too many thoughts

I feel like I’ve been gone from blogging for so long and now I don’t know where to start back up.

It has been a nice, unintentional, break. And now I’d like to get back into a routine.

A few things I’ve been up to this past month:

1. I watched Emily’s (from JDC) online blog class. I took a lot of notes and have a lot of ideas and now I need to sit down, watch it again, and get my ideas down on paper.

2. In April, we celebrated my birthday and Miss Emily’s. My baby is now FIVE!! what?!

Emily Birthday

3. Swim lessons have ended and baseball practices have begun.

4. I got an iphone. Huge since, you know, I didn’t even have a cell phone a month and a half ago. This definitely deserves it’s own post. So many thoughts.

5. I’ve read a few (a very very very sad few) books. See #4.

6. We attended Kindergarten Round up for the baby girl. She is ridiculously excited. I am happy that she is and sad because I will MISS her!

7. I went on a field trip with Alex and Ben.

alex's field trip8. I finished a busyman triathlon. I never thought I would be able to say I did a triathlon in any form. It turns out swimming is hard but not impossible for me to do.

9. We got a new couch. It is beautiful.

10. We spent 5 mostly relaxing days in Michigan (a lot of time at the beach–my happy place) for my grandma’s memorial.

grandma's memorialAnd April has now come and gone for another year.  Most of the tulips that I see around town have lost their petals.  And summer is right around the corner.  My kids will be out of school in 3 weeks.  Ready or not 🙂

What were you up to in April?

My Reads::March 2015

march 20153 great books, 3 ok books.  I love when I come across a book that I love and when that happens three times in one month.  Well, who could ask for more?

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple….this book has popped up all over the place and I finally got a chance to read it.  And it was not a disappointment.  If you like books written in journal/letter form, you’ll love this one.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall…the story was told by a young girl and reminded me a bit of Scout from that one famous book.  Great story and I really enjoyed it.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt…this is the 2nd book by this author that I’ve read and I gave them both 5 stars.  I’m not reading another book of his.  Sometimes you just find an author that you love.  And I think I have.

Summer Island by Kristin Hannah, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith…not bad stories, but just ok for me.

Most Favorite:  The Wednesday Wars (tough call, though!)

Least Favorite:  The Cuckoo’s Calling (sorry j.k. rowling!)

What did you read in March?  Any new favorite authors that you’d like to share?

 

Today…

1.  Today I get to take two boys to school.

2.  Today I get to go exercise at a class led by a good friend.

3.  Today I get to put away three baskets of folded laundry.

4.  Today I get to pick up two boys from school.

5.  Today I get to take two kids to swimming lessons.

6.  Today I get to go celebrate at DQ in honor of Ben finishing another year of scouting.

7.  Today I get to turn another year older.

8.  Today I get to realize that my life is full and overflowing.

Lunch For the People By the People

I decided to let the kids choose their lunch today in a very democratic style.  I wouldn’t vote them down and they each could have two picks.  This could have been a lot of chex mix and donuts, but instead, I was pleasantly surprised with what came home with us.

003And so that’s what we had for lunch today.  Maybe this will become another spring break tradition.  It is a lot less painful for all than swimsuits in the snow.  (and for anyone out of town that cares…the snow is all gone today.)

spring has sprung….or has it?

My kids are out of school this week for spring break.  Last week we had lovely mild spring weather.  They were able to come home from school and go outside and play.  This past weekend we had a ton of fun visiting with friends and they played outside almost the whole day Saturday.

And then Monday hits about midday it started to snow.  Welcome to crazy weather town.  A few years ago during spring break it snowed (I don’t know why we were surprised when it happened again)….(maybe we were more disgusted than surprised)….anyway, I took a picture of my kids out in the snow in their swimsuits.

Here are the pictures from 2013:

015But happiness can turn on a dime…

017And so this year when I showed a picture of my snowy yard to Bekah, she said I should take their pictures again.  And it took a little convincing but the kids agreed to do it.

This time little miss em started out unhappy and then changed her mind.  Take a look:

012After jumping up and down and crying and running inside she then ran back outside and said, “It’s not so bad!”

015And I couldn’t resist taking a little video, too 🙂

So until we decide to head to a warmer climate during spring break, this may just end up being a family tradition.  Alex said next time he’d video tape me out in the snow.  I just laughed at him.

Do you have any fun family traditions?

wedges run faster than blocks

The cub scout pinewood derby.  That’s how our family spent our Thursday evening.  Oh yes, we partied hard.

alexandemilyNow, I might have spent half of the time rolling my eyes, I’ll admit it.  Did you know how cheesy and over the top scout leaders can be?  They are very excited about their stuff.  But you know what?  That makes my eight year old boy excited, too.

And this year he got second place among the other Wolf cubs.  Don’t ask me to explain the lingo…I still get death stares and reprimanded whenever I call them boy scouts.  But anyway, my kid got a second place trophy.

ben and his trophyAnd since his dad and his brother and his sister (and yes, even his mom) watched and helped him work on this car for the past week, well, it made for one big happy family.  I love how happy my kids get for each other when they do well.

crazy famAnd we even did a little of hard hat work.

emilyAnd a little man talk.

big talkThey drag me to these boy scout cub scout events and I put up a good fight.  But in the end, I must say I’m pretty proud of this kid.

accepting the award And the bonding that happens between he and his dad can’t be beat.  Good job, boys!

the guys

My Reads::February 2015

feb 2015Last month was short even though it always feels like the longest month known to man in the history of ever.  However, I read a lot of good books so I survived.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom–saw the movie when I was younger but had never read the book.  It was wonderful.  Need some perspective on your life?  Feeling like you’re fighting to be grateful?  Read this book.

Atlantia by Ally Condie–read this for book club.  It is basically the story of Atlantis and The Little Mermaid.  It wasn’t a horrible story but it also wasn’t mind-blowing.  I felt ‘eh shoulder shrug’ about it when I finished.  How’s that for a rave review?

The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A. Nielsen–a trilogy recommended to me by a couple of librarians.  And I loved it.

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks–a story about a young woman during the 17th century in England and what happens to her small town when the plague hits.  This book has so many redeeming qualities….and then the end of the book came and I almost threw it across the room.  ugh.  I can’t stand bad endings.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr–this story follows a young blind girl who lives in nazi occupied Paris and a young boy who is a part of hitler youth.  I loved this book, too.

Least favorite:  Atlantia

Most favorite:  The Hiding Place

Did you read anything last month that you would recommend?

For the Love of the Flop

Today:  51.  Tomorrow:  54.  Friday:  56.

That is the weather forecast.  And when the temperature is only four degrees away from 60 it is high time the flip-flops are pulled out, dusted off and slid on to your feet.  High time, I tell you….high time!

056The picture above makes me laugh every time I see it.  It is from summer vacation last year.  It was a really windy day and, while walking out to the light house, Emily lost one of her flip-flops.  I wanted to toss the other one away but she acted as if I was committing murder when I suggested it.  So we kept the one lone purple flop.  And we still have it.

I understand her obsession.  I have a great fondness for flip-flops.  They are so comfortable and so easy and effortless to just slip on.  The kids and I are already talking about the five extra minutes of sleep we can get in the morning once the weather warms up because we won’t have to put on coats, shoes and socks.  I am not even kidding.

I never wore flip-flops when I was younger because my toenails were super out of whack.  When I got married (and thus got some great insurance!), I was able to take some medicine and my nails cleared up.  Ever since then, I’ve loved going barefoot and enjoyed wearing sandals for as long as the weather allows (which for me is at about the 50 degree mark).  Two years ago, I had a really bad case of plantar fasciitis and, once again, couldn’t wear my beloved flip-flop.  That was a rough summer…I think for most of us we really take walking without pain for granted.  Last summer, my feet were back to normal and I went back to wearing my many different colored Old Navy flip-flops.  But I don’t want to ruin my feet.  And so, I think the time has come.  I’ve been researching and Chaco sells really great, supportive shoes.  And they have flip-flops.  This is the year that I splurge and break my $2.50 budget and get myself some high quality flip-flops.  My feet will thank me and I will still have the easiness of just slipping on my shoes in the morning.

It is all for the love of the flop…and, you know, the sleep.  Gotta get that extra five minutes in.

Top Ten Best Picture

The Academy Awards were this past weekend. I love watching award shows…and trying to see if my favorites win. I’ll admit my favorite part is when the host makes fun of the people in the audience.  And I really like the song bits, too.  Of course, I usually haven’t heard of half of the movies or if I have heard of them, I haven’t had a chance to see them. Still it is fun to watch. Plus. There’s the pretty dresses.

So here is a top ten of Best Picture from past winners. I’m sticking to the same rules as I did with the romantic comedies: I’m picking five, William is picking five and they have to be from ones that we own. This isn’t as easy as it sounds because there are a couple of winners that I love but we no longer own them. womp womp.  Titanic and Chariots of Fire.  silent weeping/#needagiftideaformethereyouhaveitandbythewaywenowhavebluray

Nonetheless, here are our picks.

Mine:

Rache's best picture#5: Ben-Hur–This movie won a total of 11 oscars which no movie even came close to until Titanic.  And it is a movie that includes Jesus and it is actually good.  oh how times have changed.

#4: The Sound of Music–the hills.  they are alive.  and am I the only one that wanted a dress made out of curtains when I was little?  And a really cool puppet stage?

#3: Gone with the Wind–just plain good.  plus, whenever I was pregnant with my kids I said at least once “I don’t know nuthin bout birthin babies!”  and yes.  once again.  that is a vhs.

#2: The King’s Speech–cleverly funny.  moving story.  colin firth.

#1: Casablanca–pretty much the best movie ever.  but you must love black and white classics.  watch it.  It will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

His:

william's best picture

#5:  Rain Man–good.  and I’ll never look at a box of toothpicks the same again.

#4:  Rocky–classic.  my favorite part.  the song.

#3:  A Beautiful Mind–true story.  also good.

#2:  Gladiator–whatever.

#1:  Forrest Gump–you can’t go wrong with a movie that has a quote about a box of chocolates.

I teased my husband that all of his picks were such guy movies and he said, “well.  I’m a guy.”  I guess they aren’t all, really, but our choices are pretty different.  And so because I have to…I looked up the number of Oscars that each of our movies won.  And totaled them to see which of us has better taste in film.  Yes, I did.  William’s five picks won a total of 22 Oscars.  And my five picks won a total of 33 Oscars.  and so, I win.  yay!  Ok, I know no one cares.

And now, of course, I’m curious.  Which category of five resonates with you more?  Are you more of a Rachel movie watcher or a William movie watcher or are you like my first-born and would answer, “I like them all.”

Top Ten Book Problems

top ten tuesday mediumhosted by The Broke and the Bookish

10.  I have a problem with Emma.  I can’t get through it.  I think I may need to try listening to it on audio.

9.  Unfortunately, I have a problem with audio books.  I can’t listen to books on audio and actually retain what I heard.

8.  I have a problem with ruffly pages.  I can’t handle ruffly pages.

7.  I have a problem with alphebetization.  Yes it is a word.  I can’t handle when books in a series are not in alphabetical order.  I mean.  My life doesn’t end, but my eye twitches when I see the books on my bookshelf.  I’m looking at you Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant.

6.  I have a problem with reading ahead.  I don’t like surprises.

5.  I have a problem with finishing books with ridiculous endings.  If I happen to read the ending and I find it to be dumb, I’m not wasting my time with the middle part.

4.  I have a problem with anger.  If I read an entire book and get to the ending and it makes me mad, I may throw the book.  So far, no family members have been injured.

3.  I have a problem with figuring out which book is first in a series.  WHY?! can’t they just number the books along with the clever little titles?!

2.  I have a problem when people don’t agree with me.  I love a book, I recommend it, and you either don’t read it or you think it is ‘just ok’.  sob.

1.  I have a problem with people talking to me while I’m reading.  Isn’t it obvious when someone is reading that they’re probably not going to carry on a conversation with you?  Alas, I’m usually always reading and my poor husband will say something to me and it will be a good five minutes later before I realize that he may have been talking to me.  This thrills him to no end.

Please share your book problems with me.  And please agree with me.  All book series should be properly alphabetized, right?