My girls would like to invite you to the Hulk’s wedding.
Okay, mom. Let’s pretend you’re my mother. Dad? You’re the daddy. Fury and Nenene will be the cats, and I will be the four year old! —
Pippa asks a lot from my imagination.
This breaks my heart.
Rest in Peace, Mr. President.
How do cats know when you need snuggles? (Pippa has a cat toy he’s gazing at)
I absolutely do not buy 24 new books every year for the girls. Every summer I remove all the winter or holiday themed books from the girls’ bookcase. I do it that early so we can have a long break from them, but do what works for you. I usually buy a handful of new books as I slowly weed out the board books and add in more age appropriate ones. This year I added in one chapter book for Kaylee.
I bought two copies of coloring book from the dollar spot at target - one of those coloring books that has a story along the bottom, ya know? That one I have set on the night after Kaylee’s last day of school before break so they’ll have something fun the next day.
I bought a book of cookie baking with kids from the library sale that we are opening a different Friday night so the next day I’m home for baking time.
One old book is the Usborne book of Christmas Fun and I wrapped that one (like I did last year) with the supplies to do one of the crafts.
Usually we read The Lake Who Wouldn’t Stop Screaming on the first day of Hannukah but that was in November this year.
Basically if you want to do it, figure out how many books you have already, then every time you go to a library book sale, used book store, thrift store with a book section, etc., check it out.
This isn’t supposed to be expensive, it’s supposed to be fun! If you find it too overwhelming, do the 12 days of Christmas the first year or two!
Also, wrap the books early. Two years in a row I’ve gotten sick at the end of November and only wrapped half the books by December 1.
I never showed you this year’s completed book advent calendar
Also how did Pippa know that one of the lesbians always dies?
So what if a bad guy dressed up as a good guy and made a girl fall in love with him and just when she asked him to marry her he FROWED off his costume and said, “HA HA HA I’M NOT A GOOD GUY I’M A BAD GUY!!!!!” and then the girl RUNS AWAY and instead marries a princess who is going to die soon. —
I hope Pippa never stops telling weird creepy stories.
So I put on one of these last night before bed and then took it off for awhile this morning and put it back on because it’s still hot. The box says not to wear it for more than 8 hours per 24 hour period but it doesn’t know me and it doesn’t know my life. But still hot! Almost 19 hours later!
Did I ever tell you about the time Brandon was texting his sister about his stomach problems but auto correct made him text about his snatch problems?
He realized before he hit send, but still.
(I gave myself costocondrisis coughing in college when I had pneumonia and I don’t know if I did that again or if I just pulled a muscle in my back but everything hurts. Breathing, coughing, crying, everything hurts.)
Anonymous asked: I am shopping for a 6 year old girl, a 4 year old boy, and a 9 year old girl who loves horses. Any ideas?
6 year old girl
Ok - 6 year olds are all over the spectrum on reading level so I’ll give a handful of easy readers, a handful of chapter books and a handful of picture books for older readers. Ok?
Starting with the obvious, everyone should read Elephant and Piggie and We are in a Book by Mo Willems is tumblr’s (and my) favorite, but they are all wonderful.
Grace for President by Kelly S DiPucchio just makes everyone smile whenever they see it
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley is hilarious and great
… as is11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill.
Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming is about a history obsessed little girl who wants to save the town’s historical society!
Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-up by Melissa Thompson
Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long won the Geisel award last year and for good reason. A play in three acts about birds who are hilarious.
4 year old boy
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is such the best book ever. Little Red Chicken is going to fix all the fairy tales and poor Chicken Dad is just trying to get through one bedtime story without the story being fixed!
You know, I talk about Elephant and Piggie and the Pigeon all the time but my favorite is Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster.
And then because everyone wants to know who will win, Shark Vs Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld is just wonderful.
9 year old girl who loves horses
There are a bunch of series about girls who love horses like The Pony Whisperer by Janet Rising, about a girl who can talk to horses.
Paint the Wind by Pam Munoz Ryan is about a girl coming to terms with her super restrictive upbringing when she moves away from her strict grandmother’s house to live with her mother’s family and falls in love with a horse.
Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff is about a Brazillian girl who moves to New York (state not city) who falls in love with a horse (a common theme in horse books but it works!). Family drama, love, coming of age - this one has it all.
thezooofzoos asked: We'd love a recommendation for a very busy almost 3 year old girl. She is a girly girl, and we'd particularly love something that fits that but also has a message of empowerment.
Tina Cocolina by Pablo Cartaya is about a little cupcake girl who is trying to learn who she is. Super cute and lots of fun.
Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont is about 4 girls who go shoe shopping and try on tons of completely inappropriate shoes only to go home, pull out their own shoes and decorate them themselves with ribons and bows and lace instead of buying the ridiculous stilettos. Rhyming text promotes phonological awareness which is always fun!
Super obvious but I really love Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor. Big vocabulary words, fun times, glitter, glitz, but also lessons about all sorts of things (being yourself, caring about others, etc.). Unlike some other girly-girl series (*cough* pinkalicious *cough*), Fancy Nancy is fun for parents to read too and I really just love her.
(Personal side note, yesterday after we turned on our Holiday lights, Pippa said, “I just love all the trimmings! Trimmings is a fancy word for decorations but it usually refers to Christmas trees!” I blame Fancy Nancy.)
Ladybug Girl by David Soman is wonderful and fun. Lulu loves wearing her ladybug costume and she has a great time even when her brother won’t let her play with the big kids (because she’s a little) being ladybug girl and doing wonderful things!
And a third really obvious one is Paperbag Princess by Munsch (and once again the indiebound website has gone down so I’m linking to Amazon. Sorry!)
Let me know if you need more ideas!
irish-mexi asked: Sorry if I missed this already recommendation, I have one nephew that is turning 10 and he doesn't like to read much. He's in to fencing and minecraft games but I want to get him books too! I also have another nephew who will be in 1st grade and not sure what to start him off on! Thank you in advance!
11 year old boy who doesn’t read much/minecraft/fencing
In about four years you are going to give that 10 year old Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and absolutely blow his mind! In the meantime …
If he’s into comic books try Squish by Jennifer Holm or Bone by Jeff Smith or Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka.
The obvious answer to a 10 year old boy reluctant reader is Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce but I worry that he’s already been exposed to that because it is what all the 10 year old boy reluctant readers are reading.
Zombie Chasers by John Kloepfer could be just what makes him a reader - zombies invading, middle school boys need to save the day.
The Marvelous Effect by Troy CLE might also be just what he needs (side note: the audiobook is read my Malcolm Jamal Warner which made it better!) Aliens are taking over the town and 13 year old Louis Proof has to fix it.