My Taxes are in the mail & the older boys are asleep.

Cha Ching!  It doesn’t get any better than this…

IMG_1936Today I went over to get some work done at school, then Holly and the boys came over to check out the Hoonah vs. Haines Jr. High Volleyball game. 

The boys were more interested in playing around in the room than they were in watching the game and I was too busy with stuff I had to do than the stuff I wanted to do (take pictures at the game).  Perhaps there will be a game tomorrow.

Today, John Caleb is just really making strides.  He can hold himself up on his elbows and smile really big!  His favorite thing to do is smile at Holly and have her pick him up.  That’s his best tool too.  She’s quite smitten with him (as is Pappa, Grandpa Plucker).  It’s impossible to get him to smile at the camera, as you might imagine, so Holly gets behind me and goo-goo’s, and gaa-gaa’s at him in a high pitched feminine tone.  I have to admit, it was really hard to decide how big to make this picture.

Three pieces of big news we heard today:  1) My first cousin Maurice & his wife Dasa are expecting a baby any day.  Wow, this is the first I’ve heard of that. 2) Another first cousin Jeremy & his wife Elisa are now expecting as well. 3) My mother is going on the HCG diet which is the subject of KevinTudeau’s latest book: “The Weight Loss Cure: ‘they don’t want you to know about.'”  This is really a bunch of information that is hard to get my mind wrapped around. 

I guess these things happen.

Yael Naim – New Soul

I don’t listen to much music…

But this piece by Yael Naim, along with the video, is simply wonderful.  Perhaps I like it because she kind of resembles Holly…

Thanks, Betty and Jack for the recommendation.

John Caleb is feeling better

A couple weeks ago, we went to a ‘pre-school’ birthday party with a bunch of kids that are going to be in Mark’s class and when we got there all the kids had a terrible cold: runny nose, cough.  I guess that happens sometimes. 

All the boys and I got sick for about a week, but it was the worst for John Caleb, since he didn’t know how to breathe through his mouth when his nose was clogged up.  This was particularly bad when he was trying to sleep.  I’ll not go into details right now…

IMG_1905Anyhow, it was a rough week, but John Caleb is finally over the hump and is back to being himself again.  AND, he knows how to breathe through his mouth purposefully now when he needs to.

One thing that I didn’t expect is that none of the boys, when they were born, knew how to breathe through their noses when they were congested.  IMG_1914bThey were all dedicated nose breathers from the time they were born and had  very difficult time breathing when especially when hey had a cold.  Eventually, they learned how to open their mouths.

Each morning, so that we can go on a walk together, Holly’s mother Margaret comes over at 7:30 AM to watch the boys for an hour or so.  The boys are just about always thrilled to have her here and are always eager to eat her food.  Luke customarily asks, “Blacky, do you have any cookies?”  What he’s asking for is some of Margaret’s homemade oatmeal cookies.

This morning as we were heading out the door, Holly pointed out that she had John  Caleb in his new outfit and he looked very cute dressed up as he was on the floor trying to read his book.  As soon as I noticIMG_1874ed the nice soft diffuse light coming in our large living room window, I had to get out the camera and join him on the floor for an impromptu environmental portrait of in his natural setting.  This is how I picture him, smiling at his mother while stretching out and trying to explore his universe, with his mommy there encouraging him each step of the way (while daddy takes his picture).

The TABLET is in!

And it’s better than I thought it would be.

Well, last Tuesday, I got the Motion Computing LE1600 in the mail  and started to learn how to use it.  I tried the two main tablet applications: Windows Journal, and OneNote.   I have to say that OneNote is an awesome program and that the LE1600 is a wonderful tool for lecturing on math.  The kids love it, I love it.  Frankly, it’s awesome.

I will go into detail later.  But it’s very easy to use and very intuitive–almost organic.  I really can’t say enough good about it.  The school bought the wireless adapter for it, so that should be in pretty soon too.

I am expecting to get MS Office 2007 with OneNote pretty soon too, and I simply can’t wait!

Also, I went to and ordered another GB of RAM too. 

More later…

Oh, I’m low on cash right now too. 

It happens.

Spring is coming!

The boys are starting to play outside again!

IMG_1846 Today, when I got home, Mark Daniel was outside playing for the first time in months.  And he didn’t even have his jacket on!  Of course he was doing what little boys typically do in the spring and fall: Climb trees!

The snow is melting fast and the rains are coming every third day or so, to help melt away all this ridiculous snow we’ve gotten this year.

Holly is not really in favor of letting the boys climb trees, because, as she says, “What if they can’t get down,” or ” What if he gets hurt while he’s coming down?”  Well, I don’t have a great response for that type of concern.  Usually, I say something condescending, like, “Well, I played like that when I was a kid too and I didn’t break any bones!.  Plus it’s hard to get too worried, because, after all it is just a small alder he’s climbing.

High honors Dinner!

Lilly always does a great job with the food, and the kids really seem to love it.

IMG_1775 Tonight we had the high honors dinner for students that maintain a 3.7 (or somewhere near ther) GPA for the last 3-4 quarters.  The meal served is AWESOME!  Lilly and a number of faculty put together a 7 course meal and we serve it to the High Honor roll students each spring.  This year we had 27 kids a the meal: steak, potatoes, fruit, rolls, cream cheese cake, soup, bread were all on the menu.

For many year the HS staff has hosted this even, but lately, we’ve been inviting the other grade level teachers to join in if they want to.