Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clarice is two

We were so happy to celebrate Clarice's birthday this past weekend.  She enjoyed eating cake, hanging out with family, and being the life of her own party.  It has been fun to look back on two years worth of pictures too.  Here are a few...


Happy Birthday Clarice.  We love you so much!

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lance's first week of Kindergarten

Have you ever had one of those days when you lock yourself out of the house, mop the sweat off your forehead with a diaper (that was not on the baby by the way), and can't remember what day of the week it is?  At this rate the blog title was looking to be Lance's first month of Kindergarten or Lance's first year of Kindergarten....so anyway here goes...

On Monday morning our little sleepy head got some unexpected snuggles from Clarice...

Attempt number one at having him pose with the sign...

Then ditching the idea of having a sign and going straight for the driveway chalk idea...

It was a bit of a long week.  Lance was distressed on day one and came home with red eyes, was wonderful on day two, and then started acting up a bit on day three.  It will just take time.  The teacher sends home a notebook and her and I can communicate that way.  I also remind Lance on the specifics things he needs to work on.  

It was fun making these back to school teacher treats.  Lance cut out the apple shapes with just a little help from me.  

We're really looking forward to a great year.  I'm so excited for my big boy!  :)  

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Book Review: Nelly Dean, A Return to Wuthering Heights

Title: Nelly Dean, A Return to Wuthering Heights

Author: Alison Case

Published: 2015

Pages: 471

Oh my!  I listened to Wuthering Heights on audio read by Prunella Scales many times over the years and have always enjoyed it.  Then I downloaded the book onto the Kindle and finally got around to reading it too.  I'll admit this is the first time I've read a re-imagined book about a classic.  It was amazing.  My heart sort of dropped down to my stomach when I spotted this one at the library.

Wuthering Heights was also told through the eyes of Nelly Dean, but fearing to blush many times over in front of poor Mr. Lockwood would seem too much.  It was one thing to tell the tale of the Earnshaws and the Lintons, but to bare one's own soul was inappropriate at the time.  And as the Earnshaws don't do anything halfway good or bad, sweet Nelly Dean also has a fair amount to drama to share. 

Growing up in the Earnshaw home with her mother serving as housekeeper, Nelly almost thinks of Hindley and Cathy as her siblings.  But a turn of events thrusts Nelly as then a young teen, into the life of servanthood.  How will she react to this awkward new position in the household she loved so much?  How much betrayal and heartache can one person withstand?

Thankfully there is a bit of unintended comic relief in the form of Joseph the servant, a true Bible thumping Christian.  Nelly comes to him saying, "There is something that has been worrying me, and I wonder if you might be able to help."  To which Joseph replies, "If it's your soul, yo've good cause to worry, and there's naught I can do for yo."


This breathtaking and well-written novel made me laugh a few times and cry many, many more.  It explores the subject of loss at the deepest levels.  Put on a brave face if you're going to get through this one.  It will be worth it though!        


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Weekend plans

Hey y'all!  Have any of you read books from The Selection Series?  They are so good!  Our almost daily trips to the local library have paid off...I finally got to snag this one...

I've also checked out a few others to keep me busy reading this weekend.  I'm about halfway through with Nelly Dean, Return to Wuthering Heights by Alison Case.  It is really well written!  Have you read Wuthering Heights?  I have listened to it on audio numerous times and have read it once.  It makes me a little crazy, but I love it.  

The only way I can get Lance to have a quiet times these days is to have him lay in bed and watch YouTube train videos on the Tablet.  He also likes to watch Surprise Egg where they open chocolate eggs that have candy in them.  They do have one that teaches the different colors of the M&Ms, so it is a little bit educational...lol!

Other than snuggling up with the kids and reading, I'm also looking forward to watching some of the opening ceremonies for the Olympic games...not sure how late this tired mama will be able to stay up though.  Do you all have any weekend plans?

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Monday, August 1, 2016

July stuff

Hey there everyone, hope all is well.  Clarice and I have been on our own the last few days because Matt and Lance went to visit family in Virginia.  Clarice isn't much a traveler, so we opted to stay home.  We've had lots of fun together and stopped just short of putting curlers in our hair and hanging out at the laundry-mat. 

I found out about The Good Girl from another blog I read.  I opted for the audio version, and I am so glad I did because one of the main readers was Johnny Heller!  Love him! 

We have been to the big indoor pool numerous times lately, but we occasionally just set up the kiddy pool in the carport.  

Whenever we go to the Grayson branch library, the kids love to play in an almost dried up creek near the parking lot.  

The other day Clarice and I stopped by the Mexican restaurant to get a to-go order and were able to witness a wedding procession across the street at the court house. 

   Hope you all have a great week.  Talk to you soon.  

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our trip to Athens...Georgia part 2

As the previous post stated, we were having lots of fun exploring Athens, Georgia.  Although we had quite a ways to walk, we finally made ...