Friday, October 2, 2015

Bambina Turns 3 Months!

"What did you say?" asks Bambina. "It's time for my monthly photo shoot? Already??"

"Act happy? And smile?? How does this look?"

"What do you mean it looked FAKE?  How's this?"

"Hurry, I'm sucking in my belly and holding my breath. Take the shot!"

King George

"I like how you call me King George, bow to me, and kiss my hand!" says the Bambino. "I will let you sit next to me and I will eat your cupcake."

"Well, that sure didn't last!" remarks Bambino. "I eat her cake and then she no longer wants me to be her king!"

"I have a feeling I'm not going to understand chicks for a long, long time."

Neighbor HOOD Drag Race?

"I thought you said this drag race would be kind of like going to Disneyland," remarks the Bambino.

"What kind of hood do I live in?"

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Modeling Stripes

"Being a full fledged Baby means I get to model cool new outfits!" reports the Bambina

"I even look good in stripes!" 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

It's a Biker Kind of Family

Bambino loves his trike.
And so did his dad.

But, his mom likes BIKES.

Or maybe it was just ONE bike.
Or maybe it was ONE CERTAIN BIKER...

A Small Teaching Moment that Made a Difference

My sister is a retired elementary school teacher. Each year she included a segment to help the kids be more aware of disabilities.

In this segment, she would have each student draw a paper from a bowl listing a disability. The student would then have that disability the rest of the day.

For example, if the disability said "blind", the student would now have to wear a handkerchief or scarf around their head covering their eyes. If they selected "deaf" they had to wear earplugs. If they selected paraplegic, they had to be in a wheelchair the rest of the day.

The students could not trade their disability. After all, you don't get those choices in real life, so they didn't get a choice, either.

Then, as the teacher, she would continue the class without any changes. No allowances were made to accommodate the students new disability. Many could not see the board, hear the lesson, or even do recess.

At first, the kids thought it was fun, but they soon learned it was difficult. By the end of they day, most now had an awareness of what a disability meant.

One of my Sister's students, now age 30+, recently visited her and shared how that disability lesson in 6th grade changed her life. This young woman had selected 'blind' and at first was disappointed because she wanted the wheelchair disability. But by the end of the day, she wanted to do something to help blind people. Her mother listened, and together they started training seeing-eye-dogs for the blind.

A small teaching moment making a change in someone's life.

It is fun to see what triggers a spark that causes a person to change their life - even at such a young tender age.  Well done, Sis, well done.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bambino does Oliver Twist

"I'm pretending I'm Oliver Twist," reports the Grandkid. "Please, can I have some more?"

A Mother Daughter Moment

Mother and daughter - they have the same eyes, don't they?

Read a Banned Book

This week we honor the freedom to read. We do this by selecting a book that has been banned, and then read that book, not only as an act of rebellion, but to also discover something new about ourselves and the world.

So, in honor of banned books week, I read "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. Not only is this book one of the top banned books in many schools, it was also the winner of the National Book Award.

Amazon says this about the book:
It is the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Wikipedia shares why this book is considered controversial:
The novel has some  content on issues such as alcohol, poverty, bullying, violence, and sexual references, as well as for the tragic deaths of characters and for the use of profanity and slurs related to homosexuality and mental disability.

For me, I found the book a quick read, delightful, witty, thought provoking, and even heart wrenching. It was easy to see why it is an award winner. It was more difficult to see how someone would be so offended as to put in the effort to get it banned.

Here is a link to the most frequently banned young adult books of fiction in 2014-2015. You may be amazed at what others find offensive. You may also be amazed at how some of your favorites may be on that list. 

This is not my happy face

"No, I am NOT happy about this" mumbles the Bambina.
"I prefer being held all the time, so obviously this is NOT my happy face.
This is my how-DARE-you-do-this-to-me face."

"I may need to punch you to get my point across."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I'm now a BABY!

"My Grandma Helen says I'm no longer an infant, but now a full-fledged BABY!"  Woooohooo! More perks!"

Friday, September 18, 2015

I am all smiles

"I am so happy to see you!' says the Bambina.

"Let's have an adventure!"

A Song for the Road

Bambino and mommy sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in the car.  It makes me smile, it is so darn cute.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Repairing the Bike

"So, when did you say I get to take this for a ride?" asks the Bambino.

Becoming Sneaky

"Pssst" whispers the Bambina.
"Meet ya in THAT corner in 10."

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Glam Girl

"What makes you think I'm sneaking out after dark?" asks the Bambina. "Just because I have well defined pink succulent lips, highlighted eyes to match those puckers, and silky fancy schmancy bloomers, doesn't mean I'm going out. It just means I know how to make the most of what I've got."

"When ya got it, ya flaunt it!"

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Twilight Zone?

"This is kind of spooky.  I'm seeing the same thing my brother saw when he had his 2 month old photoshoot," reports the Bambina.

"Is this the Twilight zone?"

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I will rock your world

"YAY! I made it to 2 months!" shouts the Bambina.

"Get ready, 'cause I'm going to ROCK YOUR WORLD!"

Saturday, August 29, 2015