Rube Goldberg Device

October 27, 2016 by Adam in Berry

Berry is in the Talented and Gifted program at school, which generally doesn't mean all that much.  Mostly her teacher gives her extra work or some harder problems to work on.  Occasionally, though, she gets something interesting to work on.  She wrote an essay on Rube Goldberg and built a machine in the basement to demonstrate her understanding.

I think this was try #3, which wasn't as successful as try #1, but it showed a lot of heart.

Half Birthday Girl

October 14, 2016 by Adam in Berry

Berry celebrated her half birthday yesterday, though it's technically today.  She got a rainbow bike helmet and bike gloves, both of which she wore all day today, even when we went to the store.

She's really matured this last half year, becoming far more polite and sweet.  Occasionally Berry gets a little sad or overly frustrated with things, but I very much appreciate how far she's come since the screaming and flailing around days.  It's hard being the littlest one in the family.

I'm also impressed at her intellectual pursuits, from science to obsessive reading.  I'm glad I'm her poppy.


May 11, 2016 by Adam in Berry

One of Berry's birthday presents was a subscription to to a maker's box.  Every month something arrives for her to build.  Last month it was this quirky drawing robot.  I think she enjoyed it.

Berry Birthday #2

April 18, 2016 by Adam in Berry

Berry got together with her friends at Putter's, mostly for the laser tag.  They had a good time and Joanna managed it well.  We showed up late after making pizza for dinner, recorded the festivities, and snuck out when the children moved on to play video games.

Berry's Birthday

April 15, 2016 by Adam in Berry

Berry turned nine yesterday.  It was a little emotional, if ultimately good.  Joanna had been rushing about all week, trying to put together a Barbie cake.  Apparently the Barbie was supposed to be an Elsa Barbie, so Berry was somewhat miffed.  She was also initially quite skeptical of Duncan's present being cool if it only existed on an USB key.  Once he showed her the custom Berry-themed Minecraft mod he made for her, all was forgiven.  She was also pretty excited about having a dress-maker's manikin, surprisingly enough.  We also have a maker-themed monthly subscription box - this month is building a robot.  Should be a fun weekend activity.

Berry's Half Birthday

October 15, 2015 by Adam in Berry

Berry had her half birthday yesterday.  Joanna made pumpkin pie and got her an artist's hand.  Berry hasn't quite used it for anything artistic yet, unless you count pointing it at everyone and yelling "J'accuse!"

Helping Hands

October 13, 2015 by Adam in Berry

I'm not quite sure how this came about, but over the weekend Berry and her friend Audrey decided to sell food to raise money for FOOD for Lane County.  Joanna made a bunch of tasty muffins and they did pretty well.  Someone wrote up their activities, which you can read all about.

Bike Riding

October 12, 2015 by Adam in Berry

Berry decided she wanted to practice riding down at the park today.  She's getting pretty good and can ride without help for short distances.  I think with a few more times she'll be able to generally stay upright and can do longer trips by herself.

Soccer Girl

September 21, 2015 by Adam in Berry

Berry's been really enjoying soccer.  She decided to do it all on her own (Duncan sadly wasn't able to play on the girl's team).  Joanna has been dutifully taking her out to practice twice a week and the weekend games since school began.

I think she's really enjoying the game itself and it lets her show off a bit of her fierceness in a relatively safe environment.  Her team has been consistently winning, sometimes by quite a bit. Yesterday she brought back the game ball for her exceptional playing.

She came home after a game, ate dinner, and wanted to practice some more.  Sam volunteered, so the two of them went down to the park to kick around the ball, returning at sunset and chatting away.

Berry's Many Birthdays

April 20, 2015 by Adam in Berry

Berry had a series of birthday events over the last week.  The first was one at home, which involved a wild singing spinning candle device:

Over the weekend we went out to laser tag, which was wild and crazy and full of children:

Berry has been adjusting to her eight year-old self.  She had a few moments over the weekend that involved excessive screaming.  Over the same few days she's been very sweet, helping make breakfast and assisting with chores.  Growing up is hard work sometimes.

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