Friday, September 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 36)


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Soooo long since I've posted...where to being?  How about school?  That seems like a good place.  Elijah started school last week, but this was his first full week.  He seems to really enjoy it, despite the fact that he has fallen and scraped his knees so many times that his teacher suggested to me today that perhaps he should start wearing long pants.  Regardless, when I pick him up each day and ask him how his day was, he always responds with an enthusiastic, "Great!"

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Getting dressed for school, however, is not always as great.  Today, for example, after I took off the shirt that he slept in (a school shirt), he ran away, picked up both the dirty and clean shirts, and threw them at me.  Since he insisted that I only buy him blue school shirts, I could then not tell the clean from the dirty.  So there is fifty percent chance that Elijah is not wearing a clean shirt today.  And yes, he sometimes sleeps in his clothes.  What?

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As kids go, Elijah is fairly forthcoming about his school activities.  Sometimes, though, it feels like we are playing verbal charades.  Elijah had to describe one activity three times before I understood that he glued his name on a piece of paper with a purple glue stick.  He had never used a glue stick before, and kept telling me he, "spread the purple crayon on the paper and then put his name in it." 

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There is lots to love about Elijah's new school.  The whole class is taught in Spanish, his teacher Mr. Jorge is one of those people that seems made to teach preschool, and the new school building is beautiful.  The best thing, though, is that we can walk.  After driving back and forth and back and forth for over an hour last year, the pleasure of a 20 minute stroll through the neighborhood each morning and afternoon cannot be overstated.

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And, as an addendum to the above, Elijah's school is also on Kurt's way to work.  So sometimes, father and son walk together to school, then Kurt hops on his bike the rest of the way.  Elijah did have a major wipe out the first time the tried this, but I still think it is going to be a great thing.

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This was Isabel's first week of school, and therefore, mine, too.  It was exhausting, but so much fun.  The biggest hit of the week was some homemade finger paint that I accidentally overcooked so that it was more like jello.  So gross.  The kids were all about it, spooning it, feeling it, generally covering themselves in it.  They have taken to calling it "gooey-gooey", and I may have to whip up another batch for next week.  I'll probably end up accidentally making finger paint.

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And one non-school related note - on Sunday, my baby will be 4!  So hard to believe.  Especially when he is throwing a temper tantrum.  Ha.  But seriously, my boy is growing up, and I am so proud of him.  Love that little man.

 

Friday, August 8, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 35)


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First off, I want to wish a big happy birthday to my little sister.  Yesterday, she turned 28.  Woo hoo!  I wonder if that makes her too old to party all night on a Thursday.  I bet not. 
Happy birthday, Poonsie!

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Speaking of all night parties, I threw a baby shower for my friend Peggy on Wednesday, and we stayed up talking, eating, and drinking until 12:30 am.  On Thursday, I painfully remembered why I haven't done that in years.  It was a great party, though.  A big thank you to Kit for the use of her lovely home.

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Last Monday was one of my top five worst parenting days ever.  Not sure why, but someone (or both) was crying for 70% of the day.  We had to leave the arboretum in a fit of tears (Elijah's) and I considered just sitting in the car with the kids and crying until Kurt got home, but I couldn't stand the noise.  Of course, Tuesday was 10,000 times better.  That's just how it goes sometimes.  But man, I am glad that day is behind us.

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If you are wondering about the other 4 days in my parenting hall of terribleness, they all occurred when Elijah was a baby, and all involved nights where there was absolutely no sleeping.  So, upon reflection, things are pretty good around here.  (Note: The picture at the top was not taken Monday.)

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One of my current favorite books around here is If You Want to See a Whale

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I am a big fan of Goodreads, and this week I created my first list!  Check it out, vote, and add your own favorite train books.  I am sure I have forgotten some.

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Finally, the most exciting news around here this week is that I got a job!  Starting in September, I will be teaching preschool three days each week.  Isabel will be joining me.  It seems like the perfect opportunity to dip a toe back into the paid-employment waters.  Wish me luck!

Friday, August 1, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 34)

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 It's been over a month since my last post.  Whoops.  Sorry about that.  My only excuse is that we were gone on vacation for almost three weeks, visiting our families in the Midwest.  It was awesome and fun and excellent, but there is nothing like that much time away to make you glad to come home.  It's good to be back.

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I rarely go on Facebook, but I had occasion to recently, and I'm glad I did because I stumbled on the most excellent website of a former high school choir mate Chris Giesler.  If you are reading this, and you work for The New Yorker, you need to snap this guy up.

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It's official.  Elijah no longer takes naps.  I am a little sad, but he enjoys his quiet alone time well enough for me to get a break, and bedtime just got a whole lot easier.  Plus, school starts next month.  It does make me feel like he's growing up fast, though.

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I narrowed the twenty entries in the YA category for the Kindle Book Review contest down to the  top 5.  Once the results are public, I'll post my recommendations here, but I will say that there were several strong contenders.  And now that that's over, I am going to reward myself by rereading The Fault in Our Stars.  

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Kurt and I have been making our way through Parks and Recreation.  If your sense of humor is anything at all like mine (sorry Mom) and you haven't watched this show, please do.  Our evenings are significantly more hilarious since we started.  

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Speaking of humor, Elijah has started telling jokes.  Or I should say joke.  The joke is: What has three legs but never runs?  I think he heard the joke on Thomas.  Anyway, I believe that there is an actual punchline, but it doesn't seem like he knows it.  Instead, he makes up his own.  Favorites include "a house with legs" and a spider.

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Finally, I want to give a shout out/thank you to Kit, for piling us all into her van this morning for a 2 adult, 5 kid trip to the zoo.  Crazy fun times were had by all.  

Happy weekend! 


Friday, June 27, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 33)
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I just gave Elijah a haircut.  This was the first time I did it by myself.  It was only mildly traumatic.  For me, I mean.  For him, it was much worse, I fear.  Judging from his screeches, he is the only person in the world with nerve endings in his hair.  He's recovering with a Popsicle on the couch as we speak.   It appears there is no lasting damage, except, of course, to his hair.  But I hear that grows back.

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This week I finished the eighth of the books for the KBR contest, young adult category.  There are now three books that I have really enjoyed, although all for vastly different reasons.  At this rate, I should be able to choose a top five without including anything I didn't really like.  With 12 books to go, I am hoping that my decision is a difficult one.

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It's official: I am now outnumbered when it comes to choosing the radio station in the car.  Elijah always wants "banjo songs" (WAMU bluegrass radio), while Isabel just wants "Michael Row the Boat Ashore" from the Sing Along With Putamayo CD.  So, we pretty much just switch back and forth between those two.  I miss you, NPR.

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While listening to the aforementioned "banjo songs" today, I heard a version of "The Great Divide", and was surprised to find that I knew all of the words.  It seems that repeated listenings to Nancy Griffith as a child have made their mark, even though I haven't heard that song in at least 15 years.  Also, if you watch the video, be sure to appreciate the early nineties fashion.  Love the blazers, ladies.

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When it comes to kids' picture books, it sometimes seems unfair that the author gets top billing over the illustrator.  Not so much, however, with one of Elijah's current favs, The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains.  The pictures are lovely, and make the story come alive, yes, but oh, the story.  It is just so sweet.  And the language is beautiful.  Read it, please.  Then write me to tell me how much you love it.  

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In that same vein, once again the scientists have spoken, telling us that reading to our children is good for them.  This time, the news is that even newborns benefit from being read to.  I hope this news gives Sandra Boynton a bump, being that she is, in my opinion, the queen of the board book.  

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Given the number of Popsicles my children eat, I sometimes feel a tad bit guilty re: my chidlren's nutrition.  But today's quotable Elijah made me feel a little better.  At the grocery store:  "Look, Mommy!  Pizzas that are frozen.  I never knew about that." Good, son.  Let's keep it that way.

By this time next week, we will be in Michigan, on the far side of a ten+ hour road trip.  Wish us luck.  My main strategy: lots of carb-based snacks (but no frozen pizza).  And headphones.  For me.  Have a great weekend.