A valley, two vines, and a flower

A place for a mom to rant and rave.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Overheard/said at work...

Today at work we were discussing a letter to the editor that said that law-abiding citizens have nothing to fear from the Patriot Act. This was discussed in a group of people who definitely think otherwise. One person stated that "President Bush was hoping to be a dictator..." and before he could finish his thought, I said, "but he forgot the 'tator' part", completely disrupting the other person's comment. He decided that my comment was better than what he was going to say anyway.

Monday, December 12, 2005

My daughter, the reader

Recently, Ivy has developed quite the passion for reading. She is reading almost any book she can get her hands on and reads before bed on week nights and reads when she wakes up on weekends. A year or so ago, I saw some mythology books at Frugal Muse and decided to grab them as I love reading mythology and I thought they might be good stories to read to the kids. Well, tonight, I walk in to say goodnight, and she is reading The Children of Odin. She had just started it, so we will see if she sticks with it or what she thinks of it.

I think that she will likely read it, but it may take months. After seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this summer, we got her the book. She took months to read it, only finishing it on our way back from Missouri on Thanksgiving. As we left the hotel to drive home, she had 50 pages left of the 150 page book. We suggested she read in the car. She asked what happened if she finished the book. I told her that if she finished the book, we would pull over and buy her a new one. I was fairly confident that since it had taken her months to read the first 100 pages, it was not likely that she would read the last 50 in a single day. Was I ever wrong! She pushed to read more by using the headlights of the car behind us as light when we were stuck in a traffic jam.

I love that she is getting such enjoyment out of reading. Now I just have to start feeding her more books as she finishes all the ones we own.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Parenting: Funny things kids say.

This morning I was in the bathroom getting ready and Rose runs in saying, "I have to go potty!". Then she starts to leave and says, "It's ok, I only burped. You don't have to say excuse me when you burp in the bathroom". And then she leaves.