Wow! I can’t believe another week has gone by. This week seems to have sped by at the speed of light. We started school again full time with a big push to start catching up. We had another birthday. This time I didn’t make the cake. Ezra and Elisabeth (mostly Elisabeth) did all the baking and decorating. We made a piñata cake similar to the one described here. It was a big hit. And the baby has been adding new vocabulary every day at an astonishing rate. He’s hilarious because every word he says – no matter its length – is two syllables.
I was able to fit some reading in. I read While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin. It was every bit as good as Eva-Joy said it would be. A young woman with a crush, a teenage girl with a heart broken by loss, and a widowed Jewish man living in Brooklyn during World War II. It doesn’t seem like it would make a good plot, but it does. I recommend it as highly as my daughter does.
16-year-old daughter – Eva-Joy hasn’t had a lot of time to read because she’s writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month Challenge. She posts updates about how it’s going on her writing blog – “Scribblings of a Janeite”. You can read her two updates here and here.
14-year-old son – Apparently by oldest son read While We’re Far Apart too. He was bored and in need of a book so that’s what his sister recommended.
12-year-old son – City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
10-year-old daughter – Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
9-year-old daughter – The birthday girl (if you’re the noticing kind ☺) Viking Adventure by Clyde Robert Bulla. Bulla’s books are great for ages 7-9. Some are true stories; some are fiction; all are good.
6-year-old son – The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward. We love this story about the baby bear brought home as a pet who turns into a problem when he eats everything in sight including the neighbour’s food.
3-year-old son – anything Curious George by H.A. Rey. A standby favourite.
The baby is still in love with all the Peter Rabbit books. He carries them all over the house and gets frustrated if the stack he put together is too big for his chubby little hands. He calls all of them “ra-ra” whether they’re about a rabbit or not.