Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
"Don't pull her ear."
"Okay, thank you."
"Okay, you don't need to kiss her."
Food break. The one moment of bliss. I had baked blueberry scones.
"Please stay in your chair."
"That's nice, but we are done."
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This is a very telling photo. During E's naps, I try to get Butters to be crafty and work on his fine motor skills (bare with me). It's our time to do something special together, so we try new things and I always lean towards crafts-painting and coloring and hoping he'll learn in the process.
It takes longer to clean it up than the time he spends doing the craft, and I usually end up, let's just say- slightly edgy. Here is paint mixed with corn starch on cardboard, he ended up pouring it out, he liked mixing it and making colors. After 5 minutes, he decided to turn a book into a car and pretend to fix it.
This is glue and paint on foil. It lasted longer, we painted with our friend. But it quickly became finger paint which puts me on edge, "don't touch anything but the paper!" I stayed cool, I let him have fun, we ended up painting, drum roll, a CAR.
I have to face the facts, he does not want to be painter.
Friday, March 27, 2009
These need to be added:
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston (best love story ever)
Monkey Wrench Gang by Abbey
The Jungle by Sinclair
Wuthering Heights by Bronte
House of Spirits by Isabella Allende
All the Barbara Kingsolver Books
That's all I can think of for now, feel free to comment with your favorite books. Anything to get us reading!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I read every night, around a book a week. For every 3 trashy fiction books I read one non-fiction. Lately, I read mostly female authors. I'm prejudice.
The Big Read (http://www.neabigread.org/) said that, on average, adults have only read six books on this list. So ... copy this list, remove my yeses and nos. Don't forget to include a total.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen - Yes, every year.
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien – Yes
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte - YES
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling – YES
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - YES
6 The Bible – Parts.
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte - YES
8 1984 - George Orwell - YES
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman -
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens - Yes
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott - No, I need to!
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy – YES
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller – On my To Read list.
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – (Only what I had to read in high school)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier - Yes
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - Yes
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks -
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger - YES
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger -
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot-
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell -
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald - YES
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens-
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy -
25 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams - YES
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh -
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky -
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll -
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame -
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy - YES
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens - Yes
33 The Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis -
34 Emma - Jane Austen - YES
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen - YES
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - YES
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini -
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres-
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - Yes
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne –
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell -YES
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown - Yes
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving - Yes
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins -
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery -
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy -
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - YES
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding - YES
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan - No but I'm reading "Saturday"
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel - Yes
52 Dune - Frank Herbert-
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons -
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen - YES
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth -
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon -
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens - Yes
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - YES
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon - Yes
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez -
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck – Yes
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov -
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt -
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold – I think
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas -
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac - Yes
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy -
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding -
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie -
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville -
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens - Yes
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker -
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett -
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson -
75 Ulysses - James Joyce -
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath - Yes
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome -
78 Germinal - Emile Zola -
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray -
80 Possession - AS Byatt-
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens -Yes
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell -
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker -YES
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro -
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert - Yes
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry -
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White - YES
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom -
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton –
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad -
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupe –
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks -
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams -
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole -
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute -
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas -
98 Hamlet – Shakespeare – YES
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl - Yes
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo - Yes, every word!
42%, not bad.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I also bribed the kids with cupcakes from Cupcake Royale, we sacrificed naps and a lemonade fell to the floor at a fancy restaurant and I was grumpy after driving in traffic at 4 pm. But, it's good to be pushed out of your comfort level to discover new things, see how much your kids can tolerate (a glass store with 2 kids and no leashes!) and have fun in the process. Besides, we love having friends sleep over! Have a great weekend.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
These pics are ones Daddy took, making Baby E laugh. They aren't the most becoming photos of her, but they sure make me smile. The year between age one and two is truly magical. She's such a hoot!