I snapped this photo while standing in the middle of the Muskegon River. Does anyone else see a Super Mario Brothers-esque star in the clouds?
I brought a couple books with me to the cabin although I'm not really a summer reader (it's just too bright outside, am I the only one?) but give me fall or winter and I can devour books. It's just my season. But one afternoon the kids were napping and I sprawled on the bed looking to a window full of woods and trees and I could have just stayed there reading forever. I decided to start a book I'd gotten for Noah- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. I absolutely loved it and think anyone aged 8 + up (including old people like me) will find it mesmerizing. So creative and yet familiar, comfortable, relatable. And I don't want to give anything away, but if you know me, you'll know why I was thrilled about a certain story line around one of the main character's friends. Spectacular!
Is there a book (for young or old?) that you have been blown away by lately?
At school registration this week the library gave away all their discontinued books- stacks and stacks! We were free to take as many as we wanted and we did. Some of them are old and vintage and unique. I was thinking about featuring one each week after my Listen To Your Mother 'behind the scenes' posts come to and end (which they will be so soon!)
In other news...be in the know with what I've written this week at Strollerderby:
I'm going there (or rather not! going there...) 3 Surprising Places I Hate To Take My Kids.
Truly stunning and wonderful babywearing videos including a babywearing flash mob!
I realize that a lot of what I'm feeling is the unknown/uneasy period where Gray is crossing over from little boy to big kid and so I am not sure I expressed myself the best, (and also the more I think about it, I picture how my mom felt when I'd wear my ratty thrift store clothes in high school) but Does This Backpack Make My Kid Look Dorky?
A new blood test in pregnancy can accurately determine your unborn baby's sex- would you need or want to take this test?
And I never meant for this to become a "your kid should buy his lunch at school and not bring one from home" debate but apparently moms are really sensitive about the news that only 1% of bagged lunches were considered at safe temperatures by lunchtime! (My kids will be taking their lunch to school most days, and I'll be more mindful to pack safely!)