April 19, 2018

Introducing Baseball


Ane’s friend Katie, who moved here just a little shy of a couple years ago from Vietnam, had never been to a baseball game.

We fixed that on Sunday.

What I actually love is the next picture, when Thumper suddenly gives the Mariner Moose some serious side-eye.

It was pretty chilly on Sunday, but we layered up and did our best to stay warm under hats and blankets.

Grandma and Gichan and Auntie and JW were also at the game with us, so when Thumper got antsy, I was able to take him for a long walk without leaving the Webmaster to juggle the boys by himself.

A flat Moose is more trustworthy than a real one.

Thumper liked running around in the Kids Zone up on the 300 level, which kept little legs busy.  Sadly, the team didn’t win on Sunday, but Thumper didn’t mind.

We all thawed out in the car after the game, and Thumper took a nice nap.  Katie enjoyed the game, but was definitely chilled by the weather.  We will have to try taking her to a game again over the summer!

April 18, 2018

Time Out


Just to prove that the rules apply across the board…

This is not Thumper’s first time out.  It won’t be his last.  But the face was just too pathetic to not record for posterity.

April 17, 2018

Why We Still Need The Bookstore


Flying in the face of recent surveys, Ane’s 8th grade English class is just now starting a unit on the Holocaust.  Instead of reading “The Diary of Anne Frank,” as they did in this district when I was in 8th grade, they are reading “The Book Thief.”  As far as I can tell, they are still doing the same historical overview that we did to go with the reading assignments.

Well, Ane came home today and said, “I need to buy the book.”

I had seen her with a school copy of the book, so I asked what was going on.

The upshot of it is that while the teachers try to stagger the classes using the books at any given time, the school has only 60 copies to check out to students.  As you can guess, that only covers a couple of classes, and Ane’s English teacher informed the class that there was going to be a book shortage.  Ane, who likes the book so far, and has a few Barnes & Noble gift cards in her possession, asked if we could just go buy the book.

“How quickly do you need it?” I asked, knowing that Amazon could get it to us in two days, and that if we bought the book in-store, it would be the list price instead of the online price.

Ane sighed.  “Really, I could use it now.”

So, I got online and reserved a copy at the closest Barnes & Noble, and took her gift card (and a coupon that was about to expire for 15% off an in-store purchase) with me.  After dropping Tad off at art class, I drove to the store to pick up the copy I had put on hold.

Ane now has her own personal (and labeled with her name in it) copy of the book.  And that is why we still need brick-and-mortar stores, especially for books.  You never know when you are going to just need a book, right now.

I think she might let me borrow it, though.  When she’s not using it.

April 16, 2018

Spring Break Recap: Day 5


We had a fabulous time at the ballgame on Friday!  We also picked up some interesting hats.

Thumper looked especially adorable in long blond locks.

But he was back in his happy zone… even though it was very wet and chilly outside, and the roof could only keep us dry.

Friday’s game was a win for us!

The kids enjoyed their spring break, and they are so not looking forward to getting back in the school groove today (but their mom is plenty excited).