Summer Hits

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Just back from a sweet day in Manhattan, and thought I'd jump on and share some of our summer hits.

Movies. I know some families pull off the whole no-tv no-movie thing, but in our house shows and films are the great equalizer between introverts and extraverts. Especially at the end of long days of outdoor play.

Grown-up picks: Beginners, Tree of Life, Dial M for Murder

For the family: Top Hat, Wallace and Grommit: Loaf & DeathHelp!, The Secret of Kells

Books. Mad Libs have made their way back into our world recently. When we're not thinking of adjectives and adverbs, we're spending time with things like:

Anam Cara by John O'Donohue

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Food. My current summer favorite is this artichoke lemon pesto with any fresh pasta. This week we're going to make some basil pesto with basil we've been growing just outside the kitchen window. I've also had a craving lately for scones, which I love with mixed berries.

Do and See. The American Museum of Natural History is even more fun now that the girls are a little older. Thier new special exhibit, The World's Largest Dinosaurs, was the best I've ever seen. The artistry was off the hook, and the interactive components were a big hit with the girls.