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Monthly Archive for December, 2007

Here’s another great way to amuse your niece/nephews that doesn’t involve TV, video or candy. Macs come with an application from Apple called Photo Booth. Using the iSight camera in your Mac, you can take little snapshots that can be emailed or used as profile icons. I just discovered this 4-up “burst” mode that will [...]

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Watchable: Stardust

After unwrapping many Christmas presents and enjoying much food and wine with my friends Barb and John, it was suggested I take Charlotte out to the local Blockbuster to find a DVD we all could watch. Perusing the shelves, I spotted Stardust, starring Claire Danes and Charlie Cox (a cutie I hadn’t seen before). The [...]

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I hate shopping in general, and holiday shopping in particular. I like giving nice presents, though. One of my goals for this blog is to share some of the good ideas I get for presents to give to niece/nephews of all ages. If you want to share your recommendations, you can do so in the [...]

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Driving Miss Emily

I’m sitting in a cafe while waiting for Emily to finish a ballet class. She just finished her first semester at college and she’s spending part of her break here with me in Portland. Ballet is her major and she needed to get to a class tonight at her former ballet studio, located on the [...]

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Who’s Your Daddy?

I met up with sister Peggy and the kids last night at La Buca (a good place to take kids in Portland). As I sat down, Jack-Jack greeted me with the question: “Who’s your Daddy?” It’s actually a fun game I started to play with him in the last few weeks. He’s started to grasp [...]

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Five years ago, my sisters and I started a reading magazine for preschoolers. My sister Judy, the serial entrepreneur, was the motivating force behind it. She got the idea years and years ago, when she was volunteering at a children’s hospital. She noticed that even little toddlers would watch TV all the time. Books required [...]

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There are two places I avoid bringing the kids if I can: the toy store and the video store. It’s not too hard to avoid the toy store; I rarely need a toy. But if I’ve promised Violet a video for our sleepover, and I did not think ahead and order one on Netflix, we’ll [...]

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Almost one year ago, Steve Jobs announced that Apple would release a phone in 2007. I was excited about it. I’d been planning to buy an iPod Video, so I could show off my little family movies. Now I could get a device that could not only show movies, but also make phone calls and [...]

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Last year, my brother (Uncle Bob) introduced us all to a DVD called Dan Zanes & Friends: All Around the Kitchen! Crazy Video and Concert Songs We watched it with the kids a kajillion times. And, I now confess, I’ve watched Dan Zanes even without the kids. He is that adorable. From his website: “Once [...]

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When Jack-Jack was born, I learned of a fantastic book and video called The Happiest Baby on the Block by pediatrician Harvey Karp. It changed the way I approach the crying newborn problem. Dr. Karp talks about the five S’s: swaddling, side (or stomach) swinging, shushing, and sucking. In a nutshell, babies are happiest when [...]

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