Posted on February 28, 2007 by Becky
We arrived home on Sunday evening, and Monday was spent unpacking, doing laundry, moving the mounds of extra snow that arrived in our absence, much to the kids’ delight, especially since a family friend had dropped off a snow saucer as a Valentine’s present.
Yesterday we all jumped back with both feet into our usual routines (though I saved the return to home schooling for today): grocery shopping, music lessons and “Fiddler on the Roof” rehearsals for the kids, a lunch meeting for Tom with the town’s Main Street rejuvenation program, and an after-dinner meeting for me, the Ag Society’s annual budget meeting for the country fair. Tom was supposed to come to the latter as well, but I promised to take good notes and not volunteer him for anything else so he could stay home with the kids and get them in bed early. Tonight I have a library board meeting, and then we should have clear sailing until we go listen to the 4H district public speaking event on Sunday.
I’ll post some photos from our trip shortly, and then I have to switch over to my new Mac Mini.
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Posted on February 20, 2007 by Becky
Apparently, librarians around the US and folks around the kidlitosphere are all atwitter over the “scrotum” kerfuffle surrounding the newest Newbery winner, “The Higher Power of Lucky” by children’s author (and librarian), and The New York Times article about the kerfuffle. Lissa has the rundown here.
Since the farm kids in our Farm School have known the word since they were knee high to a, well, scrotum — we spend part of every spring turning little bulls into steers (in other words, separating each from his scrotum) — the librarians’ objection reminds me of one of my favorite books when I was in high school, Cluny Brown, wherein can be found this advice: Nuts to the squirrels.
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Posted on February 20, 2007 by Becky
Our friend, the donkey spider (since removed to a safe place, for all concerned, in the garden away from the house)
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Posted on February 17, 2007 by Becky
Posted on February 15, 2007 by Becky
The winners include Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman with illustrations by Beth Krommes (Poetry category — hurray, hurray, hurray!); An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Aston with illustrations by Sylvia Long (Non-Fiction Picture Books); and Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Russell Freedman (Non-Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult category). For all the rest click the link above.
Many, many thanks to our fearless leaders, Anne and Kelly, and poetry wrangler Susan at Chicken Spaghetti. Being part of the Cybils, especially in this very first year, was great good fun!
By the way, I was quite thrilled to see the Cybils mentioned in an email announcement from the folks at Chronicle Books announcing their Best Chronicle Children’s Books of the Year Contest. Two of the books — Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow and Tour America — are listed as “Cybils finalists” and in fact made it to our Poetry short list. Hop over to the contest and enter your name, or your child’s, for a chance to win a gift basket of books. Besides the two mentioned, other titles include Ivy and Bean, Mom and Dad Are Palindromes, Emily’s Balloon, and, especially some of my kids’ especial library favorites last year — Ton and Tools, both by Taro Miura, and Masterpieces Up Close: Western Painting from the 14th to 20th Centuries by Claire d’Harcourt (Art Up Close).
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Posted on February 12, 2007 by Becky
We left the little house on the prairie at 4 pm Thursday, and after 75 hours of travel finally arrived at the little island of waving palms, lurking donkey spiders, and plentiful rum. Tom and I still feel rather stunned from the ordeal, but the kids, untouched by any travel trauma, have been frollicking in the pool and enjoying themselves.
More later, possibly with photos (including the lurking donkey spider).
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Posted on February 7, 2007 by Becky
I get kind of nervous when military family types say things like “I hate to drop a bomb like this…but…”.
Jill, aka The Crib Chick, has decided to stop posting to both of her blogs (here and here),
When I started this blog, almost two years ago, it was a sort of extension of our circumstances; new location, new place in life.
Now, the ending of it is much the same. Different time in life, different commitments, different needs.
I understand completely, but I still feel all sniffly. The Crib Chick has been on the blogroll at right since I started blogging, and on my list of favorite reads even longer. I don’t know whether she plans to zap the blogs or just discontinue posting, so you might want to sashay over and catch up if you’re not already a fan, before any possible zapping. Breezy, wisecracking, homeschooling, hip, and always full of heart, she — and her adventures with her family — will be missed. Thank you for sharing your family, your friendship, and the books and movies in your life (and my boys will thank you forever for The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library).
Great good luck, CC, to you, Mr. Crib Chick, and the Peeps in your new place in life…
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