Sunday, September 7, 2014


Jude's fall activity is soccer, and this weekend his team had their first game.

It was a hot day, so there were lots of water breaks.

This group of three was a team for the day. 

I heard Jude and Luke talking at one point. "I love playing soccer games. I wish we could keep playing until it gets dark."  Sounds like a good start to the season!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Minecraft party

Jude wanted a Minecraft party for his sixth birthday.  I was in charge of the cake.  You can't see it very well, but there are three layers - white cake with white frosting for "stone", brownies for "dirt", and cake with green icing for "grass".

Dad was in charge of the activities.  After some soccer and lunch, the kids played a live-action Minecraft game.

First they searched the woods for gold and jewels, then they traded their riches for materials to build a shelter for their team mascot.

Team Iron Man dug out a very protective shelter with booby traps.

Team Darth Vader used lots of bubble wrap and tape.
They also put Barbie on guard duty.

Team Obi-wan used an open floor plan with lots of architectural interest.

A Creeper pinata rounded out the fun.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Back To Reality

Jude's first day of school.  My first day back at work after sabbatical.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


Ada and I looked at the sky yesterday while sitting on a blanket at the park.
"It looks like someone painted those clouds on the blue sky... Take a picture so we can remember it forever!"

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Early Birds

Breakfast table, the day after Father's Day

Ada: I wish I had two moms.
Jude: Why?
Ada: Because I don't like Dad, I only love Mom...
Jude: But if we had two moms, I'd be late for kindergarten EVERY DAY.
Ada: Maybe there are some moms who like to get up early...
Jude: Not in this house!  All the girls in this house sleep really late.
Ada: I know one!  Ama!
Jude: Maybe she could take us to school.  But I'd miss my dad.
Ada: Me too.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Reader

I haven't been posting much about Jude lately.  I have a lot to say, but it all seems vaguely braggy, rather than funny or cute.  Jude is amazing.  He learned to read this spring, all of a sudden.  One day he was hesitating though his weekly reading homework, and the next, he was reading complete chapter books.  He is so proud of himself.  We still read together at bedtime, but now he reads to himself for another 20-30 minutes after we've said goodnight.  He has a light attached to his bed, and he's in charge of deciding when to turn it off and go to sleep.  Sometimes he stays up way too late because he wants to finish whatever he's reading.  That sounds familiar...

Jude LOVES school.  He loves his teacher, the routine, the projects, everything.  He is actually kind of sad that summer is coming and he doesn't get to go to school for a few months.  He has really blossomed this year into an enthusiastic artist.  He spends most of his choice time at the Art station, and comes home with some incredible creations.  He's also really interested in building with Legos, writing in his journal, and anything related to math.  It can be hard to keep him challenged with age-appropriate math problems, so I think I'm going to need to find something we can work on together so he stays engaged.

Jude struggled initially with figuring out where he fit into the Kindergarten social scene, but lately he has found a niche with the recess-soccer players and a few other friends.  He reports that he plays soccer during second AND third recess every day, and managed to talk us into signing him up for a soccer camp this summer.  Any time he sees a soccer ball in a yard, he works on dribbling, passing, and scoring.

Here's a cute photo of Jude and Lucia from last weekend.  They are almost exactly the same height!

This reminds me of the back-to-back photos that I have of me and my cousin Oliver.  We were just a month apart in age, so our parents have a series of photos of the two of us at all different ages.  I was taller for a few years, but at this point Oliver (at well over six feet) has surpassed me for good.  I predict the same will happen with these two...