Texas, June 5th, 2015 – Day 2

Friday, Sara showed up and we did some more swimming. This is how Allison sunbathes. The one above is courtesy of Sara's instagram. And now a few from Hannah's instagram: Back to our pictures: And then the great sushi making began. It's tradition that the boys make the sushi, which leaves the girls to make the springrolls. Melody was very dubious that I would even be capable of such highly skilled labor. Sara made a completely delicious cake for us. She even torch caramelized the oranges and blood oranges. SO AMAZING. Hannah is probably thinking,…
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Texas, June 4. 2015 – Day 1

Thursday, we hung out and recovered from staying up until 2:00 the night before. And then recovered some more from being dragged off to exercise at the crack of dawn. Alli did some painting... Cameron was hilarious and posed with all the boys. Dad looks suspicious. The boys wish we had an iPad. Swimming! Yay! I think Andy thinks it's a lot colder than it was supposed to be. Rollie didn't find out how fun the pool was until Saturday. Too bad, chicky. Oliver spent some quality time with us. In the nude. Simon hung…
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Texas, from a child’s perspective

The boys went crazy with the camera in Texas. Here are a selection of their pictures.   And they get some funny stuff, too, since people don't really notice them with the camera. For example, nobody else would be rude enough to take a picture of me, post exercise and pre shower. ;) The first morning we were there, all of us girls (and Mom) went over to Rachel's house and Hannah coached us through three times as much exercise as I thought I was capable of. I'm so proud. Of course, for them it…
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Some old, some new

"The best of men cannot suspend their fate: The good die early, and the bad die late." Daniel Defoe The funniest thing about that quote is that I would have interpreted it a lot more literally ten years ago. Jack thought he would sew a badge onto a shirt. "I poked myself with a needle, and it really hurt." :( But mostly, he's just enjoying being awesome. Unrelated to Jack, but still quite interesting: "But evil is wrought by want of thought As well as want of heart." Thomas Hood, the Lady's Dream Flashback to…
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I was wondering, the other day, why some people lash out at others when they are embarrassed and other people don't. Why do some people blush and fall silent, while others try to distract you from their embarrassment by making fun of someone else? As it turns out, it's the difference between guilt and shame. Guilt being the more helpful behavior. I've always assumed the two words were almost the same. There are people more prone to guilt, and people more prone to shame. And by shame, I don't mean that you feel shamed. We…
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Memorial Day at Camp Sunrise

We really had a great time. The train ride was fun, the food great, and it was an enjoyable crowd with lots of kids. We started with a game of human foosball. Jack stuck pretty close to me. Lois (the first, she says) was ridiculously sweet and gave him a package of gummies that he treasured in his pocket all day. You'd be surprised how much effort human foosball takes - and most of it the adrenaline rather than actual effort. Then the train ride.. While the train was fun, the kids all liked the…
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A few pictures that don’t go with anything

*Rollie drops a school book* Kai: "Ha ha... that makes me think of witches." Me: "Oh really. And why is that?" Kai: "Oh, well, about 400 years ago people used to believe in witches. In the colonies. Any time a natural disaster happened, they thought of witches." Me: "Are you saying Rollie dropping his school book is a natural disaster?" Kai: "Well, no, but you know. Dropping things... natural disasters... makes you think of witches." Oh yes, I always blame a witch when I drop something. I'm always proud of myself when bread actually looks…
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Vines Botanical Gardens

We visited the Vines Botanical Gardens on Saturday evening. It was really a pleasant place, if somewhat overshadowed by the extremely loud fraternity reunion party going on next door. The fish attacked the bread like piranhas, the boys said. They certainly started towards the bridge in a hurry at the first sign of vibration or shadows. April's response to being told she has to live the rest of her life on ice-cream and baked beans. Mixed together. Not really. Sorry April, you asked for it. Make faces at a camera at your own risk around…
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May, 2015

One of the best parenting moments is when your kids catch you out when you're inconsistent. Marty and I think there are a lot of important things we need to teach the boys, and two of the most important are self control and willingness to take responsibility for your actions. For example, if Kai says, "I couldn't help myself!" I say, "yes you could, but you chose not to." Even in a non-serious context, we think it's better to teach them to be honest with themselves and acknowledge that their action was based on a…
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Rollie looses a tooth and gets a letter from the Tooth Fairy

The night Rollie lost his tooth, he had Marty write a note to the Tooth Fairy, presenting his tooth and asking if the Tooth Fairy knew about Zeppelins. He was actually very disappointed. Invisibly so - Rollie's feelings are either very loud, or incredibly invisible. There's no in between. He woke up and didn't find anything at all under his pillow. He stripped his bed looking, but gave up and did something else until I got up. Eventually, we found his note; it had fallen under the bed and into a toy box. Translated, it…
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