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Saturday, February 18, 2006

First Grade Mealworms

The latest on the mealworm growth... the GIANTS have slowed way down and are just hanging out in the folded newspaper, just waiting desperately to pupate...

Here are a few upclose and personal views of the creatures that have joined our classroom. They are much bigger than those we have had in the past. We learn more about mealworms every year. The paper is about a 1 inch square, to show the actual size of these giants!

I think this one was looking at me.

How much longer will he grow???

Gotta love a big pile of worms...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

pet peeves

Being climbed on by

more than one child,

dog, or any other creature.

  • When people don't wait for you to be able to hear them, before they start talking.

  • People who reiterate points even though you obviously already get it. Like they explain things beyond the point of understanding? When they think you must not get it yet, so they keep trying to say it different ways. And then, even after you say, okay, I get it, they still think up a whole new way to explain it... and only when they feel the sharp sting of your hand on their face do they cease their infernal explanation. OUCH

  • Getting involved in a project and having the leadership change year after year after year


November 19, 2006

Well, Caitlin is learning the art of passing the blame. Recently she has been showing us her "boo-boos" more often. She comes lumbering over to me, or Daddy, or sister Emmie, crying "owie, owie." I ask her, "Do you have a boo-boo?" In her deep, grouchy voice, she grumbles and points to the point of her "owie." "How did that happen?" I ask. She has begun to religiously reply, "Coie"... pointing at our 6 month old Golden Retriever, Chloe. No matter what the actual cause of her "boo-boo" is, she religiously answers, "Coieee, bad, Coiee!"

Wait, that's not the height of it....

So I am sitting in the rocker, beside my bed, getting ready to read Brown Bear, Brown Bear to our sweet cheeked terror for the 176th time. I open the book to the title page, and I hear Caitie growl out "Kahla" "Kahla" and point anxiously at the page. Since, after hours of previous detective work, I had translated "Kahla" to "color", I quickly glance down at the page and see scribbles everywhere. I roll my eyes as a flashback of seeing Caitlin running around with the book and a crayon earlier comes back to me. Caitie continues on, in her gutteral tone, "nawnny! nawnny!" "Yes, Caitlin, that was naughty. We only color on paper," I gently reprimanded. "Who did that?" Without even a hiccup, she replies, "Emmie!"

I almost fell off the chair laughing. Not even 2 and she is already blaming her sister for her crimes!

So, the next day... yeah, it gets even better... she comes up to Daddy with a pudding-covered grin and a shirt to match... Daddy says, "Look at that messy shirt! Was that pudding yummy?" "Yahhh," she blathers back. "Who made that mess?" Daddy asks teasingly. (Who do you think did it?) As though it was planned, she sings out, "Mommy!"

What a CREEP! (Picture me, eating pudding- taking bites, and alternately swiping my pudding-soaked face across her shirt!) ha!

February 19, 2006

Caitlin stories pile up day after day... I have to find the time to record the whole crib tent incident, as well as the Rossini's episode... (note to self)

Monday, November 14, 2005

YOUDRAW - Recent Drawings

YOUDRAW - Recent Drawings

This is a really great website with an awesome community having fun drawing... check it out!

My own favorite draws:
Le Dance
Bald Eagle
The Long Road Home

Things I learned today:


That's more than enough for one day!


  • Make a point to make others laugh and smile, even (and especially) when they are so neck deep in the bureaucracy of meetings., that they can't remember how to smile. It will help everyone remember that what really is important is enjoying life, each other and what we do.

  • & h e a r t s; (with no spaces) makes a heart online! I ♥ fun tricks! (emily2, youdraw)

  • It's really fun to lay back in the bathtub and kick your feet up and down as hard as you can... but remember to close the curtain first. (caitlin, 22 mo's)

    2/18/06 When potty training a toddler, don't forget that their diaper is NOT on before you sit them in your lap, and try to type an email... I don't think I will tend to forget this one again...