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Friday, June 27, 2014

Early mornings.

I am a morning person.

When I was younger I never realized that I was a morning person.  I do like staying up late but even when I stay up late, I have a fairly easy time waking up in the morning.  Especially in the summer when the sun is also up much earlier.

My mom is not a morning person. (at least not before that first cup of coffee) I have had roommates who are NOT morning people.  (here's a link to one of my best friends over at Alarm Clock Wars: http://www.alarmclockwars.com/)

My husband is not a morning person.

Even my daughter is not a morning person:




















These two photos were taken almost a year apart. When she doesn't want to get up in the morning she will put her blanket over her head.  She is "awake" in both of these photos, just refusing to get up.

Until I had my first child I thought that it was a choice to be a morning person or not. I didn't understand how my friends or family members couldn't just get up.  When my hubby told me that our daughter hated mornings (didn't want to get up...dragged her feet...took forever to drink her bottle) I didn't believe him. Then I had to start getting her up after we moved....and I realized something.

Some people are just not morning people and they were just born that way.

And I accepted it.  And then I got pregnant again.  And it was not a secret that I really hoped my second child would be a morning person like myself.  Because it's hard enough to have TWO people moving slow as molasses in the morning when Mama has to get out the door by 7am.  (really I need to be leaving the driveway at that time.)

And guess what?  I got my wish, my son is a morning person!


He smiles like that almost every morning.  He is also up with the sun.  Or just beforehand at 4:30am.
We are working on him being a slightly later in the morning person.  :)

So what prompted this post?  Well today I was lying in bed after I woke up almost with the sun myself. (around 5:30am) I was thinking about my day and things I needed to do.  And then I realized something. I could go to work early!!  (which means I can leave early!)

My parents have the kids and we will be meeting up with them later. I jumped out of bed and got ready for work as fast as I could.  I got in my car and I thoroughly enjoyed my commute with the radio as loud as I wanted.  There were less cars on the road.  Starbucks was faster.  Work was silent.  And I got a ton of stuff done to start my day.

Ahhhhhh.....I really miss my early mornings.   :)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer of Sequels: The Final List

Summer begins this weekend...time to break out the final Summer Reading List!

Here you go, I'll be going in this order:

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Time Between Us/Time After Time - Tamara Ireland Stone

Croak Series - Gina Damico

The Elysium Chronicles - J.A. Souders

The Cahill Witch Chronicles - Jessica Spotswood

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna/Lola) - Stephanie Perkins

The Innocents, This Side of Jealousy by Lili Peloquin

If I Stay/Where She Went - Gayle Forman


You will notice that I changed it up a bit.  I've already read the Selection Series (twice!) so I might be a little ahead of you.  This weekend I'm starting The Fault in Our Stars.  You will notice I have that one and another that is not a series.  I decided to add these in because my list seemed short.  And I've wanted to read these for a while.  I took out the Divergent series because I talked to a few people who finished it and found so many unhappy people...I decided instead to try the movies and skip the books. I've read the first one and I was happy with how it ended, so I won't push the rest of the books on myself.  Maybe I'll change my mind later...maybe not.

I also took out the UnWind series.  There is a fourth book coming out in October and I'm going to shelve those until the Fall.

I also added "The Innocents" series.  I believe the third book comes out next week, but I'm still trying to confirm that.  That is the series I recommended at the end of the summer.  I will be moving this one up on my list if the last book does come out next week.

And at the very end of my list...a movie is coming out soon for Gayle Forman's "If I Stay."  I LOVED this book and it's sequel.  I've already read them...so I added them to the end...just in case I need more.

The Cahill Witch Chronicles and Anna/Lola/Isla series by Stephanie Perkins both end in August...while I'm on vacation.  Camping in the woods!  How am I going to get my books?!?!

So...do what I did.  Head up your library and your local bookstores.  If you are local to me, feel free to borrow these from me.  A few of them I might even have multiple copies of....which you know what that means.  Giveaways!! :)

Happy beginning of summer!

(Today is also my FIFTH wedding anniversary.  I've been married that long....whoa.)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer is almost here!

Summer is right around the corner.  I'm pretty excited.

I'm organizing our family vacation (camping) and weekend trips (Vermont most likely).

Planning out what we will bring to summer parties.

And gathering my books for my Summer Reading.

I'm hitting up the library (school and town) and then heading to an independent bookseller to get the rest. Why the independent bookseller?  Why not use my e-reader?

Well...I may just do a few more giveaways this summer, won't that be fun?  :)  I have a bit of swag (signed stuff!) from some of my favorite authors and I do love to gift a good book.

And I'll probably get the e-reader versions as well.

My final list will be posted this week along with the order I will be reading the books.  I'm also planning on joining the town library's summer reading program and I just found out that a bunch of my old books will soon be showing up on my doorstep.  So I might add a few extra throughout the summer.

What else do I have planned?  Well....I've had two kids.  It's now time to get back on that weight loss train and continue my journey from a few years ago.  I'm also hoping that if I'm blogging about it, then I will do it.

I hope to generate some good discussion on weight loss, reading and summer fun in the next few months.
Let's go enjoy this weather!  All too soon it will be September.

(gee...darn....Autumn and football?...I really do love every season. :))

Monday, June 09, 2014

Both kids napping

Right now both my kids are napping...at the same time.

I got caught up on the news.  Read all my emails.  Wrote a lot more emails that were needed...

And here I am at my blog.  Which I have missed a LOT.

Many cute things/moments have happened in the past few months with my kids and I wanted to write about them all.  But whenever I had a free moment, I found something else to do with my time.

Take a nap.  Clean the house.  Do a load of laundry.
Spend time with my kids, play with them, feed them.

A few days ago my parents took both kids for a few days so I could get some much needed stuff done at my house.  I managed to clean out my entire barn and create an office space for my husband.  I got about half the pantry done before my kids came back.

I probably could have finished the pantry....but instead I took my last peaceful shower. :)

More posts coming soon.  I can't wait to start my Summer Reading list this year!

I was debating adding "The Fault in our Stars" to my list.  Opinions?