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Vivi Poetry

April 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Genevieve made a whole bunch of birthday presents for me, and probably enjoyed watching me open them as much as she had enjoyed making them. What a kid. Though they were all good (and though getting a $5 bill from your daughter is a little weird…), the best one by far was a book of […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · borrowed content · family · girls · narcissism · parenting · spring

Tae Kwon Grow

April 14th, 2015 · No Comments

Tonight, the girls started a new session at tae kwon do by moving up to the advanced class. As green belts, they had been the most advanced students in their beginner class. Now they’re the beginnerest – and youngest and shortest – students in the advanced class. Both girls were a little nervous about the class as we […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · Carleton · diversions · family · girls · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · spring

Genevieve Critiques Models

April 12th, 2015 · No Comments

At dinner: "Models aren’t much use because the things that models wear look different on you."

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Fortunes

March 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Like you do, Vivi spent a good half hour the other night writing fortunes for fortune cookies. Her cursive script is excellent, and her sense of cookie fortune absurdity is top notch. Be an advertiser that constantly says, “50% Fewer calories.” Salt and/or pepper will invade your life. Grow up to be like Aunt Jemima. […]

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Magick

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi’s latest passion is magic tricks. I blame the library, as usual – all those books, full of interesting ideas and projects. A couple of the tricks in the first book she checked out were pretty easy to see through. Surprisingly, she wasn’t disappointed when I could tell how she did them. One trick flabbergasted […]

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Spring Sunday

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

Sunday was a true early-spring day: sunny, breezy, and about forty degrees F. Beautiful, in other words. Finally weather that lets me wear the same clothes all day! No need for a jacket; a fleece sweater is fine! The sun motivated me to do a few "spring cleaning" tasks around the house – sweeping leaves […]

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · Carleton · cycling · diversions · family · girls · Minnesota · nature · Northfield · parenting · photos · sport · spring · winter

Sick Kids, Bad Words

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia threw up all night Friday, after being up till 12:30 on Thursday night. Understandably, she lay on the sofa all day Saturday, tossing and turning, reading books, sipping some water, nibbling some crackers, and generally looking and feeling awful. After dinner, Shannon went out for a walk – her first chance to leave the house all day. Julia propped […]

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Vivi Quotes

March 7th, 2015 · No Comments

A few of Genevieve’s choice quotes today: "I’m getting on my nerves." (After she herself passes gas) "No offense, Daddy, but you’re kind of the farter of the house." (Of my handwriting) "This looks like it was written by a gorilla using his non-dominant hand." (In Bloomington) "I don’t like big cities. They always smell […]

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Little Geochemist

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi, my little scientist, today received her Scholastic book order: eight rocks and a little book of experiments to do with them. She’s fascinated. We did a few of the experiments, and will do more after getting some supplies (do people really keep Epsom salts on hand?), but the best thing we did tonight was […]

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Busy, Busy

March 3rd, 2015 · No Comments

Parenting involves a lot of getting blindsided by things good and bad. Vivi’s fascination with the solar system and Julia’s amazing drawing abilities are two good surprises in the last year; their adoption of the rhetoric of being “too busy” is a bad one. Partially because of that, I’ve been thinking a lot about “being busy” […]

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Characters

February 15th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vivi loves loves loves to write and draw little vignettes of various odd characters. She’s currently making a PowerPoint of individual “imaginary friends,” each of whom is distinct and crazy. Until that’s ready to be shared, this illo of made-up people is good:

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Julia Draws Stravinsky

February 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia’s excellent art teacher had the kids try to do a drawing of Igor Stravinsky, riffing on Picasso’s famous piece from 1920. I like Julia’s a lot.  

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Tags: 365 for 2015 · art · autumn · borrowed content · girls · school

Puzzled No More!

February 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Huzzah! After weeks of work, all 1,000 pieces of “Confection Street” are in their proper places! Vivi did the last thirty or forty pieces all by herself! The finished puzzle looks great.

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950 pieces down…

February 5th, 2015 · No Comments

We need a term – possibly a German loanword – for the feeling one has when he looks for weeks at an unfinished puzzle which his youngest daughter has prohibited him from completing.

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Millennium Falconry

February 4th, 2015 · No Comments

This is probably my oldest surviving toy. I remember buying it at the K-Mart in Menominee, Michigan, so I must have been in third grade or younger. I loved it then and still do. I’m glad my girls have it now, though they don’t know or care much about Star Wars.

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