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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Bourbon Kings - J.R. Ward

Did you grow up in the eighties?
Did you mom watch those scandalous night time soaps?
Familiar with Dallas?
Dynasty?
Ever get sucked into the lives of the Ewing's, Carrington's
or Colby's?
Did you or your mum spend a summer wondering
Who Shot JR?

Well,
if you're nostalgic for those days
this is the book for you!

Meet the Baldwins. 
They are a powerful family
that has been making the best Bourbon
forever.
And like every wealthy, 
old money family,
they are scandalous.

Edward,
the oldest of the siblings,
was the heir apparent.
Until his trip to Mexico where he was kidnapped
and tortured.
Now he is half the man he was.
But still cannot forget the woman
he loves.
Can he swallow his pride
and admit the truth?

Lane fell in love with Lizzie.
But she's the head gardener.
Can their love be real?
Well,
not when his girlfriend turns up pregnant
so he marries her.
But he's never forgotten Lizzie.
Can he win her back?

Gin is the only daughter.
A free spirit.
Not very educated,
but with a body like hers
does she need one?
Her one true love
is a man she's been playing games
with for years.
But when she confesses her true feelings
will he believe her.

Welcome to Charlemont.
It's not Dallas and oil.
It's Kentucky and Bourbon.




Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mom of One

 Ethan's our only child. And,  I do not shy away from referring to him as my miracle child. Those who know me, know the reason(s) he's our only child. And they know why he'll be our only child. 

And while I get, that not everyone is aware of this, and people find it necessary to ask me when I'll have another, it does tend to get old.

Yesterday, I went to fetch Ethan from school. Hanging out with some fellow moms, I had one ask me about more children. And I gave my standard response. "No, we have no plans for more." But it didn't end there. The inquisition went on for a good 10 minutes.

Not everyone chooses to have more than one child. For some, this is a choice. For others, it isn't. But no matter which one it is, there are some things you should just  not say!

1. But wouldn't you want a girl.
    Sure. But I have a niece. And while it's not the same, I'm happy. So why does it bother you?

2. Doesn't he ever want a sibling.
     Sure. But he also wants an iPad, a new bike, playdates, no homework, and a whole bunch more.          Yes, it's not the same thing,  but you can't always get what you want. 

3. Are you trying?
    Maybe we are. And maybe we're not. I like to say we're practicing! 

4. Just go and have another one.
    Sure. I'll just go to the baby store and pick one out.

5. You know, you could adopt.
    Yup, I know. Thanks.

6. He needs someone to play with.
    Yes he does. That's why he has friends.

7. Doesn't he get lonely?
    Sure he does. Sometimes. Don't we all?

Don't get me wrong, I understand there are people who love their big family, and there are people who are happy with their small families. But why is there a need to make people question their choices?



Sunday, August 16, 2015

Five Greats

We are back in Dar!
And while we're sad to see the summer come to an end,
we've had a very busy and exciting week.

1. Hello grade 4


Ethan's started school.
Can you believe this little man
is a fourth grader now.

2. Ice cream with cousins.


To celebrate the first day of school,
we went for ice cream with some cousins.

3. We moved into our new house.
We just moved down the road,
but it has a nice yard
and is on a better road.

4. Friday wine with the ladies.
Not quite sure when
or how this started,
but every couple of weeks,
two mates and I
spend the afternoon together
just having fun.

5. Sushi Sunday
A lovely Sunday afternoon
with sushi and my boys.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Paper Towns - John Green

I have a rule at home;
if there's a movie made,
based on a book,
you need to read the book first.
This is why my son has yet
to watch the Harry Potter movies.

So when I was at the cinema,
and saw a preview for Paper Towns
I figured I better read it,
in case I wanted to see it.

Quentin Jacobsen was once great friends with this neighbour,
Margo Roth Spiegelman.
Now he loves her from afar.
Until the night she sneaks into his bedroom
and takes me on a midnight adventure.
They extract revenge
on those that Margo viewed
as having caused her pain.
They sneak into Seaworld.
They have a great time!

The next day, 
Margo's not at school.
Her parents say she's run away.
She's done this before.
But Margo has left behind some clues,
and Quentin,
along with his buddies,
are out to find her.




Five Greats

Oh my,
do I ever have some catching up to do.

My last "greats"
was all Boston related. 
I had a GREAT time there.
And then I had a fantastic week
in Ottawa
filled with more greats.

1. I may have gotten a certificate from 
Project Zero,
but this one makes my heart melt.



2. Beach day with friends.



3. Treats!



4. New Ink


5. Cousins




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Five Greats

I'm a little late in posting this,
I had an amazing week last week. 
There were a whole bunch of greats.

1. It began with this




2. Where I got to meet some amazing people.



3. Made new friends. 



4. Got to finally meet some of the most amazing women ever. 



5. And finally made it home to this guy. 




Friday, July 17, 2015

Five Greats

In The Law of Moses
Georgia tells Moses about her
five greats.

The five greats game is.....
finding beauty in ordinary things.
And the only rule is
gratitude.

Thinking this was a great idea,
here are this week's five greats.

1) This kid


He is fun loving
and had an incredible sense of humour. 

2) My new MacBook Air
My MacBook was dying
a slow and painful death.
It was time for a new one.

3) Cousins





Spending time with my cousins
is like hanging out with some of your coolest
friends.

4) Bravo Broadway




Ethan attended theatre camp again this year.
This year's production was
The Wizard of Oz.
Ethan was Uncle Henry,
a munchkin,
an Oz person
and a Winkie!

5) Dinner with an old friend.



Fiona and I realized,
the last time we got together,
Ethan was 3 weeks old!
Great to catch up again!