Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Three Generations

This photo of three generations of women (from my side of the family) was taken in September at my cousin Cyndi's wedding. If it looks familiar that's because a cropped version was used for the 'Jill' cake.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Polar Bear Club

At some point, Brad started the tradition of a "polar bear club." This brilliant activity consists of going swimming in the ocean when it's freezing cold both outside and in the water. Let me be clear -- this is not a tradition I particiate in.

This Thanskgiving in Rehoboth Beach, Cassandra was initiated (of her own free will) in the club. There was no stopping her really. See photos below of Cass walking with Aunt Jenna before she jumped into the water.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The 'Jill' cake

My family had a few surprises in store for me to honor my 40th birthday. One of them was t-shirts each emblazoned with photos from a decade of my life and the tag line, "Four decades of excellence." EXCELLENCE I tell you! See photo below of my mother-in-law and my father wearing the couture.

Another surprise was a slide show with photos and videos from those four decades. I expect it to go viral anytime now. Here's Zander and me watching it:

And yet another was a cake with -- what could it be -- ME on it!

Finally, I also got a fancy new iPad to play with.

THANKS family! Here's to four more decades...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Glad I'm not in 1st Grade

My son's 1st grade math homework leaves me dumbfounded. Not sure if this says more about my poor math skills or more about the specific work of Zander's class. (No jokes please, Brad.) Below are a few questions from today's work. The sheet was titled, "At the Park" and the directions said to "Read the clues. Solve the problems."

1. There are 16 red, yellow, and purple flowers by a bench. There are 4 more yellow flowers than red flowers. There are 2 more purple flowers than yellow flowers. How many are there of each flower?

On the backside of the sheet the theme was "Snack Time" and the directions were to "Solve the problems. Draw pictures to help you."

1. There are pears, oranges, and bananas in a bowl. There are 12 fruits in all. There are twice as many pears as there are oranges. There is the same number of bananas and oranges. How many pears are there?_____ How many oranges are
there?_____ How many bananas are there?_____

Not impossible, sure. But that's some challenging stuff. Clearly, I am not made for 1st grade.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah...

(Cool menorah photo taken by Pap-Pap Phillips)

...come light the menorah.

Hanukkah is getting bigger and bigger in our household as a certain six-year-old understands the present part more and more. This is somewhat ironic because the present part is more a function of the holiday's proximity to Christmas than anything else.

Nonetheless, below is a picture of Zander singing in the choir at the Hanukkah service. A doting grandparent was able to get a photo of him actually singing. For the record (ha, ha), he sings these songs all the time from start to finish -- in the car, while putting together Legos, etc. But, on stage, he sometimes gets distracted. (I am watching what I write now that Zander is a fluent reader.)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Siblings, Part II

If I posted as often as I had content to post or even half as much as I think about posting, there would be something new here everyday. Then again, if there was something new here every day, I wouldn't have much to post about. I guess what I'm trying to say is part of the reason it's hard to find time to post is because my (our) life is so full and so busy. Some days I am barely holding it together. (No jokes please, Brad.)

But, tonight I have carved out an hour or so to catch up on some blog posts. They should be showing up over the next few days and here is the first...

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My brother was in D.C. again last week on a quick work-related trip. At the last minute, I was able to join him and my sister for dinner. It was surreal in some ways -- sitting at a nice restaurant drinking wine with my siblings. It was so...grown-up. Pardon the fuzzy picture.