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The Great, Cold Outdoors

Curriculum of the Day: Healthy Habits in Winter

Getting outside in the winter is always a challenge for me. I really do not like being cold. In the warmer months, we are constantly outside with the girls. We are blessed to have a nearby lake and trails, which we try to use as much as we can (this also gets Marty and I plenty of exercise because never fail the end of the adventure ends with “Carry me!”). We have play parks they visit, with us or their nanny, to use the slides and swings all the time. However, taking a walk in winter is not as easy an endeavor. Luckily, this year we didn’t have four months of ice and snow piled high on the driveway. Still, we try to get them outside, even for a short time every day, weather permitting. Our adventures these past months have been more about quick journeys around the yard until someone complains about being cold. And then, there’s the joy of a fresh snowfall. Lyra and Ripley discovered sledding this year and they love it, as you’ll see:

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Like your family we have twins, boy/girl, that turned three last month. I saw your blog entry for January and it looks like we have something in common, potty training twins. Like one of your girls, my son WILL NOT pee in the potty but his sister was doing well until she caught on to "Bubbie" not trying. I was just letting things run their course but our local pre-schools/mommy day out programs require the children to be potty trained and this mommy needs a day out. Bribery isn't working. Have you had any success?


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How often is the telly puppet renewed or replaced?

Katherine Sydney, Australia

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I read in 40 Years of Life on the Street about an incident involving Snuffy's puppet where a sombrero caused the wood frame to collapse on you and Bryant Young. Did they rebuild the puppet after that or did they just make a new one?


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I just wanted to say thanks for the blog. My daughter Kylie (who just turned two yesterday) loves to ask if we are going to see "the babies." Thank you so much to you and Marty for bringing the joy of Sesame Street into our lives every day.

Kendal and Kylie Montreal, Canada

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I've noticed that there are fewer Muppets and people in an episode now than there were twenty years ago. Does everyone show up on the set for filming days or only certain ones? Who decides who gets to play the Anything Muppets? There are some voices I hear more than others.


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