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Food Glorious Food!

Lyra with a fish.

Word of the Day: Delicious

Our girls have never had a problem eating. From the moment we started them on that baby rice cereal, they’ve been chowhounds. Only a few items on the menu have been rejected. Most recently, mashed potatoes—they don't seem to like the texture. Although they pounded down sweet potatoes and broccoli rabe on Thanksgiving, today Ripley politely took the broccoli rabe out of her mouth—clearly too bitter—and handed it to me saying, "hot, hot, hot." It was anything close to being hot. Basically, they prefer all their food cold. They love how Marty prepares fish by just frying it in a pan with butter and mild spices. Delicious!

Recently, they enjoyed Marty’s angel hair alfredo:

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Elmo's Day!!!

Lyra and Ripley reading their favorite book.
The girls and the infamous “Elmo’s Day.” Ripley looks like she’s gone to Blissville.  

Word of the Day: Elmoday


You would think with my job, I’d have grokked the magic of Elmo. Only now do I truly understand the power of the Elmo. He is the Man for all toddlers. My girls do not watch the show yet. We are not introducing them to television until after they turn two. We do have many, many other Sesame Street learning platforms (speaking the speak) in our house: books, toys, dolls, bath friends, and toothbrushes, just to name a few. From books alone, they have picked up several character names. However, there is no one they’ve latched onto more profoundly than Elmo. They even point to the color red in other books and call it Elmo.

We have a book called “Elmo’s Day,” which is an activity book. It has wheels that turn to match animals, colors, weather, sounds—you know the drill. On one page you can even match socks. The girls are addicted to this book to the point that they are constantly calling for “Elmoday.” Lyra dreams it, mumbling “Elmoday” in her sleep. They sing “Elmoday” ditties in the car, bobbing their heads.

It’s a little tough on Marty since only once have we heard Ripley say “elly,” and point to Telly. Snuffy isn’t even on the map yet. Marty has taken to hiding “Elmo’s Day” but they start to go into a “Elmodayelmodayelmoday” rant and will not be satisfied until the book is open and the wheels spinning. God help us when they actually hear the little red guy speak!    

Happy Holidays!

Robison Family Christmas Card
We are a little behind with our holiday card, but here’s the front cover.

Song of the Day: O Pismesstee, O Pismesstee

“O Pismesstee O Pismisstee” is our new song. Every time we see a lit Christmas tree anywhere, we start to sing. The girls even point to tinsel and start bobbing their heads. It makes my heart glad since this is the first holiday in two years I’m really game to celebrate. Two years ago, I was on bed rest and my entire focus was keeping Lyra and Ripley in my belly until at least 32 weeks (they came at 36, not bad for a 46-year-old mommy!) Last year, we were so tired, and the girls weren’t old enough to understand the holiday, so we barely got a tree up at all.

This year, the tree went up on December 12! The stockings are hung, and garland and ribbons are strung around the staircase. Wooden ornaments are being bandied about the house by little hands (all sacred glass bulbs are above the four foot level!), along with reindeers and Santas.  

Last week, the girls attempted to meet Santa at their Grandpa’s place:  
  

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WISHING ALL OUR READERS AND SESAME FRIENDS THE WORLD OVER A HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON!

Every Dad's Nightmare



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Happy New Year!

Lyra and Ripley hugging.
Hugging in the New Year

Number of the Day: 2011
 
It’s hard to type—2011! Time moves faster when you’re older! Everyone says that time goes so quickly with children, you turn around and they’re off to college. And they’re right. My cure for that is attempting, and I mean attempting, to live as much in the moment as possible.
 
On that note, here are a few highlights for our Sesame Family Robinson Blog for next year: 
 
The shooting of Sesame Street’s Season 42! We’ll be in the studio from February through May, so expect a lot of pictures, movies, and posts about what it’s like to be behind-the-scenes and on set as we create this next season of shows.
 
More Mailbag letters! We really want to start to answer more of your questions about Sesame Street, working on the show, being working parents of twins, being a puppeteer or writer, or even about Sesame Street in the news (which is happening a lot lately!)  So, click on “WRITE US” above to ask that burning question.
 
No old acquaintances are forgotten here. Keep checking in for another season of Robinson Family fun!
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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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