Sunday, June 28, 2015

Climbing wall

Here's some of what's happening:

  • D is getting really good at the big campus climbing wall.  He has been up to the top many times and is practicing different routes.  He is also working on the bouldering cafe.
  • Baby T is getting her present continuous down.  She says "instead," "not yet," and uses "myself" and "trade" correctly. She likes to pop things out of the VCR.  (We still have a VCR--I have a large library of kids' VHS tapes from the old days.)
  • C was setting up her old Hot Wheels track today.  Baby T was thrilled!
  • Baby T is able to zip her stuffed animals into her footed pjs (and I've taken off the zipper pulls, so that's non-trivial).  She also likes to finish zipping herself into her pjs.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Where did June go?

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We have one more week of enrichment classes left.  The big kids each have a class in the morning and my husband is teaching one in the afternoon.  There are still going to be some logistical issues given that the two kids' classes start and end at exactly the same time, but it's only the morning.
  • After that, we have a much anticipated overnight trip, C's buttercream cake decorating course, a couple of fencing classes for both kids, C's weekly ukulele lesson, an outing to IKEA to get the rest of D's furniture, and a big trip to British Columbia.  If the buttercream goes well, I'll try to sign C up for the next course.  Then we start the usual round of school orientations and meet-the-teacher events...   
  • My husband took Baby T this morning and I did clerical.  I read through the dreaded school summer packets (pass multiplication speed test before school starts!  pass typing test before school starts!  read summer book!), caught up email and went through the Big Plastic Box. 
  • We celebrated my birthday today (it's one with a zero at the end).  Baby T got so much chocolate frosting in her hair!

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Here's some of what's happening:

  • C and Baby T are down sick with a fever.  I had to cancel and reschedule C's cake decorating class.
  • We just finished an intense week of enrichment classes--D went to the morning and afternoon session, C went to the morning session, and my husband taught in both sessions, mostly going early and staying late to get everything working.  Baby T and I got people where they needed to go and spent a lot of time circling parking lots.  Lawdamercy, campus needs more 15-20 minute parking in the worst way.   We have two more weeks of the enrichment courses, but nothing so intense.
  • The kids had a week in WA at the end of May and in a month or two, they'll do a week and a half in lovely British Columbia.  There is talk of a sailing camp in BC...
  • C is doing a ukulele lesson every week and practicing.  She currently has $220 credited to her for a new ukulele.    
  • She will be doing about 8 hours of cake decorating next month.  (And if that goes well, I'll probably put her in more.)
  • Both big kids are doing a couple of fencing classes this month.
  • I'd like to put both kids in a swim course (time permitting) and I'd like to put C in yet another quilt camp (she's done several). 
  • D has been spectacular on the college climbing wall the last week or so--he's like Spiderman.
  • Baby T walks up and down stairs very gracefully.
  • Her grammar and syntax is getting very sophisticated.
  • On the other hand, she's kind of down on pants right now. 
  • I think we'll be getting D the rest of his IKEA furniture soon!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Better late than never, right?

Trying to catch up:

  • We had a week on the West Coast--a couple days in Seattle near Seattle Center with one grandma (thank you!!!) and then the rest of the week on the Olympic Peninsula with other relatives.  The kids and I got to play epic Rook battles with their great-grandpa.  The weather was fabulously sunny.  
  • We had a week at home of downtime and now we're starting three weeks of enrichment classes held on the college campus.  My husband is teaching a computer programming course as part of the enrichment class and discovering why middle school and high school teachers make the big bucks.
  • C is continuing with the ukulele and I've heard her playing We Shall Overcome.  She accrues $2 toward her next ukulele with each 15 minute practice and she now has $218 credited toward the new ukulele.
  • D is taking both a morning and an afternoon class this week.  He has made a big breakthrough with his robotics programming with some help from his daddy.  He's also been enjoying Star Wars novels.
  • Baby T has been shuttling back and forth with me, taking siblings to and from their classes.
  • She is a go-getter in the kitchen.  Today, for instance, I gave her a waffle.  That wasn't enough.  She went to the freezer and helped herself to about half a dozen.  Previously today (I think), she removed at least half a dozen of my Keurig pods from my Keurig pod caddy and tossed them methodically into the trash.  Hey!  

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Slate slams Poky Little Puppy

This harsh review of The Poky Little Puppy is 70 years too late, but oh so deserved.