Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson – One of the Greatest Leaders In U.S. History

Apr 13th

Humor Month – Joke of the Day 

Here’s the 1st in a series of funny things kids say . . . enjoy! 
Kidspeak . . . What will they say next?

What’s Really Important?   One warm summer evening a mother was driving with her three young children. A woman in the convertible in front of them stood up and waved. She was STARK NAKED. As the mother was reeling from shock, the five year old said, “Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!”

Ketchup –  A mother was struggling to get the ketchup out of the bottle when the phone rang. She asked her four year old daughter to answer it. She heard her daughter say, “Mommy can’t come to the phone. She’s hitting the bottle.”

I Pledge Allegiance –   Not quite getting it, the little first grader said, “I led the pigeons to the flag.”

Kids are so funny!  I’ll have more tomorrow!

 

Scrabble Day – When I was growing up my parents taught my brother and I how to count, do simple math, and read by playing games with us.  Dominoes helped teach quick addition and strategy – Dad and I would play over and over again.   A deck of cards turned into hours and hours of educational fun.  Monopoly taught money skills and making change.  And Scrabble with my Mom helped with my vocabulary.  Now, Mom is the QUEEN of high points words at Scrabble, and it’s quite honestly very difficult to beat her.  Even when she draws ridiculously difficult combinations of letters, she still wins!   Today celebrates this amazing board game that brings up so many happy memories for me.  Do you know the history behind the creation of Scrabble?  Until today I didn’t!  So here we go!  Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts (born April 13, 1899).  In 1931, Mr. Butts lost his job at an architecture firm.   He had to do something with his time, so he combined his creativity with his love for games, particularly crossword puzzles, and came up with the first version of the game that eventually came to be known as Scrabble.  At that time the game was known as Lexiko and the players used 9, instead of 7, tiles per turn.  The 2nd version was called Criss-Cross Words, with the tile count dropping to 7.  At this time Mr. Butts went back to working as an architect and a man by the name of James Brunot bought the rights to the game.  Butts received royalties.  The games rules changed, the board got new colors, and the name was changed to Scrabble.  Macy’s helped to make the game popular in 1953.  How should you celebrate this day?  Well, take out the Scrabble game, dust it off, and sit down for some fun!

Thomas Jefferson Day – One of the greatest men in the history of our country was born on April 13, 1743.  Thomas Jefferson was our third U.S. President.  He was also the 2nd Vice President, and the author of the Declaration of Independence.   To list all of the amazing contributions that he made to the formation of our system of government and the freedoms set in place by our forefathers would take far longer than I suspect you will take the time to read.  You can see endless lists of amazing quotes by merely doing a quick BING search, and see that he was absolutely spot on for TODAY’S issues, just as he was for his own.   His opposition to tyrannical government, and fighting for our rights as free citizens should ring out to us, in this day, in this time, with this administration.  We are living in a time when all that Thomas Jefferson and the other founding fathers of  our nation worked so hard to achieve is being systematically torn apart and trampled by those who wish to be controlling forces in our lives. This quote says it all . . . look around, be honest about what is happening.   Listen to the wisdom of our forefathers.

“When the government fears the people, there is liberty.  When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”  Thomas Jefferson

Baby Massage Day – Babies benefit greatly from being massaged from the day they are born.   There are so many benefits though to massaging infants.  Not only is it nice and cozy, it helps the bonding process; helps with communication between the baby and parents; can prevent or mitigate colic, wind and constipation; help the baby relax and sleep better and improve his/her body awareness.  I know that most parents, when holding their baby over their shoulders, rub on their little backs.  That’s a great start.  There are books and videos teaching how to do it properly, so baby doesn’t come to any harm.  I wish I had done this with my kids when they were tiny, though we did take them in for chiropractic from the time they were 2 weeks old.  I feel they got a great start to their spinal health because of it.  Our babies deserve the very best we can give them, and massages should be included in that!

Food Celebration of the Day – It’s a YUMMY one!

Peach Cobbler Day – This one makes me really wish I had looked ahead on the calendar so I could have gotten some peaches at the store!  Pie dates back to the Middle Ages, but cobblers were invented by early settlers in the American colonies, who cooked them in pots over open fires.  A peach cobbler sounds really delicious right about now!

Peach Cobbler

 

 

 

 

Saturday is always a good day, though I wish the sun would come out for this one.  There are so many things it would be nice to be doing outside! Bring a little sunshine in and make some peach cobbler today!  And even if you don’t have a baby at home, massage is good for all ages, so maybe giving yourself or a loved one a hand or foot massage will give you a feeling of well-being and relaxation.  I think I may walk down to my mom’s and play a game of Scrabble, if she’s feeling up to it.  She’s not been well lately.  Spending some time together would be nice.  No matter what you do though, do it with a sense of celebration.  God Bless You – I’ll see you tomorrow.

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