Documentary {1/52}

I’m trying a new photo project this year (I know, I know… all these projects I keep attempting… but, hey! This one is a once-a-week thing, so totally doable right?). Anyway, it’s a 52Project or a Project52 not sure on the terminology, but the idea is to take one photo a week. I’m following along with the Bethadilly prompt list, so each week is a different theme.

This week… sorry, *LAST* week’s prompt was Documentary. I feel like most of the photos I take are documentary. I mean, the majority reason I take pictures is to remember the daily parts of life. I guess we’re supposed to just have these be a little more focused? Maybe one event?

Anyways. I chose to “document” the kids going outside and playing in the snow. This was the first snow we got last week, not the big snow we got over the weekend.

So this is really what a trip outside involves. {Jackets, snowsuits, hats, gloves} x 5. All to have gloves fall off (Z, age 2) and snow get on your hands (go figure). Tears flowed. I’m afraid he didn’t really like the snow. Although, he DID enjoy being outside, and he really wasn’t happy unless he had the shovel.

In other photography news, I’m not going to be putting my weekly photos of 365 Project up here on the blog. The majority of those pictures I take with my phone, and the process of getting them off my phone, tweaked, and back up online just hasn’t really been happening (it’s a bit time consuming). So I decided I’m just going to be putting them up on Instagram. I even have a specific hashtag so you can search that if you’d like to see them #365hfn2017. Or you know, you could just follow me over there and see ALL the photos ;). {For folks that don’t have a smartphone, you can still sign up for an instagram account, and login on the computer. You can view, like and comment on photos. The only thing is you can’t actually upload a photo from the computer… well, technically, you can, but it requires another separate program to work around that…}. {Click Here for my account over there or use the button on the sidebar}.

 

 

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I’ll probably be linking up with Country Kids later in the week. {Check back for link}

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Reading Plans 2017

 

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Just popping in this evening to share my reading plans for the year.

I’m planning on joining in on The Deliberate Reader’s online bookclub. I did this last year. And while I didn’t join in all the discussion (probably closer to 50% of them), I enjoyed it. She picked books that I wouldn’t have necessarily picked up on my own, so it was a nice way to expand my reading.

  • Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
  • Emma by Jane Austen (a re-read)
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry (another re-read)
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik (won’t be reading this one this year as I jumped the gun and read it in December. Really enjoyed it!)
  • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • Plainsong by Kent Haruf
  • Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • Swear on This Life by Renee Carlino

I’m also participating in Well Read Mom. Doing it solo, although I’d love to be able to join/start? a local group if anyone is interested and reads this, let me know, and we’ll see what we can come up with.

The books remaining for this cycle (it started in September) are…

  • I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Thérèse of Lisieux
    By Jean C. J. d’Elbée (started this and am moving slowly because I’m finding I just need that much time to digest. So far, I’m loving it.)
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • Withering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (a re-read, but it’s been a few years)
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (another re-read. have actually been wanting to re-read this since I finished it last time)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (a re-read, but it’s been… a long time)

So, those are the official reading groups.

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I’m also attempting Modern Mrs. Darcy’s reading challenges…. This will be the third year I’m attempting (I’ve yet to actually complete one). But. I’m determined 😉

My main goal for this challenge is to find books on my shelves that will fit into the categories.

Reading for Fun Challenge…
a book you chose for the cover {didn’t chose one yet}

a book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able: Outlander book 4 (blanking on the title)/The Name of the Wind Redwall {haven’t decided yet, maybe all three. I own two of them and the third is on the library hold list}

a book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit: Moloka’i (from above)

a book you’ve already read: Emma 

a juicy memoir: {didn’t pick one… not sure what classifies as “juicy” and also not sure I want to read something with that classification. I enjoy memoirs, so I may just pick something else for this category}

a book about books or reading: The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society {that’s bookish right?}

a book in a genre you usually avoid: True Grit {from the bookclub}

a book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read: Ready Player One {it’s based on video games…. I don’t like video games… but I keep hearing great things about the book…}

a book in the backlist of a new favorite author: His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik {author of Uprooted from the bookclub}

a book recommended by someone with great taste: A Man Called Ove

a book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet: Animal Vegetable Mineral {from the bookclub} OR The Little Oratory

a book about a topic or subject you already love: Art Before Breakfast by Danny Gregory

Reading for Growth Challenge…
a Newbery Award winner or Honor book: Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH {sitting on my shelf, possible read aloud with the kids}

a book in translation: The Little Prince {been wanting to re-read this for a few years now… and it’s short 😉 }

a book that’s more than 600 pages: The Eye of the World {Jared wanted me to read this wholeentireginormousseries last year… I started, but didn’t finish. Going to attempt it.}

a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices {Will be reading for school with the kids, so two birds and all that}

a book of any genre that addresses current events: Hillbilly Elegy {not sure this qualifies for the category, but I wanted to read it and it sorta kinda fits…}

an immigrant story: Funny in Farsi {from the bookclub}

a book published before you were born: St Thomas Aquinas: The Dumb Ox {wanted to attempt a Chesterton, don’t ask me why I chose THIS one}

three books by the same author: C.S. Lewis OR Louise Penny OR JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith {haven’t decided yet}

a book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: Brown Girl Dreaming {on my list for a while now}

a book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: ??? {open to suggestions}

a book nominated for an award in 2017: {waiting on this one…}

a Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor. {Maybe by the end I’ll figure out what’s going on… Seriously though, several stories in and still pretty much just baffled.}

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I’m over on Goodreads (just search my name) where I find I’m pretty good about listing the books I read and giving them at least a starred rating if nothing else. So if you want to follow me along over there. I think I might *try* and do a monthly recap on the blog, but no promises.

Off to squeeze in approximately 11 minutes of reading before I fall asleep or Nicki wakes up, whichever comes first!

12 photos for 2016

I started looking through pictures, trying to get an idea of what I’d like to post… But… Man! Having to chose just ONE photo from each month?!?!?!?! I’ve made it through my January photos in the last 15 minutes and, really, just can’t decide…

January

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We did a quick trip to the DC/Baltimore area to visit Jared’s brother and family who were there for a temporary job. It was right after that huge blizzard that hit the area. And it was cold. Nice to see them, but next time we’re definitely going to pick a warmer month to traipse around DC.

Other happenings:
The kids saw their first movie in theaters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) on Jan 1 (significant because of when they saw the most recent one). Karl turned 4!

February

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We had a snowstorm I guess. They all kinda blur together after a while. But I remember I went to take photos of the snow at a park (which I almost never do).

Other happenings:
One of my grandpas passed away on Ash Wednesday. We went to see the Americana LEGO expo at the mall (totally worth it, if there’s ever a LEGO show in your area!). And apparently the rest of February was warm because I have photos of kids running around outside without coats on…

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Clearly, THIS is the event of Our Year! Baby Nicholas joined the family on March 13. (Birth story over here if you’re interested)

Other happenings:
We went with my family on a mini-vacation literally just before Nicholas was born.

April

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Wildflower bouquet from the kids. Love the spring time 🙂

Other happenings:
Nicholas was baptized, April 16 (that post here if you want to see)

May

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Apparently I let my kids play in the mud 🙂

June

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We grew roses! About the only thing that survived this year. We also picked the roses and nursed the baby, if my photos are any indication of the year! 🙂

July

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I guess you could just say: we do the same things over and over…. This time they happened to name the game “Orcs”. My guess is this was pretty soon after watching LOTR. We also managed to make it to the beach. It was, sadly, the only time we went this summer.

August

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We went for a “hike” in the woods. Quite possibly the first and only time we do that. I was glad to do it for the kids, but not so glad to carry Nicholas. We also started harvesting our grapes (oops, I lied above, about the roses, we also got grapes) and made grape juice.

September

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Jared and I went on vacation (with Nicki 🙂 ). The kids missed *him* more than us. {shrugs shoulders} Katherine started ballet and first communion class. And Kat and Johny had their annual ginormous double birthday party. (Someone PLEASE remind me that next year WE DO NOT want to do this… again…)

October

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We blew bubbles. We went to The Beach House. Flew Kites… took a very cold rainy walk on the beach (oops, sorry, lied again about the beach… but technically, we weren’t able to swim here… ). Zachary turned 2! And I spent a solid two weeks of the month making an Ahsoka Tano costume for Katherine for Halloween. (Link to that photo on IG if you’re interested). Oh… and Karl swallowed two pennies. {Face Palm}

November

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Katherine lost her first tooth, we went to visit an airplane (but not to fly in) and we played in the leaves. And also got in some quality candle blowing practice. 😉

December

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Made ourselves some cookies. Celebrated {myBirthdayChristmasPartiesNewYears}.

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This is very likely the only “year in review” type post I’ll be doing. We had a very low key year overall. We basically just did life. Or, I heard this term from another blogger at one point: This was a Baby Year (meaning: a year when a new baby joined the family). Which for us translates into: staying home as much as possible and just doing the normal old everyday stuff: Laundry, dishes, cleaning, playing in the yard, reading books, doing school.. repeat, repeat, repeat.

I know it was a crazy, rough year for the rest of the world, but for us, at home: It was GOOD.

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Bobbi at Revolution of Love is hosting the link up for “12 in 2016” if you’re interested in adding your own. Or if nothing else, take a few minutes and go through your photos for the year. It was really fun to just see those pictures again. 🙂

Happy New Year!

 

Library Haul {2}

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I’ve been twice to the library since the last of these posts. And apparently I’m not doing very good at paying attention to my piles of books because I had not one, but TWO books out that didn’t get returned on time (that includes the one I just found today… and the library is closed today…. which I also just found out…. *sigh*….)

Anyways, moving on…

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ABC Dream by Kim Krans
Oh my goodness, gorgeous illustrations. But… it’s an alphabet book, so there’s not *that* much story line, but the pictures, beautiful.

Before Morning by Joyce Sidman
Basically a wordless story about a little boy who’s mom has to leave to go to work, before morning, but eventually gets snowed in and is able to return home and spend the day with him instead. Illustrations are sweet. Personally I find wordless books almost harder to “read”, but the kids really liked looking at the pictures.

This is Our Baby, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj
Sweet story about the beginning of life. (This was one I returned last week, so I’ve already managed to forget… but I think it was of all the animals welcoming baby elephant to the world.)

The Uncorcker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas
About a man who’s job is to uncork all the bottles that wash up on the shore of his particular beach. Love the illustrations.

Why Christmas Trees aren’t Perfect by Dick Schneider

The Night of Las Posadas by Tomie dePaola
So, I actually had never read this one before, and we’re big Tomie fans over here. And it pops up in everyone’s list of “must have” Advent/Christmas books. So this year we managed to read it {albeit after the feast day, but, whatever}. I liked it well enough. I think the kids missed the fact that the people playing Mary and Joseph for Las Posadas was THE Mary and Joseph, but it was still cute and they enjoyed it.

The Very First Christmas by Paul L. Maier
A boy is wanting a true story for his bedtime story, so his mother tells him about the very first Christmas. This is interspersed with his questions and her explanations, which could actually be a good addition to the story. And nicely satisfy a curious child. I only thought it went a little over the kids head.

Lulu’s Birthday by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
The kids are talking with Grandma (Lulu) and trying to come up with a good idea for her birthday party. They think and talk about all the fun things they did over the summer trying to come up with something. A sweet story about Grandma and grandkids and family.

 

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These would have been good if my kids had been a but older. They have to do with math, measuring, and Roman Numerals. They weren’t any of them stories per se, but they presented the concepts in a visual way that I think would work better for kids *slightly older* than mine

How tall, How Short, How Far Away by David A. Adler

How Long or How Wide? a Measuring Guide by Brian P. Cleary

Fun With Roman Numerals by David A. Adler

Also on the return pile:
Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor (again… in English this time) and a handful of Disney storybooks and random other twaddle-type books that I try to return as soon as possible. 😉

 

Siblings {November & December}

The Five.
{Short sweet *nearly* photo only post for you this evening}

 

1 ~ From that day in November when the time changed and all my kids got up around 5:00 AM

2 ~ Leaf Pile

3 ~ More leaf piles. I guess it must have been warm…

4 ~ Oh, yes, and there was this gem from that time we I decided the playground would be great fun, even though it was nearly sundown and windy and just plain cold.

5 ~ Lights!!! This was the only picture of the bunch where in no one’s head was captured mid-turn… however, I did lose a few in the “looking at the camera” department 😉

6 ~ Ok. Not of the kids, but inspired by them.
{I found a painting app on my phone and doodled this. Now, I changed phones and no longer have this app… good recommendations for (preferably) free watercolor apps on the google play store?}

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{This post is part of an ongoing project to take at least one photo a month of them all together. Intro’s here}

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