Friday, March 20, 2009

The Maguroration

Kiki is quite the inventor. Check out this story.

Ever since the weather started getting nice she has been spending a lot of her time outdoors, especially in the back yard, practicing her new found swinging abilities. Finally, the hard work I put into building her playground is paying off. She could swing all day if we let her.

One afternoon she kept running in and out of the house, carrying random stuff with her as she went back and forth. After a while she yelled to us to come see her invention, or as she called it, her "Maguroration":

The idea was that she would sit on the soccer ball on the right swing and as she swung it would make the other one swing with her in unison. Pretty darn smart, I think. Smart kid!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Toughest Soccer Player - EVER!

Check her out. We got her some Adidas cleats and Puma shin guards. But she wears them with her princess pajamas, Hello Kitty backpack and Dora the Explorer doll. If this picture gets out, her rivals next Sunday will not be too intimidated. Or will they just be jealous? Hmmmm....

How to Make Deviled Eggs with a 4-Year Old

We got Kiki a subscription to High Five magazine (part of Highlights) and she looks forward to getting it in the mail every month. We usually read it cover to cover several times (quick read) and there are always fun projects to do together.

So this time they had a "Make Deviled Eggs" project which I thought would be a lot of fun. Kiki loves hard boiled eggs (the only kid she will eat willingly) so this was a way to get her to eat some finally. It was so easy to do too. Here's the final result:

And here's the recipe:

You need: Eggs, Olives (black and green), Red Pepper, Mayo, Mustard, Salt & Pepper

Adults: Boil 4 eggs. Chop 1/2 sweet red pepper and some olives into very small pieces

1. Peel hard-boiled eggs and cut in half. Remove yolks and mash them.
2. Add 1.5 tbsp mayo, .5 tsp mustard, .25 cup red pepper, salt & pepper to taste.
3. Put olive pieces in egg whites and top with yolk mixture.
4. Decorate with remaining olive and red pepper pieces.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Good Hair Day

A few days ago MeeMaw was over to hang out with Kiki for a bit while we ran a few errands. We got a tip saying that we should really be surprised when we see what Kiki has done to her hair. "Pretend like you don't know who she is," was the directive. So we played along. MeeMaw had washed Kiki's hair and blow dried it straight. Well as straight as it could be (anyone who knows Kiki knows that is a truly monumental feat):

We had a lot of fun pretending to look for her in the house and asking who this strange girl with the straight hair was. Then we took lots of pictures. Kiki has recently started to strike some fancy poses as you can see below:

We tried to keep the hair straight for as long as we could but the next morning it was already starting to curl and lock back up. That kid's going to go through a lot of conditioner in her life...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Snow Day 2009

I created this with an amazing new tool called animoto. It requires no editing knowledge of any sort. All you do is load your images and choose a music track and you're done. Check it out at

Sunday, March 1, 2009

No Nothing - Randy Kaplan

There's a show on XM Kids Place Live called '13 Under 13' which is a chart show for songs that kids love. If you want to get the full list and read a blog that is completely obsessed with the channel go here.

So anyway, Kiki and I were listening to the show in the car one morning and this song came up called 'No Nothing' by Randy Kaplan. It started out as kind of a serious song and then went completely nuts. We couldn't stop laughing. I'm so happy that this kid has a great sense of humor.

Watch the video and read the lyrics below:

No, nothing. No, nothing
I know nothing and you know nothing
They know nothing and we know nothing
No, nothing at all

I got two pet cats at home
One of them’s name is Muffin
Muffin is a really, really good cat
She just sits on the windowsill all day long
Soaking up the sun and purring like this
And when she licks your finger
It feels like sandpaper
She’s the archetypal cat
But I got another cat
And his name is Nothing
It’s not that he doesn’t have a name
It’s N-O-T-H-I-N-G
Sometimes I spell it N-O-T-H-I-N
Then I add an apostrophe

No, nothing. No, nothing
I know nothing and you know nothing
They know nothing and we know nothing
No, nothing at all

Now as I said Muffin is very well behaved
But Nothing is totally depraved
The other day I came home
And he was climbing halfway up my window curtain
And he was reaching out with his paw
And his claw was treacherously close
To the Chagall lithograph I inherited from my grandma
And when I saw his paw and his claw
I said, No!

No, nothing. No, nothing
I know nothing and you know nothing
They know nothing and we know nothing
No, nothing at all

I also got a pet monkey at home
And his name is Kqxhc
That’s spelled K-Q-X-H-C
He was raised by ducks
His mama was a duck
And his papa was a duck
And when it came time to raise him
They said, How about Kqxhc?
Now he’s come to live with me
Well that’s another story entirely
Suffice it to say that Kqxhc
Is a very, very, very, very, very hungry monkey
The other day when Kqxhc woke up
He said, I want a muffin
I said, What? You want to eat Muffin the cat?
No way, man
We got rules against things like that
Kqxhc said, I didn’t mean Muffin the cat
I meant like a corn muffin or a raisin bran muffin
Or even a blue-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-oohberry muffin
I said, What do you think this is? The Muffin Store?
We don’t just got muffins of all flavors
Laying around for the taking
So Kqxhc said, Well then what’s in the ‘fridge
When we opened the refrigerator do you know what was in there?
A box of baking soda left over by the previous tenant
And some soy sauces and hot mustards
And a bunch of duck sauces, too
Well when Kqxhc saw the duck sauces
He said, What’s with the duck sauce?
Hey, where are my folks anyway?
And I said, No, it’s got nothing to do with ducks
It’s from the Chinese restaurant
I keep telling them I don’t need more sauce
But they don’t understand
They just keep sending it to me anyway
And I feel bad throwing it away
I don’t want to waste food
And so I keep putting it in the ‘fridge
And it keeps piling up
Well Kqxhc said, I’m not buying that
I lost my appetite
I think I’ll just have nothing
I said, What?! You’re not even hungry
And now you want to eat my cat Nothing?
Just because he’s a bit depraved
And not as well behaved as Muffin
Doesn’t mean you can eat him and—
Kqxhc interrupted me and said
I didn’t mean Nothing the cat
I meant nothing at all!

No, nothing. No, nothing
I know nothing and you know nothing
They know nothing and we know nothing
No, nothing at all

Crazy ABC's - Bare Naked Ladies

I'm not sure when the 'Bare Naked Ladies went' into the realm of kids' songs, but this one is pretty funny. Kiki loves this song and cracks up in several spots. It's always a good song to hear on show-and-share day when they have a new letter to talk about in class.

Please don't try to teach your kids the ABC's this way (lyrics below):

Hey Steve, hey Ed, that sounds nice, what is it?
Thank you, it's a, it's an alphabet song I'm working on
Oh great, a whole new alphabet, I just learned the old one

A is for aisle, B is for bdellium, C is for czar
And if you see him would you mind telling him?

Okay, hang on a second, yeah aisle, bdellium?
Yeah, aisle like a, like a theater, alright, okay and bdellium?
Bdellium, it's a gum like tree resin, it starts with a silent B
And then czar? Yeah, it's uh like a Russian czar

You know everybody knows apple, ball and cat
I wanted to get into some, you know some stranger words
Right, I see what you're doing

D is for djinn, E for Euphrates
F is for fohn, but not like when I call the ladies

I thought phone started with a P like a Ph
No, it's F O H N, it's a, it's a kind of wind
Yeah, I know what you mean by wind

G for gnarly, I for irk, H is for hour
J for jalapeA+os, good in either corn or flour
Tortillas, let us rhyme

K is for knick knack, L is for llama
Pramma, llama, ding, what's so strange about llama?
Llama, it starts with two L's, what's the second one for?
No idea, I know loser

N for neumonic, M is for mdomo, O is for ouiga board
P for pneumonia, pterodactyl and psychosis, Q is for qat

Okay, Q qat? What? Yeah, it's uh Q A T, it's an evergreen shrub
It's a perfect scrabble word because it's a Q with no U
There's not many of those, you have too much time on your hands

R is for argyle , no it isn't
Okay, you're right, I couldn't find a good R word
S is for SzA?r, a lovely German river
T for tsunami, a wave that makes me quiver

U is for urn, but not like earning money
V for vraisemblance from French and therefore kind of funny

W for wren, wrinkly and who
X is for Xian, an ancient Chinese city, true
Ancient Chinese city, huh? My guitar player, some hotshot

Y is for yiperite, a very nasty gas
And zed's the final letter and by final I mean last

Okay, when you say zed for the benefit of our American friends
You really mean Z, right?
No, I mean zed, like, like Zed Zed Top, Zed Zed Top?

Yeah, you know the guys with the big long beards
Well, except the guy whose name is Beard, he has a mustache
I always thought that was interesting

You done with the alphabet?
No, extra letters I haven't heard of? I think so
This was a great help, I think
With the contribution you made to world literacy

Well, I'm just saying, kids I'm just saying
Think outside the box a little bit, box with an R
Yeah, well, no box with a B A L K S like a pitcher
Ah, as opposed to B A C H S

Right, think outside the box, get into some Rochmaninov
That's Rochmaninov with a W

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