Buddy, who has given up naps, to Daddy, who was taking one: "What are you doing sleeping? It's not night-time! Don't you do your sleeping at night? You're supposed to be watching this show with me! People sleep at night! It's NOT NIGHT!"
Buddy: "Daddy, when you take me to bed, you always leave the animals. Can I have them in bed with me? It will probably take you three trips to take me, then the pillow, then the animals, but I would really like it if you brought my animals." Animals currently = Stuffy the Dragon, Mr. Moose (Mistee Moose) and a nameless red dragon.
Buddy: What would happen if I left my shoes on all day?
Me: Well, let's see. Your feet wouldn't get cold, and you wouldn't have to go to the trouble to put your shoes back on all the time. You could get out of the car or house without having to take the time to put your shoes back on, and Daddy would probably complain less that you keep taking your shoes off.
Buddy: Ahhhh...I don't really care about that. I'm taking my shoes off.
Every year we pick a country and try to learn something about the country itself as well as some of their holiday traditions. This year, Kiki picked Iceland because she had seen a story about how people in Iceland help baby penguins when they are hatched.
Some of the things we did to learn about Iceland:
- Looked at Iceland on the map. Noted how close it is to Sweden and Norway, which we've also studied. Looked at the flag. Compared the population and land area to Texas. Talked about the weather there and some special features: hot springs, fjords, & northern lights. Looked at pictures of Iceland.
- Learned about the Christmas traditions of Iceland. Some of our favorites: the Christmas cat who eats anyone who doesn't wear something new on Christmas, and the Yule lads of Iceland who do all kinds of holiday mischief.
- Visited the puffins at Sea World and learned that the puffin exhibit is in the dark for 24 hours a day during this part of the year, because many puffins lived in an area of the world where the sun doesn't rise during the winter. We compared this to the penguins' habitiat which is currently lit 24 hours a day and talked about why that is (penguins live in Anarctica where the sun doesn't set this part of the year.) We also learned about efforts for puffin conservation.
- Learned that Icelandic folklore includes a lot about one of our favorite topics around here - elves!
For nexts year, the kids are already debating between France because of family heritage (Buddy and Kiki) and Austria because of the legend of Krampus (Kiki and Yaya) for next year. I also here a lot of talk about redoing Mexico and Germany. We'll see how that goes. Luckily it's a year away. :)