Friday, October 31, 2008

costume drama

So Indiana Jones, a Secret Service agent, a jaguar, a pirate and a penguin walk into a bar...

Left to right: Evan, Joseph, Lukas, Benjamin, Sage.

The world's least-terrifying jaguar.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

thank goodness

Sage: "Can you do this, Daddy?" (folds her tongue down behind her bottom teeth) "Vvvvvffffffffflllllllllnnnnnnn."

Eric: "Thhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnnnn."

Sage: "No Daddy. Like this: Sssssssnnnnnnnllllllllllfffffff."

Eric: "Zzzzzzzzzzzllllllllllnnnnnnnnn."

Sage: "No Daddy. Like this: Zzzzzzzzvvvvvvvvssssssssnnnnnn."

Eric: "I guess I can't do it, Sage."

Sage: "That's okay Daddy. I can do it for you."

Monday, October 27, 2008


Evan: "Why's it always cold and frosty during the week and warm and sunny on the weekends?"

Eric: "It's not. It's just cold and frosty at night and in the early morning. And you don't see that on weekends because you sleep in and don't go outside until the sun's been up for a while."

Evan: "Well, sometimes I go out in the middle of the night and meet up with William Cunningham. We're developing an ejector-seat car."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

it's gotta be the shoes

Evan (trying to put on a pair of shoes he likes but has outgrown): "These shoes are weak. They can't handle the human foot."

couch potatoes

That's no throw pillow, that's Franklin.

Sage: "We're watching TV together."

international man of misterree

yard sail 2

Monday, October 20, 2008

isn't it obvious?

Sonja: "Evan, what are you doing?"

Evan: "I'm trying to make this sesame bagel into a necklace."

Sunday, October 19, 2008

ya-ya parenthood

Sage (in the car): "Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya. Ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya-ya."

Eric: "Are you getting your ya-yas out?"

Sage: "Ya."

after reading Evan a book about spies

Evan: "Do you think our phone has ever been bugged?"

Eric: "I really doubt it. Because what kind of secrets could anyone learn by bugging our phone?"

Evan: "Yeah. All they'd hear is, 'Hey, can I have a play date with Lukas?'"

when Sonja's out of town...

The question is not, "Why is Sage wearing her raincoat at the breakfast table?" The question is, "Why doesn't Sage wear her raincoat at every meal?"

Saturday, October 18, 2008

animals that Sage feared might bite her today at the zoo

a jaguar
a Komodo dragon
a duck

She was especially concerned about one of the gorillas: "He going to eat my head."

Monday, October 13, 2008

is this thing on?

Evan: "What's truancy?"

Eric: "I think it's like delinquency — like when young people break the law."

Evan: "How?"

Eric: "Oh, you know. Breaking the law."

Evan: "I thought it was when kids don't go to school."

Eric: "You're right, it is. Evan, you knew the answer to that question better than I did. Why did you ask me?"

Evan: "I wanted to see if you knew."

Eric: "Oh. You were testing me."

Evan: "Yeah. I test you a lot."

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sage: portrait photographer




Evan: portrait photographer

Aunt Lexi and Michael Zaugg

Sage and Lily


Ed, Andrew and Eric — the North Seattle Poetry Mafia does not like to be photographed.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

right as usual

Eric: "I wish I'd remembered to get coffee at the store."

Evan: "That's okay. I'll keep you awake, because I'm pretty loud."

Monday, October 6, 2008

three things Evan said today

Walking to school:

Evan: "These are nice houses. Can we move into one of them?"

Eric: "I don't think we can afford any of these houses."

Evan: "That's okay. We'll be able to when I grow up and invent the solar-powered lawnmower."


Gathering up his toys:

"Time to pick up the Evan-o-rama."


From the bathtub:

"There's a puffer fish in my lunch box. Can you bring it to me please?"

Sunday, October 5, 2008

fast company

Today Evan, Sage and I went down to Magnuson Park to cheer on Sonja in a run/walk for breast cancer. She finished strong, although she got a serious challenge from Evan in the final 50 yards.

Everyone medaled but me.

Friday, October 3, 2008

the audacity of hope

Evan: "If Obama doesn't win, I'll die."

Sonja: "No you won't. Don't say that."

Evan: "Well I'll faint, at least."