greediness kills!


Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

According to this link, APA Heritage Month is to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in the U.S b/c the first Japs came in May and the intercontinental railroad (mostly by Chinese laborers) was completed in May. I'm acknowledging it about 18 days too late. It's not really as obvious as Black Heritage Month, so I'd like to use that as my excuse. And I forgot.

Dinner with us are usually rowdy but when in public, we try to be a bit more civilized.


are you ready for some baseball?!

Well, this spring, the boy decided he would try baseball. I had originally signed him up for Rookies baseball (which is instructional only, with some minor games). There must have been a mix up somewhere because they (the powers that be) stuck my boy on the A league - which is Little League for all you non-suburbanites. So, a kid who has NEVER played baseball, is on a team with kids who have been playing for the past 3 years. As expected, he is not the best player on the team, but he tries very hard, and he practices no less than 5 times a week (twice with the team, and 3 times on our own). Here are some pics from Jayden's first baseball game this past Sunday.

It's lonely out there...
jayden baseball 4.JPG

Baseball ready in the right field... where all great players come from...
jayden baseball 3.JPG

Like a regular baseball team... only smaller...
jayden baseball 2.JPG

The catcher gives his helmet a couple of pats... just like real people...
jayden baseball 1.JPG

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Jayden's advanced literature class has been reading "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliet, and doing some research into the artist Johannes Vermeer and his paintings. To wrap up their topic, the class has been recreating one of his famous paintings, "The Geographer."

Here is the original:

Geographer Vermeer.jpg

and here is the recreation:

Jayden Vermeer A.jpg

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Wannabe, the J & K Version

Kids Singing Spice Girls from squeekles on Vimeo.

This video was taken a while ago, June 24, 2006, to be precise. Henry and I had gone o visit the kids in PA and took them bowling. We were driving around in search of food when the kids started singing. At first we were stunned that they were singing Spice Girls "Wannabe" and had no clue how they knew the song. Eventually we figured out that it was from Chicken Little.


and there was peace…

... at least when they're sleeping...

sleeping children.JPG

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