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Just Because

August 27, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having an awesome day. Did you know that today is Just Because Day? At first I didn’t know what that meant, and Cherry Ot told me that Just Because Day is a day when we can do something without having any real reason to do it. Many times we’re told what we have to do, and Just Because Day turns that idea on its head. Today we can do the things we enjoy…just because! We can sing songs, read books, go on a picnic, laugh, play, and tell our friends how much we enjoy being with them. Why? Just because! We can jump up and down, blow bubbles, count to 100, and give someone an unexpected present. Why? Just because! It’s a day celebrating the things we want to do without having to explain why. And that’s pretty cool.

How will you celebrate Just Because Day? Be sure to let us know! And don’t forget…have an awesome critterrific day! Why? Just because!

Rocking Out

August 20, 2014
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope you’re having a great day. At the hospital yesterday, we spent the afternoon singing a lot of cool songs. A guitarist came and played for us in the playroom, and we learned all these new tunes. It was really fun! I think I want to learn how to play rock and roll because that’s my favorite kind of music. Then I could join a band. I know Jella would be our lead singer, and Lily could design our band’s t-shirts with some awesome logo. I think I’d name our band Musicritterz or McPopper Rockers. It would be awesome!

Are you in a band? What’s it called? Or if you were in a band, what would you call it? And what kind of music would you play? Be sure to let us know!

Bye for now!

Sit Back and Relax

August 13, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having a great week. And speaking of great, did you know that this Friday, August 15th, is Relaxation Day? We all need to take time to relax and just enjoy being a kid! How do you like to relax? Whatever you decide, the best way to enjoy Relaxation Day is to take some moments for yourself to do what makes you happy. Here are some fun ideas that Max, the Hospital Critterz, and I came up with together:

• Read a book
• Watch a movie
• Draw a picture
• Sing a song
• Write a poem
• Take a trip with friends
• Sit in a hammock
• Take a nap!

Be sure to write your relaxation tips on our blog. We can’t wait to read them! And don’t forget…have a relaxing critterrific day!

Look to the Books

August 6, 2014

Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and August is here! Did you know that this Saturday, August 9th, is National Book Lovers Day? That means it’s the perfect day to find a quiet spot and start reading. You can start a book you’ve never read, or maybe you want to reread one of your favorites. No matter what you decide, the great thing about reading is that you can go on all sorts of adventures without ever having to leave to ground. Books expand our minds and introduce us to so many different places, characters, and concepts. Books help us learn and grow. What book are you going to read on Saturday? Be sure to let us know. I think I’m going to reread Hospital Critterz: The Prairie Pet by Stacey Laura Lloyd. As you can probably guess, it’s my all-time favorite!

Hospital Critterz: The Prairie Pet

Bye for now!

Goodbye, July!

July 30, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope this last week of July is a great one for you. Since July is coming to a close, it got me thinking a lot about goodbyes. They’re definitely not as much fun as hellos! There are a lot of ways to say goodbye, such as, “See you later!” and “Take care!” and “See you soon!” I like those more than “goodbye.” But since goodbyes were on my mind today, Beary Bruised and I wrote a poem. We hope you like it!

Goodbye, July
Goodbye, July,
I’ll miss you so.
The sunny days.
The warm nights.
The clear skies.
The loud singing.
The booming laughter.
But the good thing is,
you’ll come again.
And I will greet you with a smile.
Because July,
just like summer,
will return,
And I will get to say,
hello, July!

We’d love to read your poems about July! Be sure to post them on our blog. And don’t forget…have a critterrific poetry-filled day!

Calling all Cousins!

July 23, 2014
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Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope your week is going swimmingly. (I’ve always wanted to type that.) Cherry-Ot told me that tomorrow is National Cousin’s Day! And that means tomorrow’s the perfect day to see/call/hug/text/hang out with your cousins and tell them how much you appreciate them. You can even tag them in your Facebook post! There’s no better excuse to contact your cousins than to say how much you care about them. It will make them smile and feel really special…because they are! Do you have any cousins? I have a few cousins who are older and some who are younger. And I think they’re all awesome. Hi cousins!

Be sure to reach out to your cousins tomorrow. It’ll make them feel really good, and it’ll make you feel really good, too.

Bye for now!

July Giggles

July 16, 2014
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Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re having a great day! With summer in full swing, Dr. Duck Ling has been telling so many funny summer jokes. I just had to share them with you!

What’s black, white, and red all over? A sunburned Dalmatian.

How does the sun drink water? Out of sunglasses.

What do you call an unsure pelican? A pelican’t.

Where’s the coolest place to go during the summer? Indoors.

Where does a kingfish live? In a sandcastle.

What do you call a lobster in a bad mood? A little crabby.

We hope you like our jokes, and we hope you’ll share your own jokes on our blog. And don’t forget…have a critterrific joke-filled day!

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