Monday, July 24, 2017


little kayaker

Ready to hit the water. (Note the color coordination.)

Ninety minutes later...

Saturday, July 22, 2017

peak garden jar season

All three garden jars are going gangbusters.

a half of a quartet is a duet

Linda is visiting. Sigrid asked her to bring her violin so that they could do a bit of reading together.

Friday, July 21, 2017

useless, take two

I swapped in a different motor on the useless machine, and discovered that the new motor has a different gear ratio, slowing down the action, which makes it more visible at normal speed (but that doesn't mean it isn't fun to watch it in super slo-mo).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

what a difference 3 days makes!


Three days ago.

87 days ago.

Monday, July 17, 2017

two wheeler

Seventeen months and 11 days ago—on February 6, 2016—we took the training wheels off of Soren's bike. I took this video of his first or second try that day, which I thought went really well.

But after falling, Soren was done for the day. I didn't bother uploading this video, because I figured I'd get better videos of Soren on his bike soon enough, given how well he did so quickly, on his first day without training wheels.

Soren, however, refused to ride his bike again. Like, ever.

After eleven months of this, Sigrid had had it, and in January signed him up for Wheel Kids bike camp this summer. And over the last six months, Soren has whined repeatedly about how he didn't want to go to bike camp. Today, the first day of bike camp finally arrived. And, minutes after Sigrid left (and then snuck around to watch), Soren was tentatively trying his bike out. Class hadn't really started yet, so there wasn't anyone to teach him yet. Fast forward about ten or fifteen minutes, and Soren had taught himself how to ride his bike!

Seventeen months of refusing to ride that bike, over!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

getting close?

I think this tomato is thinking about turning red.

The one in this middle of this pic is bigger, but is greener than the one above.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

boys at the beach