Man, it's been a long time since I posted last.
Sam is a little over 6 months old now and snarfling down his solids. So far he's tried apples, bananas, squash, carrots, and green beans in addition to his rice cereal. I've had some people tell me that they didn't use baby food, but I'm just a little nervous about giving him stuff off my plate, even if it's squished up. I realize that back in the day their was no "baby food", there was just food, but then again, babies today live longer and I think are generally healthier than babies of yesteryear.
Hannah and I just completed a science project (poster & paper) on macaroni penguins. She did most of it herself, I just assisted with organization and physically putting the poster together. Doing something like this with her definitely sets straight my ideas of what our particular 9-year-old is intellectually capable of. Hannah is a pretty smart kid, but even smart 9-year-olds have trouble focusing on a science project for more than an hour or two, especially if the iceberg is breaking on Club Penguin. "But I've never seen it, Amy!" "I don't think that is quite as important as finishing your science project that is due tomorrow!" Hannah also has a knack for getting songs stuck in my head. All she has to do is sing or hum it once or twice (although she rarely stops there:). During the penguin project it was I'm Blue by Eiffel65. I was impressed by her document formatting skills, though.
I've of course been reading a lot. Right now I'm reading Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher at home and One Thousand Splendid Suns at work.