Blowing & Drifting

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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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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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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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Canis lupus

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Says Julia: "I drew this amazing wolf pic based on a picture from the Internet!"

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Open Gym

February 1st, 2015 · No Comments

The girls and their BFFs were the only kids at open gym today, so they took advantage and played full-court 2-on-2. They ran themselves ragged.

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The Pleasing Routine

January 29th, 2015 · No Comments

As much as I like being away riding bikes, it’s awfully nice to come home again. Not that the homecomings are always joyous, but rather the opposite: the girls (and Shannon) have a very no-nonsense attitude. “Oh, you’re home! Good. Help me with my homework.” Tonight, for instance, I got home around 7 from a […]

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Do you want to build a snowman⛄️

January 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Me, the amazing Julia, made this snowman yesterday with help from my friend Meg!#awesome

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The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed

January 18th, 2015 · No Comments

Belatedly, here is the book that Julia wrote for me as a Christmas present: The Day the Tic-Tacs Screamed (click for a PDF). It’s freaky and good.

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Vivi’s Joke Book

January 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Vivi loves reading, telling, and creating jokes. She recently collected some of her jokes in an illustrated book (pdf). Here are some sample pages. Enjoy?    

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Target Ads by Tweens

January 15th, 2015 · No Comments

Julia’s interpretation of a Target ad. What is she obsessed with these days? (Click on the images to see larger versions.)

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Sick-mas

December 26th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Like pretty much every aspect of and moment I’m adulthood, Christmas 2014 had been a mix of good and bad. Time with family, gifts, a couple fun outings, and holiday food have been good. No time for Scrabble and poor weather has been bad, but nothing’s been worse than Vivi getting sick again – this […]

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Vivi Art: Mrs. Zublowski’s Second Grade Class

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Vivi periodically makes a sort of "class photo" drawing of a bunch of kids that belong to some imaginary class. She enjoys drawing the silly faces as much as making up the silly names. Here for instance are Mrs. Zublowski’s second graders – but interestingly not Mrs. Zublowski herself:

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Strep Day

December 15th, 2014 · No Comments

The Tassava family has not fared well during Northfield’s current epidemic of strep, pneumonia, influenza, and the stomach flu. Today, Vivi is home with strep. Sick Vivi is lethargic, quiet, and bored – pretty much the opposite of Normal Vivi. At least she has a friend who’s supplying some good purring medicine.

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