What I’ve Learned — Week 11

That a week goes by fast.

That no one was ready for the break to end.

Katarina said that the first day back all the teachers in each class immediately assigned work and then gave them time to do it. She mused that the teachers must use that method to give themselves time to ‘wake up and get used to teaching again.’

That I wish I had more pecan pie.

It’s good that I don’t.  That I’d probably be just fine if I went back to my weight loss method in college–which was, as soon as I feel satisfied put away my plate then come back to the table to chat, thus not being tempted to keep eating!

That my pants really want me to start doing that again.

That when no one else feels like dancing, all you need is a good set of mirrors to have your own party.

I already knew this, but Anabelle gave me a great reminder…. so great, that I had to join her.

It was rocking.

The science center probably isn’t the place to decide to have your own impromptu party.

Although, if we had organized it and made it ‘seem’ impromptu, it’d probably have been okay.

That Katarina wants to organize such things when she ‘grows up’:

We told her it’s never too early to start!
Today is the anniversary of the Joy of Cooking book. First published in 1931, this book is listed by Time as one of the 150 most influential books. The website lets you enter an ingredient and provides recipes. That’s on our to do list today!

The Wonderful Thing About Tigger

A couple of days after Thanksgiving, our crew was feeling a bit stir crazy.  The cold wind kept the adults inside, and even though the kids kept braving the temps to play in the snow, we needed to go out and burn energy.

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be Tigger?  There’s  a place here that lets you find out.  Filled with bouncy contraptions of every sort. And after they tired of the bouncy obstacle courses, they went head to head gladiator style:

Suiting up for the VELCRO WALL!

I wanted to take a camera but I didn’t want to take my expensive camera in case, well, it got bounced on.  Consequently, most of the pics look blurry.

Just for the kids, you ask?

No!  Adults bounced, hopped, and more!  (And parents were free with each kid admission. Sweet!)

After two hours of fun,fun,fun,fun,fun… we were ready to concede that we were glad that the wonderful thing about Tigger is that he’s the only one.

The adults came home with: one scraped up elbow (because the hero had to perform acrobatics to save a wayward/law-breaking preschooler), one torqued shoulder, one aching knee, and one headache.

The kids felt fabulous.
The next day, both the kids and adults in our family were talking about when we would go back.

You can’t pretend to be Tigger though without a little drama, so I’d like to present the Epic Battle:

Quote of the Day: "Best Ever! I Feel Like Bouncing My Head Off!"

The Tree and Traditions

We admittedly don’t have a lush evergreen tree with an organized decorative theme.  Well, see for yourself.  The kids have a whole lot of fun.

Anabelle got upset when she discovered that her ‘Baby’s First Christmas’ ornament still didn’t have a picture in it. Phooey.  Come to think of it, Sam was six before I got around to putting his pic in his ornament.

It’s tradition, then, so totally on purpose… yeah…

Tradition dictates that Dad gets to place the star on top.

The kids oooo and aaahhh.

Then they asked how many days till Christmas.

Tradition, I suppose.

Green Screen

After a fabulous visit to the Science Center, I’m inspired to make a green screen for family videos.


Look how much fun they’re having.

Granted, the result is a bit disturbing. But they certainly have the right amount of drama.

With great drama, comes great possibilities…

Oh No! A Shark!

Swim Away While You Still Have the Chance!

Headless Sam

One Busy Shark -- Moves So Fast Seems Like It Doesn't Move At All