Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Henryism #2, brought to you by papa

Presenting Dad and I a rock and acorn on a piece of wood:
Grandpa: is that food?
Henry: yep
Me: what eats rocks?
H: the ocean.

Henryism, as recorded by papa

Talking about dory
Grandpa: do you like fish
Henry: yep
G: do you like fish that can talk?
H: nope. Unless they can do math.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

Appreciative of a lot of things today but mostly that Darren is an often goofy and playful participant in raising this delightful but stubborn child. Also, any opportunity to scroll through old photos is awesome, eh?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Scholastic Warehouse Sale, graphic novel edition

Scholastic has changed the pricing structure so the sale didn't add as much to our at-home library as I'd hoped. We spent $95 and got 20 books. To be fair, Hen's now interested in books that cost more, and I came home with more books for me than in the past. I'm most looking forward to Summerlost. It's only been a couple days since the sale and Hen's already finished several of the books. This kid is becoming quite the reader.
  1. Plants vs Zombies: Bully for You
  2. A Beetle is Shy
  3. Goosebumps: Monster Survival Guide
  4. Star Wars Skywalker Strikes
  5. Disaster Strikes: Earthquake Shock
  6. Big Nate, Welcome to my World
  7. DC Comics Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice
  8. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare
  9. Summerlost
  10. Sea Riders
  11. Star Wars I am Droid
  12. Fortune Falls
  13. Grounded, The Adventures of Rapunzel
  14. I am Princess X
  15. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Cabin Fever
  16. Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue
  17. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett
  18. Barnacle is Bored
  19. The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend
  20. The Big Book of Building Mods & Circuits The Unofficial Guide

Boogie Board, baby!

Safranit Molly and Beren invited us to Garibaldi for an overnighter to help kick off the summer. Yesterday, we took the boys to the beach and they rode the waves. Hen is hooked, so before we left the coast we picked up his very own Boogie Board. I'm sure we'll put that thing to good use.

Monday, May 23, 2016

PDX rainbow

taken on the drive home from school / spring 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Book forty-two: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

We started this book over a year ago, got about halfway through before Hen lost interest, and came back to it again a few months ago, rereading the first bit a second time. Hen was rapt the entire book, ready and willing and sometimes even begging to read one more chapter. Even the more cerebral moments illustrating the teenage angst Hen and his cohorts were experiencing didn't dissuade him from continuing. This is, of course, what I hoped for. It is so enjoyable to watch his enjoyment in the books and the story as it unfolds. He is old enough to get most of the jokes and he laughs heartily when anything funny takes place. (Or when his papa accidentally-on-purpose mispronounces the names of the characters.)

He still so wants to believe that magic is real, and I am okay with that. He is appreciating the magic of storytelling. What more can a person ask for?

As for myself, this is my fourth or fifth time reading The Order of the Phoenix. I know what is going to happen and when and to whom and yet I can still be surprised and laugh out loud and feel immense sadness. This speaks of the power of Rowling's series. You can know it front and back and sideways and there is still something to be gleaned from the text the next time through it.

42 down plus 10 books to go!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sleepover 2016, Elliot edition

This is a copy of the email I sent to Elliot's parents, Amy and Christian, when he spent the night last Saturday.
Good evening. 

Here's what the two yutes have done so far…

1. played two-touch ball in the hallway
2. made ice cream
3. made props for movie trailer
4. fake woke up with raptor claws 
5. discovered there was a bomb threatening the city*
6. used their enhanced raptor powers to track down bomb and save city
7. returned home (we were fortunate to catch most of that on film, thank goodness)
8. changed into warm, dry clothes
7. started watching Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

For dinner the boys are having oven roasted salmon with fried potatoes and corn.

So far, so good. :)

Elliot is a great kid. Thanks for trusting us with him. 

take care-christie & darren

*For any government surveillance alarms that may have been kicked off by the use of the word "bomb", don't worry. No real bombs are or were threatening the city. Two eight-year olds wanted to make a movie trailer where they save the city with their raptor powers. 

The boys went to bed around 10pm, woke up around 5am, and spent their morning together playing Minecraft and eating pancakes. Plus, we were able to view the new trailer for yet one more movie Hen hopes to make someday with his friends. Of course, I've got that right here for posterity's sake...

Raptor Boys movie trailer from Christie Glynn on Vimeo.

Methinks fun was had by all.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Book forty-one: Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt

Loved it!

Part of me is thinking I should go the whole year and review books with two words only. Loved it! Hated it! Decent read! It'd save me a bunch of time.

Jules and Sylvie lost their mother. They live with their father on land that borders woods with a river. There is snow. And a search by the neighbor's kid for the alleged catamount. There's a fox den where newborn kits are growing accustomed to their surroundings. And there's an accident. But you'll have to read it yourself because I am not giving it away.

41 down plus 11 to go.