Happy birthday, love of my life, dearest friend of my heart, father of my kids, and most intelligent and hilarious man I know. You put the blue in the skies, rainbows in the storms, luck in the clovers, coffee in the morning, and laughter in the labor. Cliches and platitudes aside, I simply adore you. Je t'aime, mon coeur, Justin R. Smith ❤
Here's the animated version Jude, Noah, and I created of Hug Me, by Simona Ciraolo. It was a fast favorite in the Smith family and I'm sure you'll love every minute of it! Buy it on Amazon here. *Created under the Fair Use Act / For Educational Purposes Only*
"Ever feel like you need a hug, a really big hug from someone? That's how Felipe the young cactus feels, but his family just isn't the touchy-feely kind. Cacti can be quite prickly
sometimes, you know ... and so can Felipe. But he'll be darned if this one pointy issue will hold him back, so one day Felipe sets off on his own to find a friend and, just maybe, that long awaited hug."
Would you believe that on March 2nd, in Denton, Tx it was so warm we actually played in the sprinklers? And saw a rainbow? And ate soft serve ice cream, the vanilla slurry spilling over our hands and chins? That we laid outside on the grass to look at the five stars we can see in the sky and talked about Kindergarten? Can you believe it's almost / already summer in Denton, Tx?
"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars." - ON THE ROAD, Jack Kerouac
Here are a few of our favorite books we read in February 2017!
Ladies's Drawing Night, by Julia Rothman
Food Anthology, written and illustrated by Julia Rothman
Josephine, by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
For black history month, Noah Boa and I have been reading Josephine, a beautifully illustrated book about the fabulous dancer Josephine Baker. It's both heartbreaking and wonderful to see my child struggle to grasp why fear, ignorance, + prejudice caused so much harm and violence. Heartbreaking that he even needs to know about this history (which feels more and more relevant lately). Wonderful that he so completely and unconsciously loves his friends regardless of their skin or cultural differences. He keeps saying, "but those laws were so silly! Why would anyone make people drink only at one fountain because of their color? What if they had blue or purple skin? Aren't blue skinned people thirsty too?" Out of the mouthes of babes... #blacklivesmatter
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll; Illustrated by Anna Bond
Nature Anthology, written and illustrated by Julia Rothman
I finally finished the font I made based off of my sweet friend Natalie's beautiful lettering, called Belle Natalie.
"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment." — Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice