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Thom gives us another concert from one of the best books around, A Children’s Treasury of Songs.

A downside of this activity is his constant request for muffins.

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Tiger Tales

Cotsen Children’s Gallery inside of Firestone Library is one of my favorite places in Princeton, but it got a whole lot better since we returned earlier this month. Now that Thomsen is three, he can attend Tiger Tales!   The program begins with a story and ends with a craft.  We have gone twice, and both times have been amazing. Thom’s first Tiger Tales was based around the book,  DogFish by Gillian Shields. He loved it, but Errol and I couldn’t believe how complicated the craft was.  It was a goldfish made from a box with all these parts: several pieces of paper, a bent wire hanger leash, a magnet… definitely a multi-step process.  Thomsen loved the fish, however, but could never have been able to complete the craft without some serious adult-intervention.

We were more prepared this morning to make a mini-masterpiece.  The story was Room on the Broom by Axel Scheffler, and we made brooms as our craft.  A broom complete with the accessories of a cauldron, pinwheel, and a dragon to live in the cauldron. (Read this great book!) After the broom construction, Dr. Dana took all the children to the foyer of Firestone and had set up a broom-flying obstacle course.  After each child completed the course, they were each given a Broom Flying License from the New Jersey DFV (Department of Flying Vehicles).  The kids loved it! I was just in awe of this great program we get to participate in, and it’s free!

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I finished Little Bee on the plane ride back from Phoenix last Thursday and was lucky enough to hear the author speak and read the next day. Chris Cleave was adorably British, and I enjoyed my evening alone on the town. Nothing like a date at Princeton Public Library!

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Maybe I should have written about Errol instead of Starbucks on Valentine’s Day, but I didn’t.  I feel inspired to today.

A few days ago Abby asked me what Errol and I enjoy doing together.  I kind of laughed, and then she rephrased, “What did you guys like to do together before you had kids?”  After the conversation ended, I got to thinking that Errol and I still do a lot together since we’ve started a family, and we enjoy a lot of it–especially reading.  In our earlier days as a couple, we got most of our entertainment from movies and going to see our favorite bands.  We’d go to Camelview (the indie theater in Scottsdale) several times a month and attend a lot of shows too.  Now, we rarely leave the house, but our reading has picked up tremendously.  Errol usually reads on the couch and I in our bedroom, but a few days ago Errol decided to join me in our bed.  It was just so wonderful to share a pillow and read together.  I really love when Errol is interested in what I’m reading–like he is now.  I’m reading the final installment of Stieg Larsson’s Millenium-series, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.  When I’m done, he gets to read it.  Every few days he asks about Lisbeth and then says, “Wait.  Don’t tell me.  Are you almost done?”

Last night after Thom was asleep we listened to an online interview of Jacqueline Kelly, author of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. The interview was part of a program our local Cotsen Children’s Library puts on called, The BiblioFiles.  The interview was over 25 minutes long, and he listened to the whole thing with me and made comments!  I so dig a man who respects young adult literature.  If you’re also interested in the interview, here is the link.  You have to scroll down a little for Jacqueline Kelly.   And yes, I see the next one is Jeanne Birdsall.  Score!

Thanks for being my reading pal, Errol.

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Thom loves sports and books about sports. He is currently on a big time hockey kick and loves Lisa Wheeler’s Dino-Hockey and Marty Sederman’s Casey and Derek on the Ice.  I don’t know what I am going to do when these are due back at the library at the end of the week…  If anyone knows of a children’s book about Zambonis, please tell me.

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Morning at the Farm

This morning we went back to Terhune Orchards for their Read and Explore event.  The farm invites kids in for a story, a craft, and adventures around the farm.  We visited Terhune in October during pumpkin season but had a much better time today.  I believe that was mostly due to the addition of rain boots to our wardrobe.  The farm has been a very muddy place both times we went.  In the fall, Errol wouldn’t let Thom get out of the Ergo because he didn’t want him to get dirty.  Today Thomsen was given free range to run through puddles and pet lots of farm kitties.   He also did a great job during the structured time.  The Gingerbread Man was read and then huge gingerbread cookies were decorated. I knew Ts would do well at an activity that combined two of his favorite things: books and cookies.   Thomsen goes back and forth on what he wants to be when he gets older.  Most days it’s a farmer but some days  it’s a baker.  I think his dream is to ride in a tractor all day and eat cookies.  I wonder if he knows someone like that…

The family that runs the farm gave all participants a free decorated gingerbread house or a kit to make your own.  I chose the kit.  I feel like there will be lots of rainy afternoons in our future that will be needing to be filled.

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