Tuesday, April 29, 2008

sculpture park

So we had a playdate at the sculpture park. It was sunny while we took the bus. It was sunny as we walked along to the park. When we arrived, we had about 15 minutes of sun and then...Seattle's finest drizzle. So we had a lot of hanging out in the sculpture park cafe playing chair derby and gazing out the window. It cleared up towards the end tho, enough for a little stroll and a mama photo. In these photos you'll see Eva and Ryan (but not their mamas) Zoren, Hiram and me, Zelda and Tarah.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

talking and...

So Unity thinks all animals say "moo." I haven't tried to change her mind yet...her "moo" is so cute! (Hint: it starts with a "b".) She's got some other new tricks too.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day part 2

Tarah and Hiram, Zelda and Zoren came over to help us celebrate Earth Day. We were working on a project for 1sky
. We decorated a sheet with our message about why we need to take action against climate change now. (In case you can't read it, our message says"Our kids will thank us for taking care of our Earth"). 1sky is going to take all the decorated sheets from projects like this all across the country and sew them together to make a giant quilt to bring to legislators in D.C. (Their event is actually on Mother's Day but that's a busy weekend for us.)Zelda got to use her elementary school teacher skills by planning out our design and Tarah and I got to use our coloring skills. Messy marker fun!

Earth Day

Today would be a great day to contact your DC reps. We really need to build support for the Sanders-Boxer Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act (S. 309) and the Waxman Safe Climate Act (HR. 1590).
Call or email your Senator and Reps today and ask them to support these important bills.

Unity and friends will thank you.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Doing our part...

So Saturday was a big Earth Day volunteer project. We'd been planning to go but timing didn't work out so we did our own project instead. We went for a walk in the neighborhood and picked up trash. Sadly, we could do this walk every week, or maybe every day, and still fill a trash bag. But at least for a little while people could enjoy a litter-free sidewalk along MLK Way between Union and Cherry. Unity would like to tell you how much she _Loves_ wearing hats. In the sun, in the snow, she adores wearing hats and can't wait to put one on(yes, that's sarcasm.) Then on Saturday night we had dinner and lovely conversation with our good friends and frequent babysitters,
Mary-Jayne and Sukhi.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Magic Number

Hi Friends,

We all know that climate change is the big challenge facing our world right now. This is some information from Bill McKibben (the guy behind last years Step It Up campaign)- and an artistic challenge. Read on, and think about trying your hand at spreading the number:

The science around climate change has continued to darken. We all watched the Arctic melt last summer, and an ice shelf six times the size of Manhattan crumble in the southern ocean this winter. James Hansen, our foremost climatologist, has just issued the most important scientific assessment of global warming in many years, which you can read here. Basically, it calls for limiting carbon concentrations in the atmosphere to below 350 parts per million. In fact, Hansen says: "If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 ppm to at most 350 ppm."

* Therefore, our organizing team is launching a new venture: 350.org. The final website won't be ready for a few weeks, but since you're family we're letting you know now. In fact, we hope very much that you'll visit the preliminary website that we've set up and start figuring out how to help.

Here's our goal: We want to take this number, 350, and spread it all over the world. We want every human, if they know nothing else about global warming, to know that 350 represents safety. We want to use protest and music and art and video and the 'net to make that number inescapable, ubiquitous. Everywhere. If we do, it will help move the international negotiations in that direction-just the way that our insistence on 80% cuts by 2050 last spring found its way into the platforms of all the Democratic presidential candidates within days of our demonstrations. This time our target is the international community, which is spending the next 18 months negotiating a follow-up to Kyoto. It may be our last real bite at the apple, so those 18 months need to be well-spent.

If it's going to happen, we'll need to take the creativity and dedication that you all demonstrated last year during Step It Up and go to work on creating an International climate movement. We need your help spreading 350 to your friends and contacts in every corner of the planet. But what we need most right now are your actions and ideas that take the number 350 and drive it home: in art, in music, in political demonstrations, in any other way you can imagine. Already last weekend, 350 Utahns rode their bikes en masse in Salt Lake City. At least for this year, we're not planning on doing everything on a single date; instead, this will be a rolling action. So start thinking how to take this number and get it across!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

I'm your fan

Hey Unity! Who's your favorite band?

Hey Social Studies! Who's your cutest street team member?

Thanks Thea and Justin for the awesome present!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Big Kid Update

So we just got back from Unity's 12 (ok fine 13) month checkup.
She is 30 inches tall and weighs 24 pounds, which puts her in the 75 percentile for height and around the 62nd percentile for weight. She does have a big head- 90th percentile!

Junk Mail Update

Just thought I would let you know that since I signed up here
to reduce my junk mail I have seen a noticeable difference in just a few weeks.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

hey guys, look!

in the garden

Unity's tree is blooming!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Where's Unity?

Green Lake

Today was beautiful and sunny. We went to Green Lake along with many other Seattlites including Hiram and Cooper and their parents. We hung out at the playground and walked around the lake. Yay Spring!