Yesterday, we all learned how to light a match. Then I let Shaemus go outside and play with matches. I only peeked out the window sixteen times.
Nobody died. It was great.
Next, we are all going to learn how to stand on the roof and lick a nine-volt battery. This is the great stuff in life, I'm telling you.
Now onto birthdays!
Lucy is the one in that polka-dot coat. She loves that coat. And, yes, we all have identically shaped glasses. And, no, Mary doesn't look this sad all the time. Just in pictures. Because she is twelve and all the pictures taken of you when you are twelve must be somewhat agonizing.
And now Lucy is eleven!
Here are the books Lucy got for her birthday:
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen (I have stolen this already and, so far, it is really, really good!)
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
The Golden Book of Fairytales
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Gustav Gloom and the People Taker by Adam Troy-Castro
The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron
Dragon Spear by Jessica Day George
Nation by Terry Pratchet
A lot of castles. A lot of Fairytale like settings, but there is some good variety here. Nation in particular is different than the rest. An unusual, marvelous book you really should read. It reminds me (for some unknown reason) of The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer, one of Lucy's all time favorite books. Also a book everyone should read at some point in their lives.
Nation and Gustav Gloom and The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm and The False Prince might particularly appeal to boys if they are a little romance, princess averse.