Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Next Generation of Bookworms

As a kid, I wiled away hours in my room with my nose in a book. I read lots of things and went through significant, more focused periods. Like the years I spent reading anything related to girls and horses. Or the summer I read books related to space flight like October Sky, Apollo 13, and Flying to the Moon. Then there were the memorable tomes related to the search for Amelia Earhart, the history of Nancy Drew, and the Forrest Gump duo (did YOU know there was a sequel?).

In college and graduate school, I turned my focus to war novels, specifically from the Vietnam War era. Books like The Things They Carried, Dispatches, and A Rumor of War are both chilling and unbelievably moving.

As an adult, I have added to my growing list of favorites with books such as Ella Minnow Pea, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks, The Flying Troutmans, and of course the wizarding world of Harry Potter. If you ask me what my favorite book ever has been, I will choose The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank. I highly recommend it.

Now, to the point of this post. As you know, Apple recently released the iPad and with it, they released the capabilty for book-related Apps that I think will excite young readers endlessly.Have you seen this video of Alice in Wonderland for the iPad?



Were the App-makers purposely trying to launch the next great tool for parents and teachers who struggle to get their kids reading? Probably not, at least, that wasn't priority numero uno. But I hope they add more books to the Apple library because I think it can only get better from here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Lone Girl in a House of Boys

I have long been known as a penny-pincher. "Thrifty" you might say. I can feel an immense guilt-trip upon making a needless purchase on clothes or accessories (thanks again mom and dad for being the best guilt-trippers, ever.) :-)

Now, as a mom of 9-month old twins, I think about budget more than ever. I rarely spend money on clothes for myself anymore as things like diapers, formula, baby food, and more formula have taken their place on my sales receipts. When I first learned I was having boys, I thought it would be difficult to find boy clothes as cute as what they make for little girls.

Not true, it turns out. Girl's clothes do tend to be brighter and more sparkly, thus catching your eye more quickly in the store. But boys clothes are often more rugged, more flexible, and more in the "earth tone" family than girls' clothes. I have embraced the outdoor-sy, bug and truck-themed wear and think my boys look cute even when drool and spit-up have soaked the necks of their shirts.

To give you an idea of the upcoming outfits I have planned for my twins, I've included a few examples below. I hope C & W let me shop for and outfit them for a long time to come.

love the shoes, love the jacket. Note that this young chap has a plant in his backpack. So sweet! (crewcuts)

I like the mismash of the yellow tee and orange kicks (crewcuts)

This reminds me of their dad. (crewcuts)


Here's what they look like now in their striped polos and cargo shorts. (Target)
Awesome image courtesy of our good friend Heather at Eclectic Images Photography. Check out her web site to see more of C & W!

With my good sense of fashion, I bet they'll let me dress them through high school, don't ya think? ;-)

Friday, April 9, 2010

One More Festival You Just Can't Miss!

Earlier today, my friend Kendall alerted me to the alarming fact that I forgot to list a very important, prestigious festival in my previous blog post. She has been preparing to attend this festival for days and is taking her entire family with her. Her husband, and two very sweet weiner dogs.

Apparently, I've lived all this time in Central Texas and never realized that just south of her was the "Weiner Dog Capital of Texas." Who knew? And each year, they hold a very popular event: the annual weiner dog races. Each year has a theme and this year's is "The Weiner of Oz." Let's not pause long enough to contemplate the, um, silliness of that name. Moving on!


The event includes not only the races but a costume parade, chili and bbq cook-off, a bake-off, crafts, AND a dance!

To give you a real idea of what's in store, check out this video "The Lord of the Weins: a Dachumentary."



Have fun at the races Kendall!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Find a Festival

If you're hankering for some good ol', family friendly, cheap entertainment, I've got a solution for you. Go local and find a small-town Texas festival near you. I've been looking forward to a festival later this month in Georgetown since I missed last year's fest.

Coming up this Saturday and Sunday is the Poteet Strawberry Festival. There is an official judge of Poteet's best strawberries, a parade, carnival, and Taste of Texas Foodshow.

Also this weekend is the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet. I attended this fest several years ago when a last minute cold snap rendered my cute spring shorts and sandals completely pointless. The shops around the Burnet courthouse were still fun to check out though. And bonus, if you live in the Austin area, you can ride the Austin steam train from Cedar Park to the festival in Burnet for an extra treat.

Personally, I am looking forward to Georgetown's annual Red Poppy Fest on April 24. Events include a classic car show, Market Days on the Georgetown square, a home brew fest, the Red Poppy 5k race and more.

To find more festivals near you, check out this website: texasfairsandfestivals.com.

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