Thursday, February 21, 2013

Book Reviews & My Favorite Book Ever

It has been awhile since I recommended any new books, the truth is I haven't read a ton of great one's lately with the exception of these three.
This book is a true story about one of the most amazing men in history.  No, he isn't particularly famous but he survived one of the most horrific experiences during WWII and this is his story.  It is unbelievable and inspiring.  Loved it!
This book is not new (notice the 35th Anniversary Edition on the front) and it had been on my MUST READ list for a very long time and finally I got around to it.  Again it is the true story of a Dutch woman who worked to help Jews in Holland during WWII.  This is such a faith promoting book and an amazing reminder that if we look hard enough, we can see Heavenly Father's tender mercies even in the darkest of places and most troubling of days.
DRUMROLL please.  Here it is my favorite book of all time.  I think it even knocked out Pride & Prejudice.  I know that is almost blasphemous, but this is an amazingly romantic, heart wrenching read.  Set in England during WWI.  Yeah, I am not sure what the WW theme is all about for me, but if you like Downton Abbey this is a very similar setting, but the hero and heroine are even more endearing than Matthew and Lady Mary. Again, blasphemous right.  It takes a little time to become enthralled but trust me stick with it and read this book. Also, if you hate it, well, don't tell me because I might not like you as much anymore. Warning: It is little bit sexy-nothing graphic-but it is there.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valentine's Butler Style...

was a whirlwind. I wouldn't expect anything less.  First, 60 mini-cupcakes for Atley's class party and 30 pieces of cheese for Nash (egg allergy in the Kindergarten class).

Of course, Harley had to be my taste-tester.  Then off to Atley's school party and then Nash's!

Next, Harley's preschool party hosted by yours truly! We decorated Valentine hats, (yes, that is just a paper plate) made love potion, sorted conversation hearts, exchanged Valentine's and more.

Harley decorated cookies with her main squeeze-Tucker.
After the boys got home the kids spent a little time in their favorite place-the hot tub. Nothing better on a cold day. I love the way the steam clouds around their heads on cold days.
Date night for mom and dad consisted of going to NRA headquarters to the shooting range.  Fun times!

Exhausted anyone!! I know someone who was, she fell asleep at the kitchen table while eating her oranges.

Monday, February 4, 2013


Love this video from my church, The LDS Church.  It perfectly puts into perspective how much we depend on our Heavenly Father. We really do not realize it, rather just expect it not unlike a little child.  

Friday, February 1, 2013

Kid Valentine's 2013

It is finally February and that means Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I found a screaming deal on glow sticks so I knew this year's Valentine's must revolve around them. The boys wanted Star Wars which fit the glow stick idea perfectly.  

It is so cute watching Nash write out his Valentine's!  
To print your own copy of the Star Wars Valentine's go HERE.
Keeping with the Glow Stick theme, Harley's will have a glow bracelet attached to this picture.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!