fledge capable of flying, from Middle English flegge, from Old English -flycge; akin to Old High German flucki capable of flying,
Old English flEogan to fly -- more at FLY
intransitive verb, of a young bird : to acquire the feathers necessary for flight or independent activity

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Tummy apes

The person who good-intentionally corrects my kids when they say, "tummy apes" instead of "tummy aches" will hear from me. Most kids get tummy aches, mine get tummy apes.

We want pancakes. Even if that means tummy apes. Let's go someplace with five different kinds of syrup and swirly, snowy whipped cream and happy yellow eggs and bottomless coffee cups and place mats to color and spinning posters hanging from the acoustic tiles. A place with a whole battalion of newspaper boxes in front, because this place means breakfast. A place where weekend-custody dads let the kids have ice cream, even if they didn't touch the scrambled eggs. And please, no servers from a superior gene pool to make me switch from Swedish pancakes to, "Oh, just some fruit, please". No, we want a server named Ramone, who jokes with the kids and suggests, "Hot cocoa?". That's what we want.

These are a few favorite waiting-for-the-food-to-come games:

Make a squiggly worm: Slide the wrapper from the straw so that is all scrunched up as tightly as possible. Drop water onto the wrapper and watch the worm wiggle.

"What's missing?": Okay, everybody, look carefully at everything on the table. Now close your eyes. Okay, open them. What's missing?

Napkin critter: Take a square paper napkin and twist the corners to make a little hat thingy. Place the hat thingy over a whole lemon. Push the little critter around the table.

Got any more?


Miss K.P.-Ness said...

We see how tall we can make a jelly packet tower. Some times they go straight up, sometimes they are built like a cheerleader pyramid.

We also place the sugar substitute packets in a certain patten and then try to continue that pattern... blue, yellow pink pink, blue yellow pink pink, blue yellow... what comes next? (I always make sure I use more pink than any other because I LOVE PINK!) Chris is a little bored with this now that he is older, but it's good in a pinch.

Nancy- you rock. When will you have a Rennie filled itinerary

WGAS said...

We use napkins and play tic tac toe or hangman. LOL!

Kristin L said...

We fold tehnapkins into flowers or airplanes. Always.


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