The Cat in the Hat Dictionary in French


August 27, 2014

BONJOUR MES AMIES! Aujourd'hui, je vais parler seulement en francaise. ONLY JOKING. I will NOT only speak in French today because that would be a hilarious joke that I can't really pull off.

Check it out though! I'm STILL pretending to be French! And I've been meaning to do a post on this awesome 'The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary in French' for nearly a year! My mom in law gave this to us. Isn't it the COOLEST?? It really is the funnest book ever.

 Why? Because of awesome bon mots like the above phrase: 'DOES YOUR CAT SPEAK FRENCH? IF NOT, WHY NOT?'

It's very tres importante to savoir if your cat knows French. I think savoir means 'to know'. Oh this mangling of my miniscule French is really fun. You should try it.

What I love most about this book is the fab phrases it teaches you. You need to know how to say that there is a butterfly on your butter. OBVI.  Ooooh I broke a rule, I vowed I would never say 'obvi' on the blog. I also vowed I would never say:

'smitten' (puke)

'totes' (unless being funny and ironical)

'amazeballs' (NO)

or the best and most misused blogging word of all time,

'AWESOMESAUCE' (no no no no no no no no)

Friends, lets just speak French instead, ok?

I LOVE the bad baby, he's around on many pages. He always looks cranky. BAD BABY!!! Un mechant bebe.

This is my art shot. Please admire the shadow lines intersecting with the color lines on the book. That's totes amazeballs. How do you say that in French?

Anyhoo, the entire book is filled with little bears, bad babies, and tiny little aliens who all find themselves in very random situations and predicaments, which is then very helpfully described A LA FRANCAIS.

This boy is totes adorbs. (i don't know what's happening to me.)

 Very important to know how to engage in French discourse about toast.

Do yourself and learn how to speak important and useful French about bad babies, toast and little bears who like to go camping. You'll never regret having this book in your life. This book is a JOY and I love it, love it, love it!




August 24, 2014

(a portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014)

Julia: my wildflower amongst the wildflowers.

Ok, going by Jodi's schedule, I am way way off. I should be at Week 34. Um, ok next week I'll post 3 pix and consider myself caught up!

I had to beg, badger and cajole and pay $2 to get this photo. I really REALLY wanted a decent shot of her near our wildflower garden.
"Get closer to the wildflowers please." 
"No, there's a bee!" 
"The bee flew away. No, get CLOSER to the wildflowers. PLEASE." 
"I'm going to blow on a dandelion." 
"No I REALLY want you next to the wildflowers, PLEASE." 
"I'm going to look this way (the opposite way I wanted her to look), just take a picture ok? Now I'm going on the swing."
No, seriously can you please just get a little closer to the flowers. CLOSER. Can you just get in the flowers?
(then came the money conversation.)
"Ok nevermind, I have a headache now." 
"Ok, I'll do it!"

That pretty much sums up how our photos get created these days. Oh and she created that little headwrap thingy all on her own and wore it everywhere for several days.

Cool Stuff I Like


August 22, 2014

Look at my sweet jam! Found it at a local farmer's market. You can find it here.

Oh my goodness, I feel like I've been on a long ocean voyage, that's how it seems when I've been away from my blog for too long. End of summer craziness. Right now we've had swim lessons and soccer league practice....on the same days. This will end next week when swimming ends, THANK THE STARS. I'll have a Project 52 post up on Sunday. Friends, can I share that I really do not enjoy the end of summer. I enjoy every other seasonal change, I do. But not this one, and not because I'm sad about summer's end. I just don't like August for some reason. Maybe it's because I love autumn so much, I can't wait to just get on with it. The end of summer always just feels like a season that's overstayed its welcome. May/June is the promise of summer. July is the festive yay! it's summer! season, but August just seems hot and sticky and irritable-ish. Like a low grade fever. Does anyone catch my vibe here??

Fun cool things this week:

DIY orange soda.

Back to School dressing with Curly Birds and Tea Collection! 

Great article about kids and reading. 

This is such a cute idea for personalized puzzles.

Awesome post on taking creative pictures of your family.

12 Back-to-school breakfasts.

New Ikea stuff!!

I really want a playhouse. For myself.

Have I already linked to Lamb Loves Fox? Magical photography.

Oh Joy! for Target Fall collection.

Cool Book of the Week: 'Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography' by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill (editor). Finally. FINALLY. Omg, this book has been in the works for years and years. Laura Ingalls Wilder saw some craaaaaaazyyyyy $$#@$%^ on the prairie. And the craziest stuff didn't make it into her books ~ she and her daughter (Rose, who co-wrote and edited the books with her) went back and forth on a lot of the material, with Rose deeming a lot of it inappropriate for children's books.) A wife getting pulled around by her hair by her husband and a dude lighting himself on fire? Wowza. 'Pioneer Girl' is Laura's own, never-before-edited or published autobiography that was meant for adult audiences, and features a ton of notes and annotations by Wilder scholar Pamela Smith Hill. I CANNOT WAIT.

Have a lovely weekend! Julia and I were quite delighted to see Halloween deco at a local store the other day. I know, that's wrong. But we were delighted nevertheless.


Books a la Parisienne


August 18, 2014

How badly did I mangle that phrase?? What does it even mean?? Feminine Paris books? That sounds weird.

Hey, I'm pretending to be French again! Got some fun books to satisfy your inner Audrey Tatou. Or Juliette Binoche. Or Marion Cotillard, my French woman of choice. Some for you, some for the kids.

 I'm super excited about these first three books! 'Mastering the Art of French Eating' sounds amazing, about the real-life story of a woman who has to learn to navigate through a year of living solo in Paris after her husband is sent abroad for diplomatic work. Ann, the wife left behind, is lonely and on the shy side, but she finds a job that enables her to travel around France trying to unearth the origins of famous French dishes. A travel and food journal all in one.

'Nicholas' by Goscinny & Sempe is a book I've had on my shelf for years, waiting for Julia to be old enough to enjoy it. These tales of a French school boy who constantly gets into trouble OVER AND OVER AGAIN while endeavoring to be helpful, are supposed to be supremely entertaining. The simple ink drawings of Nicholas' world are hilarious and charming. I've flipped through it many many times, just waiting until Julia was about age 8, so she could fully appreciate the humor. It's going to be our next read aloud!

I'm can't wait to get 'The Girl With No Shadow' by Joanne Harris into my hands!!!! It's the sequel to 'Chocolat'!!!!!!!!!! The story picks up with Vianne, the heroine of the first tale, a few years down the road - opening a new chocolaterie in a new town, with her daughter Anouk, and a new baby girl in tow. When Vianne wants to hang up her magical talents and find safety in a marriage of convenience, she finds resistance from pre-teen Anouk (who befriends beautiful Zozie, a mysterious character who might not be as charming as she appears). I'm ALL IN.

My mom has 'A Paris Apartment' by Michelle Gable, and I'm going to borrow it as soon as I can. The bottom line is that a furniture appraiser is sent to Paris to investigate a recently discovered apartment that has been shuttered up for 70 years, and in the process of unearthing the life story of the previous owner of the apartment, she ALSO FINDS HERSELF. I can hear my husband HOWLING with laughter. STOP LAUGHING ANDREW. Personally, I think this book sounds super fun and it's going to be the next book I read.

Ok, have you all read 'A Year in Provence' by Peter Mayle? Have you? Are you ready for some extra gushing from me? This is one of my favorite books of ALL TIME. I've read it over and over and over. Now maybe some of you are saying, 'No, I don't want to read about some wealthy Brits who go buy an old chateau and eat amazing food all the time and have a rough road getting renovations done on their house. That's just a pass, thanks.'

WRONG. Do NOT give this classic a pass. This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Seriously. I can't tell you how much this book will lift your spirits. My only tiny wee caveat is that after reading this book, you will think twice about getting any renovations done on your French country house. Sorry if that's a prob for ya.

M. Sasek's travel books for kids are classics that I've mentioned before on the blog. The bold graphic art seems like they would be well suited for the preschool set, but they're better for school-age kids, as the text skews older, best for grades K-3. There's a fair amount of actual history detailed. 'This is Paris' (and all of the books in the series) are great for giving a basic introduction to famous cities of the world.

Vive la francaise ma petites! No idea what I just said.

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Cool Stuff I Like


August 15, 2014

Happy Friday, friends! It's funny what things I like versus what others like ~ I took some sunset pix a couple weeks ago and I had had the same timeline photo on my personal Facebook page since last spring, so I was like, oh I'll throw this up. Didn't bother putting it on my professional photo FB page. But this pic got a great response. Mostly I wanted to put it up because it's just kind of representing how I'm feeling about Robin Williams, and the myriad of sad things in the world right now. A mental reminder to look for the light.

Let's start with:

Little itty bitty lemon pies. 


Double chocolate zucchini bread. 


New women's wear from Hanna Andersson. 

My sweet friend Danzel put this lovely article about Robin Williams on my radar.

H&M Fall 2014 Kids line is out now, and it's packed with the most darling things.

As per usual, MFAMB totally gets it. 

Truck stop cinnamon rolls.

Love these decor lights from Bright Lab.

Cool Book of the Week: a pal of mine just posted on Facebook that she and her daughter were currently reading 'Horton Halfpott: or, The Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor; or, The Loosening of M'Lady Luggertuck's Corset' by Tom Angleberger. And well, that title is enough for me! 

"A positively gleeful historical mystery farce" and "goofy faux-British mystery" according to Amazon. Julia just read 'The Strange Case of Origami Yoda' recently and loved it, and since the same author wrote this book as well, I think this is one that we need for our next read-aloud story. Many readers commented that this tale reads like a love-child of Dickens and Roald Dahl. Sold.

Have a lovely weekend! ~ We've been having stormyish, humid weather. The other night Andrew and I watched lightning on our front stoop for nearly 30 minutes - apparently Western Washington had 705 lightning strikes. Between the amazing sunsets and the lightning and supermoons and meteor showers, the skies have been putting on quite the show lately. Everything has that late-summer feel to it. Fall is really coming.


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