Friday, July 22, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Twelfth Night Circus

Otto loves the idea of theme birthdays (even though we don’t usually have a party with guests on his birthdays—he likes to keep it pretty tight and intimate, so we make these awesome themed parties for just the four of us). But an obvious theme didn’t emerge this year when we were sorting out current passions (as it did in previous years: Luigi's Mansion, Minecraft, Pokemon, Harry Potter). 

We have been listening to the audio book (read by Jim Dale!) of the Night Circus, and we love the world that Erin Morgenstern creates: a magical circus that appears without warning, sets up its black and white tents and proceeds to perform their amazing feats for rapt audiences. We wanted to see this circus in real life, we loved the aesthetic of it, which is all black and white. Night Circus fanatics wear all black/white/gray with just a hint of red (to distinguish themselves from the actual circus). And so...a theme party emerged. We love an opportunity to dress up and decorate, and this was a good one.

Otto decorates the cake "plate." 

Kind of like Harry Potter, there are specific treats that are available at the circus. One of them is chocolate mice (with licorice tails).

Otto opened his first present, which happened to fit the black and white theme...we think the circus needs some traveling musicians.

We had our regular birthday breakfast, which is a pancake for each year (so Otto had 12 pancakes), but Max kicks it up a notch here, making a brûlée of his last pancake.

We all took a walk to visit a new restaurant that had just opened: Chiya Chai. Otto is a chai connoisseur, so he got a flight of chai. Very exciting. And by chance, our order number was 12!

We were sort of a parade as we walked the neighborhood, and lots of people took notice. It was kind of a hot day to be dressed as we were, but it was still so fun. We had to stop by this street art, obviously.

Back home for cake.

Reveurs, relieved from their cake top.

We surprised Otto with tickets to a show, not the actual Night Circus, which we do not think was in town, but we did find a really cool show which incorporated magic and music, and it was truly amazing. We went out for ramen noodles (Otto's favorite) at Slurping Turtle, and then we headed over to the Chopin Theatre for Death & Harry Houdini. We managed to get front row seats, and we were so in the action that we had to be careful to keep our feet tucked in, lest we literally trip up the actors. The magic in the show was fantastic, and the finale featured the Harry Houdini actor suspended by his feet from the ceiling and submerged into a tank of water, where he seemed to be for far too long, only to have him escape and reappear in an unexpected place, amazing and delighting us all.

Happy 12th to Otto!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Otto is Twelve

Happy birthday, Otto! We love you!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

My Only Swerving

Max played this the day we went to the El Ten Eleven concert, and I meant to post it then, it is, just so I have it here for future reference. We posted it to the El Ten Eleven Facebook page and were totally thrilled with Kristian Dunn responded with:  "I kind of like his version better than ours!" We were delighted that they even watched it. 

And of course, it was an amazing concert. We got to meet them after the show, we got all sorts of swag, including t-shirts for both boys, camping mugs, and 3 of their albums in vinyl (one of them that was just thrown in as a gift from the tour manager). We took Max's loop pedal with us (since it was really because of them that he even wanted one), and Kristian signed it for him. We were obviously all over the moon about them. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Working Title: Clue

The latest from Max...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Getting Loopy

David loaned us his loop pedal (and amplifier), and Max has had a really good time experimenting with it. Last night, he was really in a groove, and it was so much fun to watch him putting it together that I thought I should document it. He is usually not a fan of being recorded, but he gave the go-ahead for this one, which must mean he feels good about it. We thought it was pretty cool too.

Apologies for the very dark room (and the constant refocusing of the camera—it didn't like the lighting either, I guess, and kept trying to adjust). But of course, the music doesn't care how it looks. Also, apologies to the downstairs neighbors. It was a bit late when he was feeling so inspired.

Monday, October 12, 2015


Happy birthday, Max! We love you!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Otto is ELEVEN!!!

It's not every day your young man turns eleven.

Happy Birthday, Otto. You know I love you so.

Almost Always Hungry