Friday, September 23, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
The Christmas that the Lone Star Girl was a young four, she received the set of Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura is only four in Little House In The Big Woods, so I again thought that one would be okay. She, again, was hooked. Much to my surprise, she insisted that we read every one and enjoyed them all immensely, even the ones in which Laura was married and struggling with motherhood. Weird. I do not believe in exposing kids to any media violence before the age of seven, as their minds are so absorbent up to that point, with no real filters, so I did skip a few bits here and there. I also skipped bits that would cause Santa problems and such, but, for the most part, the books were very appropriate. I only am ever really interested in the relationships of the characters in books, so I was kept on my toes by the Lone Star Girl's detailed questions about the engineering of certain pioneering technologies. Whew!
The Christmas that she was five, the Lone Star Girl received the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. She inhaled the first four or five when Betsy, Tacy and Tib are children, but this time did lose interest at Betsy In Spite of Herself when they hit high school, so we put them away. The Christmas that the Lone Star Girl was six coincided with Kindergarten. The Lone Star Girl had found a soul-mate in the teaching assistant in the Kindergarten room who was also the school's science teacher and the early and aftercare teacher for the kindergarteners. This teacher read them beautiful literature after school and she also read them Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville, with which the child fell deeply in love. The Lone Star Girl therefore got the rest of Bruce Coville's Magic Shop books for her series that year, except for The Skull of Truth, which I put away because it was quite violent. She loved them.
The Christmas that the Lone Star Girl was seven, she was finally deemed old enough for The Chronicles of Narnia which we sped through happily. The Christmas that the Lone Star Girl was eight, she got Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet...and I was pregnant with the Lone Star Baby. Things changed quite a lot with us. I was very, very tired and did not read as long at night as we had in the past. I also started skipping nights...a lot of them. We actually stretched those four short and wonderful books out past the next Christmas by a month or so, although she still got her series for her ninth Christmas...the Harry Potter books.
I had known that the Lone Star Girl was a natural for Potter-mania, but still made her wait longer than all the other reader-children to read them. A sensitive child who has had nightmares from the movie of The Wizard of Oz, I knew the Lone Star Girl would have loved the first one so much the previous year that she would have had to read the second one...and been scared out of her wits. I made her wait until nine, but then we started reading them. Fast forward to late August a couple of weeks ago when I still hadn't finished reading her the first one due to baby duty...well, we needed a change. I finally told the Lone Star Girl to go ahead and finish the book, and then the rest of the series, herself. We are just not in a season when much bedtime reading by me is possible, but that will surely not always be the case, and we have had a good run regardless. Freed to read them independently, The Lone Star Girl finished the first book immediately, the second in less than four days and is almost done with the third now. She'll definitely finish them all by Christmas, of that I have no doubt.
I also have no doubt that I will get her another series for Christmas this year, although I haven't decided what it will be yet. Babies grow fast and change often, so I cannot say when mine will have grown enough past her current night-time needs to allow her sister and I more reading time again, but I know it will happen eventually. If it does not happen by Christmas, then I will set the Lone Star Girl loose to read "our" series on her own again after a bit, much sooner this time, and that will be fine, too. We change, we grow, we adapt. And still, we treasure the precious memories. I love our series reading tradition and will treasure it my heart, whether it is a thing past or present. It has been very good for us.
What series this Christmas for the Lone Star Girl? Suggestions are welcome.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Pretty (used only to modify flowers; may think it means "flower")
Wheels! Wheels! Wheels!
Ni-Night (means milk, lying down)
Wheeeee! (refers to sliding, swinging or being in swimming pool)
Puffs (the cereal kind)
other-one-milk (OHM muk)
"Veggie Booty" (vee!)
Room (means Sissy's room)
Lunch (munch - she doesn't really say L's)
Those are the words I can think of right now and I am sure I have probably missed some. This is the last month I plan to keep track as I really cannot keep up with her vocabulary. Poop was a new one. She looked up at me at lunch today, pointed at her diaper and said "Poop!"...and sure enough...there was.
Books: Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives and
If You Can Raise Kids, You Can Manage Anything
Just finished: YA books: Vegan Virgin Valentine and Nine Days A Queen.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Monday, September 05, 2005
Saturday, September 03, 2005
"Midwives Respond to Hurricane Katrina
The American College of Nurse-Midwives is activating our annual Blankets for BabiesTM Campaign to help mothers and their babies who have lost their homes due to Hurricane Katrina.
Distribution centers have been set up by nurse-midwives in Dallas
-Fort Worth and Galveston,Texas. Thousands of families are being offered shelter and support in Texas, and many midwives will be providing health care services to these families. They have graciously agreed to accept and work with local relief efforts to distribute your donations. Donors may send ready-to-use blankets and baby clothes to either of the following addresses:
Texas Health Care Nurse-Midwives
1050 South 5th Avenue, Suite F
Fort Worth, Texas 76104.
Phone (24 hour) is 817-870-3686
Carolyn Nelson Becker, CNM
Dept of Ob/Gyn UTMB
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555-0587"
Friday, September 02, 2005
Thursday, September 01, 2005
This just supports my own theory that children who take up their parents' values get more radical with each generation. My mother is more radical than her caring and compassionate mother was, I am more radical than my caring and compassionate mother is and the Lone Star Girl? At this rate, we'll be lucky if the FBI's not really looking into what she checks out from the library by the time she's twelve. She often asks me if I will be mad if she gets arrested for protesting...this? That? She seems to think it is a foregone conclusion that arrests are in her future. Oh my.
Tunnel In The Sky
The Star Beast
The Rolling Stones
Farmer In The Sky
Podkayne of Mars