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2016 Reading challenge for kids

A new year, and a whole bunch of new books to read.  My son is an avid reader.  I just can’t keep up with him.  My 8 year old isn’t quite there yet.  Neither is my ten year old nephew.  To help them along, I have created a challenge for them- twelve books in twelve months.  Not too crazy.  I am sure they will read more than that.  So here it is…


  1. A national book award winner
  2. A book based on a fairytale
  3. A book set in your home state
  4. A book set in Europe
  5. A book that is also a movie
  6. A book recommended by a friend
  7. A book published in 2016
  8. A book that takes place in the summer
  9. A mystery
  10.  A biography
  11. A book that takes place on an island
  12. A book with a green cover

Of course, I will be giving a reward if the challenge is completed.  Who will join us?


Here is a printable copy of the Book challenge .


100th Day of School

It would seem that Friday is the 100th day of school. When you have a child in kindergarten, this is a big thing. Yesterday a letter comes home asking us to send in 100 of something AND make a 100 day tee shirt decorated with 100 of something. Oh yes, and send it in by Thursday. Hmmmm two nights to work on it. Luckily I had an old tee shirt. Now how to decorate in a way that did not require me to have to leave the house to purchase anything… Bows! I spent last night tying 100 bows. Then, I cheated and called in the mother card. Yes, I asked my mother to stop by while I was at work, and sew on the bows. Here it is.




First day of school

First day of kindergarten and third grade for my little one and my not so little one any more!






First Day

James started first grade today.  Sophia is still in nursery and I and in 8th grade.  It was a good start for all three of us.  We had apple cupcakes as our special first day of school treat.  James loves first grade and enjoyed seeing all his friends.


End of Year Celebrations


Here are some videos of Sophia’s preschool end of year celebrations that took place on June 14th.

click on the links for the videos:

Every day life · school

Writer’s Workshop

James has been getting quite involved in writer’s workshop at school.  He now writes some books at home.  Here are some examples of stories he has written.  “my tv book” and “My love book.”

Every day life · school

All’s well…


Why is it that things seem to happen all at once, and when it is least convenient?  Take this morning, for example.  My husband is away, so I get to do the whole morning routine on my own.  James slept extra late.  Normally Dad wakes him up.  I was getting ready, and Sophia was very quiet…always a bad sign.  Sure enough, she comes upstairs with bright red hands.  She had found her way into the markers.  Fortunately they were washable.  I commented on what red hands she had.  This prompted her to wash them.  First she went to her bathroom to get supplies: step stool, “her” soap – I can’t use it – it’s hers, toothbrush and toothpaste.  She then proceeds  to wash her hands, leaving bright red water drops all over the sink and floor.  I put down my moisturizer to contain the red water, but Sophia grabbed it and applied it to her face.  Now the red is on her face along with the moisturizer.  At this point, James decides to get up.  Sleepily her walks to the bathroom.  As I am cleaning up  Sophia’s mess, James walks in to tell me he missed the toilet.  There was a huge puddle on the floor.  I did manage to clean up all the messes, and get them both off to school looking fairly clean.  I am not sure how, but all’s well that ends well!

How did they get to this point?
How did they get to this point?