Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Runaway Quilt - review






From the beginning pages of this book to the very last sentence, I was drawn into the story of "The Runaway Quilt:", from the Elm Creek Quilts series. 

"Alerted to the possibility that her family had ties to the slaveholding South, Sylvia scours her attic and finds three quilts and a memoir written by Gerda, the spinster sister of clan patriarch Hans Bergstrom.  The memoir describes the founding of Elm Creek Manor and how, using quilts as makers, Hans, his wife, Anneke, and Gerda came to beckon fugitive slaves to safety within its walls..." (portion from the inside cover of the book)

I enjoy reading about the Civil War era and found this book rather intriguing.  I am a bit familiar with the 'Underground Railroad' but wish I new more.  Some historians say that stationmasters used quilts as signals for fugitive slaves and other historians say the quilts were never used.  I would like to believe that they were. I liked how Jennifer Chiaverini, author of the Elm Creek Quilt novels, brought the quilt signal argument to life. 

Thank you to Miss Nancy, Canaan Town Library, for recommending this book.  I also highly recommend 'The Runaway Quilt" for all who enjoy the stories behind the quilt.

(disclaimer:  I checked this book out from the library and the opinions of this book are my own and I was not compensated by the author)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Library Surprise

Every Saturday the kids have a set visiting time at the library with their friends.  We spend a good hour to hour and a half of visiting, catching up on our weeks and just having some good fun. 
Today, there were some little surprises hiding amongst the books.  Another friend of ours created these cute animals and wanted to share her gift.  Samantha found "Bearinice" and has been inspired to create and share something of her own. 

(picture was taken by Stanton Selby, father of our friends that we visit on a weekly basis)

As you can see by the picture, Samantha loves her new 'friend'. 

Thank you, Celeste, for sharing your talents with others :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Looking Back on Week 27

This week, the kids worked on the following:
  • Math:  Both kids are doing a pretty good job with their math worksheets.  Nick has been a bit grumpy about having to do math at all, but I think the problem has been resolved.  Only time will tell.
  • Reading:  Nick is still reading "Who Was Mark Twain?" and has been reading math related books as well.  Sam is currently reading "Stuart Little" and other books too.
  • Computer Time:  This is a daily occurrence for both kids.  Lately they have been watching "Myth Busters", and "Cyber-Chase".  Which is good because I would rather have them watch something educational then something that encourages rude behavior.
  • Play:  Also a daily occurrence in our house.  Nick and Sam have been playing with legos and other toys.
 Nick and Sam did not have any outdoor time this week...TOO COLD!  Hopefully the cold spell will snap and that the temps will go above freezing.  Fresh air is needed as the kids are getting a little stir crazy in the house.


Have a good weekend :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Congratulations!

Tonight, when I logged onto Facebook, I found out that I became a great-auntie for the 2nd time.  My niece gave birth to a beautiful 6lb 9oz boy. 

Congratulations Dusty, Hannah and big brother Ayden!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

On the Nightstand...

I am currently reading:
  • KJV Bible
  • Book of Mormon
  • Ensign Magazine (November 2012 issue)
  • Atlas Shrugged 
I have checked out the following books from the library and hope to read at least one of them this week:
  • The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
What are you reading this week?


Friday, January 18, 2013

Looking Back on Week 26

Week 26 kept the kids busy doing the following:
  • Math - both Nick and Sam worked in their workbooks and some individual worksheets.  Nick is struggling a bit with multiplication but is starting to get the hang of it.  Sam is taking off with her addition skills.  Last year, Sam did everything she could to avoid math and if you told me that she would love it in 2013, I would have probably laughed at you.
  • Writing - Sam has taken it upon herself to practice cursive.  She has asked her daddy to write down specific words in cursive and then Sam would copy them over and over again.  Sam also wrote little notes to her grandparents and a couple of friends.  
  • Reading - Nick finished 'Who Was Jane Goodall?' at the beginning of the week and is now reading 'Who Was Mark Twain?'.  Sam is reading a few books...'Winnie the Pooh',  a learning guide about Snakes and Reptiles (a Magic Tree House book), and 'Homer Price'.
  • Computer Time - Nick and Sam had some computer time this week and watched some 'Mythbusters' on you-tube videos and played some games
  • Play - The kids played outside a couple of times this week (when weather permitted), played a lot with legos and built a few forts.   
One thing that I have noticed in the last couple of weeks are the conversations that Scott and I have with Nick and Sam.  The topic of conversation will be about anything that the kids are curious about...science, history, technology, books, math, movies, nature, etc.  Sometimes we get into serious discussions or silly ones.  Whether they last for a few minutes or a couple of hours, these conversations are awesome!



Have a great weekend :)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Falling Angels - review

"January 1901, the day after Queen Victoria's death: Two families visit neighboring graves in a fashionable London cemetery.  One is decorated with a sentimental angel, the other an elaborate urn.  Separated by social class as well as taste, the Waterhouses cling to traditions while the Colemans look ahead to a more modern society.  The families are inextricably linked when their two girls meet behind the tombstones and become friends - and worse, become involved with the gravedigger's impetuous son.
As the girls grow up and the new century begins, as cars replace horses and electricity outshines gas lighting, the nation emerges from the shadow of oppressive Victorian values to a golden Edwardian summer.  It is then that the beautiful, frustrated Mrs. Coleman makes a bid for greater personal freedom, with disastrous consequences, and the lives of the Colemans and the Waterhouses are changed forever." (taken from inside the book cover)

I checked out 'Falling Angels' by Tracy Chevalier from our local library and found it to be an interesting read.  I was familiar with the authors writing because I read 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' last year and knew that I would probably enjoy this one.  I have to honestly say that I was not as impressed by 'Falling Angels' as I was with 'Girl With A Pearl Earring.'  I liked the writing style, but was a little annoyed with a couple of the characters...a mother that doesn't really acknowledge her daughter and a girl that feels it is her duty to try and blackmail her friend's parents.

If you enjoy reading historical fiction, I recommend this book for you.

(disclaimer:  I checked this book out from the library and this is my own personal review) 






Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Characters

(picture taken from facebook.  not sure who posted it)


I work in a small town and sometimes small towns have rather interesting characters living in them.  Our town is one of those places.  I can't get into the gist of things here (due to my job), but let's just say that 'George' has multiplied both literally and figuratively.

I will have to let you use your imagination and hopefully, one of these days I will be able to expand on this topic.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Looking Back on Week 25

The last few weeks have been fun, relaxing and a bit chaotic.  Things have settled down and the kids are getting back into lessons.  This week they worked on the following:
  • Math - Their choice on what type of math activity they wanted to do.  Both Nick and Sam ended up working in their perspective math workbooks.  They each did a pretty good job and I can see where their strengths and weaknesses are.  
  • Reading - they automatically do this on a daily basis.  Nick is reading a chapter book about Jane Goodall and Sam is reading a Winnie the Pooh book.
  • Writing - Nick took it upon himself to write the Lego Company and I will be putting it in the mail tomorrow.  Sam writes notes all over the house - she is one who does not like to write unless it is her idea.
  • Nick has been working in his Vocabulary Cartoons book this week and is almost 3/4 done.
  • Play - Nick and Sam have been busy playing with legos and other fun things.
I am very proud at how Nick and Sam were able to get back into lesson mode without a hitch.  Looking forward to see how the rest of the 2nd half of their school year goes.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Time Keeper - review






"Banished to this cave, he must listen to the world's every plea - for more minutes, more hours, more years, more time. 

He has been here an eternity.  He has given up hope.  But a clock ticks for all of us, silently, somewhere.  

Soon Father Time will be free.  To return to Earth. And finish what he started."(taken from the back cover of the book)

Yesterday, I checked out 'The Time Keeper' by Mitch Albom from the library.  I had read one of his previous books and thought I would read another.  'The Time Keeper' did not disappoint! I enjoyed the interesting storyline about how Father Time came to be and how he learned to save himself.

Next time you go visit your local library, check this book out. 'The Time Keeper' comes highly recommended! 


Saturday, January 5, 2013

On my Nightstand...

A few books that I am reading or planning on to read...

  • Book of Mormon - always reading
  • Bible (KJV) - always reading
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - currently reading
  • The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom - libary book
  • Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier - library book
  • Ensign Magazine - October, November and December (2012 issues) - currently reading the November issue
 What books are you currently reading?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Ancestors

I have been thinking a lot about introducing our children to their ancestors.  There are so many on their family tree that I don't really know where to start.  After reading this post from Homeschool Mosaics, I now know what I am going to do.  The only difficult part will be deciding which ancestor to begin with. 

I read the following poem from facebook and wanted to share:


(picture is from Twisted Twigs On Gnarled Branches Genealogy facebook page)

How have you introduced your ancestors to your children?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013

"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things werewith one may edify another." ~ Romans 14:19