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Big annoying green fly: 0, “Oh my, oh my, oh dinosaurs” board book in free fall: 1

Thank you, Sandra Boynton.

Posted on May 28th, 2008 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Six in the woods

Memorial day was a camping day for three families, and a great time with friends.  There are stories to tell, but for now, I couldn’t let this picture go unshared…

From Camping May 2008

Posted on May 28th, 2008 by Our Mutual Friend and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Ilsa and Ethan are stirring and mixing

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Ilsa and Ethan are stirring and mixing. They are making cookies. Oskar came with Ilsa to our house. Oskar and Ilsa are coming another day to make cookies. Maybe we will play with something for a party. It will be a balloon.

Posted on May 14th, 2008 by Buckley Zack and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Computer time

We, as all parents of this generation, struggle with the appropriate amount of multimedia time. TV has very little appeal for our kids right now but podcasts and the internet are often clamored for. In fact, extra computer time has been Ethan’s chosen reward for the past few weeks. However, allowing him a little extra time to search on “machine vision”, “robots”, “nasa”, or even “chess” is hard to deny. And Isaac really just wants time to play Starfall, his reading program. It’s hard to say no to that!

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Posted on May 10th, 2008 by Codename Freelancer and filed under Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Puddle walk

This morning we set off on a quick neighborhood walk. It had poured the night before and I know Isaac’s love of the puddle of I requested boots be worn. Unfortunately once we had happily stomped down the steps in our boots, I realized that the puddles had dried up rather quickly and so it was more of a damp sidewalk walk. Luckily there were sticks around so no one seemed to mind.

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Posted on May 10th, 2008 by Codename Freelancer and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Triops have three eyes

For the They Might Be Giants fans out there, it will come as no surprise that there is a 3 eyed crustacean named Triops. That you can buy triops eggs at the Harvard Museum of Natural History was certainly a surprise to us. Unfortunately we forgot to keep a close eye on the container and ended up with only two (we think they were hungry). Ethan named them Mark and James (James was the bigger and later ate Mark which the kids took quite well) and they were the boys first pets. James recently had a burial at sea so we are again petless.

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Posted on May 7th, 2008 by Codename Freelancer and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

Our garden

Last week while my mom was here we actually got to work on our garden. I tend to be a bit over ambitious with my plans and of course after planting this lovely garden I immediately worked four long days in the ER and have not so much as watered anything. Isaac and I went to inspect the damage this afternoon and I think we may need some repair work but all in all it’s not bad.

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My usual philosophy is that if I can’t eat it there’s no point in planting it but the boys have been clamoring for flowers. It’s not that I don’t love flowers but my time is rather limited so I have a tendency toward practicality. With help last week we managed to get some flowers planted in front and it really does brighten up the house. When we were in the backyard this afternoon to my surprise there were more flowers.

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What a fun surprise! I love sharing a house!

Posted on May 6th, 2008 by Codename Freelancer and filed under Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Today was my first true day off in quite some time and I thought a great day for an ambitious outing with the boys. I knew it meant either a wonderful day to treasure or a total disaster but I was ready for the risk. We gathered up our many overdue library books, 2 bikes, and bike helmets and set off for the bus. We took the bus to the library, spent at least an hour choosing books, another 15 minutes paring down those books to what I could carry for the rest of the morning, got a snack at a local coffeeshop, and set off down the bike trail with two boys on bikes. It was a glorious spring day and we sat by the water at Spy Pond and ate our snack. We had a chance to chat about this, that, and nothing. We threw rocks in the water. And then we set off to home (the longest leg of our journey). It’s really not far but it was nearing naptime. Ethan has really just mastered his bike and is still a bit on the unsteady side. He fell a few times and I could see the frustration building up but with encouragement he got up and kept going. He would ride ahead and then ride back, navigating tricky turns on his own. Amazing to see him so proud of himself and capable. The best part is that the boys decided they were a big and small taxi and if one taxi had problems, the other would rush over to help (or at least call out “are you okay taxi?”). The last fall Ethan took was a bit bigger than the rest and he burst into tears and said something to the effect of he would never be able to do it and how frustrated he was. We sat down on the side of the path and talked about what an incredible job he’d done and how a month ago he could even ride and now he was riding up and down the trail. He seemed comforted by this but decided to walk his bike home. We chatted about the spaceship he was building with legos while the little taxi darted around us.

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When we got home, I told the boys they needed a quick lunch and then a rest. Ethan just opted for the rest and was asleep by the time Isaac finished lunch. The house is eerily silent – I think I really wore them out!

Posted on May 6th, 2008 by Codename Freelancer and filed under Uncategorized | No Comments »

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