Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Sports at the condo: Basketball

Hen has a new love for basketball after being asked to join the community center's team. There's only one practice a week and progress is as slow as you'd expect given there's only one practice a week, but the kids play with a lot of heart. I am most proud of Hen's willingness to give up the ball. He's great at assists. He's not a bad shot either. We have been getting some good use out of the courts at the park just up the street. And with the new basketball shoes on his feet, he is ready to go.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Book eighteen: Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

Bridge is hit by a car and misses an entire year of school recuperating. Sometimes her legs lock up and she can't cross the street. She decides to start wearing cat ears one day and then every day following.

There are too many things to list about what I liked about this book. There is a reason Ms. Stead is a Newbery Medal winner, her characters are sympathetic, flawed, and achingly honest.

18 down plus 34 to go.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Book seventeen: The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Fourth book - still going through them at an alarming pace. Hen is enjoying this story, as am I.

17 down plus 35 to go.

Sunday, January 31, 2016


Last night Mamoe (the cat) who we decided to include in our board game won.

Book sixteen: The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Selection Series continues, only this time it's twenty years later and the daughter of Queen America (yep, that is still her name) and King Maxon is the bachelorette, I mean, the one trying to find her mate. She has her own set of issues and problems, and it appears all the work her parents have done to dismantle the caste system is coming undone. 

What will happen!? 

16 down plus 36 to go.

Book fifteen: The Spiderwick Chronicles: Lucinda's Secret by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

We're slamming through these! So far, the books have all ended with something nearly requiring us to continue immediately. And so we do. I have a feeling this will be a series that keeps us busy for the next day or two. And then we'll be on to something new.

The Spiderwick Chronicles are certainly plot driven. They are fast. There are few details to get bogged down in. But it is precisely those details that I find myself missing in these books. I want to know more about these characters. Recognizing that these are written for young audiences, they are great, but they can never be my favorites and that's okay.

15 down plus 37 to go.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Book fourteen: The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Seeing Stone by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Book Two! We're going to whip through this series in no time. With the help of the seeing stone and hobgoblin spit, the Grace children can now see what lurks in the forest.

When Simon is taken by goblins in the forest, Jared and Mallory must head into the forest to rescue him.

14 down plus 38 to go.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Book thirteen: The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Book one of the latest series we're starting with Hen. So awesome!

The thing that sucks is that it is a book about three kids and a mom who have been left by dad. Yuck. But they move to this huge ramshackle house and discover, well, I'm not going to say what they discover. The first book is fast moving, it took us one evening plus a little reading after lunch the next day to get through it, the illustrations are beautiful, and that one thing that happens in the dumbwaiter, well, I just can't say.

If you have a child, you should definitely read these books. I have a feeling we're in a very exciting few days of stories.

13 down plus 39 to go.

Book twelve: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Even though this book is about a difficult subject, the death of a classmate, it is well written and has such heart and appeal that I can't think of anyone who shouldn't read it at some point. 

Suzy loses her best friend once and then again for good. She is unable to accept the sentiment that sometimes "things just happen". And her fascination with jellyfish leads her to a theory about what really happened. This book is about love and loss, how friendships change, family, and, of course, jellyfish. 

12 down plus 40 to go.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

New yarn, eh?

Whilst in the country of our neighbors to the north during winter break I did a little wool shopping. Hooray for new yarn!