Thursday, September 18, 2008

Flamingo Friday...do you think this comes in adult sizes?

....and if it did, would it be as cute?

No...huh-uh...I didn't think so either!!! Darn it!
I guess I'll have to look for something else for a Halloween costume this year.~~sigh~~
*Picture from Google Images
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Typhoon #13 was the "typhoon that wasn't"...at least for those of us here in Nagasaki. It went on a southern path and hit the the southern-most part of the island of Kyushu. It went so far away from us....we actually got nothing....nada...zip...from it. Issei was very a bit disappointed as he was planning on getting Friday (today) off from school due to the bad weather. Aaaah, the look on his face when he woke up to clear skies, bright sunshine and a nice breeze (at least in the morning)...almost broke my heart!!! By 10:00 this morning, the coolness had left and in its place was "geeeeez it's hot and muggy"!!! Welcome to the autumn in Nagasaki!!!
Thought I do love me a good thunderstorm, I'm thankful that this typhoon passed us by. It hit pretty hard down south and one of my students said that there were a couple of landslides. THAT I do not need.

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So back to a bit of flamingo-themed posting....a very good friend of mine (Hi Tomoko!!),who knows that I am all over anything flamingo...told me about a site on the Internet for kids who are learning English. It is called....




Mingoville is a city where flamingos live and speak only English. (I'm liking this already!) There is an interactive dictionary with 32 different languages...and they also have spelling, speaking, listening and reading activities. And the best part.....IT'S FREE!!! She told me about it, not only because of the particular theme this site has, but because it is a pretty good site for Issei to work on his own reading, spelling and writing skills. Though the young man can communicate verbally in English.....he is just like most other kids his age here in Japan when it comes to the other aspects of communication.

When he was a first grader, he was doing really well with his ABC's and phonics and trying to write, but...his teacher said that he was really struggling with the Japanese writing system and reading. So, that summer, we didn't work as hard as I had wanted on English, but focused instead on the Japanese. And all that he was able to do in English...was lost. No...not lost...just put back somewhere in his brain...it's still there and when they start to study English in school, I think it will all come back....but for now....no. So, websites like this one (and a host of others) will really help...and as long as he is doing it because he wants to do it, I'm happy!

We have some time this weekend, so I'm planning on showing him the site...I'm hoping it will be something he likes and will want to do. If you want to take a look at the site, click on this right here, and it should take you there!!!

Okay...time for bed....no classes tomorrow, but don't for one minute think that I'm just over here, lounging on the couch eating Hershey's Peanut Butter Kisses...oh..no..no...NO...I'll be busy...don't you worry. I think the pile of laundry is about to take over that part of the house and I swear to you, I think something moved in the restroom....yuck. Three male-type-persons in the house....it's a never ending battle!!

I wish you all a clean, nice smelling toilet kind of day...and pink flamingos...lots of flamingos!!

**oh...and if anyone happens to find my blog-reading & commenting mojo...please let me know. My GoogleReader is about to bust....some people have over 15 posts waiting for me to read...and I need to get back on that particular game!!! Thanks for helping!! {smile}


8 comments:

Ginaagain said...

Well try to take at least a little break from the house cleaning to eat a hershey's.

Janet said...

"clean, nice smelling toilet kind of day" ROFLMAO!!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Okay, first of all, the flamingo costume photo is the perfect Flamingo Friday centerpiece.

I'm glad the typhoon wasn't.

Mingoville? Really.

And? Mmmmmm. Chocolate and peanut butter kisses. Oh, how you make me think happy thoughts, Debbie.

Karen MEG said...

Halloween ... where the heck is this year going?

Thanks for the pinkness and the laughs...

This blog/commenting thing... I am so missing it. Thanks for hangin' with me - and have a great weekend!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

The Internet has just about everything!

Laura/CenterDownHome said...

My friend, Lokken Millis, illustrated a kids' book with a flamingo theme:

http://www.amazon.com/Felipe-Flamingo-Jill-Ker-Conway/dp/1555915477

I bet her studio was overrun with flamingos during this project!

So, anyway, if you do find the costume in your size, can you send me a pic of you standing in the yard of a trailer park? Beside a yard gnome?

I guess this would be difficult to find in Japan ...

hulagirlatheart said...

I'm really glad the typhoon passed you by. The storms have not been kind to folks this year. BTW, I enjoyed the emails. I can't reply until I get rid of the spyware that seeped into my system and makes my email replies appear as if they're from some virtual lottery. WTH??

phd in yogurtry said...

We've got two pink, plastic flamingoes in our back yard. They are back along the edge of our property line, standing guard. Just wanted you to know I'm sympatico with the flamingo : )