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Reviews:
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Langdon
Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs' Halloween by Liza Donnelly
The Dragon in Lyonesse by Gordon R. Dickson
Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins
The Earth by Émile Zola
Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Gems and Minerals by Susan Harris
Geology by Frank Rhodes
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Lost and Found by Eliabeth Hess
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
The Player by Michael Tolkin
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson
Trucks by Byron Barton
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Miscellaneous
225 Books
Browsing without Buying
Eating dinner
Ferdinand
Garden Round Up
Gardening
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Grocery Shopping
Harriet Milestones
Ian's Birthday
A Little Bit of Heaven
More Milestones
Only Three Books
Phone Calls from Far Away Places
Pi Day
Plum Flowers
School Stuff
Soon to be a one car family
Spring Cleaning Round 1
Spring Cleaning Round 2
Storage
Talking to Magnum
Thoughts on Sean
Well Baby
Zero and a Half

Vacation
Buena Vista State Beach
Arch Rock
Big Tree
Second Night in Eureka
Humboldt
Avenue of the Giants

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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish


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Play-DohSchool Stuff: 03/05/07

This morning got off to a late start because both children were still asleep when the alarm went off. Harriet slept until work started for me at 7:30 and Sean slept until almost 8:00. Since Sean slept in late, we ate breakfast late and Sean and Ian got out the door late. With their thoughts only on getting to school on time, they forgot Sean's owl backpack and a newly washed napping blanket for school.

Ian iChatted me from where he was studying that he and Sean had forgotten a new blanket and the backpack. At ten once I had my morning's list of to-do items crossed off for work, I found Sean's backpack, swapped out the old blanket for a new one (Spider-man this time) and grabbed Harriet. She and I delivered the backpack to school in time for Sean's nap.

On the way home we stopped at the cafe where Ian does a lot of his studying to tell him not to worry about the blanket. We stayed long enough to get a blended mocha coffee. Then the three of us caravanned home.

After work Ian and I had a parent-teacher conference about Sean's progress in school. He's doing very well with his numbers and with his reading but he's stubborn about doing his penmanship. I remember writing exercises at this age being a drag too. We have to give Sean some pep talks to get him excited about writing. He loves to type; just not writing by hand. I don't want him thinking that he can get away with doing everything on the computer!

Otherwise though his teacher had high praise for Sean's work and his enthusiasm for school. It was a nice and relaxing parent-teacher conference. Harriet came along too and happily played on my lap while we chatted with Sean's teacher. The conference ran a little late and the school had closed. We could hear Sean worrying as his other teacher tried to reassure him. Boy was he glad when appeared from the back classroom!

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