Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rocks and shells

I just brokered a deal between C and T and D and T whereby the big kids got $2.25 each from T and T got a nice little stash of geodes, amethyst, quartz crystal, amber, pyrite, shells, shark teeth, etc.

I got the idea from visiting the children's museum and seeing T's interest in the gift shop rock table.

Husband's thought is that we can repair the rock tumbler, order some tumbling rocks and grit, and do a rock tumbling project with T. T is at exactly the right age for enjoying this.

I also, come to think of it, have a rocks and minerals book that she would enjoy.

Thursday, June 14, 2018


I've been thinking of getting T a nice xylophone (i.e. not Fisher Price). I was at the music store for C's lesson earlier in the week and impulsed a nice 25-key child's xylophone, after having a store employee check it out for me. I've got it set up in T's room now.

I've asked C to work a little with T on the xylophone (for the usual financial consideration--$2 per 15 minutes). C has never had a xylophone lesson (!) but it's a fun little instrument, and I can hear her picking out a Star Trek theme right now.

I'll probably also have C teach T a little ukulele later in the summer when C has less going on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Here's some of what's happning:

  • The girls and I went to WA and saw the family, especially their 3-year-old cousin.
  • Since we've come back, everybody but me and T has been doing camp. T and I have been shuttling siblings back and forth. (We have had a reasonably humane schedule, though--I kept things pretty simple.)
  • T achieved a longed for goal. She acquired three large bouncy balls from a bouncy ball vending machine at Old Navy.
  • Some friends are expecting a third child. T (herself a third child) told me that this means that thy will have a "perfect" family.
  • T did 22 pages of the Kumon kindergarten logic workbook of her own accord, and got only two items wrong.
  • I showed T a couple videos on how vending machines work. 
  • We went to the gym yesterday and the kids did racquetball and bouldering.
  • C's teacher is teaching a little bit (he has had dire health issues the last half year and is on a transplant list), so C is back doing ukulele lessons--she had taken the spring off from lessons but went to a bunch of local ukulele meetings.
  • C is working through a book of Star Wars theme music. She has just started working on the Imperial March (Darth Vader's theme).
  • Although there is no LOTR sheet music for ukulele, I have just discovered that there is a lot of piano sheet music. We may need C to work on adapting that with her teacher, but it does exist. (C and her teacher have already done a lot of adaptations for Star Trek.)

Friday, May 25, 2018


As per a promise of several months ago, I brought a 12 pack of Hatchimals to school on the last day (today) and handed them out to T's class. I made the kids promise not to open them until they got parental permission (cause messy) and then scooted off with T.

Both upper school and lower school got out at exactly the same time today (12 noon) and the carpool lines were epic.


Last night, we took T out for her second no-training-wheels outing with her Frozen bike (not a huge Frozen person, but it's literally the prettiest girl's bike I've ever seen). My husband was doing the teaching. In the last week, the training wheels came off (she was complaining about the noise) and she had her first lesson. Last night, she made incredible progress. She can pedal, can start herself, can turn, and did loop after loop on a little circle on campus. She still needs to work on braking by pedaling backward, not just braking with her feet. And she's 5.5! I think this is the earliest that any of our kids has learned to ride a bike, but she had a balance bike starting at 3ish or 4ish.

T was so determined when she was working on her biking.

Thursday, May 24, 2018


D is a diligent container gardener and operates about 5 pots. The mint bush is (unsurprisingly) extremely vibrant. We had some disappointments with the cilantro, which something kept digging up. I think there was also supposed to be dill, but nothing. The radishes were also sparse. However, D got a tomato plant (the first ever purchased by our household) and successfully grew three medium sized tomatoes to yummy red ripeness. We were thrilled.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Almost the end

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Yesterday was theoretically a school day, but T never set foot in her classroom. She had a class play, a character award ceremony (T got the award for "industrious") and then we went home, got her daddy, and then we all went out to an Eden-like suburban community, with lots of trees, fancy schmancy houses, and (most important for our purposes), a community pool with an outdoor kitchen and dining area and a moon bounce set up. The kids had a blast.
  • T and I worked on the papers in her room this morning/early afternoon. We're done. SO TIRED.
  • C also did a full-length ukulele lesson (15 minutes) with T. C has tried this off and on, but has had trouble with T's short attention span. We'll probably do more this summer.