Still trying to catch up….Gosh, isn’t is so true: Once you get behind, it’s harder and harder to catch up?  I was caught up for a day, and then got busy again with work, and….well, anyway, I’m trying, dear readers, I’m trying!

Are you excited for the weekend??

QUOTABLES.

I’m trying to exhibit gratitude this year.  For, I truly HAVE been blessed far more than I have EVER deserved.

The features of the week are:

TOYLAND.

Wee One’s Grammy got her this toy for Christmas, and it is AWESOME (especially if you or your wee one likes to sing!)

Sesame Street Squeeze-a-Song Elmo

After she and I took Wee One on an 8 hour car trip, and had to sing to distract Wee One for about 2 hours of that trip, Wee One’s Grammy thought this toy would come in handy…and it has!

WEARABLES.

Wee One got a pair of these from her Nana for her baby shower, and they are GREAT!

BabyLegs

A nice little “extra” to keep legs just a little bit warmer….and they fit from newborn to age 10!

FABULOUS FINDS.

One of our client’s had this, and it is really SO handy.

Fruit Infusion Pitcher

Such a great way to encourage yourself to drink more water…I mean, imagine the possibilities!  Lemon, lime, mint, raspberry….the flavors just keep going and going!

WEEKEND TO-DO LIST.

It’s Super Bowl weekend…yay!  Our favorite teams aren’t playing, BUT it’s still a great excuse to cook fun appetizers and hang out with friends and family!

For this first February weekend, the to-do list includes:

1.  Cook a food from a different country.

2.  Organize cupboards

3.  Have a wine and cheese night with friends.

And now, for the regular features…..

The Dailys:

CELEBRATIONS.

February 3, 2012 is…

Bubble Gum Day

Elmo’s Birthday

Give Kids a Smile Day

National Carrot Cake Day

National Wear Red Day

The Day The Music Died

What a plethora of occasions today…what will you celebrate or commemorate?

THE WRITTEN WORD.

I remember liking these books when I was little, and Wee One seems to be really entranced by the illustrations.

Just Me and My Mom

By Mercer Mayer

I hope Wee One isn’t QUITE as mischievous as this Little Critter!

DO RE MI.

Today is “The Day The Music Died”, so I thought American Pie was the appropriate song of the day.  However, it’s actually kind of depressing!

American Pie

By Don McLean

To purchase and download “American Pie”, by Don McLean, click the link below:

American Pie

Lyrics:

A long long time ago
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a while
But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

So bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?
Well, I know that you’re in love with him
’cause I saw you dancing in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues
I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died
I started singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Now, for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rolling stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the Jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me
Oh and while the king was looking down
The Jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned
And while Lenin read a book on Marx
The quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died
We were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
Landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the Jester on the sidelines in a cast
Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
While sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance
‘Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?
We started singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend
And as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in hell
Could break that Satan’s spell
And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died
He was singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play
And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken
And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died
And they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die
they were singing

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singing this’ll be the day that I die

To download the easy piano version of “American Pie”, click here; for the piano, voice, and guitar version, click here.

Wee One liked the chorus, and since she doesn’t really understand the lyrics, I thought it was okay to sing….

NOURISHMENT.

I have mentioned this before, but my mama-in-law is SUCH a good caketress….she makes the BEST cakes, and I ESPECIALLY love her Carrot Cake.  I wonder if this recipe is as great?

Birthday Carrot Cake from The Noshery

WONDERFUL recipes on this site…and great pics to boot!

I’d like to try this recipe for Chicken Lemon Ricotta Pasta.

PINTEREST BOARD OF THE DAY.

February 3: Are you ready for some football?  Super Bowl!

Follow me on Pinterest.

ACTION.

Wee One hasn’t been around many (well, any!) kids her own age, so today was very fun.

Socialize your baby with kids of different ages, including her own.

Hopefully she has a new friend!  For the parents, it was so neat to see how babies are so similar, and yet so unique!

EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT.

I’ve often wondered this very thing!

FYI: Do Animals Dream?  By Kaitlin Miller

Excerpt:

The purpose of dreaming remains a mystery, but infants (of all species) dream more often. This is probably because the sensory stimulation helps form new neural connections. In adults, the best working theory is that dreams stimulate the regions of the brain associated with memory. Finches replay the melody of their birdsong in their dreams, and lab rats retrace the mazes they have run.

I wonder what our puppy dreams about?

WORK IT.

Clamshell Bridge

(from self.com)

Targets: Hips, thighs, butt

Lie on your back with your knees bent, one pointing towards the ceiling and feet touching (sole of left foot against side of right foot) with hands pointed towards the ceiling. Lift hips into bridge pose, squeeze your buttocks and open your knees pushing through the planted foot. Lower to starting position. Perform 10-15 reps slowly then quickly do another set. Repeat on the other side. Focus on opening your knees, lifting your hips to target the gluteal muscles along with the external rotators of the hips. Try: Two to three sets of 10 to 15 reps. (But don’t stop there if it’s too easy!)

Tip: Beginners can bend their knees and bring their feet closer to their body. For a real challenge, try placing your heels on another bench in front of you.

A PICTURE IS WORTH 1,000 WORDS.

We have A LOT of cookbooks…this is only one shelf of MANY.

Do you have a favorite cookbook?

WWW.

I found this site in a search for bubble gum craft in honor of one of today’s celebrations:

Kara’s Party Ideas

GREAT site with oodles of fun ideas!

I mean…how cool is this?

Make Your Own Gumball Machine from Kara’s Party Ideas

Ahhh…I want to try this for a party for Wee One some day!

HMMM.

What is your favorite flavor and brand of gum?

Here’s to a wonderful weekend!

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