- 03.31.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off
I can’t even tell you how funny it is when this kid comes out onto the patio, all business and starts pogoing all over the patio with the most serious face you have ever seen. Nothing in moderation with this kid. She’s all like, “I’m going to try to pogo 100 times.” Then she does it.
If that’s not enough, she’s suddenly made a decision about the kind of life she wants to live, and it’s a life of activity and moving. Guinevere was inspired by a girl we discovered on Instagram who is only nine years older than Gi and already living an amazing, active and healthy life. She suddenly is in love with running, working out and eating healthy. She runs about two miles every other day now, and in between she researches alternative health cooking. I’m amazed at how very cool she is and how very ahead of the game she is. Amazed.
- 03.22.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off
On March 19th, Jude turned seven. I always tuck my kids in on the Eve of their birthday with the acknowledgement that this is the last time they will go to bed as one age, and the next day, like magic, we won’t have a six year old in our house anymore! It’s amazing how that just keeps happening, and our kids keep growing and getting older. This one, though, this one is important with his kindness and patience and thoughtfulness. The world needs this one.
Pokemon captured the boy’s imagination this year. His birthday brought a new notebook filled with card sleeves and a package of cards. He couldn’t have been happier- all of the other gifts waited on the table while he sorted through his cards, arranging them just so and exclaiming over the rare ones, the foil ones and the powerful ones. He has a new friend at school who is also a Pokemon nut so the two have become fast friends, picking up their poke-conversation where they left it off and letting it go as the bell rings and they need to head to class. It’s Jude’s first self-selected friend who he has not been pushed toward, and we are pretty proud of his choice. Judge a person by the company they keep, and he keeps fine company!
We celebrated Jude with a Pokemon party and a few friends. Rather than invite many, he asked that we only invite a few kids as he didn’t want to get overwhelmed or make someone feel left out. We spent the afternoon hunting down Pokemon and trying to catch them all. The finale was a Pokemon piñata and we felt like winners when we had to ask the kids to pick up the candy- they wanted to leave it on the ground and just get the mini figures instead!
We love this boy- our future writer, artist and great thinker. Our future daddy, our love bug, our boy who loves so deeply and with such compassion. Our beautiful little songbird with his clear voice and fearless timbre- happy birthday my little love. Xxoo
- 03.20.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off
It’s worth noting here, on Littlejohnesque, that I have made my goal of weighing under 200 pounds! Interestingly enough, it came the day after Jude’s birthday! I don’t hoot much about my body project here because I like the focus to be on my family, but I firmly believe that my weightloss has had a tremendous impact on my family. We do so much more now that Mama is so much more capable. Our world grew when I shrunk and it’s been the best thing ever.
If you’re interested in following me and reading more about my weightloss story, go to www.tamarashazam.com. There are, literally, hundreds of my ramblings…
- 03.14.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off
We got super lucky when a friend of ours, who had planned on running the Kirkland Shamrock Run with me, decided to fly to Hawaii instead. I didn’t blame her a bit. She and her husband were both planning to run it, but instead she transferred their numbers over to Bradley and Gigi, so I got to run with both of them! It was a really fun (and hilly) day! (Jude had a sleepover with Mimi and Bop-bop.)
- 02.20.15 | Permalink | | Comments Off
We headed to Olympia on Presidents’ Day where a rally was being held to protest the massive influx of high stakes testing we are allowing our children to be impacted by. I never thought I’d see the day when I wished for the good old MSP or WASL. This new stuff, the Smarter Balance, is crazy. I understand the desire to create equity among all the kids in our country, but the levels at which our congressmen and other non-educators think they should be at is nuts. Wonder, inquiry and creativity seem to be getting stripped out of the system. Our children are being expected to regurgitate facts and be little calculators rather that exploring their world.
Worse yet, the that all students must take to graduate high school is more difficult than the SAT. It’s been noted by my superintendent, among others, that our new standards and tests make it more difficult to graduate high school than to get into college. Testing is not the answer, draconian standards are not the answer. Listening to research and applying researched based practices that are supported by educators while attending to developmentally appropriate practices is a place to start…
Anyhow, we were there, the four of us, marking up the bus with our feelings and laying down in protest in front is the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. By the time we left, the kids had learned something about democracy and I learned a lot too. I felt empowered and supported as a teacher, who does not want to give the test, and as a parent, who is pulling her kids from all the standardized testing this year. Enough, already. Let me teach, let my kids learn. They aren’t human capital, they are children. Let them behave as such.