art. house. mum.
It was pouring here this weekend for Lifeline Bookfest. And as always, the pot-luck shopping experience had the feeling of an adventure. The kids and I headed out on Sunday afternoon to face the mud and embrace the books.
As we unpacked our loot later at home I was intrigued by how different it was this year. No older collectorish books had come to the surface during our sifting and while Sam had made himself comfy lying on the hard concrete floor to read various books his sisters had busied themselves sourcing mostly activity books and fairytales.
The activity books are in various stages of completion and offer a wide curriculum from maths with Barbie (no kidding) to Bible trivia. As soon as the books were unpacked the girls got straight in with their pens and pencils.
Miffy has been enjoying these wonderful patterns. Sometimes I just wish that colouring-ins were printed on better quality paper.
And of course, there were a few which I slipped in just because there were nice to look at. Haven't had the chance to read them all yet...
The nostalgia thing gets me every time too, this year with an educational edge. The kids loved learning about how many different breeds of kangaroo there are this morning. Kangaroos are just incredibly beautiful and intriguing.
Funny isn't it, how family traditions creep up on you? Bookfest is a pretty firmly cemented tradition for us now and it's starting to feel incredible how quickly the time passes between this anual event. The trick will be to make sure that we contribute as many books next year as we took home this year...