Monday, September 30, 2013


Zack has a book called Not-A-Box, about a bunny who imagines his cardboard box is everything from a race car to a rocket ship. This is Zack's Not-A-Box.

Friday, September 13, 2013


We're on Block Island for a family wedding. Zack gets to hang out with his cousin, Ella, all weekend and have sleepovers. They're so cute together.

What a beautiful island! And it looks like we're in for gorgeous weather, so we should have a fabulous weekend.

Sunday, September 08, 2013


It's a strange thing, watching your child grow up. I've been thinking this a lot lately, as Zack is older, as he goes off to school. Watching his growing independence is fascinating.

Last night, two other neighborhood families joined us for dinner. We all decided we were going to cook our way through some new cookbooks, and last night was our first feast. We all have kids, four between the three familes, three girls and Zack. Zack is the oldest, with M right behind him. L and J are both three. As soon as everyone got there, the kids went off to the living room, and the adults went off to the big room. We decided to eat first, in relative peace, while the kids played, which they did with nearly no need for any intervention from us. They were busy turning the living room into a fort, drawing pictures, who knows what else, all on their own initiative. Apparently, M got thirsty, because Zack came out to the kitchen, got cups for both of them, filled them with ice, filled them with water, and acted like the perfect gentleman and host by giving M her cup of water. He had no idea I was watching as he did this, but I was so pleased with him!

Both M's mom and I kept commenting on how big they are, how much they've grown up. I'm not even sure we can put it into words. While they have their trying moments, it's also just wonderful watching them become so capable and independent.

Saturday, September 07, 2013


Georgia came over and laid near Zack while he was playing this afternoon. She kept him company for quite some time. It's really sweet to see them together these days. He's super sweet with her, very gentle, and takes his "big brother" role pretty seriously. To say nothing of the fact that he loves her to bits.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Cantaloupe from our garden.

Tastes pretty good for the first 'lope we've ever grown.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

After care

Kindergarten is "full-day," the definition of which seems to be 8:50am to 3:00 pm. Rob and I wish that was also the definition of a full day of work, but it isn't. So Zack goes to aftercare, which is conveniently housed in his elementary school. The program is run by Kids After Hours (KAH; which also runs the summer camp that he'll be going to for the next 5 years or so), and so far seems very cool. The staff know all the kids' names, they really enjoy being there, and they make it fun for the kids. KAH works closely with the school, particularly in getting the kids from their classrooms to the aftercare site. They have a snack, and an opportunity to work on their homework if they have some. Then they can do various things, like go out to the playground.

This week they started having clubs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I was looking at the list of clubs as I was waiting for Zack to come out last night, and saw there was a construction club. I asked about it and was told it was an opportunity to play with Legos, TinkerToys, etc. I commented that I'd have to mention it to Zack for the future. The staff person told me that Zack had already chosen to be in that club and had participated that day.

Alrighty then. I was also informed by Zack himself that I could pick him up later on Tuesday and Thursday nights so that he could be in the club longer.

I think he's adjusting OK.

Monday, September 02, 2013


We can add one more thing to list of what Zack will eat--oysters on the half shell.

What an awesome kid!

Sunday, September 01, 2013

One week down

I feel like I've been telling everyone I talk to about Zack's first week of kindergarten, so I forgot that I hadn't checked in with the blog. I think we were all a bit tired, and there was about a ream of paper worth of forms to fill out (yes, more of them. ugh).

Let's just start by saying that he did AWESOME! He came home the first day and said "Mommy? I was shy at first, but then I made new friends." That warmed my heart to no end, let me tell you.

By day two, he acted like it was no big deal. He went right into his classroom, he was happy as a clam when I picked him up from aftercare. There is apparently some sort of behavioral chart in the classroom, where blue is excellent behavior, green is good, yellow is a warning, and red is big trouble. He informed me that he was in the blue zone on the first day. One day everyone dropped down to green (he wouldn't tell me why), but he was back up to blue the next day. He likes his teacher, and is having a great time in the aftercare. Really, we couldn't have asked for a better first week. We're so proud of him!