Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sun, Sun, Mr Golden Sun

Maia is now officially a toddler: she can't get enough of Raffi. I had forgotten this stage as well as the horrid versions of Mary Had a Little Lamb, This Old Man and Paddycake, Paddycake. Can anyone recommend a cd with classic kids songs that won't drive me to the loopy bin? No London Bridge in operatic style, no Shakespearean renditions of We're Going on a Bear Hunt and absolutely no rock versions of I'm a Little Teapot. On second thought, maybe Raffi isn't that bad after all.

The song of his that is most apropos these days is the one where we all beg the sun to please, please shine down on us. Higher latitudes, low dietary intake (can't eat fish every dang day) along with low sun exposure can add up to Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D deficiency is common in Wisconsin and is associated with skeletal fragility, muscle weakness, heart ailments, autoimmune diseases and cancer as well as brain function and mood. The recommended supplement is approximately 1000 iud daily, possible higher. So we pop our oily gel caps, skip the sunscreen and seek out sunshine, wherever we can get it: as it shines through our windshields as we drive, reflects off the banks of new snow, and while we sit by windows and listen to Raffi, of course.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Hi, Cat!

A mask for Mai Mai from the book by Ezra Jack Keats. Could it be next year's Halloween costume? She wasn't sure what it was in the book Hi, Cat, so Papa made a replica of it for her to play with.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy 2008

Mai Mai has recovered in full and we tried to make up for being housebound over winter break by going to the children's museum and science museum all in one morning. She's as cheeky as ever and I had to drag her out of the heart and lung exhibit to squeeze in a nap. Juj, however, is still recovering from a whirlwind of sleepovers, parties, sledding, the return of indoor soccer and a few too many late nights. My first order of business is to dig out from under the holiday gluttony, donate the things we've outgrown, get outside more and work ahead on my next cloth book. Those are my resolutions for the next few weeks, cause that's about as far as I'm thinking ahead!

P.S. I've been profiled! But in a good way. See here, see here, for more than you ever wanted to know about Monpon and family at the lovely Wendy's blog Mother Rising. Check out all of her Mom to Mom interviews, the library of great links and what's up with her cutie pie Satch.