Saturday, November 22, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every week.

* It is the season for concerts. Last weekend we got to see our daughter perform in the La Crosse Youth Symphony Orchestra and in a voice recital. Coming up this week we will get to go to her high school orchestra concert too. It's a treat to hear what they have been working on and see the growth. It's fun too because this year she's playing a new instrument. The orchestra needed a bass. She plays cello so it was not too difficult to learn that over the summer. I am looking forward to seeing and hearing her with the bass. It's funny because that's what she wanted to play when she started orchestra, but they had too many at the time.

* My exchange student got to run his first ever Turkey Trot this morning. He finished faster than he thought he would. It was a success.

* I finally got to 25,000 words on my #NaNoWriMo. That is good news, but it is also bad news. It took 20 days to do that and now I only have 10 days to do the other 25,000. Eeek!

* Jacqueline Woodson's book Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award. :)

* Ursula Le Guin rocked her speech. I was trying to write for #NaNoWriMo and my Twitter exploded while she was speaking. And yes, I know, having twitter open while I am writing may be contributing to my low word count. ;)

* My first grade students had a great time building after we read Christy Hale's book Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building. We had many items to build with including Lego blocks, wooden blocks, cups, playing cards, and gumdrops & toothpicks. I enjoyed building too.

I hope your week was filled with celebrations.


  1. Love hearing about your celebration of building after reading Dreaming Up! Must have been so much fun. Love that book.

  2. My granddaughter's class drew pictures of their 'dream' buildings from the book "Dreaming Up". Great book. Love the news about Brown Girl Dreaming, another gem. Hope you're having a good weekend, & will have a Happy Thanksgiving, Crystal.