The Valentine’s Day Story

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Woo-Hoo! It’s time for another of Susanna Leonard Hill’s  Annual Writing Contests! This time it’s a Valentine’s Day theme, appropriate for children 12 and under, 214 words or less, and…..wait for it….

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Confusion!

What the What?

I know, me too!

Here. Goes. Nothin.

 

THE VALENTINE’S DAY STORY

(WC, 214)

BY: Angela Hawkins

 

My teacher said to write a Valentine’s Day story. Easy for her to say. If she had Alligator sitting next to her always asking for biscuits and jam she’d have trouble writing a story too. Only it’s not just Alligator. Chicken and Owl have been arguing all morning about what’s on the other side of the road, and Bear won’t stop dancing around my tube of glue. “I must get that part in the ballet!” she reminds me. Donkey thinks he’s a dragon and must fight the fiery eraser flames, and Octavia the Penguin is rearranging my color box, darkest to lightest. But it’s not until Flamingo sends Pig flying across the room on a ball of rolled up tissue that I start to think I might not ever get that Valentine’s Day story written! Pig slams into the blackboard causing dust bunnies to scatter about and my teacher lets out a scream in fear of a cosmic alien invasion. Always up for adventure, Lion throws on his cowboy hat and spurs and corrals the wild bunnies back to the ranch hollering “Yee-Haw!” as he rides. Thoroughly confused, my teacher cancels the Valentine’s Day story assignment and gives us extra recess instead. Perhaps next Valentine’s Day she’ll just ask for chocolates instead of stories!

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Confused?

Great! Me too.

Let’s go eat some chocolate….

 

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FRIDAY FRENZY- Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride

My teenager just got his driver’s permit.

Want to know what that looks like?

Picture this…an old beat up mini-van complete with smashed in side (thank you drive through car wash), what looks like straight from the hood bullet holes (thank you Maryland road work improvement team), cracked windshield, front license plate dangling from one lone peg, four I-could-do-this-better-than-you backseat drivers, and me clinging to the dashboard fearing for all our lives…

And that was just as he put it in reverse in the empty parking lot!

Yep! This is the kinda stuff they never tell you about when you think about having kids.

The Fear Factor Stuff! Things like…

*105 degree fever in the middle of the night

*Ingesting a box of fireworks TNT

*Popping open a glowstick…in their mouth

*Slamming fingers in car doors

*Spraying Lysol into their mouth just to see what it tastes like

*The dialing of 911 while you’re in the shower

*Smacking their head on the bricks and going blind for a bit

*Holding their breath when their mad until they pass out

*Stitch worthy head wounds from  light saber wars

*The hiding out in the dark upstairs until you go to bed so they can jump up and say funny things like”Boo!”  (This one makes you say funny things too!)

*Bringing back bed bugs from a school Science trip

*LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE. AT NIGHT. OVER BRIDGES. ON SOME OF THE BUSIEST INTERSTATES IN THE COUNTRY…..

Seriously, where’s the AP Class for All That?

And this my friends, brings us to a lovable Porcine Wonder.

Mercy. Mercy Watson.

She’s pink. She’s inspiring. She loves hot buttered toast. And she really wants a shot at that whole driving thing!

Care to go for a spin? Click on the image below to head on over to Polyvore, or click on Pinterest to find more Mercy Watson inspired goodies!

MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE

 

Happy Driving!!!

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FRIDAY FRENZY – The Napping House

I don’t know how it happened but a while back, Fall I think it was, I was in the laundry room digging around for all the dirty soccer gear and I’m pretty sure I was attacked by a mound of nappy socks, the kind of nappy socks that you take one whiff of and the next few months just flash before your eyes and then Bam! there you are,  different shirt, different sweatpants, because let’s face it, it is always about the sweatpants, digging once again for that wretched dirty soccer gear wondering where in the hollyhocks has the time gone and why are there always 5, 362 soccer shirts, soccer shorts, soccer under armor, soccer pennies, soccer short sleeve jersey’s, soccer long sleeve jersey’s, soccer no sleeve jersey’s on your laundry room floor!

Time warping  nappy socks….I oughta get a patent!

What does this have to do with Friday Frenzy?

Absolutely nothing.

But, let me just say, I love this book. LOVE IT!

Granny, child, dog, cat (this cat looks nice so I can deal, but cats in general are not my cup of tea. I had a cat once, she had retractable horns, which she did not retract…Ever! I have the scars to prove it. And yes, they are on my back, thanks for asking!), four poster bed, rainy night, sunny morning, cottage style house, flowers galore, tree swing, rainbows, pom pom slippers, I mean come on…what’s not to love?

Go ahead, grab this nap-tacular book, and get your read on!

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Want to see more? Hop on over to Polyvore (below) and Pinterest to find items and ideas inspired by The Napping House by Audrey Wood, curated by yours truly…. and do me the favor of answering just one question will ya?

Cats or Dogs?

 

THE NAPPING HOUSE

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GERTRUDE THE HORNLESS UNICORN’S HALLOWEEN

Pumpkin Spice. Everything is pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice pancakes, pumpkin spice candles, lotions, lip gloss, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent..ok, not yet, but you know they’re working on it!

That’s right folks, its officially Fall! The pumpkin spice is falling from the trees to prove it! And when it’s Fall, it’s time for a Halloweensie Contest! Susanna Leonard Hill’s 6th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest to be exact!

100 words or less.

Written for children 12 & under.

Must use the words spider, ghost, moon.

Must clearly be a Halloween story.

Must eat handfulls of candy corn as you write. Not really, but really.

Count me IN!

GERTRUDE THE HORNLESS UNICORN’S HALLOWEEN

(PB, WC 100)

By: Angela Hawkins

Gertrude is a hornless unicorn. And on Halloween night, hornless unicorns are stalked by big hairy yetis. Of course big hairy yetis frighten most hornless unicorns, but not Gertrude. Donning her best ghost costume, Gertrude waits beneath the haunting moon. Soon, Gertrude hears the grim grumbling of a hungry beast.“You can’t hide from me!” growls the big hairy yeti. “I see your tail!” Of course most hornless unicorns would have run away shrieking in terror, but not Gertrude. “You always win the first game!” exclaims Gertrude. “You hide next, but first, a scrumptious spider-chip cookie for my friend!”

THE END

Sooooo…what d’ya think? Yay or nay? Comments are greatly appreciated!

Take a peek at some other great stories and get all the details over on Susanna’s blog  Susanna Leonard Hill.

Now go grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte will ya? Heck, throw in a pumpkin spice doughnut too. After all, ’tis the season!pumpkin-vector-illustration-free-png-graphic-cave

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FRIDAY FRENZY – Flashlight

I’m sure some of you are already relaxing by the pool, sipping your strawberry lemonade, enjoying the summer of 2016, while the rest of us are still trudging through the last couple weeks of school…

Ya’ll stink!

Only kidding….

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Seriously, where is that rotten egg smell coming from?

Oh well, how about picking up a piece of summer in a book?  FLASHLIGHT, by Lizi Boyd, is just about one of the most creative pieces of work I’ve seen in a while…and a perfect summertime read!

One more week of school, and then summer here WE come!

Yes, you just keep sipping that frozen drink…Just remember, your house is already wearing the summertime kids are home I’ll never find the floor sand is great for the beach but not for my house why cant they just get along yes we have to wear clothes outside even though its hot enough to boil a monkeys bum what is that on the bathroom ceiling if that ice cream truck comes down this street one more time where in the heck is my 64 oz. coffee mug look……but mine?

Yeah, you’re right! Mine is ALWAYS wearing that look, but that’s beside the point…

You get back to your schedule free oasis, I’ll be over here planning out one last round of lunch pail lunches and gawking over these beautiful illustrations…

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Don’t forget about Pinterest!

FLASHLIGHT

 

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FRIDAY FRENZY – Bebe Goes Shopping

You guys…THIS book!

It has been a family favorite for years.

I love it!

Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in New Mexico and the Mexican culture was, and still is, an everyday part of life. Maybe it’s all the lively colors…I mean, HOLA! COLORS! Maybe it’s because rolling my tongue as I pronounce those friendly R’s is so dang fun! Or…maybe it’s because I secretly long to wear a fitted blue dress to the grocery store with my litter in tow and look just as fabulous as the chic Mama in this book!

Ha! Ha! Ha!  Can you imagine?

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Whatever the reason, I’m hooked!

DID I MENTION THE COLORES?!?!

Couldn’t you just hang out in that yellow chair and eat dulces like, all day long?

BEBE GOES SHOPPING

Want to see more happy colors and a pair of green shoes that even I might give up a slice of cake for?

Why are you still here? Go! Go! Pinterest  Adios mis amigos!

 

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FRIDAY FRENZY – Those Darn Squirrels!

If you’ve ever put seed out to feed the birds, you have more than likely also put seed out to feed the squirrels…am I right?

You have probably tried all sorts of gimmicks to stop those darn squirrels from eating all of that EXPENSIVE bird food…yes?

You might have tried the ‘ol amateur trick of setting out the squirrels their very own serving of treats…Sound familiar?

Perhaps you moved on to the addition of hot pepper to the much sought after feed, only to find that said squirrels rather like their seed spicy….no?

I’m sure you tried lying in wait and beating on the kitchen window next….you got laughed at didn’t you?

Bet your jaw hit the floor when the coveted squirrel proof bird feeder fed the squirrels huh?

You tried hurling ice cubes and shooting Nerf dart guns….And you didn’t even manage to hit fur once, and now you’re missing half your Nerf dart collection and half of your sanity!

But you probably didn’t have much of that left anyhow now did ya?

What am I gettin at?

THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS!

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READ IT!

You will not be sorry.

THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS!

Lots more nutty goodness over here Pinterest!

 

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