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January 31, 2016

Angèle’s drawing of Mo Willems’s pigeon character on the left; Ellis’s on the right.

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Connect Four

January 30, 2016

Not to scale.

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Cowboy Doctor

January 29, 2016

Scrubs under surgical scrubs under labcoat, accessorized with stethescope, cowboy hat, and bandana.

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Big and Little

January 28, 2016

Ellis almost always acts like the Big Brother, which by default makes Thalia the Little Sister. They’re only 2 minutes apart, but you’d think it was years based on the way Ellis acts. “Thalia, I’m very disappointed in you!” “Thalia, let me show you what to do.”

Occasionally, they switch roles.

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Public Art

January 26, 2016

In Denver, 1% of city construction budgets is required to be set aside for public art.

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Dance Class

January 25, 2016

For two years in preschool, Ellis and Thalia’s class participated in weekly ballet classes — everyone except Ellis, who usually refused to participate and instead sat on a bench.

Now, though, they were both eager to take a dance class. We chose a combination ballet-tap class, because Ellis was drawn to the noisy shoes.

The class is for children age 4 to 6, but at 5 3/4, Ellis and Thalia towered over everyone.

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then gets really exciting by finishing with a rave.2015OctA 685

Rosh Hashanah Choir

January 23, 2016

For the first time, because they are enrolled in Sunday school, Ellis and Thalia were part of the children’s choir for Rosh Hashanah services. They sang a song in Hebrew as well as One Day by Matisyahu. For weeks beforehand and afterward, we heard those two songs around the house nonstop.

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