Silas is very interested in the natural world. It is motivating us to learn more so we can keep up with his questions. Kevin got a telescope from Grandpa for his birthday and this has prompted a 2nd wave of interest in space beyond just the vehicles and astronauts. Today he brought home yet another space book from the library and proceeded to read me words like "Europa" and "Uranus" (pronounced the modern way). If you ask him what his favorite planet is he might say Saturn or Pluto (... don't even mention the word planetoid to him, he doesn't want to hear it)
We try to get outside as much as possible and recently went on a hike on the Nimitz trail in Tilden park. (side note: he whines every time the word hike is mentioned but somehow he pulls it together to enjoy himself once we start). This trail is paved so it works even after the rainy season has started. We used to come here with the stroller and for years I never made it past the first 1/4 mile. But now we bring a notebook and pencil so Silas can jot down his "obsrvashins". And just for the record this is his idea, not mine. In school he is encouraged to write by sounding out words, and he is into it. No limits.
"Sum trees hav leevs" "Sum tablse hav life" (the table shown above had lichen growing on it) "Sum conifers hav brawn neetls" "sum hoorsis hav tals difrint culr then its botee"
|the view from the Nimitz trail in Tilden|
|Silly Silas on a drive through Marin County, where we go for some outdoorsy adventure|
|a shy turtle inside his shell at Oakland Zoo|
|reading to his friends|
|with his first pumpkin 2006, 7 months old|
|Joey is included in all lists of family members|
|fierce carnival masks from Uncle Chris and Lynette|
|the original elf photo|