Yes, I have had a lot of time on my hands lately to sit around and read! In keeping with the Halloween spirit, I decided to read a scary book that Kindle was offering for $2.99.
The Book: Shaken
Author: J.A. Konrath
THIS BOOK WAS SCARY! It was a very quick read and I could hardly put it down. You really need to read it when you can read it in a short amount of time because of the sequence of events. He writes the chapters out of order, but I really liked reading it that way! (On Kindle you have the option to read it chronologically). (Also, there are a bunch of books that came before this one...but I didn't read those and this one was still great!)
Anyway, I was very excited about how interested I really got in this book. The characters are easy to get to know, and the scenes are so descriptive. I again don't want to give away any of the details, but it is about a serial killer and the people trying to catch him! I hope they make it into a scary movie one day! He has a new one that follows this one called "Stirred," but it's not coming out until next year! I can't wait to read it already!
Hope you have had a Happy Halloween!! Let me know what you did!
I dressed up as Pocahontas and Little Man was a monkey! We had fun passing out candy. I will post pics as soon as I find my camera cord...I don't know where it is!
So, I know I haven't been blogging lately... but I have had a lot going on! So yeah, that's my excuse! :)
Anyway, in the past few days (even with my "lots going on") I have had time to do lots of reading as well. Between yesterday and today, I read one of the best books I have ever read. I love to read non-fiction narrative novels, and this one will really get to you!
The Book- Slave: My True Story
Author(s)- Mende Nazer and Damien Lewis
The title really says a lot. Many people don't know that slavery still exists all over this world. Yes today! As we speak, many people (mainly in Africa and Asia) are being captured as slaves: domestic slaves, labor slaves, sex slaves... Being a world history teacher for the past six years, I taught my students about slavery and I would ask every year if they thought slavery was over...and of course they said yes. Then I would challenge them to find current events about slavery...and they were always shocked.
Mende's story will truly capture your heart as she takes you on her detailed journey from her village in Africa through her life as a slave. I could put so much more in here about the book, but I don't want to give any of the story away. It is amazing and inspiring. I will definitely be doing more research on this issue, and seeing what I can do to help (however small that may be).
I cannot believe Little Man is 13 months old today!
What he's been up to:
He barks like a dog when he hears one barking!
He loves riding downhill in his truck when we let go!
He beeps his horn when we tell him too.
He loves to ring the doorbell.
He still loves his books. He likes to open them and put them right up to his face before he turns the page.
He likes to play in front of the fireplace, but is getting really good at understanding the words, "No. No."
He likes to play chase with his Daddy in the floor (crawling).
He puts his hands in the air when you ask, "How big is Little Man?" "Sooo Big!"
He loves when I cuddle him up in the towel after his bath and kiss him all over the face!
He loves to brush his teeth and screams if I try to take his toothbrush away.
He loves to pull the cord on the ceiling fan.
He likes to go from person to person.
He likes to close the trunk on the front of his car.
He loves reaching for things.
He likes to chew on the end of Daddy's popsicle sticks when it's in Daddy's mouth.
He likes to taste my Blow Pop when I'm eating it.
He still likes to throw the coaster around, and his little red ball.
He likes to throw his food on the floor and then eat it later.
He likes to get into the cabinets in the bathroom and take out all my lotions and shampoo.
He loves to wave, and then turn his hand to his mouth and say buh, buh, buh.
He loves to swing at the park. I took him today and he couldn't stop laughing on the swing!
He still eats mainly baby food, but I am determined to get him to eat more table food. So I started today with a banana. (Yes I have tried before, but he gags!) So today, I gave him a little chunk of banana on a fork. He fed himself and then spit it out. He touched it and made a gross face. Then he tried again and spit it out again. Then he let me try and he ate it! He continued to eat, and ate all of the banana that I offered (about half of a banana!) I am so excited, and can't wait to try other foods soon!
Just to document:
He woke up too early one morning (5:30), and I went and got him and brought him to our bed. He played around for about 30-45 minutes and then fell asleep between us for about 45 minutes. It was the sweetest thing!
He loves to babble to himself a lot! His main consonants when he is babbling are "b" and "d." But he is also saying "MMMa MMa" lots more!
Beep= dee dee
Uh oh= Uh Oh repeatedly!
Go! Go! Go!
Yay! (and claps his hands)
(I can't think of anymore right now...but will add them when I do!)
Hope you have had a great Tuesday! See ya tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday from the pumpkin patch! :)
Yesterday was Children's Sabbath at our church, and the little kids sang sweet songs! They were so adorable... I teared up thinking about when my son will be old enough to be singing up there!
The sermon continued with the series about God wanting our possessions. It really made me think about what I have and how I am using it for God. The real thing that got me was when he talked about priorities. If you make a list of your priorities in life and really look at it...whatever is in the number one spot is usually something that you are putting above God. Not only are you putting it above God...it is your God. We truly need to think about our priorities and put God first. Not only first, but in and among every priority we have on our list. Something to think about... :)
Hope you have a wonderful start to the week! Happy Monday!
This post is a bit overdue, but awhile back, Cool Gal from It's the World I Know tagged me in this post! If you are a somewhat regular reader of my blog, I'm sure you have heard me mention Cool Gal a few times before. She has a wonderful, inspiring, and fun blog and is a very supportive friend! You have got to check her out if you haven't had a chance to yet!
1. What was the last thing you ate?
I just ate a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch for breakfast.
2. What is one of your best childhood memories?
Definitely going on our "out west" trip with my family. We went to Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My favorite was a 4 hour horseback ride in Jackson Hole. It was beautiful!
3. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you were older?
I wanted to be a professional singer or actress...lol :)
4. Do you paint your toenails in the winter?
Yes, I always have my toenails painted!
5. Do you watch any reality television? If so, what show is your favorite?
Yes...probably too much. But, my favorite is currently Biggest Loser. I record it and fast forward through most of it, but it's still my favorite :) I also like America's Next Top Model, but I'm not watching this season...
6. What were some of the "trends" when you were a kid?
The first thing I thought of were the leggings under mini skirts...I could definitely post some pictures of the sisters and me in this trend! (if only they were scanned in...)
7. What is your favorite time of the year? Why?
My favorite time is spring...not too hot yet but warming up. Perfect for outside activities and looking forward to summer vacation!
1. What's the last book you read?
2. What would be your dream job?
3. What is your favorite sweet treat?
4. Where did you go (or where do you want to go) on your honeymoon?
5. Where were you born and where do you live now?
6. What's your favorite thing to do outside?
7. What's your favorite quote?
8. Have you ever had any nicknames? What were/are they?
Sometimes, I am thankful just to be able to spend time doing something fun with the family...just the three of us :) So on Sunday, kind of on the spur of the moment, we decided to drive about an hour away to Greenville for "Fall for Greenville." They have lots of vendors selling food, amusement rides for kids, and lots of bands playing. It got a little hot, but we had a good time!
I know, I know... I should have done it a long time ago, but I didn't want to. So, I finally caved in on Monday, and we got Little Man a haircut. He did a good job. I just had to feed him few Puffs to keep him from turning his head :)
I am a mama to a wonderful boy and girl, a wife to a wonderful hard-working minister husband, a sister to five amazing girls, a daughter to two loving parents, and I used to be a teacher to 90 talented middle schoolers in South Carolina! I am currently a stay-at-home mama! I am a UNC grad and huge fan of the tar heels! I love photography, singing, reading, and being a mama!