Friday, August 29, 2008

Back to School

Sean and the Big Book
Originally uploaded by Rosalind Tedford.
Erin has been back to school all week. While we are glad to see her so happy, the fact that she takes a nap a school has made for some LONG nights this week. Combined with me trying to stay up to watch the convention (wasn't Obama's speech beyond words) and last night my Deacons were on TV and I have been sleep deprived much of the week.

But before I turn in - a couple of funny things from the last couple of weeks.

GrandJo and PopPop bought Erin a set of Tinker Toys and they brought them out last week. Erin made many abstract works and she and Grand Jo played art museum with them. But one day Erin struck a pose on the floor and told Grand Jo that she was a sculpture for sale. "Oh, how much?" inquired GrandJo "Four dollars. Buy one get one free." To which I would have replied (but GrandJo didn't) "No thanks, one of you is PLENTY!!" And people say the media doesn't influence children....

Tonight after dinner we spent a long time around mom and dad's table with Sean rolling busses, cars, trucks across the table. It's so strange that we had these same cars and trucks for Erin but she never took any interest in them and now Sean can play with them for hours. Boys and girls. Wired differently. Oh, and if you want to see something really Sean wash his face.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

My Daughter the Critic

NY Times magazine
Originally uploaded by Rosalind Tedford.
So Erin, Bobbie, Patrick and I went to the Little Theatre's production of "Seussical the Musical" today at Reynolds Auditorium. Upon seeing the classical facade of the building she announced 'I hope this isn't one of buildings Hercules knocked down!' I assured her it wasn't but congratulated her on her attention to archetectural detail. At intermission she and I went back out to the front and were looking at the columns and she noticed the leaves at the top. I immediately explained to her that those were Corinthian columns and then it hit me....I've become my father. I have such vivid memories of our trip to Rome in 1979 and being quizzed endlessly on the three types of columns (Ionic, Doric and Corinthian thankyouverymuch). So stuck and I hope I have years of quizzing my own kids on that on as many trips to Italy as we can muster.

The show was so-so. Not great, not the worst thing I've ever seen. We thought Erin would be ready to go at intermission but she wanted to stay. On the way home, however, when asked her opinion of the show she said 'It was too long and it made me sweat!" Short and to the point....hope our friend Matt Wolf, a London theatre critic appreciates the simplicity.

One week left of the summer. WFU freshmen arrive Thursday and then all hell breaks loose. Erin will be back at The Downtown School this Fall and she is rarin to get back in the swing of things, as are we! Plus, now we have WFU Football to look forward really....we're a football school now, or haven't you heard???

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Siblings

Happy Siblings
Originally uploaded by Rosalind Tedford.
So I've been fighting to get my iPhone working for two days and my dear husband spent 2 and a half hours on the phone with support today - and their answer was "go to an Apple store." Which, of course, is a 2-hour trip (and a million dollars in gas) for us, so we'll just see what happens.

But on the positive side the kids are cuter than ever. Really, I have the two cutest children on the planet. Let's see what's new with them.

Sean is obsessed with Elmo, ceiling fans and fire trucks (pronounced figuh-truck) and is doing his best to keep up with his big sister. He's always saying 'hi' to people -- all the time. One of his favorite games in the evenings is to get up in our bed with Patrick and get under the covers. They call it 'Light and Dark" or as Sean says "Liguh-dark-uh" He manages to add extra syllables to everything he can. He's talking up a storm and is putting more and more words together. Not surprisingly, he's an opinionated soul who is not afraid to tell other people what to do. "Sit Mommy" is my favorite.

Erin is having a great summer bouncing between camps at the Children's Museum, Grand-Jos house and The Little Gym, but I think she and all of us will be glad when school starts again. She' sbeen spending some nights over at Grand Jo's house which makes her happy (and it's nice to know she can sleep elsewhere when the need arises). She's totally into Webkinz (if you have to ask, you don't want to know) on the computer and is becoming quite the computer goddess. The other night Patrick brought out a laptop and taught her how to use the touch pad in about 3 minutes. Mind you I have never learned how to use a touch pad, so I felt pretty stupid.

But that's life as a parent -- you just feel stupid most of the time and hope your kids don't figure out that you have no clue what you are doing. They can figure that out in therapy years from now when I'm going senile in a home......

Monday, June 09, 2008

So important in the summer....

So Erin (and Sean to a lesser extent) are very warm natured. They take after their father and Grandma Bobbie in that respect (not me -- I sleep under blankets throughout the summer). So we've tried to instill in Erin the need to drink lots of water in the summer. So this past weekend we were at Moe's (our FAVORITE Mexican place) and she got her usual cheese Quesedilla but then she wanted water instead of milk, chocolate milk or lemonade. This is unusual for her, but not unheard of, so I got her a glass of water. Halfway through the meal she announced that she was hibernating. When I looked at her quizzically -- she said "You know, drinking lots of water -- hibernating...." I told her that the correct word was 'hydrating' but that I liked her version better.

She's having a sleepover at GrandJo's tonight -- what fun. Her last day of school is tomorrow. She's had a great year and will have an even better Summer -- Graylyn Pool -- Watch out!!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Everything in Relative

So bedtime meltdowns are never a good thing. Erin has them when she's really tired, and usually spends the time yelling about how she's not tired at all. Last night she had one about watching American Idol - and who can blame her - the talent is just not that great this year. But tonight she nearly had one over the fact that this great little book we have with cartoon strips telling 7 Shakespeare Stories (Hamlet, McBeth, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, Winter's Tale and Julius Caeser -- just the 7 I would pick for children, how about you???) did not actually include As You Like It -- so in the grand scheme of things, I'd rather her have a meltdown about poor editorial choices on the part of Shakespeare books for children then say, about wanting to sleep on the sofa, wanting to sleep naked, or just not wanting to sleep at all. But really, all I want is 8 solid hours of sleep with no interruptions - how early can kids go to college these days????

Oh, and Sean has learned how to fake sneeze -- it's about the cutest thing I've ever seen - I'll get a video up soon.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We Are The Ones Song by - Obama

To deviate from family posts for a moment -- I'd like to share this new Obama video. His speech on race yesterday sent chills down my spine -- and this video is great! Enjoy!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dueling Shakespeares

So last night as I was putting Erin to bed

Erin: Mommy, I can't sleep. I have A Midsummer Nights Dream on one side and As You Like it on the other.

Me: Side of what, sweetie? Your Brain?

Erin: Yep - they're duking it out.

Me: I wonder which one will win.

2 minutes later she's sound asleep. I guess we know which one won!! Where do these things come from??

The picture is from the Daddy Daughter Date Night and the Winston-Salem Children's Museum back in Feb. Check out their home page slide show and you'll catch another one of them together.