Thursday, May 22, 2014

What We've Been Reading (Late Winter/Early Spring)


Audio Books
A Wind in the Door (Madeleine L'Engle)
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Madeleine L'Engle)
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites
Chocolate Fever
Frindle 
 (Frindle ranks pretty high on our most favorite audio books.)

Read-Alouds

Speak Love: Making Your Words Matter
This is written for tween-teen girls, but the content and style is fantastic.  And while T is still "little" I can get away with reading it to him, too.

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
Written by the same person who wrote Pippi-Longstocking-- this is one of my new favorites.

When You Reach Me  
Such an awesome read if you love A Wrinkle in Time.  The author connects the classic with secret notes left for the main character.

Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: A Tale of the Old West (I Witness Novels)
We chose this because of our ski trip to Colorado.

Meet Josefina
Josefina Learns A Lesson
The same thing as the Speak Love book, I'm pretty sure there's an expiration date on how long T will listen to these American Girl books.

Wonder
Such a great book for teaching compassion and empathy.  I would put this on a must-read list.

David Livingstone: Africa's Trailblazer
Dr. Livingstone was a pretty interesting guy, but the whole time I was reading I kept remembering this old Sesame Street clip.

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
Our getting-ready-for-Easter read.

The Young Reader's Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
M and T LOVED this "play."  It's written in such an easy way and the story is just funny.

Poetry
The Great Frog Race: And Other Poems

Music
Mozart's Magnificent Voyage


M's Reads




Double Trouble

Magic Tree House

Culdesac Kids

Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) Imagination Station Books
The Redcoats Are Coming

*Note: I put together these lists because I have a terrible memory about such things and this helps me to keep track of it all both for school reports and for when I need to remember some good books for T and Beza to read some day. :)   

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Funnies: Sneakers and Eyebrows

 Sneakers
A few weeks ago J came home with some minimalist running shoes.  When the kids saw them in the morning they thought they were pretty cool but wanted to know what they were for.  Matter-of-factly, T chimed, "Daddy, you run as much as you cry!"   Ha!

Eyebrows
Yesterday T said, "You know, if I had to lose a body part I think I would chose my hair because it's not very useful."

Interesting.  Hmm...and what about your eyebrows?  They're not very useful.

"Yes, they are!  They show how you're feeling."

I suppose they might...
(Soccer Saturday very unofficial score-keeper.)

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Five for the Week

A few bits from last week...

1.  The best Mother's Day bouquet.  (My favorite part?  The brown boxwood sprig. :)

2.  Our attempt to get them to stay in their seats at dinner.  "Seat belts."  (Oh, my.)

3.  An indigo bunting.  I've always wanted to see an indigo bunting.  (How fun is that to say?)

4.  Our annual-ish bear party.  This year we celebrated with T's kindergarten class.
(The teepees were "bear caves.")  (Our favorite--vanilla chai cupcakes.)

5.  And this is when we discovered that our 6-year-old son is way, WAY stronger than us.  He can do like 5 chin-ups without even trying.  Let's just say that J and I have a bit of catching up to do.

Now on to a whole new week... :)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Five for the Week

1.  Beautiful spring flowers are popping up everywhere.  

2.  Poor dude didn't feel so well one night after bedtime.  Luckily nothing bad came to fruition.  (But he looked so very huggable and sad all in one pose.)

3.  It was the week of Mother's Day teas.

4.  On Friday we went shopping for shorts after lunch out.  I teasingly told them that "no tipping" meant no tipping their cups over.  Ha.  (Also, I'm so very glad that we got those shorts--it's been nearly 80 for the past 3 days.)

5.  I was lavished with beautiful artwork and this necklace from J for Mother's Day.  (M even commissioned J to pick out a specific lip gloss for me from her.  Can you imagine him wandering the makeup aisles?  I'm bummed I wasn't there to see it. :)
(There's nothing like bubble wrap to bring everyone together. ;)

Happy Mother's Day to all of the special women in our lives...
I'm so very thankful for you.
(Special girls in my family not pictured--Grandma Taylor and Jo.  Also, all of my friends who encourage me every day. :)

Happy Mother's Day 2014!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Ten For The Week

1.  Teepees.  
(These would be so much more fun if it weren't for those downright horrible ticks.  M woke up with one embedded in her head the next morning.  Ugh...)

2.  The Save-the-Lawn Battle continues.  We're pretty sure that we're dealing with a skunk.  (We found some tell-tale scat.)  My string "scarecrow" was no match for his mischief.  Enter the Yard Enforcer--a motion-activated sprinkler that works both day and night.  It's mostly working.  The battle continues.
(Channeling his inner skunk.  Ha. ;)

3.  Our latest technique for getting some fruits and vegetables into her diet--sell the baby food pouches as totally cool.  

4.  My weekly shopping partners.

5.  Beza has discovered the joy of Candyland.  (Thankfully M and T are more than eager to play it with her.)

6.  We have an ongoing discussion about our favorite foods.  It has always been neck-in-neck between dark chocolate and raspberries for M, T and me.  Then this week we all realized that our most favorite-favorite might actually be java-chip frappucinos.  

7.  On Friday Nana and Grammy Miller chilled with Beza (Thank You!) while the rest of us went into the city to have J's LASIK surgery touched-up (all part of the original plan).

(We were in the very front of the train--it's a straight on view of the track ahead.)
While J was at his appointment, M, T and I headed to the NYC Public Library and Bryant Park.

8.  After a few hours of pain, J's eye was feeling great and by the next morning he was ready for another Soccer Saturday.
9.  This is possibly the worst bedtime story we have ever read because both M and T found the whole part about the boy growing up and leaving behind the dragon terribly sad.  There were buckets of tears.
Thankfully we had this book on hand to lift their spirits.
(True story.)

10.  We ended the weekend with a little hike.

And that was a bit of our week. :)