Wednesday, November 19, 2014

All in a day

Snap circuits!

                                                She's reading to him and he's, um, actively listening.

Right now we are:
                           - thinking about what to make for Thanksgiving. Maybe this recipe that was chosen                                 to represent WA state?

                           -trying to get the last round of compost into the garden before the real winter                                         weather comes.

                           - Reading about the Tutors, rocks and minerals, classic Sci-Fi and Tamora Pierce. I'll
                              let you sort out who's reading what.

                            - Getting ready to see Ruth Ozeki tomorrow.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


It's been cold and clear and sunny here- bright sharp days that remind me of winter in the mid-west. 

We had a family date on Friday, using one of our Chinook book coupons to go to a lovely Thai restaurant. We managed to get through the meal with only one child having to take a walk outside while waiting for food and only one child having to be reminded that we don't sleep with our heads on the table in restaurants, no matter how full we may be. 

So, pretty successful in other words.

Unity had a gymnastics meet on Saturday. Her team did well enough to advance to the championships next weekend so she is excited about that. I wasn't sure how she would do in this "pre-competitive" track but it's been good so far. 

We have a new houseplant to add to the botanical collection. This one is a sundew, and while it is fun and interesting, we are also hoping it will be a fruit fly predator as well. 

Also this weekend, Brixton and I made cookies while Unity had a friend over and Unity read all of Houseboat Girl by Lois Lenski. I adored this author as a kid, and read through a whole shelf of her books at my local library. Seeing Unity enjoy the books I loved as a kid has been something that I've been looking forward to since the day I found out I was pregnant. 

I've been a little nonplussed with some of the books she's brought home from her school library. There's a whole fairy series that is stretched a bit thin. Titles include Caylee the carnival fairy and Georgia the guinea pig fairy. She also brought home a book that was all about the beauty shop and boys. I'm  not going to tell her what she can and can't read. I certainly know that can backfire. There's a famous story in my family about how I was told not to read my grandmother's romance novel and promptly stayed up all night to read it after everyone else was asleep. 

But, I am glad to steer her towards books that I find enriching and I love when she loves them too. Bonding over books is one of my favorite ways to connect. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Zoo Day

                             The budding photographers are trying to get a smile out of the brothers.

What to do on a cold but clear day with no school? We went to the zoo of course. With several thousand of our friends who had the same idea. Yeah, it was a wee bit crowded. 
But- where else can you go to be outside and walk and see interesting creatures that also has lots of benches for snack breaks and a gift shop in which to blow your allowance money? Yeah, nothing else like it. 

Monday, November 10, 2014


This week holds a lot of things for people I love. Surgeries. Job changes. Stuff that's big and hard and equivocal. 

There are some ways that are easy for me to be supportive and then there are times when I don't know what to do. I believe that hard things can make us stronger and that sometimes we have to do the work to really appreciate something. And there are times when it doesn't make sense and it won't and it's just difficult. 

But I believe in walking next to people. I believe in bringing Mac and Cheese. I believe in care packages and escapist reading. I believe in looking for the bright scraps of beauty, even with our worn out shoes and too long jeans. 

Friday, November 07, 2014

One small day

We recently changed Brixton's schedule so he's now at preschool four days a week. This came on the heels of our parent-teacher conference, when the teacher gently suggested this would help his social life. ( Both of my kids form deep, intense bonds with just one special friend, a practice that has its advantages and its challenges.)

So, we made the change. I realized that even though I love having him home with me, right now he needs the peer group and the interactions from school. And next year he'll be in Kindergarten five days a week, so I guess this is good practice. (Hold me. No, I have no idea what I'm going to do.)

Now that we are down to just one weekday together, it feels that much more precious. I don't want to drag him along on errands. I just want to do fun things together.

Like go to the coffee shop and play with trains. Or build giant Lego structures and listen to all his inventive stories. Or play long meditative games of Monopoly while winding a ball of yarn.

Towards the end of the day, he put on his Halloween costume and we snuggled in bed together. He told me he was going to be my dinosaur and protect me.

I am holding on and savoring these small days.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Signs of the times

A few snatches of our day, set to the tune of Brahms's lullaby. The decorations of jack o'lanterns and evolution timelines. Playing school which is also playing ophthalmologist. Little bits and pieces. 

Monday, November 03, 2014

First back patch

Brixton received a belated birthday present this weekend. He had asked Chris if he could have a back patch on a hoodie, just like Chris has. They picked on our together, after much discussion and debate (and a few vetoes from me. Not all metal band patches are suitable for preschool.) When it arrived they sewed it on together. 

Brixton is super pleased and loves telling people about it. Ironically, Chris tried to play the band's record for Brixton. When he asked if Brixton wanted to hear the other side, Brixton said "maybe later Dad." 

Friday, October 31, 2014


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

On a boat

Today Brixton and I had a rainy adventure. 

We took the bus downtown to visit a friend of mine who has been working and living at the Center for Wooden Boats. We've hung out during his time in Seattle but at my house or going to plays, never with the boat. He's moving to NYC in less than a week, however, so rain or no rain, we were determined. 

There's a lot of development happening in this part of town. We saw the facade of an old building, with sky and space peeking though, and watched a back hoe for a while. 

The Center for Wooden Boats- isn't it sweet? They are very dedicated to preserving the historical boats themselves, as well as the skills to maintain and sail them. I've never felt strongly about boats one way or the other, I've had some fun boat rides but never been really passionate about them. But these are really beautiful and well crafted, and I can see how someone could get wrapped up in it. 

There was a group of school children out paddling. Gotta love Seattle kids.

Me and Stefan. I'm going to miss my theater, boating, bookish, Quaker friend. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

The weekend was full of origami and castle blocks. We did some preparations for Halloween. Unity had a gymnastics meet and Brixton and I stayed home and took pictures of each other. Unity's team came in first, so she was excited about that.

Chris and I had one of those talks on Friday night that started out about one thing and ended up all over the place. When it was done, I said I felt like we just had a staff meeting about our family. Which is true sometimes you just need to get on the same page with things.  I think we have figured out some things, about schedules and snacks and the house, at least for now.