Sunday, April 26, 2015

birthday party

The birthday might have been a few weeks ago, but the birthday party—another swim party at the JCC—was today.

Post-swimming, the celebrants had snacks...

...which included some, sigh, boy-style antics...

...and then it was time for cake.

Not just any old cake, but an ice-cream cake with gummi worms:

We sang...

...and blew out candles...

...and ate!

Here's to seven years!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

cake pops

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle cake pops!

The birthday boy.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Getting ready for The Force Awakens

With a new Star Wars movie due out at the end of the year, the boys have been preparing by watching the old movies. We've been following the so-called Machete Order, which means watching them in this order: IV, V, II, III and VI. (Yes, you skip Phantom Menace entirely.)

The Machete Order is mostly about preserving the original trilogy's most important surprise. By watching A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back before the prequel movies, the reveal about who Darth Vader is (in Empire) is still a surprise. And then you get to go back in time, through the prequel movies, to learn the Darth Vader origin story. And then you get to end with Return of the Jedi to find out the rest of Darth Vader's story, among other things. This also sets things up well for the new trilogy that is starting in December. (Secondarily, the Machete Order is about not having to watch Phantom Menace, which adds little to the plot, and is so incredibly weak.)

These reasons for the Machete Order quickly became unnecessary in our house, because Anders read a bazillion Star Wars early reader books that give away all the details, and Soren of course learned all of those details from his brother. But we stuck with it, watching A New Hope, then Empire, and then Attack of the Clones.

Then we got stuck, because Revenge of the Sith is really quite dark, and the final scenes are very intense (especially the one where we learn why Darth Vader has to wear the suit he wears). So there were no Star Wars movies for several months.

But then Anders got sick and was stuck at home on a Wednesday, when Soren is also at home. And, well, we just went for it.

So now we have to carve out some time in the next eight months to watch the ewoks, and we'll be all ready for The Force Awakens when it comes out around Christmas.

Monday, April 20, 2015

How To

The first graders put together "how to" projects. Anders decided to explain "how to make a clay volcano."

Here are the things you need for this project:

Notice the shape of the food coloring? It's not an accident. Here's our food coloring:

I liked this instruction:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

sardine snack

  • 1 tin 2-layer brisling sardines, in olive oil (plus an empty tin)
  • a few sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced on the bias
  • crushed red pepper
  • scant teaspoon capers
  1. Split sardines (including oil) across two tins.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, arranging so the sardines are on top.
  3. Broil for 4 minutes.
Serves one (especially so in this household, since there's only one of us who would touch this).

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Anders is at a sleepover, so Soren has complete control over the evening's entertainment.

He's making good use of it.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

One year older

Arugula and spinach salad for the adults.

Spinach and apples for the kids.

Short ribs braised in zinfandel.

And, of course, cake.

After-dinner recital.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Panda Bear class get a space workout at the Chabot Space & Science Center

None of them are tall enough to workout in space!

(They're supposed to push off of the floor and get resistance from pressing up against the shoulder harness.)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Level 2 complete!

Soren graduated from level 2 swimming at La Petite Baleen. After two failed attempts to get a good picture to commemorate the accomplishment, Soren was no longer interested in posing nicely, so this is what I have for you.