Thursday, September 22, 2011


Fran and Claude at the door to the soft opening of the 7-11.

On the way home from school today, we stopped at the new 7-11 and Fran and Claude got Slurpees!  Fran also pocketed the coupon sheet for the Grand Opening Specials next week.

On the way to pay at the register, Claude sipped her Slurpee, looked around, and said, "I want to eat here."

"What?" I asked. I was a little horrified.

She looked around at the prepared convenience food and said, "I want to get something to eat here."

I shook my head and we paid.

We bought Michigan Honeycrisp apples on the way home to detox from Slurpees.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Claude really loves wolves. Big, bad ones. So we have been reading Wolf Books. It all started when she fell in love with Fairy Tales, especially "The Three Little Pigs". She's the kind of kid that likes the versions when the wolf eats the pigs. She heard "Little Red Riding Hood" and then we were on a mission to read as many Wolf Books as possible. We were doing this all summer. Then low and behold, the NY Times Book Review was talking about wolves this month! Clearly, Claude is a trendsetter.

For your reading pleasure, I gathered a list of Wolf Books that Claude enjoyed:

"Wolf's Coming" by Joe Kulka
"There's a Wolf at the Door" by Zoe B. Alley and R.W. Alley
"Little Red Riding Hood" by James Marshall
"The Three Little Pigs", James Marshall and Paul Galdone versions
"Wolves" by Emily Gravett
"Where's the Big Bad Wolf" by Eileen Christelow
"Big Wolf and Little Wolf: The Leaf That Wouldn't Fall" by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Tallec
"The Chicken Thief" by Beatrice Rodriguez
"Small Bad Wolf" by Sean Taylor
"Big Bad Wolves at School" by Stephen Krensky
"Nicky and the Big Bad Wolves" by Valeri Gorbachev
"The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig" by Eugene Trivizas and Helen Oxenbury

Some of these books were parodies, which Francis really enjoyed.  Claude just loved the copious wolf exposure.  In addition to general wolfery, any fairy tale by Paul Galdone and James Marshall was gobbled up in this house.

For the sake of editing this post with so many titles, logical punctuation was used.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

She's Not a Baby

Yesterday Blaine was changing the linens on Claude's toddler bed.

When he had the old sheets off,  the ever nibby Claudia furrowed her brow and pointed to the word "baby" on the label of her Sealy Baby Posturepedic mattress and said,  "I'm not a baby, I a big girl."

Tonight, refusing help, she got her head stuck in a pajama top.