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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Last fall, we found a tempting hill that might become our personal sled run. And so we've waited, and waited, and waited for an opportunity to try it out. Alas, it's been an unbelievably dry winter here. Cold we've had, but snow? Only if you count a few dustings that melted off before mid-afternoon.

The snow gods must be appeased, so we've polished off and posted both of the relevant slide shows that have been languishing in our vaults:Enjoy!
11:56:00 PM

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Once again, you just can't pry 'em apart:

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And yummy nectarines, too. Mmmmm!
7:28:00 PM

Thursday, January 25, 2007

In My Language, a video essay:



In the author's own words:
The first part is in my "native language," and then the second part provides a translation, or at least an explanation. This is not a look-at-the-autie gawking freakshow as much as it is a statement about what gets considered thought, intelligence, personhood, language, and communication, and what does not.
Brilliant, and utterly compelling.
11:11:00 AM

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

This time last year we warned you to put down your glass of milk before clicking a particular link. Well, that one totally pales in comparison to this gem:
Children are a Gift (4 min video)
It takes a while to load, but it's well worth the wait.

"Uncle Bwuce ... I'm finished!"
10:28:00 PM

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Speaking of reading...

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... the girls continue to read closely together.
7:27:00 PM

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

We continue to be thrilled by the kids' love of reading. Last week, after finishing a chapter of Little House on the Prairie, Bryn mentioned that the Ingalls family didn't seem to have any books--that books must not have been invented yet. Horrified at the thought, she paused and said
Mommy, I'd die if I didn't have any books. Mommy, I couldn't live without books.
In a different way of showing her appreciation of reading, today Maya brought home not one, not two, but three chapter books from school--and she wouldn't put them down for anything. She cleared her dinner plate by holding a book in one hand and her plate in the other. Still holding both her book and her plate, she opened the garbage can with her foot (and it's not a foot-pedal garbage can!), dumped in her crumbs, carried her plate to the dishwasher, and put it in--all without looking up from her book. It's no wonder that she finished all three books before bedtime!
9:20:00 PM

Monday, January 08, 2007

Overheard:
Bryn: Maya is my bestest friend in the whole world. Sometimes we donít look like it, and sometimes we donít act like it, but deep down in our hearts, we know we are. Right, Maya?

Maya: Right.
We're proud of both Bryn's love for her sister as well as her sophisticated syntax (it's a verbatim quote)!
8:17:00 PM

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