A little look at what our January has entailed.
- Bossypants - I actually listened to the audio of this book. It was hilarious! I'm not much of laugh-at-loud person but every time Jeremy listened to it with me, he was doubled over :)
- The Interestings - I had read a lot of good reviews of this book, but in the end I hated it. We meet the characters as teenagers, and even though, they did go on to to do some pretty interesting things they never really grew. The struggled with the same issues/problems/longing desires at fifty as they did as teenagers. I found it to be very disheartening and the lack of actually growth in the characters, to me, made them quite dull.
- Franny and Zooey - Even though this was a thin book it was a bit of a struggle for me to get through. It wasn't one of those stories that soaked me in to a new world or left me on the edge of my seat. I finally did finish it though and it's one I would recommend. Salinger makes some interesting notes on what it means to pursue a religion and the respect we should show others.
- Mere Christianity - It was my goal to finish this book in January and I'm only about half way through. Which is odd because I'm enjoying it; something about nonfiction just makes it harder for me to pick-it up. I read this book, about ten-years-ago, but I forgot how "everyday" man C.S. Lewis is in explaining his theology - it's a book that will make you think but not send your head spinning.
- Domino - I bought this book as a gift, but couldn't help looking through it first - lots of great home decorating advice and ideas.
Book I've Read to the Kids
- Mary Poppins - I never read this book as a child and kind of just assumed I'd love it. Maybe, it was my high expectations that set it up for failure, but I have to say I far prefer the movie. I just found the literary Mary Poppins to be so unlikable.
- Magic Tree House: Blizzard of the Blue Moon - I'm not the hugest fan of formulaic books like these but my kids seem to enjoy them; so when there is one that goes with our unit (currently winter) I'll read one to them. I did like how this one took place in New York; Jeremy and I got to visit there this past summer and it brought back some fun memories.
- The Gilgamesh Trilogy - both the boys loved learning about this heroic, part god, part human man.
- Snowflake Bentley - This book has some beautiful illustations. I liked it not only for the science facts about snow but how a man was willing to stick with his passion despite nobody else seeing the significance.
- One Grain of Rice - A fun mathematical fable from India
- Once a Mouse - another fable from India, this time about a mouse who learns about the destruction of pride.
- Mr. Popper's Penguins - we are still not quite finished with this book but are enjoying it so far.
Jeremy and I are both currently obsessed with Sherlock. I also stumbled upon the show Life, (found on Netflick) if you like not-too-scary crime dramas with a bit of humor this a good one.
Jeremy and I have been doing T25 for a couple months now, so we start every morning off with Shakeology. I've also been trying to get more healthy protein so I've been eating lots of hard boiled eggs. If you haven't tried the oven method, yet, I highly recommend it - they turn out perfectly! Recently, we've also been enjoying Spanish Tortilla. And since nothing is going to make me give up coffee, I've had lots of fun making these homemade coffee creamers.
I don't feel like I've listen to much music this month, though, I am very excited about Nickel Creek's new cd! I've also found this song, Though You Slay Me, by Shane & Shane quite healing.
Best of the Web
- My kids can't enough of these Cosmic Kids Yoga videos.
- This is a great book site from homeschooling moms.
- 24 skills you can learn for free online.
*see more of my favorite web finds here*
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