Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is EXTREMELY well written. So many brilliant things about it - especially the subtlety in description and in bringing forth important information. I love when authors use objects/characters/events to not only strengthen a character, but also to move the story along. I can't say enough about it!! It is a very long book (with tiny writing!), though, so make sure you have the time to totally get into it. I listened to parts of the audiobook (on a long road trip) and it's also fantastic - the reader is amazing!!
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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you have children, you should definitely read this! The science is fascinating as are the conclusions the authors draw. Highly recommend!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Remember those flashback photos I posted?? Well...this is now sitting on my shelf and I LOVE it!! You can rotate the blocks to change up the pictures! I did NOT make this myself (though I know how to do it with Mod Podge). I found a company that prints photos directly to wood - it's called Photobarn. I absolutely love their product! It looks amazing and is very durable (they seal the wood after they print it). Seeing these photos of our parents and grandparents just make me happy :)
This little boy is growing up...but luckily he still has time to be Bobba Fet (or however you spell it!). I really can't believe how big he is!
It was a really beautiful (read: stifling and hot!!) day and Parker was SO SO SO excited for his special graduation.
Look at that face!
His turn for a diploma (did you notice how all the other kids hats are decorated, but Parker's is black? Yeah...apparently REAL graduation hats are black and decorating it would be "for a baby". So we glued on black felt.)
With Miss Karen and Miss Pat - he loves them so much and I know he'll really miss them next year!
Monday, June 18, 2012
This year is our "family birthday" year, so no parties, but Landon did invite a few families over to have share his birthday doughnuts!
As a family, we went to a local ziplining place the day before and had his favorite meals all day long. He also got some sweet legos. Love this boy!
Parker signed up for a play class at the end of the school year - he really loved acting! Here are some pictures from his last class:
Rhys loves riding around in this power wheel with Landon (yep, that's right, I bought my kids a power wheel from a garage sale....we wanted one of these SO bad when we were growing up!)
We've been getting produce from our garden (mostly lettuce and radishes) for awhile and I'm seeing little tomatoes and cucumbers starting to grow!
Pictures from Landon's Mother's Day program. So sweet!
I call Rhys my monkey - everytime I say it, he goes "ooh! ooh!". So cute :)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I finished a project awhile ago with some old family photo's. I figured I had to post them here for my family to see!
Me and Brandon:
Mom and Dad:
These next ones are pictures that Granny sent to me - pictures of their family growing up, of Granny's family and of the old farmhouse in Raymond. I have to say, Granny and I figured out how to have her put those files directly in a folder on my computer. We were very proud of ourselves :).
Women's Conference was a blast! It was the first time I'd been able to go and I definitely want to do it again at some point. I pretty much have the best husband ever - he sent me off for the weekend without any hesitation and the kids were raving about how much fun they had with him while I was gone. It was such a rejuvenating trip - thanks Scott!
Bombay House in Provo....yuuuummmmm