Wednesday, May 21, 2008

FUN IDEA #4 random reading

When reading i get around to your little one, after you read the upside down "how about you?", let them turn to any page at random for you to read next. The activities can occur in any order, and it's fun for kids to participate in choosing where to go. (And if this goes on too long, you can always head for the bedtime transition at the end!)

Monday, May 12, 2008

my little brother

Several years ago, my brother Dave built a village. Literally. He constructed a 1930s-era village on his land. He laid railroad track (driving spikes himself), restored some locomotives and rail cars, built several buildings (including a depot, general store, and filling station), and called it Minerville. This was a hobby that he opened to the public on weekends. And before that, he created his business--manufacturing calliopes, popcorn wagons, and other items from long ago. (This newspaper article tells more of his story.) Now Dave has been given a challenging cancer prognosis, and will be selling much of what he has created and collected at auction in June. I am continually impressed and inspired by my brother's ability to envision what he wants to do AND to do it. He's a very talented, can-do, DIY kind of guy. Yet I know he could use some extra spiritual support these days. Please remember Dave and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

FUN IDEA #3 cheers to mom

Travelin' Fam

World travelers Kevin and Rita have settled in Iowa with little ones Buster and Azalea. Previously, they spent several years in Alaska (where Kev was a bush-pilot and Rita an award-winning teacher), traveled third-world countries, and lived for awhile in Las Vegas. As you can see, they continue to get around (and Kevin reports that Buster has multiple uses for his play+go case, including impromptu doll bed and/or snack storage).

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Birth announcement

Apparently, I was born to get around. My dad created this in 19_8 (can you guess?) to announce my arrival.