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November 30, 2009

Leafy Fall Fun

As a kid growing up in California, we didn’t exactly experience the four seasons of the year the way you get them on the East Coast.  Sure, it got cold and rainy in the “winter” but no leaves falling or snow-covered backyards. 


I now get to see the pros and cons of all four seasons.  One of them that checks both boxes is the leaves.  Almost every tree dropping every leaf and trying to get them all clean up?  Craziness.  If you’ve been on leaf cleanup duty, you know it takes hours and hours to pick up all those leaves.  And if it’s windy, forget it.  Go inside, have a hot cocoa and try again tomorrow. 

 But, get those leaves piles up and it is fun time!  Leaf jumping, throwing and general silliness make all the cleanup worth the effort.  Even if it means a little extra cleanup time for dad.  Aren’t kids supposed to do those chores?

November 18, 2009

Couch Pillow Fort Fun

As a kid, I remember building some crazy indoor forts out of couch pillows and blankets.  While they probably drove our parents crazy, there were some good times to be had in those indoor forts.  You’d never have two that were the same and each time seemed to be two great activities built into one (three if you count cleanup!). Couch Fort

One was the great construction project that is required of a truly special couch pillow fort.  You need to make sure all your pillows are balanced to hold a roof.  You need it to be big enough to escape into when the enemy is coming, but not so big and open that you can’t find refuge. 

Second was the great games that are played in and around a couch pillow fort.  Hide and seek, camping, cops and robbers, reading a great book by flashlight and the list goes on.  The fort could be knocked down and rebuilt all as part of the great playtime. 

So, as winter approaches, keep in mind those great couch pillow forts for your kids.  You might even find yourself crawling right in to relive a bit of your youth.

November 10, 2009

The Seeing Stick

The Little Man is lucky enough to have grandmothers who are excellent book givers and last night was a seriously good one.  Books arrive from California in bunches and so sometimes we don’t get to them all right away.  As Last night we found such a book that we had not yet read, but was an gorgeous surprise. 

The Seeing Stick by Jane Yolen

The Seeing Stick is an old Chinese legend told by Jane Yolen about a young blind princess.  I don’t want to give the story away, but I highly recommend it for kids who are in the first grade to fourth grade range.  Our little second grader AND his father were both captivated by an amazing telling of a great tale complemented by fantastic artwork by Daniela Terrazzini.  It is a book we will read many times.  Even more importantly I’m sure we will talk about the moral of the story over and over.  Check it out.

November 5, 2009

Grownups Are Dumb

Box Movie ImageSo the Little Man and I are sitting watching the World Series last night and a commercial break comes on. On comes an ad for the new movie “The Box” with Cameron Diaz. Just to be clear, I haven’t seen the movie and I don’t know anything about it beyond what I’ve seen in the ads. I don’t know the actors, the studio or anyone else in the movie industry for that matter (I’m clearly not that cool).

I’m sure this is one of those “you had to be there moments” but we watch the ad and the Little Man looks at me with his deadpan look and states:

“They should have called that movie “The Button” not “The Box.” That wasn’t very smart.”

I immediately start cracking up laughing because 1. He’s absolutely right 2. His delivery was flawless 3. Kids just have no filters and it’s beautiful.

He then looks at me (again deadpan) for laughing like “what’s your problem?” probably thinking “and so endeth the lesson.”

November 3, 2009

Little Man Big Decisions

Our Little Man participates in his school’s afterschool program a few days a week.  So for one day of the afterschool experience, we had thrown in a Spanish class.  As I mentioned in other posts before (see Màs?), we would love to give our son the gift of a second language.  Before the school year started there were many protests and “discussions” but we held fast thinking he gets to choose two days and we get one.  Fair enough, right? 

As the year has gone on, the protests had not stopped, but in fact had multiplied.  The entire walk home from that day was a recount of the atrocities he experience in his 50 minute Spanish class.  It was enough that we decided it might be best not to forever brand the second language option as a terrible forced experience.  We agreed to change that day to Soccer Club (with all his friends) with hopes of preserving another chance at language in the future. 

Little did we know what an impact this would have on the Little Man’s world.  It started this weekend and continued right into this morning.  He got up today literally singing and joking like he Emceeing a comedy roast or something.  If he wasn’t six, I might have checked his backpack for some kind of mood enhancing substance.  Laughing at everything, doing what we asked, telling us he loved us at every turn, who was this kid?

Thinking more about it, it’s not that surprising.  As little as it seemed to us, this was a major change in his world for the better (in his opinion).  Our little ones go from school to activities to homework to meals to bed, very little of which they have any control over or say in.  Perhaps the most important lesson was him teaching us “No Màs” might be the right call sometimes.