Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book #13

Moving right along - I have read book #13 for my "50 Book over a Year Challenge"

The book I read this time was "The Night Circus"

This book was in the category: "A  Book With Magic"

This was a great book.  Different - don't get me wrong - but great.  It was set in the late 1800's early 1900s.  It is about two young people - a man and a woman - who have magic abilities.  The girl's father and "The man in the gray suit" enter these two into a challenge.  These are bound to the challenge as children and never told about the other person.  The winner gets to live.

What they develop is the Night Circus.  Each piece of the circus, and all the people that are a part of it are a part of the challenge.  And eventually, they figure out who their challenger is, meet, fall in love......

The story is lovely.  It bounces all over the place over the course of 30 years so you have to be paying attention.  The other characters are developed almost as much as the two challengers, which I really liked.

I recommend it.  And I give it 4 1/2 stars.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Arlington's first Middle School Musical

Arlington was in the musical at her middle school this past weekend.  She was a "child" in the show "The Pied Piper".  The show was written by her musical director (which was extremely impressive) and the kids did a great job.  The show was really cute and Arlington had a great time.

Here are some pictures:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First Ski Lesson

I am a bit out of order - I am trying to figure out what I have not posted since February vacation.

Arlington wanted to try skiing, so we got her an all day lesson at the beginning of March.  She had a great time.  I think it was harder than she expected, but she is hoping to try it again next season and get a little better.

Mat went with her for the day, so he was able to take just a few pictures with his phone.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Pinewood Derby

Cainan's pinewood derby was last weekend.  He came in 3rd place with his car and got a trophy.  He was pretty excited!  He and Mat made the little car and worked on it together.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Catch Up

Wow - it has been too long since I blogged!  I have a few pictures from our winter break back in February.  Mat accidentally left our camera in PA, so we just got it back this weekend when family came to visit.

So here are a few pictures from the end of that trip.  I had posted the ones I took earlier that week, but we went to Mat's mom's house.  We had a great time catching up with Mat's sister, Teen and her family (who just moved to PA).

Enjoy the photos.

We took the kids to my late Gram's house to pick up the final things I inherited.  It was snowing so hard that day.
 A picture of my Gram's house.  This is the last time I will ever visit.  Very sad day.
 Finley, and my niece and nephew playing at my Mother in law's house
 Arlington was a good babysitter.  

 Teen and Reese doing some baking:
 My in-law's house.  They are getting ready to move so I wanted a photo of the house.  This is the only house I have ever known them in for the last 25 years.  Another bitter sweet moment

Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review #12

Since we are still buried under 7 feet of snow (but at least the sun is shining!) the reading marathon continues.

I just finished "The Kite Runner"

It was under my book challenge category : "mystery"

This was a great book.  I really did enjoy it.  The story is of a wealthy boy in Kabul, Afghanistan and a servant boy at his home who become friends.  The wealthy boy pines for his father's affection (his mother died giving birth to him) but he never fully gets it (or his dad's approval).  The boys are each other's playmates until they are about 10 when something terrible happens to the servant boy.  The wealthy boy witnessed it, but ran instead of helped.  And the wealthy boy never saw the servant boy again.

The wealthy boy moves to America with his father when the Taliban takes over Kabul and there he finds college, a wife, and a new life.  Until one day, he gets a call from an old family friend asking him to return to Kabul because he has to see him.  And this is where I will end my review because I do not want to give away what happens when he returns.

It really was a great story.  I found myself gripping the book tightly in the end.  I wondered what had happened to the servant boy and if the wealthy boy would ever see him again.

I encourage you to read this book.  There is even a movie that goes along with it!

Rating - 4 1/2 stars

Friday, February 27, 2015

Book Review #11

I haven't read a whole book for awhile.  We were so busy over vacation that I didn't have a chance to read like I thought I would.

BUT - I finally finished book number 11 on my list.

This book was called Creed.

It was on my category:  "Book that Scares You"

I don't read many scary books, so I reached out to my friends to see what they recommended.  I got a huge list of books to pick from (and added quite a few to my reading list for after the challenge) but decided to go with Creed.  It sounded creepy, and - I admit - it was a bit shorter than a lot of the others.

The story was of three teenagers who were on their way to a concert in NYC and ran out of gas.  They come across a creepy town to get gas and find no one available in the town.  Everything goes downhill after that - crazy people, blood, know - your typical scary story. really wasn't.  I wanted to like it.  I kept waiting for it to get "I need to put this book in the freezer" scary, but it never did.  It was actually kind of dumb.  I found myself rolling my eyes several times at the silliness of it all.  I was disappointed because I was looking forward to reading it.  It did sound good.

Ah well.  It happens.  Was it creepy?  Sure.  But not in the way I was expecting.  It was more crazy than creepy.

I give it 2 1/2 stars.  And that is probably being generous.