Ellie

Some kids have imaginary friends, my daughter has an imaginary child, Madeline. Madeline does a lot of the same things Ellie does: goes to school, has playdates, and so on. For the longest time, I just figured this was her imaginary friend. But then I noticed she would push her around in the stroller, drop her off at school, and do other parent-kid type things with her. Then last night, we're sitting at Carvel, enjoying our buy-one-get-one-free chocolate milkshakes (it's Fudgie the Whale's 30th birthday!), with Ellie enjoying her ice cream with sprinkles from the Sprinkle Tower. Then she launches into a story about when Madeline was in her tummy, and she really wanted to get out, and then she was born.
Yes, my daughter has her own imaginary daughter, complete with her own imaginary birth story. On the plus side, this should make the "where do babies come from" discussion easier....

The KidVid tournament is over, and Captain Bogg & Salty pulled out a big win over Frances England in the final! All the details at Zooglobble. Both were worthy competitors, and "Tricycle" definitely grew on me, to the point that I might just have to buy her CD for Ellie. But I loved "Pieces of 8ight" from the first time I saw it, so I'm glad it won.

We are a house divided. The Zooglobble KidVid Tournament is down to the finals: Captain Bogg & Salty's Pieces of 8ight versus Frances England's Tricycle. Tricycle is a cute folksy kind of song, but Pieces of 8ight is a raucous fun pirate tune. This explains a lot about why I can't get Ellie to switch from her music class CDs and Care Bears to the more tolerable They Might Be Giants "Here Come The ABCs." To be honest though, Frances England is way better than Care Bears.
Judge the videos for yourself, then go vote on Zooglobble.
Pieces of 8ight:

Tricycle: