Or this guy?
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Or this guy?

Time flies, so they say…

Well, we can’t stop it, so we might as well remember and enjoy each moment we have with this special boy. He made it through 3rd grade with flying colors – we couldn’t be prouder of him. He got straight A’s all year, was an avid reader, excellent at math (what?!), and quite the sportsman.

Some noteable things about Miles:

  • He loves Xbox – his favorite game is Madden 12, and he’s hoping for Madden 13 for his upcoming birthday
  • He loves Football and seriously knows more about the teams/players than I do
  • We love passing the football – I think my right arm is twice as big as my left from all the footballs we throw back & forth over the past months
  • Miles is and always has been a special boy – very intelligent, sensitive, kind, and caring – we hope to nurture those characteristics in him
My prayer for him is that he would be able to really enjoy life, be an obedient son, a loving brother, a diligent student, and a kind friend.

Here’s a little video of Miles and his teacher, Mrs. DeRusha, wrapping up his year of 3rd grade.

Here’s Miles riding his bike without training wheels for the first time (and yes every time I say/read that I have to wipe away a tear.) Big thanks to his Uncle Kevin for helping us get him going. It only took two tries and he was up and running.

Thanksgiving 2011 – the year, Miles rode a two-wheeler by himself. His quote, “Bike riding is alllllmost as much fun as playing Halo.”

Yesterday we woke up to a hot air balloon practically landing on our house. I mean every time the pilot lit the flame, it shook the walls – of course I slept right through it, so Jen went outside and took that photo (I’m so proud of her!).

Miles came and woke me up and we ran outside to catch the action. Here’s the video of the balloon landing on our street:

Hot Air Balloon! from alex mclean on Vimeo.

That just doesn’t happen every day…

May 28th, 2009. Miles is no longer a kindergartner – he’s now headed for first grade!

I can remember when Jen and I used to talk about when Miles would be in Kindergarten and now he’s done, a chapter of his life done and a new one opening.

We’re so proud of him, he’s just plugging along, just being a little boy. Here’s some photos of the occasion:

And here’s his teacher giving him his little diploma (unedited):

Miles K Graduation from alex mclean on Vimeo.

Just a small plug, we were STOKED on our choice to send Miles to Santa Rosa Academy for his Kindergarten year. The school totally accommodated his pace of learning, placing him in the 1st grade class for reading & writing, and allowing him to grow at his own comfort level. His teachers were awesome as well. We’re looking forward to having him in Rancho Community Christian School for first grade!

When I was growing up we had a “no gun” rule in my house. I honestly can’t remember much about that – I’m sure I complained that we couldn’t get the coolest, latest gun – and I think we bent the rules a few times, or maybe I just snuck some in somewhere along the line. Anyway, I don’t think it effected me too much. I’m not a gun advocate myself, but we just don’t make a big deal about them at our house.

Flash forward 20 years or so. And that picture is me shooting a HUGE golf ball gun last week at a friends flower farm. This thing is amazing – it rockets golf balls right through plywood at least 200 yards away! We all had a go at this beast, talk about fun!

And here’s Miles (my son) turning a tree into a gun.

This is a tree to a board game…

The tree has now become a “green goo blaster”

And dual pistols.

Why fight nature?