Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

MIKA ASKED FOR THIS IN HER ROOM...

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That's me in the corner trying to figure this one out. I wonder if a printed picture placed on the wall will do the trick.....Naaaaw!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

HOLDING ON AS LONG AS I CAN

Why is it that you seem to blink and another year rolls by? It seems just like yesterday that we were walking Kai to school for his first day of kindergarten... now we're reading reports about how much he's shining in the first grade. As much as we encourage his mental growth, we wish there was a way to slow down his actual growth. It's a bid sad that he's figured out that he was using the word 'fair' instead of using "no fair" to describe a bad situation. Can you not envision how cute it was for him to run to me and say "Papa, that is so fair what Mika is doing". I would never correct him and agree with him by saying "You're right Kai, that is sooo fair".

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I find myself trying to find creative ways to slow down his growth so we can appreciate this special space that he's in. Claudia has even become sad about the fact that his two front teeth are coming in. Remembering the size of my teeth when they came in, makes me more concerned than sad. However, each year Kai has managed to continue to have positive growth from his heart and so we will embrace this special day tomorrow knowing that there are more special stages to come. I still can't help but feel that age even at this level is just 'soo fair'.

Friday, April 24, 2009

FROM THE HOOP



This film is a surreal journey that follows the life of Rucker Park star, Earl Manigault, through his struggle with bad choices growing up and eventual rise to Harlem philanthropist.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

WIR ZAEHLEN DIE TAGE

It's amazing to think how fast time can fly by when you're busy doing things that keep you away from enjoying that precious thing called 'time'. We are easily part of the lucky ones since we have an abundance of beauty surrounding us. However, nothing is more beautiful than time shared with family. Not traveling to Germany last year has left this haunting pain that seems to rise to the top of our present thought more and more as time has gone on.

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Locking down the dates and making the purchase for the tickets yesterday has been a present to the family. This will be of course Matisse's first trip to Europe, and that in itself is something that we all are very excited to share with him. The girls & Matisse are going to fly up first with Kai & I traveling a week later. As you could imagine, Kai thinks the thought of him & I traveling on our own is 'sooo coool'. Hopefully he will be able to maintain that enthusiasm in that 9th, 10th & 11th hour of that lovely flight. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to manage with so many of my team members missing.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

NOTHING BUT GOODNESS

Came across these photos as I was looking through the enormous collection of shots I've taken. And looking at Kai in these two just sums it up. Kai is 'Mr Happy' - always the first to give you love in the morning and always willing to adjust a path for the better good of the moment.

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We're getting ready to start our basketball season and today was orientation for the players and coaches... including me, Coach Ransom. Kai was hanging next to me as the Sports Director went over all the important details. There were moments where she mentioned 'the coaches' and every time Kai would place his hands on my knee, as if to make sure I was enjoying the moment of recognition. However the best moment was when she mentioned one of the members standing by her as being a 'Coach', Kai grabbed my shirt, pulled me close and whispered "He's not my Coach, you are Daddy'. It's the little moments like this that make being a parent pretty cool. Fortunately for me, Kai has a way of generating these kinda moments all the time.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

THIS IS A NECESSITY, NOT A WANT!

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This bag is something of a sartorial transformer, the 2UNFOLD offers eight different ways for you to sport it:

01 The Urban Briefcase
02 The Shoulder Bag
03 The Safe Case
04 The Rucksack
05 The Leather Courier
06 The Canvas Courier
07 The Leather Clutch
08 The Canvas Clutch

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

THE PARK: FOE OR FRIEND

So this is how it went down. Matisse walked over to play. These kids wanted nothing to do with him. Between their inability to speak English and his inability to speak, something was just not clicking. Matisse tried and tried, but they continued to pick up their toys and move them away from him. It was getting a little sad and eventually I walked over and told him we better go. While walking away I explained that sometimes kids just wanna hang with their friends and you can't get in the mix.

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Once I put him at a safe distance he just looked at them with such a sad face. Coming from a family of four, he has little concept of what it means to not be included. I would imagine this may have been the first time in his little short life that he has felt rejection.

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He even stared them down when they left the sand box. It was almost as if he hoped that at any moment they would look back and wave him over. As he watched and watched the wave never came.

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Just when all hope was lost, a new group started walking into the park. I could see his face lighting up with with the thought of possibilities. Whether or not they would be friendly didn't matter, but the fact that they might be, gave him all the joy he needed in that moment.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

ART OF THE WEEK

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HAPPY EASTER

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SPOL

During one of my classic drift away moments - you know the kind when you have your eyes open but you are on some far away voyage... I say 'you know', as if everyone can relate, but Claudia tends to tell me that this is not completely normal. Her claims is that I have a unique skill of finding calm. She likes to mention that this skill we call calm has the tendency to walk right up to a street named 'Lazy'. I've checked the map and those two streets don't run anywhere close to each other. There are two ways to look at life and one could cause you to miss out on the Simple Pleasures Of Life. Here are my top 10 SPOL you might want to try and enjoy a little more:

10 - Doing Absolutely Nothing For As Long As You Can Get Away With It

9 - Laying Down Looking At The Wind Blow Through The Trees

8 - Jamming Music

7 - Playing Basketball

6 - Watching The Kids Laughing From Afar

5 - Drinking Wine With Friends

4 - Sunsets At The Beach

3 - Sleeping

2 - Taking A Nap
(greater than night sleeping - Try It At Around 1pm On Sun...Perfect!)

and the #1 SPOL:

Quality Time With Claudia ;) ;)

If you can find a way to do some of these on a daily basis, I feel pretty confident you will 'feel' a little better for it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

SUPER WOMAN

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With the constant need to juggle tasks, it's a wonder how Claudia manages to still stay so cool. It's not to mean there's not a time or two where you don't have to get out of the way to make sure not to get struck with a pan - but all in all she just has a way of making it happen day after day. We try to make sure to express our appreciation, but I'm sure we fall short in comparison to the effort put out. In the end, we're always thankful to be given another chance to make up for the last. We couldn't do it without her and that's the way we like it.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

GONE WITH THE WIND

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Having 3 kids in the same school you tend to experience a bit of 'ground hogs day'. When your child comes to you with the same project from one you did the year before, you have to receive that excitement and give it back in that way only a parent can. The current adventure is mastering the perfect paper airplane that will sore higher & longer than all other classmates. Usually I'm the lead creator in this special building project, but it was nice to see the kids attempting to make their own special high fliers. Even though he would not be able to compete, Matisse made something that could be called a plane if looked at with enough distance. Watching Mika leave this morning I could see in her eyes a hope that this year could be her year.