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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Training Dragons

Marisa received a new movie for Christmas that has simply taken over our lives.

How to Train Your Dragon

Since this new movie about the most feared dragon - the Night Fury - has come into our lives, Marisa has become obsessed with a certain special dragon named Toothless. Now, if you're lucky enough to be familiar with this movie, you already know that the movie is pretty good. The plot, the animation, the concepts - it's all there and all very entertaining. If you are not already familiar with this movie, then you should probably find a way to watch this movie.

I should be kind enough to warn you of the possible consequences of bringing this movie into your home. Your child might find it necessary to own her own dragon. Your child might find the need to attempt to ride said dragon. Your child might even insist that you watch this movie on a regular basis - Oh, about once every two hours or so...

Lucky for me, the movie is entertaining enough to be tolerated when excessive exposure occurs. Lucky for me, I happen to find Toothless to be an adorable addition to our family - both the stuffed Toothless and the invisible Toothless!

Friday, January 7, 2011

I can haz entertainment?

Are you looking for an inexpensive and easy way to provide everlasting entertainment for your children (and your cats)?

The answer is right in your own back yard. You need only make a couple of minor purchases and then be on your way to never ending entertainment for your children (and your cats).

What you need: 

1 or more bird feeders
1 or more bags of bird seed

What you do:

Find a good spot in your yard to hang the bird feeders. Near a window is preferable.
Apply liberal amounts of bird seed on a regular basis.
Keep the blinds open so the kids (and cats) can enjoy the ever changing view.

Bird feeders are great, especially in the winter. We hung our feeders a few short weeks ago, and we're already the most popular house on the block. The sheer volume of hungry birds that visit our back deck every day is unbelievable. The girls (and the cats) sit by the window and jump for joy each time a new bird visits. The girls (and the cats)  twitch with excitement as we watch new birds settle in the nearby trees, waiting their turn at the feeders. We have even had the opportunity to learn about the various types of birds that frequent our back yard. Cardinals are frequent visitors, and we have learned the difference between female and male cardinals just by watching the birds that come to eat.

It is fun to feed the local wildlife. Your kids (and cats) get free entertainment, and you are doing something to help out in the world. You can also dispose of old bread, old cereal and leftover crackers in this manner. Just sprinkle the crumbs out in the yard for the birds and squirrels to scavenge. Those bits of food end up in some lucky animal's tummy instead of the landfill. See - just another way that feeding the animals helps.