Friday, November 30, 2007

Nineteen Minutes

by Jodi Picoult

Another fabulous book by my newest favorite author! Nineteen Minutes revolves around a typical high school in the US and the bullying that is present within it. One student can't take any more and retaliates in the form of a school shooting, killing ten students and leaving even more injured. As someone who was bullied in school, this book was really an eye opener for me to the fact that to some degree it happened to everyone (contrary to my belief at the time that I was the only target, though the things that happened to me were no where near as severe as what was happening to the main character of this story). I think this would be a great book for everyone to read, especially students and educators.

I just visited the authors website and it looks like they have made this into a movie (there is a trailer available on the site but I can't view it for some reason). They are also beginning filming on My Sister's Keeper (review a few posts ago) starring Dakota Fanning and Cameron Diaz. Although I don't think the movies are ever as good as the books are, I'm still looking forward to seeing them!

I'm currently reading The Guy Not Taken by another favorite author - Jennifer Weiner. Look for a review in a week or two!

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Henry's First Haircut

Here is a picture that was taken by the stylist who did Henry's first hair cut (after she was finished). It's kind of hard to see any difference, isn't it?! The biggest impact was the removal of his baby mullet. ;o) He really hasn't grown too much hair on top in his 16 mos! I thought I'd share the picture anyhow though...

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Friday, November 16, 2007

An uneventful month... sort of

A friend of mine reminded me recently that it has been over ten days since I've updated my blog, so I thought I'd come out and post to let you all know that we are still alive and doing well... Just haven't been doing a whole lot to warrant posting this month. We did attend the holiday parade last weekend, and Henry had his first hair cut the same day but I don't have any photos of either event to share. Hair cut photo's will come eventually, but we're still waiting on those.

Last weekend I had my first Stampin' Up! workshop outside of my home - I've done a few here, but never any where else. I was terrified that I would forget half of my stuff, but thankfully I did not. The ladies seemed to like the cards we did. I'll have to get pictures posted of those soon too! So much to do and not enough time in the day to do it.

I've been spending my free time working on the jigsaw puzzle from hell (I'm pretty sure that's the title - argh), and trying to read Jodi Picoult's Nineteen Minutes. It's such a good book, but I get into my puzzle and before I know it, it's bedtime. OH - and did you know there is a new book out called Rhett Butler's People? I know I'm getting it for Christmas and I can't wait! I just loved the GWTW story, and the sequel Scarlett (by a different author).

Tomorrow night my Mom and I are going to see the musical White Christmas. I'm really looking forward to that, as the movie is my favorite movie of all time. When I was very young, my Aunt and Uncle sent me a copy of the movie on VHS that they had recorded from the television and I watched that thing over and over and over on the weekends. Literally, I would play the movie, watch it, rewind it, and play it again about three times per day. I used to spend the weekends at my grandparents, and it got to the point that when I went to put the movie in one fateful time (after easily 300 total viewings) my grandpa said something to the effect of, "if you put that g*d d*mn movie in one more time..." Well, you get the picture. ;o) Apparently every man has a Bing Crosby breaking point and I had found his. Over the last 25 years I'd guesstimate that I've seen the show at least 500 times, and no I'm not exaggerating! I know almost the entire movie by heart. I'm hoping the play is just as good!

Next week is also Thanksgiving. We will be spending the day with my Mom and Grandma and watching the Packers (hopefully) beat the Lions to further their division lead. *fingers crossed*

That's about all of the excitement we have! Like I said, it's not much for blog fodder!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

An Apple A Day

Little Henry has entered the "I want that!" phase. Meaning, whenever I am snacking, he wants to try it no matter what it is (needless to say my snacking habits have changed dramatically!). This time it was an apple. I wouldn't have given in on this one, but it was very soft and easy to chew (almost "over the hill") so I let him try it. HE LOVED IT! I guess it's not all that surprising because he loves his applesauce (gerber, motts, home made, whatever!).

Life is going well for us, nothing really new to report there. Henry has his first hair cut this weekend, so I'll have to post pics of that later. It's late in the day on Saturday, so who knows how cooperative he'll be for that! The little one in my tummy is constantly perfecting his/her swift kick to the ribs - a treat I rarely experienced with Henry. The kitties are driving us crazy being super cuddly now that it is colder. That's about it! My next OB check up is Friday, I believe that makes 18 weeks? I'm honestly not sure! I don't think there will be anything new to report on that front until we have the ultrasound (which may now be postponed until after the first of the year for insurance purposes, but we'll see).

Keep warm and take care!

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

My Favorite Puppy

Here is Henry in this year's halloween costume. I decided to make his costume this year, but it's nothing big. Just some felt glued to a white hoodie over some matching sweatpants with a little eye shadow on his nose for good measure! :)

Since Henry really doesn't have any concept of halloween yet, we decided to skip trick or treating this year in favor of visiting Henry's godparents (Julie, Ryan, and their son Caden) and grandmas. Here is a pic of Henry and Caden (a.k.a. Tigger). Henry is 16 mos old, Caden is roughly 9 1/2 mos old.

And finally, here is one more pic from our vacation. We went to a restaurant in Opry Mills (similar to Gurnee Mills for those from this area, but in Nashville) called Johnny Rocket's. It was a fun 50's diner themed restaurant, similar to Ed Debevic's, but with friendly waitstaff. :o) LOL! (For those who don't know, the staff at Ed's are paid to be rude to the customers... I know it's hard to believe, but it's kind of the whole reason you go there!) They even took a dance break for us! Anyhow, they gave him one of their paper caps. I thought the pic was too cute and had to share!

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