Wednesday, January 15, 2020

What I'm Reading (likely) this year for the Challenges.

  So once again I'm joining in on the Modern Mrs Darcy reading challenge; and here are my initial thoughts about what to read for the different categories.

  1. A book published the decade you were born:  A Summer to Die or A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  2. A debut novel: Eleanor and Park
  3. A book recommended by a source you trust: Circle the Sun
  4. A book by a local author: Bossypants by Tina Fey
  5. A book outside your genre comfort zone: The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire 2)
  6. A book in translation: A Man Named Ove or Pachinko
  7. A book nominated for an award in 2020: ??
  8. A reread: ??
  9. A classic you didn't read in school: East of Eden or Call of the Wild
  10. Three books by the same author: L.M Montgomery or G.Heyer likely.
   Am also focusing on reading down my shelves this year and so have started following Whitney of The Unread Shelf and will be letting her challenge categories helping me choose among my TBR list throughout the year.

  Starting off the year by reading A Gentleman in Moscow which has been on my TBR list for over a year

Friday, January 10, 2020

7 Quick Takes #285 ~ Caitlin is 7!

  1. Happy New Year! Earlier this week Caitlin marked her personal new year and turned 7. We celebrated as a family with cupcakes and presents. This weekend she will celebrate with friends at at a local gym with some gymnastics and maze exploring, choosing a Vampirina theme for the balloons and tableware.  
  2. Caitlin at 7 is a unicorn loving, artist; who loves drawing & coloring, and playing with magni-tiles, and kinetic sand.  Very fond of her scooter to explore neighborhood, is contemplating learning to ride her bike without training wheels this spring.  However Skye and her light-up seahorse are still essential at bedtime.
  3. Favorite shows include Spirit Riding Free, Vampirina, Molly from Denali, and when watching with Liam, Pokemon.  Max and Ruby, Elena of Avalor, and Sophia the First still make the cut. 
  4. She is enjoying school; doing well in all her subjects. Building her reading skills with sight words and learning phonetics.  Often now reading before bedtime involves her reading a book to me before I read to her.  
  5. Favorite foods include lasagna, Shepherd's Pie, and pizza. Mostly she like cookies and milk. 
  6. She is really enjoying her beginner ballet/tap class, and looking forward to her recital in June; and swimming again next summer.  
  7. Picture time:

Please head over to Kelly's for more 7QTs.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

2019 in 12 photos

Linking up with Bobbi of Revolution of Love and sharing a photo review of the year!

In January she turned 6!

In March Elisabeth performed with the Children's Choir

In April the blossoms filled our lawn!

In May Liam received his First Holy Communion!
In June I had the amazing opportunity to visit Ireland with my sister ;

and then visited England as her book assistant.

In July we visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

In August as part of a cruise we revisited Prince Edwards Island; 

allowing me to see Montgomery's inspiration for Green Gables.

A rock climbing party for our new 9 year old.

Hayriding and apple picking in the fall.

Everyone did an amazing job in the Christmas Tableau!