Monday, July 31, 2017

I'm Back...

As  you all know, I took most of the  month of July off, at least from blogging. However, I still managed, attended, and sold baked goods at the farmers' market. I took Emily to summer reading, swimming, bowling, and we went geo caching as a family.

I attended Nerd Camp Michigan with my friend Deb Boerema where I presented. I met the fabulous Debbie Ohi whom I stalked ( I mean visited with) for two days, and she loved my chocolate cookies. I met Josh Funk and caught up with Joan Ami Paquet.


I got lost in the halls with Kirby Larson, Met the adorable Emily Arrow, Met the oh so funny Chris Grabenstein, and caught up with friends, Kristin Tubb and Brooks Benjamin.


I watched fireworks with my family.

I attended my second Marvin Memorial Library Board of Trustees meeting where I was sworn in.  I even got a notarized certificate (how cool is that).

I also managed to get all five of my defunct books back on the market when I self published through Ingram Spark, and hosted a small backyard party for Emily.

But the fun didn't end there. I received a picture book in the mail from Susanna Leonard Hill called The Road That Trucks Built. I received this book as a review copy, and my five year old nephew just happened to be visiting that day, so I read it to him. He loved turning the dial on the cover to see the different trucks, and he enjoyed the story. We both particularly liked the little worker birds throughout the illustrations. This book is beautifully told in rhyme and gives kids a basic idea of how a road gets built. I recommend this book for all kids ages three to six!

I hope your summers have been going as splendidly a mine, even if it is going way too fast!

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.


  1. Sounds like you had a great month.
    The fireworks pictures are awesome! Great photography!

  2. I can make out from the pictures, all the must you must have had. And, that picture book looks interesting.I am sure my 6 year old son would be highly interested in it. Trucks are his favourite and this one is also building roads. I shall be following you on your other blog.

    1. Thanks. It is definitely a great book for kids who love trucks!

  3. Forgot to mention...I am visiting here from #LMM link-up. Have a great time :)