Monday, September 21, 2015

Fancy Nancy Festivities (a fancy word for "parties")

I was first introduced to Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor almost 6 years ago when I discovered the original book on display in the library. Even though I was never a Fancy Nancy, I thought it was brilliant! My daughter was an infant at the time, but I read it to her (and my boys who also thought it was very fun).

And who knew that my daughter would turn out to be the fanciest of Nancies?

So when my local library threw a Fancy Nancy party, I was all over that. And so was my daughter.

We RSVP'd, and my daughter dressed up in her fanciest clothes. She even borrowed a hat from our neighbor.

At the party we decorated tiaras.

We ate cookies and punch.

We listened to Fancy Nancy books.

And when it was over, we decided that we simply must throw a Fancy Nancy party of our own. The plans are in the works.

What I love about this book is that it encourages individualism, and that it finds a sneaky and fun way to introduce new vocabulary. Kids are tricked into learning! It doesn't get much better than that. ;)

How about you? Who is one of your favorite characters from a book?

Monday, September 14, 2015

The End of Summer

Summer is officially over. The kids are back in school, the weather is cooling down, the summer frenzy is ending and the school one is beginning.
I planned so many times what I wanted to say on my "I'm back!!" blog post, but I'm not nearly as organized as I like to think I am. And whenever I tried to focus, the rush of it all filled my brain.

So the rush is what you get. Because so much happened this summer. SO MUCH! (and honestly, this is the abridged version):

Life Stuff:

  • Moved to Oregon

  • Entered my first ever county fair (with my awesome cinnamon twists)
  • Won 2nd prize in the county fair (I thought this deserved its own bullet point)
  • Made hand-shaken ice-cream with my kids (4th annual, baby!)
  • Canned actual fruit (the lids sealed and everything!)
  • Attended my first-ever crawdad cook-out (yep, they just lay it all out on the table)
  • Painted a painting (can you tell which one's mine?)
  • Spent time with family

Book Stuff:
This Summer has been such a learning curve. I won't prattle on just yet about all the things I learned, but hopefully in the future.

In the mean time, what awesome things did you do this summer?