Saturday, May 31, 2014

we were liars

Last month I had a big, decade-flipping birthday.  My awesome husband threw me a surprise party and wonderful friends filled my evening with laughter and lots of love.  And lots of sweet bookish gifts.  One gave me a book I'd been wanting for a long time.  Another gave me her favorite book.  And a couple of others gave me gift cards to Barnes & Noble.

Yesterday, out in the breezy sunshine on my front porch, I finished one of my gift card books.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

Its mystery is a large part of its charm, so I won't give anything away.  But the writing itself is so good.  As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again.  So just get yourself a copy, don't read any reviews or blurbs, and plop yourself down outside for a good read.

The Mt. Dew is optional, but for better or worse, I highly recommend it.

Friday, May 16, 2014

I'm going to have to learn to share...

This afternoon I let Matthew, my eight-year-old, use Photoshop for the first time.  I'm usually psycho-protective of my computer, but he's been creating such great artwork on paper and in KidPix lately that I couldn't ignore his interest any longer.

I let him go to it on his own, with no instruction, because I was in the middle of something else.  I came back to my computer an hour later to find this.

I love that cat.

There is hardly anything more inspirational than watching kids make art.  But now I'm afraid I may have to share my Mac.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sparky! (aka My Current Favorite Picture Book of 2014)

This week I fell in love unexpectedly.  

With a sloth. 

His name is Sparky! and odds are,
 if you give him a chance, you'll develop a soft spot too.

Every member of my family has a different favorite page.
Which means there is a lot to love.
Topping the list:  gorgeous artwork, witty dialogue and endearing characters.