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New photos from Avery

For Christmas last year, Avery got a Fischer Price kid-tough camera (it’s a digital camera that’s encased in rubber).  Here’s the latest set of photos from it.  I’ve edited a lot now and have a lot fewer here, since I don’t want to post the photos she took of other kids.  Check those out on […]

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New words to old songs

Avery, in the car Wednesday evening, declared that she was going to sing us her own version of “Hush little family.” Here are some of the couplets I was able to discern. Places using a slash between words indicate different versions sung in different verses: Hush little family, don’t say a word, Avery’s gonna buy […]

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My own at-home Pandora music service

One of my favorite things to do when I’m working on the house is to turn on my “everything but audiobooks” playlist and try to see how many of the songs I can identify by artist as it plays. My Amarok collection includes roughly 460 artists, with 8oo-some albums and 11000 tracks (98% of that […]

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It’s hard out here for a pre-k’r

Talking with Avery about the parent’s council meeting we’d just had at her day care center, the Kangaroo Korner: A: But why did you stay back there? B: We were having a meeting. A: Did you sing songs? B: No, we didn’t. Grown-up meetings are kind of boring, we just talk. A: Not like my […]

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2009-08-16 Tweets

Ack. Just found spam Twitter followers. Damn you spammers! # Avery reaches into the back of her pants: “There’s something in my butt.” She pulls out a sticker. Ah, kids. # story of my life: two days on the road making do because I forgot my phone and don’t have phone numbers, only to find […]

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Analogies are now in play

In the last three days, Avery has begun using analogies to describe the world around her. We don’t know for sure that she wasn’t doing this before, but we’re fascinated now that we have noticed: The first came as part of a conversation about the blimp flying around above the PGA playing ground in Minnesota […]

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The world’s youngest Blink 182 fan

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Some quick thoughts on flying solo

Jenny went to her parents’ house this weekend, so I was home with the kids (Avery, a 3.5yo girl and Finn, a 11mo boy) for 3 days. I was able to borrow a car for one of those days. Activities: Friday (car): zoo, picnic lunch; ice cream shop, park (1) Saturday: downtown via el, family […]

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Avery the wordsmith

Two tidbits of childhood joy from Avery the last couple days worth mentioning. First, Avery told Jenny: Listen to my words. They say come into my room. The second needs a little background. Sometimes when Avery does something goofy, I say “Silly girl.” She’s taken to declaring that activities (like putting a sticker on her […]

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2009-07-12 Tweets

Waits: “Road to Peace” from Orphans… is excellent. You Must Enjoy it. # Well, ENJOY isn’t the right word. You will have your heart stomped on. # Current desk setup: Laptop in front of Desktop monitor. Desktop keyboard in front of laptop. I keep hitting CTRL+C on the wrong keyboard. # Cute Avery Saying today: […]

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Friday flotsam

Avery and I are finally seeing some lusty sprouts in our garden. One of the designers of StarCraft 2 commented in this month’s PC Gamer that they kept the vibrant colors in the Zerg models (Zerg are aliens akin to WH40k’s Tyranids or Ridley Scott/H.R. Geiger Aliens) because it would be difficult to tell them […]

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On language and other thoughts while parenting

Avery says “my” instead of “I” or “I’m.”  This puzzling linguistic development became clear once I figured out its boundaries.  Here’s how I figure it emerged: 1) We would say something about a posessive: “Have you found your shoes?” 2) She would say “Avery found your shoes.” 3) We would correct her, “You mean to […]

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Avery enjoys a lemon

My brother in law shot this little video on his camera phone about a year ago. It’s Avery’s first encounter with a lemon.

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