Jenny and Jai

Last weekend, we found out that two friends of ours — mothers of our kids’ classmates — were involved in a domestic dispute that left the two of them in the hospital in critical condition from multiple gunshot wounds. Full news reports here and here.

What happened was horrid and devastating and both women not only had families but were teachers and educators; Jai was the librarian at the Open Classroom school and I worked closely with her to develop the Book Review Library plugin for the Open Classroom library. I can’t begin to imagine the repercussions of this experience, physical, emotional and financial. There are a pair of YouCaring pages up for both of them and it would be amazing if you were able to find it in your heart to help these fantastic women and their families out as they work on healing.

Catching up

It’s 2011 and we’ve been remiss in updating this blog (and the flickr stream) with new pics.  So, here’s the last 3 months in brief…

September

The end of September we had several significant events and a visit from Grandma and Grandpa in California.

But first…

The Open Classroom had an all-school field trip to Antelope Island.  It was big.  There was sand.  There were a lot of people.  We scared some tourists.

And tried (unsuccessfully) to fly a kite…

Not long after was Lilah’s 3rd birthday. Grandma and Grandpa came out from California to celebrate.

October

Then came Halloween.  We were a pirate family.

Nothing at all exciting happened between Halloween and Christmas.  Nope.

December

…and now we’re all caught up

School pics

We got pictures taken of G for school last week after we got back from California…


photography by Blackburn Studio

The photographer is actually an OC parent and his son will be in G’s class so he offered to do the shoot for free.