May 28, 2009


On a typical day I walk Lydia Violet to school and I carry the bag with her lunch and snacks. Today, she insisted that she carry my lunch bag. "A lunch for a lunch," if you will.

This photo took some sneakiness on my part. She didn't want to have her photo taken (bershan), so I tricked her. I set the camera up to where I wanted it, she kept turning her head away. Then we started walking. When I was ready and sure she had forgotten, I stopped, pointed and click. Since the phone's camera has a slight delay, it gave Lydia enough time to look up and start laughing. Foiled again!

May 23, 2009


Lydia talking to Djed and Dusia on the phone this morning.

May 21, 2009

College Dinner

Lydia Violet has her first bowl of cereal with milk, consumed with a spoon. She's getting to be a big girl.


This morning, on our way out the door, Lydia paused and said, "hat. Hat, hat, hat." Walked over to the winter drawer and pulled out one of her hats. Pushed the drawer back in, I helped. As I watched, she used both hands and quickly and easily put the hat on. Cute and a smarty-pants too boot.

May 20, 2009

Boogie Down Girl

Last week we met friends for dinner in Silver "Sprung." While Lydia and I waited for Dima in the car I let her sit in the front passenger seat and play with the radio. Once she figured out that she could control what music was playing by using the tuning buttons there was no stopping her.

Now tell me, doesn't this stance remind you of that crazy African dance that Patrick Dempsey did to impress the ladies at the school dance in "Can't Buy Me Love?"

May 13, 2009

President's Box at the Opera

We're at the Kennedy Center to see the Washington National Opera's dress rehersal for Turandot and we're sitting next to the President's box. No President, but cool just the same.

May 12, 2009

Budding Artist, Lydia V.

I got a new application for my iPhone called idoodle. True to its name, it lets you doodle. It also has an easy-to-use kid mode and Lydia drew this for me.

Bathing Beauty

Lydia loves a nice warm bubble bath. Ahhhhh...

Sent from my iPhone

May 7, 2009


Makes for healthy herbs and springy curls.

May 3, 2009


Getting some breakfast before heading to the grocery store.