Boo! I purged most of my old Halloween stuff before we moved.
Okay, most of it was picked from others' garbage piles over the years. (ie: the plastic stacked pumpkins that lit up with a one foot cord that was very hard to place without an ugly extension cord)
This week I shopped at my new favorite shop:
The Queen Bee Artisan Market.
Had to get the Bottle of Boos !
I spent last night purging photos that I should have deleted the day I downloaded them. If I don't do that, it totally gets away from me. I think I deleted over 400 bad blurry not quite right photos.
The photo above has no yellow leaves in it. The yellow is sunlight coming from behind the bench.
I didn't plan it that way.
Moving meant we donated a lot of books and cleaned the book shelves...
This week , I attempted to read an adult book about heading west in the USA. No way. Too sad.
So I found Al's juniors book on the same topic.
It was also very realistic and I think a young teen would be able to handle it. A 3rd or 4th grader reading about scalping and little children dying on the way to Oregon might really have a tough time with this one.
Having taken the kids out West and stopped at Register Cliff to show them the names of pioneers, this part of the book was especially sweet to me.
Even from the comfort of a 20th century car a child GETS that the North Platte River in Nebraska is more than just a stream, it is a geo landmark. So I related to that part too.
There was some humor. But, I'd say you really need to read what your kids are reading.
(coming from a mom whose children read so much she simply could not keep up )
Al has told me before, I should have monitored her reading more.
I just wanted them to read as much as possible.
I want to share that I mistakenly thought this series was connected to the American Girl Doll series. They are not. The Dear American series is independent and put out by Scholastica. (Thanks Lurker KH for correcting me in a earlier version of this post)
Cause Christmas is coming and who doesn't love to give or get a book?