So, for an update. OrangeBlossom has croup. Steroids it is, and the fever is up and down. But we’re just dealing. Yesterday she was in my arms all day, today she’s all hyped up and crazy energetic. Gotta hate! love steroids in kiddos. But at least the swelling is down.

Today we went to the library for the first time this year. What is up with both librarians I interacted with being cranky? Seriously, would it hurt you to smile and not snap at every question I ask? Ugh. Maybe they hate me because I love books, because that would make sense right. … It took two trips to the car to deposit all my books and I didn’t even ask for help. I mean come on they’re busy, just standing there… right? No seriously, you don’t have to help me, but you can at least smile at me and my children so they don’t tell me they have nightmares about the mean lady at the book place. Geez.

Oh and my health front. Cannot seem to loose any weight, but the physical therapy on my hip is going well (too much exercise too fast from a birthing-never-recovered hip joint = Fun!) and my antibiotic is half done.

So now as to these four piles of books to add to my goodreads shelves… hmmm.. I’m getting to that.


Today I fully intended to stay home for once, read hopefully a whole book (of my own) as well as children’s books for “school” and then maybe write a few reviews. But what was night before last a croup cough and no fever is now tears, coughing and a 103.6 for my baby OrangeBlossom. Our pediatrician is on vacation this week!!! No!!! So we have to see a substitute… *sigh* Relax on another day? We’re sick again…

A day in the life of Blossom School with Memoria Press Jr. Kindergarten! {Part 1}

Today I wanted to share a bit about what we’re doing in school. (My wordpress is acting up, so stick with me…) We’re a bit behind from illnesses and life, but then she will not turn four until July, so if we have to repeat things that’s okay. I’ve been planning to do something like this forever, but I forget to take pictures and beat myself up about it and I finally decided you might just be interested in the text anyway… Week 21 – Day 1 Memoria Press Junior Kindergarten is planned out for two days per week for 33 weeks. We often repeat activities or make them go beyond just two days or add in more activities and add-on reads as well. Prayers for Children – “God Watches Us” God watches o’er us all the day, at home, at school, and at our play; And when the sun. . .

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Sardines Swim High Across the Sky and other poems by Jack Prelutsky

Sardines Swim High Across the Sky by Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3 Pages: 40 Hardcover 11.25 x 9.25 Date Published: February 26th, 2013 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Following the success of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, first Children’s Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Carin Berger team up once again to create a new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems! Told through couplets and visually arresting shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collage, Stardines evokes both natural history museum and Tim Burton fantasy. A unique, inspired, humorous picture book ideal for Poetry Month promotions, sharing together, and reading again and again. Sixteen extraordinary imagined creatures inhabit the pages of Jack Prelutsky’s and Carin Berger’s latest collaboration. Jack Prelutsky reinvents many familiar and beloved animals by combining inanimate objects with them (so, for. . .

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Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Cavorting monsters who scribble scribble come up with color combinations that are sure to dazzle.

Different-colored monsters happily howl, growl, and roar for more as they mix and match primary colors to make new shades and hues. While everyone might know that yellow and blue make green, it has never been created in such an unusual and celebratory way! In this wild and colorful romp, small gray monsters morph into big, colorful ones as the book progresses. Never has color been presented in such enthusiastic and exuberant style. Never have monsters been so creative and appealing.

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As far as exercise and charting what I eat I’m doing really well. I might have already lost some weight, but then it could also be water/muscle/wavering… we’ll see. I’ve tried Yoga and enjoyed it and plan to go back. AppleBlossom did Kids Yoga this week and really loved it, according to the instructor she did really well with directions and paying attention, so that really makes me happy. I also did Zumba this week, and that was very cool. Also I got together with someone to work on hooping, and specifically to keep the hoop up. I tried a larger hoop and was able to do it instantly and after working with that one a bit I’ve had better luck with my own hoop. So there is hope after all!

However, I’m having the same type of pain in my left hip, from lower back radiating down the side to just above my knee that I had when I was in my mid-pregnancy with OrangeBlossom. I think it’s sciatica and it’s making me slow down. It doesn’t hurt to put pressure on the left, it hurts when I release pressure. I’m hoping that maybe I can see a physical therapist again and figure out what exercises were the ones that were like gold in 2011.

Today I did a fitness evaluation to see how “out of shape” I am and I think I actually surprised myself. I think she said we’ll repeat it in about 6 weeks or so. I do not have the results all typed out prettily, but from my memory I was great on balance and pretty impressive on flexibility. I’ll have to work on those pushups, situps and pull ups. They have a nifty pullup assisted machine and I can do 105#, so if I keep at it, and lose weight, maybe I’ll meet it in the middle and be able to do it. 🙂

5 Days to a Clutter-Free House: Quick, Easy Ways to Clear Up Your Space by Sandra Felton & Marsha Sims

A clean, organized, and restful home is only 5 days away.

If you’ve picked up this book, you want to reduce the clutter in your home, organize what’s left, and keep it that way. But does the sheer scope of the project give you an anxiety attack? Don’t let fear stop you! Organizing and time management experts Sandra Felton and Marsha Sims show you how, with the right game plan and a healthy dose of adrenaline, you’re just 5 days from your goal.

With their proven team-based approach, even the most overwhelming de-cluttering job becomes doable. Section one shows you how to de-clutter, with each day of the week focused on one reachable goal. Section two shows you how to cultivate time-tested habits that keep your house in the clean, well-ordered state you’ve just achieved. You’ll even learn how to deal with common obstacles such as •filing •storage needs •health issues •space restrictions •the car •even family sabotage!

So what are you waiting for? The home of your dreams is just a week away.

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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 (Picture Book) by Michelle Markel {Review}

When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldn’t speak English. She didn’t know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that did not stop Clara.

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