This sweet boy turned 4 over the weekend! He had a fast-tracked, race-car-themed birthday party at The Health Adventure….and is pictured here at play with some of the cars (complete with noises!) and taking a pit stop for some oil/apple juice.

Here’s a look at just some of the fun “at the races” themed party details!

The newest Caldecott award winner was announced yesterday: A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka.

I haven’t read it yet but I do like several of Raschka’s other works, including these:

The Hello, Goodbye Window (2006 Caldecott Medal winner)

Yo! Yes? (2004 Caldecott Honor book)

As you can see, Mr. Raschka has quite a collection of awards for his colorful brush & oil crayon illustrations!

I think this one looks like it’d be fun to read, too:

Hip Hop Dog, illustrated by Chris Raschka


I found this “Birdseed Biscuit” recipe in a Feb 2009 edition of Family Fun magazine.


Mix together the following:

3/4 c birdseed

1 Tb flour

2 Tb water

Spray or wipe a cookie cutter with oil and place on a foil-covered cookie sheet.

Pack the mixture into the cutter (will fill one big cookie cutter or two smaller ones), then insert half a straw near the top of the biscuit to create a hole for hanging.

Bake the biscuit (with straw and cookie cutter) in the oven at 170 degrees for about an hour.

After removing the biscuits from the oven and letting them cool, remove the cookie cutters and straws, and string a ribbon through each hole. Then hang outside for your favorite winter friends to enjoy!

This is Kriska. She’s pretty amazing! She’s wrapping up her final year of pharmaceutical studies, on the run all over the place for clinical rotations, and she still managed to find time to plan a senior session so that she can have some photos for graduation announcements! Plus, she’s a trooper because our first session of 2012 was most definitely on the chilly side!

This is what happened at exactly 11:15 am, toward the end of Kriska’s senior session! Meet Shawn. He’s pretty amazing himself, having planned a great surprise proposal! She said yes, of course!

And these are some pretty big grins on two newly-engaged and oh-so-happy people!

Kriska and Shawn, thanks for inviting me to be a part of such a special day! I had a big ol’ grin on my face the entire day because of you! Congratulations!

Oh, Winnie-the-Pooh, we do love you! To celebrate your birthday today we’ll be sure to read a few stories this evening, including one about a little black cloud floating in the sky (a hungry cloud, in search of honey) as well as one where you get into a tight place and make Rabbit rather frustrated (as Rabbit usually was.) What I love most about A. A. Milne’s The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh, besides having all of the stories in one spot, are Ernest H. Shepard’s classic line drawings. I love the sweet, simple way he drew Pooh and his friends.

We drove home under dark gray clouds and through a little hail, and then as soon as we arrived home the sun came out…and we saw the most beautiful double rainbow!