Wednesday evening was a Vocal Concert at Gloria and Micah’s elementary school. Each class sang a few songs conducted by the music teacher. Following the concert we had the opportunity to view “The Art of Anime.”
Each year the students create self-portraits according to a theme. This year the students requested that the portraits be “anime-inspired” (last year’s theme was Picasso). In preparation for the evening they made “galleries” for each class in different sections of the building. It was a fun Art Walk with an associated scavenger hunt, where we had to find Totoro amidst each gallery.
Of course my personal highlight was finding Gloria and Micah’s self portraits during my walk. Here they are:
Over winter break, Gloria stumbled across This is Halloween from The Nightmare Before Christmas. While she liked the song, as she listened to it more it started really affecting her behavior. Gloria was obsessing about monsters being under her bed (something that I don’t remember her ever worrying about before). She even woke Lauren up at 4am to ask what she should do if a monster was in her room, and Gloria was hesitant to go back to bed.
In discussing with her it seemed these two phrases really dug their claws into her imagination:
I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red
I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair
Gloria was getting more frightened and obsessed about monsters until what seems to have been an inflection point on Sunday. That evening, just as I was getting ready to tuck Gloria in for the night, she lay on the floor earnestly drawing a picture. Upon completion she gave it a good look, and it seemed like she was going to put it under her bed. Then she handed it to me, asked for it back, folded it up, and gave it to me with instructions to “put it in my closet.” When I asked what it was, Gloria informed me it was a “monster attractor.” I guess the theory is that by putting this attractor in the closet and closing the door any monsters would go to the closet and not under her bed.
Here we are a week later and it seems that Boo-boo Boy and his friends are serving their purpose. I haven’t heard any concerns about monsters under Gloria’s bed or anywhere else!
Ezra got Rocket Town for his birthday, but then it got buried in the back of our bookshelf for months. Recently the kids rediscovered it and it quickly became a favorite for both boys when they are upstairs.
Generally they read it to each other on the potty, but this morning after breakfast they set up a “bus” in the kitchen for reading time. I managed to catch them on video in a short clip that does a good job summarizing their sibling interactions at this age. For those unfamiliar with the book, the rocket Ezra is pointing to midway through is the shark rocket (his favorite).
One month into Kindergarten and Micah’s definitely got the hang of drawing his digits. I think his handwriting is much neater than mine already!
Ezra likes to rummage through my backpack in search of interesting things. The other day he was rummaging and he found a granola bar.
EZRA: What is this, mommy?
LAUREN: It’s emergency food.
EZRA: I know! We should give it to a fireman!
This week in preparation for Sukkot, Ezra did a bunch of arts and crafts at school that he introduced to us this morning. First was a sukkah. He proudly told me “Daddy, this is my sukkah!”
Then he paused a moment, and said “Open the door….and you see….Ezra!”
In addition to his sukkah, Ezra made a lulav with glitter paint and leaves. It was delightful watching him shake his lulav around the kitchen and explain to us what he had learned.
Since we’ve returned from Europe I’ve noticed that Micah and Ezra are playing very well together, including each other in their activities, and initiating lots of hugs (in both directions). It’s especially gratifying to watch Micah play along with Ezra’s imaginative play and letting his brother be “the leader” at times.
“Cooking” at Powell Barnett Park
Musical book time!
Camping together at grandma’s
U District park buddies
This morning I found them playing together with some empty boxes in the office – Micah had put one of his K’nex motors into the box and was flying his “plane.” Fortunately I was quick enough with the video to catch this morning’s action:
All good pilots need to brush before school
While we had gotten to celebrate Gloria’s birthday with family earlier this week, today Gloria got to party with her friends at OmCulture. It was a fun-filled afternoon of gymnastics, dress-up, and ice cream cake!
As a special treat, Lauren also captured a classic video of Micah. Micah has always seemed to have a natural desire to dance. There are times that we’ll be listening to music or singing together and I’ll look over to see Micah’s hips moving subconsciously. This afternoon was another one of those moments, take a look for yourself:
Micah shakes it off
Taking a horseriding break from circus play
Our cute little Ezzysaurus
Time to cut the cake. It’s good to be seven!
For your viewing pleasure:
I can’t believe our first child turned seven this week. We celebrated both before and after camp today. In the morning we gave Gloria her gifts after breakfast, and I think we did ok since she looked at me with a big smile and said “This was exactly what I wanted for my birthday. I don’t know how I could ever thank you enough!”
Good morning birthday girl!
Opening Micah’s gift of Boxcar Children
And three more from Ezra
Beanie Boos she expressed interest in the week before with Lauren
At camp her teachers had decorated her cubby, and then at Gloria’s request we had dinner out at Tutta Bella, home of pizza, meatballs, and gelato (who could ask for more?). Gloria seemed very happy today (and so grown up!).
Pizza (and meatballs and beet salad) time!
Chocolate has been Gloria’s favorite Tutta Bella gelato choice for many years, often paired with a meatball and/or parmesan cheese