Friday, October 28, 2011

My Love Affair...

...with my Nook! I joke that my best friend after Travis is my Nook Color. (and also my original Nook...but I loaned that out, so at the moment it's just me and my Nook Color) I've considered giving it a name, but I'm not really that kind of person. All I know is that I am positive that I would be lost without it. I currently have 261 books. (and 125 magazines---thanks to their free 2 week trial on all magazines!) A very large portion are free e-books that I have acquired..the classics and B&N's free Friday books...but there are some that I have bought and have read over and over and over. Here are a couple of my favorite reads lately.

Okay...I haven't read this one yet...I'm eagerly awaiting it's release in 11 days...but I love all the other books in the Inheritance Cycle and own them all on my Nook.
These books have been my mental saving grace. There is something about these books that make me feel happy and safe and smarter. I don't know what it is. They aren't about magic or really fantasy...they take place in the 1300's and they are totally teenage boy books...but I have learned so much and have fallen in love with the characters. There are 10 books in this series...I own them all and have just finished reading them for the second time. I think they have replaced my Harry Potter books for now, because I can have them on my Nook and read them much more conveniently. They are easy reads, but very entertaining and like I said...they make me happy!
Anything by Rick Riordan is a good read. My boys loved the Percy Jackson movie. I Greek mythology....I even took a class my senior year in High School called...Greek and Roman Mythology. You know what else I've always loved? Egyptian history, archaeology...all that good stuff...and guess what? Mr. Riordan the Great also has a new series (yes, I have both books) that are like the Percy Jackson books, only it involves Egyptian stuff. Awesome!

I have also recently read Pride and Prejudice, The Secret Garden and Swiss Family Robinson. I have sooooooo many books that I haven't even begun to read...but will eventually. I feel sad for books that don't get read.

Oh, and I have a couple of these books too...for read aloud time at night. The kids love Judy Moody, and the Magic Treehouse...Plus I have some great interactive books for Elizabeth. And I even subscribe to the Smithsonian magazine!

Yep...I LOVE my Nook. That's all I have to say...well, no, I could go on and on and on and most of you know me would agree...But, I will say no more. I think I'm gonna go re-read the third Inheritance cycle book in preparation for my newest book. Or browse for a new freebie! Woo hooooooooo!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

She Cracks Me Up!

It's raining...
She's wearing my shoes...
She has no pants on...
Her legs are green...
She's as happy as a clam...
She's absolutely adorable...
This little girl cracks me up. She brings so much joy to our home. She brings out a sparkle in her daddy's eye that no one else can. She is the cherry on top!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Visit with Aunt Tracey

Last weekend we drove over to Renton to visit Travis's parents. His oldest sister, Tracey came up from Vancouver. Tracey has ovarian cancer. She just finished her last round of chemo, so we got together to celebrate that event. It was a good little visit. Tracey is an amazing person. She has such a positive way about her, despite what she has been facing.
Connor charmed the pants off Aunt Tracey.
Elizabeth actually let Tracey hold her a couple of times...briefly.
The oldest and the youngest together.
We had his mom take a group isn't her strong suit. (o;
Spencer is such a goof!
I told the kids to look cute for me...this is what I got...cuteness!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cause They Are So Cute!

I took the kids to church today by myself because Travis had to work. They all looked so cute! When we got home, I told them to go stand by the house because I wanted to get a picture with my phone. Spencer kept trying to NOT pull a face...therefore pulling a face... And I LOVE how Spencer and Connor are holding hands...and that Joseph is helping Elizabeth stay steady on the log she was standing on. I LOVE MY KIDS!!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Happy 7th birthday to my little sweetie!

Connor is one of the kindest, sweetest, funniest little boys I know! He loves sponges and toilet floats and smoke detectors. He loves doing laundry and riding his bike. He is a joy to us and I'm so happy that he is ours!!! We love you, buddy!

*Connor...birth name. Condor...nickname, silly. Conrad...Grandma Teese's nickname for him. Kohwoh....What Elizabeth calls him.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


that's what she calls's really cute...and I don't want to ever forget.


Travis finished his classes for Walgreens and is now officially an Executive Assistant Manager! Woot woot! I am so super proud of him! He has worked for a long time to get this. They moved us clear over here, then he took the classes (three-three day sessions over four months time), now he has completed the class and his promotion is official and we will finally get the stinkin' raise. (o: It's been tough out here living in a house with extra expenses...only having his mgt wages. This is such a blessing!

So a big thank you to everyone who prayed for us and gave us encouragement. It's been a good week!