happy early birthday, tuck

The kids will not get to see Tuck on his birthday Saturday so today, Béla set his alarm an hour early — got up before anyone — and started five hours of baking. I gave Béla ample room to fail during this excursion into birthday-dessert-making; I had been unimpressed with his preparation of his shopping…

while claudia is at her first show choir rehearsal…

…Béla ordered a smaller version of what he is making Tucker for his birthday dessert. (Learned through his MasterClass.) Claudia had a great time but everyone hopes the group gets bigger. This was its first ever rehearsal! I’m hearing a lot more “High School Musical” than I planned to… but… To which we all say:…

on such a winter’s day

Everybody has low-grade colds. Eyebags. Both Tuck and a friend had massive eczema outbreaks this week; Tuck even had to go to Urgent Care. Béla described to me, confused, the painful thing on the tip of his tongue. To make it to eleven before having to describe a cold sore! While Claude is having her…

preparing for riddley walker

Tucker and I have birthdays only a week apart, so particularly on years where a weekend falls between them, we share them. This year we each get a weekend day for our birthdays, which sounds good to me. I had been putting aside money for something for myself and instead paid for Claudia’s Show Choir…

three years ago today, at the MLK march

Tucker looking every inch his father. This was the first time Claudia had entered Mother Bethel Church, at the height of her phobia/distaste for churches. She was not crazy about the founder’s tomb — but she enjoyed the choir practice. Choral singing is something Claude has never gotten to do, but next Tuesday she begins…

in claudia’s “big life journal”

Quick take: They both really like these journals I got them. We have liked using them together. After reading about growth mindset and fixed mindset, and particularly about Muhammad Ali as an example of someone with growth mindset, I found this picture. “I Said It Even Before I Knew”. Tonight I picked Claudia’s journal up…