Homework John

Lately I’ve been particularly enamored with John’s humor. He has a quirky and irreverent style that I really enjoy. Here’s a moment.

Video Play

John and Julia hosted a play when Max and Charlie were here. It was a big hit with the family. They watched the video over and over again. Recently, I thought it would be fun to film their reactions to watching their movie about a month post recording. They haven’t lost their affinity for it and even recorded a new movie today with a slight variation.

Charlie and Andrew Jackson

My son Charlie got together with a couple of his mates and made this video for his history class on U.S. President Andrew Jackson.

What can I say other than watch the video. 🙂

John and Julia’s First Photos

Don’t you wish you had the first photos you ever took?

Not long back, John got hold of our Family Digicam and went to town snapping pictures of just about everything. I didn’t put him up to it at all. As you’d imagine there were a lot of unusable photos. There were also a lot of photos that got some of the basics right and some that even captured something special. Best of all, they all represent a unique perspective – that of a child and a first-ever photographer. My Favorite of John’s photos are the portraits of Charlie playing his guitar this summer. How cool! I tried to only delete photos that were blank or completely out of focus.

Just in the last month Julia picked the camera up and did the very same thing and with very similar results. My favorite of Julia’s is her self portrait close-up of her face.

First, here are John’s Photos

John’s First Photos

Now, let’s take a look at Julia’s photos.

Julia’s First Photos

Happy 13th Birthday Charlie!

Charlie, I’m so blessed to know you, to be your father, to have this privilege.

You are a sunny day, even when dark storms roll in. May this spirit lift you through your whole life.

Love Dad

Julia’s un-birthday Party

With mum away on business in Chicago and our family otherwise scattered to the wind Julia’s official 4th birthday went off without a hitch. Grandpa Lorenz bought Julia a new birthday dress (shown in video below) and we got her a Princess art kit with various coloring and painting utensils of destruction. For dinner Julia had her favorite pasta (that would be Penne with Four Cheese sauce “No Cheese Daddy”) and we followed that up with some splendid cup cakes which were enjoyed by our Birthday Girl, John, Grandpa Lorenz and yours truly.

Later this week on Wednesday we’ll have her play school party with 12-15 of her class mates and then her official family birthday party with more cake, family fun and presents. We wish all of you could be here.

Here’s a quick video of us singing Julia in to her 4th year.