Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The East Lansing soccer season has begun. Emma had her first game to day at 9 AM in Haslett. She had been to a party last night so she was a little sleepy before the game began. Once it started, she played really well and scored two goals for her team. There she is (black shorts on the left) making a run for the ball.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tutu and Papou have just returned from their cruise to Rome and Greece and sent us beautiful gifts. Emma put on her outfit from Greece and necklace and when she came downstairs Chris pronounced the he is naming her "Greek of the Week." This surprised all of us, since this is an honor he usually only bestows on himself, Bob Costas, and (strangely) George Clooney.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Everyone should be born into this world happy
and loving everything.
But in truth it rarely works that way.
For myself, I have spent my life clamoring toward it.
Halleluiah, anyway I’m not where I started!
And have you too been trudging like that, sometimes
almost forgetting how wondrous the world is
and how miraculously kind some people can be?
And have you too decided that probably nothing important
is ever easy?
Not, say, for the first sixty years.
Halleluiah, I’m sixty now, and even a little more,
and some days I feel I have wings.
---Mary Oliver, from her book, Evidence (Boston: Beacon Press, 2009) 19
Thanks to my pal John Lanci for sharing this beautiful poem with me today.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
The end of summer is officially here. The kids are in bed ready to begin school tomorrow. Emma will be in Mrs. Remington's 4th grade class and Joe will be in Mrs. Olance's basic classroom and plugged into Ms. Dunn's kindergarten class (second times a charm!) for meaningful activities. We have Joe's IEP written so that he will shoot to achieve all of the kindergarten goals this year. He has worked hard this summer on reading and numbers. He also did a lot of OT tasks to strengthen his fingers and improve his small motor skills. He continued seeing Miss Kim for ST and I think that he is talking more everyday. His big successes this summer were learning to ride a bike (with training wheels) and swimming without a life jacket. Emma continues to be very active and is looking forward to soccer starting again on Wednesday. She decided to continue with choir this year too. It looks like it will be as busy this school year as it was last year.
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Joe is finally in a big boy bed and Emma has changed her Princess themed quilt to a more "tween" style of polka dots. Emma also now has a big desk and Joe has a dresser that has enough room for all of his clothes! Joe had a tough time sleeping the first couple of nights but now he has the hang of it.
My new colleague has arrived with her 3 terrific kids (and 1 spouse). Clara, Inga, and Carl went to the Y camp with Emma and one day after camp we all went to the MSU pool and then they came over for a cookout. Here is Emma, Inga, Joe, and Clara and the kids table. Where is Carl?