Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Time is for Reading

     I have a TON of books on my TBR (to be read) list but a few that I would really like to knock off this summer. My bookclub's theme of the month this month is fairy tale re-tellings. We are all picking our own books then coming to the meeting and discussing them. My first book that I want to read is Hunted by Meagan Spooner. It is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and I cannot wait to read it!

Second on my list is a contemporary that I have heard a ton of good things about. Once and for all by Sarah Dessen.

Next is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which is a book that has to do with the Black Lives Matter movement that is happening right now. With all that is going on around the country and especially in my town, I know this will be a heartbreaking and eye opening book. 

One of my favorite authors is Nora Roberts so two of her trilogies have made my summer reads list. The Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy which, at least the first book, takes place in Ireland.

The second trilogy I'd love to read by Nora Roberts this summer is the Guardians Trilogy. The first book starts off with a woman who has these horrible dreams and nightmares into works of art.

Last but not least is a book called Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall. I absolutely love this author. She writes amazing Amish stories that I fall in love with every time I read them. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book. I can't wait to read it and share my review!

Ten books all together. I don't think it's too crazy of a list. What do you have planned to read this summer? Any good books I can add to my shelf? Let me know below!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Time to Sit Back and Unwind

     I wanted to write a whole entry about our summer plans and then I realized we didn't really have any. We make one plan for the summer and that is to go to NY and go camping for our family reunion. Everything else is just kind of spur of the moment ideas.
     I hope to go to our local parks and splash parks a lot this summer.
     I want to visit the library a bunch.
     Maybe a barbecue somewhere.
     I also found a campground not too far from us that I want to try. It looks a lot like our campground in NY so I am hoping I get the same love for camping feeling I get in NY. I know it will be hard because I won't have my whole family there but I am hoping to have my friend-family there.
     Really my goal is to just get out and have a lot of fun. I know it can be hard on my daughter having a mom that has a lot of health issues and chronic pain. So I want to try my best to get her out, at the very least, once a week. I am trying to make sure I am playing games and doing crafts throughout the week. We're also doing some reading and math work too. Sounds like a chore but she loves it.
     Already this summer we've had a water balloon fight, time at the splash park, time playing at one of our favorite playgrounds, and gone to the movies! We are off to a great start and I think we will have no problem staying busy all summer.
     What do you have planned this summer? Any great vacations? Awesome destinations? Let me know!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

That Yeti Though

     Today's Top 5 Wednesday is Top 5 Rides. I suppose this could be taken many different ways but I am going with amusement park rides. I'll start with the closest to me to and work my way to the furthest away. 

1st up is Rebel Yell at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia. I love a good 'ol wooden roller coaster. This is the only coaster I won't put up a video for because if you've ever been on a wooden coaster you know how much you shake. does the camera. 

2nd up is the Griffon at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. This literally took my breathe away. IT WAS AWESOME!

3rd up is Fast Track at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. I have not been to Epcot in years and years. I think the last time I was there was close to 16 or 17 years ago. Oh man I'm old. Let's move on from that. This was a new/newish ride when I went and it was amazing! I rode it over and over and over again. I am hoping next time I'm at Disney I am hoping I can go ride this ride again!

The 4th roller coaster is called Rock n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. I grew up jamming out to rock and roll music. This music just sings to my heart. I've ridden it over and over just to sing along with the songs. This ride is fantastic! Also the video I found says it's 16 minutes but really it loops the ride a few times so if you want to watch, it isn't that long.

The last and newest favorite roller coaster ride is Expedition Everest (aka that scary Yeti ride as Haleigh would call it) at Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. First off - my 6 year old loved this except for the Yeti part. If it was just the ride and no scary stuff she would have been on it all day. I am SO proud she rode this! Second off.. oh my goodness. I wasn't a huge Animal Kingdom fan but I would get a park hopper pass so I could ride this ride a few more times! 

What are some of your favorite rides? Would you have considered this prompt an amusement park kind of ride or a different kind of ride? Let me know!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Princess in an Ivory Tower Made of History


I'm currently reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. In this book there's a woman who loves elephants and has spent the majority of her life working with them. My mother loves elephants so they've always been an animal I liked to learn about. However, this book is making me absolutely fall in love with elephants. I love all the things I'm learning in this book!

Monday, June 19, 2017

I Am Most Alive Among The Tall Trees

    A few years back I flew out to Oregon to meet up with my friend Jenn. It was my first time on the west coast. I loved my time in Oregon but when my friend and I went north to visit Forks, WA (Twi-hard through and through) I fell in love with everything I saw. The trees, the moss, the water, the mountains, the roads, the trails, the driftwood, everything! I have always thought that the water calls to me. And I think it does. I feel a peace that is hard to explain when I am near a body of water. I enjoy our mountains and trees but those feelings are nothing compared to how I felt near the woods in Washington. Something about them is just different. I want to go back and hike, and camp, and just sit and listen.
     There are a few places I really want to visit but no place that I really see myself moving to (if I was to move from where I am now) except Washington. I have hopes and dreams of moving there even if it is only for a year or a season. I would do with a short yearly trip. I haven't been back but I feel the tug of my heart every time I think about it.

     Is there any place you want to move to? Is there any place that calls to you like the water and these mountains call to me? Let me know!