Doris Mae II

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas!

 We spent the weekend at Grandma's house. Bug is nearly as tall as her grandma, now.

Bug picked out some scented candles for her grandma. They spent some time together talking about them and smelling them. 

Bug was thrilled to get a DVD of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Bug's cousin liked the bag that I made for her. 

There was some concern over whether Bug had been good enough for Santa to pay a visit...and whether or not he'd know that she was at Grandma's house. She was happy to find a full stocking in the morning. 

 This tornado lab was a bit hit! We'll be trying it out in the next day or two.

Not sure what happened just before this...

 This notepad has the Chinese character for "love" on it. 

Almost home!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas, part 1

 We had Christmast with my family last night. Good food, fun conversations, lots of trees....

Before we left our house, we gave Bug her "big gift", as we thought that she would enjoy it during the 1.5 hour drive. What could it be?!

Oh, she sees the word "Amazon" and thinks that she knows...

She's correct! A Kindle Touch. 

She seems a bit worried here....

Hmm...this is pretty cool. 

Aunt Peg had a big tree...

A REALLY big tree...

Aunt Pat made some crazy slippers for Bug, who appears to have a broken neck. 

 I saw my nephew a couple of months ago and after confirming that he'd like me to knit a hat for him, we discussed style, color, etc. I think he learned a lesson after last Christmas....although I think that he was a bit disappointed in the wrapping. Not even one piece of tape. Wait until next year!

Sunday, December 04, 2011


The Green Bay Packers are 12-0. As Bug said to her dad after the game (which she did not watch) "The Packers sent those Giants packing!" What a stressful game to watch. Definitely the toughest one this season so far.

Now, back to what this blog is about...Bug! She's enjoying her new Girl Scout troop which makes me very happy. They were the biggest cookie sellers in town! She's still working on learning Chinese. Our class is switching to the Better Chinese books that we were using on our own and I think that she will find the class more enjoyable now.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Math, the day after Halloween.

 Bug is learning about bar graphs, so we put the candy that she got last night and separated it. She then made a column for each candy, counted how many of each one and filled in the columns. Tootsie Rolls were the most popular treat, it seems. 

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fun in our hometown.

 "The Boy" (my friend's son...I was his babysitter until he was about 5...I'm his "cool mom") turned 21 on Saturday. We drove to my hometown (where he lives) and took him out for lunch. We had a great visit with him. I made this leather journal for him. I hadn't made one in this style before. It turned out pretty well, I think. He seemed to like it.

 They were having a "Trunk or Treat" event downtown in the afternoon. We went to The Boy's house (where he lived when I was his babysitter) so that Bug could change into her costume...the Mad Hatter again. 

 We parked the van and Bug led to way to the candy. Her dad pointed out that watching her walk in front of us, she didn't really look much different than any other day...

 We ran into some kids who were in ECFE classes with Bug when they were babies/toddlers...AND convinced them to sit on a bench for a few seconds so that  I could take a photo.

We also stopped by our former neighbor's house. They really like Halloween. Bug didn't want to leave. 

We may stay with The Boy next year and help these guys. Bug was ready to head back there on Monday. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

We had a visitor.

 Earlier this week I got a message on facebook from a friend in my hometown. She told me about this Australian guy (Mick)who had stopped by the shop where she works to have some work done on his computer. She found out that he is walking the entire length of the Mississippi River. If you want to know more about him and why he's doing this, check out his blog:

*if you or someone you know lives along the Mississippi River and are willing to let Mick set his tent up in your yard, you can send him an email...go to the blog address above and click on "contact me"*

She said that he would be coming through the town where we now live. I sent Mick an email and offered our yard to him. I heard back from him that he'd be coming by sometime Saturday afternoon. Bug had Chinese class at 3:00 and we hadn't seen him yet, so I had her make signs for both doors so that if he showed up while Bug's dad was dropping us off (which he did) he would know that he was in the right spot.

When Bug's dad picked us up after class, Mick was with him. We were all quite hungry, so we headed to the Chinese buffet. We ate well and chatted for a while. We then headed back to our place to visit some more. Bug had to check out Mick's tent.

 At some point, Bug had mentioned that she likes to make books. She vanished into her room for a while, then brought this out for Mick. She made sure that he put his name on it.

 Before we knew it, Bug fell asleep on the couch...earlier than usual, even! She woke around 2:30am and moved to her room.

 She was up before Mick, in anticipation of the blueberry  muffins she knew that I'd be making. After breakfast, Bug got out her dragon books and taught Mick a bit about them. I love her expression in the first photo!

Before long, it was time for Mick to pack his gear. Bug helped.

 Bug spotted a small orange pouch and asked what it was. Mick opened it up and showed her that it was a rain cover for his back pack. He then showed her how it went back together and told her that she could do that while he finished folding the tent and put it in the bag.

 Then he said it would be a race. She laughed. Nervously, I think.

I think it was a tie.

Before we knew it, it was time to start walking. Bug walked him to the corner.

He unhooked the wagon from his pack so that Bug could pull it.

Then it was time for hugs.

And he crossed the street....

Good luck, Mick. Safe travels. Thanks for spending some time with us.