Overheard in the minivan

Ludi: “…let’s have a surprise party for Papá!”

Jadzia: “Shhhhh….”

[much whispering ensues].

Ludi: “Papá, did you hear what we’re talking about?”

Me: “Maybe!”

Jadzia and Ludi together: “Forget! Forget!”


Josie: “Daddy, it tastes like grass!”

Me: “Don’t eat it!”

Josie: “It’s spicy!”


Josie: “What’s your name?”

Me: “Papá.”

Josie: “Not Papá. Daddy! … What’s MY name?”

Me: “Josie Joy.”

Josie: “Not Josie Joy. Beauty and the Beast!”

Another week, another scholastic first

Last Thursday Jadzia kick-started kindergarten. This week Ludi proceeded to preschool.

Ludi has the same teacher her older sister had last year, which is great. She already knows Ms. Katie and likes her a lot. Ludi is a very friendly, happy girl, so I think she is going to have a blast with all the kids in her new class.

Keep reading for a quick video of Ludi after her first day of preschool:

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Cultural update

It has come to my attention that I neglected to write an update here regarding a post I made last year.

In 2010, I wrote that I hoped to someday read The Hobbit to the girls. As it turns out, I read it to them before that year was finished!

When it comes to long books like The Hobbit, Jadzia is definitely the one who will sit and listen. Ludi tunes out after a while if the story is long and there aren’t pictures on every page. Part of that is age and part is personality. Then again, I think Ludi took more away from The Hobbit. She still occasionally asks me about BIlbo or Gollum.

We often have to do a lot of explaining or summarizing. After hearing a chapter, Jadzia has been known to ask, “So, what happened?”

Here are some of the long books the girls (primarily Jadzia) have read over the last year:

  • The Hobbit
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Little House in the Big Woods
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Farmer Boy
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • American Girls: Felicity (series)
  • American Girls: Kirsten (series)
  • American Girls: Josefina (series)

We are currently in the middle of Swiss Family Robinson and we have also started the AG Kaya books. Swiss Family is interesting. It’s an old book, and not originally in English, so much of the syntax and word choice sounds funny to my ears. It also doesn’t have a plot. It’s like a series of obstacles, projects, and discoveries by the family. Despite this, Jadzia remains interested. I suppose we have the movie (which does have a plot) to thank for sparking this interest.

The kangaroo wolf

Yoli, reporting on events around naptime this afternoon:

Right before getting into bed, Jadzia told Yoli that “I’m a kangaroo wolf.” She was hopping and growling.

Later, after the girls woke up, Yoli saw Ludi standing still.

Jadzia was tucking a cat beanie baby into Ludi’s waistband. Jadzia told her, “I’m going to put this in your pouch.”

Then Jadzia became like a movie director:

“Now you need to hop. You are a kangaroo.”

“And also growl. You are a wolf, too. Put your hands up like claws. Good, good.”

Yoli reports that Ludi’s acting was very good.

Ferguson Northern Lights 2010

This year’s Northern Lights was a lot of fun. We got there early enough for the girls to check out the petting zoo and to decorate a few cookies before the parade. We got a nice spot to watch the parade (while eating hot dogs), then we ate some free cookies and drank hot chocolate, visited with friends and neighbors, made peanut-butter-sandwich reindeers, rode on the train, saw a REAL train rumble past, and watched the tree lighting. There was a bit of whining and complaining along the way, but overall the children (I keep wanting to write “the girls”) did well.

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“…We’ll cry Hilde! Hildegarde!”

We’ve been wanting a piano for a while and decided this Christmas was the right time to get one.

We found one pretty quickly that seemed good to us: it was old and had a key out of tune, but it was in Ferguson, just a few blocks away.

We’ve been counting down the days until we could have it delivered. Today was the day! Check out this video of the girls in action:

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