Archive for July, 2009

crafting an excuse

July 27th, 2009

It has been a while since I last wrote – there were technical difficulties when I last attempted, and I’ve been busy with work and children, since – but found this too interesting to go without posting. Here is the account from a Staten Island writing teacher about his project to harness his student’s natural […]

happy birthday, Will

July 15th, 2009

It has been a long day for the kiddos. My big guy is 5. Sylvie, keeps telling us that her birthday is coming up! When we sang Happy Birthday to Will, she said, “Now sing to Sylvie!” The day began as most of our special days do – with donuts. Will’s school requests that the […]

it always rains when you forget the tarp

July 13th, 2009

We spent a short weekend deep in the woods of Eldorado National Forest with our good friends/neighbors. The Bay Area has a Mediterranean climate that keeps us warm and dry throughout the summer and blows the mosquitoes to far away regions. We confirmed before leaving that the weather in our destination was warm and dry. […]

“Will, we’re going to kain-esse!”

July 4th, 2009

It was a short first week for Sylvie at her new school, but long enough to be eventful. I posted pictures of the send-off on Wednesday, and no, Sylvie wasn’t the slightest bit worried about starting her new school. I was terrified – I packed her 2 changes of clothes, was that enough to get […]

happy 4th!

July 4th, 2009

We fell asleep last night to the sulphuric smoke of brightly colored cloud bottoms wafting into our open windows. Ah, July in the Bay Area! As is customary, Big Tow is driving WWII military vehicles in the Novato parade, this morning. As you can tell, the kids don’t find this exciting at all: (the blue […]

first day

July 1st, 2009

We just dropped the kids at school. Sylvie’s first day. Will lectured Sylvie all morning on what to do, where to sit, how to act. I think he may be the most excited. We got donuts for breakfast in hope that the alcohol released during the digestion of the sugars will make Sylvie more friendly. […]