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  • Vanishing Pumpkin « Ciara Stewart
    pinterest I m sure I could live to be 100 and still not get to all the amazing projects I might want to do One of the wonderful things about having kids is that I finally get to revel in Halloween again Even if J won t wear the halloween costume I spent hours hand sewing for her see previous posts on Cat in the Hat Sally costume I still love the opportunity to expose her to new crafts and art projects Halloween is all about creativity at this age We won t be into the real frights for a good many years but fortunately there are a ton of great books that celebrate spooky playfulness without being scary And we re always looking for more recommendations Here are a few that we love CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds Jasper rabbit loves to eat carrots until the day the carrots followed him home In this Hitchcock inspired book Jasper knows the carrots are out to get him It s not specifically Halloween but the theme and color scheme fit perfectly WHICH WAY TO WITCH SCHOOL by Scott Santoro Little witches go off to boarding school with a ghostly bus driver and eyeball stew for lunch I especially like that the witches are brave and smart It s a good Mighty Girl book THE VANISHING PUMPKIN by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola The kids love this silly story about a 800 year old man and 700 year old woman who bump into ghouls and varmints while searching for their missing pumpkin My copy is autographed by Tomie dePaola 3 SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT by Nancy E Shaw Sheep dress up and go trick or treating at a neighboring barn before evading some wolves As usual Shaw s rhyming prose is fun

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  • Which Way to Witch School « Ciara Stewart
    curse you pinterest I m sure I could live to be 100 and still not get to all the amazing projects I might want to do One of the wonderful things about having kids is that I finally get to revel in Halloween again Even if J won t wear the halloween costume I spent hours hand sewing for her see previous posts on Cat in the Hat Sally costume I still love the opportunity to expose her to new crafts and art projects Halloween is all about creativity at this age We won t be into the real frights for a good many years but fortunately there are a ton of great books that celebrate spooky playfulness without being scary And we re always looking for more recommendations Here are a few that we love CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds Jasper rabbit loves to eat carrots until the day the carrots followed him home In this Hitchcock inspired book Jasper knows the carrots are out to get him It s not specifically Halloween but the theme and color scheme fit perfectly WHICH WAY TO WITCH SCHOOL by Scott Santoro Little witches go off to boarding school with a ghostly bus driver and eyeball stew for lunch I especially like that the witches are brave and smart It s a good Mighty Girl book THE VANISHING PUMPKIN by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola The kids love this silly story about a 800 year old man and 700 year old woman who bump into ghouls and varmints while searching for their missing pumpkin My copy is autographed by Tomie dePaola 3 SHEEP TRICK OR TREAT by Nancy E Shaw Sheep dress up and go trick or treating at a neighboring barn before evading some wolves As usual Shaw s rhyming prose

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  • Last Baby in the Woods « Ciara Stewart
    internet No smart phones save for the camera feature Just the crackle of the campfire The rustle of fir needles overhead The hum of the RVs a few campsites over Laughter Camp songs Bird songs The options are fewer Simpler S mores and instant oatmeal and spaghetti Getting Out is harder with babies There is enough gear to make a simple trip to the park into a bulging backpack outing But the forest provides sticks and pinecones make better play toys than wooden blocks and plastic rings Dirt is for digging and tasting In the woods children can be children dirty wild things The way they were meant to be We hike down the trail and identify trees Mark off Bracken Fern and Huckleberry on our scavenger sheet Search for animal tracks and scat Wonder at the simplicity of a spider s web Clocks are not needed in the woods There are no schedules No errands to run No buzz and beep of tech overlords In the woods we find ourselves We find each other A dad A mom A big sister A little brother We are part of something grander We stand beneath the towering old growth and try to memorize this feeling The minutia of every day business will creep up again School carpools and business trips and email and overcast and rain But now it s summer and there are tents to stake and trails to explore Time is measured in the slow ripening of tomatoes in the pots out back in the blooming of new flower bulbs and the tinkling sound of The Entertainer drifting down the street like the Pied Piper s tune I will count the summer by camping trips I will mark the calendar by books read I will find the perfect moment

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  • outdoors « Ciara Stewart
    is no internet No smart phones save for the camera feature Just the crackle of the campfire The rustle of fir needles overhead The hum of the RVs a few campsites over Laughter Camp songs Bird songs The options are fewer Simpler S mores and instant oatmeal and spaghetti Getting Out is harder with babies There is enough gear to make a simple trip to the park into a bulging backpack outing But the forest provides sticks and pinecones make better play toys than wooden blocks and plastic rings Dirt is for digging and tasting In the woods children can be children dirty wild things The way they were meant to be We hike down the trail and identify trees Mark off Bracken Fern and Huckleberry on our scavenger sheet Search for animal tracks and scat Wonder at the simplicity of a spider s web Clocks are not needed in the woods There are no schedules No errands to run No buzz and beep of tech overlords In the woods we find ourselves We find each other A dad A mom A big sister A little brother We are part of something grander We stand beneath the towering old growth and try to memorize this feeling The minutia of every day business will creep up again School carpools and business trips and email and overcast and rain But now it s summer and there are tents to stake and trails to explore Time is measured in the slow ripening of tomatoes in the pots out back in the blooming of new flower bulbs and the tinkling sound of The Entertainer drifting down the street like the Pied Piper s tune I will count the summer by camping trips I will mark the calendar by books read I will find the

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  • Reflection « Ciara Stewart
    overlords In the woods we find ourselves We find each other A dad A mom A big sister A little brother We are part of something grander We stand beneath the towering old growth and try to memorize this feeling The minutia of every day business will creep up again School carpools and business trips and email and overcast and rain But now it s summer and there are tents to stake and trails to explore Time is measured in the slow ripening of tomatoes in the pots out back in the blooming of new flower bulbs and the tinkling sound of The Entertainer drifting down the street like the Pied Piper s tune I will count the summer by camping trips I will mark the calendar by books read I will find the perfect moment of absolute peace that comes from having nothing to do Comments Off on Last Baby in the Woods comments Posted in outdoors Reflection hiking summer Jul 15 An Awfully Big Adventure To live is an awfully big adventure To live gracefully To live vibrantly To fill every crack and corner of life with laughter and tears To never stop learning or growing or metamorphosing like a caterpillar into a butterfly for there is no story without transformation And there is no Happily Ever After without conflict and sacrifice And there is so much more to the story after the Happily Ever After Yesterday I turned thirty I thought I might freak out about it a little more than I did But the truth is that I know too many people who have not made it to thirty Three decades is an accomplishment and I ve only grown happier with age I have settled into my skin in a way I never did as a

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  • hiking « Ciara Stewart
    is no internet No smart phones save for the camera feature Just the crackle of the campfire The rustle of fir needles overhead The hum of the RVs a few campsites over Laughter Camp songs Bird songs The options are fewer Simpler S mores and instant oatmeal and spaghetti Getting Out is harder with babies There is enough gear to make a simple trip to the park into a bulging backpack outing But the forest provides sticks and pinecones make better play toys than wooden blocks and plastic rings Dirt is for digging and tasting In the woods children can be children dirty wild things The way they were meant to be We hike down the trail and identify trees Mark off Bracken Fern and Huckleberry on our scavenger sheet Search for animal tracks and scat Wonder at the simplicity of a spider s web Clocks are not needed in the woods There are no schedules No errands to run No buzz and beep of tech overlords In the woods we find ourselves We find each other A dad A mom A big sister A little brother We are part of something grander We stand beneath the towering old growth and try to memorize this feeling The minutia of every day business will creep up again School carpools and business trips and email and overcast and rain But now it s summer and there are tents to stake and trails to explore Time is measured in the slow ripening of tomatoes in the pots out back in the blooming of new flower bulbs and the tinkling sound of The Entertainer drifting down the street like the Pied Piper s tune I will count the summer by camping trips I will mark the calendar by books read I will find the

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  • summer « Ciara Stewart
    is no internet No smart phones save for the camera feature Just the crackle of the campfire The rustle of fir needles overhead The hum of the RVs a few campsites over Laughter Camp songs Bird songs The options are fewer Simpler S mores and instant oatmeal and spaghetti Getting Out is harder with babies There is enough gear to make a simple trip to the park into a bulging backpack outing But the forest provides sticks and pinecones make better play toys than wooden blocks and plastic rings Dirt is for digging and tasting In the woods children can be children dirty wild things The way they were meant to be We hike down the trail and identify trees Mark off Bracken Fern and Huckleberry on our scavenger sheet Search for animal tracks and scat Wonder at the simplicity of a spider s web Clocks are not needed in the woods There are no schedules No errands to run No buzz and beep of tech overlords In the woods we find ourselves We find each other A dad A mom A big sister A little brother We are part of something grander We stand beneath the towering old growth and try to memorize this feeling The minutia of every day business will creep up again School carpools and business trips and email and overcast and rain But now it s summer and there are tents to stake and trails to explore Time is measured in the slow ripening of tomatoes in the pots out back in the blooming of new flower bulbs and the tinkling sound of The Entertainer drifting down the street like the Pied Piper s tune I will count the summer by camping trips I will mark the calendar by books read I will find the

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  • Books for Mighty Girls « Ciara Stewart
    of books featuring Independent Princesses and Mighty Girls of every ilk So far we ve loved Cinder Edna The Apple Pip Princess and Dangerously Ever After The Paper Bag Princess has long been one of my favorites In addition to providing J brave wise self confident female characters to look up to I ve been getting ideas for picture books I want to write But Ciara you say haven t you been posting on your picture books in progress LIES ALL OF IT I m completely sleep deprived and I have nursing brain I can barely do the copy edits on the final novel I m contracted for for my publisher in New York I BARELY REMEMBER MY OWN NAME True story Eventually friends this blog will once again shine with writing awesomeness Until then picture me reading Comments Off on Books for Mighty Girls comments Posted in picture books Books feminism girls girls rock independent princesses picture books Comments are closed Writer Crafter Adventure Mom Recent Posts Halloween Reads Last Baby in the Woods Books for Mighty Girls In the southwest making notes on a new book First pass on climbing illustrations Blogroll Flickr Ravelry SCBWI Archives October 2014

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