Sunday, December 25, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
All the way there, Jacob talked about what he would tell Santa. But, as we got there, he chickened out. There was nobody else in line, so Beth got some great chat time with Santa.
I tried to get Jacob to at least hand his letter to Santa, but he wouldn't have it. Since there was nobody waiting, Santa walked with the kids over to the special letter delivery system. They put the letter in a slot and pushed a button. Then, there were lights and sparkles as the letter poofed into his big bag.
Even if Jacob wouldn't chat with Santa, I'm glad they had the extra time with him. Beth made sure Santa knew her wishes and that she'd been a good girl. Maybe next year Jacob will be ready.
5 more days to see if their wishes come true!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
1. Grand Canyon
3. Washington DC- all the presidential monuments and such, including the White House
4. Smithsonian museums
5. Ellis Island
6. Statue of Liberty
7. various Civil War historical places- homes, battlefields, museums
8. Hawaii- Pearl Harbor, great beaches, volcanoes
9. Mount Rushmore
11. weird and strange mueums
12. supposedly haunted places
13. Niagra Falls
14. Wyoming or Montana- the great expanse of land
15. homes of historical or otherwise famous and notorious people
For now, that's all I can think of. I know I've mentioned several places, if just to myself, over time.
Any suggestions for must-sees?
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Just in case you need clarification on what these really mean (I did):
Millennials are basically the kids (now adults) born in the 1980s and 90s.
GenXers are those born in the 1960s and 70s.
~Millennials (53%) and GenXers (57%) are less likely than older generations (75% of those over 65) to say a child needs a home with both parents.
~44% of Millenials says marriage is obsolete, 37% of those over age 30 think the same
~21% of households are married couples with children compared to 43% in 1950.
~23% of homes with a stay-at-home mom (for married couples with children under 15)
~10% of children under age 18 live in a home with a grandparent. Of those, 22% don't have a parent in that same household.
~More than half of moms say their kids have a better lifestlye than they themselves did growing up
What does all this say about our society? What does this mean for the future of our families? Is giving our kids a "better" lifestyle than we had growing up worth the destruction of the basic family structure? What values and ethics are being taught? Is a committment valuable anymore?
I know what I think. Tell me what you think about it.
Monday, October 10, 2011
the NEXT weekend- Popi and Yaya came for a visit. We had so much fun just hanging out with each other. Jacob opened the last of his presnets- a trove of scurvy pirate goods!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
You are very much an average, normal boy. Oh my, are you without a doubt a little boy! From the minute you wake up, you are full speed ahead. I don't think you know how to walk- you run, skip, jump, slide, etc everywhere you go. Unfortunately, you have your momma's lack of grace. You fall, run into things (because you don't pay attention) and have bruises all over your legs, but they don't seem to phase you. I get tickled because most of the time, you don't even notice when you hit something. Your hearing test at your check up showed that you have great hearing, but it seems to be "boy hearing". Too often you are so engrossed in what you are doing that you don't hear what we tell you. About the time that I say "nevermind", you acknowledge what I said. Silly boy!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Tessa talked about the art with the kids, asking them if a statue was a boy or girl, what colors they saw, the tools they used, etc. It was great for Beth, who wanted to read every description for Tessa.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
It was a tough start, getting used to the size and weight of the new bikes, but it didn't take long. Jacob wanted to make sure I took a picture of his bike seat. He's super proud of his Lightning McQueen "Kachow Kick-a-pow" bike. Beth is pretty proud of her not-pink (it's purple), bigger bike. I'm proud of her for riding a two-wheeler.