Apples, Beer and Few Good Books

Yesterday was one of those perfect autumn days~ sunny in that golden way that only autumn sunlight is, the air cool and crisp. The cold snaps over the last few days have left the leaves tie-dye trippy amazing. And it's Apple Festival season, so we scooted over the fete in the early afternoon. The line was long, but we brought our list of favorites from last year and stocked up. We now have 7 lbs of apples and pears to munch. I see a crisp in our near future.

In the afternoon, Joaquin was tired, cranky and wouldn't sleep. Oh, woe to us! We let him run around for a while to tire him out then popped him in the stroller where (finally) he fell asleep. At this point, Joe and I headed to Belmont Station to celebrate a little peace. Golden Valley's Tannenbomb 2007 was one of those absolutely delicious winter warmer holiday beers, but sadly, we kicked the keg at half a pour. Other pints were procured, namely the Bend Outback Ale for myself, a nice pleasant ale perfect for fall with yummy raisin notes and a smooth finish, not too hoppy. Joe enjoyed New Belguim's Giddy-Up espresso ale which will put a little pep in your step, very yummy and rich without being syrupy or cloying. I think Joe walked home a little faster, but I can't say for sure.

I've been thinking that I wanted to share some of the titles of books that Joaquin's been interested in. This kid is quite hooked on the books. I like to read a bit above his age when I can, and there are some more advanced (preschool-age) picture books he enjoys. But here's a general list of toddler-friendly books.

"Panda Cake" by Rosalie Seidler

"Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" (board book version) by Virginia Lee Burton

"Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodka

"Mama Cat Has Three Kittens" by Denise Fleming

"Harry the Dirty Dog" by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

"Skyfire" (and other Bear books) by Frank Asch

"Annie and the Wild Animals" and "Berlioz the Bear" by Jan Bret

"Are You My Mother?" by PD Eastman

The "Small" books by Lois Lenski (Cowboy Small, Engineer Small, Fireman Small, etc)

It's not an extensive list, but for those of you who are looking for something new at the library, these have been toddler tested and approved.

Happy Reading!


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