Akiva’s Haircut

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

I got a haircut. Akiva decided to get one, too!

When we got home, Iris put a silk scarf around his neck.

We went out to the back field to take photos.





I wanted the sun to illuminate their faces. Iris obeyed demurely.

Akiva did not want the sun to illuminate his face.





My next tactic was to get them to run into the sun.

He’d have to look where he was going, I reasoned.





Just a few more runs back and forthβ€”





Certainly Akiva will be willing to stand still nicely for the camera soonβ€”





Eventually we came to an agreement:

Iris would have the sun shining on her face and Akiva would not.


Newton’s Cradle

Monday, July 26th, 2021






For a good explanation of how Newton’s cradle really works, watch this video:

He followed me home…

Sunday, July 25th, 2021

Point Drouin Covered Bridge, Sunny Day

Friday, July 23rd, 2021

For my dad’s 79th birthday, I took my children to play at the Point Drouin covered bridge in Compton.

He was unable to come. Happy birthday, Dad!



Camping at Mont Megantic

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Whenever I hear the name “Megantic,” I think of this horrible train accident that occurred on July 5th, 2013. I heard about the crash on the radio while driving to Quebec with my one-year-old daughter, Iris, and her father, Martin, the man who I eventually married and remain married to a decent number of years later. Am I not lucky?


Because that was the first I ever heard of Lac-Megantic, the national park and dark-sky preserve will forever be tied in my mind to a train carrying 72 oil tankers that crashed and burned in the middle of a small town. On that day, the beauty of a sky full of stars exploded into an inferno so bright it rivaled the lights of Quebec City as seen from space.


As they sayβ€” at least for nowβ€” “life goes on.”


We went to the national park & dark sky preserve with our friends, the Maurice Family Girls. It is great to camp with friends and kids! I love it. I did not take any photos excepting on this one day when I was particularly tired. I stayed above on the bridge for a while, using my camera as an excuse to view Claudia and the children from afar. In the entire national park (which I admit we saw very little of), this little river crossing was voted the absolute best place.



The maroon girls work on the mouth of the canal. Akiva attempts various bridges.

TabΓ©a works on an independent study. Claudia keeps the peace.




Iris fixes the walls of a pond. TabΓ©a’s tripple-pond complex is revealed.

Back at the canal, bridge construction is not looking good.




Akiva attempts a different style of bridge at the opposite end of the canal from the initial construction.

It works!




Iris says she is all out of English stories.

She begins a series of French stories for TabΓ©a while sitting atop something tall, hollow, and resonant.




Rope Rhymes

Sunday, July 4th, 2021


Iris Spins for Akiva for a Long Long Time



Dressed in yella’

Wen tup stairs ta

Kiss ‘er fella

By mistake she

Kissed a snakeβ€”

How many doctors

Did it take?













Akiva Spins for Iris but Gives Up Quickly


Pleece-min, pleece-min

Do yer dooty

Here come

Ziris the American beauty

Sheekin wibble

Sheekin wobble

Sheekin doothe double splits

Bud I betchew

A doller

Thatshe can’t’do this!











Mama Spins with One Hand while Holding the Camera in the Other


Eekka kadeekka

Ka-dusk ka-day

Rufftie pufftie, carmel-a

Wippity wappity

Poppity pappity

Meepity mappity

Moppity may

X spells she sells

Wedding bells

And snail shells

Eekka kadeekka

Ka-dusk ka-day

Rufftie pufftie, carmel-a!




















I took 255 photos of the kids jumping rope. These aren’t nearly half the good ones.



On the Couch Road

Sunday, June 13th, 2021

Akiva loves to play with his cars on the back of the couch in front of the north window in the library.




He explains to me that it is because this couch has roads.




Whatever these cars are up to, I suspect that it is something that should definitely not be done on a road.






I told Akiva that if he wanted to learn to swim,

Saturday, June 12th, 2021

it would be a good thing to practice floating on his belly.


On the Island

Sunday, June 6th, 2021


In the Trees











Throwing Rocks









River Sitting







Woodland Napping



Tea with Monsters: A Grand Celebration

Saturday, June 5th, 2021

To celebrate the arrival of the Pestalotiopsis monster into the family, we had a tea party.





Iris brought Peggy, Napua, and Rethabile.





Akiva brought Hymie, Pest (who sometimes accidentally sits on his tail), and the Lego Monster.





Pest was not at all happy with mere tea, so Akiva cooked him up a big skillet of stuff.





…waiting for the stuff to finish cooking…





…almost done now!





Hymie & the girls drank tea.






Pest had a bit of everything.





We didn’t serve the Lego Monster because he only eats people and we don’t serve people at tea!