New Review on Brain Burps: Another Brother

May 30, 2012

Check out my new review on Brain Burps About Books today: Another Brother by Matthew Cordell.

Here’s what I love about social media: Darshana Khiani from Flowering Minds is my Goodreads friend, and she sent me a message saying she thought I’d like this book. (Side note: check out the recent interview with Darshana on my fellow Brain Burps contributor Julie Hedlund’s site.) So I love that we are all trying to be our real selves online, so much so that someone I’ve never met or even exchanged emails with can tell when there’s a book I’d like.*

Or, more true: a book I’d LOVE. Oh boy is this a great book. Yet another one that had my kids screaming with laughter, and definitely one I was happy to read again and again, because it’s so funny and the illustrations are so darn cute I want to curl up and take a nap with them.

This podcast episode is Part 2 of Facebook-Questions-Answered with Robyn Bradley, so don’t miss it! You can see the info on the episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.

*Do I love that we put our real selves online, or do I find it creepy? A little of both, honestly. And I realize that there are many, many people who are not putting their real selves online, but who are making up whole alternate personae, but whatever, those aren’t who I’m talking about. Or maybe they are, if I could accurately recommend a book to someone’s alternate persona.


Ramona’s birthday recap

May 30, 2012

Here’s Ramona (and Zuzu) on her birthday, playing with her excellent new trolley bus toy that my mom got for her at the Clark. She also has a new yellow bunny from Susan and the best, softest, cutest doggie ever from Rope Swing Studio.

And what better way to celebrate a dog-loving girl’s birthday than with a dog-shaped cake? Thanks to Martha Stewart for the recipe (cake here and frosting here) and templates and to Adriane for the extra-large pastry tip.

In retrospect, this cake was a bit much. It took the better part of the day to make and, as you can see, is the size of an actual dog. Still, it was kind of fun. And yummy.

And how old are you, Ramona?


CATEGORIES: Julie, Ramona


May 29, 2012

I am hesitant to stop my children from playing nicely together, even when the living room looks like this. They are all playing with Legos and making some kind of alien world, and speaking to each other so sweetly. But. Really, children. This is a silly amount of stuff for you to spread on the floor and then not clean up.

What do you do? Maybe some of you decide to not pick up the house if everyone is happy, but I’m not really happy with this amount of paper.

(And p.s. does anyone have an awesome craft using paint color cards?)

CATEGORIES: Bad Kids, housekeeping

Ramona is 2 today!

May 25, 2012

That’s right! Little Miss Fancypants is 2!

Ramona at Fort Popham

Her favorite things are dogs, avocados, and clothes with pockets. And here’s a secret: she’s the most comically gifted of all my kids, I think, which says a lot. I can’t even imagine what she’s going to slay us with once she can actually construct a sentence.

Her most common topic of conversation is “DOG DOG DOG DOG” but sometimes she does talk about other animals:

Happy happy birthday, Boots! I’m so happy you came along!



New review on Brain Burps: Say Hello to Zorro!

May 23, 2012

Today I’ve got a review on Brain Burps About Books of the super cute picture book Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich (you can tell it’s super cute, right? just look at that cover!). I fell in love with Zorro and did the review, and then just this week I found out that there’s a new Zorro book, Zorro Gets an Outfit. Will it be like Say Hello to Zorro! and Dog Parade smooshed together? I can’t wait to find out.

Today Katie is interviewing Robyn Bradley, all about Facebook and how to figure out what to do with a Facebook page, and how it’s different from your personal page (among many other important Facebook things they discuss).

You can see more about the episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.


Once Every 6 Months, I’m a Fun Mom

May 22, 2012

Though this meal could also be called “how to disguise the fact that you have only bread ends for lunch.”


CATEGORIES: Food, Parenting

Book movers

May 16, 2012

Annoying thing that toddlers and preschoolers do:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

“We are playing house,” says Zuzu. I won’t even get into what this means for how they think I do my housekeeping.


CATEGORIES: housekeeping, Ramona, Zuzu

Jonah Lehrer, and me!

May 15, 2012

Jonah Lehrer and I are on Brain Burps About Books today! Ok, ok, so we’re not on at the same time: Katie is interviewing Jonah Lehrer (author of Imagine: How Creativity Works), and (separately) I do a review of Nursery Rhyme Comics. I do think it’s perfect that Katie picked this review out of the ones of mine she has (did you know this about me? I love doing picture book reviews so much I send her bunches of them at a time, instead of just my required one-a-month), because Nursery Rhyme Comics is the most creative bit of creative creativeness that I’ve seen in forever. It’s brilliant.

You can see more information about this podcast episode here, or listen directly by clicking here.



Welcome, Lia

May 14, 2012

I am so completely riveted by my cousin Christina’s blog right now. She’s in China right this minute, meeting her new daughter, Lia. The photos of China are amazing, and I can’t tear myself away from today’s post, where they meet Lia (finally!) and bring her back to the hotel, even though it makes me cry every time.

And I also can’t stop cracking up about all of the Chinese tourists who keep taking pictures of Christina’s older (very blond) daughter, Nora.

Welcome to the family, Lia! We can’t wait to meet you!



Henry’s Flute Recital

May 7, 2012

So it was just about a year ago that I said, “Henry, I really want you to decide on an instrument you like so you can start taking lessons” and he said, “Oh, I already know what I want to play! The harp!” At which point I tried really hard not to burst out laughing, and also tried hard to erase the mental image of Henry trapped under a harp, since he weighs as much as a sparrow.

But luckily he had a second choice: the flute. And even better, we found an awesome teacher, Carl Dimow. Last night was Henry’s first recital. He was very first on the program, and it was so fun to sit back and watch all the other people Carl teaches and get Henry inspired for all the different kinds of flute music he can play.

“Are you nervous, Henry?” I asked a few minutes before it started. “No!” he said with surprise. “I’m so excited!”

Here it is:


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