Wednesday, May 30, 2018

80 Piece Farm Train Set 50225 Aldi

In case you are desperate for the 80 PC Wooden Rail Road Train Set #50225 sold at Aldi at Christmas time 2011, here it is!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Shortened Version of "The Lorax" by Dr. Suess

Ever wanted a 7 minute or less version of Dr. Suess' "The Lorax?" that you could share with children during reading time? Here you go! Just read the words with the appropriate page. These are mostly Dr. Suess' original words, though some of the words I put with different pages and occasionally changed a 'he' or an 'it' to whatever the pronoun stood for. Enjoy!

Pg. 1
At the far end of town
where the Grickle-grass grows 
is the Street of the Lifted Lorax.

Pg. 2-3
What was the Lorax?
And why was it there?
And why was it lifted and taken somewhere
from the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows?

Pg. 4-5
The old Once-ler still lives here.
Ask him. He knows.

Pg. 6-7
He’ll tell you perhaps...
If you’re willing to pay

Pg. 8-9
He’ll make a most careful count
to see if you’ve paid him the proper amount. 

Pg. 10-11
Then he grunts, “I will call you by Whisper-ma-Phone,
for the secrets I tell are for your ears alone.”

It all started way back... such a long, long time back...

Pg. 12-13
Way back in the days of the Truffala trees.
When the grass was still green
and the pond still wet,
and the song of the Swomee-Swans rang out in space...

Pg. 14-15
And, under the trees, I saw Brown Bar-ba-loots
and from the rippulous pond
came the comfortable sound
of the Humming-Fish humming
while splashing around.

Pg. 16-17
But those trees! Those trees!
All my life I’d been searching 
for trees such as these. 
I knew just what I’d do!
I unloaded my cart.

Pg. 18-19
In no time at all, I had built a small shop.
Then I chopped down a Truffala Tree with one chop.
And with great skillful skill and with great speedy speed, 
I took the soft tuft. And I knitted a Thneed!

Pg. 20-21
The instant I’d finished, I heard a ga-Zump!
I looked.
I saw a sort of man pop out of the stump.

Pg. 22-23
“Mister!” he said with a sawdusty sneeze,
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.
And I’m telling you, sir, at the top of my lungs”—
he was very upset as he shouted and puffed—

Pg. 24-25
You are crazy with greed.
There is no one on earth 
who would buy that fool Thneed!”

Pg. 26-27
But, the very next minute I proved he was wrong.
For, just at that minute, a chap came along
and happily bought the Thneed for three-ninety eight. 

Pg. 28-29
“I repeat,” cried the Lorax,
“I speak for the trees!”

“I’m busy,” I told him.
“Shut up, if you please.”

Pg. 30-31
And, in no time at all,
in the factory I built,
the whole Once-ler Family
was working full tilt.

Pg. 32-33
How my business did grow!
I quickly invented my Super-Axe-Hacker
which whacked off four Truffula Trees at one smacker.

Pg. 34-35
The Lorax knocked on my new office door.
He snapped, “I’m the Lorax who speaks for the trees.
But I’m also in charge of the Brown Bar-ba-loots.
NOW...thanks to your hacking my trees to the ground,
there’s not enough Truffula Fruit to go ‘round.”

Pg. 36-37
“They’ll have to find food elsewhere.
And I hope that they may.

Good luck, boys,” he cried.
And he sent them away.

I, the Once-ler felt sad
As I watched them all go.

Pg. 38-39
Business is business!
And business must grow

Pg. 40-41
Then again, the Lorax came back!
“Once-ler!” He cried with a cruffulous croak.
“Once-ler! You’re making such smogulous smoke!
My poor Swomee-Swans... why, they can’t sing a note!”

Pg. 42-43
“And so, they cannot live here.
They may have to fly for a month... or a year...
To escape from the smog you’ve smogged-up around here.”

Pg. 44-45
“What’s more is your Gluppity-Glup.” 

Pg. 46-47
“You’re glumping the pond where the Humming-Fish hummed!
They’ll walk on their fins and get woefully weary
in search of some water that isn’t so smeary.”

Pg. 48-49
And then I got mad.
I got terribly mad.

I yelled at the Lorax, “Now listen here, Dad!”
All you do is yap-yap and say, ‘Bad! Bad! Bad! Bad!’
For your information, you Lorax, I’m figuring
on biggering, and biggering, and biggering, and biggering

turning MORE Truffula Trees into Thneeds
which everyone, EVEYONE, EVERYONE needs!

Pg. 50-51
And at that very moment, we heard a loud whack!
The very last Truffula tree fell with a smack.

Pg. 52-53
No more trees. No more Thneeds. No more work to be done.
So, in no time, my uncles and aunts every one, all waved good-bye.
They jumped into my cars
and drove away under the smoke-smuggered stars. 
Now all that was left ‘neath the bad-smelling sky
Was my big empty factory...
The Lorax...
and I.

Pg. 54-55
The Lorax said nothing. Just gave me a glance...
Just gave me a sad, sad backward glance
as he lifted himself by the seat of his pants.
And I’ll never forget the grim look on his face
when he heisted himself and took leave of this place.

Pg. 56-57
And all that the Lorax left here in this mess
Was a small pile of rocks with the one word...

Pg. 58-59
Now that you’re here,
the word of the Lorax seems perfectly clear.
Unless someone cares a whole lot,
nothing is going to get better.
It’s not.

Pg. 60-61
It’s a Truffula Seed.
It’s the last one of all!
You’re in charge of the last of the Truffula Seeds.
And Truffula Trees are what everyone needs.
Plant a new Truffula. Treat it with care.
Give it clean water. And feed it fresh air.
Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.
Then the Lorax
and all his friends
may come back.”

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Omaha Museum Reciprocal Memberships

Vacationing is cheap when you are a member of museums and the zoo in Omaha. Here’s all the links you need to look up members of reciprocal lists. Just to show how effective and worth it is to support Omaha area attractions; I’ll show you where you can get in free in Chicago using what pass.

Durham Museum

Durham Museum Yearly Membership: $35 Individual, $60 Family — Part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program 


NONE, but below are fellow Smithsonian Institution Affiliates that do NOT offer free admission. Don't get confused.
  1. Shedd Aquarium (312) 939-2438 One Time Admission: $39.95 Adult, $29.95 Child
  2. Adler Planetarium (312) 922-7827 One Time Admission: $24.95 Adult, $19.95 Child
  3. DuSable Museum of African American History (773) 947-0600 One Time Admission: $10 Adult, $3-7 Child

Omaha Children's Museum

Omaha Children’s Museum Yearly Membership: $119 Family — ASTC Institutions


  1. Museum of Science and Industry (773) 684-1414 One Time Admission: $19.95 Adult Online, $10.95 Child Online
  2. Field Museum (312) 922-9410 One Time Admission: $24 Adult, $17 Child
  3. Adler Planetarium (312) 922-7827 One Time Admission: $24.95 Adult, $19.95 Child
  4. International Museum of Surgical Science (312) 642-6502: $17 Adult, $9-13 Child
  5. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (773) 755-5100: $9 Adult, $6-7 Child

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium Yearly Membership: $84 Individual, $125 Household — Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Chicago Admissions

  1. Lincoln Park Zoo — Already free to Public

Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum Yearly Membership: $45 Individual, $60 Family — NARM Association

Chicago Admissions

  1. Chicago History Museum (312) 642-4600 Adults $19, Free Children
  2. DuSable Museum of African American History (773) 947-0600 One Time Admission: $10 Adult, $3-7 Child
  3. Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art (312) 243-9088 $5 Voluntary Admission
  4. Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago (773) 702-0200 Free
  5. The Oriental Institute (773) 702-9520 $10 Adult, $5 Child
  6. The Richard H. Driehaus Museum (312) 482-8933 $20 Adult, Free-$10 Child
More to Come:

Fontenelle Forest Yearly Membership $65 — NATCTR 

None of the other museums in Omaha seem to have reciprocal benefits. The Joslyn Art Museum may have further reciprocal associations it belongs to. 

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Over 50 easy Valentine's printable crafts!

These are fun Valentine's activities that both kids and adults will enjoy and take minutes to prepare, enjoy!
  1. Heart garland

  2. Coloring pages

  3. Disney character's Valentine's cards (here's a few more)

  4. Mickey and Friend's printable valentine cupcake toppers, cupcake doilies, picture frame, candy boxes (several kinds on the website, but these appear to be the easiest), and Valentine's flowers

  5. Princess Stickers

  6. Bookmarks 1 & 2.(you an put a hole punch on the top and thread a small piece of ribbon on top for fun)

  7. Valentine's Day word Search and also more word searches, crosswords, and etc.

  8. Collection of clever Valentine's gifts, with printable labels and cards

  9. 20 Family Fun printables from boxes to pencil toppers

6 Great Songs for Valentine's!

1. I Can Be Your Friend (Veggie Tales): Kids hold and wave laminated heart flowers while we sing. I always do a form of the "sprinkler" hand movement when we sing "I can be Your Friend".

2. Skidamarink

3. That's Amore: We sing "When the world seems to shine and your feeling just fine" instead of talking about wine. Kids shake bell shakers (applies to bells will ring ting-a-ling-a-ling in the chorus).

4. Chocolate: Kids love the traditional finger play that goes along with this.

5. Four Hugs a Day (Charlotte Diamond)

6. Love is Something if you Give it Away: Hand motions in this are great. Kids love to do the same hand motions with ribbon sticks.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Outdoor fun songs!

1. Down by the Bay

2. Mr. Sun

3. Baby Bumblebee

5. Hot, Hot, Hot - Little Mermaid version

6. The Eensy Weensy Spider

7. Have You Ever Been a Fishin'

8. Pick a Bale of Cotton