Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Hodgepodge - May 17

Warning: This post has lots of random ideas & jumps from idea to idea.... :)

On Saturday afternoon, while Steve was in the grocery store picking up a few things, Amber, Aiden, & I hung out in the car. Amber tried getting Aiden to make fishy lips & here is his attempt:

You know, a funny thing happens when your child makes their own child: you see aspects of your own child peeking out from the quiet little corners of their personality and looks. Right here is Josh's smile:

How cute is this?! Just gettin' comfy, I guess:

Last week we finally got some dry, sunny, warm days, so I ventured out to take some pics:

This one reminds me of a fairy world:

"Don't take candy from strangers!" That is the message in Brandon Mull's The Candy Shop War.

This book did take me a little longer to get into than his Fablehaven series, but it was a really good book!

Here is the description from over at Amazon.com:
"Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the . . . unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends--Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon--meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.
In addition, the ice cream truck driver, Mr. Stott, has arrived with a few enchanted sweets of his own. But what about the mysterious man in the dark overcoat and fedora hat? Why are all these "magicians" trying to recruit Nate and his friends? Who should they trust?

The mystery deepens and the danger unfolds as the four youngsters discover that the magical strangers have all come to town in search of a legendary, hidden treasure--one that could be used for great evil if it fell into the wrong hands. The kids, now in over their heads, must try to retrieve the treasure first. And so, the war begins . . ."

Brandon Mull is an excellent storyteller & I highly recommend his books for all ages!

What are you and/or your children reading these days?

Have a super terrific day today!


  1. You get the cutiest pictures of baby aiden :) if I could be at least one tenth the photographer you are, I would be one happy camper
    Love you

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation...I just put it on hold at my library. :) :) :)

  3. Thanks for the book recommendation...I just put it on hold at my library. :) :) :)

    Cute fishy lips... ;)

  4. I love those 'family smiles'. They do my heart so good. :)

  5. Karen: Thank you!! I love you too! :)

    Tammy: I hope that you LOVE it! & I thought those lips were the most adorable thing!! :)

    Stephanie: Mine too! :)