Friday, March 20, 2015

On the Wings of Music (This Captured Moment)

{A snippet of life in this moment.}

This week Pandora has fueled his imagination.

Tacos with a side of Mariachi Fiesta took him to Spain.
Pizza with some Italian Traditional transported him to Italy.
Saint Patrick's Day with Celtic Radio (and Travel With Kids: Ireland) led him to Ireland.
A haircut with Barbershop Quartets turned the bathroom into a barbershop.
General Tso's chicken with Chinese Traditional paved the way to China.
And Amy and Dan with Egyptian Reggae Radio called him to Egypt.

Along the way he's explored the sights, led tour groups, slept in hotels and checked out the bookstores.  (And kept us busy looking up new stations.)

1&2: Their rooms cleaned up as hotel rooms.  (Unexpected perk of their play.)
3: Sheets of words he's copied out of MAPS.  (Just because.)
4:  One of the books he borrowed from the "bookstore" for some light bedtime reading.  (Seriously, out of all of the books on the shelves--why this one?  I'm endlessly curious about what he'll do as he grows.)

*All of these trips were made possible by the magic of the super-speed jet that mostly works like tessering.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Five for the Week

From last week:

1.  Spring is definitely on its way.  We've been having fun stomping in the melting snow.  (Some have even taken to wearing shorts.)

(Fun floating boats from HERE.)

2.  The changing weather has also brought some foggy mornings.

And the squirrels are back out and about.  (In the rain.)

3.  M's favorite song to play these days is Pure Imagination.

 She also likes organizing our snacks.  (Fist bump.)

4.  Last week we had fun hanging out with friends in the backyard.
And at a sweet birthday party. 

5.  We ended the week with Cake Pops on Friday (because it was Friday).

And dinner out on Saturday.

We are loving this more mild weather (though still adjusting to the time change;). 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sometimes You Just Need David the Squirrel

Sometimes, at the end of a long day(s), when things are feeling heavy, David the Squirrel might just come to the rescue.

Besides that this makes my dear boy look like a complete mess, his solution to this problem was just what we all needed.  (I promise, he is a much better reader than this--I'm really not sure what happened here--but, alas, it did.)

So...he read "divide" as "David" and "square" as "squirrel."  And, oh my, the whole thing as "Draw David the Squirrel in a square and two rectangles."

I sat down to correct his work and said, "What exactly did you do here?  Where are the lines?  And what is this?"  (Always ask.)

T:  I know!  That one was so silly!  David the squirrel!  Who is that?  I thought that one was just really funny.

Yep.  It was. 

And then we all laughed.  A lot.  Because we seriously needed a good laugh. :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Our Favorite Audio Books

We are admitted addicts.  Something feels like it's missing if we're not listening to a book in the car.  (Van, really.)  I start to panic if a book is almost over and we don't have the next one ready to go.

Last week I posted the complete list of read aloud books that we've read over the past almost four years.  Below is also our complete list of audio books.  The ones that we have loved the most and would most recommend are marked with an *.  The ones that we've actually loved so much that we've read at least twice are marked with two or more **.


Radio Theatre
A Bear Called Paddington*
The Little Prince
Ballet Shoes
Treasure Island
Robinson Crusoe
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew)*
All-of-a-Kind Family*
The Saturdays*
Sherlock Holmes for Children--The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Newberry/Honor Award Winners
The Witch of Blackbird Pond*
Johnny Tremain
Call It Courage
Strawberry Girl
The Wednesday Wars**
 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler*
Gooney Bird Greene
Gooney Bird and the Room Mother
Gooney Bird the Fabulous
Gooney Bird Is So Absurd
Frog and Toad Are Friends
Frog and Toad All Year
Frog and Toad Together
Days with Frog and Toad

Madeleine L'Engle

Andrew Clements
The Penderwicks 

39 Clues

Magic Tree House/Mary Pope Osborne
Tales From the Odyssey (Homer) by Mary Pope Osborne (Volumes 1-3)*