Monday, February 28, 2011

Emily's Martin Luther King Project

I was teaching class one day, and Em's 2nd grade teacher sent this drawing down to my classroom for me to see.

Seems that when the theme of the MLK project was announced, my darling daughter chose the character trait 'bravery' and drew a little pic of me.

We'd read a story about Ruby Bridges (desegregation) & discussed Martin Luther King (....and she quickly started asking questions about the assassination). Kids are real, huh?

We talk about character a lot at our house via stories we read (Thank you ABeka books!), devotions, and people in general. I think it's a good idea to show the positive points of other members, heroes, friends who are near and dear to our hearts. Sound out loud and clear the admirable inner qualities of grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc.

On a less noble point,
she sketched me out as a perfect Size 8.
What an angel.

Once You Stop...You Tend to Stop. Gee. What a Genius Concept!

Yep. Once you sorta drop behind on posting blogs, it's r-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-a-l easy to just let it be. At least that's what I've noticed about other folks who've had blogs...and no longer post info/pics.

Can't say I blame them. Livin' life just tends to get in the way of writing about it; however, I treasure the documentation of I have, thus far, of Emily's days with me.
This pic is Miss Em and her Uncle Michael working on paper cranes at a Chinese New Year celebration...right before we stormed the food line!

Back during one of the colder days around here, Emily commented as she snuggled up with me: "You're a warm mommy." Awww. So sweet, but truthfully I interpret that as, "You've got lots of folds of fat with nooks and crannies where I can slide my arm and maintain bodyheat."
It is what it is.

Back a while ago, sounds of Pachelbel's Canon in D Major were blaring forth from the CD player. You know the song...the one that bridesmaids galore have playing as they walk down the aisle. This is one of my fave songs ever. I told Emily how I love the classical tune, and she replied, "I like that song, too." (She'd never heard it.) My comment: "Ah yes. It can be 'our' song."

She has the cutest little "mis-slips" of English:

I have a vine right here. = I have a vein running from my mouth to my chin, and I can see it because I'm 'light' (skinned).

Will you get the plugger? = Will you hand me the cord so it can go into the dvd player?

Just this past week she used the words 'ridiculous' and 'separately' in the most correct of fashions. I always take a double-listen in amazement when this happens.

Honestly, being an active observer/participant as a child (MY child) learns a whole new's incredible. Absolutely astounding. I'm so glad I have a ticket for this ride!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Monkey See - Monkey Do

Emily's been asking for a little sister. No. This is not "her". This is Marty and Summer's little doll baby girl, Aubrey.

Waaaay back when Marty (Donna's hoot of a brother) was single, I'd joke around with him and tell him I'd marry him. I told him, "I've got birthin' hips. I'd make a GREAT wife."

It was all in jest.
Well, maybe not the part about my hips.

So....Marty up and marries skinny, beautiful Summer who apparently can manage to birth babies just fine with her Size 2 hips.

Emily was over at Marlene's and Donna's house playing with Miss Aubrey. Looks like mimicking was on the menu for the day.

Recently Emily Meilynn chimed she thinks "n-o-w" she'd like a BIG sister.
When asked why?
"I still wanna be the baby."

Postal Stamp: Celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2011
Year of the Rabbit Stamp
In observance of Chinese New Year, the U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the Lunar New Year with the issue of the Year of the Rabbit Stamp.
This is the first Forever stamp in the Postal Service's Celebrating Lunar New Year series. Forever stamps purchased at the current 44-cent First-Class Mail one-ounce price will remain valid for one-ounce letters despite any future price changes. It is the fourth of 12 designs in the series, which began in 2008 with the Year of the Rat.

Art director Ethel Kessler worked on the series with illustrator Kam Mak, an artist who grew up in New York City's Chinatown and now lives in Brooklyn. The illustration was originally created using oil paints on panel. Kessler's design also incorporates elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps, using Clarence Lee's intricate paper-cut design of a rabbit and the Chinese character-drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun-for "Rabbit."

Kumquats, such as those depicted in the stamp art, are given as gifts and eaten for luck at this time of renewed hope for the future.

Thursday, February 3, 2011