Saturday, July 9, 2011

Storytime at the UofA!

This morning Stevie and I took Shyla to storytime at the UA Bookstore. We had tried this about 4 months ago but it was a disaster because all she wanted to do was climb up and down the stairs. Somehow I convinced Stevie that this time would be different and I was right!

Today's main focus was Martha Speaks! We tried to have Shyla watch some Martha Speaks on youtube this morning before we left, but she was uninterested.

However, we were both pleasantly surprised by how well she did!

First there is an arts-and-crafts station where Shyla and Stevie worked together on the masterpiece you see pictured above. (For those of you who don't know, Martha Speaks is about a dog who can talk because she eats alphabet soup....which makes the dog-bone not so random.)

Then there were 2 stories read: the first about Jane Goodall and the second was the first Martha Speaks book.

There were also 3 songs: Happy Birthday to all July birthdays, If You're Happy and You Know It, and Shake the Sillies Out (coincidently the same 3 songs from the library storytime last week).

Then it was time to meet Martha!!

For those of you who keep up with this blog, you know that Shyla does not like mascots. Of any kind. You also know that I keep forcing her to meet various ones. You may remember the Minnie Mouse incident....

This is what happened after standing in line to meet Martha. Is it just me or does Martha look guarded and ready to protect herself? Perhaps Shy's reputation has preceded her?

And this was the look we got immediately following the encounter.


By then we were all hungry and, although it was getting close to naptime, we decided to head over to Dirtbags (a Tucson staple) for lunch. Cesar met us there and Jazer was working. He even made sure Shyla got extra kiwi (her current favorite).

She sat with Daddy for a long time and then worked on destroying their dog-bone.

It was a fun morning, though, and I am so relieved to know that she is now old enough to enjoy storytime! Makes my heart happy!


Anonymous said...

YAY for storytime of all types...I am not a big fan of mascots either and the "look" is very familiar (kendra was always very offended that we would try to force them upon her and we were the worst parents EVER until now when Kendra and Stevie have that honor!)

Your Mom said...

opps...your Mom...

Chelsea said...

Yay! Hey, and thanks for the invite!

I think there needs to be an album created from Shyla's mascot pictures alone :)

Natalie said...

I like when I read something on facebook and then I have to check a blog for the cross reference. Makes sense now.

Definitely agree with Chelsea. Save all the mascot pictures and when Shyla is about 10 make a shutterfly book out of all of them.

Jeannette said...

Who doesn't love a little submersion therapy (especially when it's photographed)? ;o)

Suzanne said...

You know, coming from a friend, I'd still have to call is mascot torture.