Sunday, April 22, 2018

An Evening with Author Kwame Alexander

Hen and I attended an event at the Alberta Rose Theatre Friday night to listen to author and poet Kwame Alexander. I read one of Alexander's books last year - Booked - and liked it. I almost wish authors who write novels in verse would give the reader tips on how to read it because how I read his work and how he did were vastly different. (Note: His reading was far superior to my own.) After listening to how Mr. Alexander read various excerpts, I am tempted to read his stuff again. What a gifted author and how lucky we were to see him. Hen did not initially want to go but he was really into it by the end. There were several instances when Kwame was reading and he deftly led the audience to the right words to end each verse. Hen had a lot of fun doing that and was the loudest on the verse that ended with 'butterfly'. We walked away with a signed book of Kwame's latest work, Rebound, which I'm sure we'll read when we finish our current book of choice, The Mostly True Story About Jack by Kelly Barnhill (another Newbery award winner).

Monday, March 26, 2018


Hen has good friends and there are many of them so we split his birthday sleepover into two days (one in fall and one in spring). Here are two of Hen's buds from school.

He sleeps

In shark and star sheets with a bison by his side.

The Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit

While archiving photos I ran across our ugly sweaters cookies. Hen and I really enjoyed making these so I'm confident we've started a new tradition.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Dragons Basketball, 4th grade

Hen's team suffered a pretty dismal season, let's call it a building year, in 3rd grade. But the Dragons started out this season strong with a stunning 32-7 victory over the hulking kids at Faith Bible. I haven't measured but I believe Hen and his friend, Max, share the 'tallest on the team' designation and both were given ample opportunity to show off their skills on the court.

Things we need to work on include the jump ball and free throws. The kids appeared to have little to no understanding how to do either of these. But they still took command of the ball, dribbled and passed with a high level of accuracy, and scored often. Hen brought home 4 points and a bunch of assists.

Here's hoping the pain of last year's season brings us success this season. Of course, there were pictures...

UPDATE: The other team had to bow out at the last minute when only two team members made it to school. Not wanting our kids to miss out on one of the four (five?) games they have during our short season, the coaches arranged a friendly, inviting the second (a.k.a. Green) team to play. In order to make it work and be as close to fair as possible, they split the kids into two teams. The friendly game was a tie with an ending score of 14-14. Phew.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Introducing Bob Stewie Stuart Silverson, salamander extraordinaire

The salamander, the myth, the legend. 
"There's an emergency." "Is it a medical emergency?" "Sort of."
Note: There was no emergency, sort of or otherwise.
Children have been advised what constitutes an emergency for future reference.

Miss Amels with Stewie

Monsieur Hen with Stuart

Silverson's not scared of two yutes.

Going home

Children: "We won't forget you Bob Stuart."

Friday, December 15, 2017


I met Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And, yes, I absolutely was a very enthusiastic fan in that moment. I wish I could work for this woman every single day.

Monday, October 23, 2017


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.