Monday, March 30, 2009


Well, Papa and I finally joined Facebook after much badgering from many of you. Don't know if we'll be better Facebookers than bloggers, but at least we're there!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Mugger's Reading!

Normally Papa or I do the before-bed-reading, but last night after tubby time, Mugger got to do the honors. He read all of "Are You My Mother?" by P.D. Eastman and was so proud that he asked, "Are you going to put this on the blog, Mama?" What could I say but yes?

We hadn't read this in awhile, so long that Bug forgot about the machine that Baby Bird called a Snort. She thought that was hysterical and kept running around saying, "Snort!" all evening.

You know, our typical quiet evening as we settle down for bed...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thanks Nonnie!

Yes, it took Mama forever to take the pix, but we've been enjoying the jammies and robes you sewed for us for awhile now!

Circus Time!

Well, thanks to the free ticket Mugger received at school, the kiddos took in their first circus this last week. Sorry the pix aren't great, but it was pretty dark inside the Benton County Fairgrounds Arena. I couldn't even attempt a photo of their highlight-- the (3!) motorcycles inside the giant sphere! Anyways, they did like the wild animals:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bug the Bookworm

Since we've started browsing the stacks at the library after preschool storytime, Bug has become quite the bookworm! Current favorites would have to be the Olivia books, John Lithgow's kids' books, the Polo books, the Harold and the Purple Crayon books, and Nancy Shaw's sheep books. One of these days, I'll have to post a video of her "reading" Tikki Tikki Tembo-- I'm rather impressed that she can already say his whole name: Tikki tikki tembo no sa rembo chari bari ruchi pip peri pembo.

And beloved favorites she should check out? Feel free to leave titles in the comments!

Monday, March 2, 2009

100 Days!

Well, Mugger had his 100th day of kindergarten last week, and boy, is it going fast! They each had to bring in a collection of 100 items and had a grand time sharing them. Mugger was especially happy that his friend, Dalton, brought in 100 Uno cards and they all got to play. So what did Mugger bring? He brought this:It's a mosaic of a photo of Mugger and Bug... made from 100 different photos. This was Mugger's idea, an adaptation of a Christmas gift Papa made this year. You have to double-click on it if you haven't yet...

They had "100" activities all day long, things like seeing how many peanuts they could crack open in 100 seconds-- he can do 6. Mugger's favorite was seeing how many times he could jump in 100 seconds-- he made it to 220. He loved this activity so much that he had to repeat it with Bug after school at home-- good thing I have my stopwatch still from my coaching days. Bug jumped 226 times in 100 seconds and Mugger got past 250. (He would remember the exact number.)

So that evening, I asked him what he likes best about kindergarten so far, and of course, the answer is still the 3 recesses a day. That boy loves playing as hard as he can, as witnessed by his dirty jeans when he comes home... We talked about some of the other things that have made kindergarten memorable: the nature walks, Libbie Mae and the other "friends" they get to take home, and the monthly field trips. Yes, monthly! That still blows my mind. So far they've gone to pick blackberries at the KOA campground (where they also had a teddy bear picnic), out to a local farm to pick pumpkins, to the grocery store to shop for the soup kitchen (with delivery by llama), to the Storybook Village out at the Albany fairgrounds, to a lunchtime outdoor concert at OSU, and to see the new lambs at the OSU sheep barns. This week for their March field trip, they're off to the community college to see a production of Charlotte's Web.

Kindergarten sure is agreeing with our boy...