Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

I could peruse old photos of papa and Hen for days and not tire of it. Here's hoping the old man and kid have a great Father's Day together. The weather is fantastic and the two left the house with a knife and spears. Adventure awaits!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fitbit Ace for the kid

Hen is so excited about the arrival of his new Fitbit that he's decided to go for a jog around the park. The boy with never-ending energy who barely registers on the weight growth chart is out jogging. I'm jealous of his motivation to move. He had it before the watch but now it's been kicked up a notch.

Look! More books!

Today marks another successful Scholastic Warehouse Sale. I took home 26 books at an average price of $3.80 per book. It was a Buy One, Get One event so I worked really hard to pair them up by price and get just over $100 so I could use the $10 coupon.

Here's the list:
Bean Stalker and Other Hilarious Scary Tales by Kiersten White
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
Navigating Early by Care Vanderpool
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Horizon by Scott Westerfeld
Horizon Book 2: Deadzone by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Bad Kitty: Camp Daze by Nick Bruel
The Serpent's Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond by Sayantani Dasgupta
Where are the Galapagos Islands? by Megan Stine
DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Detention of Doom by Derek Fridolfs
A Wrinkle in Time adapted by Hope Larson
Trollhunters Tales of Arcadia: The Secret History of Trollkind by Guillermo Del Toro
Foiled by Jane Yolen
Plants vs. Zombies: The Greatest Show Unearthed by Paul Tobin
Sparks! by Ian Boothby and Nina Matsumoto

And for Monster Book Club members:
The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Monster Power by Judy Katschke
Peachy and Keen: A School Tail by Jason Tharp
The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass
Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel by Charise Mericle Harper
Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso
Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay by Kristin Earhart
Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required by Brian Lynch

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Opal Creek!

Hen went on his first official overnight school field trip on Monday to Opal Creek. What an adventure! The kids left Portland around 9am and returned just in time for pick up at 3:30pm the following day. They hiked a lot, explored Jawbone Flats and saw Opal pool, and even found the tail of a lizard (gross). Their brave chaperones were Jacob (PE teacher), Megan (4th grade teacher), and Flo. Hen told me he got to sleep on the top bunk and that they hiked for about three hours when they arrived and later did an evening hike and participated at some point in a quiet hike and... I got the impression it was all very exciting. Hen took an old point-and-shoot camera and got some really good shots (see below, the boarding the bus and return photo were taken by moi).

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Four years ago

On this day four years ago Megan and I swam with a whale shark!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Shavuot, now with newts!

We returned to Lost Lake for this year's Shavuot celebration and this time we brought a friend and some LEGOs. Woot! Do we know how to party or what? Someday I'll have someone explain why dairy products are associated with this Jewish holiday. For now, just know we had cheesecake and mac and cheese and cheese puffs along with other tasty things like fruit, vegetables and smoked trout. The newts were plentiful and while the boys spent a ridiculous amount of time looking for them, I kept myself sane taking cool shots of LEGO people hiking in the woods. There was even a Sasquatch sighting!

Of course, there were pictures...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Running track

Hen joined city-wide track this spring for the first time after learning about it from a classmate at school. He's quite the runner, this kid. His energy and long limbs make him a natural. He enjoyed the shorter sprints and long jump. Since the time commitment wasn't huge we'll likely do it again in the future. For the final championship meet, Hen nabbed two second place ribbons in 60m (I think) and in long jump (with a 11.9 ft jump).