Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Age 3 VS. Age 4

There is a vast difference between age 3 and age 4.
The picture below is of my precious great-nephew Andrew (age 4)
and the craft he and his MawMaw Gail made together.
The craft was featured in the wonderful blog Skip to My Lou.
Because they had so much fun, I decided that Caleb and I should try it.
I purchased straws, marshmallows in two colors, and was ready to begin.
I thought we were off go a good start when Caleb (AKA Superman) created an airplane.
That is, until he took a big bite out of the airplane.
It seems that a 3 year old Superman is much more interested in eating the marshmallows than in creating an engineering marvel with straws and marshmallows.
Eating seems to be this 3 year old's theme as he enjoyed a popcicle while watching Nana complete the craft project.
I'm ashamed to say that even this 50 something year old's project doesn't look as good as Andrews.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Dream Come True

I have always dreamed of having a front porch where I could sit and enjoy nature.
Our new house has a front porch.
And Colorado Springs has a Cracker Barrel
so I got two beautiful white rocking chairs!

And look what I found at a garage sale for $20.00. A miniature Cracker Barrel rocker. It's not white but it does rock well and will be perfect for visiting grandchildren.
Come and visit, sit a spell, and enjoy our beautiful weather.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

No, David

If you are not familiar with David Shannon's picture books, you owe it to yourself to check them out. He has written several about a little boy named David who is always getting into trouble but who is always loved. Since I have two David's in my life, I love these books.
All book covers courtesy of

As you can probably tell, the picture below is NOT a book cover, but a little stuffed David doll.
After Sophie and Caleb were playing in my office, I found David stuck in the inkwell of my antique school desk. Looks like David got in trouble yet again.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day Poppy

I have been blessed with a host of amazing men in my life who I could honor on this Father's Day, but I will honor just one in this post, my own daddy.
Happy Father's Day, Poppy!
Your are the greatest!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Children Learn What They Live

I picked up Caleb this morning so he could come and play at our house while his parents were having a garage sale. When we got to our house, he walked in the back door and called out to Ducca, "Your precious boy is here!"
Do you think he has heard that just a few times from his Ducca?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

And the Winner Is.....


The results of a random drawing........drum roll.......

Alyssa is the winner. Alyssa, if you will e-mail me your address, I will mail you a copy of Crash Bang Boom: Exploring Literary Devices through Children's Literature.

Enjoy using it to teach your little munchkins or use it as a teacher gift.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Best Job on the Planet

I just spent a glorious week with this little man.
In future posts, I'll show you all the new friends he made this week.
Being a Nana is the best job on the planet!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Caleb and Sophie

Mandy and Jeremy had friends visiting from Houston over the Memorial Day weekend.
They have a daughter, Sophie, who is just a month older than Caleb.
They haven't seen each other in quite a while,
but they picked up their friendship right where they left off.
Chasing each other along the path at the neighborhood park.
Playing at the waterpark in Nana and Ducca's neighborhood.

And best of all, playing King and Queen of the Mountain.
I'm sure everyone who saw them thought they were twins.
Two precious little blond children laughing and playing together.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Give Away

Many of you who read this blog love Children's Literature as much as I do.
This week I am having my first ever Blog Give Away--a copy of my first book
This book uses popular titles in children's literature to teach such reading skills as:
Main Idea, Setting, Cause and Effect, Prediction, Inference, Drawing Conclusions, and more. It is appropriate for use in Grades 1-8 and for homeschooling parents.
If you would like a chance to win , please do the following:
  • Make a comment on this blog telling me your favorite children's book (this gives you one chance to win)
  • Add your name as a follower of this blog (this gives you another chance to win)
  • If you are already a "follower" and you have never attached your picture, attach the picture (this gives you another chance to win)
  • If you are a "follower" and your picture is already on my blog and you make a comment, you automatically have 2 chances to win.
The deadline for entering the contest is midnight, Friday, June 4th.
I will randomly select the winner and announce the name. The winner can then send me their address and I will mail them their own copy of Crash, Bang, Boom: Exploring Literary Devices through Children's Literature.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you!