Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn Reads

I'm in the mood for a autumn kind of book.  Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year and it seems like a practically perfect time to curl up reading a good book as the weather cools and the leaves change.  Something mysterious, dark, and full of feeling, something deep, with brooding characters and twisting plots.   Cool, crisp air, layered clothes, and stolen moments reading a book.

I thought these titles might be a few good choices to fit the mood of the season.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Such a good read, dark and mysterious, with rich characters and a twisting plot.  One of my favorites.

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowlings
I'm rereading the 5th book with Jakob and am reminded of how good they are.

Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
I have not read this one but it sounds like a perfect fall read.  Alcott's first novel, written when she was 17.  A tale set in a country manor, a secret inheritance, an italian orphan, love and courtesy, and depravity and dishonor.

The Cider House Rules by John Irving
Set in rural Maine, a helpful doctor, an orphaned boy, love, loss, and mistakes.  I haven't read this book either but it looks like an emotional story with interesting characters, perfect for a fall read.

Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This one is on my nightstand.  I've heard it is a lot like Anne of Green Gables, just a bit darker.  I'm curious to read it.  I was planning to read it to the kids this year but I tried it and it doesn't  it seems like good fit.  I'll read it on my own, I don't mind, not one bit.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Mortenson
I loved this mystery and I reviewed it, having read it earlier this year, I would definitely read it again.

Watership Down by Richard Adams
I absolutely loved this book.  Perfect for fall and as a read aloud to your older kids.  I reviewed this one earlier this year and was so surprised by how much I loved it!

Any fall reads that you love?  I would love to hear what books you enjoy to read this time of year!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The End of Summer

Just sharing a few end of summer photos from before school started.  

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Mama's Thoughts On Their First Day of School

Can I tell you how much I love these kiddos, how blessed I am to be their mother, to spend my days with them.  I'm thrilled for them as they start this new school year.  I cannot believe how time goes by and how they are growing, learning, changing, and developing.  My Karter is starting 1st grade and that photo of him sitting in class just did me in.  He is so grown up.  He just walked into his class with so much confidence, sitting down at his desk and visiting with those around him.  He is so ready for a full day of school, so excited for lunch at school.  He came upstairs this morning, before I had a chance to wake him, dressed in his new school clothes and ready for the day.  I will miss him at home with me during the day, oh, how I will miss my boy, but I'm so excited for all he will be experiencing while he is away.

Isabelle had all of her clothes laid out the night before and talked me through her plan for the next morning.  She had a hard time falling asleep, thinking about the first day of school.  Oh those night before nerves can keep you awake, but she got right out of bed and was ready to go, looking as cute as ever.  I'm loving her style, which is all about comfort and looking good.  She wanted us their with her as she walked into class (we ware always there on the first day, but she asked us numerous times, just to be sure) and was a bit shy, but she warmed right up as she got to work finding her desk, emptying her supplies, and tucking away her backpack and lunch.

My Jakob, 6th Grade, middle school.  Parents went in one door, students in the other.  Lockers, class schedules, band, choir, art, spanish, 300 in his 6th grade classs, combined tomorrow with 700 7th and 8th graders.  Quite a different world and he couldn't be happier.  He is growing up.  He is doing it so gracefully.  I watch him mature in his manners, in his social awareness, in his friendships, in his relationship with family, in such a lovely way.  He is confident, humble, inquisitive, helpful, and smart.  I appreciate his outlook on life and his ability to share and connect.  As I listened to the principal and took a tour of his school, I was overcome with confidence in my son.  Yes, it is scary, to send your baby off to middle school.  But this morning, as I walked through his school, I could see this boy of mine succeeding, experiencing his life, learning and growing.  Facing challenges and making good choices.  Being an example for others, helping and serving, learning new things and striving to process and connect.  I cannot wait to see all that these next few years have in store for him.  He will shine, I can feel it.   

What an adventure for my school age babes.  I cannot wait to see what this coming year has in store.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Weekly Art With Kids | Stick Boats

Another fun activity, another craft that I mostly did on my own.  It was the same scenario as the tin lanterns, littles couldn't really do it, my oldest not too interested.  These were super fun, super cute, actually floated (in the tub), and I think will make a cute decoration.  

We collected the sticks and chose the paper together.  Then I got started cutting the sticks down to size and tying them together with hemp cord.  It was tricky, far from perfect, but it turned out cute. The photo inspiration was found here.


Summer Crafts 2014
Tin Can Lanterns
Kool-Aid Play Dough
Watercolor & Crayon Pond Art
Garden Tic-Tac-Toe
Mini Books
Stick Boats
Mini Art Garland
Bubble Wands  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Our Last Beach Trip



Our last trip to the beach this summer.  We spent a couple days with family exploring and relaxing, escaping the sun and heat of Portland.  We enjoyed good food, sun, and sand.  We rode dirt bikes with the kids and even I attempted my first solo ride.  Steve had to call everyone out to watch me, no pressure.  We will miss you Oregon Coast, until next summer.