Chick ‘n’ Roll

January Hail

January Hail

 

Ava

Ava

Football & Basketball:  January is  filled with Seahawks and girls’ basketball, this year the latter ramped up as both Gia and Ava play on my Sno-King team, plus each have another team that plays tournaments. And Kaya plays, too. One weekend each girl had a league game, plus Ava and Gia had tournaments with minimums of four games. That’s 11 games. One game overlapped with the Seahawks/Vikings playoff game.

Gia

Gia

Your Daughter or Seahawks?  When I told my wife I wanted to miss Ava’s tournament game and watch the Hawks, my wife presented me with this question. Of course, I’d choose my daughter a million-fold. But between one of my daughter’s 30+ games, or playoff football? That’s easy.

Chick ‘n’ Roll:  This is my third year as a girls basketball coach, as I detailed previously in Female Superiority, Girls Basketball Style. I’ve been corrected a gazillion times when I use “man,” and have gotten into the habit of saying “let’s play girl-to-girl defense” and “cover your girl.” So, when I try to teach them a screen, or a pick ‘n’ roll, guess what they want me to call it? Chick ‘n’ roll. Sorry, I won’t do it, I’m stickin’ with “pick.”

Hailstorm:

 

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Persoppetty T

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Kaya

Kaya

Kaya’s Reading:  Kaya’s learning to read, and doing pretty well, I suppose. She’ll often run into a word she doesn’t know, and then spell it and ask for help. So one day she spells a word, and it sounds like “D-O-N-it.”

I say, “Donut.”

She says, “No.”

Then she spells it again.

Gia Jett loves rock 'n' roll

Gia Jett loves rock ‘n’ roll

I figure it out, take a look, and tell her it’s, “D-O-N-apostrophe-T.”

I ask her to read it back.

She says, “D-O-N-persoppetty-T.”

Two weeks later, and she’s still calling it a “persopetty.”

Too cute, so I’m going to let her figure this one out on her own.

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Happy New Year!

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The Unfriendly Daughter

Green Mud-Dragons

Green Mud-Dragons

The Halloweeners

The Halloweeners

Friend or Daughter?  The other day I tell my oldest daughter, Ava, that she’s my “Little Friend.” Her response?

“We’re not friends. We can’t be friends.”

I ask, “Why?”

She says, “Because you’re my dad.”

So I mope a little, and she gives me a kiss and says, “I still love you.”

My "friend" Ava

My “friend” Ava

I say, “Mom’s best friends are her mom and sister. Family can be friends.”

So Ava says, “Okay. You can be my friend, but just not my ‘best’ friend.”

November Notes:  The Fall 2014 Green Dragons finished the regular season 8-0-1, outscoring opponents 46-5, and winning the semi-final 7-0, and the final 3-1.

And Ava made the Lady Mavs, a feeder team for Edmonds-Meadowdale’s basketball team. And the Lady Mavs won the Turkey Weekend tournament. Congrats to both daughters.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

 

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November 30, 2015 · 10:40 am

The Underwear Wars

Kaya gets her Hallowe'en face on!

KAY-Annoying gets her Hallowe’en face on!

Gi Annoying and her art

GI-Annoying and her art

Underwear:  When I put on underwear, I look for the tag, make sure it’s facing behind, and take care of business. Why? Because there is no “inside out” in underwear. This philosophy, however, generates domestic controversy.

Outerwear:  So half the time I’m in underwear my wife will shriek, “Caleb, your underwear is inside out.” Underwear is “under” wear. My response? “There’s no such thing as ‘inside out’ underwear. Underwear, by definition, has two correct sides. It’s bi-use.”

AV-Annoying flanked by sisters

AV-Annoying flanked by sisters

The Perpetual:   When was the last time anyone wore underwear in public and was caught for not wearing it correctly? No apologies for letting fate determine how anyone wears junk protectors. We all should be so economical.

At Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland

At Voodoo Doughnuts, Portland

The Annoyed:  Three daughters does not always make for peace on the home front. When the girls have nothing to do, which seems to be always, two minutes do not pass without one of the girls screaming, usually Kaya, along the lines of, “They’re being mean to me.” Why are they being mean? After a little detective work, evidently, it’s because Kaya is “Annoying.” Then Kaya accuses her sisters of annoying her, and this goes on ad infinitum. Chaos multiplies. The result? Annoyed parents.

The Tram, Portland

The Tram, Portland

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The Fairness of Sports

Kaya

Kaya

The Sports Metaphor:  In past blogs (Coach Marx vs. Coach Smith & PCC: Politically Correct Capitalism), I’ve used sports to bring politics/economics into the parenting equation. Like sports, the world of money, in a way, is about what’s fair and what’s not. And our daughters, Ava, Gia, and Kaya, should heed, as they have this definition of fair:

“When I get mine!”

Divvying up Treats:  Whatever it is, ice cream, cookies, or candy, nothing bugs the girls more than knowing that their sister has more. Thus we hear this a lot, “You gave her more ice cream, that’s not fair!” When will we know we’ve taught our girls right? When we hear, “Hey, you gave me more ice cream than the others, so I’ll give some of mine to them.”

Gia

Gia

The Soccer Sudoku Puzzle:   I started coaching basketball two years ago, and now am coaching soccer. I’ve discovered that my daughters concept of fairness is shared by their peers. Girls want to play where they want (usually forward or midfield) and when. And if they don’t, it’s “Coach, no fair!” Youth soccer plays nine at a time, but with fourteen on the team, it’s difficult to get everyone an equal shot at all positions. The other coach, Timo Norring, and I spend too much time figuring out how to fairly spread the wealth than we do coaching.

The Metaphor:  Socialism never creates wealth. After capitalism has created wealth, socialism distributes to improve society. The dialectic between the two economic philosophies is absurd, there should be a happy marriage between capitalism and socialism. Enter soccer.

Because our team is good (we’re 4-0 and so far have outscored our opponents 25-1) we can distribute the wealth (playing time). It’s fun to play and fun to win. But it’s not fair to distribute wealth and lose (see Venezuela).

Ava

Ava

Cute Anecdote – What’s Fair in Baseball:  I took my daughter Kaya, and my nephew Elliott, to a Seattle Mariners game a couple weeks ago. I wanted to see how much they knew about the sport, so I asked if they knew how many innings were in a game. Elliott said, “Three.” So then I asked Elliott to tell me what the difference between fair and foul is.

He said, “Fair is when they play by the rules and foul is when they don’t.”

That’s all folks, stay tuned for next month’s blog.

 

 

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Talking in Front of Kaya

Niece Satori

Niece Satori in a library in Hawaii w/my book

On the waterfront

On the water front

Coupeville Festival

Coupeville Festival

What a summer!  Coupeville Festival, Mud Run, Whidbey Island, Aunt Sarah, Uncle Stig, and Nephew Nikolai, and a trip to Pike Place Market to check out where chewers stick their gum on for all eternity, the “Gum Wall.”

Gum Wall at Pike Place

Gum Wall at Pike Place

Pike Place Ladies

Pike Place Ladies

Kaya Hears Everything:  So the other night, my birthday celebration, Terry and I are talking and the word “sex” came out more than once (and not in a dirty way). Still, Kaya, sitting next to Terry, popped her head up and said, “Hello! I’m right here and you said ‘sex’! And I’m just a kid!”

Mud Run!

Mud Run!

Elliot in the mud

Elliot/Ava/Gia in the mud

Boring Blog:  I’ve been getting another round of complaints about how boring this blog has become. True. It’s mostly pictures and platitudes, and devoid of humor. I’m lazy, but I’ve come up with this corny coke:

Joke of the month:  What do you call a Latter Day Saint who drinks and smokes?

An oxymormon!

Washing Mud

Washing Mud

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The Year of Flora

 

Heading to Whidbey

Heading to Whidbey

Flora Zhou:  The 2014-2015 school year we had an extra girl living with us, 16-year-old Flora, from Chongqing, China. This month’s blog has pictures from the year. Goodbye, Flora, and hope to see you back in the U.S.A.!

Halloween!

Halloween!

Mexico (November)

Mexico (November)

Flava!

Flava!

Snow with Gia!

Snow with Gia!

Christmas

Christmas

Chelan

Chelan

Spring

Spring

Summer

Summer

Vince

Vince

Last Day!  我们会很想你,周灿!一路拼敢!

Last Day! 我们会很想你,周灿!一路平安!

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