Thursday, September 6, 2012

Top of the Heap!

Monday's Riddle clued you in on the theme, and we're keeping it all in the family this week. Lizzy reviewed A Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, telling us about a young girl's experiences with a family that wasn't expecting her. Friday, we will be chatting with Elise Broach, author of the intriguing middle grade novel Shakespeare's Secret. Today, we are excited to tell you a little about our family members!

This week's top of the heap: Fun Family members 


Lizzy: My family is full of all kinds of unique characters! One of the relatives I look forward to seeing the most is my Aunt Marian (we call her Forsey). Forsey makes sleepovers at her house so special. We start off with pink lemonade, which she always calls "pink champagne". We make a toast and chat for a while looking out over her backyard. Forsey is a "tell it like it is" sort of person, and it's always interesting to listen to her. She is an avid bird watcher, so she helps me identify the birds we see. I have learned so much from her! Her house is old, and she lets me explore the secret passageway between her room and mine. I like that she always wants to play board games with me, and we laugh and laugh for hours on end. Sleeping over Forsey's house is always an adventure! Here's a shot of us kicking our heels up with some "pink champagne": )  ~ L


Fairday: The person in my family that I want to tell you about is my grandmother, who I call Nana. She is my kindred spirit! Nana is an amazing artist, and one of my favorite things to do is to quietly draw with her. She is also very close to nature, and has taught me so much about plants and animals. She has a fascinating collection of fancy perfume bottles that sit in front of the bay window at her house. She always loves to tell me about how I used to move them around, setting them up as a "Royal Court" when I was little. I can't exactly remember the game, but I know it must have been a blast if I played it for as long as she says- lol! So, in honor of my Nana, I have included a couple of her paintings. * The green bottle was the queen at the royal court- I remember that much! ~ F






12 comments:

  1. Holy cow! I read and reviewed Shakespeare's Secret. Ask if there are others like it if you can!!!

    Your family members sound so interesting. My family is just really loud because we are hispanic and we are just like that. My cousin Aimee who I was born on the same day 16 years later tells the greatest story and her and her sisters are tough so they have a lot of stories and things to say about people. My mom works in the post office and people give her things because she is awesome and a very nice person. They talk to her a lot and she has some stories too.

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    1. Hi Adriana, It's going to be great to get to learn a little more about Elise Broach and her awesome story! Thanks so much for sharing a part of your world with us- your family sounds amazing! Great to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  2. @ Adriana - Congratulations for having such an awesome family and amazing mom <3

    And, once again, as an amateur artist, I am always, ALWAYS captivated by your beautiful artwork (watercolors are my favorite medium) <3

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    1. Hi M.A.D., Thank you so much! My most comfortable medium is a #2 pencil. I enjoy painting as well, but I NEED that eraser! It's funny, because when I was a kid, I liked to draw a lot, and I used to lick my lips incessantly while I did it- which I'm sure was a pretty hilarious event to watch- I walked around with a big, orange ring of chapped skin around my mouth until finally, someone gave me a stick of chap stick and changed my whole world- lol! Anyway, I caught myself doing it yesterday while I drew this picture and burst out laughing. I immediately reached for the lip balm! Fabulous to hear from you! Thanks so much for stopping by : ) ~ Jess

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  3. Gorgeous art! And I like think I'm the awesome uncle in my family. Could be wrong. :-)

    Great weekend to you both.

    EJ

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    1. Hi E.J., Thanks so much! How cool that you are the fun Uncle- that's such a fun position to have! Great to hear from you : ) Thanks for stopping by! ~ F

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  4. It's amazing how much we can tell about characters/people by asking about their favourite relatives - very revealing!

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    1. Hi Jemi, It's fun to share our worlds with all of you! Thanks so much for stopping by! Lovely to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  5. Lizzy's aunt sounds fun. I like to bird watch, too. It is cool how many birds you can see if you pay attention.

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    1. Trey- Lizzy's aunt is the best! She is so smart and witty. I love to sit and watch the birds. :) ~F

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  6. I love fun characters, and these two seem great. True 'characters' make life so much more adventurous.

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    1. Donna- Fun characters, friends, and family make life a bit spicier. :) ~L

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