Friday, March 27, 2009

Practice for a Bear Attack

Practice for a Bear Attack, originally uploaded by AmagoMundi.

Lie very still and hope she goes away.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Nighttime Routine

Nighttime Routine, originally uploaded by AmagoMundi.

B is reading to himself, complete with animal sound effects. A is researching school web design, complete with animal sound effects.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Penguin and Bear Love, Continued

Penguin and Bear Love, Cont., originally uploaded by AmagoMundi.

We love our animals. Tons.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Me gustan los coches

Me gustan los coches, originally uploaded by AmagoMundiMobile.

Great Grandparents are Great

PICT0256.JPG, originally uploaded by

Here is Benny Ray at Christmas with his GGMa and his GGPa.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Momo Love

This is a nap-in-progress:

Following up here on some of our more popular posts on penguins, loving penguins, and other tomfoolery, we present to our loyal reader a totally candid follow up to that hilarious series on penguins. "Momos" appear to be the animal du jour. That's baby-speak for mono.*

*Nombre genérico con que se designa a cualquiera de los animales del suborden de los Simios.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Babies, Trust, and Entertainment

There is a really interesting article in the New York Times about babies and the survival of the species today.

The quote I liked most: "anthropologists have made the startling discovery that children have entertainment value, and that among traditional cultures without television or Internet access, a bobble-headed baby is the best show in town." Ain't that the truth! (See below.)

Monday, March 02, 2009

"That Toddling Town..."

This weekend we went into Chicago to hang with our good friends, the newly wed Greg and Aster. We started our morning by showering, running around naked in our rooms and applying yummy Baby Bee Buttermilk Lotion so as to achieve a sweet, fresh scent (hoping to impress our friends.)

We then picked up Greg and Aster at their hotel in Chicago and headed over to the Shedd Aquarium where, believe it or not, teachers get in free! What a deal! Here we sit on a bench (oh how we love seats that do not include restraining devices) reading Shedd Aquarium literature.

Once we knew just where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see, we walked/ran through many cool exhibits including the new Wild Reef shark exhibit, which was really neat. We displayed perfect aquarium etiquette by pointing, squealing and yelling out our own versions of "fish" at each window of watery magic. We also enjoyed watching sea turtles swim....

and further enjoyed petting and kissing the drier, less mobile turtles.

Below, we observe a "swimming lizard" ( amagomundi loses points for inaccuracy....we were rather focused on not losing the boy) who seemed to like our attention.

And here we watch and wait for more sharks and stingrays to pass by. Dad will keep us safe.

On our way to the car (and later, some deep-dish pizza) Greg, Aster and amagomundi staff member strike a frozen pose amid the brisk, gray, end-of-February scene. Bring on Spring!

By the time we got home, boy were we pooped! It was time to kick back, relax and dream of oceans unexplored.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Brook and John

Our friends Brook and John appeared on the front page of the South Bend Tribune today. The photo above is from an article on how South Bend has continued to be hammered by the mortgage crisis. They are bundling loose sticks while volunteering to do yard-work on some vacant homes on Diamond Avenue and the surrounding South Bend neighborhood.

Like the rest of the nation, St. Joseph County, and especially South Bend, has been ravaged by foreclosures. Countywide, they more than quadrupled from 2001 through 2007, rising from 468 to 1,944.

South Bend's increase was comparable, with foreclosures climbing from 337 in 2001 to 1,358 in 2007.

South Bend's share of the county's foreclosures also has held steady, falling just slightly, from 72 percent to 69 percent during that time.

To give you a sense of scale, according to the 2006 census the population of South Bend was just above 105,000.