A Stick is an Excellent Thing

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer,
illustrated by LeUyen Pham.  Clarion Books, 2012.

I have one more poetry book to squeeze in this April, and as the weather warms up (and cools back down, and warms back up, and cools back down), this one is perfectly timed!  A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play delivers exactly what the title promises:  wonderful rhymes for children, celebrating all the traditional games and activities kids love to play outside.  Besides the encouraging poems, the book is eye candy, with bright illustrations by one of my favorites, LeUyen Pham.

We checked this copy out from the public library.  I don't know how it escaped me before now.  I'm definitely keeping it in mind for gift-giving!







There are poems devoted to walking along curbs, hide-and-seek, playing statues, jumping rope, hopscotch, making "soup" from dirt and grass, catching fireflies, and stargazing.  Have your kiddos had much outdoor time yet, this spring?  My girls have played a lot of bouncey-ball, broken in new jump ropes, and have even dragged the sprinkler out for a couple of runs.   Oh, and we're working on a new fairy house (here is last year's house) that's so large, we will definitely need to make a fairy space within the house for any actual wee folk!  (More on that next week!)

I have a Pinterest board called "Magical Outdoor Stuff for Kids," if you're interested in following.  I am a big believer in Mud Pie Kitchens!  There is also a board devoted to the art of LeUyen Pham.  And a lot of other boards, because I have too many Pinterest boards.

[My secret to following over-the-top pinners like me?  Hit "follow all," then "unfollow" any individual boards that I'm not interested in.  Then I can still see any new boards the pinner comes up with!]

Happy Spring!



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Our Easter


Well, I had a good Good Friday, as you could see from the pictures here.

I had a lovely Saturday.  A little cranky from lack of sleep, and my allergies were bad.
(Dum-dum-DUMMMM! - That's foreshadowing.)

On Saturday, the girls and I hardboiled some more eggs - both white and brown - then dyed them with the leftover dyes we made the day before.  We even found some blue gel food coloring, so we added some lovely blues to the mix.

I think the brown eggs were my favorite.  They were the drab green, darker red, and dusty blue eggs below.


I made a lemon cake with pink lemonade frosting, roasted some asparagus, and whipped up the ingredients needed to devil some eggs, then we headed to my sister's house for a little backyard egg hunting with the little cousins.


As you can see, even Cocoa Brownie, Little Sis's beloved bear, had an Easter dress and basket!

Our eggs were pretty fresh, so I deviled a dozen right after the hunt, and we had a nice Easter Eve dinner with my dad and grandmother.

By the time we came home, I thought my allergies were about to kill me.  I got the girls to bed, made crusts for our Easter quiche, and helped Mr. B assemble Easter baskets.


Then I couldn't sleep.  I couldn't breathe.  By the time the girls were up, I knew I was too sick to go anywhere.  I handed Big Sis the camera and said, "Do me a favor.  Take pictures of you and your sister and your Easter baskets.  Mom's too sick."


Then Mr. B and the girls dressed in their Easter finery and headed to church for the Easter egg hunt.  It was a cloudy day that would turn rainy in the end.  Little Sis wasn't happy that Mom wasn't there, but she got over it.



So I went to the doctor yesterday.  Strep throat.  I haven't had strep since I was fourteen!  And it's in my sinuses. That, my friends, is a disgusting combination.  Disgusting.  Thank goodness for strong antibiotics and decongestants, because I was actually able to function today!

I did throw away my quiche crusts.  I'll probably toss the leftover cake, too.  Strep contamination =  EEK.

Back to books tomorrow...  Hope everyone had a lovely Easter!  Feel free to share your own Easter stories here!


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