rosie revere, engineer

Rosie is a girl with a talent for inventing and engineering, which she does to her heart's content, ensconced in her attic.  After one of her inventions is scoffed at by one of her relatives, Rosie becomes discouraged.  One day, her great-great-aunt Rose comes for a visit and teaches Rosie invaluable lessons about perseverance and the importance of trial and error.  Avery’s favorite part was “when she [Rosie] was a engineer riding in a airplane.”  I included a photo of the front cover illustration--my favorite part of the book.  It is a genuine representation of what a creative type's space can sometimes look like--a beautiful, organized chaos.

Rosie Revere, Engineer was written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.


a summertime tradition

This little detail is part of my latest post for The Land of Nod.  If you're curious, check it out at Honest to Nod!  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us their cleverly named What's That Stand For Stand.


nate the photographer

Usually Nate likes to be behind my camera while I'm taking photos, looking at the LCD screen and waiting for photos to pop up.  This makes it a little hard to get good photos of him at times since he’s always exiting the scene!  Here he is figuring out how to use a camera.  We purchased this camera by Little Sapling Toys at least a couple of years ago and it’s held up pretty well.  I love buying traditional wooden toys over toys with a lot of electronic features because my kids can engage with them in more creative ways.  I like this camera because it has the important elements of an SLR: a viewfinder, spinning dial, lens that turns to “focus" and a pretend LCD screen on the back to view photos.  I need to teach him how to say "Say cheese!" next.


freshly picked

Avery had the chance to test drive a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins not too long ago.  She liked how soft they were and loved the color (radiant orchid, a limited edition).  Radiant orchid happens to be Pantone’s color of the year.  These adorable moccasins have definitely become an essential part of a baby’s wardrobe over the last couple of years but they are also fun for older kids to wear.  Striped shirt by Boden, jeans by Gap, suitcase from Paper Source.  A big thanks to Freshly Picked for sending us this pair of lovelies!



Chopsticks, written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Scott Magoon, is a fun and endearing story about a pair of chopsticks who are the best of friends that do everything together.  After something happens, the chopsticks get separated and each decides to venture out on its own.  They have wonderful new experiences, but in the end, realize that things are always better when done together.

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this book