Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Home is

Where ever I am with you
Home is
We are trading the ocean for lakes
In-in-Out for Chik-fil-A
Liberal politics for the Bible Belt
Where we will be the ones with a funny accent
But still be surrounded by Family.

Here’s to a new adventure!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Growing up Clark // nine month edit

I had my first shell-shock experience of fumbling for Clark’s age when asked recently. 9 months is so old and it happened entirely too fast. 
Growing up Clark // nine month edit
Weight: 20 pounds, guesstimate
Height: 29.5 inches, guesstimate

We go to Clark’s 9 month appountment next week so these stats will be updated.
Growing up Clark // nine month edit
Bless my soul the poor babe cut not 1, not 2, not 3 but f-o-u-r teeth this month. No wonder no sleep was had around here. I feel like not much can surprise me as a mom of three but I truly didn't see this one coming.

Pulling up and standing are old hat now but it sure puts a huge smile of pride upon Clark’s face. He’s also been doing a lot of downward dog which is entertaining to watch.
Growing up Clark // nine month edit
The most marked growth this month has been feet. Clark is wearing size 3 shoes (which for reference, Brielana wore that size upwards of a year while walking.)

I feel the first hair cut is looming. A thatch of bang hair is starting to get a little too unruly for my liking. 
Growing up Clark // nine month edit

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Monday, June 4, 2018

The {May} Book Report

With all the end of the school year activities going on around here reading has slowed down a touch but here are the three books I enjoyed this month (and only a few days late!)  Affiliate links used. A small commission may be received if you purchase an item through my links with no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog!

Jurassic Park by Micheal Crichton
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Goodreads Synopsis:
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price. Until something goes wrong. . . .

Thoughts:
Another long-awaited read! I loved this book. It was so much more detailed than the movie and all that extra information really intrigued me. It was very different from the movie adaptation and I appreciated NOT knowing where it was going. I definitely need to read Lost World as it is surely different than the movie and I want to know how!

Stars:
5 out of 5

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling
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Goodreads Synopsis:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Thoughts:
It took me way too long to pick up this book! I have been a Potter fan since 9th grade but the way this installment is written (like a play script) is what put me off. Turns out it didnt bother me AT ALL once I started reading! It was just as entertaining and dramatic as to be expected from this franchise. I really want to see the play now!

Stars:
5 out of 5

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At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen
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Goodreads Synopsis:
After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. 

To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. 

Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. 

The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love. 

Thoughts:
I had HIGH hopes for this book but it just did not deliver like Water for Elephants and Ape House.  It was written in first person which I usually enjoy but this just felt like a story written by a teen, not a great author like Gruen. This is not a war story though its set during WWII and it's not a mystical creature story though the Loch Ness monster is mentioned and it's not a ghost story though there are ghosts in it; its just a sloppy mess.

Stars: 
3 out of 5

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Book counter: 22 out of 30

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Farewell, First Grade

Farewell, First Grade
Kinsey has her last day of First Grade tomorrow and it feels like just yesterday I posted about her first week

Kinsey rocked her year! I may be biased but that is not an exaggeration. When you come home with a Student of the Week certificate your first week, it's bound to set the tone for the whole year.
Farewell, First Grade
Her reading has continued to improve (she actually enjoys it now! Thank Heavens) Her spelling and vocabulary are excellent. But her math skills? Freaking genius.  She has continually tested above average in the statewide CPAPs.

She made new friends and had a good bunch rollover from Kinder. She adored her teacher (and so did I) and even though I didn't get to help in the classroom as much as I would have liked (it was a baby year, after all) I know she blossomed and thrived. 
Farewell, First Grade
Let's not even get into how much she's grown up (sob)

Cheers to First Grade! Onward & upward! 

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