Archive for June, 2008


Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Evan has recently really gotten interested in learning Hiragana. He’s got a flashcard book like mine and we’ve written up all the hiragana and I’ve put the romaji on the other side. He’s got a kana poster and he’s copied the kana off of it. He doesn’t quite understand that he needs to practice writing the kana before he can remember it and the few kana we’ve tried to memorise, he has since forgotten them (ie can’t read them when I write them) but he’s got good motivation.

Growing up

Monday, June 16th, 2008

We had this conversation with Evan the other day:

“I don’t like the outside of this quiche – I’m just going to eat the inside.”

“Really Evan, that’s interesting because before you said you didn’t like the inside of the quiche and that you wanted just to eat the outside.”

“Yes, well I’m growing up.”


Evan’s first book

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

It’s quite amazing but Evan wrote his first “book” already. Speaking to Mrs. Gerrish, Evan’s teacher, she said that all of the sudden he started writing the book all by himself without anybody requesting him to do it. Doing something like that on his own initiative was really amazing for Mrs. Gerrish and we’re very proud of him too. Of course it’s mostly just a recollection of a book he had already heard, but the interesting thing is that he didn’t copy anything – he just used his imagination and thus some of the words are spelt funny and the sentences are a bit odd, but considering he did it all himself on his own is pretty amazing. Anyways, here’s the book, taken from a photocopy of his book:

Jack and the beanstalk by Evan Hoflich

Once upon a time ther was a boy namd Jack.

He was varey poor and his muther had no muney so he sold his cow. He went to a posin. Then the posin gav jack beans to Jack.

Jack ran hom.

Jack gayv his bins to his mathe. The mathe therur the beans ot the windo.

Then the beans gru up. Then Jack climd the beanstalk. Then he sar a large tawer. Jack want in the tawer.

Jack fawnd a big pusin then the pusin hed hid jack.

Fee fi fo fum I smal a blud of a eygleshman. If he dad ow if he aliv I will grind his bonds to mayc mi breyd sidin.

The jiyent falas.

Jack ran sat of the uven. Jack gravd the maney. Jack gav the maney to his muther. The muther was varey hapey.

Wunts a gain they didn’t ned muney.

The end.

First email

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Evan sent his first email today at around 7:00 this morning. He had gone into Nicole’s email account and clicked on new email. He then started to write Andreas’ name in the To: field when Nicole spotted him and helped him out with the rest of the mail. I don’t know exactly what he wrote, but it was something like:

Hi Andreas, I like you. Let’s trade Pokemon together.


Yellow belt

Friday, June 6th, 2008

While I was away, Evan successfully got his yellow belt in Aikido. He’s got a long way to go to his black-belt, but it’s a good start!

Farmer in the dell

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Evan had his class show today where they all sang “The farmer in the dell”. All 40 kids or so were dressed the same in a white shirt and a bandana thing around the neck like a farmer. It was cute. Evan got into it quite well and he was really happy that I was there for the event. I’m still suffering jet-lag, so I worked from home today and was able to get away to see the show. Great stuff.

Lost front right incisor

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Well it finally happened. Evan lost his front right incisor which allows his other front tooth to come it. The front right tooth was the first tooth he lost and it had a tooth growing behind it. It was much later than the other front tooth (front left), which he lost later and then grew in sooner. Because the front right incisor was still intact, the front right tooth was probably not coming as quickly. Now that that’s gone, the front right tooth is really coming in and he’ll have all his front teeth finally.

It’s a bit funny that the first tooth he lost, is the last one to re-grow. I was a bit worried that because he lost the tooth due to rough play, that maybe the tooth underneath was damaged, but now it looks like both front teeth are pretty straight. The edges are quite rough, so perhaps we’ll need to flatten that down, but sometimes when I visit Evan in the night, he does make some grinding noises like Nicole, so perhaps he’s going to grind his teeth like Nicole does. Hopefully not though.