Library Card, FitBit and Warm Spring Days!

Hello Spring! I’ve missed you! We’ve been busy the last week or so! The weather has been FANTASTIC for the last week! No coats! We just need jackets in the mornings and short sleeves in the afternoon! When I got home yesterday from work, K ran out and had to tell me all about his day before I even got out of the car! So I just had to snap a picture!

K looking sweet!
K looking sweet!

I have BIG news and that is that E can now go to the library and check out books!! He was so excited that not only was he able to get his OWN library card, just like his brothers, but he can check out books that he can read all by himself!

E with his first library card and a bunch of  books that HE can READ all by himself!
E with his first library card and a bunch of books that HE can READ all by himself!

He told the librarian after he got his card, “When I grow up, I can buy a truck with this!”. Haha! Does he think that it’s a credit card? Here’s a picture of him reading at the library. He was so excited that he just sat down and began reading!

E reading at the library.
E reading at the library.

I finished my 7th book for the year and it fulfilled the Reading Challenge “Part of a trilogy”. It was a really good book! When I checked it out, there were only 3 books but when I returned it, the librarian told me that the author just published book 4 and there is book 5 in the works! Eeep! I think it still counts though.

Book 7 so far in 2015!
Book 7 so far in 2015!

Mail has been pretty steady. Since I last blogged, I’ve received 4 letters and a postcard. I haven’t taken pictures, but maybe later. The boys have had 3 more basketball games but have lost them all. They sure try hard!

Oh and I almost forgot! One of the health departments that I work for ordered everyone a FitBit! As I’m only a part-time employee, I had to pay for part of mine. I got the Flex and had to just pay $29, so that’s a pretty good deal! I just got it this morning, so there hasn’t been much activity. I hope this really helps motivate me and to keep me honest about the calories that I take in and the exercise that I do/don’t do.

Fitbit in strawberry red!
Fitbit in strawberry red!
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Reading, Basketball and Band

E has been learning to read for some time now but it always seemed like it was such a chore for him. He fought reading and would act silly to get out of it. He knew the words but all of a sudden, it has clicked! My mom got these 2 books for him in the library and he is able to read both AND enjoys it!! He feels so grown up because he can read BOOKS! He reads with a good flow too! I’m so proud of him!

3bears   3pigs

I wasn’t able to get a picture of him reading yet, but will try to remember to get one posted soon. He’s so excited about reading that the next time we go to the library, he will get his first library card and be able to check out books that he can read! I love this milestone and am so blessed to have watched each boy’s excitement at getting their own library card!

These books are perfect for new readers and help them build their confidence as a reader!

This picture is of the conference band that C participated in. You can’t really make out his face, so I put an arrow pointing to him.

HDC band 2015 

He plays clarinet and tried out for a chair. Out of 13 clarinets, he earned 6th chair! Keep in mind that he’s only 12 and in 7th grade and was competing against other kids who were in 7-12th grades! Quite the accomplishment!! The band played back in January, but I wasn’t able to take a picture and just found this photo on the county paper’s website!

L & K are playing elementary basketball and have a pretty good team! They have only had 1 game so far and I tried to take a picture but it didn’t turn out very well. They play tonight, so hopefully I can get a better photo.

I read the following book for my Reading Challenge 2015. It was a fine romance but what I thought was the most interesting, was the fact that the characters were immigrants from Iran. I learned a lot about Iranian culture and how Iran was in the 1970 and how it is currently. It is categorized under “Book you can read in a day” because it was a quick read and it was a rare “free day” and I was actually to read more than a few pages! I chose the book because of something really cool that my library is doing, which is called “The Book Dating Game”. You choose a number from a bowl and whichever number you choose, that is the genre of book you have to get for your “date”. It was fun and I can’t wait to do it again!

"Book you can read in a day"
“Book you can read in a day”

Little Bit of Boring

Hello friends! I haven’t posted in forever and I guess it’s because life has been a little bit boring around here. It’s a good thing because sometimes life gets so crazy that I can’t think straight! There’s been many nights where the boys and I just sit around and watch tv, read or play Uno. It’s been really simple and I can’t help but want the rest of the year to go like this!

We have had some excitement. The boys are getting some much needed haircuts! Here is a picture of C and K. E got a haircut last night but I don’t have a picture of him yet.

Haircuts!
Haircuts!

I haven’t had much time for reading. I’m not sure why, I just haven’t felt like reading or writing. I spend the evenings with the boys and then when they go to bed, I’m so exhausted I go to bed too! Must have something to do with it getting dark so early. I have been listening to my audiobook to and from work and that’s really the only reading that I have done lately. I just finished it.

download (1) This is a really good book and I had no idea that it was based on real people! I have never heard of Sarah and Angelina Grimke and their work as the first women to fight for equal rights for women as well as equal rights/abolition of slavery! I would encourage everyone to read this book. It’s very good!!

Winter Youth Rally

Winter Youth Rally: Gregory Church of Christ
Winter Youth Rally: Gregory Church of Christ

This was C’s 2nd Winter Youth Rally and L’s first. They had a good time and learned a lot they both said. Logan was shocked at how well some of the other kids knew their Bible and said that he’s going to study harder so he can come back next year ready to compete! Ha!

The Winter Youth Rally is just for kids ages 11-18, so I had to piddle around until they got out. It was 1.5 hours away from home, so I had to keep myself occupied. The first day (Monday), E was with me (K was with my sister) and we went to Kohl’s, got some great deals and went to McDonald’s for lunch. He played at the Play Place while I wrote letters. A win-win for both of us!! Tuesday, my mom watched K & E and I only had to entertain myself which was so strange!! I would have shopped but was broke. Luckily, I brought my laptop and letters so I worked on homework some and wrote letters some.

I’m trying to get totally caught up on my correspondence by the New Year, and while I’m very close I don’t think I will make it. Maybe I should extend my goal to Jan 5th (that’s when the boys and myself go back to school/work).

On the way home from the Winter Youth Rally on Tues, we stopped at the library because everyone was out of books. Christian got a few (mystery and fantasy), Logan got a R.L. Stein book and an Encyclopedia Brown book and I got 4 books. All 4 I will be able to mark off of my 2015 reading challenge! Yea!

The Invention of WingsBook #1  is an audiobook=I have to drive 1 hour to & fro when I work, so it’s a great opportunity to “read” plus it makes the drive go by so much faster AND it’s relaxing! Complies with the Reading Challenge “a book you chose based entirely on its cover”.

Killing Patton Book #2: I don’t know much about this story, so I’m interested to see what I find out! Complies with the Reading Challenge “a nonfiction book”.

Big Little Lies Book #3: Looks interesting, plus it complies with the Reading Challenge “book with antonyms in the title”.

It looks like it’s going to be a good year!