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Another busy weekend - cold but clear. On this Monday evening we are waiting for snow and cold. MoBob spent Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis and we were glad to have him back for the weekend.

I'd heard a lot of the Great Zucchini and we saw him at the Avalon Theater on Saturday morning. The last time we'd visited the Avalon was pre-kid to see a French movie; unfortunately because there wasn't a stage it was a little hard to see. The GZ was full of juvenile slapstick shtick but the kids loooooved him. Even Z, who is normally reserved in public settings, left us to join the rest of the kids on the floor. While the GZ was performing I Googled him and found that he actually has a dark and tragic back story.

visiting Mr. Zig Zag, the Great Zucchini's friend

We arrived back in our neighborhood in time to catch the last half hour or so of the community playdate at the local school. It was a nice follow-up to the open house I attended on Wednesday morning. I saw several classes in progress and learned about the Tools of the Mind methodology, which is completely new to me. I was a little surprised to see 3 year olds learn how to write before learning how to read - we'll see how Z does this fall!

Open House for prospective parents

On Saturday afternoon I went to see my former colleague in the hospital and MB took Z to the Chinese New Year celebration at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery.

learning to ribbon dance

We visited "Wonder" at the Renwick Gallery on Sunday. Everything was so tactile, and yet no one could touch anything. I guess that's the fundamental paradox of modern art.

the fascinating bug room
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