Thursday, June 28, 2012

My top 10 books for the 1st half of the year.

Everyone is always asking me for suggestions on what they should read next. Here is a list of what I've read and what the kids have read. I'm also on goodreads if you want more suggestions!

My most favorite books so far this year.

The Book of Fires - In 1752, 17 year old Agnes finds her self pregnant and knowing the father is not a man she wants to be with decides to run away. She finds herself on the doorstep of Mr. J. Blacklock a pyrotechnic, who hires her as an assistant. An interesting story unfolds as she panics in trying to hide her secret which is showing more every day. 

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake - Every summer, Samuel Lake drops his wife and children off at his in-laws for a family reunion while he attends his conference to see where he will be sent to preach next. Only this time he has no church and no where to go except his in-laws home. Samuel's daughter Swan discovers an 8 year old neighbor boy that needs help and hides him from the family until his father comes looking for him. 

The Roots of the Olive Tree - spanning over multiple generations a story unfolds about what holds a family together and what can tear them apart. What is it that gives these women such long lives?

The Painted Bridge - Anna feels an immediate calling to the sea one day to help sailors after a terrible tragedy but when she returns home to her husband he is furious with her for taking off like that. He drops her off at an asylum in a hope that she will be cured of whatever it is that ails her. While there, Anna realizes that almost every story she's been told is fabricated, and she doesn't know who to trust in the end to help her escape the miserable place that she is trapped in.

Any Man of Mine - hockey, love, and a child conceived on a wild night in Vegas... What's not to love? For all my Grey loving friends, there are a few good sex scenes for you to think about..... 

My favorite children's books so far this year.

Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm - My kids love Judy Moody and her brother Stink! We always get a good laugh out of the silly things that happen to them. Judy has a lucky penny and is hoping that it helps her win the spelling bee in class 3T so she can go to Washington DC! Will her luck run out before the bee?

The Flint Heart - Out of all the children's books that I've read throughout my life I am amazed at how different this book is. The first 2 chapters were slow going but after that I was hooked. Whoever possesses the Flint Heart will be horrible to everyone around them. It's up to Charles and his sister Unity to dispose of the awful thing, but is it gone for good? Do the fairies have the solution to their problems?

Mr. Potter's Pet - When Mr. Potter's parents pass and he's left all alone he decides to adopt a mynah bird, named Everest. Everest causes all kinds of trouble while Mr. Potter finds another friend to help him care for the home his parent's left him.

Muncle Trogg - Muncle is a the smallest giant that lives at the top of Mount Grumble. Being small has it's perks and Muncle is about to find his first human.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - I've started reading the series to the kids this year since we had planned to visit. We are about to start book 4 at the end of the summer.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ballet Camp 6/18/12 - 6/22/12

I am so excited that Julianna asked to do dance camp this year! This is huge for her! I stayed in the hall the first day as she asked but was able to leave to run errands by day 2! She has grown up in so many ways. She will attend another dance camp in July!

Day 1 of Ballet Camp

Day 3 of Ballet Camp


I have no idea what Juli did to these 2 pictures... I can't figure out how to separate them now.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

K-9 Unit Demonstration with our home school group 6/15/12

Another awesome field trip! 
The Cherokee K-9 Police Unit put on a great demonstration. 

Some of the kids playing in the park with friends.

Little Pirate Mermaid at The Center for Puppetry Arts 6/13/12

Every performance is wonderful at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Julianna's favorite part is the make a puppet workshops. Jayden got to take a friend this time. Afterward we had lunch at the park followed by some swimming with friends.

Imagine It Children's Museum and Centennial Olympic Park 6/8/12

The new traveling exhibit is called The Big Adventure. 

After playing they got soaked in the fountains! So much fun, I don't remember ever playing in cool fountains as a kid! 

Julianna's first aqua therapy appointment 6/6/12

I'm so excited that Juli gets this opportunity! She loved her first session and looks forward to the next. The instructor was wonderful too! 

Juli loves card games! I cut a pool noodle to help her "hold" her cards better. It was a great way to end the day. 

Field trip to Canine Assistance 6/5/12

Our home school group got to tour the Canine Assistance Farm and meet Jennifer the founder. The kids got to see the dogs in training do some cool things. Like open doors and close drawers! They even got to play with puppies! I am so thankful that we found such a great homeschool group, they have us out on a field trip weekly! How cool is that?

Waiting for a dog to love!

The best hug I've ever seen a girl give a dog!

We bought a stuffed dog wearing a Canine Assistance vest after the tour. It now goes everywhere with us!

A day in Chattanooga 6/4/12

My kids always have such an awesome time at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, TN.
The traveling exhibit is currently Tinker Toys!

Juilanna's creation on wheels

Jayden always checks out the bee exhibit.

Checking to see if her creation will fly!

They have this awesome roof top play area. When you turn the wheel it plays music (bells).

They have a music area for each family of instruments for the kids to play with (except ones that go up to the mouth). The kids love the stage with real light and sound effects.

Juli cooking in the kitchen of the play ship.

Jayden would play in the water area all day if he could! 

Every parent needs a cage suspended in the air right?

A late lunch at Mellow Mushroom. Yum!

After lunch we headed over to the Chattanooga Zoo. It's small but the kids have fun there. The Peacocks get to do whatever they want! This one was outside of an enclosure walking. 

Amazing how big they can make themselves!


Jayden thought the Capybara was cool. It's the first time we've ever seen one!

This monkey was crazy! Banging on the glass and the roof of the enclosure. He was swinging around the whole time we were there!