Monday, December 18, 2006

Help me out here...

Does anyone know where to find those strings to attach mittens to a child's jacket? I need two of them, and I have no idea where to look. Every time I pick up my kids from preschool, one of them says, "Mom? Can you buy us some mittens that hook on? Because EVERYONE in our class has mittens that hook on except us." And then I feel like a loser Mom for the entire ride home.

Don't get me wrong. We don't do everything that EVERYONE in class is doing. On Friday the lament was, "Why don't we go to the movie theater? EVERYONE in our class has seen the movie 'Happy Feet' except us." Now, I have nothing against the movie "Happy Feet." It's probably a really cute movie. But at almost five, my boys don't watch many PG movies. Usually they're too intense and have some crude language. (I know, how crude can penguins get? But seriously. We saw the movie "Over the Hedge" last summer and every once in awhile I still hear, "I've got make-up on my butt, dude.") And they're sensitive to violence. (Watching Emeril chop off a goose's head and occasionally shout "BAM!" is about as intense as we get at our house!)

So we won't be seeing "Happy Feet" anytime soon. Charlotte's Web is on my list though.

But back to the mittens. I'm not all about fitting in, but these do seem practical. And if they create a sense of belonging for my almost five-year olds, so be it.


A Musing Mom said...

Jo-Ann Fabrics carries some really basic ones (like what I remember from being a kid) in their notions department. Here's a link, if it works. Hope that helps keep two sweet little boys happy!

Funny how it's often just the little things like that that can make a kid happy (that are also usually hard to come by for whatever reason).

L.L. Barkat said...

Saw you over at Craver's. Welcome to the blogosphere, llama and all. :)

L.L. Barkat said...

P.S. I like Mako Fujimura's work, too. How did you learn of him?

Llama Momma said...

I got turned onto Fujimura when he was in World magazine -- "Daniel of the Year" for 2005. And this past year I was priviledged to attend Calvin College's Festival of Faith in Writing. I even got to sit next to him. (Betcha he didn't know he was sitting next to THE llama momma!)

Kingdom Advancer said...

I don't know if you read World Magazine regularly, Llama Momma, but they gave "Happy Feet" a VERY BAD REVIEW. They said NOT TO TAKE YOUR KIDS TO IT. They said that it becomes a heavy-handed, message movie (about environmentalism; you know, your ordinary "humans are bad" themes) that is violent and dark. I think I even heard somewhere that some kids were running out of the movie theater crying.
It's a shame, really. The movie looked about as cute as can be in the teaser trailers.

Anyways...I've only heard good things about Charlotte's Web. That would be a wise choice to pick that over Happy Feet. I encourage you to read the article in World.

Llama Momma said...

KA -- I'll check out the World mag article. Another great resource is the focus on the family media website --

Kingdom Advancer said...

Believe it or not, Plugged In is linked from my blog as the sole source under "Entertainment"! :D

By the way, in case it is confusing, I'm not sure if World reviewed Charlotte's Web. I was referring to the Happy Feet review.

L.L. Barkat said...

That means you were sitting next to me too. You know, I did not even detect your llama identity.

Mako speaks at our church from time to time, and I've come to appreciate his friendship. I hope to take my kids to his latest exhibit over the break (down at Sara Tecchia in NY)

Llama Momma said...

l.l. -- what a small world! And I see you've got a post about "Reconciliation Blues" on your site now. Ed's a friend of mine and I can't wait to read his book (it's on order!)

I would love to see Fujimura's current exhibit. Be sure to post a review on your blog!

Emily said...

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Login is hellolittlepeepers
password is topsecret

It really isn't all that private, but it is for work purposes...long story.