26 May 2013

Photos I didn't delete

I publish a small fraction of the images I capture.

Sometimes the dog tries to walk away.

Sometimes BOTH the dog and the child try to walk away.

All of this is preferable to capturing the moment of attack.  Look how happy the Nanners is to overtake A2!


Bad news: I saw this baby birdie on the lawn.  It did not make it.

Good news: We finally signed up with KidsBowlFree after procrastinating for 2 or 3 summers now.  A2 has a "Please, please, a little to the left" strategy while A1's technique is much more professional.

Second grade report

A1 worked his little heart out on his ancestry project.  We would have done Viet Nam, but 3 of the kids in his class (of only 15!) were doing Viet Nam.  We would have opted for Ireland but the only white kid in his class is Irish so that was out too. 

At first, A1 was pretty sad to have to research his Bavarian ancestors, but it turned out to be a truly marvelous personal and academic journey!  He learned that his Catholic ancestors left after the Franco-Prussian war when King Ludwig II supported the installation of Kaiser Wilhelm I.  The Kaiser's Prime Minister, Protestant Otto von Bismarck, tried to put the Catholic church under state control and out fled A1's forefathers toward the open arms of America.

Here he is holding his Bavarian victory Thaler, minted after the crushing defeat of France by the joint German forces.

Don't worry!  I can't let a whole post go by without my usual complaints.

One day a few weeks back, I walked into the classroom and saw that one of the aforementioned Vietnamese kids was working on the communist flag (yellow star on red background) instead of the only flag I've ever seen recognized in these beautiful United States (3 red strips on a yellow background).

I screamed!  Really.  I actually shrieked in terror.

I had a fit trying to explain to A1's teacher that most who have made it to these welcoming shores would readily incur bodily harm before recognizing that flag of murderers and rapists who have bled the country dry.  It was, in fact, the eve of Black April and I promised her that I would trek to Little Sai Gon if she needed proof that flag burnings still occurred.  But she was satisfied with the newspaper clippings I printed out from the various states and local California cities that have officially recognized the striped flag.  She was startled when I told her that it was analogous to shoving a swastika in our Jewish classmate's face and telling her to honor it as a symbol of her personal history.

Say what you will about the Twilight trilogy, but I became an unexpected fan when I saw the striped flag displayed in the cafeteria among the other world flags.

End of rant.  Shrieking now contained.

Some dogs are just mouthier than others!

That's what our vet said when we asked him why our Anna Banana bites us so much.  It's never out of anger, but it certainly is frequent!

Mouthy dog:

Fortunately, we have discovered that she is very mellow when we take her on excursions.  So now we are constantly out on walks.  Here are the boys at the end of the day basking in the last light.

18 May 2013

Belated May the Fourth entry

It's beyond me how I can be so religiously prompt in my day-to-day life and yet so heinously delayed on this blog. 

They took turns showing off their evil powers.

Upon seeing a quick preview of the results on the back of the camera, they joyously embrace!

Here's A1 showing off his paper lightsaber that he constructed at the public library event.  He had a few origami Yodas too.  You know, it's hard to look like a vicious warrior when there's a fluffy dog milling about behind you.