Monday, October 23, 2017

Wildwood

Hen and I finished reading Wildwood by Colin Meloy and since it's based in Portland we pretty much only had one option to head out for an adventure to find the decaying home of the Dowager Governess (a.k.a. the Witch's Castle). We were denied our journey into the Impassable Forest when we arrived at the trailhead only to find the trail was closed. Last winter wreaked havoc on the trail and the bridges so entrance is prohibited until the city gets a chance to fix them. Nuts. Instead, we drove to the LEGO store to look at the new sets and swing by the Apple store. Good thing, too. Because whilst Hen checked out games on the newest iPads, a dragon appeared! I have picture proof (see below).




Hats for twins

I was completely inspired to knit up very basic hats (using Purl Soho Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone! pattern) for the twins after picking up these buttons at a craft store. They'll be mailed out along with a few other gifts for the girls this week. The twins are six!

Curriculum night

I went to curriculum night a few weeks ago and nabbed this shot of Hen's poem I Am. It is perfection, as is the photo of him that was included.

This year seems to be shaping up to be much better than last year. Hen is better at remembering to turn in his homework, we are having fewer fights about doing homework, and he is enjoying his class.

Neither of Hen's closest buds - Eliav and Owen - are in Hen's class so that may help with his ability to focus on his tasks during the day. I also think he's matured a bit over the summer.

His current teacher is Hen's first male teacher, Jim. Jim has taught this grade for almost a decade and the curriculum sounds pretty cool. The focus is on Native Americans, there are six units over the course of the year, and they'll be reading 10 (I think) books in the classroom. Jim calls them high quality because they are children's literature, not just pulp fiction. All the major themes will be explored. The teacher provided parents with a list of books so we can read them, too. So far, so good. I can't believe Hen is already in fourth grade, and that next year will be his last in elementary school.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Books for presents are AWESOME!

Excellent finds at Powell's for Hen's upcoming birthday.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Summer of the Sasquatch movie premiere

things to drink

things to eat

knitted sasquatch mascot

the film is very funny

our audience

final cast pic

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Fall Soccer - New team, same old kit

We've really gotten our money's worth out of the SESC soccer kit because it'll likely be big enough for Hen to wear for another year (fall and spring) of soccer. Woohoo! We lost our first game 3-1 but it was fun and the boys held their own against a team that has been playing together for three years. The Firestorm also has several team members who participate in another year-long soccer league so they are practicing 3-4 times a week.

Sadly, The Annoying Squirrels disbanded when spring season ended. The good news is that three of those squirrels are now on the Lumberjacks team. Our assistant coach just sent out a bunch of videos for practicing footwork and ball control, which I intend to use to have Hen improve and build skills. Now that the smoke has cleared we'll be able to spend more time outside again. The fires raging in and around Oregon right now are really quite horrible. That's why many of us Portlanders were celebrating the smattering of rain that finally fell last night.

Anyway, I don't know all the kids' names yet but we got a good team and I look forward to another season of soccer.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thorns Appreciation with Sinclair, Heath, and Klingenberg

Hen and I attended this year's Thorns Appreciation Day at Providence Park and we ended up staying for almost the whole thing and I left with signatures from Heath, Sinclair, and Klingenberg on my Women's World Cup ticket and Heath's on Sports Illustrated. Amazing!

Fourth grade, day one





Hen wanted a ghost image so here it is.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Miss Arizona G., cute cat extraordinaire

She's new, she's not ours, and we are jealous. 
Welcome to the family, Arizona! 
We hope to visit you often. 




Monday, July 24, 2017

Don't look in the closet

room's done but now I gotta do something with that closet #dontgointhere