Archive for February, 2009

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February 20, 2009

What we’ve been up to lately…

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Isabella comes out for a while, though I couldn’t tell if she was enjoying herself or not.

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Kendall wanted to go outside, but didn’t want to wear mittens, for fear of losing the band-aid on her finger. So she wallows in misery while a couple other kids enjoy going on the deck.

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Isabella did walk around a bit.

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Kendall still musing over her band-aid decision.

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Out at the park with snow. I put Josh at the bottom of the stairs, but he wasn’t motivated to move.

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Baby Isaiah stayed nice and warm in the car seat, where he was finally sleeping!

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The snow aids Kendall’s attempt on the swing.

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Cecelia shows off her climbing skills with boots on.

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Kendall scales the playground.

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Cecelia takes the slide.

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Kendall was frustrated walking through the snow. It was crunchy, and her foot got stuck frequently. “Stop it.” she would tell the snow every time.

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Cecelia visits with Josh, trying to encourage him to climb the stairs.

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It’s warmed up, so some of the snow melted the next week. I took the kids to the park, where Cecelia and Kendall found a bucket and shovel left over from the fall.

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It was colder than I thought, so I kept Baby Josh close to me this time.

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Maeve finding some snow to stand on.

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The other day I pulled the trombone out to show the girls.

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Cecelia plays a bit.

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Kendall does too.

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Josh doesn’t know what to make of it.

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The girls playing with play-doh.

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How many other day care providers grill up hotdogs for the kids at lunch?

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The girls playing nicely. Notice Kendall brushing her hair.

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Maeve was bringing all the toys she could to Isabella for some reason.

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They laugh at me as I suggest they put the toys back.

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Kendall keeps working on her hair for some reason.

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Now Kendall attempts to brush Cecelia’s hair.

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What the heck, let’s brush Isabella’s hair too!

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The girls play nice with Isaiah.

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Isaiah was crying, so tried putting him in the saucer… he didn’t seem impressed.

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Baby Josh says, “Hey, I’m the big kid now!”

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Cecelia tries to help Isaiah feel better.

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Soon to be a walker! Stood like this for for nearly a minute!

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February 17, 2009

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien X+
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman X
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare*
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien X+
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger X
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy *
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams X+
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky X+
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck X+
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens X+
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis – X+
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis X+
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens X
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck X+
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville X
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce *
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White X
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare X
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X+

I did this list because I think reading is important. I used to read at least part of a book everyday. Now I spend my time reading online. This just demonstrates another reason I should be reading more, as I didn’t do as well as I think I ought to.

Emotions run the gamut at Basso!

February 3, 2009

We had a lot of excitement at Basso the last couple days. First off, I was very very proud of the pony tails I did on the girls yesterday.

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Then we had the puppet theater set up, and had happy puppet shows all day!

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Then we found the Goldy gopher ball, and took turns, passing the ball around. What fun it is to share!

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Baby Josh and Cecelia wrestle a bit, Josh LOVES this!

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For some reason, Josh has really enjoyed pulling this purple boa along with him where ever he goes… kinda reminiscent of our former wrestler governor.

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Kendall gets bonked on the head with the Goldy gopher ball, and does a great poor me, I got hit with the ball act, so she acts real sad.

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Cecelia, not to be outdone, also pulls a poor me, I got hit by the ball (though I really didn’t) act. Not quite as convincing as Kendall, but she’s working on it.

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Here’s baby Josh and that Boa!

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The big excitement today was painting!

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After carefully giving instructions, I let Cecelia paint.

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She’s called this “Happy!”

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Then Kendall takes a turn…

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She calls this “Really Happy!”

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I took my turn, I call this “Scary monster under the sun”

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Josh and Isaiah play nice this morning.

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Cecelia joins the fun.

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Hey, what’s Isabella doing with that purple boa?!

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