Raking Leaves and Cozy Piles

November 18, 2013

It's been a very wet November. We have this one tree that likes to drop its leaves in annoying little increments. So that someone (Andrew) has to go out and rake rake rake, and then it looks all nice and them PLOOMP, another big pile of leaves drops off the tree and then someone (Andrew) has to go do it again. Julia helped a little. Andrew would debate the word 'helped' as being an accurate descriptor.

I want to use my crock pot more. I imagine that it's a magic cooking pot like what 'Strega Nona' has, and you throw things in and it magically produces food. In actuality, I have found that not to be the case, but I still imagine in my mind that it's a magical cooking machine.

So so so very far behind in terms of Christmas prep, all I have are books right now. I'm thinking that Julia would appreciate something else besides a book. I asked this query on Friday and didn't hear back much about anything, so let me ask, SHOUT it again: if you have a 7 to 8 year old kiddo, boy or girl, what are they longing for? All Julia really wants is a dog, a real one, and that is not happening right now. She's also expressed interest in a rock polishing machine, but the one I just saw in a catalog was pricy, yo!!!

I can tell you, if Santa doesn't bring me Nigel Slater's new cookbook, I will cry. The other day Julia was telling her uncle and aunty all about which cookbook people Mommy Likes, and she rattled off a huge long list, Nigel Slater, Nigella, Martha Stewart, Jamie Oliver, Sophie Dahl, Everyday Food, I kid you not, she rattled this all off in the blink of an eye. My kid knows me so well! I can't believe I talk about this stuff so much that my 7 year old knows the name of a bunch of British food writers. Hilarious!




17 comments:

  1. I love her dress! And that owl pillow!

    The girls and their friends raked our backyard yesterday. It was only so they would have a leaf pile to jump into, but they did a great job! ;)

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    1. My clever clever sis in law made that pillow! Oh crafty people! I wish I I was one of them! Our leaves were too soggy for proper jumping. Pickle. A good leaf pile is truly a thing of great joy. :)

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  2. You can tell Andrew that my brother at 12 would moan at even "trying" to help rake the leaves so Miss J is doing pretty good for her age! Have you blogged about Strega Nona before? I just looked and looove the illustrations! If you don't know about what to buy for Christmas, I know my nieces want the following: mini cupcake baker, Legolas kid's archery set, and a guitar! I totally dig the musical instrument gift!!! I bought one for my son for about $25 :)

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    1. I have not done a post on Strega Nona because I figured everyone had already read it! You should totally read the Strega Nona books, amazing!!!!!

      Sign me up for a mini cupcake maker!!!! Julia did mention something about a guitar the other day.......

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  3. Since my girls averaged are Julia's age I'll have to see what they are asking for & will let you know. So far they've got a puppy and kittens on their list too. . . . . We might, but not for Christmas. The rock polisher is FUN but its SO NOISY! Unless you have a garage or basement that you can leave it in while it runs I'd skip it. I do know that American Girl, Calico Critters and Legos will be on the list.

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    1. And get the walkie-talkies, she'll have fun with those for years!

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    2. Walkie Talkies are a done deal! Those are for sure happening!! And I think Grandma is signed up to deliver an American Doll. Wow do those people have a good racket going. :) I love love the idea behind them but I have to say....those dolls are really not that cute. I'm more partial to cloth dolls, but I do see the appeal in being able to get your doll a.....set of skis. Or it's own table complete with partyware. :)

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  4. Here are some of the things my seven-year-old son has requested recently: Legos, tinker toys, remote controlled trucks, balsa wood airplanes, a jack knife (NOT gonna happen). My five-year old daughter desperately wants a "stick out tutu" (possibly called a platter tutu?), fancy dress-up paper dolls and jewelry making kits. Thanks for sharing your ideas - good luck in your search.

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    1. Thank you soooooooooooo much for all these ideas!!!!! Love!!!!!!

      Guess what, when I was about 9, someone gave me a book of Victorian (or Edwardian?) paper dolls, they had the most beautiful clothes!!!! I played with them and played with them. Is it any wonder I turned into the British film watching fiend that I am????

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  5. dear god raking leaves is the worst chore of all.
    fiona would also never in a million years help us rake, so count your blessings.
    what does fiona want for christmas? umm...everything she see's on tv.
    her top of the list wants though this year are anything having to do with lego friends.
    some glow pet thingy and generally just a lot more junk that she won't play with any of the days following christmas.
    i always strike out with the special little things that i think she will love so i tell her to write a list and we pretty much stick to it. :(

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    1. The only thing J has really asked for is Zoomer...this robotic dog you can teach tricks and whatnot. Andrew thinks she will like it for 2.5 days. It's not cheap either! But it's the only thing she has really asked for. A friend pointed out that it's still cheaper than a real dog.....

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  6. I would have had a reply for you BUT you are already getting what we're getting -- walkie talkies. And so that they don't fight over them, each boy is getting a set. I hope for a pair that will reach far enough to the neighbor's house. I have no idea what you get for a 7-year-old girl because I'm surrounded by boys. The only folks having girls are out of towners. On my shopping list are Legos, books about Legos, some Hero Factory (also Lego), the new Sandra Boynton CD/book "Frog Trouble," maybe a kid-size metal detector. Oooo, something I've only seen the boys play with but I think a girl might like too are those Elenco Snap Circuits sets. I hope someone gives one to Will for Christmas. He loves playing with them at friends' houses.

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    1. oh my gosh so funny about the metal detector -- Andrew and I saw that the other day in a catalog and we were like, Julia would be totally into that.....:)

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  7. Awwwww how cool that she knows you like that.

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  8. Can i just say how much I love julia's outfit? I want one. Regarding gifts, I hate to be annoying, but rainbow loom? sleeping bags were also a big hit. and/or some sort of jewelry. i don't have many suggestions either. kindle fires are pretty awesome, unlike mac devices kindles come with parental controls, so you can make sure the whole thing shuts down after xx minutes of screen time (you set the limits). we bought them for the girls last year and they were a huge hit. hope this helps!

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    1. Thank you sweet Darcy!! The dress is Mini Boden last year :) But she's only really wanting to wear it this year and when she's playing 'prairie school' ha ha ha. I wonder if a rainbow loom would be easier to use than the knitting machine she got last year -- you need a Ph.D to be able to use it I swear.

      A Kindle fire is something Andrew wants to get her at some point, he says it would be way better than a LeapPad. That's a real possibility!!

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