Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Drinking from a Bitter Cup by Angela Jackson-Brown


Finished another book - this one quickly because it was an easy read. Not anything close to my usual genre but still thoroughly enjoyable. This little girl (the main character Sylvia) will remain in my thoughts for weeks I'm sure. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Abigail Turns Seven

Abigail asked for an International theme for her birthday party. My first reaction was 'International - of course she wants International, my little bookworm/smarty-pants'. My second reaction was 'Oh wow, how does one do International?' and my third reaction was 'this is going to be so fun!' once I had Googled a bunch of ideas (try 'Around the World' party as opposed to the word 'International').
 
In fact, I bit off a little more than I could chew and got overly stressed with the details. The day of the party I am usually a dragon, ha!
 
the invitations were passports


Grandma and Morgan came in for it

couldn't keep Morgan out of the pool the whole weekend


suitcases for the kids to keep their party crafts & favours in


a craft to make for each continent

lunch for the kids was an 'in-flight meal'

fun for parents and kids alike
 

opening the gift she's waited a year for: a FISHTANK!



And just two weeks after turning seven, she finally lost her first tooth!


Happy 7th Birthday Big Girl! I love you xxxx


Selfie

Selfie - well, is it a selfie if it was taken by Abigail?
 
 

Skateboarding

Skateboarding is still the chosen hobby for Abigail
 

 
and because of that, it is quickly becoming Bryony's new challenge:



 

Rainbow Donuts

We occasionally (like twice a year) spend a Saturday morning at the local 1970s donut shop. Jake loves the place and the girls are in heaven because breakfast is sprinkle donuts and chocolate milk.
 

Parents Night Out

It's rare that we get a babysitter and have a wild night on the town. In Jenn's words, this one was epic.



What We've Been Up To

All the random photos from my phone dated Feb, Mar & April:
 
Bryony-in-a-blanket-box

Valentines Day in 1st Grade


Valentines Day in Transition

Girl Scout Cookie Selling

World Thinking Day

notice my extra Girl-Scout-in-training in there?





naptime for Aunty Alex & baby Cameron

 

Vann Dean Holland

Born February 27th, Milly & Lance's perfect new little son!
 

Welcome baby Vann, we can't wait to meet you! And special Congratulations to Big Sister Morgan!
 

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini


Just finished this book and I am so happy to have been introduced to this outstanding writer. Unknowingly, I started with his third book. The world has long been singing his praises over 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' but I must've been under a rock for all that. I'm not sure how I heard about 'And The Mountains Echoed' but I can't say enough about it - GREAT read! And now I will rush straight to read his other two.