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Sesame Family Robinson – From making Muppets to Raising Moppets

Big News at Sesame Family Robinson

Curriculum of the day: Addition

For those following our blog, you know we’re “older” parents with young children. I’m also part of the Sandwich Generation, so I also take care of my father who moved to an assisted living facility near us recently. And now, Marty and I are going to be GRANDPARENTS!

Yes, Marty’s eldest daughter Lauren is pregnant. She’s already five months along, so she’s due in April. Her boyfriend, now fiancé, Sam and she will be living with us in January and they will decide then whether to be in Connecticut for the birth or up in New Hampshire to be near her aunt. Of course, we are pushing for our house, since she wants to do a home birth, but we’re just the GRANDPARENTS.

Lyra and Ripley will be little aunties. Their nephew or niece will be their playmate. How weird and wild.

I never thought I’d be a GRANDMOTHER quite so soon. Not as the MOTHER of 9-month-old twins! In truth, I’ll really be a step grandparent-in-law, but Lauren has made it clear that all of her parents (she has several through the modern American divorce culture) are grandparents. There will be no subdivisions. I find this quite wonderful—and daunting, since I’m going to be a GRANDMOTHER. 

So, Sesame Family Robinson will be adding another member. What a holiday gift!

Meet Lauren


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The Annual Holiday Card

Word of the Day: Salutations

Marty and I have become known for our holiday card. This is wonderful in many ways. Friends you don’t see often will stop you and gush about how they always hang your card on their refrigerator. We often hear how people can’t wait to open our card when it arrives. “Where did Annie and Marty go this year?” We usually make a 5x7 card that opens with several photos from our Sesame Street international teaching trips. Here are just some examples of photos that have been part of our previous holiday greetings:

 Our Renaissance Fair outfits with the pets
Our Renaissance Fair outfits with the pets

 St. Basil’s during one of the coldest Russian February’s in history
St. Basil’s during one of the coldest Russian February’s in history

Annie and Marty with two elephants.
Our Elephant Ride in Bali

The downside of doing an extravagant holiday card is people expect it from you. Because I was pregnant and on bed rest last December, we didn’t send out a card. We didn’t get calls and letters asking where it was, but I did feel like we let our family and friends down a little. So, we’re sending one out this year and are in the midst of deciding what will be the main photos. It won’t be a big card; we are still in a recession mentality here at our house. Still, we will probably use at least these two pictures. The shot of Ripley in the air was actually suggested by one of our blog readers to be on the card.

 Sesame Family Robinson at a lake.
"Love at the Lake” shot on the August Vacation Post (us in the Water)

Martin and baby at play.
Ripley in Flight.

We’ll probably put some kind of line next to the Ripley shot about “Flying happily into the New Year.”

Happy Holidays to all!

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Hoilday Card

Smartest Child Ever

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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?

Sommer

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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?

Edward

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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.

Glenda

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