Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Funny Videos!

These are hilarious...not to mention TRUE!!

Mommy Rhapsody from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Dad Life from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer Book #5: The Lucky One

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

I've had this book for quite a while and don't know why I haven't read it sooner. It took me a while to get into it...kind of slow in the beginning but then it took off. Nicholas Sparks continues to be one of my all-time favorite authors and I loved The Lucky One. I really liked the different points of view in the storytelling and loved the kindness of Logan and Nana's spunky personality. She was fun to learn more about.

Pages: 326

Friday, June 18, 2010

Summer Book #4: The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I had this book recommended by two good friends, Heidi and Linda, after discussing The Hunger Games series and then heard about it from several other friends afterward. While it is COMPLETELY different, it fell into the "GREAT Book" category. I am definitely expanding my usual genre of books this summer and I'm LOVING it!! The Help is funny, heart-warming, and gut-wrenching all within a few pages. Growing up in Utah in the 60s, I was oblivious to the happenings in the south; however, we had our own versions prejudice in Bountiful. My grandpa, born in 1892, referred to African Americans as "G**D***N-word" (I don't mean any offense to anyone by stating that...). My parents said they weren't prejudice, just don't bring anyone home. At Viewmont  High School in the late 1970s, Tony was the only African American and he was popular!! One night when our kids were fairly small (all under 10), Bob and I were deriving home and talking about how things have changed over the years. We didn't realize the kids were listening in the back seats. I don't remember which one of them piped up and said, "We don't know any black people do we?" Bob and I looked at each other and replied, "What about Noelle, Loren, and Chase?" (An amazing family in our ward who adopted three African American children.) Their reply, "They're black??" We were so proud they hadn't even noticed there were ANY differences in anything!! I'm so grateful times have changed for the better, at least in my little corner of the world. It's amazing to me that people could and did treat other people the way they did...and got away with it! 

Kathryn Stockett touched my heart and left me with another "thinker" book! I love those!!

Pages: 451

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer Book #3: ***

At this point, I am not able to divulge my "Summer Book #3" and it's KILLING ME!!!! Suffice it to say, it was fabulous! I am dying to talk to someone about it but have been sworn to secrecy by the author. I can also say it's my absolute FAVORITE book by this author (and I've read them all!!) and can't wait for September 28, 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pages: 272

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Book #2: Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

After The Hunger Games, I couldn't wait to read Catching Fire! I had it in my hands by Monday at 10:30am (darn Sam's Club didn't have it so I had to hit Barnes and Noble!) and raced home to start reading it. I forced myself to do a bit of housework, then read, a little more housework, read, etc. I finished it early this morning (couldn't stay awake one more minute last night...) and really liked it. I didn't like it as much as Book 1 but it was still REALLY good! I HATE cliffhangers and this one has a noose around it!! I'd love to discuss it more but...then I'd ruin it for others. ARGH!! Can I want August to hurry and get here for Mockingjay to come out but not for school to start?

Pages: 400

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Summer Book #1: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I have really resisted reading this book. I've had so many recommend it but it didn't fall into the genres I usually like. However, I bought it last week and decided I'd read it "sometime this summer." After beginning it Saturday morning, I literally couldn't put it down! I just finished it, a little over 24 hours after beginning it and can't wait until I can get my hands on the second one (darn WalMart was out of them last night!)! This book reminded me of The Giver, the short story "The Most Dangerous Game," and was reminiscent of other books I've read but can't put my finger on the titles. The story line completely hooked me and wouldn't let go! Amazing writing Suzanne Collins! Can't wait to read more!

Pages: 374

Friday, June 4, 2010

Schools Out
I can't tell you how excited I am to be out of school for the summer! 
My list of "Things to Do" is HUGE but I'm ready to relax and not have to go to work every day for a while.