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May 28, 2016

Rally the troops for Linda Sue Park!!

So,  I think I've finally started to get a hang of twitter (yes, I've had a twitter account for seven years and am only just figuring out how to really use it...I am a slow learner when it comes to technology!) and while hanging out there, I got a whiff of this competition between Linda Sue Park (the Linda Sue Park, of A Single Shard and A Long Walk to Water fame) and two other authors whom shall not be named. 

Well! We can't let those to other authors win, can we? NO, NO, NO!

So, I'm doing everything I can to insure that #TeamPark reigns victorious! I'm offering five of these prints:

as one of the prizes you can get (by random drawing) if you join #TeamPark! This is NOT one of the Rabbit hOle project perks, this is only a prize if you join #TeamPark! How do you join? So glad you asked:
  1. Go here:
  2. Donate any amount to help build the Rabbit hOle, a national museum of the children's book (HOW COOL IS THAT!??).
  3.  Tweet or DM @LindaSuePark to let me know you've joined #TeamPark! OR email
  4. If you've been recruited for #TeamPark by another team member, please tweet or DM  @LindaSuePark after you make your donation.
Are you already a member of #TeamPark?  Ask friends and family to join the team! For every new team member you recruit, your name will go into the prize drawing AGAIN*, to increase your chances of winning Linda's signed books or my prints!

*I might be offering an advanced reading copy of the new novel as a prize, too (have to see if I can get an extra). So, if you join now and recruit others and you can up your chances of getting it!

May 24, 2016

and this is four!

All week, I've been obsessing about the weather. Would it rain? Cloudy? Super windy? Why?

Well, because it was time for Rain Dragon's  Red Egg Birthday Hunt!  We invited her whole class (and some other friends) and a wet egg hunt was not preferred.  

But, thankfully, the sun shone and our backyard looked like this:

We learned from last  year to rope off the egg searching area so that no one got a head start!
strawberry souffle!
And other outdoor objects found a new use:
The Totoro House (renovated due to damage done by snow) housed some special eggs...
Everything and everyone was ready and waiting....
I try to explain the rules to a bunch of 4 year olds!

For the Red Egg Hunt to begin! GO!
the crazy chaos!

Some kids went one way:

Other kids went another:
Rain Dragon might have had a good idea where a bunch of eggs were hidden...

The labyrinth was well searched:
Unlike last year, the planets were on the ground. 
Until all the eggs were found!

After all that excitement, there's nothing like some good high-sugar cake to keep things livened up:

a Totoro cake, of course! Like all our projects now, a collaborative effort! Rain Dragon made the ducks and placed all the decorations (which is why they are all facing different directions).
For a happy birthday song and wish for my favorite four (!) year old:

i can't believe she is 4!
What did she wish? I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was to have her birthday girl status everyday because she definitely took advantage of it:

She got her friend to push her all around the yard and race around the labyrinth!

Happy 4th Birthday, Rain Dragon!

May 23, 2016

On my desk Monday

Okay, not really in my desk, but floating in my living room are the leftover balloons from Rain Dragon's birthday party! More on that tomorrow...