This and that

This is one if my favorite parts of every morning. J comes in with his daily menagerie of peeps cuddles up at the end of our bed and likes me to pat his back while he wakes up:

This is a picture of our neighborhood geese that had babies! Check out their goslings:

Hopefully they stay together, unlike Jon and Kate.
This is the stack of library books that I picked up this week to try to attempt to keep up with A’s reading (and a few books for J and The Lion King DVD):

This is how J spent his time before TBall practice on Tuesday:

And this is how A spent his time:

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May-June reading list

While A is working on the next Bunnicula book…

B and I are also reading nightly. He is currently reading The Expanse after finishing Rice, Noodle, Fish and I’m currently working on Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah. I’ve also got a few other books to add to my May-June reading list:

Food and the City: A foodie book, I’m always on the search for a good one.

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened: A comedy, great for a beach read!

Rice, Noodle, Fish: I have to read this so I can catch up with everything B has discussed since he read it.

Sleeping Murder: I’ve read Hercule Poirot’s last case, so this summer I’m catching up with Miss Marple’s

The Moviegoer: This is a “caught my eye at the library” read. It won the national book award, so it has a good reputation behind it!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying-Up: If you know me well, this is pretty much just a life affirming read for me. Ha!

My goal is to finish all six by the end of June!

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February book review

So here our February round-up of some of our current reads!

I’m reading…

So far this is not my favorite. While it has some good thoughts, as a teacher I have a problem when someone cites wikipedia as a useful search engine (it’s not) and uses appeal to tradition fallacies. Plus I got a 100 on the quiz at the beginning. So boom. Parenting done. Just kidding. Not about the 100 part. I’m not playing around with quizzes.

Okay, so on to some of my favorites:

I keep thinking that I’m going to finish this book and it NEVER ends. Worse than that, I’m slightly obsessed with finishing the book and so I cannot put it down. I only have 100 pages left I think. Out of a lot.

The library book I have waiting in the wings…

I love non-fiction books, especially ones about cooking. I’m going to take a break from Sherlock Holmes to start this one. Maybe.

And what I read every morning:

My in-laws gave me this one year Bible for Christmas and I’m busily making my way through it. I’ve always wanted to read the Bible all the way through and this provides a great way to do that!

And on A’s list…

This is a series of mystery books that A is reading. The author has several other series, but these are A’s favorite so far.

And A is also reading:

The Ramona series. He thinks they are “very funny” and after reading Ramona the Pest he asked if there are are more that he could read about Ramona.

And we are reading J:
J is starting to read, so he likes having the element of chapter books like his big brother.



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A’s must read list

Besides Pokemon cards and DS games, the hot items on A’s Christmas list were books, books, and more books. Here are some of his latest must reads (and some of his “eh” choices):

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankeweiler. This was (and is) one of my favorite books, so I am so please how much he has loved it. The combination of a museum, adventure, and a mystery makes it a perfect read.

Geronimo Stilton (Fantasy Series). A has read through most of the original Geronimo Stilton books and has moved on to the lengthier fantasy series. He really likes books with animals as the main characters (and an adventure themed direction), so this fits right in…as does:

The Tale of Despereaux. This is one he’s getting for Christmas from my parents.

Peter Pan. I picked this one up at the library and he immediately dived into it. And then got half way through it and got really bored. However, we did learn the word “quixotic”. I’m using that on scrabble.

National Geographic Almanac. A is obsessed with all things almanac, dictionary, encyclopedia, he loves facts and information.

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Lately we’ve been…

Creating marble towers before church…

Making Marble Towers

Creating an entire code system for the alphabet and numbers up to 15:


Going to Cabela’s to look at tents and being amazed by all of the taxidermy animals they have there:

Cabela's(I mean, why are they fighting? Couldn’t they just as logically be eating a nice rabbit and some berries peacefully beside each other? Maybe they are arguing over who saw the fifty percent off hiking boots first.)

Making one of my two favorite dinner rolls:

Dinner Rolls

Making honey lime enchiladas for dinner (not to go with the rolls, but I mean why not?):

Honey Lime Enchiladas

Back to our system of me putting a bunch of books on hold at the library and then picking them up later in the week:

Books{J’s favorite has been I will Take a Nap!, A’s favorite is the Dinosaur Bones Encyclopedia, and I’m currently reading The Little Paris Bookstore and enjoying it so far}

And finally, playing hide and seek and eating snacks while waiting during A’s tennis lessons:

Tennis Lessons

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Library love

Library loveOne of the branches of our local library is still one of my favorite places to visit. It’s a bit smaller than our main library, however, it’s going to get much bigger in the next few years. It’s where the boys have gone to story time, learned the love of checking out and returning books, and always know their favorite librarian will be there to check in on what’s new with them. On one particular visit, I was discussing with our librarian how A is looking for some new series of books to read. She of course had a few ideas….

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What we’re reading…

Books to readFor me:

BooksI’m loving the Agatha Christie one so far, about to start the mystery stories, and I’m in total agreement with this post about Crazy Rich Asians. Oh and I had to quit The Clasp. I read about 150 pages and finally gave up after B convinced me to pick something else. I think he was tired of me rolling my eyes and sighing loudly in frustration about the language and story line of the book.

B is reading:

Books to readHe picked it out on a suggestion from a friend and is about half way through the book. So far, he’s really enjoying it. I was wondering if it would be similar to castaway…here I am sitting on a planet hanging out, talking to a volleyball, but B said it’s not.

A is reading so much I can hardly keep up, here are his current favorite series:

Books to readEach of these has at least 30 plus books in the series and several have super/extra editions. A has an on-going list of the ones he wants to read and I’m continually putting a stack on hold at the library to pick up on my way to work.

And here are some of J’s current favorite series:

Books to readJ has learned from A that if there is one book of a type that he likes, there are probably more. He will tell me “I want to find all the Pete the Cat books!” and I happily oblige working on creating a library list on Sundays and then picking them up later in the week.

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Notebook favorites

Part of my path to organization (and stopping the on going list from running constantly in my head when I’m trying to go to sleep) is keeping great notebooks around. Here are my favorite planner, list book, and recipe index:

Favorite notebooks[Recipe book] [Notebook] [Planner]

I love the notebook because it’s pretty, but also has wide lines for making lots of lists (before I create a typed copy to hand out to family members…cause I do that.):

Notebook ListMy favorite thing about the planner (besides the tabbed edges) is that it has both full month view and day by day conversions:

Planner PlannerWhich is helpful if I need to organize day by day appointments or activities, but also to put items on the list for months out planning.

After years of using this recipe folder:

Recipe folderI needed something that was not as clunky and was updated with recipes we don’t use. I love the Kate Spade recipe book because it’s cute:

Recipe BookBut also super functional:

Recipe bookSo I can stop being kicked out of Pinterest when I try to make bagels:

BagelsWhich makes recipe conversion to my new book much easier! Happy organizing, planning, and baking!

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