Super Bowl City

February 2nd, 2016

In honor of the upcoming game, downtown San Francisco has been transformed into “Super Bowl City.” It officially opened on Saturday, and the four of us headed down to check it out.


girls at Super Bowl City

girls and Daddy at Super Bowl City

“Talk to God”

January 31st, 2016

There is a big emphasis on spelling in the second semester of first grade, and Avery has been hard at work at her words. After chatting recently about the strangeness of the inclusion of the letter “k” in the word “know,” I jokingly said, “Why is the English language so difficult? Who should we talk to about that?” Her reply: “Talk to God.” (And when I asked, “Okay – what’s his address?” she told me, “You don’t need one – He lives everywhere.”)


At the aviation museum

January 29th, 2016

More school fun – this time a field trip to the Hiller Aviation Museum for the first grade. I tagged along and got some pics…


first grades at air museum

Avery at air museum

Avery in cockpit

Zoe and the painted ladies, part II

January 27th, 2016

Zoe’s teachers sent this photo of her in action yesterday afternoon. Presentation done, mission accomplished!


Zoe giving presentation - small

Zoe and the painted ladies

January 26th, 2016

As mentioned below, Zoe has been hard at work on a project about San Francisco landmarks. She chose the “painted ladies” (i.e. the colorful Victorian houses the pepper the city), and as she did her research, took photos, and put together her PowerPoint presentation over a several-week period, we all learned tons about them. Her oral presentation was today, and I’m betting it went pretty well.




January 24th, 2016

“Avery, that is NOT acceptable,” I heard the little mommy (i.e. Zoe) yell while playing with her sister the other night. “What happened?” I called out, and a beat later: “Oh, nothing. We worked it out.”


Learning with play dough

January 22nd, 2016

Avery’s not the only one who has been doing cool things at school. Zoe has been hard at work on a research project on a San Francisco landmark (more on that soon) and, as part of her unit on measurements and fractions, she and her classmates made play dough one day this week.


Zoe making playdoh

All about the heart

January 20th, 2016

This is pretty cool: Earlier this month, a cardiologist (the father of an 8th grader at the school) visited Avery’s classroom to teach the first-graders about the human heart. From the school’s newsletter on the visit:

Dr. MacGregor and Jacob asked the first graders what they already knew about the heart (they knew a lot); then, using a model of the heart, they explained the heart’s structure and function and the causes and effects of heart disease and then answered questions from the class.
“The highlight of the presentation,” said teacher Barbara Eisenhauer, “was when Dr. MacGregor brought out three human hearts for the children to examine and touch. One heart was healthy, one heart was from someone who had had a heart attack, and the last heart was from someone with high blood pressure. By the end of the presentation, the children could tell which heart represented each condition.”

Little doctors in the making?


Avery looking at heart - small

Avery looking at heart2 - small

Avery listening to her heart - small

“There is in my land”

January 18th, 2016

Avery recently got invited to a birthday party for four (male) classmates. When I told her who the party was for she said, “I don’t want to go because there will be boy things there.” I took her comment as a teachable moment – and I started to explain that girls and boys can like the same things and that there are no such things as “boy things” and “girl things.” “There is in my land,” she replied.



Birthday at the tracks – again!

January 16th, 2016

For Q’s birthday last week, per tradition, we went with a bunch of friends to Golden Gate Fields. Each year keeps getting better and better: The kids are older (look how much change five years has brought!) and more into the races than ever before. We didn’t win big, but we had fun!


family at race track

girls and Daddy at race track

Zoe at race track

“I swallowed a bug?”

January 14th, 2016

Avery is sick, which is part of the reason I haven’t written in a few days. It’s nothing major – she has a low fever and just generally feels blah – and when she inquired about whether we would be going to the doctor, I told her that it probably wasn’t necessary. “You just have a little bug,” I said. “You mean I swallowed a bug??” she asked, to my amusement.


“I love love love you”

January 11th, 2016

Q’s birthday was yesterday, and look at the sweet note Zoe gave him. (Even sweeter: In a separate card she told him he was a “beyond perfect” daddy. Awwww….)


Zoe's birthday card to Q - small

Back to school

January 8th, 2016

Our recent vacation and winter break were pretty great, so I was kind of bummed about having to return to our normal life and schedule on Monday. The girls: not so much. They were both just fine about getting back to school and seeing their friends! It seemed to be a pretty mellow week for both girls, and I was able to capture a moment from one of Zoe’s mornings, when she was reading to a kindergartener as part of the school’s “reading buddy” program.


Zoe and her reading buddy


“You’re dating Daddy?”

January 5th, 2016

I posted this on Facebook, but it’s too good to not share here… I was getting ready to go out with Q one night last week when I mentioned to Avery that I needed to change my clothes. She asked why I didn’t wear the shirt I had on, and I responded that it wasn’t quite right for date night. With a surprised look on her face, Avery asked, “You mean you’re dating Daddy?”


Little swimmer

January 3rd, 2016

Another perk of our recent trip to Hawaii: Avery became a full-fledged swimmer. She’s been taking lessons for awhile, but it took a week of every-day swimming to make her comfortable enough to glide through the water on her own. Here she is during at swim class last week – and for those of you who have seen the new Star Wars movie, doesn’t she kinda look like Maz?


Avery in pool