Monday, April 15, 2019

recent photo journal

I cleaned out and repainted our closet last week.  Sorry I don't have a before picture.  The walls were a beige color with lots of shoe scuff marks everywhere. The new color is Behr Antique White.
 I also added the new black and white rug. 

We also celebrated my mom's birthday two Saturdays ago.
 The kids love their Baba.

I didn't realize I had the flash on...sorry Lance.

This is a good look for me.

All the condos in downtown have blue lights for Autism Awareness month.

We went to a wedding reception BBQ recently.  It was in the family's back yard.  Matt loved the grapevines.

And lastly, I made Clarice an Easter dress.  She tried it on this morning and said it was itchy.  I also have another one from Goodwill.  She will just choose what she wants to wear on Sunday morning. I've learned to not get my hopes up too much.

Hope you all have a great week!



Thursday, April 4, 2019

3-30-19 read-a-thon

Hey there fellow readers!  Here is how my recent read-a-thon went. 

Not being sure if I would get a nap, I didn't exactly stay up all night beginning at midnight.  This was more of a laid back weekend read-a-thon.  I started off Friday night and Saturday morning reading The Royal Rabbits of London.  My new furry friend Shylo always seems to save the day!
"By will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose, and a slice of mad courage."
I'm definitely a new fan of this children's series!

 (Clarice doesn't exactly have second child syndrome...I think I have more pictures of her than I ever did of!)

Next up on the agenda was waiting for noon to arrive so Clarice and I could go to the indoor pool.

And then later flying a kite...

And then I finally got around to reading The Ambrose Deception.
 This was a fun, twisty-mystery that kept me guessing!

On Sunday afternoon after church I read The Stranger.
I sort of have mixed feelings about this one.  It was a straight forward story that was easy to follow, but any stuffy literary person would encourage you to "look for the deeper meaning."
I sort of jokingly subtitled it...Don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

And of course we have to include a picture of Lance.
Three books...although I had already started two of them.  This weekend made me realize how much reading I can get done when I really make it a focus.  

Hope you all have a great week!


Friday, March 29, 2019

We're now on spring break + read-a-thon

Hey friends!  We're on our first of ten days of Spring Break.  This is what we've been up to this week.

Eating popcorn

Using painter's tape...I was so proud of Lance that he made a house for Clarice before he got started on his own train tracks.  He is such a sweet big brother (well, most of the time).

Clarice had her Patriotic Spring performance at school last night.

 It was so cute.  Some of the songs she sang were God Bless the USA, Let's Sing the New Testament, and You're a Grand Old Flag.  I was just so proud of Clarice and her friends.

This morning we were supposed to be working on Splash Math, but we somehow ended up at Chick-fil-A.
 Lance is very happy to have a break from school for a full week.

We also went to a grocery store that has a water bottle machine.  You push a number and the robot arm grabs the drink and puts in down the tube.  The kids were very impressed.  For only twenty-five cents, I think we'll be drinking a lot of bottled water this summer.

I read Inspection last weekend and part of this week.  It takes me forever to read a whole book, but I don't feel too guilty because I hardly ever watch tv.  
 Not so sure I would recommend this one to my friends.  It is in the Horror genre.  I heard about it from watching BookTuber Katie from Chapter Stacks.  Inspection is about a boys school in a tower in the woods run by their D.A.D.  The boys don't even know that girls exist.  It was mildly scary.  Malerman is a good writer...just not sure I really like horror.

This weekend I'm going to try to participate in the read-a-thon promoted by Zoe at ReadByZoe on YouTube.  Here is my TBR (to be read), but realistically it will take me weeks (or months) to get through this
 The Royal Rabbits of London - started it, really cute
The Ambrose Deception - started it, very funny
The Stranger - no clue...had to read Camus at night school long ago
Waste of Space - started it a while ago, very funny
Emma - doesn't everyone want to be able to say they read Austen?  
Anyway, I hope you all have a good weekend.  I'll try to update on how my reading went.

Monday, March 25, 2019

recent stuff

Last Sunday I wore this new dress (from Goodwill) to church so I could have green on for St. Patrick's Day.

Clarice is all about Flamingos lately.

And working in her homework book...

And playing with ice and blowing bubbles in a cup of water.
yes...that is a toy rat on the table

I painted a few boards on the trim the other day.

Lance made me a snack afterwards.

I took the kids to a park yesterday.

Here is to hoping this week goes by really week we are on Spring Break!



Saturday, March 16, 2019

our tv fast

We are on day two of our tv / screen fast.  In honor of his privacy, I'll just say that we've had some "Lance drama" lately.
Here is a picture of Lance when he came home from school "sick" the other day...

By the end of day one, the kids were looking a little bored.  I may have caved and took us all to a book store.

There is nothing better than a trunk full of pizza and books.

A picture of Clarice wearing her dragon slippers that later got ruined in the washer machine...opps!

First world jaw hurt as I was trying to eat a rice crispy treat after having seven hundred dollars worth of dental work done.

So anyway, please pray that our tv fast insn't too long.  And on a more serious note, please pray for Lance that he will have more peace and comfort and clarity.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

spring forward weekend

Here is how our spring forward weekend is going.  I'm recovering from another cold and am feeling a lot better.  Yesterday I just wanted my childhood snack of Gatorade and Girl Scout cookies.

This book is so good.  Thank you Natasha for telling us about her.

I'm also reading Make Trouble by Cecile Richards.
 It is interesting that she refers to pro-life folks as anti-abortionist.  I am recently finding it important to be more informed and more compassionate when it comes to opposing views.

Matt made veggies in the oven on Saturday night.

The kids and I have been really sick the past few weeks, but it is nice when we can just get outside and enjoy some fresh air every day.  I love that the Yellow Bells are in bloom.

Now I'm going to go relax and watch Home Alone.



Monday, March 4, 2019

weekend stuff

We didn't have much going on this weekend.  Clarice wanted to play My Little Pony in between bouts of tummy troubles.

Matt read lots of Thomas the Train stories to Lance.
I read the new Rachel Hollis book Girl, Stop Apologizing.
Her book Girl, Wash Your Face was on the NYT Best Seller List for quite a while last year.  She chooses to be a working mom and her friends and family give her a hard time about it.  My loved ones tend to be the opposite and think I should go out and get a!




recent photo journal

I cleaned out and repainted our closet last week.  Sorry I don't have a before picture.  The walls were a beige color with lots of sh...