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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Some Days Are Like That

My mom does not approve of the amount of TV my kids watch. They do watch rather a lot but content matters and... and that's a soapbox for a different day. In any case, today Lizzy was a very tired little girl and all she wanted to do was sit on Grandma's lap (Grandma takes her a few days a week so I can Get Things Done) and watch TV. So they did. They watched quite a lot of preschool shows - Little Einsteins, Blue's Clues, Backyardigans - and Lizzy even talked Grandma into an episode of Spongebob Squarepants (which Grandma loathes). But they had a nice day, and sometimes you just need the quiet at-home (or at-Grandma's-house) day.

And when I picked Abby up at school she was full of the songs she's learning for her school's Veterans' Day concert. Yes, those songs. Her favorite is the Air Force one ("Here we go, into the wild blue yonder") although she likes the others too. She can't read a lot of the words on the sheet they gave her - there's a lot of French (the Army song's caissons) - and Latin (Semper from both the Marines (which also has words like Montezuma and Tripoli) and the Coast Guard). And of course we're in Seattle-ish, and she went to camp at the Museum of Flight during Blue Angels week, so we already know the Navy's song. I don't know the tune to the Coast Guard's song, but we've got the rest of them covered for practice. She came home and sang the Air Force song to her step-dad, who grew up on Air Force bases. He was charmed and amused, and Abby's going to sing the song to Grandpa Joe (retired Air Force man, and Hubs' dad) when he comes to visit this weekend. Should be fun.