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Sonya had a bit of a rough start to her life as a preschooler-beginnings are always hard, but the fresh start was compounded by a bad cold that made her pretty miserable the second half of the week. However, her teachers report that Sonya is adjusting well. She is unfortunately too small for some of the toys even in the toddler room where she spends her day, so her teachers created a personal, portable “sand table” for her (a plastic box with some sand and toys in it)—just the thing for a girl who loves to dig. She has participated in painting and drawing activities (even though she is too small to comfortably sit at the table with the bigger kids for some things), and is freely roaming the playground. 

She’s also upright more and more- today when I went upstairs to get her in the morning, she was standing up in her crib: a first! Not surprising, though, considering she spent the whole weekend practicing getting up and sitting down. 

No pictures to confirm any of this- you’ll just have to take my word for it. But here she is brushing with her banana toothbrush:



New beginnings

Sonya started a new chapter in her life today- she is now a fellow student at Alon’s preschool. And by far the smallest of the bunch there. From what I was told, there was some crying, especially following her nap. But she was fine when I dropped her off (maybe shell-shocked by all the wailing around her- there were some seriously hysterical kids). Highlights of the day: eating play dough (maybe that was a lowlight- I saw it and its aftermath, and it didn’t seem like fun); digging in the sand pit; and school snack (who can resist?!). 

She’ll find her place there in no time:



As a New Year is upon us and summer comes to an end, it’s time to delight you all with a new series of Alon pictures. It’s been a fun and busy few months at Alon Central, with multiple trips to Woods Hole, time at the beach, bike riding, fruit eating, visits with family, and of course, lots of ball throwing of various kinds. Here’s a peek at what July and August looked like in these parts:

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The other baby

I know that those of you reading this blog (at least, these days) are mostly interested in updates about Alon.  Which I completely understand – he is quite a cute kid (not that I’m biased or anything) and it’s definitely fun to see pictures and videos of his interactions with the world.

Still, those of you who are long-time readers may remember that the blog was originally a vehicle for Neil and I to share information about our research endeavors around the world.  So I thought it only fitting to post a picture here of my other baby.  No, this is not a pregnancy announcement.  I am referring to my dissertation – recently completed, and defended this week.  It’s not nearly as cute as Alon, but on the other hand, it became a part of my life years before Alon was even a figment of my imagination.  Here it is in all of its printed glory:

photo-5Neil, Alon and I flew to Bloomington IN for my defense, and all three of us have been enjoying being here.  I’ve been able to have a few reunions with friends (and introduce Alon to their kids), Neil has reconnected with some colleagues at a conference this week, and Alon has discovered the joys of Bloomington playgrounds. Seriously, the parks and playgrounds here put Nyack to shame big time.  He is plugging for us to apply for positions at Indiana University so he can continue to explore the many slides in this town (and he has become quite the slide expert).  I can’t say I haven’t thought about it – Bloomington is a pretty awesome place, aside from the slides, too.

Oh, who am I kidding? I can’t add a post to this blog without including at least one picture of Alon.  Here he is, smug and happy at the playground this morning – and finally wearing his hat.  Enjoy!