rainless, but colorful rocks watch linguistic children reign


Tiger and computer Jan 2017

When visiting the Natural History Museum with Mitra and Dan, what exhibit will be most interesting to Arrow? And, on a related note, what happened to the building blocks and the earthquake simulation table? Can florescent rocks take up the slack? How about friendly raptors? Can Dan cope with the limitations of monolingualism? Can Darius take pronunciation corrections from a 2 two year?

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Freezing Doctor with funny bed drums vaccination on Azelle’s book


dan and the SB grandchildren reading book Feb 2020

Can the California crew cope with a winter weather alert? What is a Winter Weather Alert in Santa Barbara? Who is ‘the doctor with the funny bed’? (And why doesn’t Arrow want to see him?) In fact, why doesn’t Arrow want to see ‘so many doctors’? (And isn’t everybody happy that he doesn’t have to?) Which grandchildren like to read books? And which one likes to read them at 3:00AM? Is playing the drums similar to getting a flu vaccination? Read More...
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free lunch singing bye bye on blue barbecue train


Tiger, naz and dan at grandparents day crane

What ‘wrong’ mailing list did Dan somehow appear on? How did that give him a valid reason to decline attendance at a “free lunch”? And refuse to speak with an insurance salesman? (Note: I realize that there is always a reason to not speak to an insurance salesman.) How was Grandparents Day at Tiger’s school? Where, other than South Africa, do they have a blue train? Who likes piano pounding and brio train wrecking? Read More...
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coughing wheezing asthma with good job quesadilla


going home with Arrow

What is the most scary thing that can happen to a grandparent? Or a parent? Or a three year old? What is the biggest design flaw in the respiratory system? How do asthma attacks form? Which three year old asked the ICU staff for his morning coffee? Where do the doctors make a good job making quesadillas? How long did it take before it all ended happily? Read More...
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scary clown and fast clapping babies dodge jigsaw hazards

Azelle and big trucks


Who is faster than a speeding bullet? Able to climb tall buildings in a fearless second? Unable to understand the difference between a chocking hazard and a dump truck? Which gender can master potty training fastest? How was Arrow able to turn a chocking hazard into a reasoned excuse? Who is the best at sitting, giggling, clapping and smiling — all while not climbing the walls or falling off the chair?
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Labyrinth kisses inspired moon and Venus conjunction

family indoors with the cape on the floor 2802

Would you like to learn about seasonality in language? What is the spiral of life? How is it related to The Martin Family labyrinth tradition? (Does doing it the first time make it a tradition?) What’s the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? Hint: Is it possible to get trapped in a labyrinth? Doe a cheeseburger with (importantly) lettuce and tomato count toward a daily ‘salad food group’ goal? Does pistachio ice cream count in the ‘green’ arena? What was the theme for the annual family photo? Read More...
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The Martin Family 2019


dan and nazy and grandchildren outdoors

The Martin Family in 2019… thrills and travel, a new baby (realizing, of course, that all babies are new), official immigration status approval, retirement, entrepreneurship, Christening, reunions Five Grandchildren… AND, under Dan's direction, the draught ended.
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