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Pe-eeew and Whew!

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

It was beautiful warm day here in Caz, so we have many of our windows open. Or at least we did until the really strong skunk smell started penetrating the house.

And then we noticed that one of the cats was still outside.

I’ve never been so happy to find that my cat smells merely of cat.

Nate’s View of the Solar System

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The other day, Nate created the following picture for me, entirely by himself, with no prompting by me:

He explained it was the solar system, and he included the names of the planets, with arrows indicating which one was which. For those who can’t interpret his writing, there is Mars (Mors), Jupiter (Jopudr), two big blue Stars (stors) Earth (Erf), Saturn (Satrn), Uranus (Yuorenis), and Pluto (Ploto). What you can’t see is that on the back of the paper he drew a spiral, and it very faintly shows through the paper. He pointed it out to me and said it was the Milky Way.

Easter is winding down

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

We’re nearing the end of a fine Easter day here at the Schierer household. The morning candy ingestion (followed by the after church, pre-dinner, after-dinner and afternoon candy ingestion) is manifesting itself in short fuzes and two children currently scooting past in a laundry basket.

Our day started at 7AM with the Hallelujah Chorus and an Easter egg hunt. Rachel was thrilled to discover that the plastic eggs contained her favorite food of all: “M M M!”
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Afterwards, I hurried off to church to practice. I joined two trumpet players and the organ on Trumpet Voluntary before the service started. Easter service was, as usual, filled with great music and a fine message, and unusually included a “zombie movie” reference. [1]

The kids of course looked great in their Easter finery.
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Don’t let the sunny pictures fool you. It’s rather cold and very windy here today. I guess since March was filled with June weather, April’s going to have some of MayMarch.

We spent most of the afternoon indoors, with N trying his hand steering in Need For Speed. He did pretty well up to about 40 mph… then we would see more guardrail than road. K’s working on some knitting, and Rachel is figuring out how to climb up to where the Easter candy is.

I hope all of you had a fine Easter too. (More pics, as always, in the gallery.)

  1. This amused me, in particular, because I was joking to a friend that the “Left for Dead” series would make an irreverently appropriate Easter sale on Steam. []

Ski Maine!

Friday, January 6th, 2012

A bit of a slow night tonight after a full day of skiing is allowing me to post some quick edits on the trip so far. More, as always, in the gallery.

The skiers for the week (minus the photographer), (R and Mom D are enjoying some quality condo time):
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N’s riding the lift with the big kids:
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Big man on the mountain:
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End of Year Catch Up

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Between the regular craziness of the holiday season, a complete hard drive recovery and traveling hither and yon to visit family, I’ve collected quite a backlog of imagery.

Here’s a sampling:
First Snow worth Mentioning (and other than a few days ago, our only one so far):

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Thanksgiving in Maine and the Portland Children’s Museum:

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Christmas in PA:
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Church Christmas Pageant: (Starring one very little angel, and one ham of a sheep)
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Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

It’s been a bit slow here at Schierer Space lately. The great blog experiment may be coming to a close. We’ll see what the new year brings.

In the mean time, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gimme some CANDY!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

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(N has entered the “I need to strike a pose” phase.)

“Me!”

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

“Me!” is the latest in the additions to R’s vocabulary. She and I were looking at the family pictures and the conversation went something like this:
“Who’s that?”
“Mommy.”
“Who’s that?”
“Daddy.”
“Who’s that?”
“Nate.”[1]
Finally, “Who’s that?”
“Me!”

This just astounds me. Not only does it show that she recognizes herself, but that she’s naturally mastered such an abstract concept as the personal pronoun. It’s not like anybody else calls her “me”; we call her “Rachel”, “Rach-ee” or “Raych”. However, she’s certainly seen other people refer to themselves as “me”, so I assume she’s figured out how to project other people’s self-reference to herself. So: self awareness, self recognition, and the ability to observe others and project their behavior onto herself. What’s most amazing is that this came first… not as a replacement for her name. As far as I’ve noticed she’s yet use her name in any way.[2]

This is the sort of self-organizing behavior that just drives programmers nuts. As far as I know, we have no idea how to make a machine observe and learn behaviors like this… completely on their own. For her, it’s just automatic. Those circuits are just building themselves faster and faster… she’s just about in the word a day realm now. Awesome.

  1. This is actually a fairly recent development also, up until a few days ago N was indicated by a custom sign where R flicked her left pointer finger away from her mouth. We have no idea where this came from, but that’s what she’s used for the last 3-6 months. []
  2. K adds that she is also using “mine”, which is about as abstract AND adds the concept of ownership. []

Fall and Family

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

We took advantage of the break in the rain to get some fall family photos. Enjoy.

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N fast asleep and resting easy

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

For those that didn’t know, N went in for outpatient surgery today. The procedure was to remove a mass from the side of his neck. The doctor though it was either a brachial cyst or a badly infected lymph node. The later turned out to be the case. He was quite brave, and charmed the hospital staff rather effectively. After some post-op nausea, and a bit to eat, he was playing games before bedtime. It’s never any fun to have to leave your kid in a doctor’s hands, so we’re glad this is done. I’m guessing by tomorrow morning he’ll be running around like nothing happened.

Thanks to everyone for your thoughts.