Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry was so very good! I think I got this from an Amazon rec but I'm not sure. It is the story of Roseanne, a centenarian in a mental hospital for over sixty years, and her doctor. The story progresses through their respective journals. A lovely, touching, heart-breaking story. I'm sending this book to my mom, she loves Irish stories.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I had no idea it was so easy to put one of these together!
Why do I always assume everything will be tremendously difficult?
In less than half an hour, I had my quilt top done.
It is for the glass-topped end table downstairs.
Now, I have to figure out how to quilt it????
I hope that is just as easy!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Kaden and Sam are crazy about Transformers and Bionicles.
They are building up quite a collection with their birthday money.
Sam's favorite movie is Transformers and they love the animated series on TV. Every time they see a semi, they start shouting, "Optimus Prime"!
That's normal, uh huh...
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is a moving novel that should really be read by all. It is told through the voice of Bruno, a naive son of a Nazi Commandant, living at Auschwitz. Both beautifully written and not overdone. I plan to put this book on our shelves.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
It took me almost a month to read all of Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. It was a heavy read, but well worth it. I learned so much. I probably underlined half the book. It has been fun spotting worldviews that the book highlighted in ordinary life. We watched The Matrix (old, but the first time I'd seen it) and that is fun to watch after this beginner's course in philosophy! I'd like to read it again and take notes. What stood out most to me on this first read-through, was the unseen kingdom and how much I have marginalized it or ignored it outright. I pray God would open my eyes to see.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Nice, quite nice. I really enjoyed reading Hollywood Nobody by Lisa Samson. Scotty is a great character, very genuine. This is just a fun read. A little mystery, a little teenage angst, and not at all what I was expecting from the title. I can't remember who recommended it, but it was fun and I recommend it for your next treadmill read...
The moment of truth... who is taller?
It looks like it's a tie!
The really cool part is that Kaden doesn't care that Chloe is catching up.
It doesn't determine who he is or his place in this family.
And, equally cool, Chloe could care less as well!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Well, Savage Garden was okay. I'm being generous. I wouldn't recommend it, but I did finish it. I liked it enough to finish it. It was set up as a mystery, but it was overly obvious and the characters were flat. There seemed to be some real potential, but the execution was flat. I can't write this well, so I'm not meaning to be harsh, but I had higher hopes of this book and I was disappointed. Maybe I expected too much.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Jack and Abby drag their bikes to the tip top and launch themselves willy-nilly down the slope
and into the street!
I am, of course, watching for traffic and feeling my hair turn gray at the same time!
At least he wanted to wear a helmet today!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Today I am thirty-four!
Looks good enough to eat, and it was, oh, it was!
Looks like Sam's bringing me the "mother" of all surprise birthday gifts...
Oh, it is so wonderfully pretty! Is it appropriate to hug purses?
It must be in this case! Wow, this is such big love!!!
Here I am, older and fashionably accessorized!
The necklace is from Scott, ala Etsy (ahh!)
and the shirt is from Jim and Lynne... thank you so much, it fits great!
I also am now proud owner of my own copy of Apples for Jam, my favorite cook book.
Maybe because it's easy on the cook and big on the inspiration.
I had a wonderful day!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
I read in spurts, it's unpredictable, but I did manage to finish my first book of the year. Kildee House by Rutherford Montgomery, is recommended by Sonlight. It was a sweet story about a man who builds a little house on a mountain and is overrun with raccoons and spotted skunks. I don't think it's quite interesting enough to capture the attention of my kids at this stage. Maybe in a couple of years they might enjoy reading it on their own. It wouldn't be my pick for a read-aloud. It was worth reading, I just think it was a little slow. I did like Jerome's care for the animals and how Jerome and the children's characters developed. It is a hopeful story with a simple plot.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Well, he used to love being a cowboy.
Apparently, though, it was just so last year! But he tried hard to look happy with his gifts.
And he was genuinely happy to get a Transformer! Note to self, remember this for next year...
Oh, my goodness, how did you get to be so big? Sam, my little guy. Sam, who was such a great surprise. Sam, who fills my heart with big love. Oh, Sam, you are now officially a hand-full! So, here's to you, Super-Sam!
Sam, at five:
- You really love Shamu! You must have at least a dozen orcas!
- Your favorite color is green.
- You can't wait to learn to read.
- You love numbers. You love your chance at Flashmaster.
- You are so funny! You have perfect comedic timing!
- You talk like a baby sometimes and it drives us crazy, and that's why you do it!
- Transformers and Bionicles are so cool!
- You are thrifty with your money.
- You love your Sunday School class.
- You eat a lot! Breakfast is probably your favorite meal.
- Chocolate chip cookies are your favorite treat.
- You can dribble a basketball for a long time!
- You want to play for the Phoenix Suns some day.
- You don't want to have more than 19 children.
- You like cars and motorcycles and monster trucks.
- You love knock-knock jokes.
- Sometimes it's tough being the middle kid. Sometimes it's really tough!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I love this picture of Jack and Abby running down the hill at church,
and this picture of Abby, growing up right in front of me...
These two photos just crack me up.
The kids have stumbled upon some dead animal on the front lawn.
In the first picture, Chloe the Fearless is delicately nudging it with her
mary-jane while her peer, Nathaniel, looks on and Noah runs away.
But see how she changes when the big boys arrive for a look-see?
In the presence of Joshua, who is almost 10 for crying out loud,
she is the demure and shocked little lady of storybook fame. Oh my!
Notice how the big boys brought their sticks?
What were they planning to do? Kill it?
I especially like how Sam looks so unkempt...
is it just my son or can no boy keep his pants over his cowboy boots?
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Kaden chose California Pizza Kitchen for his birthday lunch. Here we are on the way...
Jack remembered to bring his water and his baby.
They look excited, don't they.
Gotcha! I caught you watching yourself eat!
I used to do the same thing.
Man, that looks good, so good Scott and I eat Jack's...
One happy eight year old.