About a month ago (maybe more, I'm sorry) Cookie and I received a wonderful surprise from my friend-blogger, Sonja of Wonder Years. She sent Cookie this fabulous book, Stories from Shakespeare. I am always looking for children's versions of Shakespeare to prepare my children for the real thing. Sadly I am often disappointed with them. They are usually boring or so dumbed down that they are intolerable. Well, not this one. Cookie has read it cover to cover and has gone back to read several of her favorites. It covers 11 plays and gives notes on some of the other plays in the back. The only thing I didn't like in it was Kate's ending speech in Taming of the Shrew, which they wrote in a way that most people interpret it, but I do not. But that is just me being picky about one of my favorites. =) Click on the photos if you want to see how you can buy one for yourself. I highly recommend this book, especially if you ever want to take your child to a Shakespearean play. It does a great job of making the scenes make sense.
Just a few days ago I received another surprise. Amber M. from The McIllece Spot sent me the patriotic pin I won in her giveaway and it looks so professional. She gives a great tutorial on how to make one yourself on her blog. BUT, she also threw in this ultra cute diaper pack (That she made! I'm so jealous of talent like this) for That Kid. It is perfect for the times when all you need are some diapers and wipes and it looks so cute I'd take it anywhere. In fact I'm already using it for Sweet Terror (who will hopefully be potty trained in time for her senior prom). And check out Amber's handwriting. This is handwriting to drool over. It looks like she used a computer font, it is so perfect, but that is her own handwriting. I'm so jealous.