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Friday, March 30, 2012

NINJAGO, vacation, cheap razors

March 29. Yes, again.

  • I really dislike the term "food baby."
  • My sons are obsessed with NINJAGO. I had to sneak that link in quick before they saw it on my computer.
  • I finished the Fire Flower dress. It is adorable. As soon as the Princess cooperates with a little photo shoot, I'll show it to you!
  • A while back I told you all to sign up for AppSmitten, which is an email newsletter that suggests useful iPhone and Android apps. I'm going to remind you of it again, because sometimes it suggests really great stuff. Here's the link to sign up.
  • Everyone in my family is finally healthy again, yay!!
  • In a couple of weeks Mike has a conference to attend in Colorado Springs. Spouses are invited. My extra wonderful terrific favorite sister-in-law (and I think I'm safe saying that because none of my family reads the blog) has volunteered to come spend three nights with my children so that I can go. I am beyond excited. Free vacation! No kids! Sleeping! Reading! I'm even excited by the prospect of an 8 hour car ride.
  • This summer I will be driving to Alabama with the kids. At least one direction I'll be doing it alone with the kids. I plan on taking 3 or 4 days to get home. I'll be looking for things to do and people to visit along the way. (And possibly driveways to park the camper in overnight and bathrooms to borrow.) I'll post more about it later, but if you live anywhere near our path, we'd love to see you. (South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee, mainly, but for the right incentive we can detour a little.) (Trish, could you please move Texas just a little bit to the east? thanks!)
  • I'm going to join the chorus at and tell you that the Noxzema SpaShave Disposable Shavers, 4-Blade are not even worth a one star rating. Complete waste of time and money.
What I Read This Week:
  • Yesterday I posted a long list of library books, after which the above picture happened, for the second time in one day.  As I was picking them up, again, I realized that I really do want to read those books. I've been through them so many times and picked out and given away everything I can bear to get rid of.  So despite the giant library pile, I think every other book I read should come from my own shelves.
  • On Friday I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I quite enjoyed it, and you can read my thoughts here.
  • I also finished Virgin River by Robyn Carr this week. I enjoyed it a good bit but there was one scene that was really off putting. Thankfully it was not repeated. Because of that one scene, I wouldn't recommend it across the board, despite the rest of the book being perfectly fine.  I picked up the next book in the series at the library and if it holds up as well I'll review them together.
  • Yesterday as I was running out the door to the gym, I grabbed Birthright by Nora Roberts off my shelves. (This was before the library trip.) I didn't put a lot of thought into it and when it opens with a baby being kidnapped (like page 4, no spoiler) I thought perhaps I'd acted in haste.  I'm 100 or so pages in now and it's going well. This one is a reunion story, and it's refreshing to have a hero who is dedicated to winning the girl from the beginning. This one weighs in at nearly 500 pages.
  • I am also slowly working my way through Catholicism For Dummies . More on this later.


  1. I'm so out of it I didn't know what food baby was - I had to google it. You're a brave woman to drive that far with 3 kids!

  2. I have a driveway, I have a driveway - and Omaha is right on the Interstate!

    That picture right there? That is one of the things that made me cry when I got surprised finding out I was pregnant with my daughter. I had just gotten my younger son to the point he didn't do that any more. I miss so many things about having kids that young but that is sure not one of them!

  3. I've never heard that term 'food baby' either. I had to google it, too, and now I don't like the term either.

    Yahoooo! On going to Colorado Springs for that grown up getaway! I want to thank your sister-in-law too!! You NEED this. xo

    That's going to be one adventurous summer vacation to Alamaba! LOTS of books on tape and fun music.

  4. If you need a place to stop in Iowa, you'll have to let me know. We are contemplating driving to Florida to go to Disney World this year as opposed to flying since it is so expensive. The idea of being in a car that long doesn't excite me, but I also think it is a good way to see the country.

  5. We're in northeast Texas--can't you just come south and then go directly east?? We have a big driveway and extra bed and shower. I'll even feed you. :) Seriously--can't be THAT far out of the way!

  6. Man, I was in the middle of writing and then totally accidently closed my browser window and lost my comment. Here's try 2:

    Colorado Springs!! I'm going to Colorado next week and will be in the Springs for a day to visit family. Awesome!! Post photos!

    That is an awesome photo. What is it about beautifully organized shelved books that makes kids just want to destroy!! He likes to crinkle the covers of the paperbacks and tear off the dust jackets which are my main problems with it. Still figuring out how to solve that problem.

    Totally just signed up for AppSmitten. Never had heard of it before.

    Will ask my husband about trip ideas. He's always good at coming up with stuff.

  7. You had me at Ninjago - my kids love it too! :) And they're always on my case because I say it wrong.


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