Thursday, January 8, 2015

2014 Book Review

Another year, another year of books. My goal again this year was to read 52 books. I read 34. whaa whaa. I mean, it's pretty good, but in 2013, I read 38 books. You might say, You had a baby in 2014!!! Who has time to read? News Flash Walter Cronkite, I had a baby right at the end of 2012 too... a baby who was actually supposed to be born in 2013. So for realz, I also had a baby in 2013. No excuses!! And no, no babies for me in 2015. Please girl.

I think last year when I posted my books, I wrote about each one and highlighted my favorites. This year I'm going to mix it up and use my Goodreads rating system using the star amount I gave each book. Last year my favorite book was Me Before You, by Jo Jo Moyes.
This year, I don't know that I had a stand out favorite, although I did enjoy quite a few books.

One Star: 
No one star books this year. But basically, if I don't like a book, I just stop reading it. Life is too short to read bad books!!

Two Stars:
The Best of Me, Nicholas Sparks

Three Stars:
Dad is Fat, Jim Gaffigan
The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
Lost Lake, Sarah Addison Allen
Blame, Michelle Huneven
Off Course, Michelle Huneven
The Middlesteins, Jami Attenberg
Labor Day, Joyce Maynard
The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout
Still Lolo, Lauren Scruggs

Four Stars:
The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton
All Fall Down, Jennifer Weiner
The Matchmaker, Elin Hilderbrand
California, Edan Lepucki
Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
The Vacationers, Emma Straub
Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife, Peggy Vincent
The Hundred-Foot Journey, Richard Morais
We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
Farewell to the East End, Jennifer Worth
Shadows of the Workhouse, Jennifer Worth
Garden of Stones, Sophie Littlefield
The Girl You Left Behind, Jojo Moyes
The Valley of Amazement, Amy Tan
The Husband's Secret, Liane Moriarty
The Language of Flowers, Vanessa Diffenbough
Molakai'i, Alan Brennert
Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver

Five Stars: Aka, the best books I read in 2014
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
You Should Have Known, Jean Hanff Korelitz
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
Burial Rites, Hannah Kent
Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times, Jennifer Worth


I have so many books I want to read in 2015. My Kindle and my Library holds are insane. My goal again this year, is to read 52 books... we shall see.

Happy Reading!




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Birthday Boy!

Happy Birthday to my sweet little Deacon! How are you already 2 years old? It seems like yesterday when you were just a tiny little preemie. And now you are fun and silly big boy! We love you so much!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas is coming!

We've been busy lately with all things Christmas and getting ready for Christmas. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. So far we've watched, The Grinch, Rudolph, Curious George Christmas, Elf, Home Alone (which became way to violent for my already rowdy boys), and Ice Age Christmas. We've made cookies, and danced to Christmas songs
I had a gift exchange with my MOPS moms. Which is always nice to get out of the house. And I snuck out of the house to celebrate with my mom being skin cancer free. Cancer sucks yo!
We saw Santa twice and the older boys thought he was lame and chose to sit on ATV's and lawnmowers over sitting on the old geezer's lap. Finn was a good sport about it though.

In the upcoming weeks we have a Gingerbread House making night, A bowling birthday party, and Deacon's 2nd birthday!
And on top of all of that I have to make a dessert for Teacher Appreciation day at Everett's school, a meal for a friend who just had a baby, a snack for our ECFE potluck, an appetizer for my husband's work potluck, cookies for a cookie exchange, and a partridge in a pear tree.

We have a Singer Christmas party coming up and a Robideau Christmas party too. And we get to celebrate lots of little birthdays for Levi, Piya, and Deacon. All these December birthdays... it's a non-stop party.


And now a big fat photo dump...



The Dudes
(Don't freak out! I don't really let the baby watch tv.)

paging dr. everett

artsy fartsy











my only blue eyed child












4 Months!!! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for so many things. I hope your day is full of all things meaningful and memorable. 


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bouqs - Happy Flowers!

I was recently contacted by Bouqs to receive a bouquet of flowers. Being that it is now super cold and snowy outside, flowers were the thing I needed to brighten my day.
I picked out the Hot Lava roses, because the colors, Hot Pink and Yellow were my wedding flowers.

Hot Lava

They arrived Via Fed Ex on a day that I specifically chosen and they were beautifully and carefully wrapped. The flowers either come from an eco-friendly farms in the States or from an active volcano in Ecuador!!

There were clear instructions from Bouqs on how to care and maintain your flowers so they last a long time.




Ordering from Bouqs is a breeze!  There is a flat rate $40 for the Original Size with no extra shipping costs. And an easy 3 step checkout. You can't beat that!
They also offer 15% off your first order for new customers!




I was super satisfied with my arrangement, all the roses opened up and lasted well over a week. It's well worth checking out if you are looking to send a floral arrangement. You won't be disappointed with Bouqs!


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