I had gotten out of the habit of reading to the kids. With all of my novels and chapter books packed away in boxes stored under the house I got lazy. I love to read children's literature. The other kids read along with us. But the parties belong to just Emily and I.
I think she really needs that just Mommy and me time. I have enjoyed spending that special time with her alone too. Sometimes you forget how wonderful your children are until they are alone with you, one on one, and no siblings to play off of.
This last month, after a whole year of really great books we read Trumpet of the Swan. It was my very favorite book in 5th grade. I loved it so much more than Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little and have never understood why it gets so much less attention. For our end of the month celebration Emily prepared some discussion questions for her friends. We talked about honor and friendship and tried to figure out how animals have instincts like flying south and how to build nests. Emily helped me make swan cream puffs. The crazy oven cooked them too hot and I made them too big maybe so we could use some more cream puff baking practice. Then Emily and I taught all the girls how to make swan shaped balloon animals. It was a lot of fun.I am so grateful to all the good Mom's and Daughters we have in our group to make this such a valuable club for Emily and I.
You can visit our book club blog here, put together by one of the Mom's in our club. We hope we inspire you like Maddie and Andrea inspired us.