The ongoing blog of the Tomchak family, in Wheaton IL USA

Spring Concert 2015 – Sydney

Spring Concert 2015 – Sydney

By on May 31, 2015 in iPhone, Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

From Tornado to Dorothy. Every spring the preschool does a performance of The Wizard of Oz and this year Sydney was Dorothy (well, one of two Dorothy’s). She was so excited and it’s so great to see her just get up there and belt it out without being nervous at all. We are so proud […]

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The Global Classroom, With Skype

The Global Classroom, With Skype

By on May 31, 2015 in Video Post with 0 Comments

As seen on The Today Show today. What an exciting idea for kids to have this option.

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Andrew’s First YouTube Video

Andrew’s First YouTube Video

By on May 25, 2015 in Video Post with 0 Comments

Andrew wanted to make a YouTube video today. So that’s what we did. And here it is. Don’t get too excited unless you’re REALLY into Pokemon cards.

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First Grade Culture Projects

First Grade Culture Projects

By on April 21, 2015 in Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

I was so appreciative last month when the teachers let us know about the boys having a big homework project. The main idea was that each child would learn about some part of their own culture, research it and then create one of several possible projects to display their culture knowledge at a school fair (which is this Friday). And then, 4 […]

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Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Surprise [video]

Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Surprise [video]

By on April 12, 2015 in Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

This year instead of going to the big local Egg Hunt on Saturday we (and when I say “we” I mean Brenda) created a egg hunt in our side yard. The kids didn’t know about it until right before it happened and it was a nice surprise for them. I’m always amazed at seeing the […]

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Sydney Turns 5… 8 Weeks Ago

Sydney Turns 5… 8 Weeks Ago

By on February 20, 2015 in iPhone, Text Post, Video Post with 0 Comments

There are so many things I was better at before having kids. One of them was finishing what I started on-time. I started editing this video for Sydney the day after her birthday, back in late November (her Birthday was Thanksgiving Day this year). But OMG I thought I would never finish. First, I decided […]

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Welcome 2015 – A Year of Gratitude

Welcome 2015 – A Year of Gratitude

By on January 21, 2015 in Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

  If there’s one thing I’ve had to come to admit to myself, it’s that I start far more projects than I finish. I seem to say “yes” to so many things – both for myself and others. As much as I continue to prioritize and scale down that list of things I want to accomplish, […]

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Pumpkin Picking 2014

Pumpkin Picking 2014

By on October 27, 2014 in iPhone, Photo Post with 0 Comments

Some photos from our 2014 Pumpkin Picking trip. The last time we went the boys were a lot younger and Sydney had yet to see the light of day. The rest can be found on SmugMug.

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Beautiful Sydney

Beautiful Sydney

By on September 27, 2014 in iPhone, Photo Post with 0 Comments

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Maximus vs The Pencil

Maximus vs The Pencil

By on September 23, 2014 in iPhone, Photo Post, Text Post with 0 Comments

At 2:30 today I was the fortunate recipient of a phone call from the nurse at Lowell Elementary in Wheaton, telling me that Max got the bad end of a fight with a pencil. He had stuck a pencil into his ear canal and when he pulled it out it was pretty bloody. My guess […]

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