Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Someone was particularly giggly during the hearing test during his annual check-up today.

Monday, April 28, 2014

More Kicks

Flying side kick, en route to a dark red senior belt.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Back with the Boys

Back from a couple of great days in New York City.  So glad to see all my boys!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Gauntlet

Buster has been crazy about the Super Hero Squad, which is a sort of kiddie version of the Marvel universe.  He's been particularly interested in having an "Infinity Gauntlet," so we did a Google search for some images.

Here's the official prop piece, probably from one of the Thor movies.

This image also came up.  Buster said that no, he wanted the jewels to be three-across the hand, instead of four-across.  I pointed out that the jewels are on each knuckle.  Hmmm.

It occurred to me that perhaps a kiddie version of the comic characters would have other simplifications as well.  Indeed.

Here's the Super Hero Squad version of the Infinity Gauntlet.  Thanos, the wearer of the Gauntlet, only has three fingers (like all the other characters, to preserve the cute stubbiness, I guess,) so having three jewels across the hand is consistent in design.

Me: Buster, you have five fingers.  Do you want five fingers on your gauntlet?
Buster: I want five fingers on the gauntlet, but I want the stones to match Super Hero Squad.

OK then.

In addition, I learned that the "stones" are not always placed in the gauntlet, since some episode are devoted to find them. In the picture above, you can see two missing stones.

I ordered some yellow gloves, velcro'd some rhinestones to a felt band, and here we are.

Infinity Gauntlet!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A New Era

I started writing this blog on Q-ster's birthday, just over eight years ago, and I've been thinking about a change for a long time.  After more than 2000 posts, it seemed right to finish up yesterday on Buster's birthday, and move on to a new space where I can combine professional writing and be more public.

I can't quite bring myself to do that yet, because I still want to tell the little stories in what has become a family scrapbook.  So I will. However, posting may become more erratic, while I sort out what and where I want to write.

Thank you to everyone who has read and commented over the years.  I've enjoyed meeting you virtually and in person!

Monday, April 14, 2014

And Our Baby Turns Six

Happy Birthday, my boy! Six years ago, we finished watching our favorite contestants on Dancing with the Stars and then you arrived fifteen minutes later, making our family complete.

Buster chose Super Hero Squad as the theme for his party.  I decided that drawing Iron Man and Thor in frosting was going to bring us into Cakewrecks regions, so happily, the birthday boy was pleased with printed designs toothpicked-into the cupcakes.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Game Boy

Q-ster designed a game for his book report project.  Charmingly, the book is the first in the Hardy Boys series, which SwingDaddy and I thought seemed very 1950's-esque, but has a copyright of 1927!  We did a little research and it turns out that it was largely rewritten in the 1950's.

I like that he chose the game-style to be cooperative.  There are two players (Frank and Joe Hardy,) and they either lose together or win together.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

School Night

Open house night at the elementary school!  You can tell that we stopped at the book fair early on, since Buster is deep into his book while we tour Q-ster's third grade classroom.  Here, he shows off different environments that he created in a diorama, including making a "tree" out of a leaf.

Buster showed his artwork in the kindergarten room, reading his way down the list of things to see.

And best of all, we bought some shaved ice from the FOOD TRUCK and ended up with colored tongues from the blue raspberry.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Feeding the Sweet Tooth

Another friend from the north kindly brings sweets when he visited this week.  He pointed out that the bag was "American sized!" (meaning very large.)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Educational, Kind of

I love this: The Internet's Guide to Identifying Famous Artist's Paintings.
Dappled light but no figures - it's Monet
Dappled light and happy party-time people - it's Renoir
Dappled light and unhappy party-time people - it's Manet

 Another fun one: A tour of the British Isles in accents

 And that's our art history and geography lesson of the day.

Monday, April 07, 2014

First Time, Up On Top

We love our library and the giant vegetables designed for climbing and sitting.  This was the first time Buster made it to the very top of the artichoke, just like his big brother can do!

Meanwhile, his big brother was doing his best to stay upright with his friends on a giant rotating disc at the playground. It was fun to see the kids work on it, because it took some coordination of when and how they would move to all keep from falling off.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Just the One Shoe

Q-ster has been playing some songs on the piano that require the sustaining pedal.  If you look at his feet, you'll notice something funny.

He's borrowed one of my slippers, which looks enormous on his foot!

In sock feet, he finds the pedal a bit uncomfortable, and of course, his slippers aren't nearby when we're practicing, so he borrows mine.

I end up with one cold foot, but a happier pianist, which is just fine.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Panel Art

Apparently, we're now raising a team of cartoonists.

Q-ster's stick figure is working out.  Pushups!

Jumping jacks.


"I'm all pumped up!"

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Latest in Easter Gear

As seen at Target: I like these giant golden eggs.  They make me think of the Golden Goose fairy tale.

I also appreciated the labeling on these sets of plastic eggs.  The pinks were labeled "warm"

and the blues were labeled "cool" instead of Girl/Boy.

I think the toy eggs that we've been using every year will do just fine again, but it's fun to look.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Piano Challenge

In an effort to keep things interesting and challenging, we're now doing (some of) piano practice blindfolded.  Buster giggles incessantly, and plays remarkably well under his blanket.