Thursday, June 30, 2011

May Reads

Gosh. I guess I should post my May reads before I post my June reads and this is already the last day of June! For shame...again!

1. Broken Ground by Jack Hodgins - This was the book we selected for our #twreaders book club and I really enjoyed it. There were a few parts I didn't connect with as much but on the whole I enjoyed the characters and the style of writing. A good Canadian read!

2. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris - another one of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. I really enjoyed the series for about the first 8 books but now I just find it's starting to get old. Maybe she should just wrap this series up.

3. The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith - another series that's starting to get a little too old. I wish he'd focus on his other sets of series instead of churning these out. And yet, here's me complaining and yet I still keep reading them. Sigh.

4. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin - I call this one Musical Castles. I read it about as fast as the first as I'm enjoying the characters and storyline but as expected...nothing is resolved! If it was there wouldn't be room for the other 3 books in the series and supposedly there's another 2 coming after that. Still, I love the series and am glad for the HBO show which prompted me to pick up the books in the first place.

5.  Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat - I purchased this book for my mom for Mother's Day and I'm sure glad I did as we share all our books and I'm so glad I got a chance to borrow it. This book was written by a woman who now lives in Canada but who grew up and was imprisoned in Tehran in her later teens. It's a moving account of her experience and her need to write about it. I'd suggest it for sure.

Did anyone else read anything memorable in May?  I'll post my June reads in the next few days...I promise!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Moms, You Deserve More Credit

Moms, you deserve more credit. There is simply no one else who can do the jobs moms do. Perfect example: on Monday my 3 yr old son slammed his thumb in between 2 doors and took his entire thumbnail off and guess what...I didn't flinch. There wasn't a moment of hesitation, not a second of being squeamish about the site of it because you know why? I can't. I'm the mom and it's my job.

Just telling the story to my husband he started to do the heebie jeebie dance and wouldn't even let me finish the story. Sort of makes you wonder what would have happened if he had been the one home to witness it instead of me? He probably would have just given the kid a sucker and put him to bed with a towel wrapped around his thumb. *sigh*

It was just one of those moments that reminds me why I'm the mom; I can handle it. I'm the one in the relationship that has been given the responsibility to do all the messy jobs: grow them, birth them, clean up their poop/puke, and clean and kiss their scrapes (or missing thumbnails), to name JUST a few.

So Moms of the world, I'm giving you a round of applause because Lord knows you all deserve it and don't get one nearly often enough.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Nine Days

Well he's off. This morning Hubs left on a 9 day work trip to Germany so I'm here alone with the kids wondering what the heck I'm going to do with them all that time.

The first minute he was gone DD started to cry and said she missed him. Yeah. Not the best start. The day just went downhill from there with both kids acting up like crazy. Needless to say I made sure the kids were in bed 30 minutes before their bedtime as I just couldn't deal with it anymore!

Now that I've had a chance to sit back and reflect (with the help of a drink) I realize I need a game plan for the week. I have a few activities planned but it's just not going to be enough to keep these two occupied/distracted for 9 days.

We will be going to the zoo on Monday, playgroup on Tuesday, and playgroup on Thursday but what do I do with them on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday? Especially if it's rains?!? I'm in need of some suggestions for activities, crafts, etc. Basically...HELP!