Monday, November 26, 2007

An Evans Thanksgiving

We spent Thanksgiving day with Dave's family. We have much to be thankful for. We are very blessed to have families that love each other and get along. The little things that might annoy each of us really is not important in the big picture and so we celebrated not only the day but each other.
Little baby Max. So sweet!

Where it all began. This is Dave's parents and brothers.

Little Byron coaxing Grandad to come on and play.

Lucy and Emma went to Sisters to spend Thanksgiving with Jed's dad and Kathy. Friday Lucy spent the night with us and Emma had a sleepover with a friend. The rest of the weekend was spent with some good friends that we grew up with.

Gary and Patti

Cute Carrie in a model pose.

Linda and Jason

Kelli with two of her cousins, Molly and Eric. Look how she loves her dessert. Nice face Kells.

Molly and Tailen. Adorable!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Sesame Street


Jim Squires posted an article at fjetsam about 20 things you didn’t know about Sesame Street.

1. Baby Bear is Jewish.

2. The Count is nearly two million years old.

3. The Count’s laugh after counting each number was discontinued over concerns of it frightening children.

4. In 1985, Snuffleupagus ceased to be a creature only Big Bird can see. The reason? Concerns that adults not believing Big Bird about Snuffy would lead to children being afraid to speak out about sexual abuse.

5. In the first season, Grover was brown, not blue.

6. Cookie Monster predates Sesame Street by 3 years. He began his life as “The Wheel Stealer” in an unaired General Foods commercial, and went on to become involved in an IBM training film and a commercial for Munchos, where he went under the name “Arnold the Munching Monster.” Back in these early days, he had a big set of sharp teeth and seemed a little more terrifying to kiddies than the friendly blue monster we all know and love.

7. During his first season in 1979, Telly was known as “The Television Monster.” He had an antenna on the top of his head and his eyes would spin around whenever he watched TV. In 1980 he was revamped into the worrywart we’ve all gotten used to.

8. Rosita, the only Hispanic Muppet on Sesame Street, is actually a fruit bat.

9. In the first season, Oscar the Grouch was orange, not green.

10. In 1970, a single was released of Ernie singing “Rubber Duckie.” It reached #16 on the Billboard chart.

11. Bert and Ernie aren’t gay. Get over it. Sesame Workshop has gone on record about this.

12. The pilot episode of Sesame Street that was screen tested in front of a number of families in July 1969 featured only one Muppet sketch. It involved Bert and Ernie. This was the only part of the show that tested well, so the show was retooled to focus more heavily on the Muppets, and to have them interact with human characters as well.

13. After Jim Henson’s death in 1989, only a handful of “News Flash” segments, which prominently featured Kermit the Frog, were created. In 2001, the sketches, both old and new, were abandoned completely.

14. Guy Smiley’s real name is Bernie Liederkrantz.

15. The fat blue muppet that always plays a customer to Grover’s waiter has a name befitting his appearance - Fat Blue.

16. In 2002, a the South African version of Sesame Street, an HIV-positive muppet was introduced in 2002. Kami is a five year old girl that became HIV-positive through a blood transfusion as an infant. Her name is derived from the word “Kamogelo,” which means “acceptance” in several African languages.

17. Contrary to popular belief, Big Bird is not a canary. He’s a Golden Condor.

18. Although the character of Elmo didn’t debut until 1984, the Elmo puppet was used regularly as a background Muppet since the early 1970’s.

19. Barkley was originally intended to be an acrobatic ape rather than a sheep dog. As well, he was called Woof Woof at first, only being called Barkley after several appearances.

20. Ken Kwapis, the director of the 1985 Sesame Street film “Follow That Bird,” went on to be involved in the creation of such cultural TV landmarks as The Larry Sanders Show and the The Office.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Cupcakes

Friday night we kept Lucy and Emma and I had promised Emma we would bake cupcakes. Emmy is becoming quite the little baker. She did the entire thing including measuring out ingredients and such. We decided that we would bake them in the shape of stars and they turned out very cute. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture because later on that night she came down with the stomach flu and I got to see that batter again.

Here grandad is trying to slow the eating of batter down a little. But these girls are pretty sneaky and fast.

Oops! Who me? No I am not eating batter.

Mmmmm! Heaven on a spoon!

Hey! I want some more! Wait for me.

Stop! Hold on. Don't take that bowl away yet.

What remained.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Friday Night With Byron

Friday we kept Byron over night so Jill and Wade could have a free night. We don't get to have him alone very often so Dave and I really enjoyed spending time with the little stinker.
He can be quite mischievous but just cracks us up with the things he does to show off for us. He does jumps, hops, somersaults and generally just runs as fast as he can through the house. He is showing how independent he wants to be just like most two-year-olds and loves to climb on EVERYTHING. He also turns on all the lights, ceiling fans and such. I can't tell you how many times I have had the lights turned off when I am right in the middle of cooking, sewing and other things.

BUT he is so lovey and sweet and just adores Dave. He grabs his hand and just leads him all over the place. What a doll.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Twin Hair Do's

This morning Emma wanted her dad to take pictures of herself and Lucy and send them to me because they had twin hair styles. So for you Emmy, here they are!

Goober Faces

Aren't we adorable?

Monkey Lips

Monday, November 5, 2007

A Busy Week

We spent Halloween at Dave's parents home. I fixed dinner for Dave and his parents since not only was it Dave's birthday but it was also Max and Delpha's anniversary of 59 years. Wow! I think that maybe this is the last year to try to celebrate both on the same day as Halloween because it is just becoming harder to get everyone together at the same time because all the little ones need to be out trick-or-treating too. Maybe we can do it the night before or after next year.
Here is little Max, the newest addition to the Evans family. He is Brett and Jenny's little sweet pea. He is such a little dolly.

Charo spent a little time on Saturday with us and as you can see Byron loved her glasses. Anyone with glasses has to be on guard as he is quick as can be ripping them off of your face. Just ask Dave and GG (Delpha). He also knew she was a softy and began climbing on the arm of the futon and jumping (or rather free-falling) on her. He is busy as can be and on the run.

Emma kept busy wrapping a birthday gift for me and making a turkey for my refrigerator. She is such a great little helper with cookie baking and helping with the little ones.

Thanksgiving turkey just around the corner!

Lucy and Byron checking on the chickens. I let them gather the eggs but between the two of them they were flying in the basket. We came out with only two broken eggs...not bad for a couple of two-year-olds.

Lucy is now into making lots of faces. Aunt Kelli is teaching her some beauties. Thanks to Aunt Kelli, Byron sticks his food out of his mouth when he see her. Poor Jill! We used to blame all of the bad habits on Brian but now we know.

My little helper....Emmy

See what I mean!

Emma began a small book for Lucy. Here is the first illustration.

Chapter One