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Is there anything better than watching kids reenact picture books?

I didn’t think so.

A new book in the house means it MUST be read at least 5 times a day for the first few days. And this makes sense, how else are they going to memorise it and reenact it?

This week’s book of choice is Oliver Jeffers’ Once Upon An Alphabet. It has a little story for every letter of the alphabet so they haven’t learned them all yet. But we’ve only had the book for three days.

The best thing about this book, and many of Jeffers’ books, is how the characters are repeated throughout, some visiting from his other books. Our new favourite duo is the Owl and the Octopus. This duo has been racing around the house solving all sorts of problems: finding cucumbers, fixing cups, etc.

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Sleepytime songs

Tonight as I was putting the girls to bed, miss-almost-four asked me to sing the song I used to sing when she was just a little baby. This got me thinking about how our bedtime song routine has changed over the years and how I’ve come up with some really good combinations of songs to sing them to sleep.

Now if I actually had any talent I might video myself and put up YouTube clips, instead, I’ll just make a list (and you’ll have to make up your own tune for the ones that I’ve invented).

Bedtime songs
– Au Clair De La Lune
– Frere Jacques
– Hush Little Baby (momma’s going to buy you a mockingbird)
– Another Day Has Passed (this was a song I found in the brilliant book by Jane Cobb, What’ll I do with the Babyo, and she didn’t have the music in there so I’ve made up my own tune)
– Twinkle twinkle little star (we do this science version at night: http://mamasdukesofhazard.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/twinkle-twinkle-little-star.html)
– La La Lou (from the movie Lady & the Tramp)
– Time For Bed (actually a picture book by Mem Fox that I’ve turned into a song)

What’s your favourite bedtime song?

Incorrigible

I can’t help it. Book depository will be the death of my bank account. Just received my latest shipment of picture books which I was tempted to buy because of a ten percent off coupon. Saved $12, spent $120. False economy!
Oh well, it’s good for the girls to have lots of books around them, right?

1/3 Meatballs

In another attempt to get veggies into my toddler I’ve made meatballs with approximately 1/3 grated veggies, 1/3 mince beef, and 1/3 mince turkey.

I’ve made these before with different veggies but this combo seems particularly tasty.

Here’s what I used:
2 medium zucchini (grated)
2 medium onion (grated)
6 asparagus stalks (chopped finely)
1 medium sweet potato (peeled then grated)
1 small apple (grated, inc peel)
3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
Approx 700gm each of beef and turkey mince
2 eggs
1/2 – 1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 – 1 cup Parmesan cheese (finely grated)
Splash of Worcestershire sauce
Generous splash of sweet chili sauce

Mix it all up.
Roll into balls.
Chill.
Fry in minimal oil. (I used grapeseed).

I served them with egg noodles tossed in olive oil and fresh basil.

Yum! Toddler and parents all enjoyed these! And there were tons left over to freeze for future meals.

No more excuses

Yeah, yeah, I know I said I was going to start blogging again last year. But this time I really am, promise.

General topics for discussion: meal planning with two little ones, healthy toddler snacks, and picture book reviews.

How much my life has changed in a few short yests

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Ding ding round two

So I obviously haven’t become the active blogger I thought I might back when I optimistically started this blog. Judging from the number of draft posts I have I think I’m just scared to put my ideas out there.  I have no problem giving my opinion in person so why am I so hesitant about sharing it online? Well, I’m going to try again. This time I’m not going to pretend anyone will read this (even though inevitable future employers might), I’m just going to do this as an exercise in writing. Plus, I want to make sure I do more with my days than just playing with my 9 month old daughter (not that that sounds like a bad idea).

 

So here I go. My thoughts on librarianship, gardening, books, motherhood, cooking, and whatever else strikes my fancy are coming up!

Field research in LIS

Although I’m not interested in a PhD I would like to be involved with research projects from a practitioner point of view. Volunteering at the recent ASIS&T conference in Vancouver has shown me how much is being done in the LIS research community but also how little is integrated with practitioners in the field. My hope is that through my career I can remain involved with research by facilitating research in a real world setting but also by staying abreast of the research and applying it to improve service delivery.