Sunday, 10 February 2008
Posted by Neugier

Catching Up!

This last week has been one of those wonderful, crazy/busy weeks as I refer to them.

Of interest:

The Sound Of Silence-due to some interesting weather a utility pole just off from our street fell across the road blocking the main road and taking our electricity for most of one day and night! That was an experience! :D
We took naps, enjoyed the silence, [have you ever noticed the literal hum of electricity? I really hadn't thought about it lately until this happened and my oldest mentioned the silence and 'how far' you can actually hear without electricity], played games by candle light, and discussed the benefits as well as disadvantages of various deemed modern conveniences.
Our Children.
Ashley-is back on the rings! (gymnastics)-(pictures coming soon)
Austin-is in Honors Orchestra with his Cello!
Abby-is able to say the alphabet in English and most of it in Portuguese!
Aydon-is officially crawling and teething!

Did you know?

It's coming up on the ten-year anniversay of Binney & Smith's 100 Billionth Crayola Crayon. On February 6, 1996, Fred Rogers (of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood) made the 100 billionth Crayola crayon. It was a unique color called Blue Ribbon. A million of these special Blue Ribbon crayons were made, and sold in special commemorative boxes.

The actual 100 billionth Crayola crayon was won in a contest by Darlene Martin, a grandmother from Port Orchid, WA. She then sold it back to Binney & Smith for a $100,000 bond. The 100 billionth crayon now resides in the Crayola Hall of Fame in downtown Easton, PA.

So, just how popular is coloring? Kids, ages two to eight, spend an average of twenty-eight minutes each day coloring. And the average child in the United States will wear down 730 crayons by his tenth birthday. Combined, American children spend 6.3 billion hours coloring annually, almost 10,000 human lifetimes! According to a report in the "Christian Science Monitor," parents buy enough crayons in a year to make a giant crayon thirty-five feet in diameter and a hundred feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!

Oh, and by the way; if you've not had the opportunity to meet Mister Rogers' I personally can not recommend his "material" highly enough. In my opinion, if there were more parents with Mister Rogers' philosophy the world would be a much better place! (You can find various materials on Amazon.)

Well, I trust you each and everyone have had a wonderful weekend with those you love and that February will be a month full of blessings for you. A month that will draw you closer to the Author of LOVE.


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