What I Thought About It Thursday

First of all, I had this post all written and accidentally deleted it. So forgive me that this one isn't going to be as swell as the rest of them. Now... I almost didn't manage to get it done in time to post for this week. Not because it wasn't a good book, because it was. But because I am so tired that I read a few pages and fall asleep. This week's book is Misery Loves Cabernet.
This book is the follow up to last week's book A Total Waste of Makeup. You can find my blog post about that one here. If you plan on reading that one, you may want to save this post for another day because a tiny bit of information is about to be given away....

Charlie is happily with Jordan... until his job takes him to Paris. They decide to take a break, but she is always wondering and analyzing his emails. In the midst of the "are we or aren't we together" feelings Charlie is having, Liam, an old crush of Charlie's and now producer, asks Charlie to convince Drew (her actor boss) to read a script for the low budget film he is producing. The selling point for Charlie- part of the film will be filmed in Paris. Drew reads and agrees to be in the film... and then wreaks havoc on the set (which just happens to be Liam's house). Charlie starts developing feelings for Liam... all while trying to figure out what is going on with Jordan.

Throughout the entire book I was waiting to see who she would end up with... even with 15 pages left in the book! It was another laugh out loud book for me, and those are my favorites. Between Drew's antics and Charlie's family, you just can't help but laugh! The only thing is... I am honestly not sure how I feel about the ending of this one. It wasn't bad... just wasn't what I expected. And I like a straightforward ending... and while there was an ending.. I feel like Charlie's story could continue.
 
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Just call her Picasso

Payton has loved arts and crafts as long as I can remember.Ever since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush, crayon, etc we have been having fun making art with her. So much so, that she has an entire shelf devoted to craft supplies. And she asks to do crafts regularly. One of the first crafts we did with her was found on pinterest and I have no idea who the idea belonged too because it was a LONG time ago.We decided to buy some canvases and some painter's tape and tape off her name.

 We let her pick her colors, put some paint on a plate, gave her the brush, and let her go at it.


This next picture is the look of a child who is NOT ready to be done painting... 
And the end result hangs on her bedroom door proudly. 

Payton (and Tim) had so much fun with this one that they decided to do another painting when I was at work. Tim set this one up on his own and they went for it... and it turned out so cute! Again, Tim taped off the design... (and decorated the table for inspiration for the artist)
Got the paints ready (clearly he picked the colors for this one since it is Bills colors), and let her go for it.
I personally think the headband just makes these pictures that much better. Big thanks to Jackie for letting Payton steal that one from you!
 And this one hangs proudly on the door of the "sports room". A masterpiece if I ever saw one!
She has since made another of these for a gift and made a Braves one. (I am not sure who likes this craft more... Tim or Payton.)

A couple weeks later I did an edible craft with my students at school- owl s'mores. And since I had leftover supplies, decided to let Payton make one.

She had a ton of fun making this one but I think her favorite part was the end... where she was allowed to tear it back apart and eat it.
(And she is here looking at these pictures asking if she can make more owls... mind you this was over a year ago and she remembers. Sadly we don't have the supplies, so owl s'mores are not happening tonight!)

Her current favorite arts and crafts are the ones with foam pieces that she can put together. So she got a TON of those for Christmas this year. And painting is still a favorite. She is so proud of every single piece of art she makes...and even decides who she wants to give the art to!

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What I Thought About it Thursday

I'm back with another book. So far I am doing pretty good with my plan to read one book a week! This week's book is

Charlie is about to be turning 30 and is single as single can be. Since she thinks she will never have her own children, let alone grandchildren, she is writing a guide for her future great niece with tips for girls (dating and life tips). Her big tip- never wait by the phone...which she is doing as this book starts. Waiting for Dave to call. And when he does...it is not the outcome she had hoped for. Charlie is an assistant to a movie star who calls her at all hours to do crazy things (like get his arm unstuck from the toilet!). He throws a dinner party and invites her as well as two potential men.... While spending time with Doug, deep down, it seems Charlie can't stop thinking about Jordan. Will she end up happily in love or just forever single (and wallowing in self pity as her younger sister is getting married and she is the MoH)?

I loved this book! It has been on my wishlist for a LONG time and I am so glad that I finally grabbed it and read it. There were points where I was literally laughing out loud. Yes- I am one of those people that laughs when they are reading. I react to books like people react to tv. I visualize the book from start to finish as if it is a movie. My husband has yet to get used to this and will often ask me what I am laughing at. Sometimes I try to explain... but most times, he really doesn't care once he realizes I am laughing at yet another book.

One of my favorite things in this book... some of the quotes were actually blog worthy! And why not share them?!

"Don't do anything in your life to get someone else's approval. Yours is the only one that matters." (This was one of Charlie's pieces of advice to her future great niece.)

"Don't be jealous of anyone. I guarantee you, if everyone walked into a room and dumped their problems onto the floor, when they saw what everyone else's problems were, they'd be scrambling to get their own problems back before someone else got to them first." (Drew- Charlie's actor boss- tells her this. It is actually a line from one of his movies (or a movie), however I have NO CLUE if this is a line from a real movie or not. Either way... it speaks volumes.)

"There is nothing more painful in life that to be invisible. Try to never make anyone in your life feel that way."

If this sounds like something you are interested, the picture above will take you to the link on amazon A Total Waste of Makeup. Just click that link there. For some reason my link on my picture didn't work. It is available in kindle and paperback. It is also available on B&N. There is another book in Charlie's series and I will be reading that one next. Stay tuned...

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Delta Fest 2012

In September, we have the Delta Festival here for somewhere near 10 days. I am not really a big fan of fairs because whew, they can be pricey. But being that Payton couldn't really ride any rides yet, we figured we would go and just enjoy some time together. Of course it was hot and we got there RIGHT at lunch time. So we had to stop and eat first.
 Since Payton loves animals, we decided to go over to the petting/feeding area. She had a BLAST!

 This child has no fear. She was laughing and having a ball when the animals would let her touch them.


After the animals we watched a little bit of a tiger show but it was so hot we just couldn't stand there in the sun anymore. So we walked around a bit more and went through the little stands selling things. The only thing we bought was a little purple bracelet for Payton (that you can see in this picture below)...because she is quite a little diva and LOVES her jewels.
You will see (when I get caught up) how different our 2013 Delta Fest experience is.
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Family Date

Going back to work after any time off with your family is tough. I  LOVE that Tim gets to spend a lot of time with Payton and that she isn't in full time day care. Our schedule is crazy, but I love her Mother's Day Out program, love that Tim is home with her 3 days out of the week, and love that my dad watches Payton on the afternoons that I have to work late and Tim has to get to work. I will admit, the thought of day care was never one I liked when I was pregnant. But when I found our MDO I knew it was perfect. And now that we are moving (yep, we are moving home!!) it is one of the few things I will miss about this place. But anyways.. back to my post...

When I went back to work, I was sad to be missing out on all the fun that Tim and Payton got to have without me. They go to the zoo a lot when it is nice out, play outside, go to splash parks, go to the park, etc. On this particular day, Tim decided to turn his daddy/daughter date to the zoo into a family mini date. We met up at the Agricenter after I was finished working so that we could take some pictures.







 After out pictures we went out to grab dinner and Payton was big stuff with her big girl cup and straw.

As much as I hate missing out on things, I am so glad that Payton has a daddy that will do things with her when they are home together.

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What I Thought About it Thursday

I am back with another week of What I Thought About It. This one is out of my normal genre but I couldn't pass it up.
If you are a football fan you may remember in 2007 when Kevin Everett had a bad hit and was paralyzed at the Bills season opener against Houston. Tim and I were at that game and I don't think that is an image ANYONE that saw it will ever forget. It was scary. Beyond scary. And it was unlikely that he would ever walk again. He beat the odds and this book is his story. I am not typically a nonfiction reader but when it popped up on Amazon when I was searching for something else, I just had to grab it. The book takes you through his highs and lows of recovery and is definitely worth the read if you are interested in his story.
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Payton's First Bills Game

On August 9, Tim managed to win free tickets to the Bills preseason game. And after the awful day of crying, it was just what I needed. Before the game we stopped to visit my grandma, where Payton got a ride on Grandma's walker. (Sorry, these are all cell phone pics... I didn't have my camera because we were at the church all day.)
Afterwards we went to Jackie and Jarrett's house to go to the game with them. And Payton got right into the Bills spirit tailgating! (No worries- she got out water!)
We had seats at about the 35 yard line waaay up there. They were actually good seats. And Payton was actually enjoying the game.


But we decided to move down and sit with Jackie and Jarrett because the people next to them left. And what a game to be sitting front row. No, not because the Bills just played so stellar you wanted to get in on the action. In fact, I honestly don't remember how the game turned out. What I do remember is watching as Vince Young threw a pass... and it was caught... take a look at the picture below to see who the lucky receiver was.
Yep... He threw his pass right into the stands. So Payton has an official NFL game ball. Thrown right from the QBs hands. During the game. Doesn't get much more authentic than that huh? The reason I have no clue how the game ended up was because Payton was busy being cute and hamming it up for the camera.


The Girls- me, Payton, and Jackie- one of my best friends in the world (please excuse the no makeup- been crying all day- look)
Payton and Jarrett- one of the best friends a girl could ask for. (Yep- I set Jackie and Jarrett up... Success!)  

You can see that Payton knew just how amazing it was that she had that ball... because as soon as she woke up the next day she wanted it. And wouldn't give it up!

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