Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Year of the Snake

Jerry decided that we must teach our nieces and nephews here about Chinese New Year.  So, we ordered Chinese food, bought some chopsticks, and filled little red envelopes.

First, Jerry taught the kids how to eat with chopsticks.  We informed them that they must eat at least one bit with the chopsticks.  I anticipated the kids stabbing their sesame chicken, but they picked up the skill surprisingly quickly.  (Apparently this is something I should have learned in my youth.)

After we all washed the grease off our fingers, we taught the kids about the tradition of red envelopes.  They had learned a little about it at school so they knew what was coming.  You will note that the Chinese character on the envelopes actually means Ding.  But we all know it's really what's inside that counts.

Megan was very proud of her dragon mask from school as well.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Love

I have always loved Amelia Bedelia.  It takes clever puns and double meanings to a whole new second grade level.  I particularly remember a hilarious scene at the beginning of a story where dear Amelia Bedlia must run to the phone. 

I've searched and searched for this book.  Let's face it.  For me it shouldn't have been that hard to find.  Today, I flipped through Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia and found the picture of Amelia racing to the phone.  (Not as hilarious as I remember it, but precious none the less.)

This Valentine's Day, I have been reunited with a long-lost love.