Last week we captured everyone’s fingerprints. This week we tried to lift them off common surfaces. Maya is using sandpaper to make a fine graphite powder from a pencil. Kyle is dusting the salt shaker for prints.


Family night featured a bike ride around the neighborhood (Nico used his scooter), a friendship circle, a failed attempt at lifting fingerprints, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Kyle won his soccer game and Carl tied his. The basement is nearing completion with the painting completed this weekend.


Maya preparing party favors for her upcoming birthday party. She took great pleasure in carefully filling each bag with the same set of goodies and then using a twist tie to secure each bundle. I was offered two small chocolate treats for my photographics services.


Maya scored one goal today as her team, the Panthers, cruised to victory over the Snow Leopards. Kyle scored one goal in his teams 3-2 victory and Nicolai’s team won a loopsided 7-0 match.

Practice Makes Perfect

Maya’s piano playing skills are increasing dramatically as she learns using the Suzuki method combined with large doses of practice. Looking over my shoulder as I type these words, she informs me that the piano has “very many keys”.

Camera Man

This morning I am the subject, courtesy of this photo taken by Maya. No surprise, I have a camera in hand. Last night I returned to duty on the soccer field (makeup game against Wellesley). The hamstring felt good and I was able to run at full tilt. A dissappointing result with a 1-1 tie but not too bad considering we remain undefeated after six games.

Inquisitive Eye

Kyle peering out of his bedroom wondering why his father is aiming a camera at him first thing in the morning. Kyle is looking more like a man every day.

Soccer Pals

Wednesday means soccer practice for Maya and her friend Sarinnagh. Never has so much toughness been packed into two little girls. Maya insisted on demonstrating a proper shoulder charge for the rest of her team. Carl is enjoying coaching the team and likes it when Maya calls him “coach”.

Digital Convert

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Jeanine has taken the digital leap. She has abandoned her 48 pound paper Day Runner in favor of computer based PIM (personal information manager). Now she is after me to pick up a PDA (personal digital assistant) so she can download and go. With one glance, she now informs me that she is not getting enough exercise (the bars on her weekly calendar view for exercise time are not big enough).

Baked Delights

Kyle and Nicolai were bored this afternoon and decided to bake cookies. I must say they have become very skilled at this and the results are second to none. It was with great restraint that I limited my sample size to one and a half.

Tennis Babe

Jeanine in fine form. This photo is a few weeks old but I thought it might cheer her up while she recuperates from her tendonitus.

Finger Prints

Last night was family night and Carl did family fingerprints. We captured all five fingers of each family members right hand and compared them to each other. It was totally fascinating. Each child has one or two fingers that closely match Carl, one or two that match Jeanine, and one or two that are totally unique.

Pests or Pets

This group of deer have established their sleeping quarters in our backyard field causing a fair amount of family controversy. Nicolai would like to refine his archery skills by using them for targets. Jeanine supports this notion because they are eating the heads off all of her flowers. Maya simply wants to play with them. Normally they lay down in the tall grass with just their heads showing. Here they are standing to better observe Maya as she approaches.

Fish Lock Blooms

My injured hamstring prevented me from playing today. On the way home from the game I stopped at the Wellesley Fish Locks where the most interesting photo opportunity was of these blooms.

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