Canoe Island

September 17, 2017 by Adam in Berry

Berry and Joanna have returned from Canoe Island, where all 5th graders of Charlemagne go.  It's one of the few French camps, built back in 1969 on an island off the coast of Washington.  Though Berry had mixed feelings about it, there were moments when Joanna reported they had a great time.  There was fencing, swimming, theater, paddle boarding, canoing through bioluminescent algae, and singing the American, French, and Canadian national anthem twice a day as they raised and lowered the flags.  They slept in tipis and ate French food.  Lots of pictures were taken.


Both Joanna and Berry are worn out and mostly just took it easy today.  It's nice having them back.


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Toothless

June 01, 2017 by Adam in Berry

Berry lost two more teeth, one last night and one this morning.  She was able to eat breakfast this morning, so I think the rest are still fine.  It's funny watching little Berry growing up, not so little any more.




Ten

April 17, 2017 by Adam in Berry

Berry turned ten.


 It made for a long day of various birthday events, from laser tag at Putter's to a family dinner where she ate Tasty Thai and opened huge volumes of presents.  Her dad got her a life-sized dog, which occupies a sizeable portion of her room.


It's hard to believe how long it's been since I met Berry at two.  She's much more of a real person, generally sweet and kind.  We all love her.


 



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.




DrawBot

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.



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