Monday, April 30, 2012

Spring Sing

The Wilshire Ebell Theater.
Zaza and I remarked that -- with its loge seats and red curtain

 -- it looks quite a bit like the Muppet Theater.
(Dubbadad and I got married in a ballroom at the other end of the building...

16 years ago this Friday...)

Kvelling Grandparents


Waaaaaay at the end of the playbill...

The primary school's String Orchestra
(wedged between the typical classical pieces and nursery songs

 was the theme to "Star Wars")


The kindergarteners were impossibly small and sweet.
(Dubbadad and I marveled over the diverse interpretations of the school's suggestion to wear "dress-up clothes")

(Love him, the guy in the middle there. L-O-V-E.)
The third graders -- who will be graduating to the Middle School campus in the Fall -- sang a surprisingly soulful rendition of Peter Schilling's "Major Tom". 

The 5th graders were recruited last year 
so that the 4th graders would not be all alone at the new Middle School campus.
For most of the parents in the audience tonight,
this was their first look at "the big kids."
Ander told me afterwards that when the curtain went up,
he heard a parent in the crowd blurt, "HOLY CR--!"

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Tail-End of April Feels a Lot Like Summer


first root beer floats (with pyramid)

there was only 1/2 a bottle of root beer left, so the effect was less than spectacular


she didn't eat this all herself -- Ander had a friend over






Moustache Garden (2012 version)



Finally Installed in Ander's Bathroom





Saturday, April 28, 2012

Socgymfu (Such Was Saturday)

(Precision sunscreen application)

This was her first-ever game
(as one of 5 full-backs, she spent a good bit of time on the side-lines)

The Bulldogs have some strong forwards,
so most of the action was on the other side of the field.
But she got in there -- all shoulders and elbows and gumption -- 

and defended her goal.

None of the parents were certain if we won or tied,
but our kids did the whole "2, 4, 6, 8" thing, so it seems we won.
Go, Bulldogs!

We went straight from her soccer game to her new gymnastics class,
and then grabbed lunch before heading to Chinatown for kung fu (and Go Fish). 

I was dubious, but I think we're going to like these sorts of Saturdays.  

After-school sports have been taking their toll on us, with all the rushing and pushed bedtimes and scrambling to finish homework.  It was so nice to feel the whole afternoon still stretched out in front of us, and to drive home in daylight (not in rush-hour traffic), knowing that it wasn't a school night, that Sunday is still waiting with its promises of sleeping in and waffles and play-dates.

Friday, April 27, 2012

that fierce decorum



...middle-aged women, 
respectable housewives, 
would come and stand nightlong in the agora 
silent 
together 
as ewes and cows in the night fields, 
guarding, watching them 
as their mothers 
watched over them. 
And no man 
dared 
that fierce decorum.




from The Maenads, by Ursula K. Le Guin 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Assuring the Parents of Incoming 4th Graders That All Will Be Well

The Principal had asked some of the 4th and 5th graders to say a few words about their experience at the new middle school.





Alexander told the parents that at first he wasn't sure what he should say, but then he "figured you can never go wrong with a haiku":


We may be quite tall,
But we're not scary, really.
Hope you like it here!


Outside the Gate; Inside the Gate





Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Aliza's Open House Night: Ms. L's 2nd Grade



Aliza's self-portrait




(yes, there should be one less 'n' and one more 's')


Aliza's Harlem Renaissance drawing





A diamante poem from Aliza's writing folder

Writing a diamante poem together (about Aliza's beloved Emily)


Yay, for the lovely Ms. L!!!!