Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Work it, baby

Today, Ella, Luke, and I started to do the summer reading program at our library. That's right, your local libraries all host a summer reading program. As a benefit for reading to your child, you have the chance to win assorted prizes (prizes from the past have included a gift cert to McDonald's for a free happy meal, pencils, and tie-dyed bags). This year we decided that we were going to work what I am affectionately calling The Library Circuit. Uh huh, that's right. We're going to multiple libraries and loading up on the goods. This morning kicked it off with a visit to my Mom's library. They had a featured guest who was a ventriliquist performing in the gym of a local elementary school (the elementary school I went to as a child, I might add). He did a few little assorted magic tricks, too. Ella was a little shy and didn't want to sit by the other kids. I don't blame her--they were all way older and way louder than she is. My Mom's library will also be hosting a few other guests on Wednesdays (think Ronald McDonald and the zoo!!) so I think we will definitely return. After the show, we went home. On the way home, both kids fell asleep and stayed asleep even though I transferred them to their respective beds. They both slept for 2 hours! Sweet! I had to go upstairs to wake them up in time to go to summer reading program kickoff #2. The second kickoff was down the street from my house so we decided to walk. Because they were late getting up, we had to eat lunch on the way. I threw Ella's sandwich at her to eat in the stroller and we were off. This program featured a guy doing Rumpelstiltskin with marionettes. Good times, good times (although I feel the need to point out that although this man obviously works with children a lot, he did really seem to enjoy the children. He seemed very annoyed with them quite frequently). We came home after that and Ella played in her new sandbox while Luke took another nap. Whew. I don't know if I can keep this pace up all summer.

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