Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer Reading

We as a family have been doing LOTS of individual reading this summer. I've read about a book every two days and Gabe and Emma are not far behind. In an attempt to conserve money and gas we've been getting a lot of entertainment at the neighboring metroplex library which is amazing. I've been on a historical fiction/crusaders jaunt with alot of books by Stephen Lawhead. I'll have to say that most of them have been just okay. Unless your just a sucker for crusader books, which I am, I wouldn't necessarily recommend them. I read Hood (okay); The Iron Lance (good); The Black Rood (okay); The Mystic Rose (good); The Paradise War (okay); The Silver Hand (okay); and The Endless Knot (okay). I also read a Lawhead science fiction book Dream Thief that was pretty good. Gabe (11 years old) is trying to get through the entire Harry Potter series this summer but keeps stopping to read other books in between. He finally found the third in a middle school age vampire series by Sebastian Rook and finished it in about two days. For Emma (8 years old) I have found a series of books I loved as a child, which unfortunately can only be found in libraries or second hand book stores as they are no longer in print. Our wonderful library somehow manages to have the entire series! They are the Dorrie the Witch series by Patricia Coombs. I should say if you ever see a copy in good condition at a second hand book store - pick it up...they are worth a LOT of money! For Julia (4 years old) we've found the author Nancy Tafuri and Shirely Neitzel, especially "The Dress I'll Wear to the Party"

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hard Wired

I've come to the conclusion through no deep thought on my part but undeniable evidence in my kids that there are some characteristics that just come hard wired in our kids and can have Nothing to do with the parents genes! My Julia for example is hardwired to coordinate her outfits, want to wear exclusively pink, and have definative ideas about her hair at four years old. Sunday after church we were laying down for a nap when she said, "They said in Heaven we will have new bodies. Will I have a new butt?" As I layed there mouth hanging open trying to reason through this question the rapid follow up was "What about a new hairstyle?"...Ah me where did this child come from?...the twisted mind and hysterical questions I can understand but worrying at four about her butt and hair? HARDWIRED!