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Hot Hot Hot!

September 17, 2014

Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope you’re staying cool in this big heat wave! It is so hot here in Kite Tree that we’ve barely gone outside except in the early morning hours and at night.

Want to know how to beat the heat? Here are some super cool tips to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of water…with extra ice!
  • Wear clothing with lighter colors.
  • Wear clothing made of cotton as it is cooler than many other fabrics.
  • Spritz yourself with cool water.
  • Wear a hat and don’t be afraid to dump water on yourself…it’s actually fun!

And if you do go outside, don’t forget to put on plenty of sunblock!

Bye for now!

Happy Teddy Bear Day!

September 9, 2014

Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and we decided to do an early post this week because we are excited to announce that today is Teddy Bear Day! This is a day to celebrate our favorite stuffed bear friends and give them a big hug. Do you know the story behind the Teddy Bear? Cherry Ot told me that when President Theodore Roosevelt (the 26th president of the United States) was on a hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902, he wouldn’t shoot a wounded bear, and then a newspaper ran a cartoon of the President next to a cuddly little bear. After Morris Michtom, a shop owner in New York, saw this cartoon, he sent a stuffed bear that his wife made to the President. He then asked the President if he could call the bear a “Teddy Bear” because “Teddy” was the president’s nickname. And guess what…President Roosevelt said yes! The stuffed bears became really popular, and the Michtoms even went on to start their own toy company. Isn’t that cool? Who knew these fuzzy little bears had such an awesome history!

We hope you give your bear a big hug on this truly critterrific day. And guess what…I’m going to hug Beary Bruised right now!


September Starts

September 3, 2014

Hey, what’s up? It’s me, Max, and I hope your September is off to an awesome start! Did you have a good Labor Day weekend? What did you do? Now that it’s officially September, school is back in full swing. And when you think about it, it’s not surprising that September is National Self Improvement Month. This is the month when we can all focus on learning new things and improving ourselves, which makes a lot of sense since we’re all starting new school lessons and classes! There’s always more to learn, and the coolest thing is that you can never run out of things to improve on. The theme of this month actually is the theme for our whole lives…never stop improving!

Bye for now!

Just Because

August 27, 2014

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

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

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!


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