Monthly Archive for April, 2010

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It’s Friday!

For some reason, this week has flown by. Just yesterday, one of my friends was saying how she couldn’t WAIT for Friday, and I thought, “Ohh…the poor thing! She’s going to have a long week!” Uh, right. Yesterday was Thursday. 🙂

You know that brief moment when you wake up when you wonder what day it is? I love that moment. At that moment, the possibilities are endless. I’ve been feeling like that all week.

We’ve had a great week here. Every day was brimming with possibilities, and I’m feeling like I need to focus. The problem is there are so many things on which to focus that I get a little dizzy flitting from one thing to the next.

But, that’s okay. This is a good feeling.

So, here’s to the end of a wonderful week and the beginning of a fun-filled weekend. See you back here on Monday!

Earmuffs!

Claire wanted to know what “fricken snow” was because that’s what I muttered when I looked out the window this morning. I explained that it was a special kind of snow that happens in the spring…

…and that we shouldn’t use naughty words

…like snow.

🙂

We’ve started a new chapter at our house.

Check out this post I wrote for Mile High Mamas back in January. I’m replaying it here in its entirety, because we’ve just finished By the Shores of Silver Lake, and Claire begged to go back and read Little House in the Big Woods. This was the perfect breaking point to do that, so I obliged. (The explanation of why we need to read Little House in the Big Woods out of order is told below…)

I just love these books!

So, without further ado, here is the post:

A New Chapter

We’ve started a new chapter at our house.

Literally.

We’ve started reading Chapter Books to Claire at bedtime!

(Photos provided by The Casual Perfectionist.)

When she turned 4-years old at the end of November, I thought it would be a good time to see how she’d do with a Chapter Book. Moving on to books that are more words than pictures is a big step. These books make you create the pictures in your own mind. Sitting still long enough to get the images to form is a skill, and I just knew she was ready to tackle it.

And, she was!

What books did I decide to use on our maiden voyage to the land of Chapter Books? The Little House on the Prairie series. I loved these books as a child. My school district had a special reading rewards program (RIF = Reading Is Fundamental), and through that program, I collected Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, amongst others. In addition to the single books I collected, I thought for sure I had the entire set. I could picture the pale yellow box, with the neat little books standing tall.

But, I couldn’t find it in my box of treasures. All I could find was a handful of the pale yellow books, and there were some major gaps in the storyline.

I wasn’t even sure if Claire would like them, so rather than insist on starting at the beginning (with Little House in the Big Woods, for those of you playing along at home), I got out Little House on the Prairie, technically the second book in the series.

She loved it.

Go read about it at Mile High Mamas today!

Every night, we’d read a chapter, and she was enthralled. She wanted to read more than a chapter a night, but I held firm. I think a chapter is a good unit of measure, plus the thought of reaching the end of this one without being able to go on to the next one, On the Banks of Plum Creek, made me twitch. I couldn’t believe I couldn’t find my box set!

So, I turned to the Internet. I found the box set, and it was on super-sale. It arrived much quicker than anticipated, and just last week, we moved on to read about Laura’s adventures on the banks of Plum Creek.

Purists would have problems with me skipping Little House in the Big Woods, and also Farmer Boy, but those people didn’t see the look on Claire’s face when I told her we had to wait until the next book to see what happened to the Ingalls family as they were forced to ride away from the homestead they’d built in “Indian Territory.” We’ll read Farmer Boy at the end, and Little House in the Big Woods will be a good way to start the series again, because I have a feeling she’ll want me to start all over when we’re done.

Every night, she begs for the next chapter. In all honesty, we’ve never had a lot of bedtime struggles. There was a time when she was three that we had to resort to trickery to get her off to bed, but it was never really a full-blown issue. (Yes, I know we’re lucky!)

But now? Now that the Chapter Book is waiting for us? Now, she never hesitates when we tell her it’s time to go to bed. We do our bedtime routine, and she snuggles under her covers, waiting to hear what happens next. She loves seeing the few pencil drawings there are in the chapter, but then lets her own images fill her head. There is a glimpse to another world waiting for her, and I’m thrilled that she’s discovered it hiding in a book.

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s writing is just as colorful as I remember, and I love ending the day submerged in another way of life. I love that my daughter is getting to experience a time that is so important in our history, even if it is one chapter at a time.

I love the memories these books conjure up for me, too. I’m enjoying the books this time around just as much as I did well over 25 years ago. My view has shifted a little, in that rather than seeing things only from Laura’s viewpoint, as I did all those years ago, I can also see things from the adult standpoint. The things Caroline and Charles went through are very real to me. I find myself fighting back the tears at things that mean so much more to me now than they did when I was little.

Even though I’ve read them over and over, I, too, can’t wait to see what happens next. And, if you must know, I have a confession: In my mind, Pa will always look and sound just like Michael Landon. Always.

What about you? Were you hooked on Little House on the Prairie (the books and/or the show) when you were little? What chapter books are a favorite in your house?  (Feel free to comment here or pop back over to the original post to see what others have said!)

And it’s all LOST’s fault.

I’ve been having a TOUGH time remembering that today is Tuesday.

…and it’s all LOST’s fault!

How will I remember which day is Tuesday after the Finale on May 23rd (which is a Sunday, by the way…SO confusing!)…?

Well, Tuesdays will be the nights I have my Lost Without LOST Support Group Meetings, of course. 😉

Could I have a claim ticket for the other things I’ve lost?

I had an adventure today in Downtown Denver.

I love Denver. The traffic makes me twitch, and even after living here for 11+ years, I still don’t know exactly where I’m going down there, but I love an adventure.

I was asked to be part of a blogger panel, and it was so much fun! They told us where to park, treated us to lunch, gave us a little something for our time, and I got to spend the afternoon having an intelligent conversation with other bloggers and marketers.

It was great!

Afterward, I got my parking validation receipt and headed to the bathroom before hitting the road. As I’m walking down the hallway, I’m trying to find my keys. They aren’t anywhere! I am not the kind of person who loses her keys. They’re always in my pocket or my purse or around my wrist: those three places, and nowhere else. I’m such a creature of habit, and it actually helps me stay organized.

I’m trying to remain calm, cool and collected while my inner voice is screaming. How could I lose my keys!?

I tell myself not to panic. I’ll find them.

I get in the elevator when it dawns on me.

The valet has them. Ha! Now, if only I could find the claim ticket for the other things I’ve lost.

I’ve reached my snow threshold.

I’m holding out for June. It doesn’t snow in June.

Right?

I’m thinking back, and I don’t think it snows in June or July. It’s snowed in August and beyond, all the way back ’round to May…

I love a nice, calm, rainy day. I even appreciate the gloom when we have 300+ days of sun. Yes, it’s true.

I thought I’d get one of those days today, but nooooo…the nice, wonderful rain has turned to snow.

Like I said, I’m holding out for June.

We’ll ignore the fact that this photo is roughly 30 years old

Awww, look! It’s JoAnn as a little Kindergartner!

What could I be writing about today over at Mile High Mamas? Go check it out! And, then comment! I’m sure you’ll have something to say…

🙂

Moving up in the world of fish

Well, my little fishy is officially (or is that of-fish-ily?) a trout!

Claire had her last class of Minnows today and got her certificate, passing her on to the Trout Class!

I am SO proud of her for facing her fears!! She not only faced them by pretending that she wasn’t afraid, I daresay she started to actually believe it.

Shot Glass Bouquet

The Grape Hyacinth and Forsythia are blooming!  I love this time of year.

In other news…

We use our shot glasses for little impromptu bouquets now. My, my, my how times have changed. 🙂

Hot Pink Flip-Flop Haiku

Today was so great!
We wore our hot pink flip-flops.
Our attitudes matched!

😉