Do you know where I found my girls at 9am today? In Lilah’s bed, under the covers, furiously writing the stories they began yesterday! They were inspired by our plan to see Annie Barrows, the author of the Ivy and Bean series today at R.J. Julia Booksellers. I would have taken a picture, but the moment was so special it seemed private in a way.
Some days it feels like we accomplish so much. Math, poetry, history and science. Then there are days like today, where we enjoy life fully and squeeze the learning into the cracks between our plans. Every Tuesday our friends enjoy skating at a local ice rink. We go as often as we can. Put Grace on the ice and watch her come alive. She skated competitively for a few years and now that she has given up lessons, she is able to just skate for joy.
After skating she had piano where she was given her much anticipated Harry Potter Soundtrack sheet music. While she was at piano Lilah had some computer time.
After picking up Grace from her lesson we hit the road for the 45 minute ride to the bookstore. (We are currently listening to A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban on audiotape.) I have always wanted to visit this store. They are known state-wide for being an independent bookseller that attracts wonderful authors for visits and signings. Annie Barrows read a bit from her newest publication, book 7 in the series. She took questions and then signed books. Grace and Lilah brought their favorite worn copies and now treasure them even more. We also purchased one to have signed as a birthday gift for a friend’s upcoming party.
I have to say I was not thrilled with the children’s selection. On the store website, they claim to help find the perfect book. Grace is having a hard time finding “just right” books. She loves to read realistic fiction where weather plays a significant role in the development of the story. Some of her favorite books have been Night of the Twisters, Escaping the Giant Wave and now, Ninth Ward. The staff member, while very friendly and eager, was unable to recommend a book and referred us to our local library. Grace was disappointed. We are blessed to have wonderful book stores close to our house. We have the chains, Borders and Barnes and Noble, we have used booksellers, the store we were at today, and Dinosaur’s Paw, a lovely store owned by Patricia Reilly Giff. I think we will head there at some point tomorrow......
When Greg came home from work the girls were eager to share their developing stories with him. He commented on the quality of their writing and on the development of their stories. Their faces shone with pride. I hope at some point they will blog their stories. They are very entertaining. Maybe someday they will host a book signing at a local bookseller. I will make sure to have front row seats!