Friday, May 30, 2008

"Why have children just to get rid of them? I'm opposed to the whole nonsense."

I just saw this on the Four Little Birds unschooling blog. All those years of watching Addams Family when I was a kid, and I never even realized they were unschoolers!!!! I love this! (If you're going to watch it, it is about 9 minutes long)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day

Matt and Riley skated today in Newport, KY's Memorial Day parade to support their friend Andrew's very cool skateshop, Galaxie.

Here are a few pictures:

Maya and Seth checking out their candy

All the kids enjoying a post-parade visit from the lady with the "bubble bike"

Riley hanging out at the skateshop after the parade

Maya and Seth at the skateshop

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Riley and I have been reading Dr. Seuss: Young Author and Artist in the Childhood of Famous Americans series. One of the themes from the story that we've talked about quite a bit is the treatment of German Americans during the WWI era. The book tells how names of various German things were changed: frankfurters became hotdogs and sauerkraut was called "liberty cabbage" (which spurred a whole other conversation about "freedom fries" in our more recent history!).

This morning, when Riley and I were at Findlay Market in Cincinnati to pick up our eggs from Thistlehair Farm, we stumbled upon this historic marker detailing some of the consequences of the "Anti-German Hysteria" in Cincinnati during that time period.

Riley took these pictures.

Right next to the sign is Krause's German food market, so we decided to browse through there. We bought some bratwurst and some "German wieners" -- despite the fact that Ri can't say "wieners" without giggling.