Back to (Remote) School

Today Ezra joined his older siblings for his first day at McGilvra (technically Gloria and Micah’s second day). Pandemic education is quite a different setup, but the kids got decked out in their spirit wear for the virtual all-school assembly, and they seem to be taking it impressively well. And at least they are all on the same schedule, we’ll see how juggling working and schooling from home goes (fingers crossed). Family goal for this year is to sustain the smiles through the year. Off we go!


The Little Kitten

The kids had a play date this morning, where our friend told us that his daughter has been setting up a stand in front of their house for selling art to passersby.

She did a brisk business drafting personalized cards for mother’s day and this morning was working on some storybooks. This was a lot of fun for Gloria, who never tires of reading and writing.

IMG_6066Artists at work

Here’s the result, a short story about a kitten that makes a friend:






Anime Self Portraits

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:



There is a Monster Under My Bed!

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!

Welcome to Rocket Town

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).



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!

Happy Sukkot!

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!

IMG_2820Camping together at grandma’s

IMG_2689U 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:


IMG_3611All good pilots need to brush before school