And I’m mostly not ready to say good-bye to it.
Because while juggling summer schedules are a bit challenging, summer also means a slightly more relaxed way of living, way more daylight hours, and warmth from the sun.
And, really, who wants to say good-bye to that?
And with summer coming to an end, it also means we have just over a week to finish up our summer reading goals.
For Madeline, this means three more books and she’s done. Head straight to Go and collect $10 from TD Bank.
For Nick, well, I do believe it means six more books before he collects his $10.
But if I know Nick and his motivation for money (read: very strong), it ain’t no thing.
It’s as good as done.
Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu was the latest book that Madeline and I read, and it’s a cute story. A topic that arrived with near-perfect timing for my little five-and-a-half-year-old.
Princess Cupcake Jones has a favorite tutu. A tutu that went missing just as she had to wear for the family portrait.
She looked high and low for that darn tutu, and at the very end, she found it, hanging from a ceiling fan, where it landed right after she flung it into the air one day. Throughout the story, the basic theme is to put things away when you’re done with them, because then everything is where it should be and nothing gets lost.
A point that I could really use to drive home to Madeline.
Who pretty much never puts anything away ever. And saves anything and everything. If you have ever given this child anything, whether it be a book, a piece of candy, or a torn-up crumbled piece of paper, I guarantee she still has it.
Or she will until I turn her room and playroom upside down next week to organize it once and for all.
Yep, I’m taking next week off and bringing garbage bags to Madeline’s room is high on my list of things to do.
The life of Moms everywhere.
Princess Cupcake Jones has beautifully colored pictures throughout and is the perfect bedtime story length. Short enough that bedtime story reading doesn’t drag on forever, but not so short that kids feel gypped. It’s written in rhyming patterns that flowed nicely, with words that were perfect for this age group.
And hey, any book that drives home a message that I’ve been harping on forever and a day is alright with me.
Hungry for more book reviews? Here are a few of our favorites:
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun is all about embracing the different.
If I Could Keep You Little is one of my favorites, and a wonderful reminder on how quickly this time goes.
A Bad Case of Stripes is a run, lively, colorful story that your kids will love.
Bedtime Math is an interesting and fun way to combine a bedtime story with practicing math skills.
Tomorrow? Snowballs (and back to Baltimore).