Special Day-livery

At Clara’s preschool they celebrate “special days” since not every child has a birthday during the school year. Clara had hers last week and just like last year (which was really only back in March) it was a chance for both of us, plus Grammy and Tom Tom, to come into her classroom for a few minutes so her classmates could learn a bit more about her. Here’s an old photo from last year’s festivities:

We didn’t get any shots of the actual event this time around, but we did have a good time making her About Me poster. Last year we printed out photos so Clara could show her friends all of her family members. This time around we decided to take a looser interpretation.

We flipped through a few magazines together and cut out items that Clara likes. They mostly ended up being characters (minions from Despicable Me, Sully and “Mouse Kasowski” from Monsters Inc, princesses, and even the M&M guy) but she did grab a picture of a butterfly, a dog, some cookies, and even a drawing that she made to round out the collection. From there, we decided not to micromanage or even direct how she collaged them on to her poster (she picked the hot pink poster board too). So yeah, some things got placed upside down or on top of each other, but it was fun for us to just bite our tongues and watch her go.

Sherry did swoop in to help her place the letters in her name when she asked for some assistance with those.

Once at school, she sat on Sherry’s lap as we pointed out all of her favorite objects on the poster. Then I read “Secret Pizza Party” to the kids before she handed out stickers to each of her classmates. There were still 30 minutes left in the school day, so we got to join the kids for recess.

That’s when we got to see Clara’s love for the tire-swing first hand. Not to mention some of the new friendships she’s building. These girls are as thick as thieves.



What Kind Of Accent Do You Have: The Quiz

A post on Facebook the other night led me to this random quiz: What American Accent Do You Have? Since we’ve always been fans of completely non-scientific online quizzes, why not take it for a spin, right? It was especially interesting for us to take since we get the occasional video comments like “John sounds soooo Southern” or “Sherry talks like Mila Kunis.” Not that Mila Kunis is an accent…

We both think we have pretty neutral American accents – although I’m quick to point out that the Jersey in Sherry likes to call the top of your face the “far-head.” And she gives me a hard time for not distinguishing between the pronunciation of “pin” and “pen.” So maybe this quiz would settle once and for all exactly how middle of the road our accents are (or aren’t).

I felt very validated by my result. Note the part that says “you don’t have an accent.” And the part that says “you have a good voice for TV and radio” (better than being told you have a face for radio, amiright?). I sat back as Sherry took the quiz and answered most questions the same way I did, expecting to see the same evaluation. That’s when this sprung up:


We both cry laughed. Sherry has been pinned as New Jersey, New York, and even as South Carolina or Canada, but never Boston. But before I got to drop too many “paaaahk the cah in the Harvaahd yaaahd” jokes on her, we both noticed that she actually got an equal 83% ranking for both a Boston and Midland accent. So maybe she is still pretty neutral after all… just in a Boston-y kind of way. What do you Boston folks who met us at the signing think? Is there a little Boston secretly hiding in Sherry? Or is this quiz just way off?

Here’s the link again if you want to take it yourself. If you already did, what was your result? Was it spot on or not even close? Was there any question that you had a particularly hard time answering? I think Sherry repeated Mary, marry, and merry about 20 times before deciding that she said them all a little differently.