Saturday, July 31, 2021

A Few Book Reviews

It's been a few days since I have made a post or two! In an effort to get back into it, I thought I would start will sharing reviews of a few books I've read recently.  Buckle up, here we go!

I love, loved Kate, Ben and everything in this book! In the midst of all the political who-ha that was going on in 2020, this book was a welcomed respite.  Their banter was captivating and the strife to be civil palpable.  This book gave me all the feels - my heart raced and stopped, I cheered and teared.  I read it in one night staying up way to early in the morning and instead of going to sleep, I immediately wanted to start it over again!  The writing was witty and one hundred percent showed how it is possible to hold onto something you truly value while being open minded to meet in the middle.

If you are looking for a book that captivates your imagination and emotions, pick this one up today!
Thank you Net Galley for the ARC of this book!

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Truman is in Pre-K!

How in the heck did it happen?  Truman is in his last year of preschool and my mind cannot even start to wrap around it!  Even with the weird start to the year, this kid is looking forward to seeing friends and having fun at stations!
Truman's love of sharks and monster trucks has not wavered even a smidge and it makes my heart so happy!
How old are you?

What is your favorite color?

What is your favorite food? 
Pizza!  Cheese Pizza from MOD!

What is your favorite holiday?
Me: Really? I thought you would say Halloween.
TAC: I love Christmas because if you ask Santa for something he gets it for you and makes it!

What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?
Play Duplos and trains.

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy? 
Go to the store!
Benjamin: You certainly have been my HEB buddy this year!

What is your favorite thing to do with Winston? 
Sleep with him and sit by him because I likes to snuggle with him.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?
I loved going to Watercolor beach and the huge waterslide!

What are you most excited about this year in school?  
Playing and doing science and doing math.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
Ooooo! Not a monster truck driver.  Cause you can only do it one day.  I want to be a Dad. I just want to stay home every day and be a stay at home Dad!

What is your favorite movie?
That's a hard one. Star Wars!

What is your favorite toy or stuffed animal?
Soapie the Giraffe, Moo Moo the Zebra and trains!

Thursday, August 13, 2020

{kinda} Back to School!

When registration for school became available, Benjamin and I decided {after a chat with Winston} that he would attend in-school sessions.  I gotta tell ya, honestly I was torn. I truly have loved having my buddies at home with me and selfishly, I don't want routines to start back up. I know deep down though that the best thing is for them to see their friends, properly learn from folks who have a passion for teaching and Lulu and I could use a day of just the two of us in the house!

After choosing the in-person option, our district came back and stated that the first three weeks of instruction would be on-line regardless of which option chosen. There have been a few amendments and now they are doing a staggered start.  For one day, in a few weeks, Winston will be able physically be  in the school to find his class and experience what the day will look like with the safety modifications.

So here we are and it's time to go back to school. But we're not really going back to school so it just feels a little anti-climactic.  We did take our first day of school pictures, get up and dressed with a snack packed and a water bottle ready. He made the treacherous commute across the living room floor to my desk {his chosen spot for the day} and settled into the morning! 

After the first Zoom meeting and one activity he was ready to call it a day! 😂
Benjamin had the day off which was a help with keeping Truman occupied while we sorted out log-ins, SeeSaw activities and how to submit completed work.  As a special treat, and because we could!, we ate lunch at Uncle Julio's!

While the day didn't look like most previous first days of school, it was still a great start to a new season. I'm so thankful we have access to a school who has a solid infrastructure to support our teachers and students. I'm thankful for technology and the internets. I'm thankful for this extra time we are afforded to spend time together.

I'm thankful for this kid and how flexible he is. Winston has been such a trooper during this crazy time.  Sure he's had his moments of being sad and a little angry, but who hasn't?  He has remained positive and we've tried to have fun and make the best of all the things because really, let's hope this is a once in a lifetime thing! 😂
How old are you?

What is your favorite color?
Red, Blue and Green.

What is your favorite food?
Cheeseburgers and French fries from Whataburger and McDonald's.
Me: Whataburger and McDonald's?!
WAC: Well, the fries from Whataburger and the burgers from McDonald's!

What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas. Jingle bells, jingles bells, jingle all the way!

What is your favorite thing to do with Mom?
Be crazy with her. Run around the house screaming.
Me: Gives him a look.
WAC: giggles

What is your favorite thing to do with Daddy?
Build Legos with him.

What is your favorite thing to do with Truman?
Play Statues with him.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer?
Go to Watercolor so that we could visit the beach.

What are you most excited about this year in school?  
Seeing my teachers in person!  Dude, in three weeks I'm going to be in school and I'm going to stop by to see Mrs. Gaska, Mrs. Herbein and Ms. Willard!

What do you want to be when you grow up?
An archer. 
{Poses like he's shooting a bow and arrow.}

What is your favorite movie?
Good question. There's so many options! Gimme some options.
Me: You have all minion movies, Sonic, Trolls, 101 Dalmatians, Sword and the Stone....
WAC: I take Sonic!

What is your favorite toy or stuffed animal?
My favorite stuffed animal is Peep!

Here's to a fabulous year of Second Grade sweet Winston.  You are kind, comical and I love how you are confident in your own skin!  We love you to pieces!

Winston's Interviews

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lunch Time This or That

I'm a sucker for books.  All books. List books, notebooks, this or that books. Yes, the ones that ask you introspective questions that you have to fill out.  I think they're interesting. I came across this book, 3000 Pick One Questions, at Target and it made its way into my cart. A few days ago during lunch I started at the beginning and asked the buddies a few of the this or thats. I thought I would know most of their answers but a few caught me by surprise!

Dancing or Singing?
WAC: Singing
TAC: Dancing

Video games or board games?
WAC and TAC: Video games

Snow cones or popsicles?
WAC and TAC: Popsicles

Butterflies or dragon flies?
WAC: Butterflies because they're so beautiful.
TAC: Butterflies because it's so cool when they come out of their cocoons.

Build a snowman or a sandcastle?
WAC and TAC: Sandcastles!

Cake or Cookies?
WAC: Chocolate chip cookies.
TAC: Double doozies. Wait I like both!

Foot massage or back massage?
TAC: Back massages!
WAC: I actually like it when you massage my forehead

Popcorn or Golfish?
WAC: Golfish
TAC: I think popcorn with M&M's for me!

Angry Birds or Candy Crush?
WAC & TAC: Angry birds

Donuts or muffins?
WAC: Definitely donuts! And chicken minis..... I love those things!
TAC: Donuts!

Summer or Winter?
WAC: Summer. I think spending time with my family.
TAC: Winter! I like it when Santa comes down our chimney.

S'mores or Brownies?
WAC: Brownies
TAC: Both

Drums or guitar?
TAC: Drums
WAC: Guitar

Purple or green grapes?
TAC: Cotton candy green grapes!
WAC: Oh, that's green.

Jelly beans or gummy bears?
WAC: Rainbow mini gummy bears with chocolate
TAC: Gummy worms!

What are some ways that you get to know about your kiddos?

Thursday, June 4, 2020

May 2020 Book Review

Good golly!  When I tell you how many books I read in May please hold your judgement. 😂I promise I fed my family, kept the clothes clean, entertained and educated them too!  I discovered Kindle Unlimited.  It may be the reason why there have been many nights that I'm telling myself it's okay to close the Kindle because the book won't disappear over night and the characters will be there tomorrow.  

Twenty one.

Did you catch that? 😳😂
Twenty one books!  I read a lot of series: one set in Dallas around hockey players, one about Jane Austinites, two about a royal love stories.  
You can see the list in its entirety here

Here are a few of my uber favorites!

The Best Friend: An utterly gripping psychological thriller with a ...
I love a book that is full of twists and turns, one that keeps me on my toes while I'm reading.  I find myself speculating out loud and then feeling all the feels when I'm right or when I'm gobsmacked because I didn't see it coming!  The Best Friend is all of those things as it chronicles the unexpected friendship of Louisa and Darcy. The Heir and the Spare (0045079590106): Albright ...
The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright
I'm a sucker for a well written love story where a royal falls for a regular old citizen.  This book starts in Oxford and follows the story of Evie who is there to follow in her mother's footsteps and hopefully find out a little more about the history of her family.  A really cute story with a twist that is fresh!  A must read and one of my top 5 of the year!

Love You, Love You Not: The laugh-out-loud rom-com that's a 'hug ...
Love You, Love You Not by Jo Watson
I follow Shay's book recommendations each month and this was in her review for May.  Once I saw it was on Kindle Unlimited, it found its way thru the atmosphere and onto my device.  Love You, Love You Not follows Poppy, an out of work actress, as she lands a job as an Executive Assistant to very cute, very uptight Ryan, CEO of his family's business.  Poppy is grossly under-qualified for the job yet despite knowing he should, Ryan cannot bring himself to fire her.  This book is everything you want in a romcom: hilarious situations, quick banter, tension, resolution and a happy ending!


The Royal Treatment, The Royal Wedding, The Royal Delivery by Melanie Summers
In the Royal Treatment, Tessa, writer of the blog "The Royal Watchdog", gets invited to the palace so that Prince Arthur can convince the crowns biggest critic that his family is indeed necessary to the success of their country.  What starts out as two people at opposing ends of an issue ends in finding that they are better when they join together.  Their story continues through the next two books.  This entire series is lighthearted and again, quite funny!  If you enjoy a royal romance, these are for you! 

Evvie Drake Starts Over: A Novel: Holmes, Linda: 9780525619246 ...
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Months ago this book was all over social media as a must read book.  I added it to my library holds list and waited for weeks and weeks.  Then it became available and I consumed it in one evening {well, and into the wee hours of the morning!}! Let me tell you, I was not disappointed and it lived up to the hype!  I can see this on being in my Top 5 at the end of the year! Carnegie's Maid: A Novel (9781492646617): Benedict ...
Carnegie's Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict
A friend of mine posted this on one of her social media accounts during quarantine. Having roots in Pittsburgh and being familiar with the proper want to pronounce Carnegie as well has being a member of some of the museums that bear his name, I was in before I started reading.  This historical fiction novel follows the life of Clara Kelley as she embarks on a journey to America on her own. A case of mistaken identity leads to her becoming a ladies maid for one of prominent families in Pittsburgh. If you are a historical fiction fan, I recommend this one for you! 

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

What's Up Wednesday April 2020

April.  What a strangely beautiful and wildly weird month you were.  With COVID-19 closing down school buildings and businesses, we did our best to keep up with online learning and enjoy the breathing room this time has given us.  

Sunday, April 26, 2020

How to Draw Rowlet

These days it is rare for Winston to be seen without his Rowlet cuddled up with him. Rowlet is his favorite Pokemon character.  It's not uncommon to hear him say "Don't you think he's just so cute?!" 😂 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato Soup Pasta Bake

If you've been around here for any time, you know that I gravitate towards easy to make dinners.  When I came across this recipe for a grilled cheese and tomato soup inspired pasta bake I knew that it would be a winner in my home.  One: we love a cheesy grilled cheese sandwich and two: half of us love tomato soup {I'm looking at you Truman, my little soup buddy! 😂}

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What's Up Wednesday January 2020

With a new year comes a new start at documenting the things.  Last year I did gangbusters at the start and then we disappeared for a month and I never made the time for it, although I really do want to get down all of our fun fall time adventures.  For another day!  Today is about a recap of January so here we go!
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