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lunch and a good read

DSC_7909Yes, I admit, I do enjoy a good cookbook. I read them through like novels, and I think I actually like them more than novels because of all the gorgeous photographs to look at. The one I’ve been into lately is Jamie’s Meals in Minutes.  Love Jamie Oliver! So I spent a quick Saturday lunch with him today.

Lunch was two slices of homemade artisan bread…one topped with sliced avocado, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with salt.  The other spread with cranberry sauce, topped with a slice of Swiss cheese, spinach and ham. Mmmmm…


amos mcgee

Every morning Amos McGee would get ready for a day of work at the zoo.

He played chess with the elephant and ran races with the tortoise…they were his good friends.

One day Amos woke up with the sniffles so he stayed home. His friends decided to catch the bus…

and come take care of him.

A few weeks ago I read an article about this year’s Caldecott winner…can you imagine winning such a big award on your FIRST book? Please let that happen to me, please let that happen to me….
I had to see this book for myself, so I reserved it at the library.
The pictures are sweet with nice little details throughout. The story {written by the illustrator’s husband} is just as good as the pictures.
I’m adding this to my wishlist.

mary poppins

Mary Poppins is practically part of the family these days. Olivia is obsessed with the movie and watches it everyday. I can pretty much quote the entire film word for word now, but
I don’t mind because I like Mary Poppins too.
I know what they say about little kids and too much TV, but you know what? I watched my fair share of it when I was little and I turned out okay…I think?
I do feel a teeny bit guilty about the TV, and ironically the main message in Mary Poppins is about parents needing to spend more time with their kids…you know, flying kites with them and all that. I’m not going to beat myself up over it though because honestly, life is crazy with these 2 babies, and I really do try to spend quality time with my kids. It just doesn’t always happen as often as I would like. I just keep telling myself, “Next year will be easier, next year will be easier!” Besides, it seems like we always go through a big TV phase in the winter, then we hardly watch it at all in the summer.
As Olivia’s obsession grew, I had a vague recollection of an old Mary Poppins book that belonged to my aunt Heidi, which she gave to me when I was little. I searched our bookshelves and ta-da! I found it! It’s the 1964 Disney authorized edition, almost 50 years old! The illustrations are so pretty. Of course Olivia is in love with it. Sometimes she actually sleeps with it.
One night Uncle Trevor came over and was chasing Olivia around. When he caught her, she squealed the line from the bank scene where Michael shouts, “Give me back my money!” Haha! From time to time she asks me, “Where Jane, Michael?” I just tell her they went up the chimney.
{For more on how we love Mary Poppins, go here and here!}

goldilocks and the three bears

Look at this lovely little treasure we found at the library. The classic story, retold by Lauren Child {you know, the Charlie and Lola lady}, and illustrated with these adorable photographs. I think I like this book because of all the tiny details in the pictures. Look at those tiny spotted mushrooms, and those tiny red shoes on Baby Bear! What a fun project this must’ve been. I’m hoping Santa slips a copy of this book into his sleigh for us this Christmas.

nurse matilda

I don’t know about you, but I really loved that movie Nanny McPhee that came out a few years ago. Sometimes I wish she would come and work a little magic at my house! Did you know that there is a sequel coming out next month? And just in time for Hannah’s birthday, that could be fun.
In case you didn’t already know, this book here by Christianna Brand is the one that inspired the movie. And you know, the books are usually better than the movies in most cases, and I think that’s true in this case. This is one of my favorite books to read, especially as a mom. The kids in this book are super naughty, so it makes me think mine aren’t so bad {haha}! I love that in the book there are so many kids, you can never really figure out exactly how many there are. It’s just all these kids, and then the baby, and the smaller baby, and the tinier baby, and the tiniest baby, etc. So funny. Pick it up for yourself or your grade schoolers, it’s a super fun summer read.

hubert horatio bartle bobton-trent

Do you ever have times in your life where you wish you had a money tree growing in your backyard? Me too. Especially this week since our freezer/refrigerator decided to completely stop working, as well as our disposal in the kitchen sink. And those darn broken-nose-medical-bills just won’t disappear. When it rains it pours, doesn’t it?
Here’s one of my favorite books…a riches to rags story, rather than a rags to riches story. Because the best things in life are free, right?
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent and his parents are so rich that they have everything they ever dreamed of. The play Monopoly with real money, host dance parties all the time, and their house is so big that each night when Hubert walks across it to say goodnight to his parents, his hot chocolate gets cold in the process.
But Hubert’s parents are not careful with their money, and one day, they realize that all the fortune has been spent. So they sell all the valuables, but then use that money to host another party. It just won’t do. So…they are forced to leave their ginormous home for a small apartment. But you know what? They find that it is nice and cozy and they really like it a lot. Especially Hubert, whose hot chocolate is now still hot after walking the short distance to his parents’ room to say goodnight.