Representation Matters

Every month we get a shipment of Tutus and Tennis Shoes Magic Three and this month included in the box was a book, Harriet’s Yellow Jacket by Analise Harris and illustrated by Adri Norris.

Mayci was so thrilled with this book. She carried it around with her looking through it for about three hours after I first read it to her. She told me she, too, has had problems with her jacket hood not fitting because her hair was too big.

She looked at the picture of the author and excitedly told me that the author has hair just like hers. So much excitement from this book all because the characters and author look like her. Representation matters. Seeing yourself in a book (or TV show or video game or whatever else) is important.

A Date With Nicky

If you ask Nicky what he wants to eat he always says pizza. So for his two-on-one date a few weeks ago we went to Purple Garlic where they have some excellent gluten free pizza. He spent over 20 minutes coloring on the kids’ menu.

Once he got tired of coloring (and had covered pretty much the whole paper), he unwrapped all our silverware and did some swordfighting.

It takes 25-30 minutes for pizzas to get done there since they are made fresh so we pulled out the Fire and got him set up watching some Baby Shark videos and a couple minutes later our food arrived.

He was very excited to get his pizza. He loved it and ate the whole thing. Pizza really is his favorite food.

At some point our server came to fill our water and Nicky showed her his coloring and then gave it to her. She promised to put it up in the kitchen for everyone to enjoy.

June Owlcrate

The book we got in our June Owlcrate box is Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez. It’s the first one I haven’t been very excited about. Hopefully it’ll turn out to be a good book. The dust jacket and embossing on the box’s cover is beautiful.

In the box we got a really pretty wooden comb (Ani took that home with her) and a luggage tag. I put it right on my mini backpack of course. It’s getting pretty crowded on there.

We also got a totebag and magnet (Ani took those as well) and a piece of art that is really pretty and made on a flexible, very thin piece of wood. We have that hanging in our kitchen right now but I might try to figure out how to hang it from my bookshelf. The box also included Pride and Prejudice with a very pretty cover.

Mayci Lost a Tooth

The other day Jamie and Mayci were both coming around a corner in opposite directions and collided pretty hard. Mayci’s mouth started bleeding and we soon discovered it was because she had a loose tooth that was knocked extra loose. Suddenly crashing into her Daddy was no longer a sad thing but instead an exciting thing. She brought me a paper towel and asked me to try to pull it out (it popped right out) and so life became awesome with a missing front tooth.

June Literati Box

Adrian’s eleventh Literati box arrived a couple weeks ago (see boxes onetwo, threefourfivesixseveneight, nine, and ten). This month’s books weren’t as great as the last few months’.

The artwork was pretty neat in this box as were the stickers/bookplates. There’s even a cute little game included.

The books in the box were The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson, Gideon Green in Black and White by Katie Henry,

Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado,

The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco, and My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham.

We kept the first three and sent The Girl From the Well and My Dearest Darkest back. Those are just too horror and we are not really horror people here. Also, the cover of The Girl From the Well really freaks me out (I have a low tolerance for creepiness).

A Date With Noah

A few weeks ago we took Noah on his every couple month two-on-one date to Fish City Grill. I was in the mood for shrimp and they have a gluten free menu and Noah will eat anything so off we went.

Waiting for your food is not easy when you are little, but they had saltine crackers on the table and Noah thought they tasted pretty great.

We ordered fish and chips for him. The kids meal came with so much food! I wasn’t sure he’d be able to eat it all but he nearly did. He left just 2/3 of one fish stick behind. Noah doesn’t say much spontaneously, but he was very clear saying “No more” when he got full.

Jamie had gotten his salad with oil and vinegar (red wine vinegar) so I jokingly said Noah should dip his fries in the leftover vinegar. At first he made a face, but then he decided it was yummy and ended up dipping the rest of his fries before he ate them. His British Nan would be proud!

It’s truly fun hanging out with one kid at a time. They always make us laugh in some way. For example, Noah holding his chosen lovey in The Beast. Some kids cuddle stuffed animals, some cuddle blankies. My son cuddles a big old dump truck!