Showing posts from July, 2016

Books that I read for fun in July

Over the last year and a half, I started documenting the books that I read for fun (and not just for review purposes).  I have decided that I need to continue that as reading is important part of how I relax. Books that I read for fun are books that I have not been asked to review and that I have chosen to read, well because I like to read. In 2015, I read a total of 49 books! This year, 2016, I am aiming to read 52 books...Not including this month I have read 33 books so there is a good chance I will meet this goal! 

So....What did I read in July?: 

I discovered a new to me author-- Mary Alice Monroe-- quite by accident. I saw one of her books on the shelf at the library as I was looking for another book and I picked it up and noticed that they had the 3 books in the trilogy and decided to give them a try. I LOVED them! "The Beach House" I read on vacation-- it was the perfect beach read. I started "Swimming Lessons" on the drive home from vacation and finished th…

43 things you didn't know about me

I saw this on facebook the other day and decided to answer the questions here. I am taking this year to really get to know ME and to listen to my likes and dislikes and to really become in tune with who I am. So without further ado, here are 43 things you probably didn't know about me. 

1. Do you like blue cheese? 
    ---that would be a big fat no! Cannot stand blue cheese
2. Have you ever smoked? 
---One time in my life. One and done. Didn't like it.
3. Do you own a gun? 
4. What is your favorite flavor? 
---Chocolate or peppermint
5. Do you get nervous before Doctor visits?
---Of course, who doesn't.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? 
---They are okay. Not the greatest in the world, but I will 
       one on occasion. 
7. Favorite Movie?
---Apollo 13 (with Tom Hanks)
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? 
9. Do you do push ups? 
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? 
---my wedding ring
11. Favorite hobby? 
12. Do you have A.D.D.? 

Tomatoes, pigs, fair rides and birthday cake

Yesterday was my 37th birthday! And it was a low key kind of a day. My husband had to work in the morning, so I took the kids to the library and then to a local farm market. At the farm market, the owner was putting out cherry tomatoes and started talking to my kids and offered them each a cherry tomato. Jacob gobbled his up, Ben took one bite of his and Rebecca politely told her no, as she doesn't like tomatoes. I told the woman that Jacob eats cherry tomatoes like candy. Then we went on our shopping. As we were leaving, she said bye to the kids and then told Jacob that she wanted to give us a whole container of the tomatoes for him to take home. Talk about sweet and unexpected. That is why we go to this market. The people are so sweet and are extremely customer friendly-- (as we were leaving I saw one of their male employees gathering sweet corn for an elderly woman so she would not have to get out of her car!). They are really an asset to our community. 

After we came home, Bill…

Ghost crabs and beach and pool time

The beach is good for the soul! I truly believe that and I find that I feel at home when I am near the water. 

So being in Indian Beach, was refreshing and uplifting to my soul! 

The first full day we were there, Monday, July 11, we decided to just hang out on the beach and in the condo complex that we were staying in. 
After breakfast, we all got changed into swimsuits, slathered on sunscreen, gathered towels and beach toys and headed down to the beach. We were greeted by the sounds of waves and by Rebecca exclaiming that there was something moving in the sand. 

It was 2 huge ghost crabs. One quickly buried itself in the sand while the other took off across the sand and my husband chased after it while I got the kids settled and towels laid out. 

All the kids were excited to get the beach toys out and dig in the sand. Rebecca was determined to make a sand castle. Jacob was the first to get bored and head to the water, with Rebecca following shortly after. 

Benjamin decided to stay on the s…