Circus Smirkus

August 1st, 2009

Recently, we took the kids to an area youth circus in Greensboro, Vermont.  The Circus Smirkus is a very professionally presented group of teenagers who progress through summer circus camps and train to present a show every summer throughout New England.  We had never seen them before, and we were very impressed.  I haven’t seen Cirque du Soleil for a number of years, but the types of acrobatic displays were very similar.  These kids were good!  Almost the most impressive part was the grace with which they carried on when they dropped the item they were juggling, or fell off their unicycle.

The theme for this year’s show was fairy tales (I was a  bit disappointed in myself to realize that my kids don’t know many of those stories; I have to work on that.)  One of the common threads running throughout the show was the Big Bad Wolf chasing Little Red Riding Hood.  The young man playing the wolf was one of the veterans of the group, and was very entertaining.  Anna was absolutely smitten with him.  We waited a bit after the show to mingle with the performers, and Anna and Will got a chance to chat with him for  a bit.  Anna was dumbstruck; it was very cute!

Why can’t they stay 4 years old forever?

July 14th, 2009

This evening, after I picked the kids up from day care, I was heating up dinner, and Anna started talking about wishing she had a pony.  I told her I thought most little girls wished they could have a pony.  She then told me that if she could find a genie, she could have all the wishes she wanted.  I don’t have any idea where she heard about genies, but they seem to find out about such things despite my best efforts.

So, I asked her if she would be willing to share her genie with me if she happened to find one.

“Sure, Mommy.  What would you wish for?”

“I would wish for my little girl to grow up to be happy and healthy, and smart AND wise.”

She thought for a couple of minutes, then she replied,

“I wish we could be best friends forever!”


_I_ wish I had that recorded so I could play it back for her when she’s 14 years old, running to her room, slamming her door, and yelling, “I hate you, Mom!”

Speaking of monkeys (& pirates)

July 9th, 2009

Our good friend Trish (you all remember Izzy B’s mother – we traveled together to Ningxia to pick up Will and Izzy) has been busily sewing away, and has made a lovely monkey tutu for Anna and a pirate outfit for Will.  They are so cute!  The kids just love them.  I think Will has slept in his hat ever since it arrived.

Here are the pics, Trish!

School’s Out

July 9th, 2009

“School’s out, school’s out,

Teacher let the monkeys out!”

The last day of school for our kids was June 4.  They’ve been at liberty for a whole month now, and are busily forgetting everything they learned last year.  Both of their end-of-year parent teacher conferences went well.  After watching Will closely over the second half of the school year, his teacher and the kindergarten teacher both recommended that he progress on to kindergarten next year.  We’re glad to try to make this work because we have been hoping to put him and Anna in different classes.  It turns out that next year’s kindergarten class is quite a bit smaller than Anna’s will be, so he’ll have more opportunity for individual attention.

Will was evaluated by the school district’s Special Ed coordinator and the speech pathologist before the end of the year, and we are hoping to meet with them soon to learn the results.  An early report indicated that he is not showing significant enough delay to warrant an IEP, or individual education plan, which dictates services that the state must provide for a student.  While I want him to have whatever assistance he needs to get up to speed, I’m a bit relieved that his delays are not as signifcant as I feared.  I’ll post an update when we have the results.

In the meantime, here are some photos from the picnic on the  last day of school.

Memorial Day (only a month behind)

July 3rd, 2009

I’ve just updated my installation of the WordPress software, after resisting for about a year, because of the fear I would have to reset all my templates, etc.  Fortunately, it seems to have gone quite smoothly, and I haven’t noticed any problems yet.  If anyone encounters any difficulty reading anything, or commenting, etc., please let me know so I can figure it out.

We had a bit of a break over Memoral Day weekend, which also happened to be the mama’s birthday, so we headed over to our favorite vacation spot in Wells, Maine.  Our motel had a good deal for a 3-night stay, and the weather was no worse than it has been in the subsequent month, so overall, a nice weekend.  And the mama got to go shopping at the outlets in Kittery, so all was well with the world.  Here are some photos to enjoy.

Some family portraits

June 26th, 2009

I have so many pictures to post, from our Memorial Day trip to Maine, the kids’ last day of school, life around the house.  They just take so much time to edit, I find myself putting it off over and over.  But, I got a few done from the last day of our trip to OK in April, so here they are!

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Catching up a bit – Oklahoma, Day 3

May 29th, 2009

I’ve got so much to post, so I’ll have to try to do it in a few small sections.  These are the photos from our trip to Woolaroc on our trip to OK in April.  The kids enjoyed it, except that Anna had a meltdown because there were no monkeys, and then she dropped her blankie in the museum and Grandma had to go convince an employee to dig it out of a bag of garbage that had already been taken out to the dumpster.  It is so hard to be 4 years old.

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Buffalo, ostriches, and goats; oh my!

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4-28-09-13.jpg 4-28-09-14.jpg Anna was enchanted by the collection of flying  bears!

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And here’s a little clip of Anna reading the description of one of the huge murals at the Woolaroc Museum:

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 10th, 2009

I promise I will get back to posting our photos from our trip to Oklahoma, but in the meantime:

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

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Day 2 in Oklahoma – Aunts and Uncles

April 28th, 2009

We now resume our “odd”essy in pictures of Anna and Will’s excellent spring adventure to Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  On day 2, Aunt Cheryl from Oregon, and Aunt Ina, Uncle Don and Aunt Jean from Oklahoma came for lunch and a few hours of visiting with the kiddos.

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4-26-09-04.jpg Aunt Cheryl has Will tied in knots

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 4-26-09-07.jpg Checking out the blog

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Outdoor fun:

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4-26-09-18.jpg 4-26-09-19.jpg Saying goodbye

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4-26-09-20.jpg 4-26-09-23.jpg The whole family.  Note that girls have nice smooth hair, and apparently, boys have hair that sticks straight out from their heads.

4-26-09-24.jpg Grandma and Grandpa.  I think Grandma is on the higher step.  He generously gave Grandpa a full head of hair.  Quite long, too!

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

April 26th, 2009

We interrupt the retelling of our Oklahoma adventure (from which we returned home almost a week ago, so yes, I am once again, woefully behind) to wish Grandpa a very happy 83rd birthday today!

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