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What Piglet is doing September 30, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:42 pm

“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. “I wish I were there to be doing it, too.” (from Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne)

A powerful stomach virus hit our family this week and, in my effort to keep my son from getting it, I had to spend almost three full days away from him. So I am going to shamelessly share cute stories about my son here just because I miss him and it makes me feel better.

The other night at dinner, Benjamin asked for a “gona bar snack,” (granola bar) but he hadn’t finished his actual meal yet so I said no. Undaunted, he said, “No, mama, I want a gona bar pwease.” I said, “Benjamin, you can’t have a granola bar until you finish your dinner.”

“Mama, I want a pwease gona bar, pwease. Okay?”

I put on a super-excited, expentant voice to match his and said, “You can have a granola bar! But you have to eat your green beans first.”

He grinned ear to ear (the most precious grin ever, by the way) and said, “Wanna see how a dinosaur eats green beans, mama?” Then he attacked the green beans with lots of roars and growls and ate every one. He got a peanut butter granola thin for dessert. I love that boy.

Yesterday my sister kept him for part of the day while I was sick. He was, as usual, translating for his one-year-old cousin and Whitney thought it was sweet. So she said, “Benjamin, you are the sweetest peach!” She said he immediately scowled a very cute scowl and said, “No! I not a peach. I’m a big boy.” And today when she saw him again, he said, “I’m not a sweet peach! I’m the sweetest big boy!”

I seriously love that boy. I have missed him so much. Thanks for letting me share his cuteness. Every mama has to indulge sometimes.


The proper way September 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:19 pm

It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper. (from Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine)


More than memory September 26, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 10:02 pm

In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound for ever to the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. (from The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein)

This weekend, my cousin’s father-in-law passed away. He was diagnosed with cancer about a week ago, and so his passing was very sudden. Then, today, my Uncle Max—my cousin’s father—had to make a trip to Dallas for emergency surgery because he had a mass in his throat cutting off his air supply. He previously had cancer on his larynx, but has been in remission, and of course the fear is that this mass might be malignant. I can only imagine what my cousin and her family are feeling, grief topped with worry. If you’re the kind of person who prays, please pray for them, for us, for my uncle.

Anyway, that was on my mind tonight, and I picked this quote because it is soothing to me. I appreciate that Tolkein doesn’t ignore the sting of grief; he acknowledges sorrow. But he makes a distinction between sorrow and despair, and he suggests that sorrow is temporary and will give way to a future hope. And of all the descriptions I’ve heard of heaven, I think this may be my favorite, a place where there is more than memory.


Quick note

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 5:51 pm

I will post a quote later tonight but I wanted to write a quick note here in case anyone out there is sitting around wondering what to do for dinner tonight. Go to Chili’s!!! Today Chili’s is donating 100% of their net to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is where our little friend Liam is receiving excellent care. Support an incredible hospital and incredible children  just by eating at Chili’s tonight. I’m definitely ordering the spinach artichoke dip. 😉


Rain September 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 7:12 pm

I get everything all beautifully planned out and it has to go and rain. (from Charlotte’s Web by E B White)

I was saving this quote for a rainy day. Literally. But there are a lot of rainy days up here (I’m not saying that to brag, Texas folks, it’s just a fact), and it has yet to ruin any plans of mine. But I did have this fantastic weekend planned out. It involved getting done most of my reading for next week’s classes, grading students’ assignments, intensive studying for the GRE (which I’m taking tomorrow), cleaning my embarrassingly dirty apartment, maybe even laundry. Not glamorous, I know, but what can I say? I’m a graduate student. Getting caught up or even ahead on work is a dream come true. Anyhow, big plans. And then my body decided to play hijinks on me, and I came down with a cold. A stupid cold. And not only did it inhibit my productivity, but I couldn’t even be properly miserable or take a proper sick day (complete with movies and lots of sleep and general mindlessness) because I had to at least get some reading and studying done.

Have I elicited your sympathy? I hope so, because now I’m apologizing for not posting yesterday. It just slipped my cold-fuzzy mind.


Might as well deal September 22, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 10:37 pm
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Well, it would do me no good to run away. There were other bears in the woods. I might meet one any time. I mights well deal with this one as with another. (from Little House In The Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

*****Perhaps I should rename this blog to The Children’s Book Quote of Some Days or of The Days I am Not Sick and Exhausted from Pregnancy. I truly thank you for not giving up. Please keep reading and I will really try to post more regularly. For tonight, this is all I’ve got. ***** –Kristi


Unable to squash the magic September 20, 2011

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 8:58 pm

For years, Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon had hoped that if they kept Harry as downtrodden as possible, they would be able to squash the magic out of him. To their fury, they had been unsuccessful. (from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling)


Knowing too much September 18, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 7:59 pm

Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing. (from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan)


Very near September 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 9:37 am

He did not know it, but his friend was very near. (from Charlotte’s Web by E B White)

Fall tends to make me feel a bit reflective, and the weather here has been distinctly fallish the last couple of days. And since a year ago at this time my entire life had changed, I’ve mostly been reflecting on my experiences and feelings from last year. I remember the excitement and energy, feeling like everything was new and wonderful and that grand adventures were waiting around every corner. I remember being deeply grateful for my Abilene friends who had moved up here around the same time. And feeling eager to make new friends, wondering who those friends might be and what the might be like. I’m pretty shy, introverted and, well, hermitish, so I thought it would be a long time before I really made any new friends. But before I knew it, I found myself in the midst of a group of classmates whose friendships I am more grateful for everyday.


So lucky September 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 4:59 pm
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“You’re a fortunate guy. And you ought to be shouting, “How lucky am I!” (from Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss)

A week or so ago, Benjamin and I were headed home and I remember being in something of a hurry, though I can’t now remember why. We had to cross the train tracks and just as we approached them, the barriers came down indicating that a train was on its way. I rolled my eyes and craned my neck, trying to see how long this inconvenient train was going to be. Just as I was wondering why a train always seems to come just when I’m in a rush, the offending locomotive came blasting down the tracks in front of us, whistle blowing loudly. And that’s when the two-year-old boy in my back seat exclaimed, “Whoa! A train! We’re so lucky!!!”