February 19, 2015

Felix has gone around the sun eight times

Felix, as he will tell you himself, has today finished his eighth trip around the sun, and to celebrate he has climbed the Pyramid of the Sun. This, and many other feats, are featured in a slideshow, containing a few select shots of the hundreds I have of this beautiful boy over the last year. The penultimate shot is from the top of that Pyramid, and the very final one, taken almost a full year ago, is of the same three wonderful people at the top of our own local pile of rock. It is a pleasure to set out with such intrepid souls, and of the three, the bravest of them all, Felix. Hip hip Hoera!

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:24 AM

December 25, 2014

Movie: Christmas Fight

I think the point of this is that if you don't know the meaning of defeat you can never be defeated.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:22 AM

December 10, 2014

Neither naughty nor nice

I think we'd have to say he's neutral.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:09 AM

November 9, 2014

Movie: Dungeons and Dreidels

Felix, unable to spend enough time with the older kids who are teaching him Dungeons and Dragons, has recruited Gideon for an at-home game. It's a stripped down version: no adventures, no battles, no character sheets. All they do is declare increments of treasure, a sort of imaginary building of the perfect Lego figure. They can do this for hours and, in a unique twist, use a dreidel to punctuate the turns.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:10 PM

November 3, 2014

10 Dogs

In an email sent from Gideon's daycare earlier today:

Today we began the journey of finding our Animal Self, the children and staff lay quietly with eyes closed in the dimly lit lunch room while listening to a story that takes them on a magical imaginary forest walk. A beautiful journey in the mind through sights, smells and textures that ends at the edge of a cool clear flowing stream. Your children take their shoes and socks off and dip their toes into the crystal clear rushing water and as they enjoy the sensation of cool running water across their feet they look up to see an animal sitting on a large stump across the stream basking in a beam of warm sunlight, this animal is looking directly into their eyes with kind, warm familiarity. This is their animal self.

One by one we call the children aside individually and have them whisper into our ear what animal was sitting on the stump. In the coming months we will learn more about our animals selves and how they are incorporated into who we are. Ask your child about todays journey and about their animal self.

Here are todays animal selves;

Shirley is a Dog
Marlena is a Frog
Tristan is an Elephant
Mimi is a Butterfly
Mila is a Kitty
Gideon is 10-Dogs
Roman is a Frog
Ben is a Tiger
Terra is a Dog
Seth is a Deer
Monique is an Alligator
Ashlyn is a Deer
Lila is a Kitty Cat
Matias is an Alligator
Cia is a Fox
Logan is a Cheetah
Alma is a Bird
Genevieve is a Giraffe

10 animals. I'd have guessed a 20-to-1 ratio, but I suppose 10 is right.

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:17 AM

October 6, 2014

Movie: Gideon in circles

Go Gid, go! Go! Go! OK, this is making me dizzy....

Great progress on his hand-me-down bike.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:45 AM

September 2, 2014

Movies: All the Gid swimming you could possibly want and a bit of Felix too

Not too busy swimming to mess with my camera....

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:01 AM

Movie: The Wonderful Reader of Oz

What a book, what a reader!

Posted by atshuldiner at 7:00 AM

August 1, 2014

Movie: Gideon does Major Tom

And at his request, too. Long. Worth it, even if you aren't a fan of Peter Schilling. (And if you're not a fan of Peter Schilling what are you doing on my blog?) Enjoy.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:54 AM

July 27, 2014

Felix loses a tooth

Felix lost his first baby tooth! Boy is he excited, we've waited months for this, and it's a surprisingly affecting moment, even if it did happen because he fell over.

You'll find a very short photo album here.

Posted by atshuldiner at 6:02 AM


Felix has gone around the sun eight times
Movie: Christmas Fight
Neither naughty nor nice
Movie: Dungeons and Dreidels
10 Dogs
Movie: Gideon in circles
Movies: All the Gid swimming you could possibly want and a bit of Felix too
Movie: The Wonderful Reader of Oz
Movie: Gideon does Major Tom
Felix loses a tooth
Movie: Gideon, drummer
Felix swims
Movie: Learning to ride
Audio: A shooting star
Movie: The Big Payoff
Movies: Happy Birthday Gideon
Movie: Saltines Gettysburg
Felix is SEVEN (and can read this posting himself)
Movie: Spelunking with the boys
Movie: Gideon drinks the sea
Gideon and the MOTU
Nature After School, 8 Dec 2013
Gideon feedback
Movie: Gideon's emotions
Movie: Thriller
Nature After School, 30 Oct 2013
Movie: Gideon and Felix recite
How Felix learns
Movie: Another improbable conversation with Gideon
Movie: Bike to School Day
Movie: Good handling, Gid
Movie: Playing with Pepo
Movie: New tub, old games
Movie: Burrrrito
Movie: Legotime
Movie: Beach boys
Movie: Playing with Fire
Movie: Enjoying some pops
Movie: Juicing with Gideon
Movie: One more for the books
Movies: Felix at Maker Faire
Movie: Cro-magnons
Movie: Gideon and the water fountain
Tahoe with the Thomassons
felIX sIX
Movie: A glimpse of kindergarten
Movies: Why we love Shannon
Movie: Felix on skates
Movie: And they're off!
Winter vacation down south
Movies: Healing fairies
Movie: Biking to school
Some recent Gid
Movie: Missed a spot
Movie: Sort of like a bridge over troubled water
Movie: I need privacy
Cassini Ranch Camping
Movie: Grace Jones cover
Movie: Felix's introduction to kindergarten
Street Cred
Movie: Off to the races!
Movie: Gideon's got the moves
Movie: The First Day
Movie: Gideon sings
Gideon, photographer
Movie: Marker boy goes for a spin
Movie: Felix, chicken whisperer
Movie: How to milk a goat
Movie: Sharing
Gideon flies
Movie: Dog's jaw
Movie: Sit
The boys abroad
Grandpa's visit
Movie: Where the Wild Things are
Movie: Pasta fasta
Movie: Gideon rides on
Movie: Gideon rides
Movie: Knock knock
Tough negotiator
Movie: Felix gets belted
The Boys and the Girl
Movie: Gideon and the gusher
Bad idea
Nice try
Felix speaks
Gideon eats
Felix's 5th birthday party
Family skate
Movie: The best 30 seconds of a parent's day
Movie: Gideon is the Whitest Baby Alive
Falling in Love
Movie: Ghost
Felix and Gid are...
Gid is...
Felix is...
Movie: Whoa!
Talk talk
Robin Hood
Movie: Spaghetti
Movie: Wool over the eyes
Gideon in oil
Movie: Monkeyboy
Proof: Gideon is dense
Movie: Tomato harvest
Movie: Bad baby
Movie: Peri Park free-for-all
Movie: There and back again
Felixbits: Branch dressing
Movie: Gideon eating with a spoon
Halloween 2011
Movie: Unappetizing
Movie: Should I laugh or should I cry, part 4
No escaping Giant Baby
A word or two about the boys
Movie: Klompen
Movie: Intro to Glubbuh
Movie: Dragonsong
Movie: Daw goes rrrrrr
Movie: Le artiste
Movie: Blackberrying
Movie: Angry Birds
Movie: Recent reading
Movie: Chicken
Movie: An angel on each shoulder
Movie: Boys at play
The Eagle and the Buffalo
Movie: All in a day's work
Movie: Bananas
Movie: Determination
Gideon the shill
Movie: Kung fu fighting
Movie: Gideon, playgroundmaster
Summertime in Tahoe
Movie: Enraptured
Movie: Watering hole
Movie: Gideon WALKS
Movie: Like mother like son
Movie: Dog!
Movie: Attack of the giant bubbles
Movie: Gideon realizes something
Movie: Felix's swimming
Movie: Does that do that?
Movie: Sharing ice cream
Movie: Gideon at bat
Movie: Good times in the tub
Movie: Take a bow
Movie: He's winning
Movie: Vitamins
Movie: Star War Lego Shooter Blast
Movie: Fun with Gideon
Movie: Brushing
Movie: Spoon feeding
Movie: Sharing
Movie: The tragedy that is breakfast
Really, Gid?
Movie: Gideon runs
The Rapture
Movie: Not a drop spilled
Trip to Steep Ravine
Movie: So close!
Movie: Try, try, try, try, try again
Gideon this weekend
Movie: Superman rides
Movie: There's always one movie like this
Movie: Splashtime
Movie: Gideon nods
Movie: Quiet reader
Movie: Rolling down the slide
Movie: Learning to Land
Movie: Call and response
Tahoe snow
Felix is...
Movie: Come to life
Felix in NY
Movie: This is how we roll along
Movie: Drinking Gideon
Movie: Getting up with Gideon
Movie: Dumb Dumble
Felix's 4th Birthday Party
Movie: Caps for sale
Movie: Why there aren't more movies of Gideon
Movie: How big is baby?
Angry Felix
Potty training in pictures
Movie: Felix's Favorite Food
Movie: Gideon and the music table
Movie: Old man Gideon
Back from Hawaii!
Movie: Up and at 'em
Movie: Enthusiastic lemon
Movie: Rain boots
Movie: Fuh fuh
Movie: How was your day?
Movie: Sweet (potato) Gideon
Movie: Dancing man
Losing skills
Movie: Battle bots
Movie: Hungry hungry hippo
Movie: Gideon sees his shadow
Movie: That was no accident
What the floor saw
Movie: Felix on his big bike
Halloween 2010
Movie: Where's the baby?
Movie: Gideon deflates
Movie: Gideon laughs!
Movie: Time to lower the crib
Movie: Who's that in the mirror?
Movie: Feeding Gideon
Happy 5 month birthday Gideon
Movie: The monster at the end of the book
Movie: Felix feeds Gideon
Movie: First food for Gideon
Movie: Digeon
Movie: Wagons
Movie: Felix fears
Movie: Gideon, go to sleep
Concord grape
Movie: Kickstick
Movie: What Gideon does all day
Movie: Kissing Gideon
Movie: Felix rocks out
Movie: The seaweed forager
Movie: What Felix does with Gideon when he thinks they're not being observed
Movie: Roly Poly Gideon
Movie: Brothers
Movie: Day and night
What does it mean?
Felix grows
Arlo's visit
Family times
Gideon Bits: Hands
Felix Bits: wishes
Little Arrows
Gideon goes to the doctor
Movie: Gideon grabs!
Felix Bits: Cats
Lassen Trip
Felixbits: Pizza joint
Movie: Gideon the good baby
Movie: What the elevator camera saw
Gideon in July
Felix in July
Movie: Kraftwerk
Movie: Limping Felix
The Marin County Fair
Movie: Reenacting an incident from school
Birthday party at a fire station
Gideon in June
Movie: Gideon Goes Off
Movie: Farmer Felix
Movie: Embouchure
Movie: Felix meditates
Movie: Over the Irish Sea
Movie: Felix dresses himself
Felix Bits: What is a...
Felix in the merry month of May
Movie: Felix graduates!
Movie: Life's little surprises
The Many Faces of Gideon
Gideon today
Movie: Zipline
Movie: Hungry Gideon
Movie: Gideon, Day 2
Movie: Gideon, Day 1
Meeting Gideon
Movie: Play Ball!
Felix Bits: Costco
Old times, new times
Movie: Naughty Little Kittens
Felix Bits: Kids
Felix noise
Felixbits: Jokes
Time with Saba & Safta
Felix Bits: Pajamas
Felix goes to the dentist
Felix's 3rd birthday party
Movie: Role reversal
Movie: Spiderweb
January Felix
Movie: Learner's Permit
Movie: Orange peels
Movie: Skating
Movie: Ain't Nobody
Felix reads?
Movie: And then
Movie: Felix Ball
Emergency preparedness
Movie: Thomas teardown
Movie: Does Felix still speak Dutch?
Movie: The Fast and the Cute
Halloween 2009
Movie: Wedding dance
Movie: Pantsing Felix
Felix in California
Movie: The Dutch manner of saying goodbye
Movie: We're in California!
Movie: Old McDonald had an Alphabet
Movie: Felix on horseback
Movie: Dada being a bear
Movie: Monkey Training
Movie: Are you mad?
Movie: Felix on the Zipline
Felix Bits: Smelling
Movie: Advance Retreat
Felix reports
Movie: And we thought we had mice
May 2009: 27 Months
Movie: Suspension of disbelief
Movie: Counting to 12
Movie: Marmite revisited
Movie: Behavioral Grabbag
Movie: The chaser chased
FM makes his first pie
Felix Bits: Conversation
FM in Philadelphia
Felix Bits: Conversation
Movie: Which hand?
Felix Bits: Counting
Movie: Kumquat eater
Movie: Ben niet bang van de wilde dieren
Movie: Close harmony
Felix Bits: Conversation
Felix Bits: Words
Felix Bits: Chicken Pox
Movie: Ring around the rosie
Movie: Felix says "Felix"
Movie: Bouncing around the living room
Movie: Felix on ice
Felix Bits: Books
Felix Bits: Colors
Felix Bits: Swimming
Felix Bits: Meow
Felix Bits: Counting
Felix Bits: Sleeping and Eating
Naked baby!
Movies: Felix, Charlie, Clem...cousins
Movie: Exercising with Felix
Movies: Felix at the playground
Movie: Felix at the Albert Heijn
Months 21: October 19 - November 19
Movie: Moooooon
Movie: Sorting the Grapefruits
Movie: Honk honk
Movie: Not learning to eat just one thing at a time
Movie: Tripletake
Month 20
Movie: Keeping busy at the airport
Movie: Moodyman
Movie: Shopping with Felix
Movie: I don't know where the zipper went, Felix
Movie: Laugh boy laugh
Movie: Homey
Movie: Punishing Felix
Movie: Working in the garden
Movie: Little Dutch boy
Movie: Jungle gym agility training
Month 18
Movie: Definitely not made of sugar
Movie: Mightyungrip
Movie: Eating strawberries
Movie: Blowing Kisses
Movie: Sharing a walk and a yogurt
Movie: Hard rain
Movie: Eating spaghetti
Movie: Sweaty little sleepmonster
Month 17
Movie: Felix's new hideout
Movie: Felix the reader
Felix and the regenton
Movie: Should I laugh or should I cry, part 3
Felix makes a movie
Month 16
Movie: Mightygrip
Felix Eats on the Cheep
Movie: Pop!
Movie: Treadmill
Movie: Making tomato paste
Movie: Softly, softly
Sneak Preview: Month 15 photos
Month Fourteen
Month 14 Photos
Movie: Good Morning!
Movie: Should I laugh or should I cry? part 2
Movie: The sexy side of Felix
Movie: Potatohead
Movie: Should I laugh or should I cry?
Movie: Putting things through other things
Movie: Brushing Felix's teeth
Movie: Where's Felix?
Movie: Playing soccer
Movie: Grapefruits, part 2
Movie: Grapefruits, part 1
Movie: Mastering the Ball
Movie: Getting the boy to the bath
Movie: Riding the pony
Movie: Intro to stamppot
Movie: Grass is always greener
Movie: Devouring the baby
Movie: The Oatmeal Joke
Month Eleven (Dec 19 - Jan 19)
Movie: Round and around he goes
A day at Stinson Beach
Movie: Freaking out Felix
I can haz hand-dipped corn dog?
At the Aquarium in Seattle
Movie: High five
Movie: Sleep!
Movie: Pineapple
Movie: Practicing doors
Movie: The Great Pacifier Thief
Felix hits the big city of San Francisco
Movie: Lemonhead
Movie: Making his way down the stairs
Movie: Felix loves mommy
FMS the Fearless Flyer
Movie: Felix and the magic ball
Movie: Felix and the giant cheese
Month Ten (November 19 - December 19)
Photos from Month 9
More funny faces
Movie: The "Hey Felix" game
Movie: Birthday egg yolk
Movie: The great chase
Movie: Music appreciation
Movie: The long climb
Movie: Learning to drink, part 2
Movie: Learning to drink, part 1
Movie: Hating the hood
Felix funny face
Movie: Presidential Athletic Award
Movie: Why doesn't he like me?
Movie: Felix the Cat
Movie: Fish For Felix
Movie: Felix Loves Felix
Movie: Ba Na Na
Movie: Ricecake
September 19 - October 19
A Sunny Sunday
Movie: Small but not defenseless
Movie: Too clever by half
Movie: A Tooth Unrevealed
Felix in September
Movie: Not learning to walk
Movie: Spic and span baby, part 2
Movie: Spic and span baby, part 1
Movie: Felix find your apple
Movie: Conquering the Oven
More Feeding Felix
Movie: Baby battle
Movie: Learning to walk, part 1
Month Seven: August 19 - September 19
Surrounded by so much love
On Saba's Shoulders
Felix Milo: Carpet Clasher
800 Days
Movie: If he eats all that...
Felix the Fashionista
Movie: Feeding on Felix
Movie: RiverDance
Feeding Felix
Month Six (July 19 – August 19)
Movie: Stop Crawl and Roll
Coming to America
Movie: Baby Jail
Movie: Old Skool New Skool
Month Five (June 20 - July 19)
Movie: Who's that in the Mirror?
Movie: Wax On, Wax Off
Movie: Self-Feeding Baby
Movie: Early Baby Crawling, Early Baby Bribing
Movie: Look, Ma! No Hands!
Month Four (May 19 – June 19)
Mother and Son
Movie: Desperate for a bite to eat
Movie: Multi-tasking
100 Days
Movie: Laughing
Movie: Breath of fire
Movie: Motor Skills
Movie: Co-Sleeping
Movie: SMILE!
More Milo
Baby Development
Movie: Speak!
Baby Transport
Movie: Baby in the Bath (rated R)
Movie: Huey Lewis and the Mustard
Old Friends New Friends
Movie: Dream Dream Dream
Movie: Falling Awake
Quiet Moments
Movie: Revenge of Learning To Suck
Medical Moments
Movie: Learning to Suck
The Many Faces of Felix
Movie: Art Film
Movie: Waking up...or not
Why Did We Do It?
A Few Early Portraits
In the First Month
Movie: Hiccups
Meeting Relatives
A Period of Adjustment
Movie: Dear Felix
Movie: Calm Baby
Movie: Dance, Baby, Dance
Movie: First Movements
A Child is Born
Movie: The Fetal Escape
Being Pregnant
Baby blogging