Blog o' Graysmiths

For the Birds February 29, 2008

Filed under: Nature — graysmiths @ 7:52 pm

Remember those birdfeeders you made when you were a child from pinecones and peanut butter? Atticus made one of those in December at the Emerson Waldorf Holiday Festival (they used cream cheese instead of peanut butter). When we got home, Luke had the great idea to hang it outside his window so he could see the birds while playing in his room. It worked wonderfully and we would often hear delighted whoops from him as a new bird came to feed. After replacing the seed twice, I decided to make things a little less messy and relocate our bird feeder to outside the window. Now many many birds visit every day. Here are the birds that have visited us so far (and that we have identified):

  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Cardinal (male and female)
  • Downy Woodpecker (male and female)
  • Dark-Eyed Juno (identified 3/3/08)

We’ve got a bird book, but also use this great site to help identify birds:  I’ll keep updating this post as we identify more birds!

– Nicole


Atticus’ Thoughts on the Blog World

Filed under: Uncategorized — graysmiths @ 4:39 pm

I told Atticus that I started a blog where he could tell the world whatever he wanted to say. In typical 4-year-old fashion he stated:

“I don’t want to say anything. That’s what I want to say. ”

He added:

“I’m too busy to say anything.”


Book Report Numero Uno February 27, 2008

Filed under: Book Reports — graysmiths @ 12:27 am

Being a bookworm, my favorite school assignments were always book reports. Plus, my sister is a librarian. So, I thought a good way to try to keep up with this site would be to start at-least-weekly book reports about what Atticus and Rosemary are reading (or at this point, what I’m reading to them).

We just finished our first chapter book, Charlotte’s Web, by E.B White. We had previously tried to read this about a year ago, but Atticus quickly tired of it, and I didn’t push the issue. This time, however, at the end of each chapter, Atticus asked to read more, and we finished it in about a week. Here’s a short conversation we had about the book after we finished:

N: “What was your favorite part of the book?”

A: “The part at the beginning…the fair.”

N: “What was your least favorite part?”

A: “Charlotte dying.”

N: “How did it make you feel when she died?”

A: “It made me feel bad.” (short pause here) “And the fair part made me feel good!”

We started Stuart Little (also by Mr. White) this afternoon. I’m not sure what will be next, but I’m open to suggestions.

– Nicole


Finally… February 20, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — graysmiths @ 4:15 pm

Yes, the Graysmiths have finally entered the blog world.

I remember my younger sister mentioning how the second child (she is a second child herself) never got quite the attention to her life story that the first child received. So, this blog is dedicated to my daughter Rosemary, my second child, and my sister, Lauren, who lives far away and hopefully will enjoy these entries.

– Nicole