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Emma received new red tie shoes recently and we realized it was time that she finally learn how to tie them on her own. Yes she is considerably older than when I learned, but now shoes with velcro, buckles or slip ons are popular for young kids. She made it to the age of eight before she was forced to learn. Now she will proudly boast about her new skill and we dutifully watch as she ties them every day.

These awesome shoes were purchased from ThredUp! They were brand new and quite inexpensive. Yay for reuse fashion!

Book list 2019

The Clock Maker’s Daughter
The Forgotten Garden
Almost Everything
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter
Crazy Rich Asians
The Buried Giant
Normal People
Where the Crawdads Sing
Educated: a Memoir
At the Water’s Edge
How to Be a Good Creature
Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables

set to read next:
To Say Nothing of the Dog

Last year my list had 14 novels and the year before had 13. I guess I am pretty consistently reading a fictional book a month myself. This year Emma was always reading or I was reading to her. We have read Laura Ingalls Wilder books following her life from “Little House in the Big Woods” to “By the Shores of Silver Lake.” I am ready for some new stories for both of us!