January 24, 2013

Kitchen Shop Cousins







Camille and Clementine at The Kitchen Shop in Grand Coteau, Louisiana...carrying on my dad's annual tradition of Christmas Eve shopping and picking up our Gateau Nana. 

The girls are exactly a month apart and although they haven't seen each other for the past three years, they fell right into a happy rhythm of playing and giggling together. I love my cousins dearly and I now love seeing my kids with their cousins. 

And speaking of cousins, I can't remember if I have shared this series here or not, but it's worth doing it again: The Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant. It's a fabulous early chapter book series about three cousins spending the year with their young aunt while their parents travel the world as famous dancers. The illustrations are enchanting and the stories are super sweet. It is a good reminder for me to pull them off the book shelf because  Camille is the perfect age for them. And speaking of Grand Coteau, John Slaughter's recent book is also wonderful. Alright, off to pack for our winter weekend adventure. Hope your weekend is full of good books and lots of laughter!

5 comments:

Growing Tween said...
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Karla said...

What a great tradition. Thanks for the book ideas and the website link. I really should have been a librarian! :) Enjoy your trip this weekend and the snow.
-Karla

likeschocolate said...

I love their sweet smiles.

Have a great weekend!

The other day you ask about music and books. Right now I am in love with Downton Abbey. Sadly, I haven't seen any good movies lately. Scraping the barrel to find something good these days.

Music: Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copeland always makes me happy!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDRWdNn_nLk

Dana said...

My grandmother and her sister went to boarding school in Grand Coteau, but that was a long, long, long time ago. She will be 88 this year.

I love the Camille has a cousin named Clementine. My daughter sees her LA cousins about once a year and they fall right in step with each other immediately. I love that, too. I hope that it lasts a lifetime and that puberty doesn't mess it all up!

Thanks for the book recommendation. I hope things are going well for you.
D

Josh and Rebecca Arthur said...

We finally checked out the Cobble Street Cousins last week from the Elementary School library. I went looking for the next book in the Lighthouse Family series, but the one we were looking for wasn't on the shelf! Elise received "The Storm" and "The Eagle" for Christmas. Thanks so much for the recommendation!