-I've been sick and in bed....I'm so sick of being sick. it seems that just when I start to feel better a few days later I'm sick again.
-there have been lots of sleepless nights...our little princess has decided to boycott sleep...I know! who boycotts sleep?!?!
-our little guy has been teething for what feels like months and yet still no molars. but don't be dismayed that does not stop him from eating anything that is placed in front of him.
-family life has been a big jumble as of late as we try out new dinner and bedtime routines to make life flow a bit easier...earlier bedtimes for the kiddos + early bedtime for me = more sleep= a win, win
-the turn of the new year is my busy season...it's always better to be drowning in work than bored with none.
-a new year is a clean slate. I'm using this month to figure out what worked in 2014 and what didn't. I'm brainstorming, planning, experimenting---I want to make the best of this year...this year I want to move mountains both in personal and professional life.
-I've been on a cooking high as of late...trying new recipes and experimenting with new ingredients.
-the "Endless love" and Taylor Swifts "1989" have been on repeat on my ipod....to say I'm obsessed is a bit understated.
-I've been addicted to audio books, so much so, I've got Shane addicted to them too...it's been great...instead of listening to the radio on the way to school we listen to our audio book.
-we've been making a big effort to have a lot more family time and it's been great. the other night over dinner the husband came up with an idea to have theme dinners...it's going to be fun.
-I feel is it's very important for Shane to know how to cook. he took over the cooking a couple times while I was sick in bed. and let me tell you it was pretty good. so, I've decided that Friday night is Shane's night to cook. he gets to plan it all out...this should be interesting.
with kids every day is a memory. it can be a good memory or a bad memory, regardless its origin every day is memory.
schedules, routines, the busyness of the life can make the days run into each other and cause us to forget the special or minute moments of the day. and it is in those smallest of moments which hold the most precious of memories. it is those moments of which I do not want to forget.
I want to remember...
...the morning that Reagan buried Sawyer is mound of toys and he smiled in glee.
...the endless typing of the Shane's typewriter.
...the other night when I just cradled Reagan in my arms because she just needed to feel loved.
...the simplicity and excitement of dinner picnics on the living room floor.
...how time just seems to pause when we're all outside playing and having fun.
...the sound of laughter when one crazy kid is chasing another in the hallway.
...how excited Sawyer gets when I tell him it's time for oils.
...how Reagan will do almost anything for a gummy bear and then take hours to eat the said gummy bear.
...the type written notes that Shane leaves on my desk asking if he can watch a movie in his room.
...how on New Year's Ever we all squeezed into the car, covered in blankets to drive around and see the Christmas lights.
...how on a bad day we dropped everything and went get some much needed froyo.
- The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais :: I had high hopes for the this book. I anxiously read this book in anticipation of the upcoming movie--the movie previews had me hooked and dying to see it. The writing was at times weak, and very slow. In the midst of the book, I wanted to shut it and throw it in the donate box; however the fact that it was an e-book all I could do was delete it. So delete I did.
-The Rosie Projectby Graeme Simsion :: While this book was well-written I just feel it lacked substance. There was nothing about this book that engaged me. In fact, the only reason I read it so fast was so that I could start my next book.
Three Wishesby Liane Moriaty :: Last year I quickly became a Liane Moriaty fan when I read What Alice Forgot followed by The Husband's Secret. So, I was a little let down when I read this book. It was well-written with a decent cast of characters but I guess it just didn't have that edge and that you-can't-put-it-down feeling like her other two books I read.
What were some of your not so favorite books of last year?
In January, I set a goal for myself to read 35 books by the end of the year and I made it...barely.
My top five:
-Cold Tangerinesby Shauna Niequist :: I love this book for so many reasons, first and foremost, her honest, from the heart, words. when she writes, she opens her heart and invites you in. she bares her soul and in doing so, you see her humanity. this book is an easy read, with short chapters; perfect for a busy mommy with only minutes to spare.
-The Best of Me of Nicholas Sparks :: I admit it, I'm a sucker for Nicholas Sparks books When I have hankering for a good love story I know he will never disappointment. while most consider a good love story with the happy couple living happily ever after; that's not always the case. and that's exactly one of the things I enjoy about Sparks novels....there is not always a happy ending...such is a case with this novel. young love, unfortunate life circumstances, family drama, and missed opportunities are what define this tragic love story. this is my second time with this book it was that good. and just in case you're wondering the movie stays pretty close to the book, so give it watch, after you the read the book of course.
-The Giverby Lois Lowry :: I am know for watching the movie and then reading the book after...such is the case with this book. I had actually never heard of the book until I watched the movie. and to be honest, the movie was not on my must see list...it was actually on my "wait till it comes out on dvd" list; however this movie and subsequently the book were great. normally I am not a fan of futuristic novels, but Lowry has a way with words. she draws you in and compels you to want more. the whole series is amazing and you have to read them all to fully appreciate it.
-The Secret Keeperby Kate Morton :: I've heard great things about Kate Morton for awhile and I was anxious to read one of her novels. I love, love, love this book. I have to admit about half way through I was hating it--hating where the story was going, hating a couple of the main characters. I hated it so much I considered not finishing it; but I was so irritated by one of the characters that I was wanted to see her demise, plus I wanted to find out the secret. without giving too much I will just say this; I ended the book with a smile on my face. this book is a definite must read!
-Austenlandby Shannon Hale :: Every Jane Austen fan must read this book. The main character is relatable and sweet. After reading this book I wanted to visit "Austenland"! How fun would it be to dress up and live as Jane Austen did! This is a fun, easy read I wholeheartedly recommend. one last note, while I love, love, love the book and I did enjoy the movie, please read the book first. the movie does not give the book justice. in fact, while I did like the movie, I feel it made a mockery of the book.