Saturday, September 26, 2009

Episode 12.5 (Flashlight): CLICK

"Click" here to listen to: CLICK

Hi All,

Happy Autumn! The first day of Fall, September 22nd, was this week and I could not be happier. It is definitely our favorite season in the Night Light household. The crisp chilly air, no more pesky little gnats swarming your head and jumping in huge leaf piles! Although the days do become shorter and it gets darker earlier and stays dark later in the morning. 

Our night lights have to work overtime during this season. Our Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Princess night lights all do a wonderful job of keeping our rooms illuminated and help us feel a little more secure.

On that note, we are honored and delighted to be sponsored by The Art of Patrizia. She is a talented woman who designs unique and stunning night lights. She welcomes new ideas for designs and the colors in the night lights can be changed at no extra charge. As our sponsor, she has generously offered to design us a Night Light Stories night light to give away to one of our loyal listeners! Here is the picture of the actual night light. Can you imagine how this will light up a room?

Entering for a chance to win is simple. Leave a comment here at Night Light Stories about your favorite night light design you find over at The Art of Patrizia. We will randomly draw a winner on Thursday, October 8th.

What did you say? A word of the day! That is right! In our story there are many juicy words that are fun to learn and say!

pranceto dance or move in a lively or spirited manner

shimmer: To appear as a wavering or flickering image

Creative Corner

1. Make a list of all the things you can think of that make the sound "click".

2. How many words can you make from the words

3. While you are trying to fall asleep, count as high as you can.

As always, I look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the many stories we can share together!

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's The Great Pumpkin....Regatta?

Do you remember in Episode 11: Dragonfly, Dragonfly, Show Us the Way, we talked about friendship and why we loved our best friends? I have one more reason to appreciate, love and admire my best friend. She is pictured on the left in the above picture and is lovingly called Auntie Kerry in our house. Besides the fact that our children adore her and that she always knows how to brighten a gloomy day, after 15 years of our friendship, she can always surprise me! Today was one of those times. She called to tell me she entered the

What is it?
Here is the description directly from the website:

The First Annual Giant Pumpkin Regatta, sponsored by The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, pits the regions giant gourd growers an
d local businesses against each other in what is a competition of size and speed. While it sounds both impossible and crazy, it is a boat race, but the boats are giant pumpkins. The giant pumpkins are carved and hollowed out, put in the lake with forklifts, and raced as if they were kayaks. Join the paddlers and their PVC's (personal vegetable crafts) as they help raise awareness for the Chittenden Emergency Foodshelf and the United Way, official charity of the Great Pumpkin Regatta. Donations of non-perishable food items would be greatly appreciated. For an idea of how other states have orchestrated their regattas, click this link:

Night Light Stories is going to be Auntie Kerry's sponsor for her giant pumpkin adventure on October 11th. Here is where I need all of our creative listeners help!

She has to decorate the giant pumpkin as creatively as she can. You can find example pictures of past pumpkins here. So, what do you think she should make her GIANT PUMPKIN look like? Any ideas for Auntie Kerry?
Leave her your idea in the comment section.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Our Untitled Imagination Story now has a name!

Congratulations to:


He had the insightful title "A Place for Everyone".
You can click on his new title to listen to the story.

We also want to thank the many entries we received that were
really creative and some that were purposefully humorous!
As always I look forward to watching the glow grow
brighter with the many stories we can share together.


This little girl was signing more after finishing her first cupcake.
She wanted to indulge in another one!

It is easy to indulge in yummy autumn treats.
Do you have a great picture to visually define

Friday, September 18, 2009


Have you ever found something really hysterical? Did you snap a picture of it? Send it to us at and we will post it on the blog for all to enjoy. We can't wait to laugh hysterically with you!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Episode 12: Untitled Imagination Story

Click here to listen to: A Place for Everyone

Hi All,

The school year is in full swing at the Night Light household. Trail hiking, river swimming and all day family days will have to wait until the weekends. Our minds are rested and rejuvenated from the summer adventures and we are ready to have some new adventures in school! We hope you admire your teacher, are blissful when collaborating with your classmates, never disguise how ecstatic you are about school, flabbergasted by all the new things you learn, and most of all we wish you all a gigantically successful school year!


Our twelfth story was written by Chris and Melissa Bugaj and well, to be honest, it does not have a title! We could really use your help and creativity! After you listen to the story, come up with a creative title for this story. Leave it as a comment on the blog, twitter it to us at nightlight08 or email me at Our favorite title will win this very fun and reusable snack bag created by Natalia at the Woobie Shop. Great for lunchboxes, purses, book bags, diaper bags or really anywhere you can fit it.

What did you say? A word of the day! That is right! In our story there are
many juicy words that are fun to learn and say!

launch:to send forth or release
slogan: catch word or catch phrase
summit:the highest point or part of a hill
swivel: to turn or pivot

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story.

1. Keep a special journal or notebook where you keep all of your thoughts, ideas and drawings.

2. Sit together as a family and write down three goals for the school year for school and home that you want to achieve.They could be daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals or yearly goals.

3. Mrs. Brighton made her lunch and packed her backpack the night before so that she would not have to rush to do that in the morning. Think of one or two things you could do the night before school to make the morning a little bit easier for you. Examples would be: Take a shower, pack your lunch, organize your book bag or set out your clothes.

After listening to the story, can you recall the details to answer these questions?

1. Why did Mrs. Brighton have such a difficult time choosing a theme for her classroom?

2. Where is Mrs. Brighton when she thinks about "Leaping into Second Grade" as her theme?

3. What does she finally decide on as a theme? Be as specific and detailed as you can in describing her classroom.

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Amanda M from New Hampshire
Heather J of Virginia
Saben J of Virginia
Aunt Nenny
Danielle B of Buffalo, NY
Proby of Chigago Illinois.

We hope your day SPARKLED!

If you know someone who has a birthday coming up and you'd liketo send them a Night Light Birthday wish, send us an email at Please send us your loved one's first name and the first initial of their last name only and we'll pass along the birthday wish. There are no age limits!

As always I look forward to the many stories we can share together.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


These brave kids were visiting with a gigantic polar bear at the zoo!

There are some gigantic things in this world. Help us add to our Night Light dictionary with one of your pictures that visually defines gigantic! You can send them to We would love to show off your creativity. As always we look forward to the glow growing brighter with the many stories...and words we can share together.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Lighting the Way With Words

Have you ever been flabbergasted? I sure was on my birthday! I was amazed at the creativity and amount of time my husband and children put into this project for me.

Send us your visual definition of flabbergasted to or you can tweet me a picture at nightlight08. As always, I look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the many stories and words we can share together.


Have you been noticing the changes on the blog site? My very creative teacher friend and blogger extraordinaire, Dana, has come up with a new look for the Night Light Stories blog. Dana has two really creative, funny, and resourceful blogs for moms cleverly named Mommy Brain and Toddler Brain. If you have a toddler, teach toddlers, or have grandchildren that are toddlers, Dana has some really creative ideas! You can visit her by clicking on the pictures below.

So, what do you think about the new look of the blog? Leave a comment and let us know! We would love to hear from you.