Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This week I read and loved...

The Lions of Little Rock

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

My Mother's Voice
My Mother's Voice by Joanne Ryder

Twilight Comes Twice
Twilight Comes Twice by Ralph Fletcher

The Pencil
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg

Pictures from Our Vacation
Pictures from our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins

I am currently reading...

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


With a happy heart,
I walk over to the pool

My big toe dips in first,
Coolness on a hot day

I climb down the ladder,
the smooth cool water is calming

Excitement in my daughters' eyes,

Little arms splashing
bring a smile to my face

I dive into the water,
my worries are washed away

Gliding through the water
feels so powerful yet peaceful

As I rise to the surface,
feelings of hope and strength are revived

When I break through the water to the warm summer air,
I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to

Swimming helps me realize
that I am in control of my world

Everyday I must open my eyes and heart so that
I can make a difference in our world.

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This week I read and loved...

Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher

Fig Pudding

Whatever After:  Fairest of All by Sarah Mlynowski

Fairest of All (Whatever After Series #1)

Sidekicks by Dan Santat


Up North At The Cabin by Marsha Wilson Chall

Up North at the Cabin

This week I am reading...

Live Writing:  Breathing Life Into Your Words by Ralph Fletcher

Live Writing: Breathing Life into Your Words

Big Nat in a Class by Himself by Lincoln Pierce

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself

Getting Things Done:  The Art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My Daughter's Smile


My Daughter's Smile

My sweet daughter
Often so hesitant and slow to warm up
Yet, every time you are in a performance
Your smile lights up the room

At the gymnastics show
Your smile was so big,
It radiated the happiness in your eyes

At the kindergarten show
Your smile was so genuine,
It flaunted the sweetness of your personality

At the circus show
Your smile was so adventurous,
It unveiled how much you like to have fun

I hope you learn
To show your smile
At all times...

Your smile is beautiful
Just like you!

Monday, July 9, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

This week I really enjoyed all of the books I read and would highly recommend them!  I read...

When Life Gives you OJ by Erica Perl

When Life Gives You O.J.

The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies

The Lemonade Crime

Creating Innovators  by Tony Wagner

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World

Babymouse:  Queen of the World by Jennifer Holm

Queen of the World! (Babymouse Series #1)

Next week, I am reading...

Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher

Fig Pudding

and we are listening to...

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer Holm

Turtle in Paradise

Monday, July 2, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week, I read and enjoyed...

Unlikely Friendships for Kids:  The Monkey and the Dove by Jennifer Holland

Unlikely Friendships for Kids: The Monkey & the Dove: And Four Other Stories of Animal Friendships

Pinkalicious:  Soccer Star by Victoria Kann

Soccer Star (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles

Each Little Bird That Sings

The Great Hamster Massacre by Katie Davies

The Great Hamster Massacre

Last week, we listened to...

Marty Mcguire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner
Marty Mcguire Digs Worms! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

My girls loved Unlikely Friendships, Pinkalicious:  Soccer Star and Marty Mcguire digs worms!  These books were fun for all ages, including myself!

This week, I am reading...

Opening Minds by Peter Johnston

Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl

When Life Gives You O.J.