Sunday, April 19, 2009

Death of a Rhino

The Rhino. It was the first toy I got for Charlie even before I got Charlie. She even knew which toy I was talking about when I said "get your rhino" or in Mayo-speak: "gitcher rhino."

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It used to be as big as she was. She loved that thing.

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She loved it to death.

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This was it's head.

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She really loved it. The tail has recently disappeared. She used to carry it around and chew it like gum. Nasty, but it worked for her...she is a dog.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Pooch

I told you before how Charlie has recently discovered the wind. Now I'd like to clarify....Charlie's ear has recently discovered the wind.

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This is the best one...

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She loves it and so do I.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Your Brain

Today I taught health. The lesson for kindergarten was about the brain and it's function. We talked about what it looks like, how to protect it, and why we need it. After our discussion about the brain, we played a game.

The game was simple. When you catch the ball say one thing your brain helps you to do. My example was "My brain helps me teach." I got lots of great answers. My brain helps me run/learn/think/remember/play. My second favorite answer was "My brain helps me listen to the teacher." Hmm, wonder why I like that one?

I say it was my second favorite because there was a definite all time number 1. We were sitting in our circle passing the ball around and little, talkative Jamal pipes up, out of turn, and says "My brain helps me do the stanky legg." I couldn't even reprimand him because I was laughing. It's histerical, but it's true - his brain does help him do the stanky legg.

You're probably wondering what the "stanky legg" is, which is natural. It's the latest trend in dancing - according to my students. Every grade talks about the stanky legg. Since I'm sure you are uneducated as to the stanky legg - here is a link. But be warned! The video does result in headaches.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My Favorite 5 Year Old

He's huge now. Getting so stinkin big and so stinkin cute. Conversations with Lukey are histerical and fun.

Somehow he ended up at the house Thursday night, the first day I got home. I was getting ready to go to a baseball game with Esther when my cell phone rang. Lukey got very excited because my ringtone is the theme music for Darth Vader, which of course he recoginized in an instant.

I told him to look at the phone and see who it was. Esther's picture comes up when she calls so I figured he'd see her and know. When I asked him who it was he didn't even hesitate.

"It's Darth Vader!"

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Beautiful Day!

I finally went to bed last night at 1:30 after spending 2 hours untying a knot that Charlie created. It took me forever! I was at my computer, minding my own business, when I turned around to see my yarn in the living room even though the scarf it was attached to was in the bedroom. So I spent all night rolling it into a ball. Not to mention redoing the rows she had pulled out. The little punk.

This morning Charlie and I went to Petsmart because her nails were incredibly long. This is the first really nice day we've been in the car, and Charlie has discovered her love of wind.

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When we stopped at a red light she noticed there were people next to us and turned into her whiny self. She didn't understand why she couldn't say hello. They got a good laugh out of it and so did I.

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As I was in petsmart I was chastised by an employee for not having my pup under control. She was right, but c'mon. So Charlie and I are starting our regime of improvement, which will include: not jumping on others, walking nicely, and not starting fights. Wow - she sounds like a bad dog when you put it all together like that. But I can already see her learning.

After coming back from our ride, she was pretty pooped and spend some quality time on the balcony while I finished NCIS.

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I love the spring. It's always welcome. I love wearing jeans and a t-shirt and being completely comfortable. I love cool evenings and campfires. I love the smell of mulch. I love the sunset in the backyard on a cool night. I love the smell of freshly cut grass. I love cutting the grass. I'll have to take the mower hostage when I'm home some weekend and cut the ol' grass again. I don't think the old folks will mind ;)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Problemo

I just encountered my first problem with my chewed up remote.

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It's Friday night and I'm starting my Weekend On the Couch. Yes, I have named it. Mom lent me her season of NCIS. I plan to spend my entire weekend in this seat with my feet up and my eyes on the tv...or closed. I haven't decided about that last part yet. That's beside the point.

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As I'm watching episode 2 I realized that the red lipstick is basically shining out of the screne like a spotlight. Along with all things red. So as I searched around the remote, randomly pushing blank buttons, I did many things - none of which included changing the intensity of the color red. I switched from DVD mode to AUX. I froze the screen without hitting pause. I went back to scene one. I also found out there are no subtitles in NCIS.

I searched through my computer to find the pictures of the remote. The ones I took so I could find buttons I needed to find.

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See the pause button? Go up 3 and over 1 - thats the picture button. Through the process of elimination I finally found it, because I obviously didn't catch it in this stuning photo.

May not be that exciting for you, but I don't have much to choose from. It's either that or wait for Charlie's little puppy body to freak out and watch her sprint around the apartment. Then I could try and catch it on film - for the 100th time. Sometimes she runs so fast that her back end literally slams into the headrest on the couch. She's faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a chihuahua, and can leap corner couches in a single bound.