Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Things that scare kids #2765 and #2766

Roza: We watched that [The Prince of Egypt] over Passover. It has the death of the first born. My dad was so scared that he left and I had to leave also.

Hen: Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. When you blink they come, like, closer to you.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sounds from the bedroom

Mia: Henry? True or false. I want to see my parents right now.

Hen: True.

Mia: Yeah.

Mia: Henry? Are you reading?

Hen: No.

Mia: It sounds like you're reading.

Hen: Let's go to sleep really quick so it can be morning.

Mia: I wake up at, like, one.

Hen: No. You don't wake up at one.

Mia: I do.

Hen: I bet you do not.

Mia: Do you think your parents can hear us?

Hen: Maybe. Let's get to sleep.

Mia: Does it scare you when nobody is talking?

Hen: No.

Hen: The faster we get to sleep, the more dream time we have.

Mia: And play time.

Mia: So, if I have a nightmare I can wake you up?

Hen: Or try to go back to sleep.

<insert pause here>

Mia: I'll probably wake you up.

Mia: Henry! I can't fall asleep.

Hen: I'm trying.

Mia: How do you try?

Mia: Guess what I just dreamed about?

Hen: What?

Mia: That Ramona Quimby play.

Hen: How did you dream that fast?

Mia: Henry, you can talk to me whenever you want.

Hen: [no answer]

Friday, May 15, 2015

Haircut! HAIRCUT!

Hen said the quadruple good things happening today include: 
it's pajama day! 
he can bring a stuffed animal!
there's swim class after school!
and he got to use hair product! HAIR PRODUCT! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pre-pajama day angst

Which friend will he bring?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book thirty-two: Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders

Apparently I have a real affinity for commencement speeches. This speech, given by George Saunders, is phenomenal. Be rich, be poor, work hard, play hard, live but more importantly, be kind. At every opportunity, hone that more than anything else. Because in the end, being kind and having compassion and being a good human is all that matters.
We get our butts kicked by real life, and people come to our defense, and help us, and we learn that we're not separate, and don't want to be…Most people, as they age, become less selfish and more loving…The great Syracuse poet Hayden Carruth said, in a poem written near the end of his life, that he was mostly Love now.
As you get older, your self will diminish and you will grow in love. You will gradually be replaced by love. If you have kids, that will be a huge moment in your process of self-diminishment. You really won't care what happens to you, as long as they benefit. 
Do those things that incline you toward big questions, and avoid the things that would reduce you and make you trivial.
I'm looking forward to reading Way More Than Luck, a book of commencement speeches as soon as the library gets a copy. Or I break down and buy my own.

32 down plus 20 to go.

Book thirty-one: The Bunker Diaries by Kevin Brooks

Holy heck was this ever a surprising, disturbing, and yet utterly engaging book to read. Six people are kidnapped and taken to a bunker somewhere. Once there, a madman toys with his bunker guests. He punishes them when they do bad things and rewards them when they do well.

It is a page turner.

31 down plus 21 to go.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Book thirty: A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket

Did a Bauderlaire parent survive the fire? Will the children be fed to lions? What's Count Olaf doing at a carnival? To find out, read this book. But do not expect a happy ending. There isn't one, but I'm sure you already knew that.

30 down plus 22 to go.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The yute has asked for a Doctor Who party

Which means I am knitting a very long scarf.

Party ideas:
Turn front door into a blue phone booth
Construct a tunnel for the kids to pass through to enter the party (maybe?)
Build your own sonic screwdriver craft for kids 
Build your own dalek craft for kids
Select appropriate episode for viewing (Darren)
Concession stand - Needs new signs
Knit adiposes (possible party favor)
Buy Weeping Angel vinyl sticker for bathroom mirror
Create centerpiece for table inspired by inside of tardis
Future Whovian t-shirts (possible party favor)
Make felt red bow ties (possible party favor)
Lego tardis (possible party favor)
Doctor Who Mad Libs (possible party favor)
Create backdrop for photo booth
Order Doctor Who cookies (possible party favor)
Perler Doctor Who craft for kids
Doctor Who bookmark (possible party favor)
Create your own black cube (craft)
Design ribbon tube game
Party in park (is that possible?)
Sleepover (maybe this year?)

Belated spring break 2015 pictorial, a.k.a. we were busy!

Wednesday - McMenamins


Monday - Lost Lake



Thursday - Portland