Archives for April 2017

What We Are Reading

This month we have been reading a lot about The Doll People. First we read The Meanest Doll In The World by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin. It is the second book in the series. It was a hit so when we finished that we read The Runaway Dolls by the same authors. Again, it was really liked so we went to the last book in the series The Doll People Set Sail. Every single book in the series was really enjoyed and so I found a short book about The Doll People and bought it. It is just a short book of maybe forty pages or so and is actually a Christmas book — The Doll People’s Christmas. I think we have every book there is about them now and they were all well liked. I am actually surprised that I enjoyed reading them to the kids. I don’t always love the books I read but it is definitely a plus if I can enjoy them, too. 
Now we are reading Masterpiece by Kelly Murphy and the verdict is still out on this one as we haven’t really gotten into it. But, I think it is going to be a hit with the kids if not me.
We also did a lot of reading of short nature books that I won’t list. We have been talking about nature and doing more journaling and more time in the outdoors – even if it is only under a tree in our own backyard. So, we have been reading more books on animals and trees and flowers, etc.
This month our mark-my-time read 17 hours and 20 minutes – a little less than last month. 

Beautiful Saturday

Today was a beautiful and hot day — 93 degrees. Andrew, Tess and I went and bought some barrels to use for our strawberries. We brought them home and Andrew had to repair one as it had a slight defect, but they were the only two left so I bought both anyway. 
The kids played outside almost all day long, though it was really hot. I love these days that remind me of summer. I sat on the porch and watched the kids play and just talked with them as they ran up and down to the porch to tell me things every few minutes. 
Meredith came by with her kids and we visited. Then they stayed to eat hot dogs and chips since we cooked out. The kids played till it was almost dark. Bethany found a frog and she and Reagan were busy trying to hold it and play with it. The ducks were out walking around so the kids played with them a little. All in all it was a very nice day.
Unfortunately, Joey can not start his chemo on time — this Monday. His numbers are too low so he will have to have blood work done again and see what happens. Hopefully, he will only be delayed by a week. 
Some pictures I took today — the kids are very dirty in most of them as they were out in the yard and dirt and climbing trees all day long. Actually, as I look, only my kids are real dirty. Meredith’s kids – my grandkids – are fairly clean. 





I thought I would throw in a couple of Luke I took this week when I was keeping him – even though he wasn’t here to play today.

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