Front Porch Love

Last summer was a miserable one in Kansas.  The heat surpassed records set in the Dust Bowl era.  How those unfortunate folks of that age survived without air conditioning is beyond me.  I spent those 112 degree days inside, draped over vents, ceiling fan whirling and iced tea in hand.

Of course, it is only the first of June, and summer could still clobber us over the head.  It has already been in the nineties a few times this year, but today was beautiful.  Cool, occasionally rainy...  Beautiful.  Perfect evening for sitting on the porch.

Watching the oldest daughter deface the house with chalk.

"Sweetie, do you have to write on the house?"  "But Mo-o-m!  I'm doing math!"

The youngest was content to dance.  She's always content to dance.

We had a stack of books on the porch, too.  My oldest finished kindergarten recently, and she shocks me with her new abilities.  This summer, she has started four books.  Two of these books are going to be too much for her, but we can always read them together.   (This is the kiddo I read all of the Oz books to, starting when she was not yet 3.)

We finished the Laura & Nellie chapter book.  We took turns reading pages at bedtime, with little sis in the room, too.  Late last year, I finished reading Little House in the Big Woods to her and we're about halfway through Little House On the Prairie.  (Part of our vacation next month will include visits to a couple of Laura Ingalls Wilder destinations.)  Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great by Judy Blume is in the pile.  That is one I will definitely help her with.  I read all the Fudge books to her - twice! - but I never owned this one.  Thank you, public library!

The book she is reading most diligently now is The Robot King by Brian Selznick.  I haven't read this one yet!  I believe I may have to borrow it as she sleeps.  She seems to be engrossed in it.  She tried to read The Adventures of Hugo Cabret on her own, but I knew it would be too much.  That is my book, ordered via my little one's preschool's Scholastic forms.  I am a silent film freak, and Big Sis is my silent film festival partner.  We missed seeing Scorcese's film adaptation on the big screen, but we bought it on DVD the day it came out.  It is definitely one of our favorite movies.  But while we missed Hugo in the theatre, not many 6-year-olds can claim they saw this on a big screen!  And in color, no less:

The version we saw at the Kansas Silent Film Festival this year was the recently restored, hand-colored version.  Flicker Alley released it on DVD, which is high on my birthday wish list year.

Little Sis has deemed A Dignity of Dragons: Collective Nouns for Magical Beasts her favorite recent library book.  The text, by Jacqueline Ogburn, is quite clever, but it's the spectacular illustrations by Nicoletta Ceccoli that have her hooked.  Can't say I blame her.

I am still figuring out the whole blogging thing.  I know that it probably makes the most sense to post first thing in the morning, but I am not a morning person.  (I like to read other people's blogs in the morning, though!)  This is definitely a work in progress!

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