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Kristen: October 2009 Archives


It's All About the Germs Over Here

Posted by Kristen on October 29, 2009 at 6:16 AM in Flu Season
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Forgive me if you have seen this Sid episode a million times like I have. However, since we have been tortured by The Germ for the last 48 hours, I must remind everyone to sneeze into their arm, for the love of God.

And while you are at it, get your finger out of your nose already.

On a brighter note, my pediatrician's office finally got the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines. Either which may have been more helpful for us last week but Yay! for everyone who hasn't gotten sick and can now get a shot.



Just Another Picky Eater

Posted by Kristen on October 26, 2009 at 6:26 AM in picky eater
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"Maybe this one will be your good eater," she said as she watched him shove fistfuls of whatever his father would put in front of him on the tray. Occasionally he would lean down and eat something off the seat that had been leftover from breakfast if his father didn't get the food into his mouth fast enough.

I laughed. You see, my two other boys were fabulous eaters. I remember when Eat turned one and he ate two scrambled eggs for breakfast every single day for a year. Even the doctor was stunned. Now he would prefer to have a nice piece of bread or a tortilla with peanut butter and jelly.

Nate never liked vegetables but he would eat pretty much everything else until he turned two. What is it with the magic "two-year-old" mark in our house? Not that it matters today, since Mason is only seven months old. I think I'll just keep dishing up that cup of Irish oatmeal for breakfast every day and live in the moment.

So did you ever have the rise and fall of healthy food with yours? Please share. And don't forget to tweet to have your chance at winning that awesome Buddy costume. Today is the last day.


Win Your Very Own Buddy the Dinosaur Costume

Posted by Kristen on October 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM
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buddy.JPGJust in time for Halloween, no less. Here's the picture of Nate wearing his. I was frantically finishing it off in time for this post. In the spirit of full disclosure, I don't have the mittens/hands done yet because I was really confused by the sewing on one side thing on the pattern. Not to say that it is complicated. I have just given birth to three children and the last time I had a decent coherent thought was sometime in 2004.

Also, I didn't do the feet because I am going to do something a little different from the pattern. I just haven't figured out what that is just yet. They have the cutest little dinosaur toes you have ever seen. The Henson pattern calls for feet with soles however. This will NEVER work for us because our Halloween involves hayrides in backs of trucks for trick-or-treating. It would take all of two seconds for Nate to put his foot right through that or for him to get any manner of the great outdoors poking his feet. I think I might make the felt feet with just the top sides and run elastic that can slip over shoes. I'll let you know.

Do you want to win the AWESOME ONE seen toward the end of this video? It's only been worn once! For your chance to win, all you have to do is tweet:

@hensonparents is giving away a Buddy costume of Dinosaur Train fame to one lucky tweeter on 10/26 at 3pm PST #buddysuit pls RT

Or there is still time to make your very own. Trust me. If I can do it, so can you...


How to Make a Buddy the Dinosaur Costume of Dinosaur Train Fame

Posted by Kristen on October 19, 2009 at 10:00 AM
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We have a little excitement here at PBS Supersisters. Did you know that PBS Parents has all the instructions for making your very own Buddy the T-Rex costume with some help from the creators of Buddy?

Can you believe I'm trying to make one? The title of this post is a lie. What it should say is "What Not To Do When Making a Buddy Costume." But I was trying to stay lure you in with positivity.

Despite how excited you are about sewing, do not sew the inseam of Buddy's legs closed.
This seems like a no-brainer and you will be unpleasantly surprised at how long it takes you to rip the seams out with a pair of kid scissors because no one put "seam ripper" on the list of items needed. Even more annoying? That you did it to both the front AND the back.

Do not become overwhelmed by the thought that the costume was designed by the brilliant minds at Jim Henson Creature Shop. As Derek watched me cut out the pattern, he pulled out the old, "WHERE did you get this idea" and I was all "it's a costume from the people at Jim Henson" and he was all "you mean the people that brought us Kermit the Frog" and I was all "(insert inappropriate words) no pressure here now, Babe. Thanks."

Don't be afraid to ask for help from a person who may or may not know how to sew. I called Susie Sunshine. "Can you help me with some sewing questions?" She said, "I know nothing about sewing." Me: "But you make wrap around skirts!" She said, "Okay, what?" Me: "Aren't you supposed to pin the pattern to the fabric or something before you cut it out? The directions don't say. Probably because it's the equivalent to "Breathe in" for the sewing world." Her: "Yes. Wow, I was helpful." Me: "Yes, you were."

Wanting to impress is a powerful motivator. PBS asked which one of us wanted to do this. I jumped in and offered because 1) my kids worship at the altar of Dinosaur Train, 2) I have a new sewing machine for sewing labels in my clothes for work and 3) I'm insane. How hard could it possibly be? I mean, I made those kickin' throw pillows for my apartment back in 1999 and how about those awesome place mats I made in the third grade? And maybe I just want to impress the girl who can take a cloth napkin and a paper clip and make it into an award-winning costume. So far the directions have been pretty easy to understand and thank God for pictures. It helps when you erroneously sew Buddy's inseam closed. See above.

Make this costume at night and under all circumstances, don't tell your children you are doing it. They will find out soon enough. I really don't need to explain this, do I?

Not only am I making a Buddy costume for Nate, I am also going to be able to give away the one MADE BY THE PEOPLE AT JIM HENSON (the one worn by the cute little dinosaur you see here). Oh, yeah. So come back on Thursday to enter for your chance to win that one. And to see a picture of mine, which will hopefully be done by then or I'm going to get fired.


Manners (or a Lack Thereof)

Posted by Kristen on October 15, 2009 at 6:58 AM in Manners
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masonback.JPGYesterday we went on a walk to the gate at the end of our road. Harrison came with us so it was me and the four boys. I was enjoying the cool weather by not wearing a coat in 53 degree weather. Believe me, it sounded like a good idea at the time. Even wearing a toaster oven baby on my back, I was over the spontaneous diversions off the road about 1/3 of the way into our journey and I could no longer feel my fingers.

Ethan: Look!!! It's our neighbor!!!

He and Harrison raced off on their scooters down the middle of the road screaming "HELLO" to eighty-year-old Annie who was slowly pushing her walker seat in front of her. She turned around to stare at the craziness. I called the boys back the 1/4 mile to me.

Kristen: Boys. That is rude to yell "HELLO" from a million miles away.
Ethan: Well, what are we supposed to do?
Kristen: You need to wait until you are near her so she doesn't have to strain to hear you. You should get off your scooter when you get close to her and say, "Hello. How are you today?"
Ethan: Oh.
Harrison: We can do that, Miss Kristen.

They rode off again and there was in incident involving someone nearly taking Annie off her feet but they followed my instructions for the most part. I really don't think they mean to act like savages. I caught up to them about three minutes later as they were showing Annie their complicated scooter moves that made her gasp in horror. I suddenly envisioned having to call 911 because she had a heart attack.

Kristen: They are a little crazy. I'm sorry.
Annie: Three boys. God bless you. And they don't look anything like you. But they are very well-behaved.

No. No, they don't. And yes, they are. Sometimes.


PBS Photo Factory

Posted by Kristen on October 8, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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Have you done this yet? You are only limited by the amount of ink that is in your printer. And the amount of time you want to give up your computer to an over zealous four-year-old who thinks he should have photos with all of his favorite PBS characters.

Personally I don't approve of Curious George standing up in the boat OR the fact that he's not wearing his life vest, but those options are not yet available in the PBS Photo Factory. Check it out!!


Real Four-Year-Olds Don't Eat Quiche

Posted by Kristen on October 5, 2009 at 6:46 AM in picky eater
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spidereat.jpgI was always a picky eater. I just really didn't like food. My pediatrician Dr. Brown used to tell my mom that as long as I ate one good meal every two weeks, no worries.

Now the thought of only one good meal every two weeks makes me hyperventilate as a mother. Of course, look at me. It's not like I miss a meal myself these days. I turned out alright.

I think it has made me even more laid back about my kids and food. You don't have to like anything and you don't have to eat anything you don't want to eat. The pesky downside? You also aren't getting anything until the next meal. This is not a 24-hour diner I am running here. God bless all you mothers who are cooking multiple meals to make sure that everyone in your family is eating healthy and eating what they like. Me? It sure is a very long time until breakfast and yes, your brother does have permission to gloat as he eats his dessert.

Tonight I "made" Ethan eat zucchini quiche in order to get his dessert of homemade apple sauce from our apple picking extravaganza today. He didn't realize that apple sauce doesn't constitute true dessert in my book but far be it from me to judge what will inspire you to finish your dinner. And he did it.


Four Fun Car Games for Preschoolers

Posted by Kristen on October 1, 2009 at 6:58 AM in Car Games
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lick.jpgThis is the ride Mason finds himself in the most these days. This is, in fact, a baby doll stroller. His brothers don't care. Neither does he. He does seem to mind when they lick him on his head however. I have no idea why they do that. This has nothing to do with this post but I thought the picture was hysterical and horrible, all at the same time. Back to our regularly scheduled programming....

We have been looking for better things to do on our 25 minute drive to school in the morning. Lately we have been shaking things up a little by passing the time in ways other than throwing heavy objects at one another in the back seat. Here are four things we like to do in the car on the way to (or from) school.

1. I spy with my little eye.... Tried and true. We are working on colors over here since we realized recently that Nate doesn't know one color and we had practically taught Ethan how to read by this age. So colors it is. The down side is that we live in a land of a LOT of green. This, of course, is wonderful environmentally but it makes "I spy" a little less interesting.

2. "Whatcha gonna learn today?" Taken from our favorite, Sid the Science Kid, this is a great guessing game about what we might learn at school today. Lately the discussion rarely strays from dinosaurs, and I'm pretty sure we have Dinosaur Train to thank for that one.

3. High point/Low point. Best discussed after school, this gives your child a chance to process his day and to develop an ability to express/identify the good and the not-as-great in his day. It is normally pretty easy to say what was the best part of your day but it's great to show that your "low point" somehow seems a little less sad once you put it in the same story as the "high point."

4. Tell me a story. Pick a subject (how about dinosaurs? sigh) and everyone has to tell a story. You can identify exactly where everyone in your family is developmentally based on the direction the story heads (please, no more potty stories).

What do you guys like to do in the car?

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