Monday, June 29, 2009

summertime rules

we're at the beach. i have 4 minutes left on my library internet time.

quick story. we were loading the boys up into the car, and had to get out of another car's way, so I drove about 10 feet with the boys unbuckled. mom jokingly said it was OK because no one saw. Desi says" GOd and Santa CLaus can see everything."

Are we good parents?

Portland people--see you Monday. others--later on

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Eagles Have Landed

We're home. Almost over the jet lag--maybe 1 more day and we'll feel normal. "Normal" being a relative term, of course, what with us NOT GOING TO WORK FOR THE NEXT 7 WEEKS. Yeeeeaahh boyeeee.

Since we landed on Saturday afternoon, we have "done" Portland. To wit:

1. I went to Powell's and bought books.
2. We ate and drank beer at the Deschutes brewhouse.
3. We crossed the street during the Gay Pride parade. Surprisingly, the boys asked no questions.
4. The Sellwood branch of the library was nice enough to loan us an armload of books and some cassettes to listen to during the drive to the beach this weekend. (the link is for the benefit of this blog's younger readers)

and we walked to almost all of these essentially Portland destinations!

I still haven't had my burrito. Today, it will be eaten. Then I'm off to see my old co-workers/comrades in arms in the battle against ignerance. Sarah and the boys will visit the Ferdigs again. Their kids are as cute and sweet as I remember.

We'll be in touch, now that we've scored a cell phone. There's always our Skype #, also. I'll email out both #s to the usual suspects.

Expect a bunch of photos son, as I clear out the backlog. Nice to be in the land of the free again, where no one is censoring the internet.


Come Sail Away

Here's Desi singing/dancing about the sailor's life. ahoy!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Desi's friend Aidan's pirate party pics

here's the link to the pirate party pics. enjoy.

High-tech kindergarten

Hi all. T-minus 5 days til launch. Packing up all the gifts we bought y'all, finishing our summer shopping list (just added: Scotch Guard for our patio couch covers), and saying goodbyes to families we won't see for a while. In some cases, a long while.

Desi's class performed last week, but Dad screwed up. I thought it was in a different place, and was told by the guy in charge that the time had changed. I duly reported this to Sarah, and ended up causing us both to miss it. Not SuperDad that day. Anyway, I still owe the blog some footage from last month's "When I Grow Up," so I'l see about linking to that today.

For now, here's a class project of Desi's. You can see their drawing/written work and hear them describing their favorite thing from the year.

I can't create links because I'm doing this thru a proxy site, so you'll have to copy this line and paste into the address box of your web browser:

Desi's voice comes in at about the 37-second mark.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Photos are up on facebook, check 'em out

here's an explanation of the recent problem:

stick with me, here

Hi all. We continue to be unable to blog at our apartment. And here at school, I can access most of the webpage I need, but not certain buttons, so I can't figure out how to upload photos. Check my facebook page--I'll put some recent photos up there. Or, for those of you we'll see this summer, just wait a couple weeks and see us then! We are down to 11 days, and many of those are full of social activities. So I'm sure it will feel like no time at all before we're on break. summertime!!

I taught my last couple classes today. Final exams start tomorrow, and I'll spend the time prepping for my World History course for next year. I'll have 2 classes of my own (woo hoo!) and I'll co-teach 2 more. Those 4 plus a study hall equals my whole teaching load next year. Just one course to prepare for--again, woo hoo!

Sarah is busy wrapping up end-of-year report writing and going to parent meetings. Desi enjoyed his birthday celebration at school a few days ago. He also performed on stage again in a kindergarten assembly--video to come someday! Desi is becoming quite the reader and writer, and of course artist. Emmett is learning Chinese faster than the rest of us, and both boys are having fun with pirate Legos and race cars and joking about buts and farts. Wonderful Boy stuff (well, maybe not always wonderful.)

Library is kicking me out. I'll get on fb and post photos here in a sec. promise

take care, blog fans!