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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Dragon of the Red Dawn

It’s hard not to get sucked into the Magic Treehouse series. Chase listens to them in her workshop time at school so I really didn’t feel a need to press the issue of chapter books. But she really likes them and when we saw an audiobook version of Dragon of the Red Dawn at the library we checked it out. We listened to it in the car. Once, twice, over and over and over again. I can’t even estimate how many times we listened to the story.

Chase would ask me questions along the way and I’d try my best to answer but it wasn’t always easy.  She wanted to know what sushi is like so I decided to just take her to try it.  I don’t eat it much and Ben?  He’s a meat and potatoes kind of a guy.  So I figured it was about time.  Once I got it in my head to do that I thought why not take it a step further and throw a little more cultural enrichment into the mix?  So we made a day of it.

We met up with friends at The Walters and checked out the drop in art project.  Chase sculpted a very cool bird.  Then we played around in the puppet theatre for a while before heading over to the art of Japan exhibit.  The beauty of free admission is that there’s no pressure to stay all day or to look at everything.  We mostly checked out the samurai artifacts, anything with dragons and a few tea pots.  You can see the giant dragon fountain at the bottom of the staircase and I love that Chase is running down like she’s Cinderella.  The books really do make a little follow up feel natural and easy.  I’m certainly not the first person to think of it.  You can take it to a whole other level with bigger kids.

Then we tried Niwana for dinner.  Chase nibbled at her California roll (that’s as close to sushi as she got tonight) but was more interested in holding her chopsticks and trying to pick up the edamame and the rice.  Avery loved the edamame too.  Guess what I just added to the grocery list.  I was really happy with dinner overall.  The tempura was a little disappointing but we all had such a good time that nobody really cared.

Today was a good day and an embarrassment of friend riches.  Friends in the morning, friends in the afternoon and friends you run into all over town even when you’re not expecting it.  Sometimes I’m ok with Smalltimore.  And best of all Chase declared that we can finally return Dragon of the Red Dawn to the library.  Phew.

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