Category Kids

A Properly Materialistic Christmas

Despite my best intentions, eco-friendly, service-oriented gifts just aren’t cutting it with Sage: It’s Legos and remote-control vehicles all the way. Grandma Mary Ann and Papa scored a major coup with the Mother of All Christmas Gifts–a remote control Lego set. (Although it can be constructed in several different ways, its current incarnation is a […]

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

Some images render words unnecessary. The following, I think, is one of them:

The Giant Snowball

Winter isn’t QUITE here yet, but it’s scratching at the door–and Sage has the giant snowball to prove it. Yesterday brought an inch or two of sloppy wet snow to our neck of the woods, and Sage lost no time launching himself into the yard and rolling a snowball of striking proportions; it was especially […]

Horse-bonders and Pumpkin-sitters

A dear friend–Sage’s “Goddess Mother”–recently visited us with her two young daughters. It was a memorable day: they bonded with horses… Ate raspberries… And, of course, sat on giant pumpkins. I hope all three children will remember this day, with its unplugged exuberance. And I hope their children will be able to experience something like […]

The Return of the Pumpkin Head

Despite being mostly neglected lately, a recent visit to Sage’s giant pumpkin patch has proven that the enormous fruits are carrying on, with or without us. They might not end up as the 400 pound leviathans of my boys’ dreams, but hey–they’re pretty darn respectable. Sage reclines on a giant pumpkin in mid-October.   This […]

Sage’s First Day of Fourth Grade

This week, Sage began his career as a fourth grader. His replies to me were terse as I dropped him off lest a classmate overhear me saying something embarrassing like “I love you, Big Boy.” (I do concede I need to train myself out of using this nickname, which developed around the time he finally […]

International Goofballs

Sage’s Moroccan friend Khalil recently came to Wisconsin with his family to visit American relatives, and the boys reunited as though they’d never been separated. Even though they’d met only a couple of times the previous year, they played as though they’d been friends since infancy. Their friendship proves that one force transcends all boundaries […]