Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Oh Kansas City!

Last month we were able to head back to Kansas City for a couple of days to spend my 32nd with my wonderful family. We had some much needed family time and were able to get out a do quite a bit for only being there a couple of days.

Of everything though, the thing that Matthew remembers the most are his cousins - he LOVES his cousins.

While that is what Matthew still talks about, we were able to capture a few of Matthew's "firsts" that happened while we were there.

First archaeological dig. (He discovered lots of dinosaur bones!)

 First time in the conductor seat of a train, which he insisted was Thomas.

And my personal favorite - hitting his first golf ball. It is only right that this happened in my parents back yard with our family golf expert, my dad.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cuddle like a Duckling!

Goodnight, My Duckling
Goodnight, My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Our most recent obsession. We checked this book out from the library a couple of weeks ago and basically have it memorized now. A mommy duck and her ducklings are going home at night to go to sleep. One little duckling starts to fall behind because he/she is looking around and checking things out. Eventually, the little duckling is lost and sad. A nice turtle (that is lurking behind the entire time - a little stalkerish) offers to help and takes the baby duckling to his/her mom. At the end all of the ducklings are cuddled up sleeping happily with their mommy duck.

Matthew loves it because of the cuddling at the end of the story. We have to cuddle when we read it and at the end he always turns to me and says "You're a duckling mommy" and "we are cuddling in a nest." It has started to creep into the rest of the day as well. We were at a doctor's appointment last week and he was not happy being there so he turned to me and said "cuddle like a duckling mommy." Well, who is going to say no to that!!

I am more than happy to keep reading the book to him and be a duckling so that I can get some more cuddles in :)

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day

I haven't always been a big fan of Valentine's day, but I have to say this one was pretty perfect. We just hung around the house together - it is the little things in life that make it great! We baked a valentine's day cake together (it was pink of course) because of course you have to have something sweet to eat. Matthew really got into the day and is still saying "Happy Valentine's Day (insert Mommy, Daddy or one of his toys)" and giving us a hug.

Love these two guys with all of my heart. What did you do for V-day???

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book #4

Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not at all what I expected! I had seen this book on both the best seller list as well as the reading list of several of my friends, so when I saw it at the library I decided to check it out. The description of the book mentions a woman whose ex-husband's daughter is in the same class as her daughter (at least that is the part that stuck out to me), so I wasn't sure that this was going to be a book for me.

Wow, was I wrong. The book intertwines four women and their lives as their children go to kindergarten. It all surrounds a mystery and an incident that takes place at a school fundraiser (trying not to give anything away). Each chapter gets your closer to the event and gives you a little more insight to the full picture. It is clever and a quick read. I gave this four out of five stars and would recommend reading.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Book #3

Continuing strong with my new years reading resolution. For my third book, I read Lisette's List by Susan Vreeland.

The book was set during WWII in southern France. I picked the book up because I knew that it had something to do with art. Other than that, I was going in blind and was a little unsure if I was going to like it. Well, I loved it. There was great character development and I was left wanting to know more about the art from the painters that she discusses in the novel - a mark of a good book. Would definitely recommend this book - I gave it 4 stars on Good Reads.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Books #1 and #2

I have a lot going on this year, and am not sure what all is in store for me, but I do know three things:

1) I am going to enjoy watching Matthew continue to grow and learn
2) I am going to knit 
3) I am going to read

How much of 2 and 3 I will be able to do this year is left to be seen, but I start this year with hope that I will be able to continue both fairly regularly. With that in mind, I have set a goal of reading at least 50 books this year. If I start classes later this year, I am allowing myself to count books that I have to read for class :) With two books down and one half way read, I have started off strong.

Book #1: The History of England: By a partial prejudiced, and ignorant Historian (Note: There will be very few Dates in this History) by Jane Austen

I thought that it was only right to start the year off with Jane Austen. Since I have read all six of her novels more than once - I decided to read something that I hadn't actually read before. Austen was in her teens when she wrote it and is rather different than her novels. It is short and a very quick read - and if you have any knowledge of English history, really witty. It is fun to see lines from this early writing show up again in her novels later or in movie adaptations of her novels. I found my copy in a Half-Priced Books store several years ago, but never actually got around to reading it all the way through until now. My copy has facsimiles of the original text, so not only can you read it, but you can read it in Austen's handwriting! You can see where she crossed things out, changed her words and had ink blots, the best way to read it. Obviously giving this book 5 stars!!

Book #2: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith 

Why not keep the Jane Austen theme going with yet another book that if not written by her at least uses her work. I have picked this book up several times to read, but never got around to reading it all the way through. So, in addition to finally reading her own work, I decided to finally finish this one. I will admit, I was really looking forward to reading it - it seemed funny and unique. I was happy with it for probably the first quarter, then it became too much. Eventually the story line lead to Elizabeth and Darcy being rather different people - ruthless and violent which made the reading less enjoyable. There were also some plot changes that I wasn't all together happy with. On Good Reads I gave this one 2 stars. I am interested though if you have a different take. If you have read it, do you agree? or did you see it differently? If you haven't, you should and then let me know what you think. It was still entertaining, just not as good as I was hoping.

Do you have a reading goal for the year?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Knitting Tools

I have the best family! For Christmas this year, among other things, I got some awesome new knitting items.

New yarn.
This is Bernat Truffles yarn which has been discontinued. It is a novelty yarn and I haven't knitted with anything like it yet and I am excited to see what I can make. If you have made anything with yarn like this please let me know what patterns you would recommend.

The newest Jane Austen Knits magazine (does anyone know if they have a subscription? I can't find any information on it)

And my very own yarn bowl!!

This beautiful bowl is from Uncommon Goods. This is the "Makes Waves Yarn Bowl," but there are a ton of other beautiful ones available as well. I have already been putting this to great use!

Did you get any knitting gifts this year?