Emily is officially 7 1/2! This month she has really been into card games and tricks. This is probably because she found a book from my childhood called 50 Card Games for Children. She really wanted to show off some tricks when we hosted card club this month. She even sneaks a deck of cards in her bed at night to work on or invent tricks. It's not good when you strip beds to wash sheets and find all the face cards in her bedding.
Emily has also really been into Monopoly. After months of begging, I finally sat down with her while at Village Creek Bible Camp to play a full-version game of Monopoly. Unfortunately, the camp box was missing all the playing pieces and only had six $1 bills, so we used stones, bark and shared the money. She got the hang of it pretty quickly. So, of course, when we got home she insisted on opening the never-before-played full version we have at home. After another round or two, I decided I would only play Monopoly, Jr., which has a guaranteed time limit of 30 minutes or less. Luckily, Lincoln is usually up for a game with her. She basically ends up playing for both of them, they compromise on who gets to buy Boardwalk, and Emily "wins" in the end.
Another thing that has Emily excited is a new subscription to Top Secret Adventure kits from Highlights. She loves solving the puzzles and learning facts about different countries.
For Dad's Doughnut Day, Emily and her classmates each had to write a story about a dog. This is Emily's woeful tale about our former dog, Cheney, when she just turned 3 years old. I don't quite remember it the same. ;o)
Below is Emily's artwork from Art class in school. It is based on the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. She is flying over the Mall of America.