Ballet Stars by Joan Holub (Step into Reading)

Leaping and bounding toward independent reading.

From ballet class to rehearsal for the big show to the final curtesies—budding ballet stars show emergent readers each step and pirouette along the way! This Step 1 story has big type and easy words, rhyme and rhythm, and picture clues and two sheets of irresistably adorable stickers. It’s a natural for young readers who are learning ballet or aspire to take ballet classes.

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Home, but still hiatus after surgery

We’re home home now. Yesterday actually, but the days seem to be running together for me as her mess are on four hour increments that are not always lined up with sleep.

There will be an hour or so where things are really calm and I feel like we can do this and all will be okay. Then… I think the end of the world has come and that we will never be okay.

Having your daughter in misery with no way to know exactly what hurts or how to help really hurts… it will get better.

Surgery went well and no complications then or at home so far. Low fever so far but hopefully it won’t rise. Otherwise she’s got a bit of tummy trouble with her first miserable experiences N/V & D. Praying for a good recovery and to keep her calm to prevent a rebleed.

The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman, MD

In the new #1 New York Times bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution (Little, Brown and Company February, 2012), Dr. Mark Hyman – Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center – reveals the secret to losing weight and preventing diabesity. According to Dr. Hyman, a staggering one in two Americans suffers from diabesity, the condition of metabolic imbalance and disease that ranges from mild blood sugar imbalance to full-blown diabetes. Diabesity is one of the leading causes of chronic disease in the 21st century, including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer, and the numbers of sick people keep growing. One in three children born today will have diabetes. We are now raising the first generation of Americans to live sicker and die younger than their parents.

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Hiatus to the hospital

Hey there, things have been crazy here lately. So many posts in my head not making it to the blog. We finished the calendar wall, and I really need to share those photos with you. Also the quilting den is complete with the cutting table and the nursery is all set with Classic Pooh and the crib rail guards. So much, but it will have to wait.

Tomorrow morning we’re checking my baby into the hospital for her surgery; AppleBlossom is two years old, just shy of three (her birthday is the end of July). The plan is to take out her tonsils and possibly her adenoids. We’re hoping this is the solution to the random unknown, “it must be a virus” when she’s sick so often as well as the current and new sleep apnea and coughing fits.

So pardon me if I miss an email. I have a few things scheduled for the next few days including a great FIRST book: The Blood Sugar Solution (about diabetes), a couple children’s books and my most recent Christian Historical Fiction: Glamorous Illusions. If you need me feel free to email me, but I might not see it. Also, if you do email me and want to make sure I saw what you sent, email me again at the end of next week if I haven’t responded. I’m already buried in email and I’m sure it’ll hold a while!

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Oh, checking into the hospital 5:30 AM and she’ll have to stay overnight.

Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart

FORGET-ME-NOTS: POEMS TO LEARN BY HEART is another wonderful collaboration between Mary Ann Hoberman, Children’s Poet Laureate, and renowned illustrator Michael Emberley. Featuring over 120 works from both classic and contemporary poets with vivid illustrations, this new collection of poems also includes tips for memorization and recitation just in time for National Poetry Month.

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Coblation Tonsillectomy in an almost three year old…

I’ve been pretty quiet lately. The stress level has been a bit elevated. AppleBlossom will turn three in the end of July and she’s been sick again, and again. We were thinking it was croup again because of the seal like barking cough, but the pediatrician said not this time. He said she looked fine (ears and nose etc) she just had huge tonsils. In the last several well and otherwise visits he has always said she has large tonsils, but this time he changed that comment to say huge. So off we were to a recommended ENT visit. We were able to see the same ENT/Nurse Practitioner team that I saw when I was so sick with that sinus infection that just would not leave (November – March/early April). After a look-see, we were given the recommendation for surgery. Today I was able to talk to the doctor in. . .

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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons. But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than three groovy buttons? Count down with Pete in this rocking new story from the creators of the bestselling Pete the Cat books.

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Hippopposites by Janik Coats {Review}

Behold: an opposites book like no other. Simple pairings of words, both expected (small/large) and unexpected (clear/blurry), are humorously illustrated with a graphic and lovable red hippopotamus. Bold colors and surprising die-cuts and textures spice up this elegantly engaging board book.

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Bob the Builder: Adventures by the Sea

Bob and his Can-Do Crew are making waves and having fun in five new, sea-themed adventures in construction in Bob the Builder™: Adventures by the Sea, sailing onto DVD, Digital Download and On Demand May 22, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. From facing fears, correcting mistakes, doing good work and always getting the job done, Bob’s the man and when you’re on his team, life’s a beach!

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Fresh Produce Clothing – Summer Dress

After AppleBlossom was born I went back to wearing my early maternity clothes and then later I went back to some “real pants” no elastic waist, and “real bras” not nursing bras for about two weeks before I found I was pregnant with OrangeBlossom. In this second pregnancy I was able to wear the same things and added a new outfit here and there and was pretty set. Now, it has been nine months and I’ve lost 49 lbs. Yes! Almost 50!! The clothes I had before are not right. Now I know it is an often occurrence to discover that your body is not what you know or even recognize after having a baby, but I did not know which direction to go. I needed smaller, but not quite as small as pre pre pregnancy. Also, while some maternity clothes do fit, they are designed to emphasize a baby. . .

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