Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009


Chris is in Rome this week for a conference. He made it to his hotel this morning and has been walking around Rome trying to stay awake until 10 PM to beat jet lag. Here is a photo of the Colosseum that he took this afternoon.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

In other news

Besides Emma's big birthday bash, we have been having fun going to the pool everyday and over the past couple of days listening to Michael Jackson (and the Jackson 5) non-stop at full volume. Today we had a fun afternoon at the pool, E & J made pesto for dinner on the patio, an evening run through the sprinkler, and now the kids are watching "The Wiz." A movie, matching pjs, popcorn, lemonade, and staying up past their bedtime. Life is good.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Today Emma turned 9 years old. She started off the day by opening her first gift--a new soccer ball-- and finding her second gift--a soccer goal--in the front yard. Then we picked up her friend, Emma A., and drove to a strawberry farm in Dewitt. We picked lots of berries, came home, packed a picnic lunch and spent the afternoon at the MSU outdoor pool. Emma met up with a pal and they spent most of the afternoon jumping off the diving boards and platforms. Emma likes jumping off the 5 meter platform. I can't find the courage to junp off the 3 meter platform. After the pool we stopped by at Tasty Twist and then home for dinner, cake, and a couple more gifts. We ended the day with our nightly 2-mile bike ride around Patriarche park. What a day!

Monday, June 22, 2009

From the Frilingos Four to Emma

Emma's party


Really? Just ten years?

We finally got away for an overnight in Saugatuck, MI. We stayed at a quiet place at the top of a sand dune a couple miles out of town.

Pirate Day at the YMCA Camp

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Last week I returned home from a mid-career university teacher's colloquy with lots of ideas and inspiration about teaching college students. After 11 years and tenure behind me now, I was in need of renewal. I learned many things from the other 12 colleagues in the colloquy including books to read, teaching ideas for the most difficult situations, and sanity tips for living a balanced life. One friend mentioned that she is reading a poem each day on the government link for poetry. She shared a terrific Billy Collins poem and now I am hooked. If you enjoy listening to poetry why not treat yourself to a few minutes every morning? This is what I listen to every morning before I start my work: The Writers' Almanac

Here is the poem:

"Introduction to Poetry," by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for the light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie a poem to a chair with a rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Joe on the slide

This photo was taken by E & J's sitter, Mary.

T-ball: First Game

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Counting a little blessing - The Boston Globe

Counting a little blessing - The Boston Globe

Six-year-old Lucy has lots in common with Joe. She even sits in the outfield during T-ball (photos from last night's game to be posted soon)! Her grandmother, Beverly Beckham has been writing about Lucy in the Boston Globe for the past few years. Her portraits of Lucy remind me so much of Joe and our experiences raising him.

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