What I read: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. This is the second novel that I have read by John Green. I am at 60% of the way through it on my kindle and I am liking it mostly. John Green has a wonderful writing style and easily captures you attention (aka you do not find your mind drifting while you read his novels) This novel follows the story of two troubled (but highly intelligent) teens as they navigate the harsh world of anxiety, teenage love, and a mysterious disappearance of one of their parents. My only complaint so far is with the amount of cursing the teens are using. I may be sheltered, but I think its a little excessive. Also, the best friend of one of the main characters is slightly toxic…so that is troubling.
Emma (16 years old) is rereading the Beautiful Creatures series.
Ben (8 years old) is reading Encyclopedia Brown and loving it. We are also reading Half Magic and getting a kick out of how the magic is going wrong. Like one of the kids wished for the cat to be able to talk and while it does begin to say words, they are complete jibberish. Ben makes me stop reading so he can see the spelling of some of the words the cat comes up with. **This book strongly reminds me of Nanny McPhee, Mary Poppins, and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle if you need a frame of reference.
What I watched: House Hunters International, Parks and Recreation, and Justified.
Blessings this week:
-The summer gods have blessed us and we have been enjoying cooler temperatures with much lower humidity than we normally have to deal with.
-We had our second youth group and it went much better than last week. We had a short lesson on St. Francis of Assisi and then we played water balloon tosses followed by a round of ice cream sandwiches and popsicles.
-Emma got to spend two days with two different friends and that did wonders for her mental health.
The best thing that happened this week:
-My Emma turned 16. She had a really nice birthday week filled with family, friends, great food, and wonderful presents. Emma is a joy to know and simply one of the best treasures in my life. I love you Emma!!!
The worst thing that happened this week:
We were walking at the park and noticed a little sparrow was sitting on the walkway. It would not move much and kept trying to fly but seemed really tired. Ben and I wanted to help it so we got closer to see what the problem was and the little bird hopped over to Ben’s foot and laid its head down on his shoe (it was heart wrenching)
**We decided to carry it over to a cluster of bird feeders because it was shady with plenty of food. As I was carrying it, the blasted thing kept biting me…..so maybe it was not as ill as it looked….
Something I was happy to accomplish this week:
-Decluttered my dining room floor….it was a mess. **I try to keep a tidy home but I’m prone to leaving piles of things in certain spots like at the bottom of the stairs, by the front door, and on the counter in the kitchen. Its a work in progress.
-Oh and we managed to survive another week in this crazy world as gracefully as possible. #Blessthismess
Funny things that happened this week:
-On the morning after Emma’s birthday, Ben commented that Emma still looked 15. We told Ben that he will make a great husband one day.
-After we rescued the bird and were walking to the car, Ben kept telling me “Great now we probably have the avian flu!” When I asked where he had heard of that disease, he looked at me and huffed, “I saw it on The Amazing World of Gumball.” Let no one tell you that silly kid shows are pointless, my kids get 99% of their random facts from watching Curious George, Dino Dan, and countless Youtube videos.
And because Emma just loves this photo of herself so much >>sarcasm<<
You’re welcome, Emma!
Stay safe and try to keep on laughing!