Wanted: Phil

Wanted: Phil

Seriously. 2-3 inches of snow at the end of March. The school district here is on Spring Break. I’m sure there are a bunch of disappointed kids stuck inside right now.

Phil, you’re fired!


Egg Hunt at Point Pleasant Beach

Egg Hunt

Monkey Nose went digging in the sand today and found 3 eggs!

Well, actually, she was throwing the sand around, and the eggs were given to her, but, same difference.

Every year, on Palm Sunday, Point Pleasant Beach hosts an Egg Hunt for children, on the beach. Despite the destruction still visible from Super Storm Sandy, the Boardwalk and beach are open, so we went to support some local business.

Each child is to bring a shovel, pail or basket, and dig to find 3 eggs with prizes inside. We were late (of course, because I’m always late.  Ask anyone.) so there were no eggs left in the sand. But there were “referees” or something like that wandering around with eggs handing them out to us late comers. So we still win.
And MN will never know the difference. (Unless she reads this later.)

I was so excited that MN had a great time. I love the beach, and I love living close enough to go often. But last year, we only went twice, because MN HATED the sand. If a single grain got on her skin, she FREAKED OUT!!! She sat on my lap, under an umbrella and blanket the entire time. Oh, geez! So, maybe this year will be different.

Then, we met up with some friends and rode the Merry Go Round. Fun!

Here’s another picture, just because.

Egg Hunt 2

To Share or Not to Share…

Let’s talk about playdate etiquette.

We were at my girlfriend’s place, and Monkey Nose insisted on swiping the little boy’s toys right from his hands. Now I know this is developmentally appropriate for her age, but it still needs to be addressed so it doesn’t become a habit latter in life. And, she always responds with crocodile tears, because that works at home with Busy Daddy and Grammy. That sets off the domino effect, making her friend cry, which makes MN cry even more!

So, here’s my question. If the friend doesn’t react to MN swiping, do I reprove her anyway, or let it go?  My sense of justice dictates I fix the situation, reinforcing the good behavior I’ve always promoted. My need for adult interaction, however, screams “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

What would you do?

Put the book away!

Monkey Nose loves to read books. Fortunately, I have lots of picture books and board books from my years of teaching preschool. One of her favorite games is to “read” all the books in the basket and then put them back, singing “put the book away” over and over again.

Today, her game is to bring a book from the playroom to the bedroom for me to read. Then she “puts the book away”,  and gets another one.

We have read ALL the books in the playroom. Yay!


Don’t worry! No one is hurt 🙂

I just broke my glasses. Or rather, my sister’s small dog, who follows me like a shadow, stepped on them. They snapped right where the bridge meets the lense frame, totally unrepairable! So, it’s time for a trip to the eye doctor. It’s sad, though, because I’ve had those glasses for 6 1/2 years. We were good together.

Oh, well. Guess I’ll have to upgrade to contacts!

Every cloud has a silver lining 😉