Mar 21, 2008

Do You Love Picture Books?

You may not know this about me, but I LOVE books!
What?
You know that already?
Okay, well, did you know that Scholastic has a Storybook Treasures DVD series?
Press play for a sneak peak!


If you have a reluctant reader this is a great way to introduce them to some beautiful picture books.

INTERESTED?
You can WIN the Chrysanthemumm DVD from Seven Dogs and a Baby.
You know you want to.
Click here to enter and be sure to read and follow the contest rules.

Mar 19, 2008

Totally Awesome

I found something else I want for my UNbirthday.
Go on and make me one, you know you want to.

Mar 18, 2008

Presents

You did know it was my UNbirthday, didn't you? Yep, ALL MONTH LONG!


Guess what?
My first present showed up in the mail today!
(Besides the ones I bought myself.)

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White Tombs by Christopher Valen
And it is SIGNED!
How did I acquire this book, you may ask.
Anne Florenzano had a contest on her blog, Light, Motion and Magic
and I WON!
This is the third contest I won but the first book to show up. Stay tuned to find out what I think.

So today, my question for you is a completely self serving one.
Without being limited by money what would YOU buy me for my UNbirthday?
Have you seen a book you think I would like?
Or something else?
I can't wait to hear!

Mar 17, 2008

What Book Character Are You?

What Book Character Are You?


Jo (from Little Women)
Jo (from Little Women)
You care deeply for your family, who are pretty much your best friends. You are a bit of wild child, who doesn't always play by the rules. You don't care an atom about what other people think. You have a brilliant imagination and your life never has a dull moment.
How do you compare?
Take this test! | Tests from Testriffic

Mar 16, 2008

Sunday Reflections

I have forgotten how a leisurely Sunday with the kids can feel. It is interesting how the world feels different on Sunday (especially in Utah.) The world turns quiet and slow, and for me it isn't that different for most other days, but it sure does feel different. I have missed sharing this leisurely time with my girls and I didn't even know it.

I have started taking my children to church. I have mixed feeling about organized religion for ME right now, but I know that being raised in an organized religion was a very important part of my upbringing and I think is important for most children. So I am happy that I am doing it but it has taken some of the relaxation out of Sundays. Then when church is over I drive the girls over to their dad's. I haven't had a Sunday with them in at least two months. It is very nice.

We had a nice St. Patrick's Day dinner. Not corn beef like I was thinking about, but yummy and I dyed their milk green. After church there was a knock at the door and my neighbor's daughter was there with a mug full of candy and shamrocks and a few other goodies. I had told the neighbor that my family always made a big deal out of St. Patrick's Day and I know she took what I said to heart and tried to make it a special day for me and she succeeded. I got each of the girls a beautiful teddy bear at the thrift store with a green sweater on it that says Ireland. They were 50 cents each (you know how cheap I am!) but they came from a real Irish company and probably cost A LOT new. I was so happy to find them and my daughters love them.

I am very happy to be spending this extra time with them, but we will see how I feel in a few days.

The Sunday Salon.com

My husband and I share joint physical custody of our two daughters. We each get 3 and a half days. Though you would normally think this would be hard for two young children, they love going back and forth. At first I was reluctant to agree to equal time between us, but I thought that it is barely more time than your standard weekend visitation (the kind that I grew up doing.) It give me time to read and relax and put the house in order. They are both not in school yet and once my 4 year old goes to school (this September) the agreement will have to be rearranged.

I usually drop the girls off Sunday at noon, but this week my husband is going out of town. He lives with his current girlfriend who could take care of the girls during his designated visitation time, but it never made sense to me for him to have the girls if someone else was going to take care of them. So, of course I am spending a little extra time with my kids and little less time online and reading.

I did manage to start Saint Maybe, the new Anne Tyler book I got and I am really enjoying it. I have also been wading my way through Alice Munro's short story "The View from Castle Rock" and I have no idea how I feel about it. I don't know if I am struggling through it or if I just haven't picked the right opportunity to read it where I could really pay attention to it. Or it is possible it is one of those stories that sneaks up on you, that you aren't getting or aren't enjoying but then at the end it suddenly transforms itself into one of your favorite stories.
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