We Love Picture Books!

July 10, 2013

A week ago, we were lucky enough to be featured on Candlewick’s year-long We Believe in Picture Books video project!

Want to know what books we’re grabbing for? They are, in order:

Baby Penguins Everywhere by Melissa Guion

Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

The Pet Project by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Zachariah OHora

PSSST! by Adam Rex

Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack

Steadfast Tin Soldier by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jen Corace

Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex

How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

Betty Bunny Wants Everything by Michael Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch

Giant Dance Party by Betsy Bird, illustrated by Brandon Dorman

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Thanks to Carter Higgins, Betsy Bird, and Rosemond Cates for putting our video on their blogs!

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CATEGORIES: books, Julie

Henry and Eli make a video

August 13, 2012

So, what do you get when you add two Star-Wars-obsessed kids, Legos, and a video camera? This. (Also: I feel the need to mention that they haven’t actually seen any of the Star Wars movies. So this is their version of Star Wars via, you know, book learnin’.)

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CATEGORIES: Eli, Henry

Happy Birthday, Zuzu!

June 14, 2012

Today we fete Zuzu, who is now 4 (and also celebrate this fun brief time when, until August, we have kids who are 2, 4, 6, and 8 years old). We are making cherry cupcakes today, since apparently cherry cupcakes mean birthday. For her birthday dinner she requested:

  • meatballs
  • broccoli, for the people who want broccoli
  • carrots, for the people who want carrots, not me though, make sure you put down ‘NOT ZUZU’
  • smoothies
  • berries
  • salad for the grownups
  • bread with butter.

Sounds good to me. And I’ll leave you with this, which you’re going to have to view as a rare white unicorn glimpsed in the forest (I used to say “it’s like seeing Snuffleupagus” until I found out that now everyone can see Snuffleupagus). Zuzu often picks up a book, and reads it to herself in this incredibly hilarious (to us) fashion, making up the story based only loosely on the pictures and more on what people are saying near her at the time, and whatever else might be going through her head. We all, all of us, here, love watching her do this, BUT…if she knows she’s being watched, she stops immediately. Last week I saw her reading to herself in this manner, and tried to get a video, but I was too far away, and next to the humming aquarium, so you can’t really hear her. But you can get a sense of the drama involved, perhaps. (The drama of her reading, I mean.) (Though also maybe I mean the drama of stalking my children as I hide amongst the furniture, careful not to disturb them in their native habitat.)

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CATEGORIES: Julie

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?

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CATEGORIES: Julie, Ramona

5-68-99-H

November 30, 2011

Here’s Zuzu, in response to “how old are you?” I’m also posting this video so you can all think, “Oh, at least my house isn’t as messy as hers.”

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CATEGORIES: Zuzu
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It’s all about the nod

November 18, 2011

There is something so, so cute to me about pre-verbal toddler nods and head shakes. They’re so excited, so happy: “I can tell you what I mean! I can say yes to milk, and no to socks!”

I wanted to get a video of a Ramona nod before the opportunity passed me by and she was suddenly 15. I’m still subtitling Zuzu, but she’s way more understandable than she was in January.

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CATEGORIES: Ramona, Zuzu

Magical Pop-Up Baby

April 7, 2011

You know, you leave an empty chair around here, and before you know it, there are babies sprouting up all over the place.

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CATEGORIES: Ramona

The Language of Zuzu

February 4, 2011

Now offering classes in Zuzu 101, Conversational Zuzu, and Advanced Conversational Zuzu. Note that I am still a beginning speaker myself. Um, and note also that Iris’s house is clearly a lot cooler than our house.

CATEGORIES: Zuzu

Circular Reasoning

December 24, 2009

Ah, how I long for the days when you could just run in circles and it would pass for dancing.

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CATEGORIES: Eli, Zuzu

Weekly Zuzu: Vwa-pah!

December 11, 2009

Zuzu, being a third child, doesn’t say much. She is extremely communicative, but doesn’t really use conventional words. She uses a lot of signing and pointing and appropriate facial expressions. Eli was the same way. He didn’t say anything except for “Dada” and “Harpo” until he was 22 months old, at which point he started saying things like, “I would please like a grilled cheese sandwich and I’ll eat it at the table.”

Zuzu says “Dada” and “Mama.” She says thank you, but she doesn’t actually say “thank you.” Instead she says “in-dah.” I don’t know where it came from, but it definitely means thank you. And, at some point, she interpreted the sound of the smack of a kiss as “vwa-pah!” and so now that’s the sound she makes when she kisses. (Incidentally: it’s not easy. Try it. It’s easy to kiss someone on the cheek and say “mwa-pah” but getting that v sound in the beginning is tough.)

And so, I present to you: Zuzu and her vwa-pahs.

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