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The Chalk Debacle

When it’s warm but not too warm, Grace and I (and Allie, if she’s awake) spend lots of time outside. One day last week, we played outside all morning, until it was time to leave for the pool. I put my garden tools away, asked Grace to put her sidewalk chalk and toys away, and gathered everything that we needed to take to the pool. As I pulled my car out of the garage, I heard a loud pop. “Grace? Did you put your sidewalk chalk away?” I asked. I don’t think so, no, she said quietly. She almost never … Read more

Being Silly with the Weebles

Grace is a silly kid. She giggles, jokes, and stumbles just to be funny.

And then she announces how funny she is, which sounds really strange coming from such a small person.

About a week ago, she saw a commercial for Weebles while watching tv with my dad. She was impressed. She was so impressed that she asked me to buy her some Weebles.

Little did she know, a huge box of Weebles toys were waiting at our home that very day.

When I agreed to review the Weebles toys, I was concerned that Grace might be too old for them. I knew that our January baby would love them before long, and I was excited to see the new version of my own beloved toys. But I wasn't sure that Grace would be interested.

I was so wrong.

As Joe and I unpacked the box, Grace grabbed every Weeble. Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down! she giggled, wiggling and wobbling and falling down.

She named all of the people. She noticed that they all had numbers on their backs.

She experimented. She figured out that they will right themselves when placed upside down. She tried over and over to knock them down.

She was never successful.

You know, because Weebles wobble but they don't fall down.

Then Grace and Joe got the music going in the musical treehouse.

And the dancing began.

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Joe’s First Slip N Slide

A few weeks ago, on a shopping trip, Joe told me he’d never played on a Slip N Slide. I couldn’t believe it. Given this tragic news, I wouldn’t allow him to pass by the Slip N Slides without buying one. It was $9. Our Slip N Slide sat around in the box for a month or more, and then, one hot afternoon, Joe spread it out in the yard. The instructions suggest that the Slip N Slide is for ages 5 to 12 only. Neither Grace nor Joe is in that age range, but it didn’t stop them from … Read more