Thursday, May 31, 2012
- The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (NOTE: This is part of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy. The order of which is The Next Always, The Last Boyfriend, and the upcoming The Perfect Hope.)
- Barefoot Season by Susan Mallery
- The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
- Wicked Games by Jill Myles
- Taken by Selena Kitt
- Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis (NOTE: This is part of the Lucky Harbor series. The order can be found here as well as on her website.)
- Power Tools series by Jane Rylon (NOTE: This is part of the Power Tools series. The order can be found here.)
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I bought a peach over the weekend. Little Miss has always enjoyed them. So, I remembered it last night and said she could have it. I cut it into slices, and we all took a piece. Little Miss asked for the skin to be peeled off. I told her the skin, with peaches, is very important because peaches are delicate and need the skin. So, she promptly ate the peach like an orange slice - around the skin. I told her that was fine. Whatever she does, DO NOT EAT THE SKIN OF THE PEACH. What did she do next? She ate the peel. She looked at me and said, "Mommy, did you see what I did?" After every bite, I gave her mock horror as she ate more and more of the peel. She ate it all, but instead of constant whining, the evening was filled with giggles.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Last Friday, it was Little Miss's last day of school. There was a little concert during which the kids recited the Pledge of Allegiance, did the sign of the cross, and sang some songs. After, there was a reception where snacks were provided and then the class went to a nearby park.
At the park, the kids mostly ran around like they have never seen wide open space or fresh air before in their lives. Lots of screaming and running and running and screaming. All of the parents were talking about getting the kids together over the summer, too. It was such a great, great class. Everyone got along so well, and many will be back in Little Miss's classroom next year which is also great.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
...shows that truth has as many shades of gray as an elephant in this emotionally taut survival story, set in war-torn South Vietnam. After American troops leave his village, Y’Tin, his family, and his neighbors are left to fend off their enemies themselves. But Y’Tin’s mind isn’t on war. It’s on his pet elephant, Lady, and his dreams of opening an elephant-training school. His hopes vanish when North Vietnamese soldiers devastate his small village (Y’Tin helps dig a mass grave at one point). Y’Tin manages to escape into the jungle with a friend, where he reunites with Lady, but separated from family and friends, his thoughts grow dark. As the days go by, he becomes angrier and less trusting, wondering “if he would ever feel safe again or if safety was gone from his life forever.”
Illustrating the wisdom of Y’Tin’s father’s words—“The jungle changes a man”—Kadohata delves deep into the soul of her protagonist while making a faraway place and the stark consequences of war seem very near. Y’Tin’s inner conflicts and changing perception of the world will haunt readers.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him.
Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
“Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.”
Monday, May 7, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
So, every morning, she has to put on her makeup with me - lip gloss, blush (which is really dabbing the brush in the blush and dotting her cheeks with practically empty brush) and powder. I rarely wear powder so I think it's funny she has to literally powder her nose before we leave for preschool. On the weekends or special occasions, I will put a little shimmer/glitter on her, but that's for parties or Halloween. It's true. They grow up so quickly.