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All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor
Bleach Volume 10 by Tite Kubo
Blood Matters by Masha Gessen
Burnt Bread and Chutney by Carmit Delman
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
The Company of Cats by Michael J. Rosen
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Daisy Says Coo by Jane Simmons
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
Doggies by Sandra Boynton
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fast Profits in Hard Times by Jordan E. Goodman
First Editions by James Stoddard
Five Little Ducks by Dan Yaccarino
Five Thrillers by Robert Reed
The Fountain of Neptune by Kate Wilhelm
The 400-Million-Year Itch by Steven Utley
Grace's Letter to Lincoln by Peter and Connie Roop
Gregory III by Marc Hempel
The Gulls of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Tres Seymour
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
How Do You Go the Bathroom in Space by William R. Pogue
Immortal Snake by Rachel Pollack
In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
It's Spring by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
Jenny Archer to the Rescue by Ellen Conford
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lion's Own Story by Crockett Johnson
London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
The Nocturnal Adventure of Dr. O and Mr. D by Tim Sullivan
Oh Boy, Boston! by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip José Farmer
Rebecca's Locket by S. L. Gilbow
Render Unto Caesar by Kevin N. Haw
Reunion by Robert Reed
Snakes by Adrienne Mason
Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen and Arnold Lobel
Test-Drive Your Dream Job by Brian Kurth
There's No Such Place as Far Away by Richard Bach
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Unspeakable by Charles L. Calia
The Willowdale Handcar by Edward Gorey
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien

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School Daze 04/25/08

It's probably time for another update. Thank you to everyone who asked about our illnesses. We're all now over the flu but I think we're suffering from all the pollen in the air.

The pine trees have done their pollen explosion and our car and the car port are constantly coated in a yellow-green dust. In the garden, all of my seeds have now sprouted and the berries are in bloom.

We're still waiting to hear if Sean has been accepted into the Mandarin program. His best friend just got the green light for the program and will be finishing kindergarten in the program so that he'll be ready for the first grade program this fall. Regardless of where Sean goes, the school year starts August 25. I hope before then they will tell us what we need to bring for the first day of class!

In other news, we will be enrolling Sean into three sessions of swimming lessons in Castro Valley. My mother is paying for one of the sessions. Thanks Mom! I need to drop off the enrollment form and payment next Wednesday.

I just got Harriet's spot reserved at Sean's current school to start as soon as she turns 2. Her first day will be September 8 and she's thrilled!

Harriet continues to amaze us with her new words. Today she learned: salami and turkey. She's also come up with a few new funny word combinations. My favorite one is: "full fish" which means she wants a cup of milk or juice in her sippy cup. Her favorite sippy cups are Finding Nemo themed, hence the "fish" reference.

Congratulations to C and D to the recent birth of their son, S. Tomorrow Sean goes to another birthday party. After I finish this post I need to wrap the birthday gift. Then on Sunday we are going to the park for the first birthday for Trevor, our neighbor down the hill.

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