Thursday, 7 June 2018

Z's 5th Grade Graduation

Z has finished elementary school!  In Sioux Falls, middle school starts with 6th grade, and that's where he'll be headed in the fall.  We have been so impressed with the Spanish Immersion progam in Sioux Falls, and so happy with Z's experience there.  He's had wonderful, caring teachers, he's made great friends, and now he's bilingual!

At his graduation he received an award/certificate for being on the student leadership council, as well as a certificate for finishing elementary school.  We're very proud of him!

Z's 5th grade class

Goofing around with James and Jackson.

Z and Ethan.

Z and Meena as los lobos.

Z and Avery.

Z and Sam.
Z started a club at school this year called "Pandas=Orcas" so his graduation present was this t-shirt.  Underneath the picture it says, "They adapted to the sea."

Sunday, 3 June 2018

A Poem

"Do or Do Not"

Do or do not,
There is no try.
From the depths of the earth,
Or the high, high sky,
There is no try.

By Eden Hitchcock
Inspired by Yoda

Friday, 1 June 2018

First Day/Last Day

Today is the last day of school, and, for Z, the last day of elementary school.  Wow.  Not quite sure what to make of that.

First day of school -- Z in 5th grade, Eden in 1st grade

Last day of school -- Z in 5th grade, Eden in 1st grade
And . . . first day of kindergarten.  Six years ago!

All these kids are so big now!

Monday, 21 May 2018

Habitat for Humanity

The principal of Z and Eden's school started a non-profit called Project Warm-up.  Volunteers make hundreds of fleece blankets each year and they're given to anyone who needs them.  In particular, they're given as house-warming presents whenever a family moves into a new home in Sioux Falls built by Habitat for Humanity.  The kids at school help out each year by making a lot of the blankets, and this year Principal Vik invited members of the Student Council to come with her to various home openings with Habitat for Humanity.  Z got the opportunity to go just last week, and he had a great time.  The family moving into the new house was Ethiopian, and they had prepared a bunch of Ethiopian food for all the volunteers.  Principal Vik sent me this picture of Z and told me he tried ALL the food and was the only one of the kids who did so.  He told me the food was delicious!  We're very proud of him!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2018


Eden's rabbit, Blue, had her babies last Saturday.  Her due date was Friday, but she showed no sign of giving birth or of even being pregnant, so I was starting to worry that she wasn't.  But Saturday morning, as I held her on my lap, I could feel little jabs and pokes in her sides, and by Saturday afternoon she was very busy building a nest, which included moving hay around and ferociously pulling out her own fur!

And then, when she actually gave birth, Eden and I were fortunate enough to witness the whole thing.  She suddenly stopped pulling fur, jumped into the nest box, made three grunting sounds, and then stuck her head under her belly and starting licking and chewing.  Eden and I couldn't tell how many babies she had had (or was having).  We saw two for sure.  But after about ten minutes Blue jumped out of the nesting box and calmly hopped over to her food bowl and started munching away.  Left behind were six tiny, hairless, eyes-closed, little bunnies!  They were adorable!  It turns out that mother rabbits only nurse their babies 1-2 times a day, and they spend the rest of the time away from their babies.

This is a terrible picture (we had a heat lamp on, so the light is all red), but it gives an idea of the size of the babies.

This is the babies at about three days old.  They're all still alive -- yay!

Eden has chosen names for all six, although we of course have no idea which one is which.  Their names are Traveller, Piksie (Eden's spelling), Hazel (from Watership Down), Spots, Cottontail, and Hufflepuff (Puff for short).