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Christmas presents 2013

Here it is, my annual holiday gift round-up. As usual, no pictures — don’t want the kids peeking anything from across the room. This list isn’t quite complete. I’m a little bit using it to figure out what else I need. Though we are being real hammers this year about not getting too much. Our [...]

“mushrooms (any kind will do)”

One of my most favorite parts of parenting is finding secret little things like this, which make my heart explode with love. addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fworldofjulie.com%2F%3Fp%3D3821′; addthis_title = ‘%26%238220%3Bmushrooms+%28any+kind+will+do%29%26%238221%3B’; addthis_pub = ”;

April is Poetry Month! Also: ravens.

Here’s a confession: I love reading (you knew that already), but I’m on the fence about poetry. Sometimes I…well, I don’t know what it’s talking about. I do love rhyming kid poetry, but I feel like I’m supposed to love esoteric non-rhyming poems about fields of wheat also. I haven’t told my kids about this. [...]

So loud you can’t hear it

I found this list while I was cleaning today. My thoughts (other than: Henry needs to work on his handwriting) are that there is a quiet poeticism going on in my 9-year-old that I only find out about when I find discarded papers under the couch. Secret poetic tidbits. addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fworldofjulie.com%2F%3Fp%3D3736′; addthis_title = ‘So+loud+you+can%26%238217%3Bt+hear+it’; [...]

Make City! Destroy City!

List makers breed more list makers. Here is Henry’s list for today. Note: I am now redoing everything, so this can be my daily list too. Can I even tell you how much I love this? addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fworldofjulie.com%2F%3Fp%3D3662′; addthis_title = ‘Make+City%21+Destroy+City%21′; addthis_pub = ”;

Children’s Book of the Week: The Scary Places Map Book

I feel like I need a new category for reviews: Books that Are Keeping Henry Unbelievably Occupied, But I Don’t Really Know What They Are. In that category I’d put The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat and Do Not Open and Fantasy: An Artist’s Realm. And now this book: The Scary Places Map Book: [...]

Henry and Eli make a video

So, what do you get when you add two Star-Wars-obsessed kids, Legos, and a video camera? This. (Also: I feel the need to mention that they haven’t actually seen any of the Star Wars movies. So this is their version of Star Wars via, you know, book learnin’.) addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fworldofjulie.com%2F%3Fp%3D3525′; addthis_title = ‘Henry+and+Eli+make+a+video’; addthis_pub [...]

Henry’s Flute Recital

So it was just about a year ago that I said, “Henry, I really want you to decide on an instrument you like so you can start taking lessons” and he said, “Oh, I already know what I want to play! The harp!” At which point I tried really hard not to burst out laughing, [...]

Poetry Month Happenings

First, I love that Portland changed the Time & Temperature building message for National Poetry Month. Of course, because of space limitations, it sort of reads like Cookie Monster yelling at you, but still, it made me smile. Second, the boys were so inspired by Alan Katz’s video on Katie Davis’s blog (though they have [...]

Clean Your Room!

Here’s a passive aggressive little comic that Henry dashed out one day. In the first panel, Henry and Eli are in their room (bunk beds on one side, Zuzu’s mattress-on-the-floor on the other), saying “See, it’s clean!” Then my hand is reaching for the doorknob, saying, “Let me check” while a kid voice says, “No, [...]

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