Monday, March 9, 2009

TV Cuddle Quilts

My mom made these for my kids for Christmas. With my kids tendency to become obsessive about blankets, these of course are now required for any kind of quiet activity. You can't see it in the picture, but the other side of Jo's has the alphabet on it, thus it is lovingly called "my ABC bwanket!"

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Froggy (otherwise known as Fwoggy)

Joanna received Froggy as a gift for her first birthday.

He was instantly loved, but didn't become the favorite until Joanna was two. Then something clicked. I think Joanna figured out that it was easy to hold on to the back of his head and make him look around, giving him a lot more personality than the other stuffed animals. Whatever it was, Froggy has gone everywhere and done everything. I've already shared about storytime at the library when Joanna was suddenly sitting next to me whispering "look at Froggy" and Froggy had taken her place in the storytime circle.
He's also gone bowling

played with trains

Gone trick or treating

and enjoyed a good dinner at El Torro Viejo.

Occasionaly he will be shared with Ginny, but that kind of generosity only lasts for thirty seconds at the most.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Ethan with a very young mom and dad

I think we're just about through the worst of winter now. The end of January through the first of March is the hardest time for me. It's too cold and the air is too crummy to spend much time outside and we all get cabin fever bad. But the other day was in the fifties and I opened my windows and took five walks with the girls.


I've been saving up some cute one liners and stories, and I'm throwing in a bunch of baby pictures of all three kids, just for kicks.


Ethan said that Matt's new name is now "sneaky go to work guy".


Back in December when everyone had their Christmas lights up I was driving Jo down the street to pick up Ethan at a friends house. It was dark and every house was lit up. Jo stared at the lights for a while then yelled "I found Krit-mas!"


The kids love watching old Looney Toons cartoons. For a while I could here Jo in her room talking to her animals and saying "say your pwayers". I didn't make the connection until I brought home some big carrots and she got excited, grabbed a carrot and recited the whole Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck/Elmer Fudd cartoon where Daffy is Bugs' double:
"alwight wabbit, say your pwayers"
"I dare you!"
"Cut!, bwing in the double!"
"alwight wabbit, say your pwayers"
"I dare you!"
I don't know if it carries over just reading it, but it was adorable.


Matt: "I'll be home at dinner time"
Joanna: "No, be home ah cereal time!"


Ethan: "Does this apple taste mellow?"


Some Joanna translations:
Zeldard = lizard
Chickenhawk = rooster/eagle/parrot
cawwy monsers (with shoulders shrugged up and scary fingers) = scarry monsters
bemadda = banana
pee-madoh = piano (she uses this one when she reenacts the Tom and Jerry cartoon where Tom is playing a concert and Jerry is living in the piano with resulting chaos)


Ethan, in the shower, sings out the NPR All Things Considered theme song, then:
"Here's the news, the bad guys blew up the Earth and God made another one. That's all the news for now."