Sunday, August 5, 2012

What we're reading these days

I noticed that it has been quite a while since I posted about what we are reading these days, so here is a quick look at what is on our bedside tables:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Reptile Room by: Lemony Snicket.  This is the first series that William has really gotten into on his own (and the first books, for that matter) where he has not gotten bored part way through.  He picked up the entire series at a garage sale this summer and is determined to read each and every one.

Are You My Mother? by: P.D. Eastman

Put Me In The Zoo by: Robert Lopshire.  Both of these are older books (first published in the 1960s) that I remember reading as a little girl.  They are certainly classics though, and a far cry better than the 'early readers' that are published these days.  They have a story that Charlie loves, but are written in simple language with lots of sight words, rather than complex language but with only a sentence or two on each page.

Read Alouds:
Silverwing by: Kenneth Oppel.  This is one that I picked up recently when I needed a'guaranteed' good story after finishing the Mysterious Benedict Society Books.  It has won about a million prizes, and has make bats Williams new favorite animal (after dogs, of course!)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by: J.K. Rowling.  Not that this book needs any extra  advertisement  but we are on our second round through reading the whole series...

The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern is a beautifully written drama / mystery / romance that I am thoroughly enjoying.  I know it sounds corny, but I love a book that calls on me to read it with a pencil in hand to underline the parts that I most enjoy...But still, the discontent remains.  Even the ground beneath feels unsatisfying to his boots. ( Don't laugh !!)

How To Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk by: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish because I really need to read this book as often as I can.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Bruce Peninsula

I can't resist the chance to publish a few more of the pictures I took when we were camping, so here they are in the form of a guide to some of the most beautiful places to hike around Cyprus lake.  These places are all within an easy hike of each other, and are spectacular.  One of these days I will be able to go and just sit on the beach enjoying the sounds and the views, but for now we all loved hiking and exploring them together.

The Lookout:

Boulder Beach:

Boulder Beach:

The Overhang:

The Marr Lake Trail:

The Boulder Beach:

The Grotto:

Singing Sands:

Somehow I managed to miss taking any pictures of Indian Head Cove (just around the corner from the Grotto, but it is even more spectacular.  If you are at all the 'outdoorsy' type, you will love this place.

Camping with my boys

This past week, William, Charlie and I went up to Cyprus Lake (the provincial campground just south of Tobermory, Ontario) to camp for a few nights. I would be kidding if I implied it was not a whole lot of work, but it was absolutely worth it.  The boys were (mostly) wonderful, and we spent 3 days exploring one of the most breathtaking places in the country. It was a beautiful thing to spend time with my kids doing something that we all genuinely love - hiking, lake swimming, sitting by the campfire, and sleeping all snuggled up together.

Here are a few pics...

The boys also thought that it was important for me to include notes on their most recent culinary creation, called simple "The Masterpiece"

Squish both sides of a pie iron / campfire cookers with refrigerator crescent roll dough (no need to grease the pie irons).  Top one side with marshmallows, chocolate chips, caramels, and crumbled graham crackers.  Put the two sides of the pie iron together and place in hot campfire coals for a few minutes, checking it frequently until it is golden brown.  Let it cool (else you burn your mouth on the hot gooey goodness) and enjoy!!!  Needless to say it took them a while to come down from the sugar high that night...