Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hot off the Presses! "Ernie's Special Summer Day!"

HOORAY! My first book has been published! If you have been following my blog, you might remember some of the fun times in this little story. Here's the story...

Ernie the Sock Monkey wakes up one morning, wondering what lies ahead. On this very special summer day, he goes to the beach, rides bicycles, meets a great big bear that loves to read, plays on playgrounds, visits a fair, and eats some yummy food! Most importantly, he makes many new friends. This joyful, cozy, and colorful photo picture book is for all ages of children - and their special adults - as you share this exciting tale from the perspective of a great storyteller... Ernie the Sock Monkey! You and your child will want to be friends with Ernie too, after spending this very fun and exciting day with him!

So, grab your mouse and get ordering today! You can order right from this link - - as well as on If you are in Michigan or Washington and are interested in a book signing event, well, I'm ready, pen in hand (well, sorta!). Please contact me at Ernie [ at ] ! Stock up now for the holidays, okay? OKAY!

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Magic Kingdom Aventure, Part 3

Well, to say that I had SO much to do and SO many people to meet at the happiest place on Earth... DISNEYLAND! The best part of it was being able to be in this great place where "pretend" is the preferred way to be!

Disneyland is set up so that you can go from place to place, pretending to be in different lands. Tomorrowland was pretty cool - all this futuristic stuff. It was pretty cool, but there was not a lot of tomorrow-y things to do there. I mean, there were not space boys and space girls walking around. So we stayed just a little while, until I asked if we could go pretend somewhere else.

The next place we went to was Frontierland! Well, I could have stayed there for the WHOLE TIME! There were cowgirls and lizards to talk to, and lots and lots of things to see there! There were cannons, and wagons, and stores, and saloons! It was a hustling, bustling town, where I could enjoy myself for a very long time!
No, really. I was not wanted! I was just - you guessed it - pretending!
We visited Tarzan's Tree House (excellent choice, if I do say so myself!). Then we watched the boat on the river, and then we made a quick visit to the Tiki Tiki Room... but I was too hungry and tried to get some bananas from some guy Rongo who didn't want to give them to me...

There are so many ways to get around in Disneyland! The train is very cool, and I met some new friends were were passengers like me... and who worked the train... like I would like to some day!

We found new friends everywhere we went, including a very helpful bear who was a big boost to me when I was trying to find Wendy and Ken!

At the end of the day, we were pretty tired. But not too tired to take in a movie, starring one of my cousins! It was a wonderful couple of days, filled with fun, climbing, excitement, music, and new friends. I can't wait to go again!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

My Magic Kingdom Adventure, Part 2

The day we went to Disneyland started very, very early. I rushed through my breakfast, because I could not wait to get there! Wendy, Ken and I boarded a bus that was going to take us to Disneyland. I was so excited! I had everything I needed in my backpack... well, everything that would fit. I asked Ken to carry some of my other stuff. 

We got on the bus earlier than almost anyone else. It was great because I got to pick EXACTLY the chair I wanted to sit in. But it was also not so great because we had to wait and wait and wait for these other people and kids to get on the bus. I'm not really good at being patient, so I tried to find things to do....

I looked out the window, shouting, "HEY! I'M GOING TO DISNEYLAND!" for a while. Then I played peek-a-boo with Wendy and Ken. Then I saw a little girl a few rows ahead of us, and I was yelling to her, "HEY! I'M GOING TO DISNEYLAND!" until Wendy said, "Settle down, Ernie. We are ALL going to Disneyland." I don't like when she tells me to settle down when I'm all excited.
We got to the Disneyland Entrance and there was a big sign that told us that we were THERE! I loved the sign that they have over the arch as we walked into the park. They don't miss a thing here at the Magic Kingdom! I like the idea of being here today and entering the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy! Sounds like my kind of place!
I met Danielle in the City Hall. She was such a sweetie. She gave me a big pin that let everyone know that I was a 1st Time Visitor! Wendy and Ken did not get pins for being return visitors. I felt pretty special - but I didn't want to tell them all that this pin was very, very heavy! I met a lot of Disney characters in the town square. It was so fun, and they were very friendly and cuddly. Except for Chip the Chipmunk who held me by my ear like I had cooties or something (you probably saw that picture in Part 1). 

We had a great time on Main Street. I love shopping, and there were lots and lots of stores. Mickey Mouse is all over the place, and I met a mess o'Mickeys in one store. There was a really nice guy who worked there, and he helped me find Woody and Jessie (who you saw in Part 1). Then I met Charles who is a very, very cool artist! He paints these pictures of Disney characters that end up on the faces of watches! (I don't understand how they get on the watch faces when the paintings are so big. The watches must be much larger than I could ever wear!) When we met him, he was working on a pretty picture of Lady and the Tramp. Ken and Charles got into a conversation about art - because, you know, Ken is an artist, too. It was interesting for a while, but I don't paint, so I got bored. Charles was very sweet, and I think he knew that I was bored. He joked with me while he posed for a picture!
After we shopped around and I sang with Woody and Jessie, I was ready to go back outside on Main Street. I saw that there was a movie theatre - but they called it a "cinema." I tried to get a ticket so I could watch Mickey in action. The lady in the booth turned out to be a real dummy. I don't mean she wasn't smart! Oh, no! I mean she was not a real person, just a giant doll, I guess! Instead of going inside to see Mickey Mouse, I stood outside and played a fun game of "Simon Says" with Mickey. While we were playing, this very cool lady named Joan came up to see us, saying, "I LOVE SOCK MONKEYS!" Her daughter, Jenny, was with her and said, "SHE DOES! I just bought a calendar for her!" I had hoped it was MY calendar, but no, it was another. Anyway, Joan and Jenny posed for a picture of me. I like Joan a lot! She is a real doll, not a dummy at all!
We were back in the town square, and Wendy asked me if I wanted to meet more Disney characters. The Red Queen and Dale were there, and while I would have liked to meet Dale, I was not too thrilled about that mean looking Queen! I was so excited about being at the park that I decided I would much rather just monkey around! I found a place to hang upside down (you know how much I love hanging upside down!). And then I saw these BEAUTIFUL flowers! I asked Ken to take my picture near the flowers, and then I decided to sit right down inside of the garden! It was very fun... until I realized that there were a LOT of bees buzzing around the flowers. I was relieved when Ken said, "Okay, Ernie, let's go to see the castle!" Whew! That was a close one!
The castle is at the end of Main Street. It is huge and so beautiful! I thought it would make a good hat, if it were smaller, so I asked Wendy and Ken to take my picture with it like it was on my head! I am so funny sometimes! I crack me up. Then I found a nice place to sit and watch people as they came up to the castle. It was very relaxing, and there were no bees there. After that, we started to go to Tomorrowland, but those rides were too scary for me. We did go to see Captain EO, starring one of my favorites - Michael Jackson! I wore 3D glasses and rocked out to the King of Pop. I want to dance like Michael.
Stay tuned for the final installment of this Disneyland adventure, when I explore Pooh Corner, see some very cool boats, visit Frontierland, and meet a whole lot more friends! Tah-tah for now!