Monday, October 15, 2007

The Muppets Rock

My kids watch a fair amount of TV. Probably about the same as the average kid. I'm not bragging, I'm not always happy about how much TV my kids watch, but hey, I have to get housework done sometime, and my kids aren't really old enough to entertain themselves for longer than 10 minutes.

Anyhow, the girls watch a lot of Disney movies, and, back when we had cable, they watched other things like Sesame Street, Dora, Clifford, and the Doodlebops (not my personal fave, but I have a musical preschooler). Last Christmas, either Santa or us (can't remember which) got the girls the 1st season of "The Muppet Show". This is the OLD Muppet Show, from the late 70's/early 80's. They had people on there I'd never heard of (who the heck is Paul Williams?). But, the girls LOVED it. For Sarah, it took a little while to get used to the theme song. But, now she can't get enough. We bought the 2nd season over the weekend. By this morning, Emma was asking me why Elton John was dressed in feathers....I told her that conversation would have to wait until she got older.

But, they're getting exposed to a type of entertainment that really isn't around anymore. Kind of like the old Bugs Bunny shorts: animation/puppets (for the kids) but sometimes with themes & jokes that only adults could get. Everyone could watch it together and be equally entertained. Of course, watching it I sometimes wonder if skits like these are the reason our generation is like it is:

So, my kids are getting an education in what TV was like when Mom & Dad were younger. Emma even recognized one of the songs that Elton John sang...from "Chicken Little". It took a bit for her to realize that the song came BEFORE the movie.

I mean, where can you find a show like this nowadays??

Friday, October 12, 2007

Welcome do the laundry

Yeah, that was pretty much how I was welcomed home after being in CA for 4 days. As this was Jeff's first foray into being alone with the children for longer than 4 hours, he did very well. In truth, I wasn't expecting the house to be clean, not even remotely. So, I wasn't too disappointed when the first things out of his mouth were, "I have no clean pants & there's no coffee." Well, maybe I was a little, at least about the coffee.

There were only a few minor incidents regarding shoes, soccer socks & a forgotten lunch box. But all were taken care of, and the children all came out unscathed.

My plane got in pretty late, so Jeff left the girls asleep at home with Steph and came by himself to pick me up. When I got up the next morning, and walked into Sarah & Katie's room, it was so cute: Katie just looked at me, smiled and said "HI!!!" really loud. Sarah just ran to me & hugged my legs and said "Mama!" I think they were happy to see me.

Emma had been telling her friend's mom that I needed to come home soon. When she asked why, Emma told her that there were no clean dishes, there was laundry everywhere, and there was no food in the house. And apparently Daddy couldn't amend these issues, so therefore I was the only one who could.

Emma has welcomed me home in her own little way: by getting pink eye. Her friend Adam had it on Tuesday, and Emma came home early from school with it yesterday. She now has it is both eyes because she won't stop rubbing them. I'm about to put her in a straight jacket. The pedi we saw gave us a sample bottle so we could start treatment right away, as well as treat anyone else who happened to come down with it. I'm hoping to avoid that but we share germs in this house like we share hugs. Which is to say, a lot. Kinda hard to avoid when you've got 3 kids. The germs, I mean, not the hugs. LOL And I think I jinxed myself when I was in CA, as I had just been telling my aunt that we'd been lucky to not have any illnesses since the beginning of school a month ago. /smacks forehead I need to keep my big mouth shut.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Out of Town

Im leaving Friday to fly to Sacramento for 4-5 days. My mom is not doing well, and I need to go spend some time with her. Will write more when I get back.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Words, Words, Everywhere

It seems we've been having a speech & language explosion over here. In the past week, I've heard 2 new words from Sarah, and Katie has learned 3 signs. Sarah has learned "book" (pronounced boop) and "bubble", which she said very clearly this morning while watching Dora. Katie now knows "mommy", "daddy" and "eat".
I saw Sarah's preschool teacher at the soccer games on Sunday and she really thinks that Sarah's on the verge of a really big speech development. And since this woman was a Speech Pathologist before she was a teacher, I'll take her at her word. It's not like Sarah was silent this whole time, but we really couldn't understand much of what she was saying, which I'm sure frustrates the heck out of her, because she KNOWS what she's saying and is mad we can't understand her.
But we are slowly making strides. I guess it's a good thing the girls both love Signing Time. :)