family life

Crows Don't Raise Canaries

Not that there was ever any doubt, but here's pictorial proof that my daughter is MY DAUGHTER.



Father's Day: Camping and Making the Best of Things

For the second year in a row, we spent the Father's Day weekend camping at the beach. This is definitely becoming a favorite tradition -- it's a trip coordinated with many other families at the kids' school. This year, more than 30 families participated! It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with plenty of time for scootering around, hanging at the beach, and playing games.


Happy Birthday To Me! I don't really feel all that different, in spite of my arrival at the magic number that is the answer to "The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything."

School's Out For Summer!

Welcome to Summer Vacation! We made it through the end of the year!

I really enjoyed the final celebrations with the kids. First grade marked the end of the year with a fun field trip to Vasona Park, where the kids did some wading. It was a little cold but lots of fun!

Third grade had the traditional "Tammy Town Cafe," where the kids served their parents dessert.

End of the Year -- Pioneer Day, Overnight Field Trip, and More!

It sure has been busy around here! All sorts of end-of-the year goodness going on. Third grade wrapped up the Wagons West adventure with Pioneer Day, a celebration of their arrival in Oregon. The kids (and adults) dressed up one last time in their Pioneer costumes and enjoyed a variety of activities, including crafts (tin punch ornaments and candle making) and chores (laundry with a washboard, egg collecting, washing dishes, and beating rugs). Students also claimed their land grants, which gave them 300 acres of land!

Homemade Playdough -- With a Secret Ingredient!

For my last volunteer hours in BB's first grade classroom, I made homemade playdough with the kids. Here's BB helping me set up the center:

Our recipe uses a secret ingredient...


Great America

For the first time, we decided to get family passes to Great America. I was a little leery, but so far I'm very glad we did!  Here are some pics from our first family visit. Up in the Star Tower!

Nice panorama, eh?

Cardboard City

It's hard to believe that it's almost over -- my first year teaching art to kids. What a wild ride! We wrapped up the year in the first grade classes with "Cardboard City," a nifty collaborative project that upcycles cardboard into sculptural representations of a city.  We started with more than 200 bits of cardboard (boxes, tubes, sheets, packing inserts, etc) which I'd asked families to collect over the course of a month.

Mother's Day

For Mother's Day, I made my usual requests: a picture of me with the kids, and a dinner that I don't have to cook!

(From the look in my eyes, I think I should have also asked for a nap!)

I was treated to a delicious dinner at Aqui's, one of our favorite local spots.

So very yummy!

Baseball and Bookstores

Proof that we're doing something right as parents: both kids thoroughly enjoyed the weekend activities.

Churros make everything better.

BB wanted to take a picture of us -- see, I really was there!

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