Once Upon a Story
January 1, 2015

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Whether you had a wild night out, or a quiet evening in, like we did, a new year has arrived.

I don’t do resolutions, mostly because I’ve got enough going on already, and trying to remember to start something new just stresses me out.

We do have some “bettering” traditions. We’ve been fixing up our townhouse, bit by bit, for the last 4 years, and we start each year with a list of projects we hope to have completed by December 31st. So there’s that.

And over the month of December, I created a new writing habit, thanks to author Linda Urban’s Write Daily 30 challenge. Thanks to that commitment, I managed to add just shy of 19,000 words to my current project, despite all the craziness (and sickness) in our household during the month of December. I’m continuing that challenge with Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s Daily Words.

And because words carry meaning, I’m going to adopt one for the 2015 year. Something I can put up on my bathroom mirror as a reminder everyday. I’m not sure what the word is yet, but I’m working on it.

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And then in July, we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a kid-free trip to HAWAII! So when I’m not on the computer adding words, I’m on the computer looking at pictures of white beaches, and umbrellas (both the shade kind and the kind in bright pink drinks).

So happy 2015, friends.

May the year bring you all the hopes you have on this, the first day of January.

December 24, 2014


The Christmas Cat

written by Maryann Macdonald

illustrated by Amy June Bates


 I reviewed this book last year, and, for the second year in a row, it has been a favorite with my kiddos.

December 23, 2014


Who is Coming to Our House?

written by Joseph Slate

illustrated by Ashley Wolff


December 22, 2014


The Animals’ Christmas

12th century carol

illustrated by Cheryl Peterson


 This book was published in 1983 by Random House and is no longer in print.

December 21, 2014


You Are My Miracle

written by Maryann Cusimano Love

illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa


December 20, 2014


The Birds of Bethlehem

written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola


December 19, 2014


One Christmas Night

written by M. Christina Butler

illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Sweet little story. And there’s GLITTER on the pages! 🙂

December 18, 2014


My Penguin Osbert

written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

illustrated by H.B. Lewis

This was new to our collection last year. Aren’t you just in love with the cover?

The inside is just as delightful.

December 18, 2014


The Christmas Kitten

written by Virginia Holt

illustrated by Turi MacCombie


This is another one that I’ve probably had since its original 1988 publication. Super-predictable, no dramatic twists, it is the epitome of a “quiet book.”

And my 5yo loves it.

December 16, 2014


Who’s That Knocking on Christmas Eve?

written and illustrated by Jan Brett

 Both my children are Jan Brett fans. We have a few of the board book versions for my 3yo. Both kiddos particularly enjoy the extra details in the illustration frames.

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