Archive for the ‘toby’ Category


Friday, August 13th, 2010

It’s really fun now that Dara is old enough to have real conversations with Toby. Yesterday in the car they were, for some reason, talking about penguins. I can’t remember why and it seemed a bit inappropriate considering that it was 7:30am and already about 85F.

Anyway, at one point Toby said “FACT: penguins can run faster than humans”. Dara expressed skepticism, to which Toby said “I know it’s true, because I read it in a book of fiction. Um, why’s mom making that funny snorting noise?”


Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I’m at Toby’s tae kwon do class watching him do his thing. He’s getting fairly senior in his age group as he got his blue belt last weekend (the progression is white, yellow, gold, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, red, red/black stripe, black). You can really see how he is progressing in his strength and physical ability, and also in his discipline and focus. He loves it.

When I collected him from school he was out in the playground enjoying the beautiful weather. He and his friends were working very hard on building a small raft to help a worm get across a puddle. They were having a great time but also very serious and intense. How great to be seven!


Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I’m sitting by the side of Toby’s tae kwon do class watching him do an extra Saturday session. They have the Korean sparring champion in town for a month (the current grand master of the school was the Korean champion 30 years ago but I suspect he could still kick the ass of anyone he chose). There are about 16 students today, all adults except Toby and a kid who looks about 11. Toby is totally not phased by the adults and they are being really welcoming and setting a great example for the kids. Toby so enjoys doing this and we’ll be here next weekend too for his green belt test. It’s great for his focus, strength, flexibility and stamina and is also helping his swimming which is coming on great too.

the smarts

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Emma is currently finishing up her Master’s Research. She also caught Dara’s cold. Feeling a little bit fragile she was explaining to Toby that he had to be gentle with her as she was finding it hard to be a grown-up that night. Toby said he understood as he was finding it hard to be 7, ” you see all my friends know I am the smartest kid and they keep asking me all questions and stuff”. Emma said that mummy and daddy felt like that at work some days too. Toby suggested we should just change our name from Mogendorff to The Smarts ¬†and he could be Toby the Smarts and we could be Andrew & Emma the Smarts.

Later he was reading his new biography of Albert Einstein and came across the word genius. When asked what that meant he said it was someone who is really good at everything. Emma pointed out that it is usually someone who is really really good at just one thing, or a small group of things, rather than everything. Toby announced he that he was the best in class at math and also he always gets nominated in class when they have to work out what new words mean so he must be a genius at two things.

Christmas photos

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Thought you might like to see some Christmas pics. Here is the 2009 set, and for contrast here’s the 2008 set, and the 2007 set.

I couldn’t find any old ones specifically labeled from earlier Christmases, but you are welcome to hunt around at Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Toby had some homework last night. He had to write about his name – his full name and the meanings of his first and middle names. He also had to say if he had a nickname (“Tobe”) and whether he liked his name (yes).

Then he had to think about what his name would be if he could pick a different first name. Initially he said Tobe, but was advised that this is already his nickname. So he said “Mr. Freezy”. Emma said, “Seriously? You would like to be called Mr. Freezy Alexander Mogendorff?” (We’re not sure where he got the idea from, perhaps from a superhero or something. After a lot of back and forth Emma went upstairs to help Dara get into her pajamas while Toby thought about what he would like to have as a new name. Eventually he ran upstairs with the answer, which he had written on his worksheet: “Tobelrone” which he pronounced as Toblerone.

our children is learning

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Toby is back to school now – first grade already. He seems to be really into it, very happy to be back and with his friends, although they shuffle the kids each year so he’s getting to know some new ones. He still sees his other friends at recess, so he’s keeping those friendships alive too.

Today they showed the address to America’s students from President Obama. There was some ridiculous kerfuffle from some Republican politicians, allegedly worried that Obama was going to indoctrinate the kids with Socialism, but of course it was a fairly regular speech about Working Hard and Doing The Right Thing (some of the opposition crumbled pretty fast when they saw the text of the speech – in the end even Newt Gingrich and Laura Bush said that it was a good speech which the kids should hear). Toby seemed pretty inspired – he gave quite a few details and knew that it’s the right thing to do well for yourself, your parents, your school and your country.

Also coming up – a lot of excitement about the new They Might Be Giants CD – Here Comes Science. We have their last couple of kids’ CDs – Here Come the 123s and Here Come the ABCs. So far advance reviews of the new one have been pretty good – here’s one of the songs for your enjoyment:

more toby and dara pics

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Having a bit of a picture organizing and posting frenzy. Here’s a selection from summer of this year, and our pics from our recent vacation in Canada

Bermuda pics

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

So it’s only taken four months, but I finally got around to putting together the photos from our Bermuda trip and posting them to Toby and Dara’s site. Hope you like them!

summer camp report

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

Toby has had a week back at regular YMCA summer camp, after enjoying a week of the outdoors at the Y’s Camp Kici Yapi. I think he really enjoys both, but the outdoor camp was something a bit more special. Too exhausting for him to go every week, but he’ll be doing back in a couple of weeks to do more archery, swimming, sliding and fort building, and get more of a tan and more mosquito bites. In the meantime, here’s his report sheet from the first week (click on the picture for a closer view):

Toby's July 2009 YMCA outdoor camp report

Toby's July 2009 YMCA outdoor camp report