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DtPb Christmas 2015

Tis’ the season! Ducky and the gang are so excited for Santa to come! They have written their letters to Santa, hung their stockings, trimmed the tree, wrapped their gifts to each other, and are now patiently waiting for Christmas morning!

We hope you are having a magical Christmas Season filled with family, fun, and of course good food!

Happy Holidays!

Before the holidays kicked off, Ducky and the gang went on a family vacation to the Lake District in Northern England.  They went on several boat rides, hiked lots of trails, and even rode some old fashioned choo-choo trains. Each had their own favorite moment.

Ducky’s favorite part was when we got caught in a “lamb jam” (traffic jam caused by grazing sheep), when driving on old country roads. They got several good laughs as humans tried to shoo the sheep off the road.

Pembleton’s favorite part was hiking around Lake Derwentwater. He cataloged different plants and animals he spotted along the hike in his science journal.

Ted’s favorite part was the bird show at Muncaster Castle. He liked seeing the hawks soaring in the sky and swooping over the crowd.

Blizzard’s favorite part was eating lots and lots of sticky toffee pudding! It is his favorite dessert in all of England, especially when topped with ice cream.

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Hello from the Lake District!

Earlier this summer, Ducky and the gang found out some exciting news! A new human is going to be added to the family!

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Then they found out the baby human is a GIRL! (Something Amanda Panda and Penelope Penguin are very excited about.)

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It took them a little while to get use to the idea, but now they love their little sister, and can’t wait to teach her “the way of the force”, and how to “live long and prosper”.

Now they are getting some more news! They are going to find out their baby sisters name!!

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Here is how it happened:

Ducky, Pembleton, Blizzard and Ted,
Gathered in the living room right before bed.
The mama and the papa told them some news,
That a brand new baby would be joining them soon.
Ducky asked, “will the baby be a brother?”
“No, not a brother”, said the mother.
“Then we’re having a sister”, shouted Ted and Blizzard.
Pembleton asked, “what is her name?”
The papa replied, “let’s play a guessing game.”
Ducky declared, “her last name has to be Mann because she’s joining our clan.”
“Right”, said papa, “and what will her middle name be?”
“I know, Dorothea! For our Grandma Dee.”
“Now let’s finish the game,
what about her first name?”
Blizzard laughed, “This should be easy”,
Ted giggled, “Let’s call her Evie.”
“Evie?” asked Pembleton.
“Is that short for Evelyn?”
“Yes”, said the mama, “that is her name,
Evelyn Dorothea Mann.”

DtPb are sad to hear one of their heroes, Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) has passed away.

Thank you for the memories, they will live long and prosper in our hearts.

Artwork from 2012

Animal Star Trek

“Live Long and Eat Cookies”

What a crazy dream!

Last night, Ducky dreamed that him and Pembleton were in a video game. They almost got eaten by Pac Man and they had to jump from one platform to another collecting bananas. Then after rescuing a princess, they met up with Donkey Kong and who ate all the bananas they collected.

While it was fun being in a video game, Ducky is glad that he isn’t stuck in there and can enjoy the real outdoors.

Nice to meet you Mr. Kong.

Nice to meet you Mr. Kong.

We hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season filled with lots of family, fun, and holiday cheer!

Here are a few of our favorite holiday memories from past years.

3 of Ducky's favorite parts of Thanksgiving: 1. Pie, 2. Full Belly, 3. A nap!

3 of Ducky’s favorite parts of Thanksgiving: 1. Pie, 2. Full Belly, 3. A nap!

Ducky and the gang are thankful for so many things this year! Here are few they would like to share:

  • Family and friends
  • Sharing laughs
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Space camp
  • The new Avengers trailer
  • Christmas is almost here!

Check out the Ducky Thanksgiving Story:

https://duckyadventures.com/2013/11/25/duckys-thanksgiving/

Science is so cool!

Ducky and Pembleton like to keep up-to-date on all the cool science news, especially Pembleton (who was a Mad Scientist for Halloween this year). Here are some of the latest Robotic News that has Ducky and the gang super excited!

NPR News: The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists http://n.pr/1vWxMTN

NASA: Rosetta International Mission to a Comet, In Search of our Origins http://rosetta.jpl.nasa.gov/

Ducky's Adventures

What is a Robot?

Ted and Blizzard asked Pembleton: “What is a Robot? ” Pembleton got so excited he took them to his laboratory to explain.

“Robots come in all shapes and sizes. They have a computer for a brain, and sensors and moving parts that help them complete specific tasks. Robots are used to make cars, computers, to help rescue people or animals from disasters, and clean around the house.” Pembleton explained to the Lil’ Guys.

“Wow, they can clean up around the house?!?” said Ted super excited.

“Did you know robots can also be your friend, and play games with you?” Pembleton added.

“We need one,” Blizzard and Ted said at the same time while they jumped up and down.

Until Next Time, Pembleton wants you to KEEP BEING CURIOUS!

Pembleton asks, “What science subject would you like me to explain next?” Please leave in the comment section…

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Fall is a beautiful time of year.  The leaves change colors and fall. The apples are ripe for the picking. The air becomes crisp. It is the start of the new school year and other new beginnings. Ducky and the gang love fall. They enjoy playing in the leaves, apple picking, and most of all Halloween. Every year, they go to a local pumpkin patch and pick the perfect pumpkin for carving. Unfortunately, in Israel we don’t know where a pumpkin patch is, and the local stores do not have traditional American style pumpkins. Then today at the grocery stores, we saw the cutest little acorn squash! They are perfect for DtPb, and helped get them get into the holiday spirit! Plus later tonight the humans are making pumpkin spice cookies (from the US!).

Happy Fall!

“Wait a minute, these aren’t pumpkins!” -Ducky “Nope, but they are gourds.” -Pembleton “What’s a gourd?” -Ducky

*Sorry we haven’t been blogging like we would like. We enjoy Ducky Adventures so much! But this past year has been very difficult (with cancer on both sides of the family and the passing of Laura’s mom). While we’ve been dealing with a lot, it’s time to start up the Ducky blog again.Thanks to everyone for being patient and spread the word- Ducky and the gang are back!

Ducky and Ted decided to go squirrel spotting while visiting relatives in the United States. Ducky hadn’t realized Ted had never seen a squirrel in person, because there are no squirrels in Israel. They had so much fun, luring in squirrels with peanut butter crackers and some acorns.

"Be very, very quiet."

“Be very, very quiet.”

Pembleton woke everyone up early this morning and said, “We’re going on a hike.” Pembleton had already packed their backpacks with sandwiches, water, a map, and a compass. They spent the whole day going up hills, going down hills, over fields, and under thick forests. What a fun way to spend the day!

"Are we there yet?" -Ducky

“Are we there yet?” -Ducky

Today, Ducky and the gang had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza (TMNT) Party. Wow! It was awesome! There was pizza and they dressed up like their favorite Ninja Turtles. Ducky originally wanted to have the party in the sewers, but luckily, Pembleton talked him out of it.

"Michalangelo is a party dude!" -Ducky

“Michelangelo is a party dude!” -Ducky

This is a special re-blog that goes out to anyone who is battling Cancer or any other illness, especially two wonderful women, OUR MOMS! We love you both so much.

http://www.cancer.org/

Ducky's Adventures

Ducky is a World Champion Heart-lifter. If it was an Olympic sport, Ducky would have the gold medal, no contest.

What is a Champion Heart-lifter, you might ask. Well a Champion Heart-lifter, is someone with the unique gift of bringing joy and happiness to people having a rough time in life. Ducky often visits children who are in the hospital, or the elderly in nursing homes to lift their hearts and make them laugh.  He always enjoys sharing his snacks with them.

Ducky is a Champion Heart-lifter, but you can be one too. Just be a friend to someone in need.

“Why did the Ducky cross the road?”

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Recently we had a new addition to our human family, a new niece/cousin, Miss Savannah Marie. Ducky and the gang were so excited to see pictures of the new baby. This got them thinking- Where they ever babies? This question made the humans laugh. After they were done laughing, they got out their photo album and showed them several baby pictures of Ducky and Pembleton when they were just lil’ guys. This was their favorite photo:

"Goo-goo, ga-ga!"

“Goo-goo, ga-ga!”

Last week Uncle Critter came for a visit. He taught Ducky how to make brownies from scratch. Mmmm…brownies! The best part was licking the spoons and eating the brownies straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
Ducky is looking forward to Uncle Critter’s next visit.
Mmmm.... I just love brownies.

Mmmm…. I just love brownies.

Thank you all for following/liking us on our last adventure: The Quest for Xanadu! We really enjoyed making it and reading your comments. You all are amazing fans. 

Today after school, Ducky and the gang could not escape a really stinky smell. “Gross! What is that smell?” Pembleton asked. Ted and Blizzard started sniffing around and both concluded, “It’s DUCKY!”

Apparently, on bath nights, he has been playing in the bath tub and not actually washing! He also had a slice of Limburger cheese in his pocket! “GROSS!” So tonight, with some extra supervision, Ducky got a double washing and an extra fluffing during bath time.

Rub-a-dub-dub!

Rub-a-dub-dub!

Sorry we have not been updating like we should! MAJOR FAIL on our parts.

Timothy- the brilliant illustrator of Ducky Adventures- has been very busy lately. He has a major deadline for work. Thankfully the deadline is soon! Hopefully we will be posting more regularly starting next week! Until then, enjoy these sketches Timothy left at the Montreal Bio-Dome chalk board back in November!

To learn more about the creators of Ducky Adventures check out our other blog: http://themannfamily.wordpress.com/

Earlier today Pembleton received a special Christmas package. One so special, there were instructions to open it right away. Ted and Blizzard were so excited, they couldn’t wait for Pembleton to open! “Open it! Open it!” They shouted.

“I don’t know, should I wait for Ducky?” Pembleton asked. He heard a muffled giggle but dismissed it.

“No, you should open it now.” Ted said as he covered his mouth, holding in a laugh.

“Okay. I will.” Pembleton slowly started to open the package- when suddenly it BURST OPEN!

“Surprise!” Ducky shouted as he popped out of the box!

“Not funny,” Pembleton pouted. “You were definitely not on my Christmas wish list!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEMBLETON!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS PEMBLETON!!

Ducky and the gang have really enjoyed their time in Montreal and at McGill University. When walking around campus, they discovered the campus was right next to Mt. Royal Park. So the gang decided to hike up Mt. Royal just in time for the sun to go down and the city lights to turn on.

When at the top, Ducky said, “What a magnificent sight.”

Pembelton replied, “Quel spectacle magnifique d’.”

Ducky just laughed. Why is Pembleton so strange? He wondered.

Quel spectacle magnifique d'.

Quel spectacle magnifique d’.

Over the weekend Ducky and the gang went to their first ever hockey game! They had so much fun watching the Zamboni circle the rink, they forgot that there was even a game. Then the McGill Redmen took to the ice against the Guelph Gryphons. The game was a nail biter as the puck went back and forth, back and forth. But in the end, the Redmen prevailed 3-2, and Ducky got to keep the winning puck. After the Zamboni cleared the ice, Ducky snuck on to the ice to practice. He hopes to show the guys how good he is, maybe they will even let him join the team.

Hey batter, batter, batter!

Hey batter, batter, batter!

One thing Ducky and the gang have learned since being in Montreal is that it is COLD! While Ted, Blizzard, and Pembleton are enjoying the colder weather, Ducky is having a hard time staying warm. At first he tried a nice mug of hot cocoa, but that doesn’t last very long. Then he tried a blankie, but that only gets in the way when playing with his toys. So Pembleton had the idea of getting some cool new PJs from Mr. Moose’ Canadian Comfort store that would keep them warm, but also stylish. Ducky chose the dino pattern, while Pembleton went with the space pattern. Ted and Blizzard’s fur kept them warm enough, and decided PJs would make them too warm.

While their new PJs keep them nice and warm, they still enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa and a blankie while cuddling up on the couch. Even Ted and Blizzard.

We look good in our new stylin' pjs!

We look good in our new stylin’ pjs!

Ducky and the gang are currently exploring the Canadian North for a couple of weeks. They will be spending some time in the Montreal area and hopefully meeting new friends. One of the first friends they have met is Marty the Mounty, a Canadian pony and officer of the law. He will be showing Ducky and the gang the ropes as they acclimate to their new home away from home.

Aye, what would you like to know a-boot Canada?

Aye, what would you like to know a-boot Canada?

(*Dear readers, sorry we have not been posting regularly. We have had lots of family visiting and have been traveling a lot. we hope to be posting more regularly soon.)

Halloween is tomorrow and Ducky and the Gang are not sure what their costume should be. There are so many great options: Super Heroes, Monsters, Army men, Ninjas, Fruit?!?! The list is endless.  Here are some Halloween pictures from the past. Hopefully they decide soon! Halloween is tomorrow!

Pembleton wants to remind everyone to be extra safe on Halloween.

Here is a great website to help families stay safe and healthy on Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips from the CDC

Ducky and Pembleton are living in a mysterious and amazing place called Haifa, Israel. Every weekend they explore new places in the city. Last weekend, they explored the Haifa zoo and met lots of new friends. Today, Pembleton woke everyone up early and announced that he found an amazing place called the Bahai gardens, right here in Haifa. So they packed their backpacks with snacks and juice and took the bus downtown.

When they first got off the bus, Pembleton said, “that doesn’t look right. We were supposed to be in a different place.” Pembleton checked the map and couldn’t recognize any of the street names. He turned to the others and said, “I’m sorry guys. I think we are lost.”

Ducky turned to him and said, “Don’t worry Pembleton. I’ll ask someone for directions.” Once Ducky got directions from a local puppy, they discovered they were only one street over from the entrance to the Bahai gardens.

The gang spent all day exploring the incredible Bahai gardens, and when they were done, they finished the afternoon with lunch and an ice cream cone. Before heading home, they stopped back at the base of the gardens for a group photo. It was a pretty awesome day.

"Whoa! That's quite a view!"

“Whoa! That’s quite a view!”

Every night before going to bed, the Lambs check in on the new born panda at the National Zoo. They like to see what the little guy is up to and hear about the latest updates on his development. But today something horrible and unexpected happened. THE PANDA CAM WAS SHUTDOWN!

So the Lambs decided to protest. They made signs and headed over to the White House, and they’re not going anywhere until the camera is turned back on!

The Lambs protesting in Washington

“Panda cam, NOW!” – the Lambs

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