a wintery Easter week-end

The thin layer of snow surprised us on Saturday morning. I wonder if it surprised these little buds and shoots too….

soon the snow turned to ice and the ice to rain

and even dried up for a little

bike riding adventure

and an Easter Egg Hunt

and some downtime

and now back to packing up the house, just a week to go!

Thank- You Jean Craighead George!

You have read her books did you know what she looks like? I grabbed this photo from her website.

Jean Craighead George has written over 100 books. In 1973 her book, Julie of the Wolves won the prestigious Newbery Medal. This weekend on our 4 hour drive to NJ, Zoe and I listened to My Side of the Mountain,  a Newbery Honor Book in 1960.

To say we were both engrossed would be an understatement! The drive seemed like minutes and once there we didn’t want to get out of the truck until we knew the fate of young Sam Gribely. Most kids dream about running away, most don’t get to the end of their street, this is not the case with Sam. His desire for independence, and adventure lead him to the Catskills. For a year he lives in a hollowed-out hemlock tree, befriending animals, and hunting and gathering for his survival.  Sam seems to appreciate a healthy balance of adventure and solitude. I especially enjoyed the wild food chapters! sometimes detailed descriptions of what was served up in his turtle shell bowls! Zoe enjoyed the chapters on raising his falcon companion Frightful best. And now she wants to learn how to fish. Fishing is something I have never done maybe it is something we learn together in the years to come.

The book is written from Sams point of view in the past tense, it is so well written that as a reader you come believe that Sam did write this book. I think it is a book for all ages, I enjoyed it the second time around as much as I need the first, maybe more as I now have an understanding of wild foods and plants of the Northeast. As soon as Zoe got to school today she found the sequel and sent me home with it! ready to learn more about Sam this evening. So if you are looking for a good book for family enjoyment, reach for this one, you won’t want to put it down!

{this moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Thanks soulemama for the inspiration!

Mini Mags. . .

I’ve been really impressed with two new mini mags we recently downloaded

First up was Whip Up.com Action Pack March 11

A printable PDF form mini mag for kids aged 7+ filled with fun craft projects, outdoor activities, cooking, drawing and more. The paper and beeswax theme lended itself to great activities such as lip balms and lotions to beeswax candles, origami boats and even some fabulous cooking projects! a Honey Cinnamon Cake! The instructions and details are fabulous for children. Zoe was especially impressed with the printable labels which we printed on sticker paper. And the price a very fair $5!

Today in honor of our “April Fools Day” Snow Day downloaded

Whipup.net Action pack: April 2011

With a 20% discount cost a mere $4 (check their website for discount coupons!! 2 days only) Can’t wait to make those seed bombs and beaded dragon flies!! WOW this is a great resource, beautifully done.

The other

Alphabet Glue from Annie of “Bird and Little Bird”

a reading list for spring
do-it-yourself library catalog cards
mix and match story cards
a printable reading record
a library scavenger hunt
tiny box accordion book tutorial
felt bracelet book tutorial
paper story character houses
wildflower seed pods

A quarterly downloadable magazine for families who love books! twenty-eight pages of projects, activities and printables. I loved the “Library” theme! It was perfect for my little book collector! the accordion book tutorial and the book bracelet the is on our list for this week-end! I loved some of the kid art in this publication. I would say that this one can be used with younger children also.

Both of these mini mags are FAB! and I highly recommend them.