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Today marks two years since Laurel and I arrived in Dallas.

It also marked the first time she read her entire bedtime story aloud. She picked one of the more challenging picture books from her little library, Eric Carle's A House For Hermit Crab. She did a lot of sounding out and asked for help with unfamiliar words like 'anemone' and 'lanternfish', but she stuck with it and at the end, asked if a hermit crab would get get along with the red-clawed crabs (Sesarma bidens) in our freshwater tank. I told her they wouldn't, since red-clawed crabs are aggressive. (If they had speech bubbles over their heads, they would say "Hey, wanna fight?" most of the time and "Dang, I'm hungry." the rest.)

This week I hope to look at acquiring a dresser so I can enjoy my third year with more than one drawer and a suitcase. Perhaps I will find my two missing socks in the process.

...

Also, today is slutmuphin's birthday. Eat cake and prosper!

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clemidia
Mar. 28th, 2006 04:11 am (UTC)
Holy crap!

I'D have trouble with those words!

GOOD for her!

(How are things for you, too, schweetie? I didn't call because I wasn't sure if you were--er--ya know?)
oddharmonic
Mar. 28th, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
She'll stick it out more for tough new words in books she really likes, and any Eric Carle book falls into that category. It's kind of sweet how much we both like paper-collage illustration in books, which is good since I keep buying her Lois Ehlert books too.

Things are kind of 'eh' here -- I've got to tape my toe up because I stubbed it yesterday and it's all swollen and cranky today, I don't know what book fair shifts I'll be working yet and it's the last week before my den's graduation/Arrow of Light ceremony -- but it'll get better.

My phone's always on, so feel free to call anytime that works for you. I'll let you know if I can't take a call right then.
blythewater
Mar. 28th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
Yay Laurel! She's such a smart cookie.

oddharmonic
Mar. 28th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
It's really exciting to see her start reading on her own.

All year we've been working on how letters make sounds and words, her class word wall words (basic prepositions and pronouns, plus a few verbs) and writing simple sentences to describe pictures, so the sudden 'click' of her starting to read aloud and drawing a comic book is amazing to me.
may_lyn
Mar. 28th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
happy anniversary! :D
revme
Mar. 28th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hooray for Laurel! Give her a big hug for me! Reading is wicked awesome.
oddharmonic
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
I shall!

Did you know there's a Sock Monkey children's book? I saw it at Tattered Cover and wondered what Tony Millionaire was doing in the children's section, but that was quickly overruled by Sock Monkey = awesome.
revme
Mar. 29th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
There's actually a few! I've only got the Glass Doorknob, which is really good, but I keep thinking about getting the other ones. The Sock Monkey comics are really great, too, though. I think it's issue V3#1 that's one of the most beautiful things I've read ever.
slutmuphin
Mar. 28th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
thanks for the birthday wishes! i'd say it was an altogether decent birthday :) i'm now in a new age bracket--whee!
oddharmonic
Mar. 28th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Hooray!

I initially misread "new age bracket" as using the descriptor "new age" and wondered if that meant you were going to listen to Enya a lot. Hee.
blueeyed
Mar. 29th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)
"You're not big enough for me to fight!"
oddharmonic
Mar. 29th, 2006 01:19 am (UTC)
I love, love, love the Grouchy Ladybug. (:

(And how Book-A-Minute summarizes it.)
blueeyed
Mar. 29th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
So do I. It's so cute. Thanks for linking to that summary. It's so funny.
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